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.
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.
The Hotel Montelirio in Ronda is built within a 17th century palace overlooking the gorge, and from which the incredible Puente Nuevo can be seen. The hotel’s classic design meshes well with the culture-rich location however all facilities are thoroughly modern to ensure visitors demanding comfort and sophistication won’t be disappointed.
This four-star hotel occupies an 18th century building refurnished for the modern times. Although equipped with modern amenities, the Hotel San Gabriel still retains its traditional charm. The stone façade is emphasized by the coat of arms of one of the building’s former owners.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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