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“Don't bother with any other hotel in Nerja!”
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Hotel Carabeo
Ranked #14 of 37 Hotels in Nerja
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed June 16, 2011

Very few hotels grab the opportunity to get everything right - but this one does.
Location - perfect - on the cliffs overlooking the sea, in the midst of the old town.
Staff - Welcoming, helpful, friendly (especially Manny in the bar) and professional.
Rooms - On our honeymoon we were lucky enough to stay in the Penthouse at a brilliant off peak rate. The view was amazing, the bed very large and comfortable. The penthouse is decked out for longer stays with loads of storage, two TV's and two lounge areas. We really wished we had stayed longer.
Food - OMG - the Gambas Pil Pil at Cafe 34 were the best, freshest, most perfectly flavoured prawns we have eaten ANYWHERE. (That is a huge statement for Aussies who are prone to eating prawns every day over summer!). Every other dish we sampled was fantastic also, some of the best tastes we had in our four weeks all over Spain.
Website - tells you everything you need to know and is very accurate to what you will see there. We followed the excellent directions to the parking and didn't get lost - which I imagine would be easy to do, had they not bothered with such detail!
Outdoor areas - the pool / sunbaking / outdoor dining area was beautiful.
Overall - a really lovely, romantic little hotel, with loads of character and plenty of reasons to try to return!

Room Tip: Splash out for the penthouse!
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  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 12, 2011

We stayed in the Hotel Carabeo for just a few days in the summer of 2010 for a friend's birthday celebration...high summer wouldn't have been our choice for a visit, but the Carabeo was cool, comfortable and felt like an oasis after the heat of a day outside. So this year we stayed for a week at the end of May, and it was even nicer. We asked for a room with a terrace (at the back of the building) which was just gorgeous. View of the sea, early sea air coming in off the terrace in the morning, quiet...what more could we ask for?

Our room was as beautifully appointed as before, what I take to be old Spanish furniture, nice paintings, very sumptous but not flash at all. The hotel is small with a restaurant attached and tapas at lunchtime from the bar, or sit outside on the pedestrianised road in front. There is a lovely, if cool pool, lots of nooks and crannies to sit in, shady or sunny and a patio overlooking the sea.

The location is in an older part of town, fairly quiet and three minute walk to the Balcon, shops, etc. There are a number of beaches to choose from though we usually tended to walk to the most Eastern one where there are beach restaurants, sunbed rentals etc.

We had a most relaxing holiday and the staff were as pleasant and friendly as before. Breakfast is buffet style with fruit, cereals, fresh breads, cakes, Spanish tortilla, cured meats, tomato, cheese as well as sausages, eggs etc. All excellent, as well as freshly-squeezed orange juice and good coffee or tea.

We also revisited Restaurant 34, which is even better than before. We sat outside under the arbour by the pool by candlelight. Service was friendly and helpful. We had fabulous scallops, and most delicate beef carpaccio, a perfect classic sole meuniere and succulent prawn brochette. My partner had a dessert that he mmmmed and ahhhed about for some time. Really outstanding food!

We travelled on to Granada for a further week, which was a real contrast to Nerja, really interesting impressive city. But we will probably be back to the Carabeo again...it is just so civilised and relaxing.

  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 27, 2011

Everything about the hotel makes you want to return. The staff ,the food, the location are all excellent - there are no down sides and we will certainly retur.

  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed April 7, 2011

We stayed in Carabeo for my sister's wedding in Nerja in October. I never write on these reviews, but that hotel management and staff deserve a mention. It was absolutely excellent. Great service, so friendly and helpful ( with lots of last minute things we needed). The hotel is a lovely stroll from the centre of the town and over ooking the sea. The rooms were typical spanish style - beautiful. The food in the restaurant there is fantastic, so even if you don't stay in the hotel, you should go there for dinner.
Can't say enough about this place - if you are in the Nerja area, make a point of visiting it for dinner or a stay over. - Very special place.

  • Stayed: October 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 8, 2011

Their is not enough I can say about Hotel Carabeo. We have been traveling to Nerja for many years and have stayed in Hotel Carabeo several times. Everytime we return it gets better and better. The restaurant is outstanding and compares to any of the best places to eat in New York, Paris, Dubai.....
It truly deserves it's Michelin recommendation and more. The Pork 34 dish is outstanding.
My job takes me all over the world but no where is as special as a break in Hotel Carabeo. The team of Lucan, Jose, Maggie, and Margaret look after you so well. This place is so special we booked out the entire place and held our wedding reception here in October 2010.
Anyway do not think twice about booking your stay here. We are already looking forward to our next visit.

Niall and Kelley Hoey, Dubai

  • Stayed: October 2010
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Reviewed October 16, 2010

We had a lovely stay in the penthouse suite of the hotel. It's really more like an apartment (no kitchen - not that we wanted one). The view of the ocean from the balcony is stunning.
I loved all the English decor and details. The staff is charming and helpful. The only funny thing about the penthouse suite is the bathroom having sloped ceilings. My husband could not stand upright in front of the toilet. I giggled often as i heard him bonk his head once again. I would stay there again in a heartbeat.
Oh, by the way. we rented a car and drove there which was a mistake. There is very limited parking in late September since they are preparing for a festival. Apparently any other time of year that is not a problem.

  • Stayed: September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 13, 2010

We have just returned from our honeymoon at the Hotel Carabeo and it was fabulous. I would recommend it to anyone, honeymooners, romantics, lovers or even just friends, as I am sure you will be in love, if not with each other, at least with the place by the time you leave.
We have stayed at the Hotel Carabeo before so we knew what to expect, but it was even better than before.
The owner, Lucan, clearly takes note of his guests' comments and now there are tea and coffee in the rooms and bacon and eggs included in the breakfast buffet.
I would particularly like to commend the reception team, Jose, Margaret and Maggi. They are a class act. Professional old fashioned service tending to all our needs, even the ones we didn't know we had, made our honeymoon just perfect.
Thanks again to all at the Hotel Carabeo.

  • Stayed: October 2010, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Hotel Carabeo

Address: Calle Hernando de Carabeo 34, 29780 Nerja, Spain
Location: Spain > Andalucia > Province of Malaga > Costa del Sol > Nerja
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Nerja
#4 Family Hotel in Nerja
#7 On the Beach Hotel in Nerja
Price Range: $92 - $269 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Carabeo 3*
Number of rooms: 7
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Also Known As:
Hotel Carabeo And Restaurant 34
Carabeo Hotel Nerja

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