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Review of Apart Hotel Koala Tarifa

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Apart Hotel Koala Tarifa
Ranked #3 of 19 Hotels in Tarifa
Certificate of Excellence
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Best holiday ever”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 16, 2014

I have never felt so at home as I did here. The hotel is located perfectly, has a fascinating layout, a sun terrace, breakfast delivered to your door and all mod cons that you could wish for. The owners have an eye for design that sets this place away for all others. Always available, always friendly and no request too great. A truly wonderful place to stay and could not recommend more highly.

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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank James A
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koalatarifa, Propietario at Apart Hotel Koala Tarifa, responded to this review, July 19, 2014
Hello Family
thanks a lot for your wonderful words , i am really satisfied that we could have provided
you such a good time ,especially because you guys really worth it .
We hope to see you soon here
All the best to fab surfers
Marta and Bjorn
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    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
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Manilva, Spain
Level Contributor
54 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 27, 2014

The friendly and welcoming owners have included everything a wordily traveller would need, given the shunning of the typical hotel chain offer. A stylish old town house just off the main stretch & quiet enough to miss the hum-drum of the late night bars. Traditional features with modern comforts.

A great bed, great shower, a neat kitchen with some nice touches; great coffee machine, milk, tea & coffee, toaster, jams & pastries all in a neat tiffin box. Mornings, provide fresh bread rolls hung in neat cotton bags on your door handles, un-intrusive and just when you want them.

The garden roof terrace offers the quiet mood of Tarifa town at night & day time with no special views - but relief from the tiny streets & night time heat.

First class choice for anyone discerning.

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  • Stayed June 2014, 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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank at c
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koalatarifa, Gerente at Apart Hotel Koala Tarifa, responded to this review, June 29, 2014
Thank you very much couple and was a placer,all the best !!!!!!!!!!! kind regards!
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Perth, Australia
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28 reviews
18 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 17, 2014

I stayed at the Koala Hotel Apartment for 2 nights. Marta (Spain) and her husband Bjorn (German) are the owners. They're extremely hospitable people and proactively tried to help me when I needed it; I'd badly sprained by back and could hardly move.

The accommodation itself is located in the best part of old town Tarifa and thankfully its away from street noise. Cars, pedestrians and church bells. Because of that and the excellent bed, I slept very well here.

The bedroom had a small kitchen and it was possible to easily cook both nights. The coffee provided was excellent and so was the other breakfast supplies.

The hotel is a boutique style three story original building which accommodates about 5 rooms so its not crowded.

I'd recommend for up market families and friends stays.

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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank adventurephotochalle
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koalatarifa, Gerente at Apart Hotel Koala Tarifa, responded to this review, June 22, 2014
Thanks a lot for your words and we hope to see you again in the future,all the best for both!!!!!!!!!!!!! Marta and Björn
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Hullbridge, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2013

Delightful hotel with personal attention (and tips of places to go) owners excellent, very good location (although the car must be left a little ways) and rooms tastefully decorated. Ideal for a surprise weekend your partner. Breakfast a little sparse.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 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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Thank nick s
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koalatarifa, Gerente at Apart Hotel Koala Tarifa, responded to this review, February 24, 2014
Thank you for your words and we hope you come back next season to enjoy our place and our little town again,kind regards,Marta.
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Denver, Colorado
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 8, 2013

We stayed at the Koala in August, full on summer in Andalusia. Which is basically Africa! Our room AKALO was all the way on top right next to the roof-deck. What a view! Loved the design of the place, modern but not too hipster. With a good working A/C and the evening breeze the temperatures were ideal.
My husband went surfing and running every day, so the shower was something we actually checked on before we made the reservation. Water pressure = thumbs up!
Our room was small but lovely. Everything we needed; we took advantage of the kitchen corner every day to prepare some light meals, used fridge, and espresso machine. Most of the time we ate out, it's so close to the historical center, many eateries to chose from.
The hotel itself is in a small and quiet alley. Super close to the harbor, where you can catch the ferry to Tanger/Morocco. You need a passport which is valid for 6 months after entry and mine was 3 days short of that! One more reason to come back next year :)

  • Stayed August 2013, 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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank JocelynAndTerry
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koalatarifa, Gerente at Apart Hotel Koala Tarifa, responded to this review, February 24, 2014
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Muchas gracias por tu crítica y nos encantará alojarte nuevamente en el futuro,un abrazo!Marta.
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2013

Air conditioning doesn't work ..it will be fixed "tomorrow".. "Tomorrow" never comes... It's the last week in August and a bakers oven would be cooler..
Room safe is locked.. They will find the key "tomorrow"
Toaster doesn't work
Shower blocked
Window blind broken and won't go up
Beach towels available at reception (rarely manned) and there aren't any.. Use the room towels they say... Then you have no clean towels after the beach.

It's well located and reasonably clean but it's far far too expensive for everything not to work... Go somewhere else is my advice

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Mine N
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UK
Level Contributor
71 reviews
59 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 123 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 19, 2013

Like another review here, almost the exact same circumstances. Booked months in advance one of the bigger rooms for 3 nights to attend a wedding. Re-emailed to confirm the room (with garden) which was confirmed by the manager.

Arrived after driving a long distance to the 'apart/hotel'. It's not a hotel as there are no reception facilities. It's at best 'hostel-ish'. We were met by the person who had reconfirmed our booking. He calmly checked us in and took us to a TINY room which defies the belief. When we mentioned our initial reservation, the chap disappears to the reception. Comes back up pretending that there must be some mistake and that somehow the room we booked was given to a couple whom he would ask the room back from the following day. He offered us an upgraded room 'gratis'. This apartment was big, dark and was two double bedrooms. It was musty and as we deliberated on whether to take it, we noticed it was covered in must, with dead insects on the table. We booked through i-escape who were BTW unavailable to deal with the issue, thus, we found a smaller, cleaner room at El Convento. We called the manager to say we were leaving and not to charge us. He didn't. The manager failed to be honest from the outset and tried to blag a crap room on us. When called on it, he tried to wriggle out. He even used his 'I'm looking after my child' as an excuse to not being there when we decided not to stay.

It would appear that this place needs investment. It charges a lot for the apartments, but none of the outside terraces were kempt.
Such a waste of time and effort.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank N L
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Property: Apart Hotel Koala Tarifa
Address: Calle Castelar 11, 11380 Tarifa, Spain
Location: Spain > Andalucia > Costa de la Luz > Tarifa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 19 Hotels in Tarifa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
It's a little hotel with 3 apartments and two rooms with mini-kitchen,with reception,a little garden for only two apartments and a little solarium in the terrace for all the guests.We have diary -cleaning service. ... more   less 
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