Sir Herbert Miles Road, PO Box 73, Gibraltar
lovely secluded spot,good bus service into gib but the hotel is well overpriced for the condition it,s in.badly needs a refurb,rusty broken furniture,rusty ceiling fans,stained fittings,inattentive staff,the cheapest glassware money can buy,crumbling outside stairs to beach.overall the rock is abetter deal,apart from the nearly resident monkeys.
I stayed at the Caleta on a 4 night trip to Gibraltar from the UK.
The Caleta is a nice hotel where you can have either a Rock view room which is ok but does not give a good perspective as this is too close, or for additional cost a view of the Meditteranean Sea as I had.
The room had a balcony, clean carpets, a telephone, decent furniture, television, electric kettle with cups, coffe, tea and milk although the lead was too short so had it on the floor; the bathroom had shower facility. It was very quiet with solid walls so you do not hear any sounds from adjacent rooms.
Breakfast was good with a wide choice on offer; croissant, cake, toast, cereals, tea, coffee, fruit juice, Danish pastry etc etc.
The Caleta is located on the Catalan Bay with very little on this side of Gibraltar which makes it so quiet and peaceful. Leading from the hotel are steps down to the only decent beach on Gibraltar, cleaned regularly in Summer but less often at other times.
The hotel restaurant, Nuno's, is expensive and serves rather small portions but on the beach behind the hotel is the Sea Wave, a bar and restaurant who give a good choice to eat and well worth a visit. There are also a few other bars/restaurants on this stretch known as Catalan Bay overlooking the beach and Med Sea.
Walking from the Caleta northwards there are a few shabby sights, mainly an industrial zone with builders yards, plumbers merchants and what looked like a graveyard for abandoned cars; this really spoiled Gibraltar as more could be done to clean up the coastal area. South of the Caleta is Europa point and entry to the Rock, but only to military personnel at that time.
I travelled alone and made the most of the trip by going on an arranged tour of Gibraltar with Blands which showed the Upper Rock, the interior of the Rock and varoius locations around Gib. I also went to Tangier in Morocco with Bland but was disappointed as we were taken to a herbalist and carpet sellers and harassed awfully to buy there wretched products, this took up too much valuable time and I should have gone my own way for an hour or so.
Gibraltar is made up of many old buildings and also historic sights all crammed on one small penninsula. It's good for curiosity value and for elderly people who want a no-nonsense holiday where one can speak English and use English currency. A very sleepy place with numerous attractions on offer for a tourist and is well worth a visit, although somewhat expensive as most products are imported. Good hotels are expensive as is eating out but there is no end of choice whether it be gourmet in one of the top hotels or street food from a Moroccan takeaway.
Tax free shopping is a bonus but not all is cheap, be wary of buying expensive items such as digital cameras or laptops as you can't go back to replace it if it goes wrong! Cigarettes, tobacco and alcohol are very cheap but know what the limit is to bring back to your country (200 for the UK).
Unique Quality: Very quiet on the Eastern side of Gibraltar. Hotel is clean, spacious, has friendly staff and easy to converse with fellow guests. The Caleta has a health and beauty club offering massages and beauty treatments, a hairdresser and fitness room and also a sun terrace.
Magnificent views of the Mediterranean Sea and views of Morocco, illuminated at night, and of the Rif Mountains from Europa Point. Good for walks and access to the beach, might even get close to the apes near the hotel.
Directions: East side of the penninsula in the Catalan bay area.
The Caleta Palace
This hotel is situated on the eastern side of the Rock, I would say this would be one of the better hotels in Gibraltar location wise. The hotel itself is been refurbished as it does need a good exterior paint but internally is fine. As it is situated in Catalan Bay you would need to get a taxi or bus to get to the town centre. It has access to a small sandy beach.
Relaxation with a view of the Medditeranean
A very relaxing stay. This 4* hotel has a pool with access to the beach immediately at the side of the hotel. Nunos Italian Restaurant serves a good range of quality Italian food. The Catalan Lounge and Terrace serves a selection of light meals, including a plate of various tapas for under £5!
The hotel also has conference facilities and a health and beauty club.
Definitely recommend this quiet location on the east side of the rock away from town but with easy access to town on the Number 4 bus route.
Unique Quality: The hotel is perched on the very edge of the rock with waves crashing immediately below the terrace and views out across the Mediterranean and up coastal Spain.
Directions: Taxi - about 5 minutes. Bus - no 9 from airport and change to no 4. Walk - left out of airport and then left at the roundabout, then follow the road round the coast.
Most famous Hotel in Gib
Right on the see, you can enjoy sunrise and the sunset.
Twin (rock view) £ 110
Twin (sea view) £ 125
Twin (sea view deluxe) £ 140
Hot & cold breakfast £ 8.50
Prices updated Nov 2005
Unique Quality: Lift, TV and telephone in rooms, restaurant, hairdryers, tea & coffee making facilities.
Conference facilities. Helth & beauty club, consisting of hairdresser, beauty salon, & gymnasium.
