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“Lovely Hotel - worth the extra for location”
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Hurricane Hotel
Ranked #13 of 19 Hotels in Tarifa
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed September 11, 2013

A really lovely hotel, although it’s not the cheapest in the area, but we felt it was worth the extra for the convenience of being close to the stables and Club Mistral which are on site. We’d booked riding for 4 days.

The pool was a tad chilly when we went (May). The gardens are beautiful and although it’s really windy on the beach the pool area is a sheltered sun-trap.

Good food, plenty of choice for breakfast & dinner and the beach bar for lunch was our favourite.

The room was fine although personally a little noisy as our room was at the front which is close to the road, even though it’s approx. 100m back from the road.

Overall a really nice atmosphere and will definitely go back especially as the riding was superb. The horses were fantastic and really well cared for.

The hotel is situated on the main road, just a few miles outside Tarifa so you’d need a car. If you’ve booked this hotel, I’d recommend checking Google street view which will help you when trying to find it, although there is a large sign on the road.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 29, 2013

Overall this is a smart hotel with beautiful gardens and direct access to a fabulous beach. Dinner on the terrace is quite an elegant affair and food both here and at the beachside restaurant at lunch was good. Rooms and bathrooms were fine although pretty basic for Euro185 a night (facing sea) I think it was 160 for a room on the other side. The oddest thing however was the ramshackle collection of tatty furniture in reception which looked like it had been around for many many years and the somewhat eccentric and chaotic staff all of whom were nice although few spoke english. When checking out they had not included some drinks I had had at the bar the previous evening but had included several I hadn't ordered at dinner. There are cubbyholes stuffed with paper receipts and it is easy to see why confusion might occur. I suspect that they have been doing things their way for years and see no reason to do anything differently. Depending on what you are used to this place could be seen as charmingly eccentric or slightly shabby and inefficient. It's got more personality than many hotels and if you prefer somewhere a little less bland and corporate you will enjoy it.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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Thank fergus w
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Reviewed August 25, 2013

I have stayed here twice now and also once at the sister hotel the Punta Sur just nearby. Both are excellent and the Hurricane is just delightful. The rooms are super comfortable and the buildings in neo-colonial or Moroccan style are endearing. The chiringuito offers a great way to have lunch including, unusually for Spain, a wonderful salad bar. There are two generous an deep swimming pools, a fitness centre, table tennis, stables for horse riding, rentals of surfing kit. But most importantly the place is built round the most beautiful gardens offering a real chill-out feel. The staff are attentive but not overly so. Breakfast (included) is excellent. The restaurant is a nice open air setting and the food is quite good. This really is a place to relax - enjoy the beaches (stairways direct from the gardens), food, nearby Tarifa and the overally experience.

Room Tip: Sea views are more expensive - as you won't be in your room much I would choose a mountain view...
  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank sunny_jay_jay
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Reviewed August 20, 2013

We chose this hotel because of its proximity to the Mistral Club and the stables (Hurricane Hipica) and the fact that it has direct beach access. We had 'mountain view' rooms which weren't too noisy for us, it was windy so we could hear the wind in the trees most of the time. The road is far enough away. You can't of course see any 'mountains' but there is a wide communal veranda. The rooms and bathrooms are well set out and spacious, nothing fancy but very clean. The best option if you don't want to spend too much on the rooms. I don't think the front rooms actually have a sea view due to the trees. Beach towels are provided which isn't mentioned on the site, but good to know beforehand. The staff are very helpful and friendly. The hotel isn't quite as fancy as it appears on the site. It's in need of a general update but the terrasse/dining area is very nice.
We hired a car which is necessary to travel to the main kite spot (the beach at the Hurricane isn't suitable for kiting), Tarifa town and for sightseeing e.g. Vejer. The Hurricane beach is good for SUP and beginner wind surfing. The stables were great, good professional tuition and guides. Well kept stables and healthly horses. Nice rides out on the beach and in the hills.
The breakfast was good, bread, fruit, cereals, boiled eggs, ham, cheese. Different juices and great selection of tea and coffee. No bacon, eggs, omlettes, pancakes etc though. Best to avoid peak breakfast times if you don't like being jostled waiting for your toast! The breakfast area is rather small.
Lunch was excellent, copious salads, paellas, roast chicken, burgers down at the beach restaurant. Nice shady dining area and very relaxing. There's the same restaurant at Club Mistral, Valdevaqueros (also good but not as relaxing/friendly).
We had one evening meal, sat out on the grass which was lovely. The food was good but not amazing, but the setting made up for it and the service was good and friendly. There were 20 of us adults and children so not an easy group to cater for!
The pool area isn't the best for small children and people with mobility problems, the surface is very uneven and narrow around the pool. Although there is a grassy area. The steps down to the beach are also quite challenging. The short step ladder into the pool is not the easiest to negotiate and the pool quite deep, 1.40m-2m if I remember correctly. There is a second quieter pool area for adults, the pool is the same but deeper. It's not quite as zen as it looks on the site and needs a bit of TLC (tidying up). It's quiet and relaxing though and there is a very small gym where yoga classes are held most mornings.
There are very few hotels right on the beach in this area (lots of camp sites) and this is possibly the best. The only downside for me was that the garden is not as lush/tidy as it should be and there is a very un-sightly overgrown stagnant green pond at the bottom of the steps from the rooms to the pool!! Overall very good with just a few things that could easily be improved to warrant the rather expensive rooms.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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2  Thank Denise R
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Reviewed August 5, 2013

