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Best Hotels in Ronda and the Serranía

Within Ronda and the Serranía de Ronda, as well as the Sierra de Cadiz and Guadalteba there are over 100 hotels, so which do you choose for your holiday?

It all depends on your needs, do you prefer to be in the city or out in the country, and are you looking for comfort or is a traditional and authentic hotel more your scene. We’ve analysed our reader statistics and the top thirty hotels viewed on Ronda Today by readers over the last 6 months (Aug 2010 – Feb 2011) are as follows.

1. Hotel Parador Ronda
2. Hotel Acinipo Ronda
3. Hotel El Horcajo Montecorto
4. Hotel Cortijo Salinas Montecorto
5. Hotel Aire de Ronda
6. Hotel Baraka B&B Ronda
7. Hotel Jardin de la Muralla Ronda
8. Hotel Al Lago Zahara de la Sierra
9. Hotel Montelirio Ronda
10. Hotel Puerta de la Villa Grazalema
11. Hotel Apartementos El Polo Ronda
12. Hotel Fuerte Grazalema
13. Hotel Molino del Arco Ronda
14. El Galgo Country Hotel Benaojan
15. Hotel Caballo Andaluz Gaucin
16. Hotel Casas de Parauta
17. Hotel la Fuente de la Higuera Ronda
18. Hotel Hacienda la Herriza Gaucin
19. Hotel Ronda
20. Camping El Sur Ronda
21. Hotel El Poeta de Ronda
22. Hotel Molino del Santo Benaojan
23. Hotel El Almendral Setenil de las Bodegas
24. Hotel Las Errizas Alcala del Valle
25. Finca Maridadi B&B Ronda
26. Hotel Casas Rurales los Algarrobales El Gastor
27. Hotel San Gabriel Ronda
28. Hotel El Gecko Cortes de la Frontera
29. Hotel San Francisco Ronda
30. Hotel Enfrente Arte Ronda

Hotels in Ronda, Ratings and Expectations

Hotel ratings in Spain are notoriously difficult to assess, even more so when you discover many 3 star hotels seem old or the staff poorly trained, whereas as many 1 star hotels can be quite delightful and have more in common with a luxury hotel. So how do you decide which hotel in Ronda to stay in?

The short answer is to ignore star rating in many cases, yes a 4 star is almost always going to be better than a lower starred hotel if you’re looking for the convenience of a central city hotel. However once you leave the immediate city centre many of the lower starred hotels in the Ronda district could almost be considered 4 star.

The reason the star rating system is so poor is that it isn’t based on cleanliness, professionalism, modern amenities, or levels of luxury. Instead the star system is based on size of room and dining area, access to elevators, swimming pools, spas, parking, satellite TV, minimum level of a foreign language spoken by key personnel etc.

This tends to mean a rather old and in need to desperate renovation hotel can be awarded 4 stars, or a hotel with staff who speak phrasebook English and has a small 12″ TV with Canal+ reception will easily be awarded three stars. Generally a 5 star hotel in Andalucia will be a genuine 5 star and you’re almost certain to enjoy your stay, sadly Ronda doesn’t have any 5 star hotels yet.

The highest star rated hotels in Ronda are those with 4 stars, amongst them the Parador, El Poeta, Acinipo, Montelirio, Reina Victoria, San Gabriel, and Maestranza. Whilst outside Ronda you’ll find the Don Benito, Puerta de la Villa, Cortijo Salinas, Fuerte Grazalema, Hacienda la Herriza, and the Molino del Arco.

Guest reviews in websites such as Booking.com, Venere or TripAdviser are often a good indication of the satisfaction other guests have with your chosen hotel, but this is a completely separate mark of quality than the star ratings. Ronda Today is committed to ranking hotels based on their quality of service, guest enjoyment, and facilities provided, so we’re always excited to receive your comments.

Hotel Al Lago, Zahara de la Sierra

Hotel Al Lago Guesthouse, Zahara de la Sierra ***

Hotel Al Lago is a delightful boutique hotel on the edge of the lake at Zahara de la Sierra, with just 4 rooms, but each sumptiously decorated for the discerning traveller. Add to that the world class gourmet restaurant operated by the husband and wife owners of Al Lago and you’ll discover a haven of culture and class in the very heart of the Grazalema Natural Park.

