Spend the night in a sweet spot
The Old Chocolate Factory Bed & Breakfast may well be the most romantic place to stay in Las Palmas, if not on the whole island of Gran Canaria.
Situated a stone’s throw from the grand cathedral of Santa Ana, the three-storey hotel basks in the charm of the narrow alleys of the old town Vegueta. Originally a chocolate factory, the early 20th-century building has been painstakingly restored to exacting historical standards. The project was a true labour of love undertaken by Finnish architects, Sirkku Hölttä and Mika Westermarck.
“The property was a shambles,” says Westermarck. “It took us the better part of three years to finish the renovation.”
Original fittings, windows, and doors were lovingly brought back to life instead of marring the historic character with modern replacements. The B&B’s seven rooms are furnished with pieces patiently sourced by Hölttä from local flea markets and antique shops.
The effort has paid off, as guests now enjoy a leisurely, old-world atmosphere harking back to the days when Vegueta was a port of call for ships bringing in riches from the new world.
The Vegueta of today offers the delights of historical architecture and a host of museums, but also a lively array of tapas bars and restaurants and a bustling covered market – all within a ten-minutes’ walk from the Old Chocolate Factory. Another ten minutes and you’re smack in the middle of the Triana district and its colourful streets packed with the best shopping in town.
Text Marko Pasanen
Photos Riitta Sourander