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Gran Hotel Liber & Spa
Ranked #2 of 17 Hotels in Noja
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Cardiff, Wales
Level 4 Contributor
23 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“smart hotel near beautiful beaches”
Reviewed September 17, 2010

We checked into the hotel on a last minute basis, and got a good deal through booking.com on bed and breakfast with a spa visit thrown in. Our room was smart and clean, with two double beds, a table and chair, and another easy chair, a small fridge, flat screen tv and nice smellies in the bathroom. Free internet access too - we couldn't get the wi-fi to work, but the hotel provided an ethernet cable which solved the problem.

Parking in the hotel car park was €6 per night, but there was some free on-street parking around the place. There's also paying on-street parking, but this would be more expensive than paying to use the garage.

Reception staff spoke good English and were very helpful. Most of the other staff spoke little or no English (and we know about the same amount of Spanish), but there weren't really any problems making ourselves understood.

Breakfast was a hot and cold buffet - plenty of choice of the usual pastries, ham and cheese and so on. We ate in the hotel on two evenings, simply for convenience, as there didn't seem to be any other restaurants within reasonable walking distance that were open. Again there was a hot and cold buffet, so you could eat as much as you liked. The restaurant itself is quite clinical and brightly lit, as other reviews say, and the food was ok - nothing to write home about, but we had no complaints. At €15 a head it was pretty good value for money, as was the wine list with wines starting at €6 a bottle (ours were €9 and €12 and they were good quality).

We used our spa visit, and thoroughly enjoyed it. It wasn't like any other spa we'd been to - you go to each of the treatment areas in turn, supervised by an attendant who spoke only a few words of English (but they were the right ones for us to understand each other!). You spend time in hydromassage pools, hot and cold showers and baths, a sauna and a steam room. It's all a bit of fun!

There is a small and very sheltered outside pool which we didn't use, but which looked very pleasant, with plenty of sunloungers and a waterfall.

There was a 5 minute walk to the beach, a long stretch of beautiful golden soft sands, interesting rocky coves, very unspoilt and quiet in September, though apparently it gets very busy in July and August when it's full of Spanish holidaymakers. The resort itself is a little soulless, with lots of newish apartment blocks which appeared to be shut up for the winter.

We'd visit both this resort and hotel again, especially on a deal, but probably only out of the main season, because it's a lot cheaper (though on the other hand, many more of the local cafes, restaurants and shops would be open in season).

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 16, 2009

From first entrance everything was lovely, clean, friendly, and relaxing. A little difficult to find (we hired a car) but apart from that the hotel is in a nice location 5 min walk from a beautiful beach which also has some surf and a surf hire shop.

The hotel charge for car parking - but parking is not an issue as there are plenty of spaces in the roads around the hotel which are free.

The pool is small but very relaxing and quite clean. The staff are very helpful, our room was cleaned daily to a high standard.

The hotel does have a buffet restaurant which offers three courses and all the food is very nice, at around 20 euro per head this was good value for money, particularly as there are very few restaurants (let alone nice restaurants) near by or in Noja itself. The only negative regarding the hotel restaurant is that it does feel quite clinical and bright...dont go expecting a nice candle lit romantic meal.

The spa, hmm how can I describe it....interesting! the spa is 18 euro per person extra and lasts for 1 hour, in which your time is split between various spa type activities e.g. sauna, steam... its not hugely relaxing but is good fun! especially if you happen to get the nutty spanish spa attendant that led us around, who didnt speak a word of English but continued trying to explain everythying to us anyway...very funny!

Overall, excellent - and we will be returning next year.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled with friends
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Norway, South Carolina
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Reviewed August 1, 2008

A nice hotel located close to the Ris beach in Noja. We were fortunate to get a room at the top floor with a large veranda and enjoyed our nights there with a glass of red wine on the veranda.
They called it a spa hotel, and we were surprised that there were no information about this in the rooms or the lobby!?
How could they expect guests to make use of their services when they provide no information?????

In fact, there were no information whatsoever in the rooms - about any services; quite peculiar....
The staff was not unfriendly, not friendly, they just WERE... We felt rather unsignificant. But we like to be independent travelers, so all in all we found it satisfactory.
Few people spoke anything but Spanish, so if you go for authenticity - this is your place. The scenery is great, but slightly dull.
The cleaning staff was very friendly though. Overall it was on OK experience.

  • Liked — Good size room and location close to the beach
  • Disliked — LAck of information
  • Stayed June 2008, traveled with family
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Property: Gran Hotel Liber & Spa
Address: Avenida Santos Martires | Playa De Ris S/N, 39180 Noja, Spain
Location: Spain > Cantabria > Noja
Amenities:
Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Green Hotel in Noja
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Noja
#3 Family Hotel in Noja
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Gran Hotel Liber & Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 117
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