Hotel Plaza Cavana
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I suspect there will just be one more entry after this so whilst I have a quick moment on our last night in Sayalonga it would seem a good time to thank a few folk who have made it all possible!
In true Oscars fashion and in no particular order obviously :
To my sister Kathy for giving me the peace of mind to leave for such ...
Adios Africa, a ferry back to Tarifa to see of Jake is still there! Left him on the side of the road next to a skate park so a serious amount of doubt was creeping in! An with such amazing relief he was fine Issue # 2, on the way from Lagos to Tarifa the clutch started to give an is now truly farked.. Can get a few gears but gear changes are dodge.. Decided to hightail 130km to Malaga where is a large iveco truck workshop. Got there okayish.. Into the shop in ...
... I showed the budding tri-athlete a thing or two about hill walking I can tell you. Although we were a trifle warm when we reached the top the views were amazing. On the walk down we passed immaculate olive groves and then further on down plums, lemons, oranges, figs , pears and apples all within about an acre of each other- lovely..
Back in the village square for breakfast at 1015.
Hot and sweaty but with buns of steel... Job ...
... shoulders and their white pants. Ok now I am making generalisations, but it was Quite funny and we were definitely out of place. From the balcon we Walked down to the west beach and soaked up the remainder of the sunlight until about 7pm. It was so nice to see the ocean again, and to hear the waves. Nerja actually has waves unlike Nice. As the sun disappeared we went and found a supermarket, bought a salad and tortilla each, as well as a big bottle of water. We then walked ...
... taste of paella, a rice dish with seafood. It was absolutely fantastic to sit on the coast while eating paella and listening to the band sing.
After food, our group was in the sun for around five hours and my skin is so tan! I just sat on the beach and listened to music while other friends of mine went to jump off of the cliffs into the Mediterranean!
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Plaza Cavana Nerja
Fantastic location and good value
My partner and I (early 40s) have stayed here three times over the last year and, unlike the previous couple of reviewers, love it! We actually chose to have a room on the front corner (two double doors and windows so lovely and light) so that we could watch the bustle and feel the atmosphere - isn't that what you go away for? Yes, you are woken up early sometimes by road cleaners but the echoey sounds to me are just part of the beauty of being somewhere different and the views over the trees and little square more than make up for it. We love it for its location - so close to the Balcon, where we stroll every morning to watch the wild cats and admire the stunning, ever-changing view over the beaches and hills either side. The rooftop pool is cold but a lovely place to sunbathe - it's always been quiet when we've been there. Our favourite things in Nerja:California restaurant; strolling on the Balcon any time of day or night; ice cream from the end of the Balcon; massive Paella lunch on Burriana beach on Sundays; walking along the beach with the little huts and houses on it; the church and the weddings and ceremonies you often see (and I'm not churchy); the weekly market; Manchego cheese, salty almonds and coffee; Casa Luque opposite Plaza Cavana for tapas; Feria in October; and, last but definitely not least, the '14 Euro' shoe shop!!! Nerja must be one of the most photogenic places in the world. We've been at all times of the year and in all weathers and will keep going back. Plaza Cavana is fantastic value for money - indoor and outdoor pools, central location and lovely rooms. Call them or email direct for best rates.
