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“Exquisitely designed hotel and a very warm welcome” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Hotel El Escondite del Viento

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Hotel El Escondite del Viento
Ranked #2 of 32 Tarifa B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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226 reviews
42 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
“Exquisitely designed hotel and a very warm welcome”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 21, 2012

Most people visit Tarifa because they are windsurfers, want to see dolphins, crave swimming and sun-bathing, or simply want to take the ferry to near-by Morocco. We went there for none of these reasons. We only wanted a brief break from culturally overwhelming places such as Grenada, Cordoba,and Sevilla, so we did little more than walk on the beach in windy April weather.

But El Escondite del Viento "vaut le detour," as the Michelin Guide would say; the hotel is a fine excuse to venture to Tarifa even if you don't really have any business there.

The hotel, in the old town, has a wonderfully transparent lobby, a roof terrace, and some eight rooms, designed with exquisite good taste, decorated with lamps and furniture by such luminosi as Mies van der Rohe. Our room ("Del Viento"; others are called "Y Profundo" and "Muros de Silencio") combined bright colours (blue and orange) and daringly juxtaposed materials (glass, wood, plastic) to create a very pleasant, gay atmosphere.

It made us feel at home -- a feeling that was completed by the truly heart-warming welcome and the profuse advice for places to eat tapas (we ate fine "atun en mantega" in Las Campanas and excellent "solomillo" in An Ca Corro) and to attend a flamenco performance.

We parked our car for €10 (24 hours) at the near-by "Parking Antiguo Cuartel de Infanteria."

Tour to Tarifa to hide from the wind in El Escondite del Viento!

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Barwon Heads, Australia
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7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 21, 2011

Modern rooms in great location. We had apartment style room up on the roof. Funky decor and furniture and frosted glass bathroom wall. Only drawback - church bells - louder as we were on roof. Good host who recommended a restaurant where we had our best meal in Spain - La Mandragora - one minute walk away.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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43 reviews
29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2011

Stayed here for a week in October with my wife and six year old son and had a great time. We found the owners Jose and Alexandrea very welcoming and Jose even played chess with my son on one of the rainy days. Breakfast is made up of cereal, salamis and excellent cheeses.

The rooms are spacious and modern with everything you need and if they don't have it Jose will try his best to help. Situated in the heart of the old town, it is well placed for easy access to the beach and shops all within a five minutes walk. There are a wealth of Tapas bars and quaint shops scattered around the alleyways all offering reasonable food at reasonable prices. The main beach next to the old town is vast and great for surfing off. Visit the Roman ruins down the coast, its worth the short drive.

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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
    • 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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Thank cooldudes1
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 2, 2011

Welcoming, stylish, clean, central.. Special place.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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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Thank Banu_Genc
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Washington, DC
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21 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2011

We stayed here for 2 nights in Oct. The hotel is well situated for a trip to Tangiers, Morocco. You can catch the ferry from the town port.

The inn is situated right in the middle of all the activity in Tarifa. As with many inns in Europe, you have to drag your bags to the door since the entrances are up a very narrow, walking only, pathway.

The inn is decorated in art noveau style. Very modern. everything was clean and we had the room all the way up on the terrace with our own little sitting area.
the room was clean but the drawback was that unless you left the glass sliding door open, you got no breeze since there was no window. Also, the bathroom is enclosed entirely in glass, at least in our room and the other one we saw on the first floor. While that might be fine for most people, if you are traveling with kids, it might pose a bit of a problem!!

Breakfast in the basement foyer was ok-
It is included in the room price. The innkeepers were very helpful, both Jose and his wife.

All in all, I would recommend this inn.

  • Stayed October 2011
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank gotham3
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Overland Park, KS
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5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 1, 2011

We had an extremely clean triple room at this hotel. The room did have a frosted bathroom wall which was no problem - just turned our head when someone was using it. The hotel was in a great location in old Tarifa - walking distance to the port, beaches, shopping, restaurants and the quaint old town and was fairly quite.
Staff was excellent! Wonderful with recommendations, went above and beyond to help set up wind surf lessons, always helpful and pleasant. Also, set out some coffee and rolls for us when we needed to leave early before breakfast.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank lhsmithdds
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Madrid
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 13, 2011

Visiting the south of Spain during the month of November 2010, we planned to stop in Tarifa for one night. Since the weather was so good and the hotel so nice, we decided to stay the whole week. What a nice surprise!! The Hotel was very much like home, Alejandra and jose were so friendly and helpful, the decoration deserves to be published in magizines....In the center of the village but five minutes walk from the beach , the restaurants, the shopping centre...I loved tarifa in winter, so calmed but still amusing. After a day of amazing kite surf, it was great to have a hot bath and enjoy staying in the room with a big DVD selection or go out for a drink without driving.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Cristinatelle
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Property: Hotel El Escondite del Viento
Address: Calle Comendador 1, 11380 Tarifa, Spain
Location: Spain > Andalucia > Costa de la Luz > Tarifa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 32 B&Bs / Inns in Tarifa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Butique hotel in an old buliding completely restaured.Incredible fourniture, Wood and glass, the perfect covination.8 rooms .Silent and light. ... more   less 

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