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Hotel Mar de Frente
Reviewed 7 May 2013 via mobile

This property has a fabulous location and offers great views over the Atlantic. It has access to a private beach; however, people that didn't stay in the hotel still made their way to the beach, on a steep parallel path right through the mountains. Do not be fooled by the high prices posted at the reception. In low season the rates through booking.com are half the ones offered at the reception and we made a booking on the spot, much to the surprise of the receptionist.

  • Stayed: May 2013
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Reviewed 9 October 2012

Hotel Mar de Frente is a family runned place. It is very clean and basic. The location is perfect, it is at the end of the road. Behind the hotel is the natural park, in front is the Atlantic. The hotel has private access to a small beach. You can park your car across the street on a guarded parking. We had two rooms. The interior equipment was basic but more than OK. Breakfast is everyday the same. The owners are very friendly but speak very little English. We recommend this Hotel, because of it's unique location.

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  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 15 September 2012

The location of this hotel, overlooking Los Canos' most picturesque stretch of beach, sold it to us. Not having a swimming pool was less of an issue with such magnifienct bathing close at hand.

So if you want a great view, with a clean comfortable room, Mar de Frente delivers.

However, the room was €105 a night. You might expect wifi, more than just 5 fuzzy tv channels, a safe in the room, beach towels. None were available.

A second glass of orange juice with the toasted bread which is breakfast? You'll have to pay extra for that. Parking? €6 a day in a private car park across the road.

These things may not be important to some, and the view is wonderful. But it all felt a bit stingy to us.

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank barrera
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Reviewed 10 March 2012

We just drove to Los Canos without reservation and knocked on the door to Hotel Mar de Frente. A rrom was provided and I asked for a late check out since we arrived so late. It was confirmed to 14.00. Next morning after walking to the Trafalgar, we came back at 13.35. Our personal stuff were just packed together in a mess and a really sour owner, ignored our apperance in the reception. She was overwhelming to other guests but then started barking and screaming, about our late check out and wanted to charge us for a 2nd night. I asked her to call the night receptionist but she were furious, and called us all kinds of names when I refused to pay for a 2nd night. It was really ridiciluos. I would never stay here again, even if the location is great.

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled as a couple
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6  Thank Vikings2Oslo
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Reviewed 19 September 2008

A little overprized. Don't stay at room 23. It's way to small. We were two people on a 2 week round trip. Not enough space for luggage. The room is cleaned everyday which is nice but a waste of resources in our opinion. Parking might be a problem. Staff need to smile more:)

  • Stayed: September 2008, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank labedabe
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Reviewed 28 July 2008

We just spent a glorious four days at the Hotel Mar de Frente. The hotel could hardly be closer to the sea, and overlooks some stunning beaches. At night all you hear are the waves hitting the shore. We had one of the rooms with a terrace, the room was large, if a bit Spartan, but there was a fine sized wardrobe with plenty of draws underneath, two bedside lockers and and wrIting table. The ensuite was well appointed, if a bit cramped. We were not bothered about the lack of privacy, but the previous reviewer has a point about the lack of windows. The rooms was cleaned every day, and we found the standards of cleanliness very high.

The fact that the owners have English and we have no Spanish was not ideal, we were fortunate that we we did need to make a query there was a guest who did speak both languages about at the time to translate.

So, if you want a simple but clean and comfortable room with stunning views and direct access to a beautiful beach, the Hotel Mar de Frente is for you. We certainly hope to return. Don't expect the facilities of a fully equipped hotel (it is actually a "hostal") however.

Stayed: July 2008
2  Thank PaulGalway
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Reviewed 18 July 2008

The rooms are really horrible an badly decorated. We stayed in a room with a “balcony” which did not actually have any windows unless you open the door to the common terrace which is also a hallway to the rooms, so you can not have any privacy… the room costs about 110 euro with a breakfast that did not include even the orange juice for which we were charged apart. I really hope that no one else makes the mistake to stay at this horrible place, because there are lots of nice and beautiful places around Cadiz, some cheaper and with a lot better service.

  • Stayed: June 2008, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Hotel Mar de Frente

Address: Avda. Trafalgar, 3. | (Cádiz), Los Canos de Meca, Barbate, Spain
Region: Spain > Andalucia > Costa de la Luz > Barbate > Los Canos de Meca
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Room Service Wheelchair access
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Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Los Canos de Meca
Price Range: £50 - £106 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Hotel Mar de Frente 2*
Number of rooms: 22
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