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Hotel Balcon de Europa
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Paseo Balcon de Europa, 1, 29780 Nerja, Spain   |  
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Ranked #9 of 38 hotels in Nerja
dallas
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62 reviews 62 reviews
11 hotel reviews
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“Room with a Big View”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2013 via mobile

Stayed in a third floor room with a balcony and sea view. So enchanting that my wife and I bought a bottle of wine, cheese and took out pizza from a local Italian place. We sat on the balcony, listened and watched the waves and viewed the stars, very romantic. Expensive but worth it. Centrally located in one of the smaller beach/cove areas.

Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Swansea, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2013

The hotel is perfectly situated in the lovely town of Nerja. Everything is accessible from the hotel ie restaurants, bars and beaches.
We stayed on the third floor overlooking the beach. With the patio doors open the noise from the waves was loud, but with the doors shut, peaceful. Although hot at night, the air con was so quiet a peaceful sleep was had by all.
The hotel was spotless and the staff extremely friendly and helpful in every aspect. The breakfast buffet was lovely and I think this could have been more successful if adopted at the evening meal as opposed to waited service.
The private beach, pool and terrace with free towels and loungers was brilliant.
Ideally situated in the heart of Nerja although on the geographical edge of town, the hotel is suitable for all ages.
Could'nt fault it. Will definately return next year.

Room Tip: Choose a room on the higher floors for view and quietness.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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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Worcester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2013

Situated at the end of the Balcon de Europa which is the centre of Nerja you can't beat the location. Loads of restaurants nearby which is a good thing as I'm not a fan of help yourself buffets for dinner. No fine dining in the evening but lunch at the beach restaurant is recommended - all the favourites - gazp.acho, calamares, bocarones etc.
Rooms have been recently been refurbished to high standard and if you are a people watcher I would recommend one overlooking the balcon. The beach is a big plus - private, but the swimming pool is small and an afterthought.
I keep returning.

  • Stayed September 2012, 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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Dublin, Ireland
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2013

We stayed in the Balcon for a family wedding in June 2013. We requested a sea view when booking with our travel agent. On our arrival we were given our rooms on the ground floor. The
room had no balcony and no sea view, it had a small window and was looking onto a wall of a small courtyard, we asked the Manager to move us but he said that the hotel was fully booked and because we didnt pay extra for a seaview there was nothing he could do, we offered to pay
the additional cost but he refused to move us. My Father who is 90 was given a room that was
like a prison, it had a small window with bars on it and was so dark, it was looking out onto an alley and the Irish Bar, the noise at the weekends from the bar was awful and he experienced people coming from the bar shouting into his window, again they would not move him. Could not
fault hotel for cleanliness or location, breakfast was ok but evening meal was awful and staff were
not pleasant or helpful. Only helpful staff member was "Juan" the porter, he was a very happy and helpful person. Swimming pool area was very small and beds were too close to each other.
We would not be returning to this Hotel but would definetly return to Nerja.

Room Tip: Higher floors have less noise.
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Co. Durham
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2013

We booked this hotel for a ten day stay through Jet 2 holidays, paying for a sea view upgrade at extra cost. When we arrived at Nerja our minibus driver, who spoke little or no English had to be prompted to explain where we could find the hotel as it's around two hundred yards from the drop off point and out of sight. We found later that the hotel provides a porter service which elderly people would find useful.
The hotel is quite small and situated on a cliff overlooking the Med and a fairly rugged coastline which has a natural, mostly unspoiled, beauty.
Our room (803) was about average size with good wardrobe space, two three foot beds pushed together to form a double and a new large, flat screen tv attached to the wall and a free safe. There was a mini-bar in the room which could be had for 2 euros a day empty or the cost of refilling it if you used it but we passed on that as we had no need for it. A good point about the tv was that a lot of English channels were available including BBC news.
The bathroom was small but had an excellent walk-in shower and safety bath mat. They had also squeezed in, besides the usual bits, a bidet and a hairdryer which actually could dry hair.
The balcony was tiny. It had two excellent reclining chairs and a small table leaving very little room for anything else. Our sea view actually turned out to be a tree view with glimpses of the sea to the side. At first we were unhappy about this but we soon realised it was good for us as it acted as a sun shade whilst still letting in lots of light. We were able to spend much more time on our balcony than normal because of this.
The hotel was very clean and the maid kept our room spotless. The staff were courteous and friendly and always happy to help with problems.
One day our toilet stopped flushing. We contacted reception and within ten minutes the maintenance men arrived. Ten minutes later it had been repaired. No mess, no fuss. Excellent.
The dining room was quite small with pleasant sea views. The waiting staff were attentive and courteous.
Unfortunately, food quality and quantity did not come up to what we would expect from a four star hotel.
Breakfast was good with lots of fresh fruit, cold meats, cheeses etc. but evening meals, which were waiter service, were very disappointing, averaging between poor and not too bad. Not good enough for a hotel of this class.
The exception to this was on the two buffet nights we had, when the food quality and quantity improved tremendously. We actually ate out on two occasions because of the lack of choice on the menu del dia.
The food was the only problem we have with the hotel because we really enjoyed staying there. If we were to return we would book bed and breakfast and eat out at one of the numerous restaurants nearby.
Lunch time snacks are well catered for in Nerja. There are many restaurants and bars at the top of the parade ground in front of the hotel about one minutes walk away. Just to the right of the ice cream shops there is a shop selling pizza slices (large) for two euros, also ready made baguettes. However, for the best baguettes go a little further up the street and on the right hand side you'll find " ANAHI",a panateria-cum-café which sells baguettes made fresh to order and which we would highly recommend.
The general location of the hotel is kept clean by the local authority as is indeed the rest of the town. The "parade ground" in front of the hotel tends to get very busy but not usually noisy. Our balcony was a wonderful vantage point to watch all the activity that occurs. For instance, the children had a great time playing chase the pigeons, the accordion player murdered "Volare" and "Roll out the Barrel" on a fairly regular basis and the beggar woman based at the water feature at the shop end of the balcon( other beggars were available at various locations) kept the tourists entertained for some of the time, especially after a visit from the Policia Local. We mention this simply because Nerja is a small resort and there isn't a lot to do there, although we did find a pleasant pub, Lindas', opposite the Hotel Accaculpo Playa( looks like a wine rack), about ten minutes walk from the hotel.
Beer prices were about 3.5 euros per pint. Bacardi and coke about 5 euro (Spanish measure) and Scottish falling down water required a second mortgage.
Hope we haven't put you off. We had a really relaxing ten days in what is a lovely hotel.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Dublin, Ireland
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2013

stayed in hotel balcon de Europa. room with sea view beautiful .aLL staff very friendly and helpful location perfect for restaurants and shops food was very good and buffet breakfast was nice with a great selection

Room Tip: was on sixth floor with sea view beautiful and quiet
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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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Dublin
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104 reviews 104 reviews
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71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2013 via mobile

I stayed here for 3 nights in May 2013 and I could not fault the hotel for cleanliness, service or location. Food etc was top class. I would highly recommend this hotel and Nerja for a holiday or short break.

  • Stayed May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Paseo Balcon de Europa, 1, 29780 Nerja, Spain
Location: Spain > Andalucia > Province of Malaga > Costa del Sol > Nerja
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Luxury Hotel in Nerja
#6 On the Beach Hotel in Nerja
#7 Romantic Hotel in Nerja
#7 Family Hotel in Nerja
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Balcon de Europa 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The hotel is located in the heart of Nerja, at the "Balcon de Europa" square; a balcony looking to the sea. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
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