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“Peace and quiet away from the shenanigans on the coast” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Los Jarales Rural Hotel Istan

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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 #15 of 89 Hotels in Malaga
London, United Kingdom
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73 reviews
73 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“Peace and quiet away from the shenanigans on the coast”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2013

The hotel is situated in Istan which is the only destination of the road leading north out of Puerto Banus. Have that in mind when making a booking. You will have beautiful views of the coast and valley, and the lake, but it might be difficult to get food if you go on the day the restaurant is closed (which we did).

Anyway, the hotel has plenty of parking, great views, a large restaurant and a pool which we didn't see. Our room was small but ample, clean, with wifi, and lovely views to the sea. Our host was very nice, and looked after us even though we were the only ones there. As we didn't do our homework, we ended up having to get dinner in PB which felt like cheating having got away from it all beforehand. Nevermind. Nice, simple breakfast in the morning.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • 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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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2013

About 1 km from the Istan village you find this lovely quiet place, with view over the valley and to the sea (Marbella). The rooms are very nice and spacious, and during the cold season there is heating. Lovely place for getting away from the crowded Costa del Sol, or just take long walks in the mountains and visit the lovely village of Istan. The hotel has got a bar/restaurant, and there are several other places to eat in the village.
The service was excellent and there is free parking on the premises.

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Gloucester, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2013

Stayed here in October 2012 with my girlfriend.
Very friendly. Owner insisted we used the pool,lounge etc on our check out day after asking the time of our flight.
Free parking.
Nothing too much trouble for the owner and staff.
Top quality "menu del dia". The food was very good even by Spanish standards and the waiter was very entertaining with his descriptions of the food!
Very quiet spot. Superb views over Lake La Concepcion

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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New Berlin, Wisconsin
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2012

Very cute hotel just outside Istan. Owner very friendly and led us to our room. Free parking! Pool was nice, though we didn't have time to use it. The rooms were adorable and had character - not like a typical hotel room! Clean & no complaints! Nearby city of Istan is worth a drive through. This was the perfect budget friendly hotel just outside of pricey Marbella. Only wish it had included a breakfast.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Malaga
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
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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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2012

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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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2012

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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Additional Information about Los Jarales Rural Hotel Istan

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:
#5 Best Value Hotel in Malaga
#22 Romantic Hotel 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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