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Hostal El Anon
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“What a find!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2006

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.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2005

We stayed just 1 night at El Anon in early June 2005 and I was glad we weren't staying there any longer, with so many fabulous options around this area. El Anon is very reasonably priced, in fact probably one of the cheapest places we stayed on our holiday and the restaurant there is definitely worth a visit. We had lunch and dinner there and the food was great, it's very popular so you may need to book.

The accommodation was OK, really quaint, rustic rooms and perhaps some rooms are nicer than others. Our room was really stuffy and hot with only a small window and no other ventilation, I felt claustrophobic. + We were quite close to the bar which is as popular as the restaurant > so lot's of noise until the late hours, lucky we brought the ear plugs but a bit of a dilemma with the window/noise issue.

The town itself is OK, looks like there are some nice walks around there but again we had just been to Arcos de la Frontera, Rhonda, Gaucin and the surrounding villages, so it wasn't anything special after that.

The other thing I'd say about El Anon is that the service was pretty poor, we got pointed to the room, no information about the Hostal/ restaurant/ surrounds, the staff always seemed too busy or preoccupied to give any attention to the guests. With the exception of the guy running the restaurant, he was lovely and friendly but quite stretched.

We relaxed by the plunge pool on the roof terrace, they could really make something of this space with some shade clothes or umbrella's but it's been neglected and the pool could have done with a proper clean.

Breakfast was juice, toast, coffee and nothing else is available even if you are willing to pay a supplement.

This is a nice little place with some interesting features, it's very reasonably priced, if we'd had a cooler, quieter room and a bit of service I'd give it a different rating. It needs some TLC to make the most of the features that have been developed. I wouldn't go back, not with so many great places to stay in the surrounding areas.

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Property: Hostal El Anon
Address: Calle Consuelo 36 | Cádiz, 11330 Jimena de la Frontera, Spain
Region: Spain > Andalucia > Province of Cadiz > Jimena de la Frontera
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 6 B&Bs / Inns in Jimena de la Frontera
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 12
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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