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We departed the green fields of jolly old England from Gatwick and as the plane gained altitude white sheep spotted the land below. A fitting goodbye.
EasyJet is a UK discount airline with colours suspiciously like JetStar, orange, white and black. Queued for about 30 minutes to drop our bags, but we had bought extra kilos so no …
... Pretty much every flat surface was clearly water logged and the rivers (quite large and quick flowing at the best of times) were all bursting their banks. There is no shortage of water in the highlands that is for sure.
Some of which goes in to making whisky.
At about the mid point between Stirling and Inverness is the Tomatin distillery. Possibly the most famous distillery you've never heard of. I was certainly not aware of it before now. But at one time ...
... Highland life from the 16th century to the present day. The vaulted-ceilinged ballroom was the only room we were permitted to take photos in; there are literally hundreds of stags antlers adorning the walls here. The current duke visits the castle annually to inspect the Atholl Highlanders, Britain's only private army, which was given its colours by Queen Victoria in appreciation of their services. ...
... a really excellent visitor centre, which tells the story of the events leading up to it and the battle itself, from both the Jacobites' and the Government's perspectives, and we saw a very graphic - and very moving - video reconstruction of the battle (we were surrounded by screens on all 4 sides). Then we walked the battlefield itself, with a very good audioguide explaining all the sites we stopped at. It seemed ...
Today we explored the ever contentious Gibraltar. I say contentious because over the years the area has been under the control of the Moorish Army, the Spanish and as is currently the case, the British. It sits in a strategic location, and such is the power of its location, that it is said 'that whoever controls Gibraltar, the rock and its harbour, is in a good position to control the passage between the Mediterranean and the Atlantic'.
Modern Gibraltar begun in ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsBristol Hotel Gibraltar
I oly ha 2 options for Gibrltar (in the words of the carton arms hotel) the youth hostel or the bristol.
I chosed the bristol because i did deserve a bit of splurge. But i had no option for tonight or i would be fined for sleeping in the streets.
So i paid 63 pounds for a shoebox hotel room that had everything i need: a bed, tv & a bathroom. The nice man gave me change in coins so i could buy a drink in the lobby.
The only bad thing no wake up call when i requested one
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Historical Traveler Reviews Bristol Hotel Gibraltar
Thought i was checked into a monty python scetch
a friend and i had the misfortune of staying in this hotel earlier in the year, and although it looked pleasant enough on the outside and the reception was clean, we were soon to discover that we were staying in what i can only discribe as an overpriced B&B, had i known that the bar and rooms looked like they had not seen any paint ( or a damp sponge which would have been nice) since the place was built and that we could not get another room anywhere because we had already paid for our room which was far from cheap at nearly £80 a night, it was like being in a monty python scretch but with much less humour, and i would not use this hotel again,
though i would return to gibralter as i had a great time when not in the above hotel
Rock "ARD" beds.
The pair of us stayed for three nights,our room overlooked the entrance to the museum,it was pleasant enough ,but the beds were incredibly uncomfortable.The interior decor was too dark and drab .
The hallways were dark ,but I;ll put the up and down stairways route from lift to room down to old world charm.
The temperature was in the late 70,s but we had snow on the TV.
What a noise the air -con made- jesus!!
Breakfast was adequate ,I have simple tastes.
The pool area could be an absolute delight but ?More thought needed there.
The staff were great ,displaying a grand Dunkirk spirit when all of Gibraltars power went off ,good people!!
To sum it up ,faded glory best describes the place ,good position but in need of a real interior revamp.
A Long stay
Whilst waiting for my flat to be ready near Marina Bay, in 2003 I stayed at this hotel for 7 months. The staff - manager, receptionists, cleaning staff - all of them could not have been more helpful and charming. My room - large with spacious bathroom was comfortable, clean and homely. (at that time a great deal of change was taking place ; new carpeting throughout for example) Granted there is a slight downside - continental breakfast fare could have been better - it needed to be varied from time to time and some cooked items would have been a welcome change. This was often a topic of conversation in the breakfast room. The hotel has a charming, albeit quite small, swimming pool. During my stay I seldom heard complaints being voiced. I feel qualified to recommend this hotel to anyone coming to Gibraltar
Just got back from a business trip, if I had been paying I would have moved hotels, I ended up in the Bristol because the usual hotel was fully booked. £57.00 per night without breakfast. Location is great, just off Main Street, a pleasant stroll to Casemates Sq and the bars and restaurants. Lobby is pleasant, no restaurant but the bar does light meals, other than that it's vending machines. No tea/coffee facilities in the rooms but you wouldn't want to be spending any time in your room anyway. Dark, dingy, pokey, smelly and very hot. Interior rooms have no view at all, window looks over a sort of chimney/ventilation flue in the centre of the building but you can't see up or down because of the frosted glass and bars on the windows. Breakfast poor for the price, £5.00, sold as continental but definitely one of the poorest I have ever encountered, eat out!
