Spent a night here while visiting the Costa del Luz. The hotel is an amalgam of townhouses which have been opened up to form the hotel with a pretty rear courtyard.
The hotel overlooks the town square and parking is about 150 metres away in a designated area in an underground car park.
The hotel has lots of character on a Moroccan theme. As it is a conversion of an old building it has many quirky features and you need to be pretty mobile to manage all the stairs. Care needs to be taken as there are low ceilings in some of the stairways and it would be easy to knock your head in places if not careful.
Reception staff were friendly and we were shown to the suite we had booked overlooking the courtyard. This was a spacious room with a sitting area and a good size bathroom. Mineral water, tea and coffee, and a kettle were supplied.
Having explored the town, we returned to the room around sunset to freshen up before dinner. This being early February, the nights were cold and it took a while to work out how to switch on the air conditioning unit to provide heat. This should probably have been explained to us on being shown the room.
I decided to wash and take a shower, 5 minutes later I was still waiting for hot water to arrive. On asking reception I was told that the hot water to that room always took a long time to come through, so I returned and about 2 to 3 minutes later hot water was coming out of the taps. What a waste of water though, it had to be run for about 7 minutes. Again, why were we not advised of this on check in.
We had reserved a table in the restaurant which has a Moroccan menu. The food was interesting, well presented and tasted superb. I thought it was excellent value for the quality of the cooking.
After a peaceful night's sleep breakfast the next day was a self service buffet with a good selection of dishes and freshly squeezed orange juice.
Leaving aside the problems with the hot water and heating, I would not hesitate to stay here again if I was in the area.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- La Casa del Califa is Vejer's No.1 hotel, which since its founding in 2001 has become a favourite place to stay in Andalucia for travellers and Spaniards alike. The Califa's origins date back to the 10th century, with the building sitting in the heart of Vejer in the palm filled Plaza de España. The historic hotel offers views across the marshes, forests, and hills of the Atlantic coast. The Califa offers a wide range of rooms, from simple doubles to luxurious suites, catering to guests of all tastes. The rooms are spread out among interwoven buildings linked by staircases and courtyards, with a characteristic Andalucian patio garden at its heart. The Califa is the ideal place from which to explore the Atlantic Costa de la Luz (the Coast of Light) & the 'Sierras' of Cádiz. The cultural and outdoor attractions are endless: walking, bike riding, trekking, birdwatching, painting, visiting Cape Trafalgar, seafaring Cádiz, long empty beaches, quiet palm-filled plazas, the sherry bodegas of Jerez, kitesurfing, horseback riding through pine forests, a day trip to Tangiers, sunset drinks on the hotel terrace, magical white towns...all this and more is a daily experience at La Casa del Califa. In our small and intimate hotel, you will find just the right balance of comfort and decor combined with wonderful views, tranquility, and of course excellent service. Convenient private covered parking is located just 80m. from the hotel. ... more less
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