The Caleta has a stunning location on the East of the Rock next to the popular swimming area of Catalan Bay, which is accessed by a set of stairs near the swimming pool. The pool itself felt warm, but that may have been in comparison with the sea I had just come out from. The beach is clean, with some pleasant places to eat set behind it in the Genoese Village.
Access to Gib central is by bus, which is cheap and frequent (get a 'hoppa' all-day ticket). The bus drops you off at the main square, Casemates, from where you can take other buses or walk. If using a taxi, the road tunnel at the South of the Rock is open, but drivers may wish to...extend their journey by coming round the top (North) end even if coming from Europa Point.
The hotel is a little faded in appearance, and my room, while clean, was somewhat tired. The double bed consisted of two singles pushed together that were slightly different in height, but the biggest problem was the headboard. This was secured neither to the bed nor to the wall, and the slightest movement in bed produced sounds reminiscent of a more passionate encounter. Everything else worked fine, and the room was airy and pleasant with amazing views of the sunrise.
Brakfast was continental, a 'full English' being available for £££££s. Salt and pepper are not provided at each table, and tea is from a thermos of hot water carried by the waiter, or an urn, rather than a pot. Two of my rolls were actually stale and hard, but the rest of the breakfast was adequate even if the items aren't replenished quite as often as one could wish.
I did not sample any other food, but once again, as so often, it is the staff who make or break any hotel stay, and they were, in this case, superb. Nothing seemed to be too much trouble.
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- Also Known As:
- Caleta Hotel Gibraltar