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):
- The Rock Hotel's 1930s origins are evident in the subtle colours and timeless decoration combining an element of the colonial with more contemporary touches. Ideal for business or leisure, the hotel offers complimentary wifi and smartly designed work or rest areas. The soul of the Rock Hotel lies in its charming decor and friendly and accommodating staff. Bedrooms are elegant and refined and offer the ultimate in comfort. The spacious windows and balconies let the Mediterranean sunlight in and provide breath-taking views of the Bay and Straits of Gibraltar. Each room offers its own unique welcoming atmosphere to make you feel at home. Guests begin the day with a hearty breakfast in the elegant Restaurant and Wisteria terrace. Later in the day, a modern style lunch is served followed by fine dining in the evening. The stylish and sophisticated surroundings are enhanced by the flavours of Mediterranean and Moroccan cuisine as well as the carefully selected wine list. The Lounge Bar is the perfect place to enjoy a coffee, afternoon tea, cocktail or delicious snack, paired with one of the most impressive views of the world - where Europe meets Africa - the bar is open as from 12 noon till midnight. Errol Flynn, Alec Guinness, Andres Segovia and Winston Churchill are just some of the famous names that appear in the historical guest books. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Gibraltar Rock Hotel
- Rock Gibraltar