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Hotel San Gabriel
Ranked #3 of 39 Hotels in Ronda
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London
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29 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Fanatstic hotel”
Reviewed 16 November 2008

I would highly the San Gabriel. We stayed in a junior suite, room 22, and it was the most beautiful hotel room I've seen in a long time. The en suite is fantastic, gorgeously decorated, complete with a two-person jacuzzi bath.

The owners and staff were all very nice and friendly - a refreshing change from the other, more business-type hotels we stayed in in Andalusia.

It was a real treat staying here.

  • Liked — Everything
  • Disliked — Internet not working whilst we were there
  • Stayed September 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 November 2008

I liked that the hotel really is in the center of it all. I walked to/from the train station (it's between 1 & 1.5KM's), the hardest part of the walk being crossing the "New Bridge" (kind of a goofy name, seeing as the bridge was built in the mid to late 1700's) where you'll find plenty of tourists walking and lining the sides and making it difficult to roll a bag. Once you cross the bridge and walk up the very slight hill 2 streets, turn right and boom there's the Hotel. I was impressed with how easy it was to find.

There's a lounge in the basement, open during the late afternoons & evenings, meant for guests to socialize and share some delicious drinks (there is complimentary sherry in there, but I believe the general idea is BYOB). I never saw a single person down there during my stay.

Pluses:

A computer in a sitting room where guests can use to get on the 'net and keep in touch with friends & family. If you brought your own computer, there's ***FREE WIFI*** access, at least in the vicinity of the guest computer in the sitting room (i.e. the WiFi signal isn't strong enough to be picked up throughout the hotel; you can get the access code for the WiFi router from the reception desk).

Breakfast costs €6.50 extra per person, but with it they'll have: slices of local cheese, Museli cereal, yogurt, toast & croissants, different types of local spreads (e.g. honey, pate, tomato gazpacho which you can have by itself or put onto the bread along with some olive oil). Walk on into the breakfast room and let the staff person working in the back room know you're there (otherwise you may be waiting for a while for the table to be cleared off and your toast & juice to get delivered).

I think another review mentioned not seeing an elevator. Wrong! There is an elevator, discretely hiding behind painted doors. Very useful to get luggage between the 1st & 3rd floors.

Pros & Cons:

This is a renovated mansion (the owners still live in a part of the building) and many of the room furnishings are antiques. A chair and table in my room (room # 2) felt a little too fragile for me to sit or place things upon. This isn't the quietest hotel I've slept in: some doors squeak like crazy when being opened & closed (not very good for light sleepers). Thankfully I was able to use the aircon / heater units (found in each room) overnight to generate enough white noise to filter out the ambient sounds from outside.

The cinema room seems intimate. I never got a chance to use it.

Varying levels of friendliness, in terms of the service. The evening lady seemed somewhat brusque, but the rest of the staff seemed very welcoming and friendly to me.

Slight Negative:

My only negative experience was a maintenance problem: the shower in room 2 needed a fix up (water leaked all over the floor from a non-securing shower door).

One recommendation I'd like to offer that I should've taken advantage of: if you're going to see more than two or three of the following -- 1) the New Bridge's interior "interpretation center" 2) The Giant's House 3) Mondragon Palace 3) Arab Baths 4) Painting Museum 5) Bandit Museum -- you should get a Bono Turístico (for 8€) or a Bono Turismo (12 €) combination ticket, which will end up saving you some euros. Otherwise you'll feel like you're spending euros and not getting your money's worth. You can get a list of timetables for attractions and prices of things at <http://www.turismoderonda.es/informacion/pdf/horarios.pdf>

  • Liked — wonderful home in the center of Ronda's old city
  • Disliked — worried about the condition of some antique furniture
  • Stayed October 2008, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 22 October 2008

This hotel is just perfection at every level. It's an old house built in 1736 in a small courtyard in the old part of Ronda just 50m across the bridge.