Whilst the Hotel Al Lago is small, guests can expect the very best, with gorgeous furnishings, flat screen television, Internet, air-conditioning, views of the lake, and elegant bespoke decor. All of the rooms feature French doors, wrought iron handrails, and balconies.

Zahara de la Sierra is often described as the jewel of the Sierra de Grazalema, since it is from here that many of the best walks in the park can be reached, but even more, Zahara is a pretty village with its castle fortress perched high above the village overlooking the surrounding area.

From Al Lago day trips to Ronda, Ubrique, or larger cities such as Sevilla or Jerez de la Frontera are easily contemplated, and after braving the larger cities, returning to Zahara will feel like coming home in all of the important emotional ways.

The restaurant at Al Lago features a menu of traditional and contemporary Spanish food, and a great selection of locally made wines. Vegetarians and the Gluten intolerant are particularly welcome, and all stock is made in-house by chef Stefan to satisfy every need.

Hotel Facilities

4 Rooms Wheelchair Access Hypo-Allergenic Rooms Wi-Fi Internet
DVD Player Parking Satellite TV Air Conditioning
Spectacular Views Central Heating Restaurant Bar
Room Service Hair Dryer Telephone Sound Proof Rooms

Hotel Al Lago Photos

Cortijo las Piletas, Ronda

Hotel Cortijo Las Piletas, Ronda *

The Cortijo Las Piletas is a country hotel set in the midst of beautiful gardens in rural Andalusia.  This hotel is family owned and operated with a focus on creating a warm appeal for guests. Thanks to its location and design, the hotel’s grounds have plenty of surprises in store for visitors.

Aside from a spacious hotel, beauty treatment services are also offered onsite. This combination provides guests a chance to pamper themselves during their vacation in this part of Spain.

The hotel’s restaurant serves a variety of dishes in its welcoming dining room, with a range of traditional drinks served at the bar which is more a lounge than bar.

From the hotel’s rooms, guests are treated to wonderful views of the rolling countryside. The hotel features a game room, a massage parlor, a playground for kids, a pool table, and a library.

Nature trips in the Grazalema Natural Park can be organised, with favourites being day trips to see Griffon Vulture or the wildflowers of the Serranía.

The hotel also offers value-added services like free Wi-Fi internet connection and parking on the premises.

Hotel Facilities

24 Rooms Wi-Fi Internet Parking Available Swimming Pool
Public TV Terrace Pet Friendly Gay Friendly
Central Heating Hair Dryer Restaurant Bar

Hotel Cortijo Las Piletas Photos

Finca Maridadi Luxury Villa

Finca Maridadi Self Catered Accommodation

Just outside Ronda in the valley between La Indiana and Arriate lies a very special estate, Finca Maridadi, which offers luxurious comfort and relaxation with a large swimming pool in the heart of Southern Spain.

Finca Maridadi is actually three properties adjacent to each other each in their own secluded gardens. Los Olivos and La Cancela and the country house Finca Maridadi are available for rent all year round. Finca Maridadi is a popular boutique accommodation choice.

Finca Maridadi is actually three properties adjacent to each other, two self stay villas with evocative names, Los Olivos and La Cancela, and the country house Finca Maridadi.

Renting a villa or cortijo for the week or two that you enjoy in Ronda works out to be more affordable than staying in a hotel, and gives you the freedom to prepare your own meals, sleep in without fear the cleaning crew will be knocking on the door, and generally relax in privacy away from watching eyes.

Finca Maridadi offers all of this and more, with tapas lunches and dinner menus available, British satellite television, DVD players, each villa having its own swimming pool, and a host of other home comforts. We even provide high chairs and cots for little ones if you need them.

Even more, each property has established gardens, properly cared for lawns, and mature trees offering shade, whilst outdoor entertainment areas are covered from the sun and rain. The fince also has its own fruit tree orchard and vegetable garden which guests are welcome to make use of.

Evening meals needn’t be a problem with fully equipped kitchens in all three of the properties which includes hob, oven, microwave, and all of the implements, pots and pans you need to make your own wonderful mealst.

