A wonderful find, my wife and I were looking for a peaceful break in a warm and sunny spot where we did NOT need a car and could sample local bars and restaurants within easy reach. Marbella did not seem an obvious choice but we were attracted by reviews to this small town nestled in the hills some 15 kms inland.
The hotel is in the centre of the town, a pretty mix of narrow streets white houses with terracotta tiled roofs and a wonderful small plaza with a church dating back to the town's moorish roots. The fountain there has supplied fresh water for the residents for hundreds of years. Numerous small bars and cages surround the square, serving tapas, coffee or alcohol. Most evenings the tables are occupied by the local friendly residents and there seem to be only a few tourists who are made to feel very welcome. Do not expect to hear much English and we found our very limited Spanish stretched to its utmost limits.
The hotel is hidden up one of the narrow streets running off the plaza and has been lovingly restored by its current owners , Ton and. Helga, our friendly hosts who have made the move to Spain from their Dutch homeland. They made us feel very welcome and never made us feel rushed, nothing was too much bother. You cannot get a car to the hotel but Ton will collect you from the carpark on the edge of the village in his electric golf buggy, we managed to get our taxi to
drop us off in the plaza and literally had to walk about 30 metres.
The hotel has been created by converting five houses and consists of 17 rooms surrounding a small peaceful courtyard filled with flowers and wall fountains. The rooms have been tastefully furnished with antiques which have a distinctly Moroccan flavour , ours was large with a good sized on suite bathroom and a small terrace overlooking the central courtyard. You do not get views but a short walk around the town soon provides wonderful views down the valley to Marbella and the blue Mediterranean sparkling in the distance.
Breakfast ( the only meal available) is taken in the courtyard , weather permitting, and is good value both for the quality and quantity. There is a lovely swimming pool cleverly worked into the limited space available which is indoors with a glass wall which retracts, opening onto a small patio area. They have a serve yourself bar which contains a small selection soft drinks, spirits, wine and beer.
All in all a wonderful few days, definitely not for someone looking for a lively nightlife and limited enjoyment for younger children, but perfect for anyone looking to recharge their batteries remote from the hurly burly of modern life.
Ojen is also a good spot to centre a walking holiday, buses and taxis link to the busier coastal strip area .