We have been visiting this hotel for many years and after a break of a couple of years we went again in July. Still the same ambiance, still the same good quality food and service. To sit on the patio down on the cliffside having lunch in the midday sun is just magical, watching the fish jumping and the wind surfers plying their art is an added attraction. Keep it up for more years to come Hurricane.

Room Tip: Get one with the sea views
  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank gh3340973
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Reviewed July 10, 2013

The hotel is set in lovely gardens, just off the main road from Tarifa to Cadiz. I suspect 'mountain view' rooms, which face the road, may get some noise from this busy highway. Our room faced the rear garden / swimming pool area and was very quiet.
The reception staff were excellent and extremely helpful, and the bar / lounge area is very pleasant. There is a decent size swimming pool in the rear garden, beyond which is a path which leads past a pool bar and outdoor lounge area, down some steps onto the wonderful beach.
The hotel is a car ride from Tarifa but does have it's own restaurant, with meals served on the rear terrace and around the pool - a very attractive place to eat. However, the food was good but not exceptional, especially as, like the hotel itself, it is quite expensive. This 'value for money' aspect is the reason I've only given 4*, everything else was very pleasing, and we would certainly go back again

Room Tip: 'Mountain View' Rooms are in lovely gardens set back from the road, but facing it. It is a b...
  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank DaveT8282
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Reviewed June 20, 2013

Have stayed at this hotel a number of times now so I clearly do like it. However, the more you visit the more you see what is not as you would like it to be. This hotel does have a lovely location, right on the water front (not visible from rooms). The gardens are really well kept and have amazing flowers - the gardener knows what he is doing! - This is a relaxed hotel and the decor of the public areas are beginning to show this. They are starting to need a bit of TLC. Likewise the bedrooms, although they are adequate with comfy beds. You can hear the traffic from the road if you stay in a mountain view rooms. Breakfast is quite good (a cold buffet) with lots on offer. When its warm they set tables out near the swimming pool and its really nice sitting out in the gardens for dinner. The food is quite good with various grilled meats and fish on offer. Would have been nice to have the menu in English as some staff seem reluctant to help/explain what is on offer. We resorted to taking our laptop to dinner and getting a translation on line! Generally some staff seem on the unfriendly side and not very attentive. You do get the feeling you are a bit of a nuisance sometimes! Having said all that the building is absolutely amazing and that coupled with the gardens I would stay there again if I was visiting Tarifa.

Room Tip: Mountain side rooms can be a bit noisy with traffic from the road which runs by the hotel.
  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank geridine
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Address: Ctra. Nac. 340,Km.78, 11380 Tarifa, Spain
Location: Spain > Andalucia > Costa de la Luz > Tarifa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#7 On the Beach Hotel in Tarifa
Price Range: $91 - $161 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Hurricane Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 33
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Founded by the Whaley brothers in 1983, the Hurricane quickly became Tarifa's most famous hotel, renowned for its laid-back atmosphere and unique setting. It is one of the only beach-front hotels in Tarifa, and boasts spectacular views across the straits to Morocco. The Moroccan-inspired architecture is enhanced by the tropical gardens and two large swimming pools. ​ The hotel Beach Bar overlooks the sea, and is the perfect place for a relaxed lunch. In the evenings, the garden transforms into a candlelit restaurant overlooking the pool. The Hurricane has a gym, riding stables, a surf school, and two swimming pools. ... more   less 
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