10 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Great Value and Service
"Whilst not a 5* hotel this is a great all rounder and fantastic value. Check in was very smooth. The hotel offers complimentary drinks in the lounge (standard) and the mini bar in the room is complimentary too (though not jam packed it is a nice touch).
The room was clean and stylish, service is very good and efficient - we didn't try the restaurant as we wanted to go out, the receptionist recommended La Marina on the other beach - excellent seafood and only 75 euros for 2 incl wines and brandy! Try the fish on the wood barbecue!"
- Travel date: Mon 12th of June 2006
"Stayed at the AC La Linea in May 2006, we were intending to stay in Gibraltar until we saw the prices of the Hotels!
This Hotel is about 30 mins walk from the Spain/Gibraltar border, there is a small beach about 5 mins away.
We had non-sea views which consisted of some flats opposite and the Hotel Pool (which is only open in July and August)
Rooms, specially the bathrooms were very modern with good quality power shower and bath, glass sink and laminate flooring.
The beds were really comfortable, in fact the best hotel bed I have slept in. There was a mini bar in the room (free) with water and soft drinks
Overall the Hotel was very clean and comfortable, breakfast is not included in the room rate and is only buffet, Croisants, rolls etc.
In the afternoon there was free tea, coffee, cakes and certain alcoholic drinks to help yourself to.
Overall this Hotel is very good and I would stay here again, the only downside is the lack of in-room Safes,( I think there was a safe in Reception though), we would have prefered it if they also offered the free tea and coffee in the mornings as there are no tea and coffee making facilities in the rooms.
There is not much in the local area, the main town is about 15 mins walk away, La linea is not really a touristy/holiday place, but there are some nice shops in the centre of town and is Ok if you want to visit Gibraltar."
- Travel date: Fri 26th of May 2006
"You can't beat the location, but it could be beat in in other departments. We stayed here for a couple of nights, and found the hotel to be clean, and the service okay.
However, the breakfast was a whopping 15 Euros each, for a few pastries and toast.
But, they have a captive audience. There are really no resteraunts or coffee shops within walking distance. There is only a McDonalds across from the Gibraltar border.
The room was clean, and it had a view. There was also free beer, water, and juice in the minibar in the room. Plus, they serve free hard liquor, and drinks in the hotel restaurant for a certain time during the day.
There is parking on the street, and in the garage. I would suggest the garage for security reasons.
If you're going to Gibraltar, I would suggest cabbing it. The Spainiards are still upset that they don't control 'The Rock', so they have a border crossing there, and the delays are long.
Also, the hotel set us up with a day trip to Morocco. It was long, and depressing, and there wasn't any good shopping. We don't recommend it."
- Travel date: Sat 22nd of April 2006
A Good All Rounder
"AC La Linea is excellent for its location to Gibraltar and as a business hotel for La Linea or Algeciras (In room desk space, wireless internet through 24hr cards purchased at the front desk, minibar, etc.).
The hotel has a modern feel and the staff are freindly and the price is very reasonable. Only let down by the restaurant, but who cares as most of us eat out anyway.
If you are coming from some distance away, you may want to start your trip here for a few days to get your bearings and clear your jet lag.
Try and fly in to Gibraltar airport, its walking distance (2-3km) from there unless you have heavy luggage where the taxi is good value at 4 Euros. There are only about 4 or 5 fights a day to Gibraltar (so no typical airport noise when staying at the hotel)
British airways from Heathrow is your connection point to get to Gibraltar
Note: If you are renting a car don't take one from Gibraltar Airport as it is sometimes difficult due to traffic and customs to get back onto the island in less than 1-2hrs. There are plenty of lesser known car hire companies on the La Linea side of the border. I recommend Crown, but it is impossible to find the Crown office unless you have visited before, so call for directions before you go"
- Travel date: Sat 11th of March 2006
Nice rooms and restaurant, helpful staff
"This hotel has a great, helpful staff, a good restaurant, with good food and ambience and clean, comfortable rooms. The rooms had all amenities and looked nice, with the closet doors being illuminated glass. The neighborhood was quiet and from my balcony I had a view of Gilbralter. It is a 15 minute walk there along the beautiful corniche. The neighborhood seemed a little touchy, so I did not go out at night. The hotel is distant from the center of La Linea and Gibralter, so at night one would need to drive or take a taxi. Also, the RENFE train station, although named La Linea is a 15 euros taxi ride from the hotel. Buses run right along the street between La Linea and Algeciras."