Villa La Cancela Guest Room

Los Olivos, the bigger of the two villas has three large double bedrooms with en-suite shower and toilet, plenty of wardrobe space, and large wide beds. The villa is a comfortable respite for a family or three couples, and there are two outdoor entertainments areas, both are undercover, as is parking for two cars. The pool is large and has its own small fountain, and several sun loungers are provided.

La Cancela, the smaller of the two villas is ideal for small families or two couples holidaying together, and like the other properties guests have complete privacy to enjoy their holiday undisturbed. A large pool surrounded by tall hedges and mature trees, with a lovely lawn for sun worshiping is of course yours to monopolise, and in the long summer evenings the villa terrace is a welcome spot to cool off.

Finca Maridadi, the main villa, and most luxuriously decorated of the three, with five large double bedrooms, including the master bedroom that gives all the appearances of being a bedroom fit for a king.

Estate Maridadi Contact Details

Contact Family Havers
Telephone (+34) 952 878 072
Email info@finca-maridadi.com
Website www.finca-maridadi.com
Languages Spoken English, Español, Deutsch, Francais, Nederlands

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Hotel Jardín de la Muralla, Ronda

Hotel Jardin de la Muralla, Ronda ***

Almost a destination in itself, the Hotel Jardin de la Muralla is in the Espiritu Santo part of Ronda and overlooks the medieval walls of the city, and is next the first church built after the reconquest, the church of Espiritu Santo. The impressive Almocabar gate, one of the original entrances to the city is attached to the hotel.

The hotel has six rooms allowing more personal service than a larger hotel can provide, and rooms are comfortably and uniquely decorated. The hotel’s grounds are well-kept, and lawns mowed frequently, and provides guests with a good place to relax when not exploring the sights around town. A 24-hour front desk caters to the need of the guests on demand.

The Hotel Jardín de la Muralla’s outdoor swimming pool for guests looking to beat the heat from the sometimes unrelenting sun is a major drawcard, especially after a hiking trip around the countryside surrounding Ronda. At the end of the day relax with a book from the hotel library.

Wi-Fi connection is available for guests along with free parking. The Hotel Jardín de la Muralla has two room types, suite and double rooms. Pricing may differ on a room by room basis.

Hotel Facilities

6 Rooms Air Conditioning Central Heating Swimming Pool
Television Terrace Wi-Fi Internet Gay Friendly

Hotel Los Castanos at Cartajima, Genal Valley **

I recently had the pleasure of staying at Los Castanos Hotel in the Genal Valley south of Ronda. The hotel is in the centre of Cartajima, a very small village about 15km from Ronda and can be reached on the Ronda-San Pedro road, just follow the signs for Cartajima.

Di and John, the hosts at Los Castanos welcomed me in Ronda, a service they often provide for guests, and we had lunch in a favourite bar on the outskirts of Ronda before heading to the hotel to settle in and get to know the area.

My first impressions of arriving at the hotel were coloured by the weather, walking to the main entrance with my head down to avoid rain drizzle hitting me in the face, and then looking up and seeing the church belfry towering over the hotel which looked quite small, yet is in fact very large.

With a handful of rooms it is easy to think of Los Castanos as a small hotel, but entering through the 18th century doors and turning to view the salon immediately impresses on you how large the hotel building is, certainly more than big enough for couples wanting to get away and relax for a spell.

I was taken to my room by Di, with good intentions of giving me the grand tour, she showed me the facilities, the bar fridge, the tea and coffee, air conditioning, emergency procedures, then the phone rang; we were in the midst of the great Icelandic ash cloud and several of Di’s guests weren’t able to return home or were stuck in transit, so as needs must my tour of the terrace was cut short.

This worked in my favour, I had the chance to throw open the bedroom window and terrace doors, and simply stand on my own private terrace whilst I soaked up the sounds and smells of Cartajima and the Alto Genal. Nearby I heard men chatting at the Ayntamiento, and over there the sound of rushing water, I later discovered Cartajima sits on the edge of a small valley with a lively stream coursing its way through.

