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“Good home style cooking away from the crowds” 4 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
Malaga
Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
“Good home style cooking away from the crowds”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2012

With a friendly welcome, we enjoyed a good "menu of the day" for lunch at €12 per head. Ample choice in the menu, generous portions and nice service. Ample parking on-site. Excellent views from the exterior terrace, overlooking La Concepcion lake, and down to the sea. Just 15 minutes' drive from the coast, and a good destination just before/outside the village of Istan (well indicated) if one is looking to get away from the crowds. Clean bathrooms.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 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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London, United Kingdom
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39 reviews 39 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2012 via mobile

Great location with wonderful views. Warm friendly reception. Room & bathroom clean. Breakfast for additional cost. Remember your own swimming towel or provided for extra charge. Would recommend. Will return soon.

  • Stayed July 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Bergen, Norway
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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greater london
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
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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57 reviews 57 reviews
31 hotel reviews
Reviews in 36 cities Reviews in 36 cities
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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67 reviews 67 reviews
47 hotel reviews
Reviews in 37 cities Reviews in 37 cities
107 helpful votes 107 helpful votes
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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lincolnshire
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25 reviews 25 reviews
18 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
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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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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