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“Disapointing”
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Hotel Carabeo
Ranked #14 of 37 Hotels in Nerja
Certificate of Excellence
Wicklow, Ireland
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41 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Disapointing”
Reviewed October 4, 2013

We had tapas on the Carebeo and it was great and I would recommend it to everyone however it did not match the experience we had when we ate on the terrace. I ordered the piri piri chicken which is rare for me as I am not a fan of ordering chicken in restaurants and my wife ordered the ravioli. The ravioli was great however my fear was soon realised whan the piri piri chicken arrive and it was raw. Annoyed, as eating this could have damaged the remainder of my holiday, I alerted the waitress and asked for the food to be sent back. This resulted in my wife eating her meal alone and finishing it before my meal arrived back. I then felt under pressure to finish my now cooked chicken (although the sauce looked completely diffferent after being warmed up). So although together we felt like we ate seperately, killing all the romance we had hoped for the evening.
In summary, what a shame! We had hoped for such alot more and were bitterly disappointed so there won't be a next time!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Menai Bridge, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
Reviewed September 25, 2013

What to say about this charming little hotel? It doesn't have the nicest hotel room I've ever stayed in, and it's very expensive. Would I stay here again? Absolutely! The service is impeccable and the location stunning. It was such a pleasure to wake up every morning to a wonderful view and to know that when you went down for breakfast, you wouldn't be fighting with several hundred other holidaymakers for the best table and mediocre food. Likewise if you fancied a day by the pool, no scrabbling for sun beds, with towels on them that mysteriously appear overnight, it just wasn't done. When the hotel was full, and it always is, there's plenty for everyone. How many hotels have you stayed in, where the receptionist comes out to wave you off when you're leaving? Every single member of staff made you feel that you were special and couldn't do enough to help.
We stayed in "el Salon", which is described as a junior suite with a small balcony. The room was nice, but the air conditioning not fantastic. The balcony was long and narrow, not brilliant, but we do like our outside space, and this may not be a problem for many people.
We ate twice at the hotel restaurant (34), what a treat. Fantastic food, attentive service, and accompanied by the sound of the waves crashing on the rocks below.
Hotel Carabeo is a little piece of "Heaven on Earth". We can't wait to go back, and have already booked for next year (a different room tho')

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 16, 2013

I cannot praise the service , food and location which made my birthday really memorable. Thank you restaurant 34.Maggi was extremely helpful in planning the evening so that the menu fitted all our different needs. Everything was just perfect & the food outstanding. I would highly recommend this restaurant and the views from the terrace are superb.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 7, 2013 via mobile

Just had a special dinner here,been many times in the past (10 Years) just waited 1 hour and 10 minutes between courses!!!when we asked we were told it was because they had 2 big parties in!!!!as if that was a good enough reason!!!!The Standard of food was excellent but really let down by very poor service!!!After speaking to the duty manager he said that they will contact us by email,we wait to see.Shame because this has been a favourite place of ours and our extended Family for over a decade!

Stayed September 2013
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Cork, Ireland
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Reviewed September 2, 2013 via mobile

Didn't stay here but went to the restaurant twice in one week. The decor of the bar, reception and restaurant are so fabulous. The food is excellent. Would say easily that this is the most beautiful restaurant I've ever been in. A must see/visit. Next time I'm booking into the hotel

  • Stayed August 2013
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Blackburn
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21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed August 20, 2013

What a wonderful week - we stayed at the Carabeo for a week from 3rd August staying in the 'Torrecilla'. A beautiful room overlooking the old town street below. It's hard to explain the decor in the hotel but it is tres chic and very quirky. Staff are very friendly, beautiful breakfast and Restaurant 34 is amazing. The pool is perfect and we would recommend it every time.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Sunderland
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7 hotel reviews
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Reviewed August 17, 2013 via mobile

Went with my wife for my 56th birthday. Pre-ordered suckling pig and booked table via email in UK. This is probably our 6th visit to the restaurant and have always been impressed. On this occasion we were not disappointed. We were shown quickly and efficiently to our seats and our drinks order taken whilst menu and wine list were left for our perusal. A short time later, a waiter, who we had met on most of our previous visits came and gave us the extensive specials menu (well done for remembering the wide variety of choices). I chose a smoked salmon starter whilst my wife opted for no starter as, unfortunately, we cannot eat as much as we could in our youth. The salmon came on a wooden platter, 3 large swirls of smoked salmon, salad, horseradish dip and blinis. They were kind enough to bring two plates to allow my wife to sample some of my starter. Our main courses came promptly, pork cheeks in a Malaga sauce with cauliflower puree, asparagus and fondant potatoes for my wife and the suckling pig with sage potato rosti and mixed vegetables. Both dishes were very well presented and the flavours were exquisite. We were so full after our main courses we felt we could only order coffee, however, three of the waiters presented me with a complimenary tiramasu, with candle, and a glass each of rosada cava, whilst singing, in Spanish, happy birthday. A lovely touch, which needn't have been done. Our bill, with drinks and a bottle of rosada cava came to €107. Obviously not cheap but, in our opinion, well worth it. We must have had at least 5 members of staff serve various things to us during the meal. They were extremely polite and efficient and made us both feel special on a special night.

Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: 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
#8 On the Beach Hotel in Nerja
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Carabeo 3*
Number of rooms: 7
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