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“Pleasant 2 star .. but for me, somewhat devoid of character” 3 of 5 bubbles
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Hotel Puerta del Mar
Ranked #2 of 38 Hotels in Nerja
Certificate of Excellence
London
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168 reviews
119 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
“Pleasant 2 star .. but for me, somewhat devoid of character”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2012

Overall I have to confess to being disappointed. The hotel's main attraction - the rooftop terrace - is closed (most likely for health and safety reasons) at some of the most dramatic moments of the day (dawn and dusk).

The breakfast area seemed charmless, in an unappealing setting by reception.

The room was a reasonable size but for me uncomfortably narrow with the vaguest musty odour in the fixed wardrobe.

The wall hangings around the hotel comprise pictures of oversized flowers and I found myself wondering why at least there weren't pictures of the amazing local scenery if nothing else.

For the price, there is surely more character to be had elsewhere.

The town with its beaches is a delight, but being over-populated with generally bored Brits, made 2 days quite enough: I was happy to move on.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank LesFlamantsRoses
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
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Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
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44 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 9, 2012 via mobile

My wife and I stayed here early October 2012 on the 1st floor. The hotel itself is a delight, located right next to the Balcon de Europa, and almost central to whatever you are going to do in Nerja.
The room was very clean, twin beds, air con, light and airy.
Buffet style continental breakfast was worth having each morning, in a small but functional area next to the check in desk.
The pool is on the roof, salt water and freezing, but nipping clean. The roof area surrounding the pool has lots of shrubs and pots with lovely flowers, quite sirene.

The staff were helpful and pleasant.

Now to the iffy bits!!!
For us the mattresses were a bit hard, although we are used to a soft 2000 springs mattress back home!
The bathroom ceiling had black mould on it, probably because the fan didn't work.
The white towels provided had holes in the edges, and brown stains that I hope was just sun cream!
The toilet role holder was bust, so we had to perch the loo role on top of the bin.
Hey Ho! We are just talking 2* here you know, so the above is just carping!
Over all this is a great hotel! well placed, nice and clean, a true Spanish gem!

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Thewitts
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Bolton
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29 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2012

Right in the heart of Nerja, less than 2 mins stroll from our room to the Balcon ! Friendly, hardworking staff who keep the place spotless - even the toilet/washroom faciities up on the charming roof top terrace & pool area. Very quiet at night despite the central location, & very efficient air con in the decent size bedroom which included satellite tv, a small fridge & a safe (no charge). Bathroom had full size bath & great "power shower" & there was daily maid service.

Continental breakfast is available from 8am till 11 am & has plenty of choice including meat/cheese platter, yoghurts, cereals, croissants,toast,jams, juices & tea & coffee plus a selection of fresh fruit, & the staff were always on hand to clean tables/replenish stocks.

Well worthy of 4 stars rather than the present 2 star rating.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank David A
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Villach, Austria
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56 reviews
42 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 6, 2012 via mobile

We have passed by in Nerja by car and loved the place , so we decided to stay here for a couple of days, enjoying great summer weather at the beginning of oct. We stepped into the hotel, got offered a good deal for the last available room and did not regret to take it! Very clean & spacious room with big bath room and 1 window facing an inner patio. On the roof top, nice small pool with great panorama, helpful staff at the reception, had quiet nights and relaxing days, Nerja with its beaches is a gem and we would certainly come back to this hotel as well!
We liked to chill at playa calahonda in the beach bar papagayo (nice staff and 2 beers for 3 eur), to eat yummy slices of pizza 15 steps versus north from the church in plaza cavana, and to dine at the restaurante sevillano which has delicious food (esp. seafood & fisc!) gently waiters, and a welcoming roof terrace.

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Polsterzipf
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Peachtree City, Georgia
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5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2012

This lovely hotel is located right by the main plazas and the the owner works hard to make everything on your trip a great experience. Remember this is a two star and you are getting more for your money but it is not a five star. The rooms are a great size and the bathrooms are very large with tubs/showers and bidets. Breakfast was served till 11am so you can sleep in late and was more than adequate but not a hot breakfast. There was coffee, juice, cereals, breads with a toaster provided and plenty of fresh fruit for a continental style. All our questions and concerns were always taken care of by our host. You are lucky if you can book it as it was perfect stay.

Room Tip: Rooms away from the central patio are best as people sit out there and talk at night!
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank GVAZSH
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dublin
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127 reviews
48 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 30, 2012 via mobile

Hotel is in a excellent location beside balcon,staff are very good,breakfast was ok.WiFi is free and very good signal,BBC and itv on television ,very quiet hotel,nice roof top pool and beach is 100 meters

  • Stayed September 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank brendan c
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MSP
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11 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2012

I had some lixed reviews on my recent stay here.
The Pros: Great location, helpful staff, place was spotless.
Cons: My room had a strong smell of cheap perfume, I believe it was cleaning product. The rooms are getting a bid out-dated and there is only 1 outlet in the whole entire room (in the bathroom) which is difficult when you have a phone and computer. Bed was not all that comfortable.

Overall though it was a pleasant stay, my issues were minor. If I do get back to Nerja, I'd probably look to stay somewhere else.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank sone01
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Property: Hotel Puerta del Mar
Address: Calle Gomez s/n, 29780 Nerja, Spain
Location: Spain > Andalucia > Province of Malaga > Costa del Sol > Nerja
Amenities:
Beach Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Nerja
#1 Family Hotel in Nerja
#3 Romantic Hotel in Nerja
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Hotel Puerta del Mar 2*
Number of rooms: 24
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in the heart of Nerja 50 meters from the beaches, this small and recently renovated hotel features a saltwater POOL, Solarium, WiFi, Air/Heating, Refrigerator, Safe, TV. Includes free Continental Breakfast. ... more   less 
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