18 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Basic but fine
"There is limited hotel in choice in Gibraltar (as it is a very small place). The Queen's Hotel is the only 'budget' hotel around. We paid Â£65 per night.
We arrived at around midnight due to flight delays. The clerk on the front desk checked us in quickly.
As other reviewers have stated, the rooms are very basic. Our queen room was actually pretty big by European standards. The bed was comfortable, the heating/air-con worked, there was a portable TV with cable and the bathroom had a nice shower.
But who goes on holiday to spend time in their room anyway??
The hotel was probably once very grand. Now it is a little past its peak, but is still very pleasent and clean.
Breakfast was included and consisted of juice, coffee or tea, toast, bacon, fried egg and tomato. Not ideal if you are on a health kick, but I wasn't, so I didn't mind.
The location is perfect for the cable car up the Rock and botanical garden. We could see them from our window. It's a fair walk to the town centre - Casemates Square was probably about 20 mins walk.
We paid about Â£8 in a taxi to get there from the airport, as it was late at night, but we walked to the airport on the way home as we only had hand baggage. It's about 10 minutes beyond Casemates Square.
If you want luxuary, this is not the hotel for you. But if you want somewhere inexpensive to sleep while exploring the Rock then I would recommend it."
- Travel date: Tue 29th of April 2008
Fawlty Towers Lives On
"Nonsense of Manchester is spot on, this is the WORST hotel I have ever stayed in, it was so bad it was comical. I imagine in it's heyday this WAS anice hotel but steer clear, the price may be ok but i have stayed in far nicer places with character at less cost, the highlight has to be the bed that was 'sellotaped' together or was it the loo where there isn't even space for a contortionist...it's quite an achievement to find a hotel this bad these days, we ended up laughing as it doesn't quite seem believable!!"
- Travel date: Sat 26th of April 2008
"This really is the worst hotel imaginable, we being 2 ex armed forces stayed in seperate rooms and both came to the same conclusion.The decor is of the poorest quality imaginable and the hotel is in serious need of refurbishment. If you stay here you will suffer sleep deprevation at its highest level, the walls are paper thin and the doors made of plywood so sound insulation is shocking, the breakfast consists of two slices of greasy bacon and an egg, the orange juice is guarded very fiercely so that you do not have more than one glass, you will not find any cereal or bread it is exactly as stated.Upon complaining about our dissatisfaction with this hotel and informing the manager we would be posting this on trip adviser, we were met with a response appropriate to the state of the hotel (appaling).Really do not stay here, you would be better served sleeping on the pavement outside."
- Travel date: Thu 7th of February 2008
Perfectly fine, but very cheap and basic
"This hotel is fine but very basic. I paid 50 pounds a night B & B, and I got a clean room with an en suite bathroom. There were no frills and nothing luxurious, but it was warm and dry and clean.
The decor is extremely out of date.
Breakfast was a basic but fine english cooked breakfast with toast, fruit juice and delicious strong coffee.
If you are looking for modern luxury, then this is not the place for you - if you are looking for a bargain bolthole, then this is fine.
One point: geographically Gibraltar is a long thin peninsula, and this hotel is at the furthest end of the main street from the frontier and the airport. It is a LONG walk if you have heavy bags etc, so take the good regular bus number 3 from the airport, or grab a cab."
- Travel date: Fri 11th of January 2008
A very pleasant stay
"This was a nice hotel. The building itself was nothing fancy, but that seems to be the way of most of the buildings in Gibraltar anyway - it's whats inside that counts. My friends and I stayed for four nights in a triple room. The room was clean and functional - just right for us - as long as we could sleep & shower in clean surroundings, that was all we required - we were too busy walking up, down and around the Rock to stay inside too long! Our room had a balcony overlooking the roundabout so yes, as it was by a busy road junction it could be a little noisy at night, but that calmed down when the nightclubs & cafes shut and everyone had gone home for the night (you just join in or bring earplugs - it's a different, more laidback culture in mainland Europe - none of this 'last orders by 11pm' kind of thing!). However, the view over to Spain from the room was lovely, and even more so at night - just sitting around the coffee table with the balcony doors open, a nice way to end the day. The breakfast room was nice and so was the food. The staff were pleasant too. We were happy with our choice of accommodation and we'll definitely stay there again when we hope to return to Gib in a couple of years time."
