If you like sipping your chosen beverage whilst watching the world go by, this hotel is for you. Yes a room with a view often means a steep climb to the hotel, but this one offers the choice of a free short bus-ride or a small, if fairly steep climb.
My fellow travellers recommend the Rock Hotel for its views and I am happy to pass on the recommendation. I loved the place. The Rock Hotel is beautifully situated for what must be the best views of the straights of Gibraltar. Yes, it’s located on a busy road and opposite the botanical gardens, so if traffic noise or the dawn chorus is a problem for you, you may need to think again, but it suited me fine.
Other travellers indicate that this hotel is now beyond its 1930s heyday. Yes if you look hard enough, that is true. But I felt the hotel management has done an excellent job in maintaining a large historic building with its guests in mind. Some guests were unhappy the phones in the bedrooms were not working. I gather it’s a work in progress but it didn’t pose a problem for me.
The generous sherry on arrival at reception was a pleasant welcome and the tea and coffee facilities in the room a bonus. My room was spacious, well designed and clean and tidy. The rest of my stay was exactly what I’d expect from a large 4*hotel except my balcony view. That exceeded my wildest dreams and included Morocco, the straights of Gibraltar, the busy shipping lanes, the cruise liner terminal, Spain, the cable car. I loved every bit of it.
A swimming pool is not on my personal wish list when I travel, so the fact the Rock Hotel offers one was an unplanned perk. It is across the road but in a beautifully thought out situation. I enjoyed a relaxing gin and tonic in this peaceful sunny oasis until a large group of travellers arrived who were looking for a livelier afternoon. I moved on to explore the atmospheric botanical gardens opposite the hotel for my peace and quiet. Gibraltar has something for everyone.
If you visit Gibraltar with monkeys in mind, you don’t actually have to leave the hotel! Both the hotel and previous reviews warn travellers not to disregard the warnings about “mischievous monkeys”. Heed these warnings at your peril. I watched a devious gang of three in action as they skillfully skipped over the roof, walls and balconies. Two used the age old technique of cute and innocent as a distraction whilst the third stripped the unfortunate room whose balcony door had not been bolted. These miscreants know exactly what they are doing as they execute their well practiced routine. Packets of sugar, coffee and lollipops flew out of the balcony and then the party began. It’s hugely entertaining to watch other rooms being mugged, but probably best not to be mugged yourself. You make the decision!
Gibraltar offers a perfect quick break for sunshine, views and tourist attractions. It offers a free bus service around the territory with the exception of the airport run which costs a whole £1. For lazy Brits, you don’t have to change currency or learn a language. And if you are driving, fill up your tank before you leave, it’s 30p less per litre than back home!
As for the Rock Hotel – I’ll be back, I loved it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Rock Hotel's 1930s origins are evident in the subtle colours and timeless decoration combining an element of the colonial with more contemporary touches. Ideal for business or leisure, the hotel offers complimentary wifi and smartly designed work or rest areas. The soul of the Rock Hotel lies in its charming decor and friendly and accommodating staff. Bedrooms are elegant and refined and offer the ultimate in comfort. The spacious windows and balconies let the Mediterranean sunlight in and provide breath-taking views of the Bay and Straits of Gibraltar. Each room offers its own unique welcoming atmosphere to make you feel at home. Guests begin the day with a hearty breakfast in the elegant Restaurant and Wisteria terrace. Later in the day, a modern style lunch is served followed by fine dining in the evening. The stylish and sophisticated surroundings are enhanced by the flavours of Mediterranean and Moroccan cuisine as well as the carefully selected wine list. The Lounge Bar is the perfect place to enjoy a coffee, afternoon tea, cocktail or delicious snack, paired with one of the most impressive views of the world - where Europe meets Africa - the bar is open as from 12 noon till midnight. Errol Flynn, Alec Guinness, Andres Segovia and Winston Churchill are just some of the famous names that appear in the historical guest books. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Gibraltar Rock Hotel
- Rock Gibraltar