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“Great Views, Elegant Hotel”
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Parador de Nerja
Ranked #3 of 37 Hotels in Nerja
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Chicago, Illinois
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“Great Views, Elegant Hotel”
Reviewed 31 May 2010

I struggle slightly with this review because we had a slightly off-putting experience with the hotel at check-in. We had arrived slightly late (around 8:30pm), and as such I do not think the primary front-desk people were on duty. The gentleman that greeted us did his best but he seemed a little confused and was not very helpful when asked for restaurant recommendations or similar questions. It was very awkward all around. Having only stayed a single night, this experience stands out when I think back to our visit.

Having said the above, all other aspects of this hotel and our short stay were very good. The views from the hotel's ground as terriffic as you will see in everyone's photos. The beach below is very nice with great bars/cafes lining the strip and plenty of chairs for renting. The grounds of the hotel are very well maintained and the central fountain very pretty.

Our room was only on the first floor, but we could still see the sea. The room was a good size with decent beds but a little dated. I believe the interior is in need of slight refurb, but still nothing wrong. The hallway outside the room is nice and the bathroom is well equiped.

The reception team in the morning was very good. They dealt with a slightly booking mishap with excellent service. They were very friendly and helpful. We were allowed to use the hotel pool and beach elevator all day with our room keys (room entry switched off, but exterior access still allowed).

Breakfast was terriffic and you can sit outside and look to the ocean while eating, a great experience. Parking at the hotel was free. Of all the Costa del Sol towns, Nerja is my favorite. Its just the right size and not as tacky as many of its neighbors.

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 May 2010

this hotel was good value for money and it was very clean there was entertainment ever night, staff were nice, we went half board and the food was good.

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled as a couple
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las vegas, nv, USA
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Reviewed 10 April 2010

We've stayed in many of Spain's Paradores and this is one of our favorites. It is right on the sea, with a great pool, restaurant and even an elevator down the sea cliff to the perfect beach. Our room was spacious, comfortable and super clean. The staff was great and we got a fantastic deal, 80E for a sea view w/ balcony, it was perfect. Great free WIFI throughout the entire property. Plus, Nerja is such a neat town, one of Spain's coastal gems.

  • Stayed March 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 March 2010

I stayed in the Parador de Nerja for one night whilst on a business trip. Ample free parking spaces, both covered and open. Check-in was quick and efficient and everything was explained in good English. My room, with large furnished balcony, overlooked the sea (and the sunrise in the morning), the pool and the hotel grounds which were immaculately maintained. The location is on a clifftop but there is a private lift (elevator) going down to the beach during the day. The room was clean and well furnished with ample storage space and a good sized bathroom (large fluffy towels) with separate toilet. The bar area and restaurant are located along a short covered walkway. Breakfast was very good with hot and cold dishes as standard and also the offer of omelette or scrambled eggs cooked to order.

Hotel drawbacks: as the location is on a clifftop it may not be suitable for those with walking difficulties as the seafront and beachside restaurants are down (and back up!) a very steep hill. All in all an excellent hotel.

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled on business
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Denmark
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Reviewed 21 February 2010

We have visited most of Andalucia's paradores, and this place tops the list so far. The building itself is not of the medieval origin which makes many of the inland paradores so interesting. But the modern design is very attractive, indeed, with a very skillful use of materials, light and colours.
Many reviewers before us have praised this parador and its location, so we will just add that the restaurant is far better than what we have come to expect from other paradores, which normally just manage to serve pretty uninspired dishes.
The hotel staff was unusually cheerful and attentive, and although the hotel was being renovated during our visit there was little noticeable disturbance.
To sum it up: The Parador de Nerja is a very pleasant and professionally managed hotel where we felt so comfortable for three days that we hope to return soon. And maybe by then the mature receptionists have learned to smile, too.

  • Stayed January 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 December 2009

I absolutely love this parador. As most Paradores this one has a great location. It is located on a vast area above Burriana beach. The views are amazing, huge garden area where you can sit and relax while you enjoy the wonderful views. I liked the elevator that takes you down to the beach. The breakfast buffet is the best I've seen in a long time.There is something for everybody and taste. Try the" Pan Tumaca", a piece of bread with natural grated tomate on top, olive oil and Spanish ham on top. The staff is very attentive and efficient. The rooms are very comfortable, maybe some things like the tiles in the bathrooms are a bit outdated but this is not a modern 5 star hotel, this is a Parador, different concept. I will return to this Parador for sure.

  • Stayed November 2009, travelled solo
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Zurich, Switzerland
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Reviewed 24 November 2009

Visited the Parador for a short holiday. Although the building does not look like an ancient Spanish castle as the typical Paradores do, but more like a modern apartment building, we were pleasantly surprised. The initial contact at the reception was somehow reserved, but the same people became very friendly and attentive later on. All staff were very friendly, housekeeping excellent. The room was functional, very clean, and had a balcony with a beautiful sea view. All rooms have sea view. It was quiet, except that on the east side there are some emissions from nearby bars, they close around midnight. There is no ironing board nor a coffee maker/kettle in the room, beds are comfortable, television has a great variety of channels, including cnn and bbc, air-conditioning. A bit annoying are the small portion soft drinks in the minibar, all 2 dl bottles, if you are thirsty, the minibar is empty pretty soon. It was a smoking room, much appreciated even though I preferred to smoke on the balcony. A real highlight was the breakfast, with all kind of warm dishes and a great variety of fruit, bread, cold meat, cheese, etc. It's one of the best breakfast buffets I've seen in Europe. As the weather was warm and sunny , we could sit on the terrace and enjoy the sea view. There is a nice and well groomed garden with interesting species of trees I had never seen before. The swimming pool was closed for maintenance, a pity, because the sea was not very warm (about 17 C). Beach by the way very clean and water transparent. The lift/elevator to the Burriana beach is spectacular. From the hotel a nice ten minute walk through typical Andalusian lanes takes you to the centre of Nerja with the famous Balcon de Europa. Other upsides are free internet in the lobby, and reception orders priceworthy taxis (e.g. only 70 euros to Malaga Airport). To conclude, I highly recommend this place to stay in Nerja.

  • Stayed November 2009, travelled as a couple
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Property: Parador de Nerja
Address: Calle Almunecar 8, 29780 Nerja, Spain
Region: Spain > Andalucia > Province of Malaga > Costa del Sol > Nerja
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Luxury Hotel in Nerja
#2 Family Hotel in Nerja
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Nerja
#7 Romantic Hotel in Nerja
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Parador de Nerja 4*
Number of rooms: 98
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Parador de Nerja sits on a cliff above the sea on the Malaga coast, amidst wonderful beaches. As you surely know, in Nerja, summer is blue, adventurous and welcoming. The hotel will greet you with a magnificent garden in which the greenery contrasts with the blue of the swimming pool. The bright, spacious interior is very comfortable and almost all of the guest rooms have balconies facing the sea. The superior rooms offer spectacular views of the Mediterranean, the Sierra Almijara mountains and the lovely cliffs. The Parador also has an elevator that directly accesses Burriana Beach. ... more   less 
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