Value Score No Data
Good For Business
Not bad at all
We left Tarifa the morning after our first night in town so we could explore further up the Atlantic coast toward Cadiz, eventually spending the next night in beautiful Vejer de la Frontera. However, the night after that we returned to Tarifa for another go-round. Still just 'winging' it as we had been doing for the past three nights, this time we found a street parking spot outside Tarifa's walls and began exploring that part of town for a hostal. The first one we came across was closed but not long after we came across Hostal Alborada on a small street a block away from one of the busier streets.
Unique Quality: There was no problem getting a room and we were taken up for a look at it before forking out the required 55 Euros (C$98 or US$75) - I paid in cash since I had topped up at an ATM machine after entering town. We returned to our parked car to bring it closer, managing to squeeze it into one of the few parking spots still open near the front entrance of the hostal. Like the locals (we had been watching them from our balcony), Sue had to help me using hand signals re bumper clearances because of how closely together they park their vehicles - sometimes even double-parking.
No complaints with the room and the hostal also had a whole array of internet computers set up beside their lobby. They were coin operated and fairly expensive at 3 Euros per hour, so we did not play with them too much. Next to the computers was their breakfast area with various food options and tables/chairs spread around. We made use of it in the morning with tea/coffee to go with our toasted buns and marmelade/jam for breakfast. After that, we packed up and managed to extricate our car from its near imprisonment before heading back up the coast. We planned to take in Gibraltar some time during the day and still had nowhere to spend New Year's Eve - a bit worried about that!
Directions: On San Jose street, just over four blocks away from the gate to Old Tarifa
Just 2 min. from Down Town
Tarifa is an ancient city, full of contrasts, where tradition and modern life live together: a fishing port and water sports such as kitesurf and windsurf; an agricultural town; an old town and a medieval castle with roman ruins; an international city with excellent gastronomy, typical Andalusian soups and a great variety of exotic restaurants. Our hostel is two walking minutes away from the old town, and 150 metres from the beach.
Nearly all the hotels we contacted in Tarifa were full up (even in February!) and we only found this place the night before our trip after some frantic last minute searching. I was a bit apprehensive as it was cheaper than everywhere else in town and it was the only place with rooms available. There was no need to worry however, as the hotel was actually very nice and our room was fine. The bedrooms are arranged around a central courtyard and it's all decorated in Moorish/Moroccan style - a good omen for our trip, maybe!
The owners were very helpful and even offered to book our ferry tickets to Tangier. At 35 Euro for a double it was very good value. The only downside is there is no heating in the rooms and it was very cold waking up the next morning.
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