Three days and nights at the Caleta Hotel in Gibraltar, a place I had wanted to visit for a long time, was a birthday treat I had looked forward to for a long time. We had chosen the Caleta Hotel for its location on the quieter, Eastern side of the rock and based upon the balance of reviews on Trip Advisor.
We had e-mailed a request for a sea view room with balcony or terrace as high as possible. The room we were first allocated (004) had a view of the sea, but only through a window, there being no balcony or terrace and was on the lowest level of the part of the hotel where the rooms overlook the sea. It seemed that our advance request had been rather a waste of time.
A return visit to reception resolved the problem and we were satisfied with the room (128) we were then allocated. It was a level higher and had a small balcony and a very nice view across the sea to the coasts of Spain and Morocco. The room’s facilities could not be faulted and the bed was very comfortable.
We dined out in the evening and so cannot comment on the food at Nunos Italian Restaurant, situated in the hotel. It looked very pleasant, though.
We had late evening drinks in the bar each evening on return from the Western side of the Rock. Buses #4 and #8 run from the hotel to Casemates Square. After 9 pm, when the buses stop running, the return is either on foot or by taxi. The Friday and Saturday evening were quite busy in the bar and the staff, as well as being too few, also seemed to have little awareness of who had been waiting the longest to be served.
On one occasion, signing for drinks and producing our room card, there seemed to be a problem with the card not having been stamped. The attitude and tone of the voice of the lady behind the bar suggested that, though newly arrived for a first visit, I should have been fully aware of all the hotel’s administration procedures. I was not impressed by her attitude.
It seems that the Caleta Hotel, in its present form, will not exist for very much longer. Plans for a sweeping modernisation and extension programme seem to be well developed. The place as it is, though perhaps a little dated, was nice enough for us to think we would like to return in the near future and hope to do so.
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- Also Known As:
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