We’re chilling in the Elba Vecindario Aeropuerto, a four-star business and convention hotel we never imagined staying at. For there’s no danger of mistaking Mr Gran Canaria Local as a business traveller. After all, the last time we wore a shirt and tie on a regular basis was at school. And despite our fresh-faced profile pic, yes, that was way back last millennium.
The Elba Vecindario Aeropuerto’s nice price
We’ve cadged a lift from our base in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria courtesy of Mrs Gran Canaria Local. And some friends, why hola José and Reyes, join us for a jar or two in the lobby bar. The cañas, roughly the same size as half a pint, of Cruzcampo are €2 a pop, which is not that much dearer than the local bars in our Arenales neighbourhood.
Fine dining without breaking the bank
After Mrs GCL along with José and Reyes make their excuses and get up and go, we’re left to our own devices. We start to soak up some of the alcohol we’ve consumed at the in-house Restaurante El Lagar. A plan which backfires somewhat as our €16,50 Menú Ejecutivo, which sees us polishing off three generous courses, also finds our wine glass liberally topped up every time the reassuredly professional waiter spots it’s empty.
Touch and feel
Four stories high, there are only 170 rooms in the Elba Vecindario Aeropuerto. And it was the little touches that made us feel even more grateful for being invited. The gofio, Canarian cornmeal, placed next to the breakfast cereals. The milk, not only covered, but stored in an ice-filled container. The perfectly-seasoned scrambled eggs. Yes, it’s fair to say the breakfast’s a great cure for the hangover acquired the morning after the night before.
Disclaimer: Mr Gran Canaria Local was a guest of Hoteles Elba during his one-night half-board stay at the Elba Vecindario Aeropuerto. However, we paid for our cañas . And to follow disclaimer protocol, we can categorically state all opinions are our own. Whose else would they be? Don’t answer that. It’s a rhetorical question.