- Travel date: Wed 19th of September 2007
"This is a great hotel situated near both the main street in Gibraltar and the tele cabin station to go up to the top of the rock. The hotel is very clean and the full english breakfasts were great. The staff were very helpful, I would definately stay here again!"
- Travel date: Sun 22nd of July 2007
"A pleasant stay with all staff helpful and attentive. All the family treated well and with respect. Accomdation though basic was of a high standard. Close to town and buses run regularly to all parts. Breakfast full english but toast was suppled if requested. Meals served in resturant in the evening, good value and portion sizes excellent. I together with my family will def stay at the queens hotel again"
- Travel date: Thu 18th of January 2007
The Gibralter Experience
"Queen's Hotel had lost some of its former glory. It was a little shabby and run down, breakfast average. However, excellent location (though some traffic noise from early morning in one room - overlooking roundabout). Budget accommodation seems scarce in Gibralter. We enjoyed our visit (two days) very much and wished we had more time on the rock."
- Travel date: Sat 7th of October 2006
Good value for money
"We were only in Gibraltar for two days, to see the monkeys. The Queen's Hotel suited our needs as it was inexpensive (by Gibraltar standards) and only a few steps away from the cable car station. It was also a short walk to the main street and pubs and restaurants. It was quite pricey ($131 a night) and this is actually the cheapest hotel in Gibraltar! The rooms were large and fairly clean and had a balcony.
The hotel has certainly seen better days. The brochure and website claims it has recently undergone a massive renovation; the hotel looks like it hasn't been renovated since 1960. Old furniture, stale smells, smokey lounge full of Moroccan men who do not appear to have any jobs. The cleaning lady walked into our room twice every morning.
Think twice about this hotel, but if you are on a budget and all you need is a place to lay your head for the night, it suits its purposes."
- Travel date: Sun 23rd of April 2006
"Good location. Easy to walk anywhere. Next to the cable car. Parking and breakfast was included. Is a much older hotel. Price was quoted in pounds so we were 'schocked' but that was our own fault. Breakfast was good and staff was very helpful."
- Travel date: Fri 21st of April 2006
Good location, but a bit shabby.
* Great views - especially Room 65 on top (4th) floor with two balconies & view in three directions
* Location near the cable car
* Free parking in front of the hotel (though we were here off-season in February and lot seemed crowded at all times, so parking in high season might be a problem)
* Pleasant staff
* Cooked breakfast included (see also CONS)
* Lots of satellite TV stations
* Kind of shabby -- peeling paint, rusty wastebasket -- with drab furniture
* Iffy plumbing
* Limited breakfast selection (It was a cooked English breakfast, which I don't care for.)
* On corner with noisy traffic
Overall, a good value, given prices at other Gibraltar hotels. Place seemed clean, just run down and a bit depressing. We were there to see the sights and the weather cooperated, so we didn't spend much time in our room, which is probably a good thing."
- Travel date: Sat 11th of February 2006
"We stayed here with my spouse for one night although I had read warnings about the hotel. Just could not find anywhere else to stay in Gibraltar with 75 euros (50 Â£). I suppose the other alternative would have been to stay overnight in La Linea de la Conception - the Spanish town on the other side of the border. The standard of the hotel was poor but I suppose it was okey for one night. The room smelled bad (damp) and the air-conditioning was only a fan. Juice at breakfast was 15 cl and you had to pay 50p for an extra glass :-( Good sides were the friendly service (they loan adapters for the British plugs) and the location near the cable car to the Rock."
- Travel date: Thu 28th of July 2005