Room service, restaurant, Bar/cafeteria, swimming pool , gift shop, babysitting facilities, free parking.
Deluxe: (including above) safe, bathrobes.
The other side of the Rock
I stayed here in February 2002 and was very satisfied although it is a fair walk or a bus ride away from the main town. I recommend getting a room with a sea view as the Rock is filled with noisy sea birds in the early mornings. Being on the Eastern side of the Rock you will also benefit from a wonderful sunrise. Nice public areas and restaurant. Very comfortable rooms and I could not fault the service.
Unique Quality: It's location, whilst at times a bit inconvenient, does make it a quiet and peaceful hotel to stay at.
There is a beautiful enclosed garden at one side that provides a nice peaceful haven.
Directions: It is located on the Eastern side of the Rock next to the Catalan Bay fishing village.
I have also seen this referred to as the Caleta Palace Hotel
Unique Quality: The Caletta Palace is built onto a huge outcrop of rock which means if you have a sea facing room you can look straight down off of your balcony into the sea. ITs very atmospheric during stormy conditions
Not a palace but very nice
We have stayed in the Caletta Palace a couple of times now. We always try and get sea view rooms becasue there is nothing nice than waking up and opening the curtains and looking out on the Mediteranean. I'm not used to hotels so I dont know how the Caleta compares but to me it seems pretty good. There is a small gift shop, a few restaurants ( the brekafast buffet is very good), confernece rooms etc etc.
The only disadvantage I can think of ( apart from the cost which I wouldnt be able to afford without going with my parents) is that it is on the opposite side of the Rock to the town so you either have to get the bus or a taxi every time you want to go shopping or visit most of the attractions. However it does mean it is quiter than in the town.
Unique Quality: The Caletta is built on a large precipice of Rock on the southern end of Catalan Bay and some of the sea view rooms are right above the sea. infact the waves even undercut the rock that the Caletta is on so you can feel the waves hit.
The pool is saltwater but really nice, as is the whole sun-lounging area. There is a set of stairs that go straight down onto the beach as well. I like to swim in the sea, come back up and go in the pool, which then seems warm.
Directions: The Caleta Hotel
PO Box 73
Best value for money - still expensive though
All hotels in Gibraltar are quite expensive. The best one -in my opinion- is NOT the "Rock Hotel" (too expensive in regard to value for money - though the most traditional & well known) but the "Caleta Hotel" on Catalan Bay !
A taxi ride to the downtown area costs about 5 GBP & takes maybe 5-7 minutes. Hence don't be afraid of it's secluded location (it's on the east side of the Rock - the city district is on the west side).
Nevertheless, at least once you should make a reservation for dinner in the "Rock Hotel" to see the marvelous sunset over the Bay of Gibraltar (spectacular views over Algeciras - you can see Africa as well!).
Unique Quality: Great seaviews. Breathtaking sunrise (if you are an earlybird). Lovely terrace just above the surge of the sea (you hear & see the waves). My personal favourite: spending the Sunday afternoon on that terrace to treat myself with a cognac & a good cigar (both items are quite cheap here in Gibraltar). Best Health & Beauty Club in Gibraltar.
Directions: Cross the border, turn left (first roundabout after airport runway) - then straight on for about 5 minutes. You can't miss it.
A bit remote
We didnt stay here, but we did walk up to see it last November when we visited. Its a bit of a walk from Main Street and the shops, restaurants and bars, although they do have these amenities at the hotel.
Unique Quality: Reading their web page it does have quite a few facilities, bars, restaurants and they look really nice, but it is a bit more expensive. Its just the remoteness that put me off.
Directions: Walking towards the airport, as you reach the roundabout turn right instead of heading on over the airport runway. Its probably about a 20 minute walk along that road.
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Great hotel, great staff, great holiday
We travelled to Gibraltar on a long weekend Fri-mon and stayed at the Caleta Hotel.
The staff at the hotel were polite and friendly and very helpful.
We had a lovely room with a sea view from the balcony and watched the sunrise every morning.
A perfect hotel for a romantic break but I am glad we left the children at their grandparents for the weekend, they would have found it 'boring'.
I would recommend this hotel to everybody. We couldn't fault the Hotel and Staff.
Latest news and happenings
I'm off to Gibraltar with two (female) mates next week and am interested in hearing from anyone with any recommendations on places to go. We're there for four nights and stay at the Caleta Hotel. I've already sussed out the bus route and know about Casemates Square but would love to hear anyone's recommendations from currently living there or recent trips. All the tips, etc. seem to be a couple of years old now.
Oh, and are there any naval vessels in port? ;-)
RE: Latest news and happenings
If you check out tips about Casemates, they will all be up to date still as very little changes there. There is one extra night club/restaurant there now when i went back at Christmas, but thats really it. All the bars mentioned in Irish Town are the same "three owls", "clipper", "corks"....
All the sites are the same..the shops are the same and the people are the same...
WQhat else would you like to know that you think may have changed since people last wrote tips!?
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Address: Sir Herbert Miles Road, PO Box 73, Gibraltar