The best thing is:
This hotel is on the same elevation as most of the attractions in Ronda. You can get around easily from here. It’s a classic and well-staffed. Most of the hotels are down the hill (to the east as well as south of the Casa Palacio.) Anything very far off of the Caya Virgen de Paz is going to be a steep walk. The town of Ronda is more of a ridge then a round thing.
The building is old but modernized with modern plumbing. There’s lots of dark wood panel and carving. It’s kind of like a hunting lodge with lots of dead animals on the wall (PETA members beware.) And it’s kind of a giggle for those who remember the Spanish décor of the sixties. But this is very tasteful and authentic. There are also a few Trompe l’oeil elements but I won’t give them away.
Our facilities included a large shower. It would fit five people and it had a three panel shower curtain. Glass. Our room had 3 windows for perfect ventilation. Two windows on one patio and one window on another patio. No noise- all interior windows. There was a small elevator.
The helpful staff is really dedicated to service. They were just so earnest. We were on our way back to the hotel as the day manager was leaving for the day. Even though he was a couple of hundred feet away, he went back to make sure we got our key without waiting.
Breakfast is packaged. And a little mean. Basic. Continental with yogurt. Nothing fresh. The only fruit I saw was in a salad from a can. 6€. Grocery store within 300 feet.
Unloading is easy. There is an actual sign where to turn and a little area to park. Then you have to go park some distance away. But you get a stamp and pay it with the room.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This carefully restored building dates from the 18th century and lies in the most historic district of Ronda, surrounded by ancient monuments.Retaining much of its original charm, the San Gabriel still displays an attractive stone façade and the coat of arms of one of its former owners. Spend a quiet moment in the library corner or in the typically Andalusian courtyard, full of plants and a trickling fountain. Here you can start the day with the hotel’s delicious breakfast. You can also enjoy a film in the intimate cinema room, which includes red velvet seats taken from the city’s old cinema. Combined with its privileged location, the hotel facilities make this a truly authentic Spanish setting for your holiday in rural Andalusia. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- San Gabriel Hotel
- San Gabriel Ronda