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Hotel Paraiso del Mar
Ranked #7 of 37 Hotels in Nerja
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 24 October 2008

We stayed in this hotel for 5 nights at the end of Oct 08. It was great, and our stay in Nerja was really relaxing.
The hotel itself is a bit dated in style (with mostly pink 70s decor throughout!), but this added to the charm, and the room we had (202) was very spacious, with a huge bathroom (complete with Jacuzzi tub), and a lovely balcony overlooking the garden and towards the gorgeous view of the sea. The rooms were cleaned every day, and the grounds were taken good care of. The swimming pool wasn't sparkling, but this might have been because we were off season, and the water was too cold to tempt lots of guests!
Breakfast was delicious most mornings (our last morning there was slightly less choice, but this might have been because it was a Mon), and you get lots of choice from cereals, yoghurts, fresh fruit, different style eggs each day, pastries and toast. Only negative comment was the orange juice is processed and sugary, and not freshly squeezed!
The position of the hotel is the definite highlight - you walk down steps past lots of lovely terraces within the garden, to the gorgeous beach below. There are loungers to hire on the beach, and lots of good cafes/restaurants to choose from. We found a lovely place off the main beach promenade on the corner (behind the big red restaurant on the beach front), that did great sandwiches, burgers and salads for reasonable prices. The restaurants on the front are more suited if you want larger Spanish meals, like Paella, and they do ok tapas too. On the opposite corner to our favourite lunch spot there is a great cafe that brings you mini ice-creams with your coffee at no extra cost!!
It is also such a great position for getting into town, as it is less than a ten min stroll to the Balcon de Europe, yet away from the hustle and bustle, and more touristy spots. Our favourite route was down Calle Carabeo (which is the prettiest street!).
We ate in some good places - would recommend Restaurant 34 at the Hotel Carabeo if you want a treat one night - really high quality and amazing service, but at a price! We also liked an Italian restaurant called Antica, also on Calle Carabeo, but nearer the Balcon - they do lots of things well from steak and fish to pizza and pasta. It is also worth hunting around the back streets for tapas places, as far more authentic than the ones in the main square.
We would definitely recommend this hotel and Nerja, but go off season, as we did, or else it might be far less charming!

  • Stayed: October 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 October 2008

This hotel was wonderful! We booked after reading the reviews on TripAdvisor and we were not disappointed.

When we checked in, the owner, Enrique, gave us a personal tour of the property and was so friendly. We were given a room with doors that opened out onto a terrace that looked out over the cliff to the Med. and the beach. The room had a bedroom, living room, dining area and bathroom. It was very nice.

The next day, Enrique told us that another room had opened up and we could move if we wanted to. This next room was even more luxurious than the first. It had a private terrace that looked out over the sea. It also had our own private rooftop terrace with another beautiful view. There was a jacuzzi in the bathroom and a king sized four poster bed. We didn't want to leave!!

Enrique helped with with every single thing we needed. We had to return a rental car, he told us to give him the keys and he would take care of everything - which he did. He helped us find a pharmacy that was open on a Sunday and he arranged a taxi to take us to the bus station when we checked out. Another employee arranged for us to have an early breakfast on the day we checked out, and it was ready and waiting for us in the dining room.

I cannot speak about the rooms that do not have a view of the sea, but we had fantastic rooms and an unbelievable experience at this hotel. I would book here again in a second!

  • Stayed: October 2008, travelled as a couple
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Thank KateChicago_Illinois
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Reviewed 28 September 2008

This was to be our relaxing few days in the middle of a two week trip to 5 cities in Spain and it was all that and more. Our room with a view of the Mediterranean was large by European standards, had a balcony overlooking the Med that was gorgeous, and it was quiet! We could walk to downtown Balcony of Europe and all the restaurants in 10 minutes. The parking was quirky with an old fashioned elevator locking you in for a trip down. But the car was safe.

We found the staff VERY helpful and willing to call our next destination for free to ensure our reservation there. There was inexpensive internet access and a drying rack on balcony to hang our newly washed underwear.

Best of all was the buffet breakfast (included in the room fee). You could sit by the pool and overlook the Med and have the waiters bring you coffee! This was a most relaxing experience.

