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“Beutiful and idyllic” 5 of 5 stars
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Los Jarales Rural Hotel Istan
2.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Ctra. Marbella-Istan km 14 | Istan, 29611 Malaga, Spain   |  
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Ranked #23 of 91 Hotels in Malaga
Bergen, Norway
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Beutiful and idyllic”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2012 via mobile

Hotell Los Jarales lies approx. a 5 minute walk away fra the tiny village of istan. It has a small pool for cooling off. In Juli the temperature reaches 30' easily. We were welcomed by a friendly and very laid back, but extremly helpful staff, and after settling into a quite spacious room we had dinner on the terrasse. A nice, homemade 3 course at 12 euros. Perfect place to relax and do basically nothing. We have'nt seen a single store in Istan except for simple groceries but are told that there are numerous bar offering Tapas and local cuisine in the village.

The Hotel in any case is resonably priced, clean and traquil. For the time being they also serve both lunch and dinner. Good food, relaxed environment!

  • Stayed July 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2011

Stayed at this hotel in August 2011 and loved it. Half way up a winding mountain road with lovely panoramic scenery. The hotel is small, rustic and very friendly. Walking distance is the lovely village of Istan. Feel like you are in the middle of nowhere yet only 10/15 mins down the mountain to Puerto Banus. By the way mountain road not a scary one, not too many twists and turns and wide enough for two way traffic. Bedroom was very spanish, very clean, air conditioned, lots of hot water, no complaints. Lovely terrace where breakfast /drinks served. Breakfast rather disappointing, could do with improving. Restaurant seemed rarely open and needed an overhaul. All in all a lovely stay and very good value for money. Would recommend.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2011

Lovely place to stay, very nice helpful staff. I think the ladys name was Paqui who will give you a map and choices of restaurants in Istan. The hotel is very clean and rustic with fantastic views. Nice small pool as well. Eat in the village of Istan, which is only 5 mins away by car. We ate in same restaurant as Lincolnshire Hatters and concur. Take your empty bottles to fill up in Istan, as they have public taps, the water is lovely, save some money. Room is basic, clean and has air conditioning. Breakfast was one piece of toast, orange juice jam and coffee, but to sit out and look over the lake was a delight. Recommend to all.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Malaga
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2011

We have spent a weekend in Los Jarales to cellebrate my husband´s birthday. It´s a charming hotel, located in the road access to Istan, easy to find just take the exit from Marbella road called Istand and drive towards the mountain. It´s true that you will drive 14 kms in a mountain road but that´s the only way to enjoy those maravellous views and the fantastic countryside.
The hotel is 20 minutes to Puerto Banus and only 5 minutes drive to Istan village.
The rooms are Andalusian style, with wooden roofs and enough space. We got a triple room, with a king size (the mattress wasn´t very good) and a single bed. There is a TV , a small table with 2 seats and a small desk. The bathroom had a shower and although not big, it was ok. Cleanliness was regular, not dirty but not proper clean either.
We had breakfast and dinner at the hotel restaurant. Breakfast is 3.5 euros per person and for that price really good, orange juice, coffee, a toast and a muffin, Really good. For dinner they have a set up menu for 12 euros including a starter and a main course, good quality, we really enjoyed the dinner experience.
The owner is helpful and the girl who attends the restaurant is very nice.
In average for the price a fantastic hotel. The facilities include a sauna, a jacuzzy (you pay extra for them) and a swimming pool (heated in winter).
If you are looking for a nice place to stay for a reasonable price this is your hotel.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2010

We decided to have a few days in and around Malaga but decided to stay in a more Spanish stlye hotel and this was wonderful, it is up a very steep and windy mountain road about 25 mins from main town Malaga.

The view across the hillside and the lakes are quite stunning. The rooms are compact but suffiecient and decorated in alovely spanish feel. They do have air con which was great in 40 degrees. They also have a dip pool which again was nice after a hot day sight seeing.
the only down side was yet again finding good Spanish food that we hear of from Spain.. the food was swimming in grease as all dishes are fried. Breakfast is one piece of toast and a pot of jam and butter. No other choice and 7 euros/ couple. Nothing to write home about.
After one night eating we decided to eat in Istan ( 2 mins away). This is a beautiful village and we ate at the Entre Sierras Restarante which has great views. The prices were the same as the uk and the food was fabulous.. we thought we had finally found good food in Spain when we discovered the chef is English!! very funny. but it was well worth going there.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2009

We stayed at Los Jarales for a week in September and we loved it. The hotel is amazing, really rustic and a breath fo fresh air compared to the high rise hotels on the coast, Definately need a car to stay here but its a great base for exploring Andalucia.
The rooms are nice, very clean and comfortable and the views are breathtaking. The hotel staff are really friendly and made us feel very welcome.
Would definately go again.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2009

This Hotel was chosen for me by the Travel agency that I booked with. I stayed for 7 nights in August 2009 .It was a last minute booking. The hotel staff were very helpful and genuinely nice. It was very quiet and if youare like me, enjoying shopping and site seeing in the town all day knowing that there is a rest haven to go back toat the end of the day, Los Jarales Rual Hotel Istan is the one to stay at.
The food was good and there is a different meal every day. I have had olives in several restaurants in Mabella but the olives at this hotel just tasted different, they tasted very good.

The facilities are good, I did not use the swimming pool because I was too bussy enjoying the surroundings. The hotle is located in one of the most beautiful areas with the mountains all around it was breath taking.

The room was furnished in a rustic style and it suited me. Everything was clean and tidy. I would go back to this hotel again.

Holiday makers, put this hotel in you list of places to stay when you visit Mabella. or Istan. If you are not having a vehicle dont worry there is a bus that travels from Istan to Mabella. I did that journey every day and I enjoyed it.

I tip my hat to the staff and the wonderful work they are doing. They portray good customer service to all who visit the restaurant or stay at the hotel.

Well done!

Yolanda
London

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Ctra. Marbella-Istan km 14 | Istan, 29611 Malaga, Spain
Location: Spain > Andalucia > Province of Malaga > Costa del Sol > Malaga
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #23 of 91 Hotels in Malaga
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Los Jarales Rural Hotel Istan 2*
Number of rooms: 10
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