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“Excellent for the independent traveller”
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Hotel Los Castanos
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Cartajima
Certificate of Excellence
London, Canada
1 review
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“Excellent for the independent traveller”
Reviewed 11 June 2013

Excellent location for independent holiday making activities. The most distinctive aspect of staying at Los Castanos is the personalised welcome and attention given by Di and John. Food is of a very high standard and a friendly relaxed informal schedule with a nightly gathering for before dinner drinks. Either my room balcony or the sun roof both looking out over chestnut wooded valleys were ideal places to spend the late afternoons. Contacts can be made through the hosts for special interest trips and walking advice and route notes are on hand.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled solo
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Milton, Georgia
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Reviewed 11 June 2013

On occasion one finds a rare gem such as Hotel Los Castanos in Cartajima, one of the "pueblos blancos" in the Andalusia region of Spain. This unique hotel is the perfect location to anchor yourself and explore the beautiful towns and villages of the region. If you are looking for a distinctive, beautiful hotel situated in a stunningly beautiful area, Los Castanos is the perfect destination. There are seemingly limitless options of things to do/see in the area, from exploring the region to hiking in the countryside. And, at the end of your memorable day, you have the option to come home to Los Castanos and enjoy a fabulous, intimate dinner. The hosts of Los Castanos, Di & John are extremely knowledgeable about the region, and take pleasure in helping you plan a memorable day. Los Castanos is one in a million.
Andrea McManus, Milton, GA

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Adelaide, Australia
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Reviewed 8 June 2013

We stayed at Los Castanos for three nights and had an amazing time. A big thank you to our hosts Di & John for making our stay such a memorable one..Los Castanos is the perfect place to stay to explore this picturesque area of Andalucia. We had a gorgeous bedroom with a king size bed, balcony to enjoy the view and a cup of tea (provisions & a fridge were in our room), spa bath to relax in after a day of exploring, luxurious towels and robes. We ate at the hotel for two nights which is an absolute must as Di is an amazing chef. She even cooked a beautiful tagine of beef & and almonds on our last night as she knew of my fondness for Moroccan cuisine. John was the perfect host pouring us glasses of wine at night and suggesting some wonderful walks to do in the area with written directions & photos too. I cannot recommend Los Castanos highly enough and we look forward to returning one day soon.

Room Tip: We had room 8 which was beautiful.
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Founex, Switzerland
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Reviewed 4 June 2013

We stayed with our two sons (6 and 8 years old) in Los Castanos for three nights and had a wonderful stay. Di and John were the perfect hosts and very helpful, particularly when we were planning our itinerary for each day. Our rooms were very comfortable, spacious and full of character and the food was absolutely delicious, including child-friendly options for the kids. There is a comfortable communal area with a nook containing games and dvds which kept the kids amused at the end of one rainy afternoon (after we'd dragged them out on a rainy walk!). The hotel is located in a pretty little village with fine walking nearby and close to Ronda where we had a really enjoyable day trip. I thoroughly recommend it.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with family
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San Francisco, California
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Reviewed 28 May 2013

Hotel Los Castanos was absolutely perfect. I generally prefer to stay away from tourist crowds, but I was initially a bit nervous that Cartajima was going to be too far out of the way. Instead, it was best of both worlds. It was just a short drive to Ronda, Setenil de las Bodegas, and other towns. And, less than 5 minutes away from Cartajima we got to see Juzcar (smurf town) and hiked Los Riscos, which was beautiful! I loved that we were the only tourists in town in Cartajima. It was extremely peaceful and friendly. We even had a chance to eat at the local tavern with our hotel hosts and the other hotel guest.

http://www.kmsnaps.blogspot.com/2013/05/andalucia-part-1.html

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 11 May 2013

We stayed a week in Los Castanos in April 2013. Our hosts Di and John were charming, helpful and had a wealth of local knowledge. The food prepared by Di herself was excellent and was a real treat at the end of a tiring day. Nothing was too much trouble for either Di or John and John was able to advise about the various walks having done them all himself. Despite this we still got lost which is half the fun. Los Castanos is an excellent base for walkers or bird watchers and we have no hesitation in recommending this Hotel.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Coral Gables, Florida
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Reviewed 25 April 2013

This beautiful, comfortable hotel is a perfect place to stay and enjoy the adventure of exploring the surrounding small villages and countryside by foot, bike, or auto. Di and John are very welcoming and you soon feel like their personal guests. They offer hiking maps as well as suggestions on what to do in the area. To top it all off, Di's food is delicious. We'll be back as soon as possible.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Los Castanos
Address: Calle Iglesia, 40 | Malaga, 29452 Cartajima, Spain
Region: Spain > Andalucia > Province of Malaga > Costa del Sol > Cartajima
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Cartajima
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:2 star — Hotel Los Castanos 2*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Just six kilometres off the tourist trail to Ronda is a valley with stunning mountain scenery and eagles soaring overhead. You are heading for Cartajima, one of the most traditional of the famous Andalucian pueblos blancos, white mountain villages. Following our driving directions, you arrive outside the great chestnut doors of Los Castanos behind which there is quality accommodation, personal, informal atmosphere, local wines and great home-cooked food. Relax in your spacious bedroom with its enormous bed, soft sheets and fantastic mountain views. Stretch out on a lounger on the rooftop terrace, savor your wine and melt into the mountains. This must be the most perfect getaway, a totally indulgent mountain village hotel in a completely unexpected location. ... more   less 
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