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“Very nice, although not the greatest value”
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Hotel Dos Mares
Ranked #4 of 19 Hotels in Tarifa
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Seattle, Washington
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“Very nice, although not the greatest value”
Reviewed June 24, 2009

We decided to visit Tarifa on our Spanish trip thanks to a glowing recommendation in the Rick Steve's guide. It's a great place to visit before or after the ferry ride to Tanger.

We had a hard time finding a great place to stay, but Dos Mares was recommended to us by a friend. In general we were happy with the stay. The facility is a very nice beach resort with good restaurants, a great beach, a pool (which was not maintained very well), a very good breakfast buffet, and some nice rooms. We stayed in a cabana which was a very large room, beach views and a big bathroom. But there was no refrigerator in the room (would have been nice for cooling water), the bed was AWFUL on our backs, the staff was pretty ambivalent (especially the front desk staff), and it was pretty expensive.

So even though it was not a great 'value', it was a good place to stay overall and we enjoyed ourselves. I think if they worked on a few things it would be a much better place, but if you want a decent place to stay and don't mind the things I listed, you should be very happy!

Note: It is about 10 minutes by car from Dos Mares to the town center, and if you have a car it is not an issue. But if you don't have a car, it's not really a viable place to stay...

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 23, 2008

Having booked the Punta Sur, supposedly the no. 1 hotel in Tarifa we were taken aback to discover it was the wrong side of the very busy road and looked rather unkempt. With young children in tow we felt it was unsuitable and Dos Mares was recommended.
We had a very positive experience, The hotel is pretty safe for young kids and it is on the beautiful beach, there is a nice pool which is fenced in and plenty of garden area for kids to run around.
Breakfasts are not great and only the main restaurant was open at night as we were staying off peak. The food in the main restaurant was at times really good, there's obviously a good chef in residence.
Our family room was spacious and clean and the hotel in general is well maintained.
The staff were in the main very helpful, but beware of a couple of grumpy bar staff!
You'll need a car here as its about 5km from Tarifa.

  • Liked — clean and well maintained
  • Disliked — The unfriendly bar staff!!
  • Stayed May 2008, traveled with family
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Property: Hotel Dos Mares
Address: Ctra. N 340 Km 79.5, 11380 Tarifa, Spain
Location: Spain > Andalucia > Costa de la Luz > Tarifa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Tarifa
#5 Romantic Hotel in Tarifa
#7 Family Hotel in Tarifa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Dos Mares 3*
Number of rooms: 46
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