As the other reviews point out, this is truly a unique/boutique hotel, but be prepared for the conditions that go with such a unique and quirky place. We, like most of the people posting reviews, had a fun stay, but wanted to point out a few things. This is about as far from a corporate/chain hotel as you can get, which comes with both charm and challenges.
The views from the various patios and particularly the rooftop bar, are spectacular. You can clearly see Morocco from the bar. The people that work there are very, very nice and speak English very well, which is important since you need them to give very specific directions to get to the parking garage or anywhere in town. They all went out of their way to make the stay enjoyable.
There are many unique little common areas-we were just off the “map room” and a few steps from one of the many patios. One of the charms is wandering through the various nooks and crannies of the property-after a few hours, we found the staircase that took us right to the restaurant. By the way, do book a reservation for dinner in the restaurant-the food is very good and the Mediterranean cuisine was a nice change after several days of tapas. The breakfast was very good too, and my wife loved the machine that freshly squeezed the orange juice. While there are no chaffing dishes for hot food, the waitstaff was bringing out cooked to order eggs for people.
It is clear that no two rooms are alike and the amenities and conditions change from room to room. Our room was fine-bed was comfortable and there was room for our luggage, but the bathroom was very tired looking and the toilet kept running-the lady at the reception desk had to come and fix it and said it was caused by the toilet in the bathroom that was adjacent to it that a few of the other rooms shared. Yes, some rooms share a bathroom, so be sure to ask when booking. The air conditioning was loud and cooled the room, but not sure how well it would do on a very hot day.
Please be aware that there are a lot of stairs at this hotel and you need to navigate the steep and narrow stairways to get everywhere-the rooms, the patios, the bar, the restaurant….. The stairs are also difficult to navigate if you have trouble lifting your luggage since they won’t roll up and down the stairwells-not a problem for us, but could be for others if not aware.
The hotel’s website links you to google maps to get directions, but for some reason, the directions do NOT lead you to the hotel. After a few minutes of driving around, we got back on the highway and followed the signs to Vejer and then drove straight up (and I mean UP) to the hotel, which is next to one of the town squares. The receptionist apologized and said that she had heard that from others. We quickly discovered that the beach is not exactly “walkable” given the steep climb (or descent). The parking lot is not difficult to find once they give you directions, but be sure to unload luggage before driving down to the garage.
Overall, we had a very enjoyable stay at this hotel, and for us, the charms outweighed the challenges.
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Many thanks for your comprehensive review and we are very glad you really enjoyed your stay. Allow me however to correct you on a few points:
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1. There are NO shared bathrooms at the Califa, and there will be none in any hotel you visit in Spain. Shared bathrooms were phased out many years ago and even then only applied to Pensiones. If of course you stay in a private house or unregistered tourist accommodation you might find a shared bathroom. All our bathrooms are fully equipped with power showers, hairdryers etc. etc.
2. There is no beach in Vejer and there never has been. Vejer has a beach 10km. away and to my knowledge there is no mention of a beach in the town in any promotional material either ours or of the tourist authorities. Vejer is unique in Andalucia in being a very well preserved walled town with a nearby beach and therefore has the character of a hill town rather than a seaside resort. You can walk to the beach through the Las Breñas Nature Park. The walk will take about 2 and a half hours.
3. For TA readers information. The map is a Google Map configured exactly to our address. The map and address are correct. If you follow the map it will lead you directly to the hotel. However if you follow the Map written directions the very last direction - Turn right onto Plaza de España. Destination will be on the left - could be misinterpreted depending on the angle that you drive into the Plaza. The correct direction should be - Go straight into the Plaza de España. Destination will be on the left. I hope that helps!
Thanks again for your comments and we look forward to seeing you again - James Stuart
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