having stayed at this hotel before, on a recent trip to Nerja we noticed the hotel had been refurbished and thought it would be nice to stay again so booked up well in advance. We knew that rooms facing the square suffered from loud noise so booked an inside garden room where we had transfered the last time we stayed. This time we were allocated room 301 which is at the roof level next to the pool. The problem is this room has the air conditioniong unit attached to the roof of the room and it switches on and off all the time including during the night. We were unable to get any sleep because of the noise and left the room at 4-o-clock in the morning to escape and sleep in the lobby. The night clerk said the answer was to switch on the air conditioning unit full in the room which created so much noise itself that you didn't hear the unit in the roof. As we refused this he very kindly arranged for us to go round to their sister hotel to at least get some sleep before morning. Ultimately we were unable to obtain another roon at the Plaza Cavana so stayed the rest of the week at the Puerta del Mar just round the corner while still able to use all the facilities at the Plaza Cavana. Breakfast etc is served at the Plaza. This hotel is only 2 star, much cheaper than the Plaza but you still get the benefits without the noise. If you want to stay central do not book the Plaza but go for the Puerta del Mar, plus the staff are much more friendly and the rooms are just as good and you save a lot of money which you can then spend on eating out at the excellent restaurants. Never, never go half board to the Plaza. Parking as had been said is a nightmare, I had to use it as the free parking near the hotel is now charged at 1 euro an hour, ouch so had to face the wrath of drivers as I held up masses of traffic trying to line my hired car in a very narrow street to enter the electric lift which is about 1 inch wider than the Fiat Punto which then descends into the underground basement hotel carpark. Breakfast is just about adequate but the hotel resaurant and bar seemed little used. Eating out in Nerja is great, the bar/cafe next to the hotel serves great lunch time snacks and restaurants such as Langhams or Au petit Paris are both excellent for an evening meal. If you must stay at the Plaza Cavana make sure you do not get put into room 301 it is the worst room in the hotel even if classed as superior and charged at a higher rate than standard rooms. As far as I could see most people in it after us also only lasted one night. Front rooms facing the street suffer noise particularly at the weekend until the early hours of the morning when the street cleaners take over. The Puerta del Mar is quieter and cheaper and Suzzane at reception will make sure everything is OK with a great smile.
A good hotel with a great location
This is a nice place in a very central location.
We paid a little extra for a room on the roof, which has a terrace. We enjoyed the terrace, but we were also right next to the pool and one afternoon we listenedd to a baby squeal as his boorish parents ignored him.
We loved Nerja and its very good Italian and Chinese restaurants.
Nice hotel, good central location in Nerja.Rooms very clean and adequate facilities.
Came here with my partner and 2 year old daughter for a week in March. Not a great hotel to come to with children due to the general age group of the clientel. We knicknamed it "OAPville". The bar in the hotel shuts every night at 12pm. No atmosphere whatsoever. Very sedate. We were disgusted after we found that out since we were restricted to the hotel every night with our young child.
Beware of parking on the street in front of the hotel, I got a parking ticket. The parking signs not very visible. Parking tickets are 94 euro and your car can be towed.The hotel staff could have been helpful in warning of the danger as we saw other people who were staying in the hotel get tickets and towed. In general we found the staff in the hotel unhelpful and unfriendly. You can park in the hotel carpark for 10 euro per night but its a nightmare its so awkward. Parking can be found around the corner if you persevere.
Also when we arrived we found out that to use the sauna and jacuzzi we had to pay 15 Euro each and give 2 hours notice each time. The pool is a nice small "plunge" pool and there is no extra charge for this.
Dinner is served from 7 till 11. We found the food to be adequate. Breakfast was a continental style buffet. A greater selection would have been nice.
Overall a nice hotel but not for the young. No atmosphere.
1. Great location, right in the centre with shops and restaurants on the doorstep. Best restaurant was Meson de Antonio - turn right out of the hotel and its nearly at the end of that road near the bakers.
2. Very clean, nice rooms with safe (charge), mini bar/fridge that you can use for own drinks etc.
3. Lovely roof top terrace and pool with views to sea and mountain. Small indoor poor and a couple of fitness machines.
1. Some of the staff a bit miserable.
2. Continental breakfast minimal but just adequate.
3. Lots of extras eg. Car park 10e per day, jacuzzi 15e per hour, sauna 15e per hour. We paid for the jacuzzi which was a bit of a let down as they only half filled it.
