The hotel is in an industrial port and does not provide the entertainment that may be expected in other Spanish resorts but nevertheless it is a beautiful property for a relaxing stay. Overall there are signs of wear but the rooms and outdoor areas are kept very clean. (Remember not to sit under the orange trees when on the patio!)
On a downside: The local beach has beautiful sand but the shuttle bus wasn't running when we visited. There was no 'tourist information' in the reception area but there is an information office in the nearby shopping area. We certainly found a car useful for a few days to explore the area and Cadiz and Gibraltar are worth visiting. (Public transport from the hotel to Gibraltar is apparently very reasonable and there are trains to Ronda)
Our major disappointment was that we believed this was an adult only hotel and although there were no children among the guests there were two children's parties during our stay. The pool was very suddenly taken over by about 25 children doing what they do in party mood and the tranquility of the adults was lost.Those of us reading by the pool were well and truly splashed as they jumped in the water squealing loudly. This may not have been so bad if we had been advised in advance as we would have planned to spend time elsewhere. Several other functions were held during our week and I appreciate the hotel needs to make money but this certainly spoiled our visit especially as it happened twice and I believe we missed a third children's event while we were out.
Additionally we were not picked up from the collection point as advised in our travel documents. Eventually we telephoned the hotel and they advised us to take a taxi which they would pay for - and they did with no problem although we had been standing, waiting to be collected for over half an hour. The hotel staff were at all times polite but apparently non-pick up is a common occurrence and not all travellers have a mobile with them.
On a positive note the food was good at breakfast and dinner and the town centre is just a few minutes walk away to sample local markets and shops. It was good to have tea and coffee making facilities in the room and we were supplied with extra milk when we asked. A nice touch was the fresh fruit and water provided on the first day. We enjoyed our stay but would not return.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Globales Reina Cristina in located Algeciras, Cadiz and just a few kilometers from the resort of Tarifa famous for its beach and surf, and just a few minutes’ walk from the gateway to Africa that is the port of Algeciras. The hotel has 168 elegantly decorated guest rooms and boasts beautiful architecture that reflects its rich history. The Globales Reina Cristina is a true paradise within the city of Algeciras, thanks to its extensive gardens, stunning pools (indoor and outdoor) and it´s beautiful views of the Straits of Gibraltar. THE PERFECT LOCATION FOR YOUR EVENTS The Globales Reina Cristiana can also provide all the services you may require for business meetings, conferences and other events. The hotel has a dedicated events team available to help you arrange your wedding, banquet or events within the unbeatable setting of the city of Algeciras. There are 8 function rooms available for weddings, banquets, or events. There is Wi-Fi and ADSL available throughout the hotel and there executive rooms available for those travelling on business. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Reina Cristina Algeciras
- Algeciras Reina Cristina Hotel