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.