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Good For Families
Queen's Hotel, Gibraltar
I was in Gibraltar on a busman's holiday and my stay at the Queen's Hotel was pleasant. The hotel was a bit on the run down side but not bad. The day I got there the lift was out of order, but my room was on the first floor so going up stairs with a suitcase wasn't bad.
Breakfast, included in the price of the room, consisted of 2 eggs, bacon, toast, and tea...no variation at all! So, if you aren't inclined to eat bacon and eggs every morning, you are on your own.
All-in-all, my room was pleasant and the staff was very diligent in cleaning every day. Although I didn't really have time to watch television, there was a very small one in my room.
It would have been nice if a small fridge was in the room to store water or other drinks and some food items.
I would recommend this hotel for anyone who isn't overly concerned with top notch accomodations.
Unique Quality: The best thing I can say about my stay at this hotel is the hotel's proximity to everything. The hotel is less than 5 minutes walking time to the cable car going up the Rock (literally across the road from the front entrance) and a few steps farther to the botanical gardens. It took me about 10 minutes to get to Casemates Square and Irishtown. And that was being distracted by all the shops! :)
Directions: right outside the historic City Wall and near Trafalgar Cemetery
I stayed at the Queens for two nights on my return from Morocco and it was a considerable improvement compared to the Cannon, at which I stayed before my departure for Tangier. It was quiet and clean with full English breakfast or two toast for vegetarians, tea, coffee and fruit juice were also available.
Eating was really at the back of my mind, having just recently contracted food poisoning at a Moroccan restaurant in Tangier; this must have been due to eating salad which even I know should be avoided.
The Queens hotel is close to the busy centre and to the main traffic flow from Queensway which runs from the border with Spain all the way to the entrance to the Upper Rock on the south of the pennisula. Also close to the hotel are the Alameda Botanical Gardens for horticultural and wildlife enthusiasts and the cable car is but a short walk for access to the Upper Rock. Main Street is close by for restaurants and duty free shopping although electrical items are mostly quite expensive. The interior of the hotel is somewhat dark and dated with a Spanish feel to it, almost like being in a church.
The front of the hotel has a view of the Rock and as this is slightly away from the hotel is more impressive as this can be seen in its entirety without cranking your neck upwards.
The staff try to be friendly although this was somewhat of a strain on them and helpful up to a point. English is widely spoken by most hotel staff, with the exception of the cleaners. There is a lift which does work adequately although is slow and confuses one as you enter one door but exit through doors set at a right angle.
The room rate was £26.00/$52/€40 per night for just a single bed with just a wash basin, wardrobe, aircon and TV although bathroom facilities were shared with other guests on the same floor. Lately the hotel has undergone a change and rates are now £60/120/€90 for room with ensuite bath/shower although my room had a view overlooking the rear of adjacent buildings. This room rate reflects on the rates at all decent hotels in Gibraltar and is not based on tourist needs but seems to be more business oriented.
Breakfast is served in the spacious dining room overlooking Main Street.
Rooms are cleaned daily by Moroccan ladies so if you have any leftover Dirhams from a trip to Tangier or other city in Morocco, you can give these as a tip.
Unique Quality: Large dining room overlooking Main Street. Newspapers in lobby. Fairly quiet. Close to Botanical Gardens and cable car. Dinig room has waiter service.
Directions: Continue down Main Street southwards and through Southport Gates. The Queens is located opposite the cable car and next to the cinema.
The Queen's Hotel is regarded as one of the cheaper hotels in Gibraltar, remember hotels in Gib are expensive. This hotel is situated at the end of main street, there are free parking facilities in front of the hotel, also there is a bus stop nearby.
Just outside the walls
The hotel quotes itself as 'Gibraltars best priced' and it probably is.
We went in June 2005 for a short weekend break and because the Bristol had put their prices up we decided to give this hotel a try.
I emailed them and then confirmed on the telephone. This hotel also includes an english breakfast in their price which the Bristol doesnt.
I think Gib hotels are expensive and am amazed that some actually say they are ful1 especially at the prices they charge.
Unique Quality: There is no pool or anything fancy.
However there is a bar open until midnight. (I think) a large lounge area next to the bar. A large restaurant where breakfast is also served.
Directions: Outside the historic walls of Gibraltar, next to the car park where the cable car is.
For facilities, i cant fault it, a bar, restuarant,Brekfast included in the price,not to far from the centre of town,good service,Nice friendly staff, willing to talk to you and help you out.All for about 220 pounds for 5 nights and accomodation can be hard to find in gibraltar.For amenties satelite tv,own bathroom and shower and a balcony overlooking Gibralters main streets.
Unique Quality: A large seating area that goes on forever and a selection of a 3 course meal in the evening that will leave u breathless.
The Queen's Hotel was a larger hotel near the base of the Rock with a pretty friendly font desk staff. I remember the hallways of the hotel to be pretty dark and the rooms being 'ok.'
We had to request a change of rooms upon our arrival because a colony of ants was invading the initial room from the balcony. Despite that initial experience, our stay was fine.
The Queen's Hotel was a very short walk from city walls.
It also gave you a sense of how Gib is more or less isolated from Spain. I can't really explain why--it just felt that way.
Unique Quality: There was a view of one of the British navy yards from my balcony. You will go to sleep one night with a particular navy vessel in port and wake up to a differrent one! The cable car to the top of the Rock is not far.
Directions: Just outside of the city walls.
Close to the Rock
Accomodation is a little hard to come by in Gibraltar. I opted for the Queens Hotel, on the other side of the high street. One of the cheaper ones, but all accomodation is pricey here.
Unique Quality: A very traditional restaurant and lounge, suited to the over 50's.
We stayed at the Queen's...
We stayed at the Queen's Hotel, just across the street from the parking lot for the cable lift to the Rock. It's a moderately priced hotel, which serves English breakfast (one egg, a couple of strips of bacon, a slice of tomato and toast).
Unique Quality: The sitting room / bar area was right out of Victorian times. I would imagine at one time women were not allowed in that room. It had that oak and leather feel to it.
Directions: Queen's Hotel is near the port, on the corner across from the cable lift. This picture is the view from our balcony at sunset.
The Queens Hotel
twin bedded room £36/50 D
Unique Quality: The Queen's Hotel is situated just outside the historic City Walls of Gibraltar, and commands views of unparalleled beauty over the Rock itself, It is located across from the cable car that takes you to the top of the rock. The town centre is within easy walking distance. The price of the hotel is not expensive
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