“Cheap & chic: a Spanish-owned hotel with great views in the heart of a pretty hilltop village”
Jesus and Luis have decorated this old house in an artistic traditional Spanish style, using bright warm colours to create 5 light, spacious and cheerful rooms. Each is unique though stunning views are guaranteed in all.
The tiny top-floor Soberao room was our favourite, despite being the only option without a Jacuzzi tub. Here, an antique clock-face, originally displayed on the village’s central tower, hangs proudly above the bed. Architecture buffs will like the Doña Concha room, where guests can sleep beneath the house’s original roof (an additional storey was later added to much of the property) while outdoorsy types are likely to gravitate towards the sunshine yellow Pension room, where French doors and a Juliet balcony overlook open panoramas.
Well-stocked and reasonably priced minibars are handy for evening tipples, plus there are TVs, WiFi, fans to keep you cool in summer and heating for winter.
Breakfast is an array of fresh local pastries, Andalusian salami and Spanish cheeses. Be sure to say yes when offered the fresh juice is offered, it was some of the best we’ve tasted. In summer, the jasmine and honeysuckle laden terrace has magical views of the surrounding mountains and the Mediterranean coast in the distance. In cooler months, guests eat in the converted wine cellar dining room with its intimate alcoves, vases filled with arum lilies and walls adorned with local art.
Open on Friday and Saturday night (in summer), the La Fructuosa restaurant enjoys a good reputation for no-nonsense Spanish and Mediterranean food. Try the presa iberica - a tasty cut of meat from forest pigs who feed on wild acorns.
When the restaurant is closed, Gaucin has a number of other great small bars and restaurants. El Zorro was our favourite for local specialities such as fried aubergine drizzled with wild honey and garlic marinated aceitunas (green olives).
This is a typically Spanish hotel where children are welcomed with open arms. Under 3s stay for free.
Pension (a Twin with Jacuzzi) has a double sofabed and space for a baby cots; Almagra (a Double with Jacuzzi) has a single sofabed plus space for a baby cot. All rooms can hold a baby cot.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
The hotel restaurant is child-friendly, although it's only open 2 nights per week.