We had previously stayed at a different, more glitzy but impersonal hotel in Nerja one February, but this time decided to stay en famille at the Balcon de Europa, where family members had been staying for some years.
The hotel is centrally positioned in the town, right on the Balcon de Europa, and the hotel cascades down to a small beach at the foot of the small promontory.
Staff at the hotel are very friendly and helpful. It should be said that the clientele is mostly at least middle aged and mostly above, but that makes for a restful, moderate kind of holiday and is definitely a major plus. Most of the English fellow guests said they came to the hotel time after time.
Our room was a very good size with two large single beds pushed together. Air conditioning was welcome as the summer sun turned itself to full during our stay. There was no bath, but there was a large walk-inshower with a huge shower head, toilet, bidet and sink. There was a hair dryer provided, plus beach towels [on showing a card given at check-in]
There was satellite TV in the room on a flat screen TV so we got to see the brilliant Canadian F1 Grand Prix after dinner one evening.
We had a very large balcony with sea view and a wind-down awning, two chairs and a table. It could have accommodated reclining chairs, which was a definite omission, we thought. Most balconies at the hotel are a lot smaller, and would only take seats.
Maid service was excellent.
We were surprised to find free WiFi – we had expected to have to try and find a café nearby for that. The WiFi was pretty fast, and a definite plus point.
We stayed on a half-board basis. Breakfast was a buffet, featuring everything from cold meats to a fried breakfast. Cava-based Buck’s Fizz at breakfast is a nice start to the day. I was disappointed at the fruit – most was tinned. The restaurant overlooks the sea and in summer they roll back the windows so it is in effect a terrace.
Dinner was taken in the same room, and one evening we were treated to the passing of a school of dolphin right in front of the room. On two nights of our stay dinner was a buffet, the rest of the time it was waiter service. Food was certainly acceptable, if not outstanding.
There is a tiny pool and pool area at the top of the hotel, though the pool is not heated and so quite cold, even on hot days. The sea, likewise, is too cold for me in June, so this was not a swimming holiday for me. As quite a few people did swim, albeit taking some time and facial grimaces to get in, perhaps on reflection it is a history of travel to warmer waters that has softened me! The water is crystal clear on calm days, and for most days the sea was like a millpond.
There is some competition for sunbeds both around the hotel pool and the beach and beach terrace, and some bed baggers are in evidence occasionally.
Nerja is a great place for strolling around, and there is no better place to start than at the Balcon.
While we were there it seemed to be the Irish wedding season as we saw several taking place at the small church around the corner, with photographs being taken on the Balcon afterwards.
For a photographer, Nerja is a delight, with crystal clear light and a combination of sea, mountain and narrow street views.
In summary, the Hotel Balcon de Europa is an excellent hotel, right in the middle of the old town in an area that is for the most part free of cars.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The hotel is located in the heart of Nerja, at the "Balcon de Europa" square; a balcony looking to the sea. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Balcon De Europa Nerja
- Balcon De Europa Hotel