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“Take it . . . or leave it?!” 3 of 5 stars
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Anfora
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Pablo Vallesca no 16, 52001 Melilla, Spain   |  
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Ranked #3 of 4 Hotels in Melilla
Hamburg, Germany
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36 reviews 36 reviews
17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
182 helpful votes 182 helpful votes
“Take it . . . or leave it?!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

Among the other somewhat critically discussed hotels in Melilla (the Spanish enclave in North Africa) the Anfora Hotel appeared to be at least reasonable in its rates. Sort of true but only sort of.
Arriving there I found out from the decent but pitiable guy at the reception desk, who has to convey all the bad messages (in Spanish only, by the way, and who is not empowered to make any even so tiny concession) that my two reservation emails had inexplicably not arrived. Well, so. That meant to take one of the now scarce leftover rooms. Well, so. On a weekend evening in Melilla the choices are getting tight.
The next bad message was that there would be only cold water due to the lack of a certain spare part to be ordered from mainland Spain. Convincingly explained but that's how it would be. Would there be a rate reduction gesture due to a significant shortfall by the hotel with a period of cold water only? No way let the owner convey through his poor front desk messenger. Take it or leave it. Maybe the TA-community should make clear that we are ready to leave it - that means to show that the underlying attitude of making unblinking use of some accomodation scarcity is not what the TA-community accepts. And it would not be a big loss as the hotel is in every way mediocre except for a good location, but the hotel itself is without style and without heart. It is - except the hellish noise inside and around - bearable but why should we bear it?!

Room Tip: There are no "good" rooms - only mediocre ones. Maybe away from the street gives less nois...
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Llandudno, United Kingdom
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32 reviews 32 reviews
25 hotel reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

We spent two nights at this hotel and really enjoyed the experience. The room was comfortable and clean, the reception staff pleasant and helpful, and the top floor restaurant had excellent food available for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Anfora has a great location in the city and is an easy walk from the ferry port, shops and main park. Free WiFi was available in the lobby.

Room Tip: Rooms seem to be identical in size and facilities. Or room overlooked the front road but was not noi...
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2012

Arriving at 9pm after a 7hour ferry crossing you do not want to be told that the hotel has no record of you pre-paid booking!With persistence this was sorted, but if you can't speak Spanish you may have difficulties. The hotel itself was clean, functional, with good air-con in the room, but resembled some old Soviet bloc hotels in decor and gloominess of its restaurant, and totally wasted terrace with views that , with imagination, could have been great.The hotel appears to double as a barracks for the Policia Nacional, but their presence is on the whole reassuring. Food in the evening reasonable and good value, but breakfast poor and chaotic. On the whole OK for the price but does not have the charm of some Spanish hotels,just as Melilla lacks the charm of other Spanish cities.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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exeter
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4 hotel reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2010

Nice functional hotel. gOOD staff, great views of old town from the restaurant. Great prix fixe dinner menu for 9 euros!

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Pangea
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2009

simple room and bathroom, but free wife, continental breakfast and balcony. Right in the city centre.

Stayed October 2009, traveled solo
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Additional Information about Anfora

Address: Pablo Vallesca no 16, 52001 Melilla, Spain
Location: Spain > Melilla
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 4 Hotels in Melilla
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Anfora 3*
Number of rooms: 149
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