A major refurbishment is due to relaunch this prime location, art deco, liner of a hotel, cant wait, I bet it will be fabulous.
At the moment though, it's like staying at a Great Aunt's grand, old house; warm and comfortable enough, but very much lived in, (some may say shabby even?) and with small, almost abandoned grounds. Added to this, she doesn't seem to hear everything you say and her old Hoover doesn't pick up everything it should. If this would bother you and you want fresh painted, shiny new everything- stay somewhere else, this isnt for you (yet!)
The view from all sea facing rooms is ever changing and pretty special when compared with the usual flat ocean horizon. Look out over the Botanical Gardens and architectural goods sheds (which are surely just years away from redevelopment into a chi-chi Cape Town style waterfront development?) and then past the busy commercial harbour yard, into the bay beyond. Here schools of big boats bob at anchor being filled with tax free fuel by shoals of small Gib tankers. Behind them is the busy Spanish port of Algeciras whose ships of all sizes arrive and depart throughout the day, twinkling as they do at night.
Not enough in a hotel view? Well see that hazy headland a dozen miles over the straits there on the left? That's Africa. Quite something.
The fresh paw prints up the exterior walls and faint whiff of pee n poo on our balcony warned us that the sign saying monkey room service was unlikely, was hopeful rather than factual.
Gibraltar monkeys (the cheeky, fruit eating variety, not the cheeky, tax dodging type) have been playing Trick or Treat on the terraces and tables of the Rock Hotel for many generations.
Every time new guests check in, the apes may be in for five days of feasting in return for photo opportunities with monkey loving couples, or get screamed at and shooed away by belt wielding businessmen, fearing for their Blackberrys. They truly must think us humans are a right risky, schizo species to live alongside and its no surprise that some prefer bag-snatching to begging and have lost patience with us temperamental tourists. They just want your food and will do almost anything to get it; rather like the Tax Free and tat shops on Main Street will do anything to get your cash. Be wary of both and you should be OK.
- 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