We stayed in Almoholla 51 for a couple of nights in late April, following a strong recommendation from a friend who had been there and thought it 'a bit special'. Spot on - it is small (only 5 bedrooms) but perfectly formed, with attention to detail and imaginative design two of its defining characteristics. 'Characterful' is another one, with every room given its own personality (room 3 where we slept - timber beamed ceilings with a small staircase linking the bathroom to the bedroom upstairs - is to die for). Likewise the discrete sections in the tiered garden behind the house. We spent our second afternoon there by the dipping pool on the upper tier, gazing at the views of Archidona and the sierra overlooking the town. Heavenly.
David and Myles were perfect hosts, giving us a very warm greeting, laying on 5-star breakfasts and offering good advice on what to do and where to go in the town (the valley walk they suggested is a great way to build up your appetite for lunch!). They managed the difficult feat of being largely invisible in a very small space and appearing to materialize out of nowhere when we wanted to speak with them.
Utterly charmed by the place, we wholeheartedly recommend Almoholla 51 and think it is well worth going out of one's way to stay there.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- At the crossroads of Andalucía, Almohalla 51 is a boutique guest house in the historic quarter of Archidona, just 45 minutes from Malaga and Granada. In an 18th century town house with views across town and the sierra beyond, there are communal sitting rooms with open fires, patios and a plunge pool. The individually-designed bedrooms combine traditional features with modern comforts. All rooms have an iPod docking station and Wifi is available throughout the house.Breakfasts are fresh and varied and we can provide packed lunches and a set dinner menu can sometimes be offered. Activities and day trips can be organised - from visits to Granada or Cordoba, horse riding, massages or self guided walks. Almohalla 51 is the stylish, informal and welcoming base for making the most if this amazing region. ... more less
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