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“Best Base for Exploring Andalusia!”

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B&B Guesthouse Casa Don Carlos
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Berlin, Germany
1 review
“Best Base for Exploring Andalusia!”
Reviewed 17 March 2013

Perfect Location, nice rooms, top organization, cool people, splendid food. If you want to have a perfect stay at just the right spot - go there! The two guys know how to make things work without any noise. And their Bikes (BMW 1200GS) were perfectly serviced, cleaned and the best bikes I ever rented outside Germany.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with friends
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Shropshire
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Reviewed 22 December 2012

My friend lives in Spain and I visit every year. She has just moved into a place just below the Casa Don Carlo so their B&B is a perfect spot for my visits. I have just returned from my first stay at Casa Don Carlo which was 4 nights. I was the only guest they had for this period and was made to feel very welcome. I was able to have time on my own to relax as well as spend time with my friend. The whole place is like home from home, I was very comfortable, rooms are lovely, views from the terrace are fantastic and the evening meal with Carlo and Ronald was wonderful and entertaining. The hospitality they show guests and the attention to detail is excellent. Well done both.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled solo
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CasaDonCarlos, Owner at B&B Guesthouse Casa Don Carlos, responded to this review, 24 December 2012
Thank you for your kind review, and we hope to see you back in near future. Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, Carlo & Ronald
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 15 November 2012

I booked a short break at Casa Don Carlos based on the great reviews it had received on this site. The location and gardens are fantastic, great views towards the village. Rooms are immaculate with modern and stylish bathrooms. Outside there are lots of spaces to relax in the sun or shade, aorund the pool or on the terrace, I only wish I could have used them more.
The honesty bar was always well stocked with everything you might need during your stay. Breakfast and Dinner were both really good, very relaxed atmospherein the dining room, with a wood burning stove for the colder days.
Casa Don Carlos is a great place to use as a base to explore Andalucia, or equally as good to relax in the manicured gounds.
Carlo and Ronald were brilliant hosts, gave great advice on the local area and made us feel very welcome. They organised tickets for Alhamba before we arrived, so everything was hassle free. I would definatley stay here again when in Spain.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 27 October 2012

Casa Don Carlos - what a find! It's a sweet little guest house in the Andalusian mountains - clean, well-designed and run in a personable, friendly way by its owners Carlo and Ronald, who have put an exceptional amount of thought and care into making the place perfectly comfortable with everything you could want. Their customer service is second-to-none, they're attentive, thoughtful and lovely to chat with - dinner with them and the other guests in the evenings was a real treat.

Casa Don Carlos is ideally placed for exploring Andalusia, and Carlo and Ronald have got plenty of information, tourist maps and suggested tours all mapped out on cards you can borrow for the day, plus tips on parking, shortcuts, where to find quieter, unspoiled beaches on the Costa Del Sol, you name it. They even make sure you take their phone number with you when you go exploring - any problems, you just give them a call.

The exploring is great, but I'd also strongly recommend taking a few lazy days just to stay at 'home' at Casa Don Carlos. There's a spacious terrace with enough room to relax and be peaceful, enjoying the magnificent view of the valley and mountains. We had a few lovely days sunbathing and lounging around on the terrace or by the pool, ordering lunch from Carlo (an amazing cook!), and then a leisurely dinner in the evening with the other guests.

If you do stay at Casa Don Carlos, and I highly recommend you do, light sleepers might appreciate ear plugs, as I did. The neighbouring villas are very well spaced out, but there are several dogs in the valley who like to hold a shouting match most evenings. There are good strong shutters in the bedroom which cut out most of the noise, but if you prefer fresh air it does come with a bit of yapping.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Rochester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 October 2012

I first discovered Casa Don Carlos when renting a BMW adventure bike through GS Heaven over 5 years ago. I now go back every year in the winter partly to enjoy riding in Andalucia but just as much to relax in the perfectly peaceful Casa Don Carlos. Everything about the guesthouse has been carefully thought about and the place is kept spotless every time I visit. Carlos cooking is delightful without ever being pretentious and the company is always good. If you want to use Casa Don Carlos as a base to explore Andalucia it is perfect but beware, you will want to make time to enjoy the guest house just as much as all the wonderful places you can see within just a days touring.

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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with friends
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Den Bosch, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 11 September 2012

Carlo and Ronald are without a doubt worthy of the awards they are getting. They're attention to detail is second to none and the hospitality they provide is heartwarming. Especially noteworthy is the fantastic view making it thoroughly enjoyable to just hang around the B&B all day long. As such, there is no doubt that we will be returning to Casa Don Carlos in the near future whilst also promoting the B&B to all our friends and family. All in all a truly spectacular location to spend one's vacation.

Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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warwickshire
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Reviewed 29 August 2012

Just back from a 2 night stay in August 2012, 2 adults and 2 children. What a fabulous time we had. The view from the house is spectacular. The house is wonderful with 6 bedrooms. Due to the fantastic weather other than our rooms which were very comfortable we spent most of our time outside looking out at the view or sunbathing by the pool, but I can imagine in the winter months the dining table and comfortable sofas and log fire would be most welcoming.

The free WIFI was a real bonus and also the availability of pool towels was a bonus. Also air conditioning in the bedrooms was necessary as it was hot weather.

Donald and Carlo were the perfect hosts who speak very good English. I was particulary impressed with their attention to detail in everything that they do and their choice of decor was lovely.

The breakfast choice was good with the option of eggs and was taken outside on the patio infront of the outside kitchen. The honesty bar is a great idea with lots of choice of cold drinks and wine and beer and also you can have a choice of teas and there is fresh coffee machine. The children were very happy with the ice-creams!

The evening meal we had with other guests and Donald and Carlo on the 1st night which they cooked for us was very good and sitting there in the evening outside sipping our cold wine, eating the deliciously prepared food with good company, looking out at the view with the twinkling lights is something my family and I will remember for many years to come.

As they do not cook on a Sunday evening (as they have a well-earned night off!) on the 2nd night we ate in the town approximately 20 minutes away, there are roughly 30 restaurants to choose from and Ronald and Carlos were on hand to advise us and we opted for a very good Indian Restaurant. We then went across the street to a wonderful homemade ice cream shop.

We had spent 2 weeks on the coast which we enjoyed very much with family but when we arrived at the house by taxi it was really peaceful which was what we were looking for to finish off the end of our holiday. I guess most people would arrive by hire car so that they can make the most of travelling around and exploring the area.The property is close to the airport which was ideal.

We would highly recommend this guesthouse/B&B to everyone, I can imagine if you were travelling on your own it would be ideal also. We have travelled extensively and can honestly say this was a wonderful place to stay.

We will definitely be back!! Thanks for having us!

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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Property: B&B Guesthouse Casa Don Carlos
Address: Avenida Constitucion 071, 29120 Alhaurin el Grande, Spain
Region: Spain > Andalucia > Province of Malaga > Costa del Sol > Alhaurin el Grande
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 13 B&Bs / Inns in Alhaurin el Grande
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our Bed and Breakfast & More... Is located on a panoramic spot in Andalusia, facing Althaurin el Grande (Malaga). It has a breath-taking view over the hillside, giving you an intense sense of peace. Beside creating a warm and cosy atmosphere we try to make everyone feel at home, we offer more: lunch, dinner with the hosts, massage, greenfees, motorcycle rental... ... more   less 
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