A very pleasant 4 night stay overall. We've never been to Gibraltar and we were considering this hotel as a possible wedding venue next year. We emailed the hotel twice prior to attending with this information - hoping for some advanced information for our wedding plans; but they didn't reply. Also when we checked in we were treated like strangers. This coupled with a rather 'down at heal' reception area made for a huge anti-climax after the excitement of planning this quick but very important break.
Our room was much better than the reception area with a modern and well fitted bathroom, huge bed and clean surroundings. A small balcony overlooked the rear drinking area and the air conditioning worked fine. The safe was free and simple to program. There was tea and coffee making facilities, a new iron and board and a hair dryer in the dressing table drawer. Hot water was in abundance, the bath large and the shower powerful. The TV was great but with limited UK channels.
We were staying on a B and B basis and breakfast was lovely. Situated on the top floor the restaurant over looked the rooftop pool with panoramic views from the windows across the peninsula. All tastes were catered for with full English, continental and a variety of cakes and pastries. It was self service with table service for tea and coffee.
The hotel is perfectly situated for Main Street and it's huddled together English and Spanish shops together with numerous banks, pubs, restaurants and nick nac shops. At a steady pace Ocean Village could be reached in 15 minutes which has a slightly more upmarket feel with nice restaurants and yet more shops.
The cable car which whisks you to the top of the rock in 3 minutes is also a 15 minute walk from the hotel. This is an essential visit and seeing the monkeys and the caves at the peak was the highlight of the trip.
This hotel is presented as one of the best in Gib, but being brutal it would just about make 3 stars in the UK. It's a mixture of run down, old, and nicely refurbished. That said, all of the staff were polite, friendly and helpful - and due to the fantastic climate bed and breakfast was literally all we did there.
There was a wedding party of 75 on our final night which the hotel seemed to take in its stride. Shame about the guests brief punch up at 5am under our balcony - but that could happen anywhere.
In summary we would definitely revisit Gibraltar and happily stay at this hotel for a few days. But it's most certainly not for us with regards to a wedding - and has gone so far as to put us off marriage abroad full stop. But this is just personal opinion and feelings and I'm sure couples in the 20-35 age bracket would probably find the venue great for tying the knot.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A Warm welcome awaits you at the Gateway to two continents. The O'Callaghan Eliott Hotel is situated in the heart of Gibraltar's business district and tax free shopping areas. The views are magnificent and offer surprising contrasts that combine the famous Rock, Straits of Gibraltar, North Africa and Southern Spain. Soak up the Mediterranean sun at the Rooftop Pool. The Verandah bar with out door terrace is well know for it's jazz evenings on Thursday night's and live music on Saturday nights. Enjoy a meal in our 8th floor Rooftop Bistro Restaurant, while taking in the magnificent views across the Bay of Gibraltar. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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- Eliott Hotel Gibraltar
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