- Travel date: Sat 18th of February 2006
Great location shame about the pool
"This hotel is in a great location for Gibraltar. Its a pleasant 1-2 mile walk by the sea into Gibraltor and the hotel isnt far from the bus station. Rooms at the hotel are clean, tidy and modern but in my opinion the pool lets it down. Its been located between the hotel and some flats. Dont expect any privacy or sun! The beach is much nicer."
- Travel date: Thu 2nd of February 2006
"This hotel was so great, we cancelled our trip to Granada to stay an extra night here.
A word of advice, if you're going to Gibraltar, STAY HERE. It's about a 10 minute walk from the La Linea bus station (4 hrs from Seville), and about a 20-25 minute walk to the Gibraltar border, walking along the beach's boardwalk. A cab to Gib costs you 3.5 Euros, so if you're tired, a cab is well worth it. In addition to being so close to Gibraltar, the hotel is near the beach, and down the block from a little bakery that sells pastries, and some sandwiches, rolls, potato chips, drinks,. etc, and is open during the siesta hours.
The rate didn't include breakfast, but we got it anyway, since it was easy to do. It consisted of coffee or tea, an assortment of juices, yogurt, cold cereal, rolls, croissants, fruit, pastries, cheeses, meats, eggs, etc.
The whole hotel is decorated like it is straight out of the IKEA catalog. New, cool stuff. The beds were so comfy, and the hotel staff was so nice. The rates were so affordable too. 62 Euros for the weekend rate, and 70 for the weekday rate. We had room 315, and although it didn't have an ocean view, it was very spacious.
If you come back to the hotel after a day of touring in Gibraltar, wander off to the La Linea town center, and you will be amazed. All the shops are open, clothes, shoes, etc, and all the cafes are open with outdoor seating for coffees and desserts. We found a place that was still serving tapas and beer, and so we went there for dinner. Ask the hotel staff how to get there, it's near the main town church, and the town center is hopping starting at around 9pm. There is a huge supermarket/mass merchandise store about a 15 minute walk in the direction away fom the beach, if you need anything, and it's in a small indoor mall. It's called Carrefour. Ask the hotel desk if you need to go there.
There was a free mini bar in the room, and the lobby has a free bar with drinks all day free until 7:30pm. Coffee, tea, sodas, fanta, water, vodka, gin, and rum.
All in all, this was the best hotel, and I plan to go back there in the winter to escape the cold! I will definitely come back to stay at the AC La Linea again.
(check out the Puerta de Sevilla in Seville and the Sentaor Gran Via in Madrid.)"
- Travel date: Sun 18th of September 2005
Great bargain and service
"We luckily found the AC Hotel in La Linea near Gibralter. The desk person was so helpful - showing us rooms, helping us get further reservations, giving us ideas. The room was very comfortable with very nice amenities and a wonderful veiw. We would recommend this as a great place to stay when visiting Gibralter and we will look for other AC hotels"
- Travel date: Thu 30th of June 2005
"We have stayed at this hotel twice, in October 2003 and May 2005. It is a 5 minute walk from the beach, 10 minutes from the centre of La Linea, and about 20 minutes from the border with Gibraltar. The hotel is very clean, the accommodation is of a high standard, and everything is in good repair. Our room wasn't huge, but it was adequate and had everything we needed, and the beds were very comfortable. There are lots of tv channels, including some in English. Staff on the reception desk speak excellent English. There's a small pool and pool terrace, although we didn't try them out. The restaurant only serves breakfast, you help yourself to food and fruit juices, and the staff bring your coffee or tea. The food is good quality and there is plenty of choice. Breakfast isn't included in the price of the room. The first time we stayed we had a room at the front of the hotel on one of the higher floors, which gave us a very good view of Gibraltar. The next time we were at the back and our view was the pool and what looked like some apartment buildings. (But who goes to Spain to look our of their hotel window anyway!)"
- Travel date: Mon 6th of June 2005
classy accomodation at reasonable rates
"We stayed at AC La Linea while visiting Gibraltar to get married. This hotel offers the perfect alternative to the exhorbitant prices of accomodation just over the border in the wierd and over priced Gibraltar. The service was spot on, the rooms are very classy and clean, the only downfall was in using the phone and paying inflated rates for the service. The Spanish side of the border is a lot more interesting and diverse than Gibraltar itself. All visitors must dine at the Patagonia Tapas bar in La Linea, go early for the finest tapas in Spain and great service."
- Travel date: Thu 2nd of September 2004