In need of some R&R we were looking forward to a peaceful getaway at La Francesca after reading the previous reviews.
On the plus side, the property itself is lovely and the rooms are large, clean and nicely decorated. Our bathroom was modern and spacious with a lovely big walk in shower. The garden is beautiful and bursting with life and colour. There are four breakfast options which provide some variety and options for most. The B&B is approx 4-5 mins walk to the El Palo village and a 10-15 min bus trip to Malaga town.
After checking into our room we were tired from our long journey and decided to rest before heading out for some sight-seeing and dinner. We soon realised that our room, La Lidia, overlooked dog kennels and could hear one of the three large resident dogs howling and whining.
Since the air conditioning wasn't working (apparently it was still switched to heating mode for winter) it wasn't comfortable to close the door and window fully so we just had to put up with it. The dogs also barked on and off at night and again first thing in the morning.
In the morning, breakfast on our room's private terrace was doggy-dominated as all three dogs barked/yelped and shuffled around to get our attention the entire time obviously hoping for some handouts. As much as we love dogs, it wasn't the peaceful terrace breakfast we expected after reading other reviews and seeing the pictures on the website.
The next day we decided to have breakfast inside our room away from the barking and begging dogs but it wasn't long before one of the dogs jumped up on top of the kennel roof to join us for breakfast again. Day three we opted for breakfast in the dining room inside the main house which although not nearly as nice as sitting outside on the terrace meant we enjoyed a doggy-free breakfast.
The B&B is located on what seems to be a quiet street but is actually the main entrance street to a nearby apartment block which means there is quite a bit of traffic coming and going late at night and early in the morning. The street is steep and at the same level of the room so there is vibration from the passing cars as well as noise. Since our room was on the street side this was probably more of an issue than it would be if you ask for a room on the other side of the building.
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