1: This was our fourth stay at the Caleta and we always love to stay there. It has a certain charm that I really can’t put into words. The hotel is in a great position if not brilliant location – if that makes sense. The walk to the hotel along Devil’s Tower Road is, appropriately, hellish. It really is. I cannot recommend highly enough taking the (cheap and very regular) bus service. It is the most hideously grubby and smelly walk you can imagine. Once completed, the Caleta benefits from having its sanctuary/haven feel amplified. None of this is the hotel’s fault of course but really, I feel the Gib Tourist Board really does have to show some leadership here – especially given that this less than inspiring route also takes you to Gib’s only two real beaches.
OK – the hotel is a bit in need of a facelift but it’s still charming. We had the misfortune to be given a lovely sea view room (as requested) that had no aircon (it was only half installed) during a very hot September week. The hotel provided an little aircon unit and a fan but it was very uncomfortable throughout the week to be honest.
The food we had in the hotel was good overall and the bar is a real highpoint. Good selection of drinks and always a good atmosphere. I can’t fault the staff in their attitude and personal skills; it’s just that one night we waited and waited for room service before (having made three phone calls) it came an hour and a half late.
We found the pool area to be good with plenty of capacity and the (cold) salt water pool is a great place to cool off – usually alone (due to the temp I guess!).
We love the Caleta and will be back; but I’m not completely sure why! Maybe it’s the staff and the fact that we have many happy memories; however, there is a new ‘floating’ hotel arriving on the other side soon and, I fear, unless the Caleta is given a face lift and something (anything!) is done about the state of the route to it, this much loved old friend may find itself having a bit of a struggle on its hands to keep up. I hope not.
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- Caleta Hotel Gibraltar