A keen walker I am, so a short adventure around the village was called for, and with camera in hand, I claimed my right to explore the nooks and crannies of the village, discovering places many of the locals may not even know – actually that’s a lie, but I thought a nice turn of phrase nevertheless.

Cartajima is very small, but sits in the heart of some of the Serranía’s most spectacular scenery so I understand why Los Castanos get so many walking guests. Birdwatching around these parts is a favourite activity, and you’ll often see twitchers parked on the side of the road staring at the mountains.

Several evenings Di cooks for guests, and on my night we had all decided to stay in, and what a surprise, five of us were entertained by John over pre-dinner drinks around the fireplace, and then Di called us to our places. Normally guests eat at separate tables, but as we were all enjoying the company we pushed and dragged our tables together much to Di’s amusement.

The entree was a delicious miniature red pepper filled with cheese and what I think was fish, certainly the blends of tastes made it difficult to identify individual ingredients, however they came together in spectacular fusion.

The main course was a dish I’ve never tried before, beef squares with prunes cooked in a traditional Moroccan stewing dish known as a Tajine, then served with Cous Cous and a side of green salad. Di is very modest so blushed like a school girl from our compliments, deserved as they were; her beef and prune tagine is something I’ll be requesting on my next trip.

I stayed up late talking to another guest, a chap who had recently founded a new publishing house, and I believe we stayed up till 1am sipping a rather nice red bought locally, I believe from Bodega Joaquin Fernandez.

Before breakfast the next morning I wandered the streets of the village as it started to wake, and explored parts of the valley with it’s olive groves and almond trees, all the while serenaded with bird song. I’d slept well, Los Castanos have very supportive mattresses on their beds, so I was ready for a climb and the hills above Cartajima were not going to defeat me, and I’m glad I did because the views from above looking over Cartajima toward Parauta are well worth seeing.

If you’d like to stay at Los Castanos Hotel with Di and John, here are the hotel contact details;

Los Castanos, Calle Iglesia 40, Cartajima 29452, Málaga, Spain
Tel: (+34) 952 180 778
Mob: (+34) 696 081 354
email: reservations@loscastanos.com
web: www.loscastanos.com

Hotel Facilities

7 Rooms Disabled Access Parking Nearby Wi-Fi Internet
Breakfast in Room Terrace Pets Allowed Air Conditioning
Central Heating Hair Dryer Gay Friendly Bar

Hotel Los Castaños Photos

Hotel Hacienda la Herriza, Gaucin

Hotel Hacienda la Herriza, Gaucin ****

Set within the scenic Ronda Mountains, the Hotel Hacienda La Herriza provides guests with a relaxing view all around. The hotel is just outside of the village Gaucin at the little village of El Colmenar, which is itself just a short distance away from Ronda or the Costa del Sol and its beautiful beaches.

Relaxation is easily attained in this hotel all rooms have terraces idea for soaking up the scenery of the area, especially as the grounds are well-kept. The area is know for its outstanding natural beauty and pristine condition.

The Hacienda la Herriza is made up of 17 individual cottages, with the option of one double room or two double rooms. All cottages are equipped with air conditioning, heating, satellite TV, minibar, hair dryer, and private terrace.

The hotel has bicycles for rent for people who would like to explore the surrounding area. Horseback riding classes are also available. An outdoor swimming pool is open seasonally as are sun lounges for attracting a sun tan, and BBQ facilities are available on site. An in-room massage service can be arranged to relieve tight muscles and enhance your enjoyment of the Andalucian experience.

A tour desk is also available to help guests plan the route they would take to visit some of the popular sites around the area.  Special diet meals can also be prepared at the hotel’s restaurant upon request. Wi-Fi internet connection is available as are  parking spots.

A restaurant, El Hacho, and named after the mountain on which Gaucin sits, is attached to the hotel and specialises in offering contemporary Andalusian and Mediterranean food, and a selection of Ronda and Spanish wines.

