This is a review of the RESTAURANT and not the accomodation. We are staying in the remote hills outside of Colmenar for Semanasanta and this place is fast becoming our local. Their menu of the day Mon-Fri is only 8 euro and comes with bread, salad, drinks (ask for tinto verano for a bottle of red and a bottle of gaseosa with iced glasses) and coffee/dessert. Their porro (thick type of gazpacho tomato/bread/garlic soup) is EXCELLENT and a meal in itself (only 4euro on the al carte menu) although often served as a primero with a menu. They also do coffee all day (lots of places in Andalucia shut off the coffee machines around 11am). The dining room is always full of locals and there are 4 tables on the street in the sun. The a la carte menu is in Spanish, French and English and although the staff speak very little/no English they are very friendly and accomodating and will explain everything slowly in simple Spanish to you. There's nothing fancy about this place but for simple Andaluz food for a very good price I highly recommend!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Belen is a modern family run hotel situated in the beautiful pueblo blanco (white village) of Colmenar on the western side of the of the spectacular Axarquia region inland from Malaga. Only recently completed, it provides extremely comfortable accommodation at very reasonable cost. The hotel is approximately 30 minutes drive from Malaga airport, Torre del Mar and Antiquerra - ideally suited for exploring 'Real Spain' and yet only half an hour from the sea. Booking may be made by either telephone or fax. However, as not all the staff speak english, we suggest that non-spanish speakers fax enquiries to avoid misunderstandings! There is currently no email facility in the hotel, but bookings may also be arranged through Rio Estates in Riogordo - email bookings to email@example.com ... more less