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Sleeping out in the Atlantic ocean off the coast of Africa and away from most of civilization as we know it, Gran Canaria is an interesting corner of the world to catch some Zs. Created by a volcano building up from the sea, Gran Canaria is right in the middle of warm water currents, which bring warm temperatures and nice weather year round. Of course, this is something the visiting Europeans wish they had, making Gran Canaria quite popular for tourism and vacationing. The British beefed up the infrastructure when the skies wouldn't clear in the Isles, and now you can benefit from it with a selection from almost 200 hotels in 602 sq. mi. That's 3.5 hotels per square mile.
A Gran Canaria hotel definitely worthy of note is the Hotel Riu Palace Maspalomas Oasis. Designed to resemble a huge Roman amphitheater that is especially impressive when lit at night, this is undoubtedly one of the most elegant hotels south of the island. The bedrooms are lavishly decorated, carpeted and well-equipped with modern conveniences.
Another great place to lay your head in Gran Canaria is Hotel Santa Catalina, one of the island's oldest hotels. This glamorous island hotel is a first choice for many visiting royal families and heads of state and a fine example of local architecture dating from 1904. All the bedrooms are comfortably furnished in colonial style and have the characteristic island balconies and spacious terraces that offer great views of the gardens or the sea.
For a taste of paradise, stay at the Hotel La Canaria. This hotel is an impressive 7-storey building, uniquely designed to look like receding steps -- you can't miss noticing it from the main southern highway. Each room has its own balcony offering sea views. It is located in Patalavaca, the area that claims to have the most number of sunny days every year. There is no dearth of excellent hotels where you'll be assured of a good night's rest after a day of exploring Gran Canaria.