I’m generally not a fan of Airbnb (especially after our regrettable experience in Israel), but we had a good experience in Gran Canaria with renting a house for a week.
Our Airbnb Experience In Gran Canaria, Spain
Airbnb is a popular target of scorn amongst travel bloggers and this is often justified. Personally, I’ve had my fair share of bad experiences with the service and I also find the added fees tacked on to bookings make Airbnb far less of a deal versus a hotel.
My sister-in-law actually arranged this booking and our trip was supposed to take place in December 2020. We figured the Canary Islands would be a nice escape from the waves of COVID-19 hitting the USA as well England and Germany (where my wife’s side of the family lives). That trip was cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns and thankfully the host, Pilar, let us rebook to August 2021.
We chose this house because it had four bedrooms (eight beds total) with three bathrooms, a full kitchen, plenty of parking, and a swimming pool. These days, it looks to be as cheap as $125/night, though the rate varies based upon the season and it was closer to $300/night for our stay (still a good deal considering the space and privacy we had).
Gran Canaria is not the largest of the Canary Islands, but is quite large and our house was located in San Nicolas de Tolentino, which is still in Las Palmas, but a good 45 minute drive from either direction (a ring road encircles the island).
We were fairly isolated, though I must rue that we are awakened every morning at sunrise by roosters in the area. Earplugs did the trick, though I was happy for the “local alarm” and would get up and complete my work before others awakened. The days were hot, the mornings cool.
Below are some pictures from our stay. The interior pictures are from Airbnb. We arrived at 1:00AM and everyone just went to bed. By morning, everyone was unpacked and my own pictures of the bedrooms, bathrooms, and indoor common areas included too much clutter.
Like so many homes in Europe, the doors lock from the inside as well as the outside. On two occasions we locked ourselves out whilst sitting in the backyard. Thankfully, the host was just a phone call and short ride away. Pilar was wonderful. I still think those doors are tremendous safety hazards.
This stay restored my willingness to rent using the Airbnb platform. We had a nice house which proved to be a suitable base, even though it was on the other side of island. There are many all-inclusive hotels on Gran Canaria, but I would always choose a house over something like that.