This is a delightful and individual hotel, with a welcoming front desk. The location is excellent, within a short walk of the gorge and all the main sights. We chose a standard room, which was prettily furnished but small. I would recommend going the extra amount for a superior room. Also, be sure to bring one of those battery operated reading lights – rooms in Spanish hotels tend to be quite dark and it’s difficult to read guidebooks by the bedroom lights!
A charming feature is the self-serve bodega or bar which operates on the honour system … a rarity nowadays.
For eating, we would thoroughly recommend the Carmen tapas bar beside the church of St Maria Major a few hundred yards away from the hotel. Also within easy reach is a CD shop named Trudi’s whose management is very knowledgeable on local music especially Flamenco.
Ronda really can be done in one overnight. Other than the Bullring and its museum, the Gorge and the former mosque (now St. Maria Major Church) there is little to see. The other local so-called museums can be given a miss. For a laugh though you could look in on the Museo Lara with its comical Museum of the Inquisition. This is a cut-price Chamber of Horrors with torture machines lovingly reproduced by obvious loonies as a kind of homage to Spanish ecclesiastical sadism.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This carefully restored building dates from the 18th century and lies in the most historic district of Ronda, surrounded by ancient monuments.Retaining much of its original charm, the San Gabriel still displays an attractive stone façade and the coat of arms of one of its former owners. Spend a quiet moment in the library corner or in the typically Andalusian courtyard, full of plants and a trickling fountain. Here you can start the day with the hotel’s delicious breakfast. You can also enjoy a film in the intimate cinema room, which includes red velvet seats taken from the city’s old cinema. Combined with its privileged location, the hotel facilities make this a truly authentic Spanish setting for your holiday in rural Andalusia. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- San Gabriel Hotel
- San Gabriel Ronda