“Ronda goes rock'n'roll: a hip, eclectic and colourful guesthouse in the old town, with friendly staff and free drinks”
Original wafer-bricking, beams and terracotta tiles are still in situ, but that's where tradition ends. Throughout the hotel you'll find retro furniture, eclectic lamps, 50’s posters and funky furnishings made from recycled trumpets, skate boards, tyres, gramaphone records, washing machines: there's even a gold Fiat 500 sliced in two to create a whimsical bench seat. More surprises await in the luxuriant sub-tropical conservatory where you follow stepping stones across fish ponds to a terraced garden, sauna, plunge pool and sun terrace. Expect great sounds throughout the day from the massive collection of CDs and a hotel that will be unlike anything you've experienced to date. It's spicy, informal and really great fun.
- A great location: 5 minutes' walk from the old town centre, yet blissfully quiet
- Breakfasts here are among the best in Andalucia
- Young, forthcoming staff give you masses of tips on where to eat, which music to buy etc
- The pop-arty, eclectic decoration is a breath of fresh air in a region which clings stubbornly to trad-rustic
- Hidden terraces and sitting areas and a funky outdoor bar
- If you prefer to be served rather than serve yourself, look elsewhere
- It’s a steep, 5-minute haul up into town - but downhill all the way home!
- A place for the young and hip, although their parents love it here too
Best time to go
- Boutique Hotel
- Breakfast only (walk to restaurants)
- All ages welcome
- Open all year
- Plunge Pool
- Spa Treatments
- Pet Friendly
- Disabled Access
- Beach Nearby
- Off-street Parking
- Restaurants Nearby
- Air Conditioning
- Guest Lounge
- Snooker Table
The 10 bedrooms share a quirky decorative style; all-white walls serve as backdrops to whacky lamps, curtains of beaded glass, wrought-iron bedsteads, modern fabrics and loads of memorabilia from the 50's and 60's. It's all refreshingly light-hearted but also very comfortable, with air-conditioning and a fridge for the long hot summers, and toasty-warm heaters for the winter. In the bathrooms, patterned mosaic tiling adds zing to your shower.
The rooms vary in style and configuration, following the twists and turns of this rambling edifice; personally we’d choose one of the rooms at the rear of the building which grab views of the mountains. Those on a budget should opt for one of the Standard rooms which are on the ground floor and smaller than the rest. Opt for a Superior room - there are both twins and doubles - and you'll be on the next floor up with an extra slice of living space. Of the Deluxe rooms, the 2-storey Suite is cavernous; or if you don't mind steep steps, the Tower Room, with a private terrace overlooking the bamboo garden is a charming option.
All rooms come with air-conditioning and plasma TVs whilst in Deluxe and Superior rooms you'll find a fridge stashed full of drinks.
- Air conditioning
- Central heating
- Cots Available
- Extra beds
- Internet access
- Safe box
Enfrente Arte really wins points for its breakfast: this is a moveable feast which will still be on the go even if you sleep in until midday so you could easily look on this as brunch. You help yourself to hot drinks, cereals and juices from behind the bar, then wind round to a display cabinet where demo dishes are laid out invitingly: fruit kebabs, hot doughnuts with chocolate sauce, maybe quails' eggs with bacon. Just gesticulate and a plateful will be forthcoming or put in an order for crêpes, hot chocolate and churros, or bacon and eggs. And there will always be a massive bowl of fruit to graze on throughout the day.
When it comes to other meals you'll need to head out along Calle Real to some great tapas bars or up into town for a sit-down meal. Just up the hill Lechuguita is a great place to rub shoulders with the locals where you can have a tapas feast and drinks for a ludicrously low price. For a more innovative take on the tapas theme check out Tragatapas or Tapas Locas whilst for finer dining Almocabar, just outside of the town's ancient walls, is our number one recommendation. The food is superb and owner Manolo will guide you through a superb wine lists that showcases several of Ronda's award-winning coupages.
All drinks are included in the rates - just help yourself to excellent quality coffee and various very drinkable wines and sherries, draught beer, different types of juices and bottled water. Take a bottle of wine and glasses to your room if you wish or get to know your fellow guests at the whimiscally decorated outside bar where you pool up a stool to tables fashioned from a surf or boogie boards.
- Restaurants nearby
- Head straight out from the hotel to explore the fascinating old town of Ronda. Must-sees include the Puente Nuevo, the Arab Baths, the Bullring and the Mondragon Palace
- Rub shoulders with the locals in some of the untouristy tapas bars in this part of town
- You could take in a flamenco show which is held in one of the old town's casino, a 10 minute stroll away from Enfrente. Ask at reception about what else is going on: Enfrente helps to organise concerts and other cultural events
- Take a stroll along the pedestrianised main shopping drag, Calle Vicente Espinel. Best buys include shoes, leather bags, wine, olive oil and locally cured hams
- Walk in the Natural Park of the Sierra de la Nieves which you look out to from Enfrente’s terraced gardens. Climb its highest peak for a view of the Moroccan Rif
- Wander out along a spectacular ridge to the mountain chapel of La Virgen de la Cabeza. The views back to Ronda are amazing
- Head down a snaking mountain road to the beach at San Pedro or Marbella
- Visit Acinipo. Just a 15-minute drive from Ronda is a Roman theatre sculpted out of solid rock. You’ll probably have the place to youself (with the exception of a few errant griffon vultures)
- Visit any number of the pueblos blancos (white villages) from here. Grazalema, Zahara, Setenil, Arcos and Gaucín are all within easy driving distance
Activities on site or nearby include:
- Historical sites
- Hot air ballooning
- Museums / galleries
- Shopping / markets
- Traditional cultures
Children are welcome but the hotel is better geared up to older kids: it's a steep walk to the hotel and there are terraces and ponds. Cots and extra beds are available. Children up to 5 years can stay for free. A supplentary fee is charged for children from 6-12 years, with older children charged at the adult rate.
Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)
Family friendly accommodation:
The Deluxe 'Tower Room' is not suitable for children due to its steep steps, but the other Deluxe rooms have plenty of space for families (see rates).
Baby cots available on request.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking