Have just spent a couple of nights in Hotel El Horcajo, which is situated about 20 mins from Ronda. We were a party of 3 adults and 4 children (aged between 6 and 11) and were using this as a base to explore Ronda and the surrounding countryside. The hotel is/was a farmhouse and guests stay in simple, basic rooms scattered around a central courtyard in what look like converted stables. Each room has its own small terrace and is very basically equipped with wardrobe, sofa and table (no fridge, but we were given a bucket of ice at the bar which was fine). The accommodation is nice and has all you need for a short stay. Air conditioning worked well and bathroom/beds were clean although the sheet on our bed was warn and had a hole in it. I would have liked a blanket as it was fairly cool in the night. We loved the tranquility of the place; no traffic or noise, stunning views, fig and citrus trees, cattle and pigs grazing in the fields - it was heavenly around the pool. A couple of things could be improved though. Breakfast was a pretty miserable affair: packets of long life croissant, tinned peaches, toast etc.. Fresh fruit, fresh bread and pastries would have improved it so much. Coffee was grim and the butter needed to be kept colder as it had turned rancid. We were also upset to find out that one of our children had no sheets and pillowcase on her bed during her stay. As she slept upstairs we did not notice this until the day we were leaving - although it must have been obvious to housekeeping that someone had slept on an unmade bed when they made up the beds in the morning. A bit shabby really. Nevertheless, and in spite of this, we enjoyed our short break here and we would recommend this hotel simply for its beautiful location and tranquility. It also takes pets which is good if you have a dog. The owners must do something about the breakfast though as it is really letting things down.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The hotel El Horcajo is located within the boundary of Grazalema Natural Park. The park encompasses the western section of the Cordillera mountain range and is at an altitude of between 250m and 1654m above sea level. Hotel El Horcajo Ronda Entorno The Park has an area of over 50,000 Hectares and has been declared a UNESCO 'Biosphere Reserve'. It is also designated by the EC as an area of special protection for birds. The park is a botanist's dream, boasting an exceptional richness of flora. There is an area of natural forest of the Spanish fir-Abies pinsapa - which is a remnant of the forest which covered the region during the last glaciation. Such an area is found nowhere else in Spain. The species has been in existence since the Tertiary period and are known as "living fossils". The other vegetation in the park, such as cork oak and the wide variety of beautiful wild flowers, is distinctly Mediterranean. There is plenty of wildlife, including mountain goats, foxes and roe deer; and birds like the common vulture (one of the largest colonies in Europe, in fact), the osprey eagle and the golden eagle. The park is on the migration route for birds flying south from Northern Europe to Africa. Eagles can be frequently spotted in the park. Hotel El Horcajo Ronda Entorno From a geological point of view the park belongs to the Cordillera betica. On the western perimeter of the park are found three important caves. The Cueva del Hundidero, Cueva del Gato and Cueva de la Pileta. The natural Park of Grazalema is a nature lover's paradise. Interesting to note is the fact that the park has its own microclimate, with some areas recording the highest average rainfall in Spain. This is due to the absence of any significant mountains to the west. When the wind blows from the Atlantic in the west, these are the first mountains the humid air meets. The effect is very localized with some zones of the park recording three times the rainfall of other nearby points. ... more less
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