This was my first visit to Nerja on the recommendation of my wife, who had been previously.
We chose the Plaza Cavana based on its position in the Plaza, about 100m from the Balcon, and mainly positive reviews on Trip Advisor.
It’s official rating is 3 star, I guess because it doesn’t have a lot of the “fluff” of higher rated hotels. It provides breakfast only, which is the usual holiday hotel fare of cooked breakfast for Brits and cold meats and cheese for continentals. Plenty of fresh fruit, yoghurt, cereals,bread,tea and coffee. A bit monotonous after a fortnight,but if you get fed up there are plenty of restaurants and cafe/bars within 30 feet of the front door.
Upon arrival you are met by pleasant friendly and efficient staff, all of whom speak English
We were allocated a recently refurbished room on the second floor, reached via one of 2 small lifts, with a small Juliet balcony at the front overlooking the Plaza. All rooms have adjustable air con, and free WiFi, which can be a bit iffy at peak times. Tv with very few English channels, and a small fridge, very useful for keeping drinks cool.Note: tea and coffee facilities cost extra, take a travel kettle. Also, when you book in you are offered a key to the room safe at 14 euros a week. I suggest you wait until you see your room. I paid 28 euros on arrival, was given the key,then found our room had an electric combination safe, so needn’t have bothered. Tried to get money back but no dice. We had an ensuite shower room with the usual bits and bobs,which was spotless, and, like the rest of the room is cleaned daily.
I read some reviews complaining about the noise at night,from the Plaza, although what people expect when booking a hotel in the centre of the restaurant/ bar area in the resort, I don’t know. We found if we wanted to go to bed before 0130 am, all we had to do was close the balcony doors and curtains, and the noise,even when outside music was playing, reduced dramatically and we were there at World Cup time and the town Festival. There is some annoying noise at the back, caused by a loose drain lid which clangs when driven over, and in 2018 by some building work across the road. I would insist on a front room even if I had to pay extra on site.
There is a lounge bar, which is open every evening, which we used when England were playing, because of the large screen tv and very comfortable ample seating, with waiter service. There’s also available a range of board games and cards available with a small library in reception if you want to stay in, or during the day if you want to escape the sun for a couple of hours.
There is no hotel entertainment, but that’s no problem due to very good free entertainment from “buskers” in the Plaza every night. I use the word advisedly because they all have amps, backing tracks and sound like rock,folk, or classical ensembles,well worth a couple of euros in the hat.Also,while children are allowed, there were a few while we were there,there is no separate kids entertainment programme.
The hotel pool,should you not want to go to the many local beaches, is open from 10 am until around 8 at night. It is quite small so if you want a sun bed you need to be there for 10, but we never had any problem, and bed bagging is not allowed, so if you go at 10 and put your towel on a bed with a view to coming back later,be prepared to find it removed and someone using the bed, the area is too small for that nonsense. Towels for the pool area and beach are available for a small fee from reception. There is also a snack bar open from 11 until around 8 in the evening, depending on how many still using pool area at that time.
Information on trips, taxis, and bus timetables, is available at reception. There is also a small underground car park, although the main underground town car park is only 200 m away. There is also a massage room, a range of massages is available booked through reception, and paid to the visiting masseur at the time of the appointment.
Booking out is as efficient as arriving. If you’ve charged anything to the room a bill is printed,you pay up hand in your electronic key and away you go.
To sum up then, a pleasant, well appointed small hotel at the heart of the town,with easy access to all the main attractions of Nerja.
We stayed here for one night while visiting friends in Nerja. We were supposed to be staying at another hotel nearby but they got the booking wrong and we were left without anywhere to stay. They got in touch with the Plaza Cavana who came to the rescue and provided us with a room and matched the cost of where we were supposed to be (the Plaza would have been more expensive but they were being extremely kind). When we checked in, the receptionist was delightful apologising for the trouble we had had. This was lovely as they hadn’t made any mistakes only helped to rectify others. We had 2 rooms, both of which were lovely. They were clean and spacious. Breakfast was included in our stay and this was really pleasant. Our rooms were at the front of the hotel and it was very noisy but we expected this in a town in peak season, however we were relieved to have anywhere to stay at all. If we came back to Nerja, we would definitely choose this hotel.
Well what can I say about this hotel...... should be a four star as the amenities are of that standard.... fab location if you want to be right in the centre of everything. Rooms are spacious and immaculate with plenty of little extras. The whole hotel from the roof bar and pool to the warm welcome every time you walk through the door was a pleasure. Can’t fault it at all....
This is a small very clean quaint hotel
Nice buffet breakfast and a nice bar outsode
The pool is small but fits the hotel
We chose a room with a terrace and it was worth it to have our own sunbeds
Free towel towel hire for. Round the pool. Just leave a deposit
I can not stress how. Clean and amazing this hotel is
The hotel is situated centrally, 100 yards in any direction to various bars and restaurants, outside hotel becomes pedestrianised after a certain time. Lovely hotel, great staff, rooftop pool is beautiful, but not a lot of room, had the usual problem of people leaving towels on beds and going off. Breakfast average, the usual continental options. Although the rooms were very clean, our room was the size of a postage stamp, with fridge on a table in front of the wardrobe, if we had booked for longer we would have asked for another room. Rest of party had gradually better rooms (luck of the draw) but we all paid the same amount and expected the same standard of accommodation. Will not be returning to the hotel but will be returning to the area.