We stayed only one night but we wish it had been a month. I've stayed in hundreds of hotels but I've never found a place with such character and warmth and with such kind staff..they were so kind and helpful in every respect.

I hope to get back to our room (10) with the pillar and arches someday, The historic room we had also had all the mod cons discreetly woven into the room's layout. Everything was spotlessly clean to the keenest eye.

Booking is personal and welcoming but also quite reassuring..you get a personal e mail from the mangement

Breakfast is 6.50 euro and wonderful and the mini bar is cheaper than going out...gotta say it's hard to leave the place.

we're definetly coming back asap

  • Liked — Everything
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed October 2008, travelled with friends
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London
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 October 2008

A beautiful hotel, in a beautiful small town. We booked the honeymoon suite and were not disappointing. The bathroom is exquisite - with a large jacuzzi tub.

The service did however let down the standard of the hotel. Whilst it wasn't bad, it was just surprising that it wasn't very helpful let alone warm. For example, upon arriving and asking to check in, we were just taken through the formalities of providing passport information etc. before being shown to the room. No smiles, how was your trip, information about the hotel or the vicinity - just passport please, and follow me. This experience was repeated on our check-out (by a different staff member) and also at breakfast - although I'm sure other people's experiences of this would vary considerably depending on who they dealt with. In general, the room, location and fact the service was adequate if not outstanding would lead me to recommend this hotel.

  • Liked — The room was outstanding.
  • Disliked — The service did not live up to the otherwise outstanding quality of the hotel.
  • Stayed October 2008, travelled as a couple
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Madison, WI
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 October 2008

We drove to Ronda from Seville (a short 3 hour trip). We LOVED this hotel. It was lovingly restored and had beautiful woodwork, new plumbing, great breakfast and staff were very helpful. Although we had seen all of the town in one day, I was glad for a second night reservation just to relax in this perfect setting.

  • Liked — Beautiful room with Spanish
  • Disliked — parking a few blocks away
  • Stayed September 2008, travelled as a couple
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Thank Madisongirl2106
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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 October 2008

This is a little hotel in Ronda, which is full of atmosphere and character. Ronda is not very big and the hotel was very conveniently located near everything you would want to see. Our room did not have much of a view - only a small window with shutters, but the room was clean, and had so much character we didn't care.

We had breakfast in the little breakfast room and it was wonderful. There were freshly baked croissants, fresh brewed coffee and squeezed orange juice. Delicious.

The hotel has a little movie theater, which we did not use, but had we stayed longer we might have. There is a computer for complimentary internet connection in the reading room.
Overall, it was clean, the decor was homey, the staff were friendly and helpful, and it was reasonably priced. I was only sorry we could only stay for one night.

  • Stayed October 2008, travelled as a couple
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Thank KateChicago_Illinois
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Brighton
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 September 2008

Following the reviews on Trip Adviser my husband and I booked to stay in Hotel San Gabriel for just one night during our holiday in Spain this year.

Neither of us had been to Ronda before, and we would both highly recommend a visit if you get the chance as it is a very beautiful town.

The Hotel San Gabriel is perfectly located for your stay, with everything in walking distance. The hotel itself has a very spanish feel, and our room was fabulous. Although very close to the gorge you do not have views over it, and therefore the price is probably half of those on the edge.

We particularly liked the honesty bar and relaxed atmosphere in the hotel. The breakfast was basic, but lovely.

Parking was as described by the hotel, and we did not have a problem finding the hotel from the directions they provided.

We would highly recommend the Hotel San Gabriel.

  • Liked — Relaxed charm
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed August 2008, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hotel San Gabriel
Address: Calle Marques de Moctezuma 19, 29400 Ronda, Spain
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Region: Spain > Andalucia > Province of Malaga > Costa del Sol > Ronda
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Suites
Hotel Style:
#1 Luxury Hotel in Ronda
#1 Green Hotel in Ronda
#2 Romantic Hotel in Ronda
#3 Family Hotel in Ronda
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel San Gabriel 4*
Number of rooms: 22
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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