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La Laguna Gran Hotel, San Cristóbal de La Laguna, Tenerife
Cambridge in microcosm, San Cristóbal de La Laguna is Tenerife's most charming city with cobbled streets and a renowned university. It's the island's former capital and the founding 1496 layout would be later mimicked across the Caribbean. For example, the centre of Cuba's Havana is an identical copy of medieval La Laguna. Four-star La Laguna Gran Hotel is an ideal place to base yourself in this miniature metropolis with the major points of interest within strollable distance. The local tourist board offers free city walking tours you can book in advance. Combining modern efficiency with historical tradition, the hotel is split across two buildings: the original 18th-century one at the front and an altogether more contemporary extension at the rear.
Nearby Casa Lercaro's Museo de Historia y Antropología, complete with wooden balconies, opens 9am-7pm Monday to Saturday and 10am-5pm on Sundays.
The hotel is in the heart of San Cristóbal de La Laguna, within walking distance of the main sights.
By plane: flights from London, Birmingham and Manchester to Tenerife take around 4 hours 30 mins. The hotel is a 45-minute taxi ride from Tenerife South Airport. Parking on-site is €9 per day. skyscanner.net
Style & Character
Ideal for older couples interested in a cultural and gastronomic city break/long weekend in the Canary Islands' most attractive urban development. We love to catch up with the latest news seated on the lobby's leather sofas via the old-school method of reading a paper.
Service & Facilities
As well as expertly suggesting suitable cheese and wine pairings, Rasa Strankauskaite runs separate Vinoteca chocolates y vino compatibility sessions.
- Swimming pool
- Wellness centre
- Free Wi-Fi
The nine Noble rooms, situated where the gentry used to live, feature classic tea (interior pine wood) floors and ceilings. The tea-filled Royal Suite is also situated in the former manor house, an area first converted to a cigar factory.
Standard, Deluxe, Executive, Deluxe with Terrace, Noble, Junior Suite, Grand Suite, Royal Suite
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom with toiletries, hairdryer, TV, desk, Wi-Fi
Food & Drink
Spain's famous for its cheeses and cold meats and you will enjoy tasting Canarian quesos and chorizo, piquant sausage spread. As well as drinking and eating in, the Vinoteca does takeout. Tenerife wines are considered among the Canary Islands' best.
Laguna Gran Hotel Restaurant: breakfast buffet with Canarian and international options; three-course set dinner menu.
Vinoteca: wine tastings, wine and food pairing sessions, takeaway.
Laguna Café: lobby bar; coffee and snacks.