Sabinillas is touristy but still holds charm and remains very local. You will find typical spanish local shops including a spanish wool shop. Thank goodness it hasn't been totally taken over by tourists like its neighbouring port La Duquesa.
As for this family run hotel which was the first hotel in Sabinillas and opened about 16 years ago, it was renovated in November 2011 and it looks great, clean and modern. I stayed in a seaview room in October (great time to go and its quiet), room 113, with LG flatscreen tv, spacious bathroom with hairdryer, plenty of freshly scented towels and stylish wash basin. The room is adequate in size, with a spacious wardrobe (more hangers perhaps) and has a long mirror (essential for the ladies). The room is not luxurious or super stylish with expensive furniture, egyptian cotton towels, fluffy pillows with expensive bed sheets, throws and cushions, Molton Brown products and lots of luxury services on offer. What it does have which some 4 or 5 star hotels don't have is luxury in terms of setting and panoramic views. I had a tiny balcony overlooking the hotels cafeteria and the beach right infront of you where I watched the sunrise everyday to the sound of the sea. I could almost touch it. That is luxury!
The staff are very pleasant and chilled. The cafeteria is lovely and offers a simple menu of hot drinks, cold drinks and alcohol and they offer a small but delicious variety of snacks called toasties with iberian ham and manchego cheese, smoked salmon and soft cheese etc. They also offer continental breakfast and croissants.
If I had to be negative about anything, I would say, that the door to all rooms in the hotel are not easy to close, they are hard to shut and therefore noisy. Also, as beneficial as it is to have a fridge in the room the noise of the fridge going on and off is slightly disturbing when your trying to sleep.
All in all, everything is done with love and care. I wish this family continued success with the hotel and I look forward to staying there again.
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