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“Marooned in Nowhere Land”

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Gran Hotel Ciudad Del Sur
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Puerto Real
Reviewed 10 July 2013

The rooms are large, clean and well furnished, the staff is friendly and helpful. So why was our stay here so depressing? Simply because this very nice hotel is land locked on a slight rise in a dismal flat landscape of nothingness where the hot Levante wind blow fiercely night and day. It could be the setting for a surrealist movie. There is a dining room that never opens ( the coffee shop/bar keeps regular hours), and a swimming pool that looks never used. In the distance you can see the white bones of nearby Puerto Real. This small town is one of the saddest. I believe it is where suicides go to vacation.

If you come by car, the Gran Hotel del Sur is a convenient hopping off point for the beaches around Cadiz, but don't believe the maps in thinking it is close. Traffic patterns and highway grids make any journey in this area more suitable to GPS than human navigational instincts.

If you are carless, Puerto Real is les than ten minutes by taxi. There are three god restaurants in town, one of which specializes in very fresh seafood, (Taberna Del Puerto) and is great (but closed Sunday). Cadiz is a little father but three times the taxi fare because, I think, the taxis need to make he return trip empty. Cadiz is a solid wall of high apartment houses blocking any view of the sea for about two miles until you enter the inner sanctum of the old city. This ancient port town is charming. Too bad the rush to develop the beaches around it created such awfulness.

The only sour note about the Gran Hotel Ciudad del Sur was when we checked out a day early on a three day reservation and were charged for the unused day. The management was within their rights because they insisted on a two-day cancellation. But since the hotel was nearly empty, they were not loosing any business because if our early checkout -- except ours.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 April 2009

very pleased to have found this hotel. the reception staff could not have been more helpful and gave every assistance possible. the rooms were very good,and nice and quiet.great place to stay to visit cadiz.

  • Stayed: March 2009, travelled as a couple
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  • Stayed: October 2017, travelled as a couple
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Stayed: September 2017, travelled as a couple
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Stayed: September 2017, travelled as a couple
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Room Tip: Ocupé una habitación que daba a la piscina y pistas de padel con vistas a urbanización con arbolado...
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  • Stayed: June 2017, travelled on business
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Address: Carretera a Paterna A-408 | Km 0, 11510 Puerto Real, Spain
Region: Spain > Andalucia > Costa de la Luz > Puerto Real
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Puerto Real
Price Range: £49 - £77 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Gran Hotel Ciudad Del Sur 4*
Number of rooms: 120
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