I love it when you find a hotel that has not only amazing views, but it’s also awesome value for money.
When travelling with family, having the extra space certainly makes a difference and that’s what brought me to Hostal Casa Mercedes.
This family run hotel is about 20 minutes walk to the Balcony of Europe and despite being a little further up from the main sights, the value provided and perks within the room more than make up for it.
Let’s dive in my short stay review.
In this case I made a bit of a compromise on the location of the hotel in favour of the size of the room, views and value for money. The hotel is a little off from the action, which turned out to be a bit of a blessing – it can get pretty loud in Nerja if you’re staying closer to the coastline.
It didn’t cause too much inconvenience, it might only be an issue if you want to go to the beach and you want to take a lot of stuff with you. 10-15 mins walk with heavy bag is no fun. Luckily I didn’t have that issue and was happy to walk to town every day.
Our Room – The Suite
I was shocked how big our room was. It felt like having your own small house inside a hotel – we had a massive double bed, L shaped expandable sofa, two balconies, massive bathroom and plenty of additional space to move around.
The biggest highlight for the younger member of the crew was the closet – it was so huge that he could walk in from one side and walk out at the other end. You could easily play hide and seek there.
The room was immaculately clean and had a super efficient air conditioning unit, so despite the sun peaking into the room all day, we didn’t get a chance to feel hot at all.
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The bathroom was super spacious and had a both bath tub and a walk in shower. It was decorated in neutral colours with plenty of natural light.
This was the highlight of the hotel for me – this gorgeous huge terrace overlooks the sea and has also beautiful views on the stunning houses up in the hill.
It’s already set up with a set of chairs, table and couple of sun-chairs – all you need for lounging outside. The terrace is a little lower than the room, thanks to which you can enjoy the sea views also from the room and the view is not blocked by the outdoor furniture.
We ended up spending almost every evening there, sipping wine and listening to the crickets in the distance.
The only downside to the terrace was the fact that other rooms also have balconies which are fairly close, so you need to be aware of the limited privacy when you’re spending time outside.
Reception & Entrance
The reception was at the end of a long walkway in a small room.
The rooms are spread out into what looks like two houses joined together, with the breakfast room located on the ground floor, overlooking the pool area. It almost feels like staying in Airbnb but on a slightly larger scale.
The decor was nothing fancy, but felt really authentic Spanish, with lots of plants so it felt very natural and welcoming.
We had breakfast in the hotel which was a small buffet complete with fresh orange juice, selection of fruits, pastries, home made breakfast yogurt jars and cold cuts.
If you’re looking for a good place to stay in Nerja with a family, while keeping budget in mind, you can’t go wrong with Hostal Casa Mercedes.
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Southern Spain Travel Planning Guide
Is it safe to drive in Spain?
YES! The roads in Southern Spain are generally in very good condition, with modern highways connecting the biggest cities. To rent a car, I highly recommend Discover Cars, which will get you the best deals on your car rental for your trip.
WHAT IF I DON’T WANT TO DRIVE?
PUBLIC TRANSPORT — Southern Spain has a well-established and modern network of trains and buses. To get the cheapest bus or train tickets, take a look at Omio to find the timetables and prices.
DAY TRIPS — If you don’t like the hassle of using public transport, local travel companies offer many day trip options from almost all the destinations in Southern Spain. You can check them out here.
WHERE SHOULD I BOOK MY ACCOMMODATION?
BOOKING.COM — I have been using booking.com for all my trips in Spain and abroad, and have never had any negative experiences. Their reviews are very accurate and you get the best deals even on apartments, not just hotels.
ARE THERE LUGGAGE STORE OPTIONS IN THE CITIES?
YES — If you would like to leave your luggage behind to explore the city on your last day, before heading to the airport, you can use Radical Storage service, which lets you book luggage storage options in almost all the destinations in Southern Spain.
DO I NEED TO BUY A LOCAL SIM CARD FOR THIS TRIP?
YES – You can, of course, use your own card if you have roaming data available. If you want to avoid surprising extra charges from your operator, you can use a service like Airalo, where you can buy digital packs for e-sim cards, avoiding the hassle of sourcing local physical sim cards and extra roaming charges anywhere you go.
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