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... to be an overdeveloped tourist resort town and it IS very developed but in a mostly tasteful way and the old town in really very charming. So we were pleasantly suprised. Just a 20 min bus ride from the campsiteinto the centre of Marbella. Had a lovely paella in a beachfront restaurant one night after walking along the boardwalk. A day of heavy rain gave the boys an excuse to have an indoor day watching old episodes of Tin Tin and playing board ...
... and what bad timing for this to happen! I vow I will not travel again without telephone contact with home. Eventually we do get out the door, although it is still raining. We wander around the streets of Ronda which is a lovely lovely place. There are tour groups about, but we manage to avoid them. Paul has been out for a jog this morning and knows there is a great view from the park. Unfortunately, when we get to the park, they ...
Day 57 Malaga to Ronda This morning we spend quite a bit of time trying to get ourselves organized to actually leave Spain next week. We hadn't booked our exit either by air or rail as we weren't exactly sure when we would be leaving. Looks like we have missed the boat on cheap flights out of Madrid, so we are scrambling a bit to figure out both where we will go and how to get there. In the end, the cheapest flights are from Madrid ...
The morning started with beautiful sunshine and a great view of Gibraltar. It was shining white and beautiful off in the distance. More to the south we could see mountains which we later found out were in Morocco. It's amazing how close we are.
For the morning, we were scheduled for a short train ride and a walk down Calahonda, but the train was not working, so the guide took us on a walk around the residential area of Calahonda ...
... to base ourselves at for about 4/5 days as it seemed quite central to where we wanted to visit. We hired a car to help us get round in what we though would be a little more style and ease.... We were given a micra! It was actually ok and wills own words 'I quite like this car'. We hired it off a company called yellow car.com who dropped it off and picked it up from our campsite. When doing the handover paper work the guy takes us to see the car and explained, it's fully comp ...
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Fantastic and relaxing
We stayed here for two nights in early March. It was my boyfriend's birthday so we opted for a deluxe room with our own terrace.
After eventually finding the hotel (the roads in Ronda are a nightmare - especially as our map didn't tell us which streets were one way) we were given the tour: the bar - how to use the coffee machine, where the wine was etc (fantastic Rioja - beer on tap); the brunch room; the internet and games room (pool table); the TV room; the pool (quite small - but it wasn't really warm enough for it in March anyway); the terraces and finally our room. It was a spacious room with a lovely iron four poster bed. The bathroom was also good and the whole room was very clean. Our terrace looked out over the pool and the mountains and it was nice to sit and rest there.
There was a wide choice for breakfast with the chef cooking fresh whatever you wanted - quails eggs and jamon; crepes - as well as cereals, meats, fruit, bread and croissants.
The town of Ronda itself was lovely. We spent a day wondering around the old town and doing the tour of the bull ring. As we were there quite early in the season some of the restaurants were not open in the evening. We did however discover the Dona Pepe restaurants - one of the name "Dona Pepe" which was open for lunch with a good value menu of the day, and their Italian restaurant "Da Vinci's" where we had marvellous pizzas.
We had a very nice stay at Hotel Enfrente Arte and would definitely recommend it to anyone going to Ronda.
Loads of character, friendly service, FANTASTIC brunch!
My husband & I stayed here in early January 2006. We were in Ronda for 2 nights. We truly enjoyed the games room & library. We played numerous rounds of pool & had a lovely time. We didn't really socialise with other guests, but easily could have. There was an Australian family & a Spanish couple there while we were.
Our room was very large, as was our bathroom. We had a room with a balcony, but didn't use it because it was bitterly cold while we were there. But the sun streaming in the morning was fabulous!
Having a mini fridge in the room was great for us (I'm not sure if they're in all rooms or not), as we tend to buy groceries when we travel in order to prevent having to eat out every single night.
Our bed was fair in the comfortable department, but we were lacking in pillows & their fluffiness!