Bed was hard as a rock, pillow flat and thin. Decor dirty, fifties and looked nicotine stained. Hallways narrow, dark (wood-effect) - can't see to get your key in the lock. Taxi driver said the hotel had spent a lot of money on refurbishment, I dread to think what it was like before.
If this is the only hotel with a room then postpone your trip.
Rigby's Hotel - 'Rising Damp'
we stayed here for four nights and we wish we had,nt bothered the smell in the room was terrible we had to go and buy cans of air freshener.the room was dark and dirty there were stains on the bed cover,the air conditioning unit was very loud we could not leave it on the sun loungers round the pool were covered in bird droppings and were never cleaned so please dont stay there
Very poor bedrooms
We stayed at the Bristol Hotel, Gibraltar in March 2005. Fortunately we only stayed two nights. The room was poor to say the least. It was just about clean but old and tatty. The walls had evidence of damp, the decor was well out dated, furniture well worn. The staff were friendly and very helpful. The reception area was smart, clean and comfortable. The breakfast room was difficult to find but not unpleasant.
Simply put: Bristol is a dump!
We just left (Dec 20, 2004) and this is almost the worst hotel I've ever been in. When I checked in the woman pulled out the daily reservations cards, I saw 2 others besides ours. Knowing the hotel was empty and it was off season, I asked for the best room they had. The reception area is nice, the lounge is nice, and the workers are friendly. The rest of the hotel is basically a 3 story Mobile Home dump. All the walls have the same brown paneling, you sink into the floors as you walk, the beds are hard as a rock, and the foam pillows must have been over 15 years old, because the foam was all torn up in all 4 of the pillows we had. Bed bugs are around, so check the bed before entering.
Location Location Location, you can be a horrible hotel like this one, but if you have the best location in town people are going to come. Save your money on breakfast and go to the Angry Fryer Bar around the corner. The Breakfast and food is GREAT!
If we ever come back to Gibraltor, we will stay on the Spanish side with better hotels, better exchange rate, and walk. Coming back across the border the spanish are upset at the Brits (Spain wants Gibraltor) so expect very long delays crossing back into spain. We noticed many Brits were getting their cars searched, while all others were being waived through when they saw our passports were USA.
The Bristol Hotel was comfortable but
Stayed at the hotel in September for the first time. The staff are very friendly and helpful but the bedrooms could do with some redecoration. What I found lacking was the fact that you could only get coffee (apart from breakfast) from a vending machine.
We would stay there again because it is very central to everything and certainly the staff could not be more helpful.
We have stayed at the Bristol Hotel which is situated in Cathedral Square twice. Its comfortable, but a bit jaded and could do with some redecoration.
Has an outdoor swimming pool with has a cover for the winter months. A snack bar/bar next to the pool area.
If possible get an exterior room, although £5 more expensive per night, the interior rooms are very claustrophobic.Its very central, just around the corner from Main Street. Tourist Information office right across the square.
Parking is available for hotel guests.
Give Gibraltar a go - try the Bristol Hotel
If you're thinking about a holiday in Gibraltar, don't think twice. Book it and go. It's a most charming and fascinating place with so much to do. From Manchester, flying Monarch, it was faster and much cheaper than the train fare to London! Hotels are a bit on the pricey side but try The Bristol. It's really good value for money. Clean and confortable - rooms are a bit on the small side but no smaller than a lot of London west-end hotels and its very conveniently located.
The Rock itself is amazing. The people are friendly with every race and culture mixing in perfect harmony - a true example to the rest of the world. Shopping is VAT free and there are some great bargains to be had - particularly in electrical and leather good. And I haven't seen drink cheaper anywhere.
You will find plenty to do for a long weekend break and it's an ideal location to tour into Spain or take a day trip to Africa.
And the weather is brilliant!