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Hotel La Casa del Califa Hotel
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Reviewed June 6, 2013

Things did not get off to a good start as we were placed in a tiny (&ancient) room "Nogal" which was very damp and claustrophobic, and had the constant buzz of a dehumidifier (which we had to empty twice) which led to an awful nights sleep. Next morning the hot water did not work. Very grumpy, I asked for a different room and this request was willingly granted - a lovely airy room next to the "Map Room". What a difference! We now started to enjoy the joy of this place. All sorts of interesting little public areas, terraces & nooks and crannies. Everything is the highest quality. The breakfast area and food is brilliant (even comes with a friendly cat). Finding a close park is about as likely as winning the lottery - be prepared to mountain goat it from the public carpark. The restaurant is good but you should book or you may miss out on the fine food on offer.

Room Tip: Be careful to check out the "named" rooms - they are many centuries old and may have dampness issues - I believe the numbered rooms are less ancient.
  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 4, 2013

Beautiful experience every time I have stayed here. The North African vibe really makes you feel as though you are somewhere even more exotic than Vejer and the restaurant is wonderful and food fabulous.

Room Tip: I have stayed in three of the rooms and all have been wonderful
  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank emilyorr
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Reviewed June 1, 2013

Positives: The location of the hotel is perfect, right in the old heart of Vejer. Califa is a stone's throw from the old town wall and the most breath-taking panoramic views. Situated on the Plaza de España the hotel is right next to bars, restaurants and a shop which sells essentials (water, sanitary products etc).

The hotel itself is beautiful; a labyrinthine maze of pretty ceramics, white stone, little windows and flowers/plants. The terrace outside our room was beautiful and a great place to sit in the sun with some Moroccan Mint Tea. The bar also has its own rooftop terrace which was very popular. The hotel is filled with interesting and unique finds from the owner's travels (apparently) and there are a lot of nice touches in terms of the aesthetic. We particularly liked a small library/study room with old maps of Vejer. It is a very attractive place.

Our room (Number 10, a "Tiny" room) was of a perfectly acceptable size for 2 people, with a comfortable toilet/shower room. It was decorated with rustic charm and was clean and comfortable.

The garden restaurant is truly special. We had dinner in Jardin Califa on our first night and had the most delicious chicken from the barbecue. The tabuleh was so fresh and zingy and exactly what we needed after over-dosing on meat and fried tapas in Seville. The waiting staff were lovely and the candle-lit setting made for a very romantic evening. It was lovely to sit amongst couples, families and groups of friends all enjoying the great food and friendly atmosphere. Would highly recommend eating in the restaurant.

The wifi worked fine and we had no trouble with hot water or anything.

Negatives: Getting to the hotel was interesting to say the least; driving up the very steep hillside and encountering speedy local drivers in the narrow streets was a bit hair-raising, and finding the hotel parking was stressful as it is on another site a few streets away. The young man at reception gave rather ambiguous directions as to what to do, but we muddled through and figured it out ourselves. Due to the town's location most of this can't be helped.

Whilst the room was lovely, the set-up lacked a little something. After coming from really good hotels elsewhere in Spain it stood out that we weren't given fresh bottled water every day, nor were our tea/coffee supplies refreshed. These things are very simple, and whilst the hotel might purport to be unique, rustic and 'non-commercial' in comparison with its competitors, it has managed to branch out and give its name to a kebab/fast food shop next door and a new tapas place in the town. For us this over-branding took the shine off what should feel like a very original place. It doesn't seem to add up that the hotel is monopolising the town but can't give it's guests water each day or provide enough loo roll (we had to ask for more).

Whilst the maze-like layout is definitely part of its charm, there seemed to be nothing in the way of disabled access or support for guests with restricted mobility. Don't stay here unless you can climb a lot of stairs.

Having read previous reviews from other guests in regards to staff friendliness, and the responses from hotel management, I feel I have to contribute having experienced the hotel myself. The restaurant staff were all particularly lovely, as were the ladies present to help with breakfast. The only time we received service that could be interpreted as slightly cold or detached was from the young staff on reception. They were perfectly nice, not rude as such, but they didn't seem overly bothered. This surliness is attributed to many other service providers throughout Spain in guide books and on these sites, so we didn't take it personally.

Overall this is a great hotel offering something different in its wonderfully unique architecture, and great location. It doesn't provide the same "5*" service you find as standard in larger hotels, but then that's not why you'd book to come here. Sipping drinks on the sunny terrace with the most amazing views is where you get your money's worth.

Room Tip: We found the 'Tiny' room to be perfectly adequate for two people.
  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Alison B
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Reviewed May 9, 2013 via mobile

This was our second trip to the hotel and we stayed in La Triperia in the Roja junior suite. Some minor issues with the room (shower head was not fixed to the wall, door to the patio would not lock, no corkscrew in the kitchen and I had to go to the restaurant to borrow one and then take it back), but we were as charmed by the Califa as we had been the first time. Just a fabulous building with a great restaurant which we ate in twice. And we love Vejer, which has such character. Next time I would choose a room in the hotel itself. The Triperia is fine, and it is good to have a pool, but the ain't hotel is so lovely, and there is no traipsing back and forward for breakfast. And the lovely cat, Michu, is still there- this only adds to the atmosphere and homeliness.

  • Stayed: May 2013
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1  Thank Lexicles1
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Reviewed May 5, 2013

I stayed here for a few nights whilst being on a Cooking and Sherry course at Annie B's in Vejer - a wonderful, characterful place to stay. Lots of ups and downs as it has been formed from joining together about 10 houses in the town so quite quirky which I love. Just be careful with some of the narrow stairs. I had a small double with a wonderful power shower and a huge terrace outside with views over the plains towards Tarifa. The food in the restaurant was excellent and had a nice Moroccan theme to it. The staff were all really helpful and friendly and their own secure parking down the road worked out really well. Can't wait to go again.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled solo
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Thank Caitriana
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