10 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Don't belive the good reviews for this dump!
"Do not stay in this hotel. It's run down and dirty. The beds are old and uncomfortable. Everything needs updating. The pool needed cleaning. It offers very poor value for money, the worst I've encountered in Spain. It has regular guests who come back every year, and they appear to post on this site saying how nice it is. We fell for these reviews, I hope you don't make the same mistake.
In it's favour, it is in a great location and the steps to the beach are really handy with lovely terraces but I overall, I would not recommend this hotel to my worst enemy!
- Travel date: Wed 18th of October 2006
Quirky, colonial and delightful!
"A lovely panacea to all the drossy jerry-built hotels around this part of Spain. The moment you walk into the cool, colonial style reception, you know you've stumbled into somewhere to remember. The rooms are all a bit luck-of-the-draw. Some spacious, some not so. Some with views, others without. Some with seriously quirky historical features (bookcases, grand pianos) still in the rooms. Lovely views over Burriana Beach and mountain backdrop. Hotel's own terraced gardens and fountains lead down to beach, a wonderful extra. When it gets too hot, just pitch a lounger under a palm tree by a fountain, listening to the babbling from the beach a hundred feet beneath you! Staff are great - thanks for the leaving presents! - and help to add that extra touch. Overall, comfortable but certainly not luxurious. If that's your thing, try the hideously ugly Parador next door!"
- Travel date: Tue 25th of July 2006
"This hotel is adjacent to the well known Parador in Nerja. There is no elevator down to the beach but there are stairs. Hotel is not large - perhaps 30 rooms. The rooms are spectacularly large. Ours faced the Med with a large porch. Bathrooms are welll equipped. Breakfast was lovely. It's about a 15 minute walk into town. You can park on the street or in a lot a short walk away. Staff was lovely and helpful. There is a pool, and plenty of seating. We thought that this place was an incredible bargain in March, but I have no idea about pricing during season."
- Travel date: Mon 17th of July 2006
"We stayed in a spacious family suite with our 2 daughters (11 and 6) for 3 nights in July 2006. We, too, found the hotel in the Sawday guide. It is a clean, well-run hotel with a friendly, professional staff in a fabulous location on a cliff above the beach (142 steps, according to our girls). The grounds have a small pool, a lovely garden, and a number of terraces for sunning and relaxing in relative privacy. The arrangement was ideal for our family and the rooms were spotless. The only person who might be disappointed is one who favors design over comfort (the interior decor is a bit 'Great-Aunt Marge from Leeds'). Still, this hotel is a fabulous bargain."
- Travel date: Sat 15th of July 2006
"A charming hotel in a beautiful location. This was once a villa that was converted to a hotel. Our suite was three rooms with built in bookcases throughout opening on to a terrace overlooking the ocean. There are private stairs down to the beach with many terraces to sunbathe on. The pool is quite small. The breakfast was heavenly sitting out on the terrace. The hotel is very quiet as it is outside of town."
- Travel date: Mon 10th of July 2006
An ideal setting for couples....
"We stayed at this hotel for two nights in October 2005 at the start of a touring holiday of Andalucia. We first saw the hotel in the book âSpecial Places to Stay â Spainâ by Alistair Sawday and then were encouraged by the reviews on this site. We were not disappointed(by this or the other hotels selected from this book).
Located up a quiet side street, 5-10 minutes walk from the main square, and handy for a wide selection of restaurants. There is limited on-street parking in the immediate vicinity, but difficult to gauge as we arrived in the middle of the October Fiesta. However, parking was available for 12 Euros + tax, a night in the hotelâs underground garage â staff very helpful in guiding you into this via a lift from street level.
Situated next to the Parador, which did not look as appealing, the hotelâs grounds are spectacular with views of the beach, coastline and surrounding mountains. There is a small pool with ample sun loungers. The nearest beach can be accessed via steps which zigzag down the cliff face. On every turn there are secluded seating areas to enjoy the surrounding vegetation and views, perfect for breaking up the climb back up from the beach. We believe the hotel sauna is also built into the cliffs, but we did not take the opportunity to try this.
We stayed in Room 108 which was very grand with a king sized bed, leather sofas and a spiral staircase to its private (but overlooked) roof terrace complete with sun loungers, table and chairs. Again views from here were stunning. The marble bathroom was huge with its spectacular, large spa bath, best enjoyed with a bottle of sparkling wine from the very reasonably priced minibar. Fluffy bathrobes and a wide range of toiletries added to the ambience.
The information sheet in the room seemed to indicate that the continental breakfast, included in our room rate, was limited to certain items but this did not prove to be the case and you were free to select as much as you wanted from a reasonable range of items on the breakfast buffet. This was enjoyed on the terrace by the pool â weather permitting!
An ideal setting for couples keen to enjoy a romantic break."
- Travel date: Wed 15th of February 2006
"An oasis in Nerja. Close to the beach. Close to shopping. Close to restaurants. But far enough away from all of the above too.
Vistas are stunning, perched on the bluff. People staying at the Parador next door were longingly looking at our grounds. Enrique (owner?/manager) welcomed us & told us it was our home for the stay. He was right. The staff all speak English. Breakfasts were great & included in the room rate. We had Rm 207 which was the old master bedroom. Large with a balcony view to die for. I would go back in a heartbeat."
- Travel date: Thu 23rd of June 2005
A room with a view!
"We have just returned from a short break in Andalusia. We spent 2 nights at the Hotel Paraiso del Mar and found it a fantastic place to stay. We had Room 106, which we were told when we booked was the hotel's best room. We had a large room with king size bed and comfortable seating area, and ensuite bathroom with jacuzzi. There were patios doors from the bedroom onto a private terrace overlooking the sea with spectacular views out to sea and down to the beach, so you could see the Med from the bed! Furthermore, there was an unusual spiral staircase leading up from the living area to another private roof top sun terrace with shower. This allowed us to catch a few more late afternoon rays! The room was spotlessly clean, very spacious and had all mod cons including a wide screen TV - though with those views we had no inclination to watch it!
There was private access from the hotel via steps and through a gate (with intercom access) to a lovely beach where you could watch fishermen bring in their catch, and there are a handful of pleasant restaurants there, as well as in the centre of town which is 10 minutes walk away.
We had no problems parking our car in front of the hotel in a layby each day. The staff were very friendly and helpful and it was idyllic taking breakfast on the terrace in the sun each morning. The hotel was perfect in every way and we would have no hesitation in recommending it - the Parador next door looked very unattractive in comparison, and surely must have been more expensive than the Paraiso del Mar."
- Travel date: Sat 16th of April 2005
"We stayed here in September 2004. A delightful cliff-top hotel set up high over-looking the beach at Nerja. Our room (Room 202) had a pair of French windows and small private balcony giving beautiful views out to sea, plus view of the bay and beach. Looking straight down from our balcony we had a views of the terraces, gardens and hotel pool. Paraiso del Mar is a small, comfortable and homely place to stay. It had a small pool and sun terraces which overlook the sea and beach below. From the terrace there was private access via steps down to the beach below. Staff were friends and helpful. Breakfast was taken on a lovely outdoor terrace with a reasonable choice of food. The room had a television, safe and mini bar. The bathroom was spacious and equipped with hair drier and a spa/Jacuzzi bath. The hotel has a bar but does not have it's own restaurant but the Parador next door was very good for lunches and dinner. Car parking was rather unusual at this hotel. The management take your car down on your behalf to an underground car park via a large lift and bring it up again when needed - so we never saw where the car ended up. This was a bit inconvenient as you could not just pop down to the car for any reason and you were not able to just quickly pop out or be able to get the car out without finding a member of staff to do this for you."
- Travel date: Tue 11th of January 2005
Best of Nerja!
"My husband and I just returned from our honeymoon in Nerja. We stayed at the Paraiso Del Mar and were extremely delighted with it.
This is a small hotel (12-16 rooms)with immaculate grounds that overlook the beautiful mediterranean sea. The owners are on site everyday, and the staff is very courteous.
We did have a chance to look around at other accomodations in the area but feel that this hotel provides a much superior accomodation for the price. Without hesitation we would stay here again.
However, we did feel that the breakfast menu could use a little more variation.
All of the (very clean) rooms are unique and different as this is a converted mansion... I would suggest inquiring about the amenities, location and balcony info of the rooms before booking.
Please feel free to email me if you have any questions."
- Travel date: Sun 3rd of October 2004