Coming Soon… The Hilton Gibraltar!

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Gibraltar has recently found itself booming in popularity with holiday-starved Brits looking for a green list getaway. While it certainly divides opinion, it’s dripping in history, has some great beaches and a truly spectacular nature reserve (beware of the Barbary Macaques).

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Photo courtesy of Michael Bryan, Brussels, Belgium, via Wikimedia Commons

Until very recently, it offered nothing in the way of chain hotels, so those looking to earn or redeem loyalty points drew a blank. That changed with the opening of the Holiday Inn Express Gibraltar, which offered earning and redemption opportunities via IHG Rewards.

Now a Hilton Gibraltar is on its way…

However, the Gibraltar press is reporting that this is set to change further, with news published that the iconic seafront Caleta hotel is to be demolished and replaced with a Hilton.

With the Caleta hotel set to close at the start of 2022, it’s anticipated that the replacement Hilton Gibraltar will take around 3 years to construct.

For those that know it, the  site of the Caleta hotel is spectacular, with almost guaranteed views of the Strait and Morocco behind it. However, it’s not in the centre of town and requires transport or a (likely fairly sweaty) walk to get you into more central Gib. While the slightly isolated position is a plus to many, it’s not an ideal “business hotel” location.

What brand will it be?

Not a clue, although the suggestion is that we’re looking at a straight out Hilton. Given the beach/seafront location, I’d be very surprised if it was anything less than a standard Hilton – the location just doesn’t fit the Hampton or Garden Inn market.

Sumner’s Final Thought

A little surprisingly, there’s a dearth of Hilton options on the Costa del Sol, with a Hilton Garden Inn in Malaga, and a Curio Collection in Mijas your only options. As a result, and given the easy access to Southern Spain from Gib, this could be an interesting new option for those wanting to not only explore Gibraltar, but Spain too, while also benefitting from Hilton hospitality and the Honors scheme.

(Cover photo courtesy of David Stanley, via flickr, and used with thanks)

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