Hostal Anon, Jimena de la Frontera
Whilst looking for somewhere to stay en route to Ronda, found this little gem on the web – no previous reviews. We only wanted somewhere to put our heads down for the night, so weren’t terribly fussed. What a find! Although there is a sign to the hostal on a roadside, it took us ages to find it. When we finally did, it was just a large Spanish wooden door. But inside is an absolute warren, with discovery round every corner. There is really no reception to speak of and I don’t think they even asked to see our passports – we just showed them our e-mail confirmation. To get to our room, we had to pass through people eating their lunch in an extremely small outside courtyard, much to our embarrassment! We had been on the road for nearly 2 weeks by this time and had accumulated so much junk – thank goodness I had decided to leave our dirty laundry in the car!! Our room was on a small, shared balcony, with one other room; on entry the room smelt extremely old and musty – certainly not dirty, just old. However, we had a double bed with drapes and the linen was fresh and clean. The bathroom was old, small, with a shower, and the door didn’t close properly – but, heh, who cares! We had a quick perfunctory look round the town but it was just too hot to walk in the mid-day sun. We decided instead to explore the hostal. There is a very small pool on the top, with absolutely amazing views over all the countryside. No city noises, no car or train noises – just the occasional dog yapping and the cry of an eagle. It was bliss! We decided to eat in the hotel that evening, which is rare for us, but the courtyard was too much of an attraction. What a treat! I think one of the best meals we had had for a long time. It was a very eclectic menu – from Moroccan tagines to cottage pie – but served with great charm by, we think, the American’s owner son, who seemed to double for about any job around. The next morning we were directed to the bar for breakfast – no formal dining areas – just sit where you can. Again, very basic breakfast but enough to fill gaps. Would you believe the bread was home-made, the jams too. And the tea – the best I have had ever – and, being English, I like my tea. We were told later that it was organic, bought specially from Gibraltar. The American owner is charming, as are all her staff and she later told us that it was in fact five houses knocked together – hence the “warren-like” effect. If you are in the area, you have to visit this place.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Just half an hour from the coast the popular village of Jimena de la Frontera is wrapped around a hillside which overlooks farmland, forest and Gibraltar 40 kms away. With a nearby train link to the famous cities of Ronda and Granada, this White Village is an ideal vacation centre perfect for biking, hiking and bird watching. In the centre of this typical cobbled village Hostal El Anon has been providing hospitality for over 25 years. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hostal El Anon cádiz