The bath/shower was really dark, no light above it. You really couldn't see in the bath/shower even with the lights by the sink & toilet on. So you could only shower during the light of day. I suspect not an issue from spring until autumn, but a bit problematic in the dead of winter...
The proximity to be able to walk into the old part of Ronda was fantastic. And the views from the hotel, from the balconies to the rolling hills were breathtaking. (I just hope that no ex pat buys up the farmland & develops it...)
The brunch included in the room rate was amazing. The women who cooked the food were amazing. Loads of fresh fruit, eggs, crepes, yum, yum, yum. I am a total foodie & love to cook, and this food was fantastic!
The downstairs bar included in the room rate didn't really tempt us, except for herbal teas in the evening (which was definitely appreciated!). My husband did try to use the coffee maker once, but the machine probably wasn't cleand out/cared for as regularly as it should have been &/or the coffee wasn't that great (which is surprising in Spain where coffee is normally great everywhere). So that was a disappointment for him. But I think it's a great concept!
For us it was an economical & fun place to stay. We enjoyed staying there & would stay again.
Something a bit different
If you're looking for somewhere to stay in Ronda which is a little bit different then this is the place to go! The rooms are all uniquely designed and appointed while the hotel itself is deceptively large with so many little areas, rooms, terraces and balconies that you'd swear weren't there before. The breakfast is good with a wide selection of things to try - and don't miss the little fried bread balls with chocolate sauce (never mind the wasteline - you're on holiday!) The free, help-yourself bar is a great perk whilst the staff are extremely friendly and always willing to help.
The only negative things I would say (and I don't really want to) is that the rooms at the front of the hotel can be a little noisy since the road outside is cobbled. And if you are a non-smoker, don't go for the "Exotic" room as it seemed to get the smells from the smokers puffing away in indoor tropical garden.
But apart from that, I suggest you go to Ronda (which is stunning) and stay at this hotel!
We stayed in Ronda for just one night, but this charming hotel would have in itself convinced us to stay more. It is full of nooks and cranies with surprises, like tropical birds and fish and wonderful views. But the service was what really made it. Dimitri really took the time to welcome you in and help you around. The drinks were all free (including wine and beer), the breakfast was wonderful, as well as the internet, and all of this tells the guests "you are welcome here" which is not that comon in Spain. We stayed in the tower room which is fun but I would not advise it for those who have trouble with stairs.
This is a truly nice hotel. Staff very friendly and helpful. Interesting design, more charming than perhaps beautiful:). You make your own espresso, wine, water, soda is included and you help your self with beverages. Breakfast is EXCELLENT, pancakes, fruit, warm bread and croissants, different cheeses, yoghurt. Free internet but maybe there should be a time limit for usage so you do not have to wait so long for others to finish? Elderly people could have a problem walking to centre it takes less than 10 minutes so distance is not a problem but very steep uphill slope from hotel to centre. No problem for me or my parents. Reading lights in room could be better for reading on the bed.
It is not a luxury hotel but really, really nice and i would like to stay there again. Ronda is a very beautiful town go there!
More Like a B & B !
We recently spent three nights at the Hotel Enfrente Arte in Ronda. This picturesque town and surrounding area are definitely worth a visit, as is this unique hotel.
Upon check-in, Dimitri, a charming man who speaks five languages fluently, greeted us. He immediately indicated that we should feel at home, which we quickly did. All guests have access to wine, beer, pop, fruit juices, coffee and tea, and this is included in the price of the room. Breakfast is also included and offered a wonderful assortment of cheese, meat, fruit, eggs and fabulous fresh bread. For some reason, maybe the fact that you feel you are a guest, the privilege of free drinks is not abused. Everyone cleans up after himself or herself and the concept appears to work well. The Hotel Enfrente Arte actually has much more the feel of a B & B.
The hotel itself is fun - a bit of a throwback to the 60's with a definite Flower Power motif. There is a lovely garden, complete with birds and aquarium and many restful spots for relaxing. We loved every minute and really didn't want to leave.
