We were at the Rock hotel for a family wedding and found the venue to be splendid. Gibraltar in itself is an interesting place to visit, and having travelled from Spain, negotiating the border crossing and then the steep windy roads of Gibralter, reaching the hotel was a relief! - The hotel is perched high on the hillside commanding superb views out across the bay. We were lucky with weather, and looking out from the hotel onto the blue sea and cloudless skies was amazing.
All rooms boast sea views with very small balconies so you can go out and breathe in the sea air! - tho, be warned - the hotel is prey to the monkeys and members of our group had their rooms raded!!
As you enter the hotel, the breeze from the sea sweeps through the reception areas, and the bustle of Gibralter below can be faintly heard. The marble floors draw you away from some of the more dated decor, though the overall style is charming and elegant, and has all the trappings of traditional colonial style. The staff are friendly, and from the bar and restaurant areas it is possible to just sit and enjoy the views.
The hotel is just a 15min walk from town, though if you have a car you can park freely and nip in and out. The cable car to the view point on the rock is just a few minutes from the hotel.
The hotel also has a lovely pool, though not heated and is sea water - despite this, a nice setting with a bar and waiter service for drinks and snacks! - there are plenty of beds and space around the pool. The botanical gardens are also worth a stroll.
The rooms were clean, and maybe not to everyones taste. They lack the feel and contemporary style of many of todays modern hotels, but continue to have a charm of their own. Decor is remeniscent of bygone days with floral design and dated furniture, however, fully functional and clean.
I would heartily recommend a stay at the Rock hotel, and a couple of days on Gibralter, it is an interesting place and if the weather is nice, its lovely!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Built on Gibraltar's western flank with stunning views across the bay, it has been welcoming guests since 1932. As the colony’s premier hotel the guest book is littered with famous names as diverse as Sir Winston Churchill and the Two Ronnies! Tastefully renovated, it has the character of a bygone era with the facilities of a modern 'Grand Hotel'. Traditional afternoon tea is served in the lounge and the hotel’s Rib Room Restaurant is recognised as one of the finest places to dine in Gibraltar. The atmospheric Barbary Bar and adjoining wisteria covered terrace are wonderful places to be on a summer’s evening, both are delightful meeting places, the latter a popular venue for weddings. The hotel’s pool area and gardens have an air of tranquillity, yet the centre of town is only a 10-minute downhill walk. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Gibraltar Rock Hotel
- Rock Gibraltar