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“Cheap and cheerful, don't hesitate to go!”
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Hostal Esperanza
Ranked #1 of 1 Benajarafe B&B and Inns
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Reviewed 20 August 2013

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!

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 10 August 2013

We did not stay at the hotel, but spent most evenings eating here. The food is really good, spanish food. Really reasonably priced. Well worth a visit. The restaurant and bar are frequented by really friendly locals. The hotel is situated on the sea front.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with friends
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2  Thank Julie T
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Reviewed 18 October 2012

My girlfriend and I stayed here for a night en route to Granada from Seville. The hotel was very nice, but difficult to find. The people who run the place do not speak very good English, which made arrangements a mite difficult, but nothing was insurmountable.
We had no issues with noise, unlike some of the other reviewers. The room was spacious, and the balcony had a beautiful view of the ocean.
While the surrounding town has nothing horribly special, we did find some nice restaurants nearby, and it was wonderful having a quiet beach where we could walk around as we wished, as opposed to the beaches in Malaga, just a few miles away, which were extremely crowded. This is very much a local town though. Spanish is a must.

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  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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6  Thank Jake R
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Reviewed 9 September 2012

We live in Benajarafe 4/5 months of the summer every year & Esperanza situated on the sea front, is the best value throughout the whole of the Costa del Sol. It is simple, Spanish & the food & beverages are the cheapest in the area - hence the Spanish use it throughout the year. A 3 course plentiful meal with a drink is 7.5 Euros. Simple but filling with a choice of options.
The rooms are simple with first floor having unobstructed sea views. The swimming pool is clean & there are coveted secure parking places.
Benajarafe is a small coastal, Spanish village with only 2 hostels. The remaining accommodation are holiday lets. There are several restaurants & the beach is massive but like everywhere in Spain gets busy from mid July to end of August. However, there is always plenty of room on the beach although the front line will get crowded. The remainder of the time it is deserted & very quaint. As Benajarafe is predominantly Spanish, don't expect much English to be spoken even in the restaurants. Some menus do have an English translation, but they are not geared up to foreign tourism, that is part of the experience.
During busy summer periods we go to nearby Playa Linda which is the best kept secret although this also gets busy weekends. However, the massive beach stretching for miles has front line availability for everyone. Try Punta Rena for lunch. A wooden, clean, Spanish restaurant which doesn't get crowded, unlike nearby La Plata which is conveniently placed next to large car parks.
Benajarafe is great for relaxing & getting away from the rat race. No discos, plain & simple with an opportunity to mix with Spanish families on holiday.

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  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled with family
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6  Thank windmillbob
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Reviewed 18 June 2012

Friendly people, nice swimming pool, rooms are okay but noisy. The hostal is on the coastal road. So day and night there is traffic passing by. There is also a restaurant with nice terrace. Simple spanish food. Lots of locals are having there wine and beers. We ordered as a dessert a Baileys. Small of big?the waitress asked. Big, we said. And it was not big, it was hugh. Incredible they can give so much for so little!

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled as a couple
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8  Thank DULCEYSAL
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  • Stayed: February 2018, travelled as a couple
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Stayed: January 2018, travelled as a couple
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Address: Carretera Malaga-Almeria, Km. 261, 29790 Benajarafe, Spain
Region: Spain > Andalucia > Province of Malaga > Costa del Sol > Benajarafe
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Benajarafe
Price Range: £43 - £79 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 35
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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