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One of the founding fathers of Santa Cruz de La Palma properties has become the leading boutique hotel in the island capital. It enjoys a central location and this two-star's current entrance is its historic back door which came in handy when pirates attacked via the front door. A 17th-century exterior roots the building in Canarian history. Mellow in yellow, there is subtlety in Hotel San Telmo's draw. Its cobbled-stone setting offers a gateway to the bijou beauty of the lean streets of the La Palma capital. There's a delight in going through the keyhole of the former home of one of the island's most famous sons, Manuel González Mendez (1843-1909). He was an art professor, musician, painter, and sculptor.

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The Uptown Atlantic views are all the more striking as they overlook the rooftops of some of the capital's most desirable residences.

A city-centre hotel perfectly placed for exploring the streets of La Palma's capital.
By plane: flights from London take around 9 hours with a stop in Barcelona; flights from Birmingham take around 11 hours with a stop in Tenerife. The hotel is a 1o-minute taxi ride from the airport.

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Style & Character

From actors performing on tour at the local theatre to visiting business workers, Hotel San Telmo attracts a mixed clientele. Traditional Canarian architecture is marked by manchas (stains) which are more appealing than they sound and they show up here.

Service & Facilities

A koi-filled pond is a water feature that stands out to guests, although it was originally the residence's water supply. In a past life, Bernhard worked in a European bank and you can tell as his client-facing skills are impeccable.

  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Free Wi-Fi


The doubles with sea views include a balcony or bay window to soak up the sunshine and cooling ocean breeze. Bernhard and Richard live within the property and their interior design appreciation comes across in the individual quirks of rooms.

Double Room, Double Classic Room, Double Sea View Room, Studios
Facilities include: ensuite shower, TV, air conditioning, free Wi-Fi

Food & Drink

There's an honesty bar enabling guests to sup on cold beer or enjoy a glass of wine on the terrace. Rincón de Enano, a few doors down Calle Telmo, resembles an in-house restaurant and offers seating in a pretty square.

Breakfast: coffee, tea and juices, bread and pastries, jam, cold meats, cheese and fresh fruit. Served daily.

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