Where to start - staff friendly enough, but nothing special. Others have intimated that if you want a modern hotel then go there - agreed. What if you want a hotel that has decent water pressure, corridor paintwork that looks as if something has been done in the last decade, a place without old crittal windows, with double glazing, with a bath without chips out of the enamel or black marks around the bath, with sealant marks removed from the toilet where the lid has been changed, suppose you would like to watch TV in a modern format instead of 4:3. How about furniture without chips or torn arm covers, wardrobe fascia that has been broken off and no attempt to repair or extremely thin carpets (towels to match).
There are windows in the lounge of which some are double glazed others not ,yet side by side or one held in place by a length of wood. With regards wifi this is not available throughout the hotel as you might have believed.
The view is lovely across the old naval shipyard to the industrial harbour. The terrace is great to enjoy an evening drink, but there is only one lager or beer on tap, but would have benefitted from someone with green fingers. Never mind the pool area across the road was in stark contrast after renovation. The old pictures in the bar area are wonderful of days gone by and provided much interest - many involving the military in WW2 and previous military history, which so much of the place revolves around, including Gibraltar itself.
Well you decide what you want - for me I had read the other comments and expected a degree of former glory. However this was extremely faded glory, but if that is what you want you will find it here - from the crumbing concrete exterior near roof level to much efflorescence to the plasterwork in lounge area.
Best you decide what suits you by going and having a look.
For me keep the best of the past but at least renovate walls, paintwork, plumbing and windows - at least make it look as if was something special and worth preserving.
- 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
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