Holiday Accommodation in Gibraltar
<em>Taking a holiday in Gibraltar? Information on finding the right places to stay: hotels, self-catering apartments, hostels, yachts, and more…</em>
The British Overseas Territory of Gibraltar is located at the southern end of the Iberian Peninsula at the entrance to the Mediterranean Sea. Gibraltar is colloquially referred to as “Gib”, or The Rock, and is known for its iconic landmark The Rock of Gibraltar.
Covering an area of 6 km², Gibraltar shares its northern border with the Province of Cádiz in Andalusia, Spain. The population is around 30,000, and the territory receives approximately 10 million tourist visitors every year.
As Gibraltar is a small territory, there are only a few hotels, ranging from one to five stars, and including a unique luxury five-star yacht.
Star rating system
The Gibraltar Tourist Board Hotels Grading Scheme is managed in association with the AA in the UK. Using a star rating system, hotels are rated as one to five star establishments. In addition to the star rating system, the AA awards Rosettes (also from one to five) to hotels with restaurants serving exceptional food.
The Common Standards ratings that apply to hotels in the UK is also used in Gibraltar. This scheme is voluntary; properties taking part are inspected annually and have an AA emblem and yellow stars next to the hotel name.
Many hotels also have their own star rating system with white stars below or alongside their name. These are also internationally recognised star ratings and are generally accepted as follows:
- 5 star: Top of the range accommodation with luxury standards of service, facilities and décor
- 4 star: Well-appointed facility providing a high standard of service and stylish décor
- 3 star: Good, comfortable accommodation with a range of facilities and services on offer
- 2 star: Basic, clean accommodation with a small range of facilities
- 1 star: Simple, basic accommodation with limited facilities; toilets/bathrooms may be shared
Self-catering apartments in Gibraltar are either hotel type rooms that come with a kitchenette, crockery and cutlery offering the comforts of a hotel, or fully furnished apartments with equipped kitchens.
Bed and breakfasts are not a popular type of accommodation in Gibraltar, as most non-hotel accommodation consists of apartments. B&Bs offer in-house accommodation including breakfast.
There are a handful of yachts in Gibraltar that offer one, two or three room accommodation for two to six people. They provide a normal on-board yacht experience. Prices can include day trips. Mooring is generally close to restaurants.
Hostels and Guest Houses
Hostels (Hostals) can be found on the Spanish side of the border in La Línea de la Concepción. Most have no restaurant facilities, but there are restaurants within walking distance. Some B&Bs have en-suite bathrooms, whereas others have shared facilities. The town is situated about 15 minutes’ walk from Gibraltar, or there is a bus service that runs from the border to the city centre.