4. Some of the rooms onto the square are noisy at night. Rooms at the back are quieter but quite dark (in winter).
Not for Children
Lovely hotel, right in the heart of beautiful Nerja. Walking distance to the famous Balcon de Europa is about 2 minutes. The balconies on the hotel are tiny, not enough space even for a chair, but being able to stand and people watch makes up for it. We were overlooking the busy plaza. It was very noisy at night, so I slept with earplugs. Not a complaint, but a recommendation if you get a room at the front!
Nice roof top pool, but is small and under used. Food was excellent. Rooms were clean. Maid service and fresh towels daily.
My only gripe was that the hotel is not child friendly, but we should have checked it out more carefully prior to booking. Great if you are a couple. There were hardly any children in the hotel. The restaurant did not open 'til 8 o clock, and with a 6 year old who normally eats at 5 o clock, we found it inconvenient. There was only 'adult' food too, no children's menu, although we found that a plus. We made the mistake of staying half board, and although the food was great, there are so many fantastic restaurants in Nerja it was a shame we couldn't sample more of them, plus we could have eaten earlier.
Would definitely stay there again, but as a couple not a family.
My wife and I have just had a brilliant week's holiday at the Hotel Cavana. Everything about it is very good to excellent. The central position in town is perfect, only 200 metres from the beach and 150 metres from the famous Balcone de Europe. The nearby Plaza is a hive of activity day and night. The hotel amenities are excellent, apart from a rooftop swimming pool which is small, but quite novel: more fun to swim in the nearby sea. The hotel was refitted last year to a very high standard, with all marble floors and air conditioning in every room (unusual for a 3 star hotel). Breakfasts are a high standard, and dinner is varied and excellent quality: go for the set menu, with 7 choices for each course. Staff were very helpful and obliging. If you hire a car, check out the 1 way system from the hotel, because it is tricky, changing at 7 pm! Garaging is very novel and tight, via an elevator from the back of the hotel: a small hire car is desirable, although we managed with an Opel Zafira. We will certainly return to this excellent value for money hotel!
The Plaza Cavana Hotel is set in the heart of Nerja and within easy walking
distance of several restaurants, bars,shops and the beach. The hotel is small and friendly, very clean and well kept,the rooms are adequately sized but lack tea making facilities, the breakfast was a continental style buffet. If you take a car, off street paking is available but the town is very busy and parking places are at a premium, the hotel has its own underground car park at 9 euros a day but access to it is from a narrow side street at the side of the hotel and entry is very difficult to negotiate, you actually drive into a lift which drops down two floors into the garage area which is very small. Apparently the porter will park the vehicle for you if he is available. The hotel is set in the main square with a narrow one way road running past the front of the hotel which is quite busy and causes some road noise the noisiest being the dreaded scooter. We were in Nerja during early March 05 and the majority of people were middle aged, enjoying themselves and relaxing. Overall I would say this hotel is ideal for someone wanting to visit this lovely town who doesn't want to walk a long way for facilities.
Clean and tidy
Hotel was really nice
Very helpful staff, Very clean and tidy, location was right in the middle of things, nice quite pool area to relax (small ish pool though), nice little town.
Getting a car near the hotel, nightmare!! Good luck!!
You will enjoy this place for the money!! Trust me!!
Fantastic - A Real Gem of a Hotel
We had a wonderful stay at the Plaza Cavana. The Hotel in general was beautifully presented with a lovely Bar and Reception area. The downstairs resturant (with lift for disabled access) was lovely. The rooms were bright and clean. We had a lovely corner position with two Juliet balconies which was tiled in lovely local tiles. Even though a little noisey a night as we overlooked the small town sqaure, it was well worth the sacrifice to see all the hustle and bustle of Nerja right outside your window. The roof top pool was lovely and clean with free sun beds and beautiful views over to the sea and behind to the sierra nevada mountain range (though no lift to the roof). Lovely staff and a hotel for the managemnt to be proud of. A touch of luxury at a good price right in the centre of Nerja in close proximity to the balcony of Europe and several good beaches. Go and enjoy - you won't regret it!!!