I stumbled onto Hostel Esperanza, Benajarafe on booking.com. It looked perfect. Across the road from the beach, with a nice looking pool, and a bargain at €66 a night for a family room! By far the cheapest accommodation we stayed in on our trip to Spain. Which of course brings a little unease…why is it so cheap, and is it going to be totally rubbish? I needn’t have worried.
The rooms were basic, yes. But that was what I expected. A chunky small TV, no big deal we were not there to watch it. Our bed was in a separate room, bonus! I had been expecting an “all in one arrangement”. The shower and bathroom were clean, the beds comfortable enough, and there were two good sized cupboards with a lot of hangers. The one thing that was missing…a fridge. Which is an inconvenience when you like to keep drinks on hand and chilled. However, once we went to the bar/restaurant we realised this wasn’t a problem!
The pool area was great. The furnishings were basic, but even over the busy weekend there was enough to go around, without a lounge hog leaving their towel out all day in sight (pet hate of mine!). The water was clean and the temperature great, not too hot or cold. Across the road, which was not overly busy, was the beach. It is black sand, which we certainly were not used to, but there was plenty of sand, and even though it was busy most of the time it didn’t feel crowded.
The motel is walking distance to everything else you might need too, other restaurants, a bizarre (for snacks, wine and just about anything else you might need), small supermarket, bakery, pharmacy and ATM. Now to the restaurant. Those who know me know that we love food, and eating at the hotel is something we rarely do. We like to head out and discover the local area when we travel, and besides most hotels charge like a wounded bull for their food, lets be honest. Not that case at Hostel Esperanza. In fact, it was so cheap and delicious we ate most meals here. Breakfast cost between €12-15, for the four of us! Pints of beer were €2, and bottled wine €10-12, see why the lack of fridge no longer mattered! And then there was the “menu” of the day. A three course meal, with three choices for each, lunch and dinner, just €7.50. Bargain! I know of nowhere in Australia that you can eat this well and cheap.
We were booking in for three nights…Friday, Saturday, Sunday. Despite being fully booked and there being a lot of people around, it was surprisingly quiet. In fact, we had such a relaxing and enjoyable time that we cancelled our booking in Grenada and spent an extra two nights in Benajarafe. Our time here was certainly a highlight of our trip. A great opportunity for us all to unwind and recharge.
One problem we encountered was ironing facilities. There were none in the room, meaning we were all a little crinkly for a few days. When I did ask at reception about an iron the one I was given didn’t work. Which was a little annoying. The only other difficulty we encountered was a slight language barrier. We speak no Spanish, but the staff were pretty good at understanding what we wanted, and were always friendly. I would have no hesitation recommending Hostel Esperanza for a cheap and cheerful escape!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hostal Esperanza General information The Hostal Esperanza is the ideal place if you want to enjoy a welcoming and relaxing stay in a prime location on the Costa del Sol-Axarquía. The Hostal Esperanza has a long tradition and extensive experience, with more than 50 years in the hotel sector. We have 35 rooms, all with a terrace and spectacular sea views. We take out all the stops to offer our clients everything they need for a pleasant and unique stay, in a friendly family environment which combines charm and a unique identity ... more less
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