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“Close to the ferry” 3 of 5 bubbles
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Hostal Alameda
Ranked #8 of 18 Hotels in Tarifa
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Sydney, Australia
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102 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Close to the ferry”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2013 via mobile

The hostel is as close as you can get to the ferry terminal, i.e about 30 meters and is great as a stepping stone for Morocco, which we did. The hostel is nicely decorated and the rooms small but adequate. It is clean and friendly and on the edge of the medina with lots of bars and restaurants in the labyrinth of lanes and streets. No breakfast is served and it is about 15 minutes walk from the bus station. Just keep asking fot the port. Otherwise there are cabs waiting.

Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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New York City, New York
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34 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2013

Basic hotel very close to the ferry and in downtown Tarifa in the tourist area. Major drawback is that there's no breakfast offered and nothing opens up until at least 8:30am. There's only street parking so that can be hit or miss. Tarifa is nice but I think over rated and the few hotels seem to be expensive for what one gets.

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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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New Forest
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106 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 June 2013

Stayed here for 1 night while visiting the area. Right down by the port so very convenient for trips across to Tangiers. Good location for visiting the town in the evening for a meal. Reception very friendly. Our room surprised me - it was very modern, very clean, nice bathroom. It was situated at the front of the hotel so we looked out over the square and the port. Car parking is in the street and we struggled to find anywhere to park so had to go quite a distance in order to find a space. Altogether very good value.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Eugene, Oregon
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72 reviews
42 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 April 2013

The concierge ( same guy on duty all day), was a fantastically friendly and warm guy. Room was great, but only 2 rooms out of 10 or so have any kind of decent view. Rooms on the 1st floor (Spanish, 2nd floor American) have the best sea view. (2nd floor has a big wall in front of the window) No lift/elevator. We found it very pleasant. Would definitely stay here again. Really can't beat the convenience. 20 meters walking from the port and 20 meters to the entrance of the old city. Super convenient.

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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank James M
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H-Alameda, Propietario at Hostal Alameda, responded to this review, 29 April 2013
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Dallas, Texas
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5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2013

The Hostal Alameda is good for a hostel or budget hotel but is overpriced for what you get. As other reviews say, it is no frills and selection in Tarifa is limited but we felt we would have gotten more for less elsewhere. For the same price you can stay at a 4 star hotel in Algecerias that is loaded with amenities. We abandoned Tarifa (too slow during the offseason) and the Hostal Alameda our second night and stayed at the AC Hotel in Algecerias and got a much better room (jr. suite with huge patio with a great view of the rock of Gibraltar) and value (free mini bar) with more options for nightlife.

PRO’s
- Good location for catching ferry across the street and exploring old town

- Very clean. This hotel is for folks who want a clean no frills hotel close to the ferry. Stay here if that is all you care about.

CON’s
- Too pricey for what you get. There are nicer places to stay for less nearby. Our room (104) was smaller than expected and as mentioned in other reviews is nothing more than a clean room with a bed, shower, wardrobe, desk, phone, TV, lamps and towels that remind me of the ones we use to have in high school gym class.

- No instructions on how to use phone. My message light was on and I still don't know what the message was.

- Walls are paper thin and you can hear conversations and snoring from other rooms. I agree that when somebody closed their door it sounded like building was collapsing.

- No elevator. Carrying bags up and down stairs was a pain.

- Lights in hallways go off automatically....how about making them come on automatically so I don't have to make my way to the light switch in the dark?

- Room (104) was tiny.

- No safe in room or way to secure anything. You can leave stuff at front desk but they just put in a closet that is not locked. We took a day trip to Morocco and came back and everything was still in my backpack but there were several times during our stay when nobody was at the front desk and I could have opened the door and cleaned out their “safe deposit”. Also, when we returned I told the guy at the desk that they had my bag and he held it up and asked “is this it?”…..didn’t really make me feel as if my stuff was secure considering there was cash and computers in it. They should have luggage storage lockers or some other way that would give customers more confidence that their items were secure. Also, had to wait for the person working the desk for quite a bit a couple of times when I was dropping off/picking up our valuables which was annoying. The back of their check-in material clearly states that they have no liability for items lost that are left in rooms. There is no luggage storage at the Tarifa Ferry Port so you have to trust your stuff won’t vanish from their unsecured closet.

A couple of notes on Tarifa......there were no taxis at the bus station when we arrived. Make sure you know how to get from station to hotel. You can follow signs to Ferry terminal. It was about a 15 minute walk which wasn't bad except we were loaded down with luggage. Also, there was no secure place to store luggage at either hotel or ferry terminal. We were there in the offseason and the whole town shuts down after 10PM. If I had it to do over again I would stay in Algecerias in a nicer hotel with more options for dining and nightlife during the offseason but would give another spot in Tarifa a try during busier times of the year.

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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Tarifa
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47 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2013

Arrived on a rainy evening and reception was very pleasant and efficient. Our room was clean, adequate and about what we expected from other reviews. The only downside being that the cafeteria did not open until 8 p.m. for dinner so we had to look elsewhere. We understood it was open all thru the day. Also, we understood it opened at 7 a.m. for breakfast but not so. Anyway, we found something else which was fine.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Mercedes C, Director de Recepción at Hostal Alameda, responded to this review, 4 February 2013
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Estimado cliente, gracias por alojarse con nosotros y su buen comentario, intentamos en lo posible que nuestros clientes se encuentren como en casa, por eso sentimos mucho que los horarios del restaurante no se adecuaran a sus necesidades, pero es algo que nosotros no podemos controlar, ya que son gestiones diferente. El Hostal no tiene nada que ver con el restaurante, lo único que podemos ofrecer a muestros clientes, es la información de otros establecimientos que se adapten a sus horarios y como pudo comprobar la elección es variada.
Muy agradecidos y esperamo tenerles de nuevo entre nosotros.
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Burbank CA
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42 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2013

Hostal Alameda

Basic hotel with very convenient access to both port for ferry to Tangier and walking into the small charming old town. Clean. You will need to walk up stairs to your room since there is no elevator. They do not serve breakfast, but there are restaurants nearby that do. Free parking if you plan to visit Tangier can be found beyond the port's pay parking lot on the street below the old city wall.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Mercedes C, Director de Recepción at Hostal Alameda, responded to this review, 4 February 2013
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Gracias por su comentario, esperamos tenerle muy pronto de nuevo entre nosotros.
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Property: Hostal Alameda
Address: Paseo Alameda 4, 11380 Tarifa, Spain
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Region: Spain > Andalucia > Costa de la Luz > Tarifa
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Tarifa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:1 star — Hostal Alameda 1*
Number of rooms: 27
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
In 1989 has appeared, in our mind, the Project of a warm, friendly an apleasant pleace where our guests would feel like at home.That is how "Alameda"guesthouse came up to life.With the retauration and redesigning of that ancient buiding (dated from XIX C.) and situated in the threshold of the old town of Tarifa, we wanted to offer our guests a full of charm place to rest.From then, our only effort is to produide an unforgettable, attentive and familiar trearment to our guests.Our rooms are comfortable and we did our best, playing great attention to all details to make you enjoy your stay here. ... more   less 
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