  • Stayed: September 2008, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Madisongirl2106
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Reviewed 29 June 2008

My partner and I have stayed at this hotel on 4 occassions and it is simply lovely. It has oodles of character and the staff are lovely. The location is second to none and has a fantastic view of the sea and mountains. It is located above the sea with steps leading down to the beach which has an array of restaurants to choose from for lunch and is also a short stroll from the town centre. We have visited so many places in Spain and indeed the world but we keep being drawn back to Nerja as it has a charm that nowhere else has. It of course has lots of English Visitors but is a world away from your typical english resort in Spain. No room at this hotel is the same as the other but you simply must get a sea view. 105 is great as it has so much charm, including books to die for and a piano and is very spacious, 107 has an amazing bathroom with a huge jaccuzzi bath, perfect for the romantic couple or to just indulge in yourself. I would highly reccommend this hotel if you prefer the personal touch, if you are used to soleless huge hotels then it might not be for you. The breakfast is taken over looking the sea and is plentiful and varied. When visiting Nerja if this hotel wasn't available for the dates we would like to travel we would change our dates, there is only one hotel to stay at in Nerja and it is this one.

  • Stayed: June 2008, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank YvetteHannay
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Reviewed 14 June 2008

Rooms very basic, but quaint and allows you to get flavor of small town spain.
We chose room without view and very basic-take your own toiletries. DO NOT PARK IN GARAGE-very awkward we scratched car getting out. Good breakfast that you eat overlooking ocean-beautiful view. Night clerk does not speak English, but day person does good translation. Ask to charge your credit card in Euros. They charged mine in dollars automatically- did not ask then added 2% markup-very shady!!
Location wonderful-walk to restuarants, down 100 steps to beach, 10 minute walk to Balcon, right next door to parador (follow signs to parador to find hotel then just drive down alley ( so small this is appropriate term). Caves 10 minute drive out of town. less than an easy hour straight shot from malaga airport.

  • Stayed: June 2008, travelled with family
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1  Thank shamiltonmd
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Reviewed 8 February 2008

Excellent. We stayed 2 nights initially and came back a couple of weeks later for another week. Rooms were clean, spacious and well serviced. Staff were brilliant - friendly, courteous and helpful. Breakfasts on the balcony, overlooking the beach, were a treat - good range of food, well prepared, set us up for the days activities. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here, probably the best, most welcoming hotel we found in our six weeks in Spain.

  • Stayed: November 2007, travelled as a couple
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Thank OJfromOz
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Reviewed 20 October 2007

This hotel was a welcome respite towards the end of a 2 week trip to Morocco and Spain. Nerja, while certainly not a small town, seems to be a lot cozier and less crowded than many of the other Costa del Sol towns we passed. This hotel was easy to find, and tucked away in a relatively quieter neighborhood just a few blocks (10 minute walk) from the Balcon de Europa. While they have parking (charge), we were able to find free parking both days not too far away.

We booked the Special Suite, which was on the first floor - large bathroom with jacuzzi tub, huge bedroom with sitting area, and a small what I would call changing room that had a sofa, mini bar, mirror and plenty of closet and storage space. We had a private deck off our room which overlooked the pool, and then out to the water. The deck had a table and chairs, and was a nice place to eat a picnic lunch or have a drink.

The grounds and general situation were beautiful. Lush green grass, plenty of sun chairs and umbrellas, decent sized pool. This hotel is really a couple of different buildings - we were in the main building, where breakfast was also set up, and you were able to sit outside by the pool and eat. Breakfast was included for us, and pretty extensive. You could walk down a 100 or so stairs to the beach, which had secure access in and out. There were also a couple of cascading balconies with chairs and umbrellas on your way down the stairs to the beach, for access only by those staying in the hotel. This was really an enjoyable place to stay.

  • Stayed: September 2007, travelled as a couple
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Address: Prolongacion Hernando de Carabeo 22, 29780 Nerja, Spain
Region: Spain > Andalucia > Province of Malaga > Costa del Sol > Nerja
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#4 Romantic Hotel in Nerja
#5 Family Hotel in Nerja
Price Range: £68 - £124 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Hotel Paraiso del Mar 2*
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Hotel Paraiso del Mar combines a breathtaking view of the Costa Del Sol with a cozy atmosphere that makes you feel as if you were in your own mansion. ... more   less 
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Paraiso Del Mar Hotel
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