Hotel Facilities

24 Rooms Disabled Access Parking Available Swimming Pool
Satellite TV Terrace Laundry Air Conditioning
Central Heating Hair Dryer Restaurant Bar
Wi-Fi Internet Bathroom
Hotel Molino del Arco, Ronda

Hotel Molino del Arco, Ronda ****

The Molino del Arco is just a few kilometers from the center of Ronda and is built upon a classic country house giving it its unique charm. Completely restored, the country house is now a luxurious hotel catering to the needs of tourists in the Andalusian region. The modern amenities that can be experienced within the hotel provide a good contrast with the history-rich area where it is located.

The Molino del Arco has 21 rooms divided into three types; double room, junior suite, and suite room. Room service is available for all guests and for all room types. The hotel is surrounded by olive and wheat fields making a great natural view for tourists. There are also fruit trees surrounding the hotel giving weary travelers a good place to relax.

For dining, the hotel’s restaurant is open daily where they serve buffet breakfast. Tourists can also try their wines as the Molino del Arco has an adequate wine collection.

Guests can take advantage of the hotel’s solarium and massage service is also available. The hotel also has a library for guests who want to catch up on their reading. The hotel can also help guests plan a hiking trip. With its location, guests can get free parking on site without the need to reserve a spot.

Hotel Facilities

21 Rooms Disabled Access Parking Available Swimming Pool
Satellite TV Terrace Elevator Air Conditioning
Central Heating Hair Dryer Restaurant Bar

Hotel Molino del Arco Photos

Hotel Aire de Ronda

Hotel Aire de Ronda **

The Aire De Ronda is located in the popular and historic Padre Jesus district of Ronda, and is only a short walk to the Puente Arabe and Arab Baths. The hotel is designed on bespoke lines, and is more reminiscent of a Bed and Breakfast than a hotel with only three room, assuring peace and quiet during your stay.

All rooms are decorated individually and with elegance in mind, and are all equipped with air-conditioning, Wi-Fi internet access, en suite bathroom, bathrobes, and comfortable furnishings.

An interior courtyard and garden in the hotel provides a great place for guests to relax. The hotel restaurant provides a seasonal menu of modern cuisine, and is able to make tapas or sandwiches on request. A bar is also available, and the front desk is manned 24 hours for the convenience of guests.

From the Aire de Ronda, tourists can easily visit the famous bullring, the Puente Nuevo bridge, and explore the historic centre of Ronda. The hotel also provides airport shuttle services as well as dry cleaning and laundry services. Public parking is easily found in the street outside the hotel.

Hotel Facilities

3 Rooms Room Service Parking Nearby Garden
Wi-Fi Internet Terrace Gay Friendly Air Conditioning
Central Heating Hair Dryer Restaurant Laundry

Hotel Aire de Ronda Photos

Fuente de la Higuera Hotel

Hotel La Fuente de la Higuera, Ronda **

The vacation hotel La Fuente de la Higuera is located near Ronda, Andalusia and surrounded by olive groves that enhance the good ambience of the hotel. The hotel offers a luxurious place to stay and enjoy the beautiful scenery of countryside of Andalusia.

The hotel’s swimming pool is designed to give swimmers a perfect view of the countryside, and sun loungers are provided for guests who choose to relax at the hotel and recharge their batteries.

During the short winter in the region, the hotel compensates with lounge moods, delicious wines or dinner, and set matching log fire. The library also offers plenty of books for guests to read during the winter months when most people would stay indoors.

The La Higuera is built in a renovated olive oil mill. The traditional setup of the hotel makes it a family-friendly destination making a relaxing vacation quite possible. They also have their very own restaurant that offers local-style cuisine for guests to sample and to enjoy.

The hotel also offers general facilities like the bar, terraces on rooms, well-kept grounds, and soundproofed rooms. The hotel can also plan activities like hiking. They also cater to guests’ babysitting needs.

Internet is free for guests, and parking onsite is available.

Hotel La Fuente de la Higuera Contact Details

Telephone (+34) 952 165 608
Address Los Frontones, 29400 Ronda, Spain
Languages Spoken English, Español, Deutsch, Francais, Nederlands
Hotel Facilities

18 Rooms Massage/Beauty Centre Parking Available Swimming Pool
Satellite TV Terrace Telephone in Room Air Conditioning
Central Heating Room Service Restaurant Bar
High Speed Internet Hair Dryer Safe Deposit Box Garden

La Fuente de la Higuera Photos