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Hotel Balcon de Europa
Ranked #6 of 37 Hotels in Nerja
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 15 July 2009

Just completed a stay for 2 nights at Balcon de Europa. Had a beautiful room with a view of the Sea. I believe they called it a JR Suite, but it just seemed like a large room to me. The breakfast buffet is huge and very nice. The access to the beach is wonderful, and the location is within walking distance to everything in Nerja. Definitely more of a touristy spot, full of Brits, not really local charm. For restaurants definitely head up the street a ways, the further from the sea, the more local.

  • Stayed: July 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 July 2009

This hotel was tatty, tired and rundown. Staff were abrupt and clearly didn't want to work there. The rooms were awful and the bathrooms were incredibly tiny and had no ventilation meaning that the whole room smelled damp and musty.
Bedroom furniture was falling apart and the whole room looked like something out of the seventies. Bed was so uncomftanle and small that we got little sleep.
Breakfast was very good and the only thing that made the place bearable.
Be prepared to be charged a lot of money to stay in a premier hotel which is way past its peak.
Do not recommend it at all.

  • Stayed: July 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 June 2009

My Daughter got married in Nerja in June what a fabulous wedding and reception we had on the beach in the Balcon.I could not praise the staff enough especially Azahara .Also Sonya the wedding planner was excellent. Eileen

  • Stayed: June 2009
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Reviewed 7 June 2009

We received a warm welcome upon our arrival and were shown to a room on the 5th floor with balcony and sea view. The room was in our opinion ideally situated near to the lift and the pool, one floor below reception and one floor above the dining room. The room was very basic but spotlessly clean with reasonable facilities excepting tea and coffee. The beds were very comfortable. The pool and sunbed area is small but adequate but we were there during half term and there were too many children for such a small space. The beach was beautiful and the hotel beach restaurant was excellent and we ate there most lunch times. The main restaurant had stunning sea views. We only had dinner in the hotel once and not from the set price menu that comes with half board as we found it uninspiring but the paella we chose was good. Contrary to most of the other reviews we found the breakfast disapointing - there was a very poor selection of fresh fruit but the rest of it was ok. The rooms could do with upgrading but  if not done carefully it could take away the nostalgic charm of the hotel. If we were returning to Nerja we would definintely stay here again.

  • Stayed: May 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 June 2009

rooms: roomy, simple, in severe need of updating- 80's style and cheap interior ( for the price you pay for the room this is a disappointment), old squeaky uncomfortable beds, gross comforter covers, old, cheap & fake wood furntiure, plastic chairs on the balcony. we liked the balcony that faced the ocean, room was clean, great water pressure in the shower, came with toiletries, had the weirdest looking hair dryer I have ever seen that did not work well

staff: had to call them to come up and fix our safety lock box and also to get the password for the wifi internet service- took them 40minutes to 1hr for them to arrive to our room to assist us. we had plans but were stuck waiting for them to arrive. appreciated that someone helped us to our room with our bags when we arrived. they were also helpful in helping us figure out the best way to get to Granada to see the Alhambra- we took a bus. nice staff for the most part. my friend forgot her toothbrush, they brought up a free one for her to our room which we really appreciated.

location: awesome, loved the beach, you can easliy swim, sun bath, and relax, be careful not stay out after the beach closes (6pm) ( it didn't start to get dark until after 9pm), they lock all the doors and stop the elevator from coming down to that level. you will end up having to completely walk around and up the cliff side stairs to get back to the hotel.

beach- the sand is not the softest and gets really hot, so wear your flip flops at all times. sun beds must be claimed first thing in the morning and there is a charge. there were lots of kids; several women sun bathing with their swim suit tops off

beach bar: doesn't make any slushy drinks....yes thats right no pina colodas or slushy maragritas..they said they don't have a blender. I thought this was pretty wierd for as hot as gets outside and it being on the beach.

extra charges: sun chairs- 3.50 euros per day, wifi internet service is 2 euros per day and has a maximum number of people that can be using it at a time, so you may pay for it and never get a chance to use it, the safety box is 2euros to use, they lock the fridge and charge 2 euros to unlock it, even if you are just storing your own items in the fridge (my friend was really annoyed by this feature). keep your beach towel card they give you when you check in; you will need it to give to the beach towel boy to claim your towels or you will have to pay for the towel rentals. when you return your towels before you check out of the hotel, the towel boy will give you back the card to give to the reception desk when you check out to avoid charges.

the pool- a joke, it is smaller than most home backyard pools, but saw (about 10) people crowding around it and relaxing. the hotel would do themselves a big favor if they built a giant pool to accomodate all the hotel guests

package deal- breakfast was included- loved it- really good selection and the breakfast restaraunt faces the beach/ocean so you have a really beautiful view.

  • Stayed: May 2009, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 3 May 2009

Stayed at the hotel for one night, should have been two but had to leave early. Agree with every comment about the friendliness of the hotel staff they could not have done more to be helpful or pleasant. The hotel was very convenient, we managed to park in the hotel car park and the amenities in the hotel were very good. We found the rooms although a good size and adequately furnished with excellent beds rather spartan and the bathroom very old fashioned. We had a good room with terrace but as it overlooked the square slightly noisy but I guess if you are going to stay in this position one has to be happy with this aspect. So would recommend this hotel for families or people going for a week or two on holiday

  • Stayed: April 2009, travelled on business
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Reviewed 1 May 2009

just returned from a weeks holiday at this hotel , we booked it on reading some of the reports on this site and was not dissapointed . excellent hotel , staff friendly,happy and nothing to much trouble, the location is great with a choice of beach bathing or around the heated roof top terrace pool bathing ............. excellent . food excellent and a good choice . would most certainly go back .

  • Stayed: April 2009, travelled as a couple
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Address: Paseo Balcon de Europa 1, 29780 Nerja, Spain
Region: Spain > Andalucia > Province of Malaga > Costa del Sol > Nerja
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Luxury Hotel in Nerja
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Nerja
#8 Romantic Hotel in Nerja
#9 Family Hotel in Nerja
Price Range: £77 - £190 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Balcon de Europa 4*
Number of rooms: 111
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The hotel is located in the heart of Nerja, at the "Balcon de Europa" square; a balcony looking to the sea. ... more   less 
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