The rooms come in many different configurations and prices. Ours was the "economical" room with a private bathroom, and was plenty big enough for us. In fact, when you consider that parking is free and right outside the door, and that breakfast and drinks are included, it was very economical indeed.
We would highly recommend this hotel.
Didn't want to leave
This is definitely the coolest hotel I have ever stayed in. The decor is fabulous - eclectic, rustic, stylish and fun. My husband and I spent 3 nights here and we just loved it. Our room was very comfortable and cosy and I loved the bathroom tiling and neat wrought iron fixtures. There are great views to be had from the various terraces and the landscaping is so appealing. We helped ourselves to beer and wine from the open bar and there was enough food in the chilled cabinets to virtually last all day. I would go back to Rhonda again just to stay here.
Absolutely wonderful didnt want to leave!
Add me to the list of people who will go back..travelling alone with two children we found this hotel and it was simply wonderful..not plush but comfortable and very welcoming with great funky accomodation and facilities. The staff couldn't have been more helpful and its situation is great LOVED IT!
The Enfrente Arte Hotel in the beautiful town of Ronda is quite possibly the best hotel i have ever stayed in and i have travelled extensively around europe over the last 10 years staying in all grades of hotel from hostels to 5 stars.
On arrival there is little sign that this is a hotel at all but as soon as you walk through the doors you can feel the warmth of the place and you also get the feeling that this is no normal hotel.
After being shown our room, which overlooked the street rarther than the mountains, this being no hardship as it is wonderful to watch typical spanish life going by through the little shuttered window, we, like every other guest were given a personal guided tour of the whole hotel which helps because there are so many wonderful little nooks and crannys to hide yourself away in and the views from the rear terraces are spectacular.
You are also told to help yourself to....well anything you like really, food, fruit, soft drinks, wine and they even show you how to pour your own beer from behind the bar, all this is included in the cost of your stay.
It really is an amazing concept, built on trust that makes you feel totally at home and the management should be admired for their originality.
We stayed at the end of may 2005 and are already planning a trip back in sept, it really is that special.
An amazing hotel...
In the beginning of April I went with a friend to visit Andalucia, a region that stole my heart ...
On our last night, we stayed in a really amazing hotel in Ronda : Enfrente Arte.
They were very welcoming and showed us enthusiastic every corner of the hotel. We loved it immediately !
After sleeping in rather "marginal" hotels (travelling low budget) where we always had the sense that we had to be suspicious, we now really felt at ease and like coming home. We enjoyed a lot of things like the beautifully decorated room, the nice bathroom with colorful tiles, the warm atmosphere, the amazing and delicious breakfast-brunch buffet with pancakes, churros with chocolate sauce, fruit sticks, pastry .... And everything freshly prepared !
Another great thing about the hotel is that you have a lot of peaceful and spots to talk, to read a book, play a game, admire the landscape, ... And of course we enjoyed the sauna and the swimming pool (although still a little bit cold).
Also rather special is that you have all drinks included in the price : juices, wines, "tinto de verano" (our favorite !), coffee, chocolate milk, coca cola, lemonades, ... And that you can just serve yourself whenever you want! I think this is one of the reasons why people feel immediately at ease in the hotel.
We were also lucky to stay there when they had a "Moorish" dinner planned. It was delightful ! Very well taken care of, tasteful, nice atmosphere, ...
We already visited Ronda before arriving at the hotel, so we decided just not to go out anymore. The hotel was to good to leave it! We really enjoyed it until our last second before we had to take the bus to the airport.
I think this hotel is an absolute recommendation if you want to stay in Ronda.
I'm sure I'll be going back, but than for some more nights !
I advise to make a reservation because they are often fully booked.
PS: when you come from Belgium, please bring some 'dag allemaal' or 'familie' or 'joepie' for Dimitri!!!