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A night away November 2009

A night away - Hotel Guadacorte Park

A bank holiday weekend and time to go away again. We chose to drive south for a couple of hours and ended up near Gibraltar.

Set in Algeciras bay, this hotel is surrounded by 18,000 sq m of beautiful, mature gardens and only 15 minutes drive to Gibraltar. From this vantage point, you can go shopping in Gibraltar, or take a ferry to Tangiers for the day.

The hotel itself is just off the main road through Los Barrios and, driving through the commercial areas, you suddenly find yourself in lush gardens as you approach the hotel.

Checking in, we see that both the Prince of Asturias, and King Juan Carlos have stayed at the hotel in the last few years. The staff are very friendly but overworked as we see lots of people arriving for a wedding. We are delighted to find that we have a room with a terrace that overlooks the gardens.

The room is tastefully decorated and bed really comfortable. The wooden floors are beautifully polished but we do hear noise from the room above.

The terrace has a table and comfortable chairs, so we intend to come back and read later.

The hotel has many function rooms, so as we walk through reception again, the wedding guests have slipped away and we are left sitting outside on the terrace overlooking the outdoor pool, enjoying the sun.

Later we see the bride and groom walking across the beautiful gardens for photographs.

In the evening, we decide to choose one of the restaurants in the grounds of the hotel rather than the hotel dining room. We were really impressed with the service and presentation of the food.

Breakfast was served in the restaurant overlooking the garden in buffet style. After a gentle walk through the gardens, we regretfully left to return home.

Price: €80 B&B Tel: 95 667 7500 Address: Ctra. Cádiz – Málaga km. 113 11370 Los Barrios (Cádiz)

Hotel Guadalcorte Park