An aging beauty that is overwhelmed by the commercial port at its doorstep. Cosmetically well-maintained, beautiful public areas, wonderfully appointed hallways, magnificent decorative ironwork and circular staircase, great pool, nice bar, very helpful staff. Unfortunately, you will often catch the scent of bunker fuel in the air, and some of the mature plantings seem to be very slowly passing on, one by one, although the grounds are still magnificent. They serve an excellent and immense breakfast with just about everything you can imagine, although one of the wait staff quite brusquely informed me that my breakfast did not include the Coca-Cola that I had helped myself to(!). I cannot agree with other reviewer's opinions of the kitchen, which I found, alas, to be terrible. What little we did eat from it was bland and memorable only for the fact that it was uniformly horrid. Our room air conditioning did not work, despite three requests to have it checked out. We were given a fan, but disappointed that we were not offered some sort of recompense for the inconvenience.
If you “collect” classic hotels I would recommend this place highly. It is easy to imagine yourself arriving here in the twenties, with your man handling the steamer trunks and seeing to it that your evening clothes were brushed and ready. Be aware that you are not close to anything at all except the port, so unless you have business there you will need a car or taxi to get around. Also the perfect base for a day trip to Tangier (avoid staying in Tarifa, it is a tourist trap.)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hotel is situated 10 minutes from the Port of Algeciras, 20 minutes from the city centre. The Reina Cristina offers 168 rooms, with air conditioning, television, free wi-fi, outdoor, heated pool, mini golf and tennis courts. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Reina Cristina Algeciras
- Algeciras Reina Cristina Hotel