Hotel Carabeo & Restaurant 34
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Carabeo & Restaurant 34 Nerja
We loved the hotel - the room was wonderful with a large terrace and sea views plus a lovely swimming pool in the gardens. Staff were very helpful and friendly, the food in the restaurant was excellent. All in all we had a relaxing holiday here and other guests we spoke to had all been before - what more can you say?
Great Hotel and Fab Food
We stayed at this hotel for only one night as we touring around Andalucia. This place is lovely - like a small country house hotel when you walk in and the view from the terrace bar is fantastic. We dined here with friends and the food was truly great; good atmosphere and the waiting staff were the friendliest we'd experienced in an area that can suffer from indifferent service.
The only downside is that we found Nerja very disappointing - featurless and over-developed.
My husband and I loved the Hotel Carabeo. Upon arrival in Nerja, we couldn't hide our disappointment at the crowds of tourists that had taken over an otherwise quaint town. Luckily, the Hotel Carabeo turned out to be an oasis! The staff is pleasant and very professional, our room (with a lovely terrace overlooking the sea) was excellent and breakfast in the restaurant was a great way to start the day.
Clean, beautiful and romantic
My husband and I stayed at Hotel Carabeo for our honeymoon in October 2005. It was our first stop in Spain and we were amazed at how exquisite everything was. The pictures on their website do not do it justice. It's a beautiful quaint hotel with sea room views and luxurious decor. I am well traveled and my expectations are high. Hotel Carabeo did not disappoint. If you're looking for a romantic place to stay in luxury, this is the place. The only negative thing I can say is that the restaurant, "34" in the hotel was sub par. The menu looks delightful but the quality of the food did not satisfy our taste for a fine meal. In addition, the wait staff was unpleasant.
There are a lot of hotels in Nerja, but in our humble opinion, non are as unique and romantic at Hotel Carabeo. Have fun!
Wonderful hotel, fantastic restaurant
On a gloomy and rainy day like today, our minds travelled back to Hotel Carabeo in Nerja.
We stayed there for 5 nights and managed to get one of their magnificent suites.
On arrival we were offered a welcome drink and were helped with our luggage (the best suites are on the first floor, there is no lift in the hotel)
The following day we were nicely surprised with a recently reinstated (we were told) continental breakfast buffet style.
On a glorious sunny day we sunbathed by the pool where we ordered our lunch and drinks.... What a luxury, not having to do leave the hotel at all!
We booked our first night in the restaurant, which is funny has a numerical name: 34.
The food, wine and service were excellent. The staff were very friendly and we noticed, from previous stays in Nerja, that some of them have been working there for years. Don't miss out on Jean Paul (maitre d') and his witty remarks! One tip though, do not mention France!!!!!!
We have booked a week in June and we are counting the days to go back!!!!!!
What a stunning hotel. We had saved 2 nights here for the end of our stay in Andalucia. The room was stunning as was the rest of the hotel but the staff were snooty and unwelcoming. The bar and restaurant were closed on our first night, there was no warning of this at booking.
We were awoken on the first morning of our stay at 8am with somone banging on the wall behind our bed with a mallet. Apparently there were renovation works next door. We pleaded to be moved as it was impossible to stay in the room, never mind sleep, but we were refused, despite there being several empty rooms. They claimed that someone might come in off the street to book. That is, they had our money, they didn't want to miss out on more. We spent an hour arguing about a refund for our second night and things got quite heated. The staff were reluctant to let us speak to the owner as he was on holiday and they didn't want to disturb him.
The irony wasn't lost on us and we spent the last day of our holiday walking around finding somewhere else to stay. My worst ever hotel experience.
We stayed at Carabeo for 2 weeks in the summer.
The hotel itself is beautiful and the staff really friendly. It's location is the only place to stay in Nerja - carabeo is central and located in a lovely, characteristic street, minutes from all the places you need to be near.
We stayed in El Salon room, which had a beautiful view and the balcony was just perfect for early evening drinks before going out for dinner.
Negatives? 34, the restaurant at carabeo was a little disappointing. The food was great, but lacking in character - it felt the same as any nice semi-fine dining UK restaurant - nice but didn't knock your socks off. Price wise, there are far better places to spend an evening.
I notesomeones dissapointment with breakfast - we loved it. Greatseletion of fresh pastries and good coffee (all I need to kick start my day), I would recommed taking breakfast in your room (a small charge) particularly if you have a balcony.
Elsewhere in Nerja, good places to eat were El Pulguilla - great fresh fish, simple but oh so good. El Refugio - rustic - but amazing food and a lovely old school waiter. Side salad was amazing, with white asparagus and the garlic soup ust be tried - a meal in itself (certainly not to be followed by paella as I treid to do!)
For tapas - look for El Chispa; basic but so friendly. Not to mention so, so cheap! we couldn't spend our money there, but still reminice over the lovely monkfish bites and pork skewers (can you tell I like my food).
We look forward to returning to Nerja - I'm not certain if we'd stay at Carabeo again if we were going for a couple of weeks as we would have preferred a slightly more laid back feel,but for a short break we'd most definitely go again.
Lovely boutique hotel
We have just spent 2 weeks in the Hotel Carabeo. It is a lovely friendly, well run hotel with a super restaurant. Our room had a lounge and a terrace which looked out to the sea and mountains and the view would be hard to beat.
Only fault was breakfast. It was bought to you on a plate and it was the same thing every morning for 2 weeks. There is alternatives but they come at an extra cost and as this isnt a cheap hotel anyway, we didnt think we should pay for extras.
The staff are very helpful and will do anything they can for you.
All in all a super holiday.
Elegant Inn on the Coast
The Hotel Carabeo is a charming little inn located on one of Nerja's winding narrow streets. The garden and some rooms have excellent views out over the sea and curving coastline. It is beautifully and tastefully furnished throughout with antiques, and the bedroom we stayed in, although small, was well appointed and came with luxury toiletries and robes. Our room overlooked the street and as the previous reviewer commented, it was a little noisy so you may want to consider an seaview room or one in the annexe. We took this one because of the great price.
Unfortunately, the restaurant is closed on Monday nights (the night we stayed) which is a shame because it is supposedly excellent and overlooks the garden, pool and sea. The manager did give us a great recommendation for Petit Paris though which featured a genuine French chef and gorgeous French cuisine with a Spanish twist.
For the last 3 days of our Andalusian tour we needed a place to chill out away from the frenetic city life we had just enjoyed in Malaga, Granada. Seville & Cordoba. Hotel Carabeo is fairly new and is a cool oasis in the plastic, mass commercialsim that one usually experiences on the Costas. The whole can described as chic and of the highest quality - it was a pleasure just to be in the hotel. They have excellent rooms with a/c and very artistic fittings and features combining a mixture of opulence and style. The gem is a small garden with a pool and at the end, a terrace overlooking the Med - ideal for sunbathing or that late night cognac in the moonlight. Their own restuarant looked 4-star and was fairly booked up most nights. Our room (Torrecilla) had a basic lack of secondary glazing (which the rooms in the new annex have) - this gave noisy nights and early wake-ups - something I hope they will remedy. Maybe the price reflects this at €85 - the top rooms come in at near €200 with tax but have sea-views and a terrace. The breakfasts were splendid and as a sign of being English owned, came with large pots of tea or coffee along with fresh fruit, pastries, cereals, cheeses & meats. A small but outstanding hotel.