Like some other recent reviewers, we booked Christmas week at The Rock. We flew from Manchester so were spared the problems of Gatwick. We had booked in February so we expected the refurbishment to have been finished. Having read the comments of other reviewers, we were a bit concerned by November that the work may not have been completed, so checked with the hotel and the travel agent and found, as did others, that it hadn't even started. We considered cancelling or being moved to another hotel (for a price!) but neither of the two offered by the Agent were in as good a position as The Rock, and didn't have the same reputation, so we went to The Rock anyway. We were so glad we decided to stay. The décor was, indeed, looking a bit neglected but since a delayed, multi-million pound renovation was about to begin, that was not surprising. Everywhere was spotlessly clean, the staff friendly and efficient and our enjoyment was not affected in any way. The quality of the Christmas lunch exceeded our expectations. We had several meals in both the main dining room and the terrace bar and were perfectly happy with the quality, size and service throughout our stay. Some time ago a reviewer used the phrase 'faded elegance' and we would go along with that. Let's not forget, the staff have been waiting a long time for this refurbishment too. Mr Danino, the Manager, went to some trouble to make sure our disappointment was minimised and we were grateful to him for his personal attention. One of the bedrooms has been prepared to demonstrate how it will look after refurbishment and it looks quite impressive. Double glazed windows will keep out the traffic noise and louvred shutters will allow fresh air in but keep the monkeys out. Our only grumble was with the travel agency who, since they had known for months that the refurbishment was delayed, could have warned us and offered an alternative earlier. As it happened, we were pleased we didn't take it. We understood that the refurbishment will be completed by the late Summer and we look forward to staying again sometime.
- 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