Hotel Balcon de Europa  

Sandwiched between the beach and the atmospheric old quarter, this hotel boasts one of the best locations in Nerja.

Named after Nerja’s famous Balcon de Europa viewpoint, which sits just to the left of the hotel, this property has one of the best locations in town. The old quarter’s rabbit-warren of narrow streets is right on the doorstep, so al fresco restaurants, pavement cafés and traditional tapas bars are in easy reach. Nerja is one of the few towns along the Costa del Sol that has held on to its roots, so a wander through the cobbled lanes will give you a taste of Spanish life.

The hotel is built onto the cliff face, and has a bit of an upside-down layout. The reception is up on the 6th floor, at street level. And you’ll find the small pool and tiled sunbathing terrace up here, too, on a split-level roof terrace. There's a small, dark-sand beach on the bottom level, which you can reach via the lift. Behind the sand, you’ll find El Nautico restaurant, which serves fresh seafood and salads for lunch on a spacious al fresco terrace.

Breakfast is served as a buffet in Don Enrique restaurant. The floor-to-ceiling windows offer fantastic views over the Mediterranean Sea. You can also opt for an à la carte dinner here. The menu includes fresh seafood and regional specialities.

Rooms are simply decorated in muted colours, and some offer balconies with sea views.

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Based On 698 reviews

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  • 1Building
  • 9Floors
  • 110Rooms
  • 2Lifts


The authentic holiday collection

  • Traditional and modern styles
  • Town and countryside settings
  • 20kg luggage allowance
  • Properties with character

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Food & Drink

Dining options Breakfast Lunch Evening meal Drinks Snacks, Icecream
Half Board

Buffet breakfast and dinner.   

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Outdoor pool

Rectangular pool with a tiled terrace that's ideal for sunbathing.

Don Enrique buffet restaurant*

For buffet breakfast and waiter service at dinner, excluding 2 evenings a week when it's buffet service. An à la carte menu is also available at dinner.

Nautico à la carte seafood restaurant*

Open for lunch - you'll find this à la carte restaurant on the beach offering fish, salads and seafood dishes.

Rooms► View all

twin room

Twin room sleeps 2 with twin beds and air-conditioning/heating. Some have a shower only.

twin with limited sea view

Twin room with limited sea view and balcony, sleeps 2. Some have a shower only.

TripAdvisor Reviews Show more reviews »

Great location in beautiful Nerja

Pleasant hotel in perfect location. . Everything is in walking distance. Breakfast buffet with many choices and very good service. We had a room with balcony on the first floor facing the sea. Quite good actually. But with the restaurant located right under it can get a little noisy.More

travel444880, Stockholm, Sweden

Wonderful hotel with amazing location

What a fab stay at the Balcon. The hotel is very clean and the staff are very helpful and pleasant. The location is just fantastic with sea views in the main dining room and bar. We upgraded our room to a sea view which was great and the views were beautiful from the balcony. Plus it was South facing so we had plenty of sun! The room was also a good size. We went for the half board dining option and the food was very good. There was so much choice for breakfast - fresh fruit, homemade porridge, omelettes prepared especially for you and then continental or cooked breakfast. The evening meal was good too with several choices from a set menu. The buffet on a Tuesday was delicious with hams, pâté, king prawns, salmon, slow cooked ribs and a variety of salads and stews. The pool and hot tub looked amazing (although a little bit cold for us in February!) and the private beach facility is lovely. The only minor thing we'd have like and I am really nit picking here is that we'd have liked some tea and coffee making facilities in our room. We asked for a kettle but some tea bags and milk capsules would have been appreciated. More

Charlotte W,

It could be top class

Currently staying at the hotel until Sunday. It could be so good. Enough has been said by other regarding the location, friendly staff and the facilities. Ticks all the boxes but the food, what a disaster, apart from the made to measure omlettes at breakfast. We had no option but to book half board. First night we tried the evening meal. Food was lukewarm at best. Portion size was minuscule with poor presentation. Worst of all it was of a poor quality. Checking TripAdvisor we tried a buffet night. Not much better. Good salads. Not being a fish eater I could have ribs, meatballs or chicken wings. I am no gourmet with no aspirations of being one but the buffet was just as bad in quality, presentation and warmth. I cannot work out how a hotel can be so good in so many areas can be so poor when it comes to the food. Seeing the food available in other bars during the day presented to other residents it looked good so it can be done. What a shame.More

DaveBAmersham, Amersham

A super pre Christmas break

we had a fabulous time. The hotel was very comfortable, the weather glorious staff very friendly and helpful. I hope we will be going back again next Christmas. Meals were very good and the waiters were helpful, fun but not intrusive.More

KathrynW46, Grimsby, United Kingdom

Great location, good hotel, a few criticisms

We live in Spain about 10 K from Nerja. We have had a coffee on the terrace many times at this hotel but never stayed there before. Two friends kindly treated this to a night in the hotel and a meal at the nearby Bakus restaurant (excellent restaurant). The hotel is all that you would expect from reading the reviews. It goes without saying that the location is excellent. Nerja is probably the best resort on the Costa Del Sol and this hotel is located right on the beach. We had a great room with a sea view. Everything was clean and well kept. All the staff appeared very pleasant and helpful. This is a very English hotel. If you want a taste of real Spain it probably isn't the place to go. However, we were delighted to stay there. It made a nice change. We never tested the restaurant, the pool and other facilities because we were only there for one night. However, we had breakfast there and I defy anyone not to find something they could eat. A couple of criticisms though. The coffee was awful and when I asked if what was being served was decaffeinated I was told it wasn't but was not offered an alternative, although I later found there was an alternative. Why is it that coffee is so universally good in Spain and yet hotels managed to serve an excuse for coffee? My other criticism was the porridge. It had clearly caught the bottom of the pan and smelled and tasted horribly burnt. The chef shouldn't have served it. The Wi-Fi was okay but I had great difficulty connecting to it and needed help at the desk. I don't know why many hotels still insist on providing Wi-Fi through a webpage. It always leads to problems. These days it should be cheap and simple for them to provide blazingly fast direct Wi-Fi.More

bibsandbobs4u, Malaga, Spain

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