O'Callaghan Eliott Hotel
Travel Blogs from Gibraltar
Evening arrival, and after a Moroccan meal (well we could see the shores of Africa from our hotel room!) an early night, and a morning walk to the top of the rock. The monkeys were good company on the hike up. Perfect weather, and what a view! By the time we were done, breakfast was our only thought!
On Sunday we drove south again to Gibraltar. It is a tiny English colony on the edge of Spain. It is literally a giant rock sticking out of the landscape. We had to drive through immigration and customs to go there. As we drove up you couldn't miss it. The rock is huge and there is a big ominous looking cloud constantly hanging over it. It is very windy on ...
... British stronghold during second World War. Once through passport control, we opted to walk rather than take a bus to the town centre. Interestingly, the walk passes over a live, working RAF runway. Weird walking across a runway! We also passed by a small fenced area with a pond, and were curious to see what several small children were oohing and aahing over..... turtles, all sunning themselves on a rock!! The town itself is very cute and very British, with familiar ...
... before; with my unruly curls, half a dozen shabby wrist bands and uber baggy pants bargained from some random market in Timbuktu. They can normally be spotted wearing some sort of headscarf and/or dreadlock and travelling with nothing but a well-worn backpack and a flimsy patchwork side-bag probably hand-made by some blind orphan during their "Gap Yah".
The Souvenir – aka “let’s wear everything we just bought whilst ...
Wednesday. As we have only one full day here, we obviously had to do a tour to the Rock. We had a great tour, with the taxi taking us to the top of the Rock. Along the way stopping to visit some caves, which were instrumental in the war and display alot of this memorabilia and have now have been converted to a music stage, where operas, classical and modern productions are performed. It must be an amazing experience to go to ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews O'Callaghan Eliott Hotel Gibraltar
Have just returned from a stay here. The scaffolding and mesh are still there. The area around the swiming pool could do with a makeover. Thought this a bit pricey at £150 per night, room only. Bar staff really friendly.margaret turner
Have wanted to stay at this hotel for ages - it is an expensive hotel but as it was a special birthday for my husband we decided it was worth it! We were very disappointed. The rooms are more like 2 star, peeling wallpaper, grotty bathroom etc. We arrived on Saturday evening, by Monday morning the builders returned and drilling was right over our heads! I rang reception to ask them to change our room so that they could hear what we could in our room!! They did change our room to the opposite end of the hotel on a lower floor but still it was a poor room. The staff are friendly the prices are high (especially in the rooftop restaurant) and it is certainly not worth 4 stars.
This is our third visit to Gibraltar and we are enthralled with the people, the place and the lifestyle. It was the first time that we have stayed at the Elliot and we got a great deal through Airmiles. Although there was a good deal of refurbishment going on there was little disruption to the guests. The refurbishment of the rooms is needed but it didn't detract from our break. I would not have been too impressed if we would have had to pay full price during the refurbishments.
I cant see why anyone has a bad word to say, i have been to gibraltar about 6 or 7 times and the one time i stayed in the eliott was the best by far, i would reconmend this to anyone who is staying in gibraltar.
My wife and I have just returned from Gibraltar and spent an enjoyable few days staying at the Eliott. Before we went we read the reviews posted on this hotel and have to say that some people appear to look for things to moan about. OK, so our room was "tired" from the decor point of view, but it was clean and relatively spacious and we saw absolutely none of the staff impoliteness one of your other reviewers complained about. On the contrary, everybody was extremely friendly and very helpful. The breakfasts were far superior to those we have previously had at The Rock and the meals in the brasserie were excellent, in choice, standard and price.
We booked our room from their website.
The room itself was similar to a UK Travel Inn room (though the Elliot rooms cost more).
We asked for a Sea View room which they accomodated for us.
Sky TV is in the rooms and also in the downstairs Bar.
Breakfast was a buffet with loads of cold food (cereals/juice/bread) and whatnot on one table, and cooked food (eggs/bacon/etc.) on another.
There is a mini gym on the upper floor - not too much in there though. There is also a swimming pool and sunning area on the roof which is nice when the sun is shining.
The staff seemed friendly and helpful.
Genarally accomodation in Gibralter is on the pricey side but this place takes the biscuit, I'd have been disappointed even if I'd paid half as much. This is not a quality hotel.
I stayed here on July 29 2004. We checked in late afternoon and only one room was ready, the check-in staff were efficient, if inattentive, and the rooms bland.
The views from the balconies are good, but if you are looking out late at night expect a reprimand from the night manager, who, after strolling around the car park for fifteen minutes started bellowing up at me to go back to bed. I kid you not.
If I'd booked for more than one night I'd have cancelled and gone elsewhere, as while the other hotels in Gib may be of a similar price, I don't believe they can possibly be this poor.
I have stayed in the Elliot twice and both visits have been excellent.
The staff have been very helpfull, and the food is good. (better breakfast than the Rock!) The rooms are a good size and very clean. The roof-top pool and bar have stunning views all around. Another plus point is the location, just 100yds off Main Street. I would have no hesitation in recommending this hotel!
Hotel trading on over-rated reputation
This hotel was disappointing. Its literature describes it as a luxury hotel but our room was scruffy and the replacement on which we insisted was barely 3* on European standards. Staff did not appear to work as a team and barely smiled. Breakfast was run by staff who came in in their outer coats. We spoke with the young Irish manager who was keen to tell us about her problems. The hotel's main advantage is its location off the main shopping street. However we would not rush back to stay there. Gibraltar as a whole is looking a bit dated and run down by comparison with the thrusting town of La Linea just across the frontier in Spain. The political uncertainty surrounding Gibraltar appears to be discouraging investment in Gibraltar's infrastructure.