Professional travel writers reviews about the Califa
Footprint Guide Andalucia 2012
“This amazingly atmospheric place is one of the best places to eat, reached via a series of stairs in the Casa del Califa hotel. There‚ are a variety of intimate nooks to eat, as well as a garden and an open pavilion. The food is fantastic, with a North African/Lebanese bent. There are many vegetarian options available and the prices are very reasonable”.
Le Petit Futé 2011
“In this truly wonderful setting we are dealing with a varied cuisine that knows how to take advantage of the flavours and knowledge of cooking from the Orient. With its vaulted ceilings, its small dining rooms and the inviting outdoor courtyard, this restaurant is a pleasure to the eye, and it feels good. The food, delicious, is produced by Moroccan women. Finally, a place of quality international service, which plays with Arab-Andalusian cooking – it is likely to bring together a wide audience fond of culinary discoveries”.
Lonely Planet 2010
“…this great little place… with 19 peaceful and comfortable rooms with Islamic décor and a great Arabic restaurant extending into the garden. This is Vejer’s coolest eatery. Choose from couscous, tagines, and barbecued meats and don’t skip the tasty dips. Sit in the garden-soak up the ambience…”
Rough Guide to Andalucia 2011
“One of Vejer’s most striking hotels is La Casa del Califa occupying a refurbished rambling house, parts of which date back to Moorish times. The stylish rooms are decorated with Moorish fittings. Guests have the use of two patios with fine views and a library. The mid-priced restaurant attached to the hotel of the same name has a Moroccan chef and serves up a variety of Moroccan and Middle-Eastern inspired dishes on a tree-shaded courtyard terrace. Specialities include tagines and spicy Moroccan fish dishes. Has recently added a stylish new bar with stunning views from its roof terrace”.
Le Guide Routard 2012
“A little corner of paradise with arabic decoration from floor to ceiling, troglodyte caves where you can enjoy a drink and a lovely terrace where you can bronze yourself…”
Alastair Sawday’s Special Places to stay in Spain 2011
“No fewer than eight village houses are woven into the fabric of la Casa del Califa and their gradual union has created a seductively labyrinthine structure: the antithesis of a made to measure hotel. Parts of the building are ancient and have seen occupation since the time of the Moors, so corridors and rooms follow the twists and turns of the building, and bedrooms have oodles of character. There are vaulted ceilings and beamed ones, some private terraces, and some original, geometric-tile floors. Expect brightly coloured cushions and bedspreads, interesting lamps, contemporary paintings and a stylish debt to all things Moroccan. Best of all is the courtyard bar and restaurant with it’s a Thousand and One Nights buzz, thrilling on spring nights when the lamps are lit and the citrus trees are in blossom. The menu offers a delightful change from the look alike menus of so many of Andalucia’s restaurants: interesting salads, Islamic flavours and an interesting selection of wines. Califa is one of the most seductive of Spain’s small hotels and it shouts ‘romantic break for two’! “
Small Hotels and Inns of Spain – Guy Hunter Watts
“…the five houses that make up the present building have been converted into a gorgeous small hotel whose fascinating labyrinth of twists, turns, staircases & patios is the very antithesis of the ‘off-the-peg’ chain hotels. Bedrooms are all different sizes & configuration, many grab views of Vejer’s wonderful roof line. The rooms are stylish, comfortable and uncluttered. In a patio-garden which has been sculpted into rock you dine beneath citrus trees. This small hotel will seduce you with its charm”.
Dorling Kindersley Spain 2011
“A sojourn at this hotel, created out of eight different houses inluding the 17th. century Casa del Juzgado, is like staying in a private house. Wonderful views, excellent service and a highly recommended restaurant. Buffet breakfast included”.
Fiona Duncan, the Hotel Guru
“Beyond the 16th-century baroque façade of this hotel lies a dizzying labyrinth of stairs winding their way ever downwards. Descending past a myriad of rooms, you find yourself in the amazing vaulted dining room with its long wooden bar, leading out on to a glorious light-filled garden. Rooms vary in price and size but all are comfortable and very tastefully decorated. The food is an inspired mix of Moroccan, Lebanese and Middle Eastern cuisine”.