This is a very nice small hotel, right on the top of a hill in a subdivision of luxury homes. It has wonderful views over the city of Malaga, and the distant ocean. When you enter, it feels almost as if you're in a private home, except for a small reception booth by the door. There is a hallway where you can sit - it has a television and magazines. There is the dining room with beautiful views, and a bar.
I found the staff very friendly and helpful, and the people in the evening spoke excellent English. The lady in the morning only spoke Spanish but she was very friendly and helpful too.
We stayed in a lovely room with a balcony with a wonderful panoramic view and shelter from the sun (when hot). The beds (twin) were hard but very comforatble and we had a good night's sleep. The decorations were pretty and individual. I think the owners might have a friend who is an artist.
There was a nice marble bathroom, and very hot water. I had some issues with the ventilation of the bathroom, though, although I didn't mention this to the owners, so perhaps something could have been done. So I would not mark it down for that.
We had a meal in the evening. It was very nice but service was extremely slow and amateurish, I don't think the pleasant young guy serving had any kind of training. He tried to memorise our order and got it wrong. The food was fine, I would not say the best I have had but very acceptable and it was lovely to eat with this wonderful view. Prices were more expensive than in town.
The staff did seem to want to help and be friendly and welcoming. This is a big plus for me and very, very important in any hotel. I can overlook small flaws in a hotel if it has friendly helpful staff.
At breakfast time, I wondered at first if the breakfast would be nice as it was tucked away in a very small space at one end of the dining room. But actually it turned out to be very nice with some interesting things to eat, little custards in pots, galette yogurt (which I hadn't had before) and fresh baked croissants and bread, cheese, and very good coffee. I don't eat a hot breakfast so I am not sure if they had one, I don't think I saw a heated cabinet.
I don't like jam in little plastic pots but I have found this everywhere in Spain, so I can only assume that it is what people expect.
If you have a car you can drive to various places. We didn't have a car, and took a taxi. That was fine because we were only staying in the hotel that evening. But it was 7 or 8 euros from the town and it might be more going back because you have to call the taxi to collect you. It is possible to have little walks from the hotel, but they are mainly round the subdivision, the houses and views are beautiful if you like looking at houses. We rather enjoyed our walk.
On the whole I would suggest this hotel if you have your own car and want a quiet time almost in the country but within reach of the town. You don't feel you are just a number or a client here.
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