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“Quirky, fun but comfortable with fantastic gardens and terraces” 5 of 5 stars
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Hotel Enfrente Arte
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Calle Real 42, 29400 Ronda, Spain   |  
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“Quirky, fun but comfortable with fantastic gardens and terraces”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2012

We stayed here for just one night in October - could easily have stayed longer.

Parking is oon the street and is a matter of luck and timing.

The hotel itself is very quirky and fun with the front half of an old fiat forming part of reception and the rear half forming a seat in the bar with its boot holding crockery and cutlery for breakfast. Old wheels make up tables in the bar and old washing machine drums are used in the breakfast area as tables too. Very different but it works.

We had a basic room which was of a good size with 2 single beds which were surprisingly comfortable. The bathroom was tiny though with the loo set in a tiled bench with an old fashioned high chain flush. The bath/shower could only be accessed from the rear left side as it was sort of built in - it had to be to fit in the tiny room.

Amazingly the bar was free and you just helped yourself, which we did. We took our drinks outside from where you could choose several lovely spots on different terraces to relax. Following the funky theme, some of the outside tables were made from old surf boards, which looked great.

Breakfast was amazing. Some tapas like breakfast dishes were out on the kitchen counter on display and presumably you could order them. However, the chef was clearly more interested in gossiping with another member of staff and studiously avoided our gaze. However, a bit later when we guessed some management appeared, she suddenly sprung into life and started cooking and helping people with the expresso machine, which we'd had to wrestle with ourselves. However, even without the tapas like dishes, there was still a great choice of food and it really was excellent.

I'd really recommend staying here if you want something a little different but also very comfortable.

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  • 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2012

We stayed at this hotel for two nights and really enjoyed it. The service was excellent and the staff could not do enough to help us. They provided excellent advice on where to eat and helped us hire a car. I particularly liked the way that they provide free wine, beer and soft drinks at any time of the day. No-one appears to abuse it and it was nice to be able to have a drink even a cup of tea when we wanted. By providing this free 'bar' it seemed to encourage residents to mingle and get to know each other. It is not a luxurious hotel, so don't expect luxury; its appeal is its quirkiness, its location and the excellent staff. Our room was comfortable, but quite sparse and the bed, while adequate was not the most comfortable, so it might be hard to have a long stay. Nevertheless we would highly recommend it for those who do want something a bit different.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2012

I really enjoyed my stay here. I was with friends for a wedding celebration and the people at the hotel were friendly and accomodating. The hotel is small and very informal and breakfast is a DIY affair with hot items being cooked to order. The bar is free! Both fresh coffee and wine & beer, soft drinks etc are serve yourself - whenever you like. There is no day/evening catering but you are moments from lovely little local tapas bars so it's really not necessary. There is a small pool and lots of little areas to hang out including a spectacular terrace with views of the mountainous scenery. Strangely they have a tank of those fish that nibble your feet and we gave it a go! My room was lovely and big and very comfortable with a large bathroom. I was sorry when it was time to come home.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2012 via mobile

Strange. Quirky. Hip. But most of all, memorable.

This is one of the most interesting and 'fun' hotels we have stayed in and a stay here is thoroughly recommended. 

We have stayed in many hotels around the world but few hotels have been quite as smile inducing as 'Enfrente Arte'. In fact, I hadn't smiled this much since Chris Hollins announced he was quitting BBC Breakfast after refusing to relocate to Salford. 

We finally arrived in Ronda after a drive from Loja fraught with the frustration of following an elderly Spanish woman peddling a Seat Ibiza up an incline, whilst her husband directed her up a crease in the map.

Our arrival coincided with the final day of the September festival (Feria Goyesca) and the hotel had already contacted us to advise that reaching the hotel through the throng of Ronda revellers might prove difficult. So we parked in the Martinez-Astein underground car park in central Ronda (€16 per day), which is about 10 mins walk from the hotel. 

This car park was beautiful. We particularly liked the mezzanine office, the Bauhaus inspired lines of the Caja Kiosko and the way the concrete pillars evoked memories of the Plaza San Antonio underground car park in Cádiz. As my partner teased her easel with languid strokes of charcoal, sketching a portrait of the car park, I struggled to unpack the luggage from the car before heading off to find the hotel using nothing but a combination of British nous and a jaunty stride. 

Luckily, my girlfriend caught up with me on 'Calle Stray Dog', a seldom seen part of Ronda, where the number of mangy, malnourished dogs outnumbered the ubiquitous bullfighting memorabilia shops by a ratio of 2:1. For the record, Calle Stray Dog can be avoided by following the hotel's instructions. I just went the wrong way due to a mixture of poor directional skills, a confused iPhone and a child-like sense of wonder. 

Upon reaching the hotel, and stepping around the front end of a Fiat 500, masquerading as a reception desk, we were greeted by Dimitri, a man capable of generating more warmth than the centre of a sausage roll that's been reheated in the microwave for too long. 

Dimitri was charming. After sharing a few anecdotes about the pedestrianisation of Antwerp city centre, we were shown to our room before returning to reception so that he could show us where to park the car once the festivities had ended. 

There is usually some room for free parking on the street in front of the hotel. Make sure you confirm with the hotel what the parking restrictions are (if any). 

The pool is clean, well-maintained and a sun trap. The free bar is useful and offers fruit juices, branded soft drinks, beer and red and white wine (an inoffensive Verdejo). 

The breakfast was very good with a cooked option available on request (had a fried quail's egg on toast on the second morning). 

On the second night we watched the sun setting behind the hills from one of the hotel's many terraces. My girlfriend heard some rustling in the fields below and bellowed that she had spotted a foraging stoat. I assured her that it was just a portly gentleman with a Pancho Villa moustache who was milking his lactating donkey.

The air-con worked perfectly and the room was cool and reasonably quiet considering the central location. 

The hotel has a number of interesting communal areas. Due to the low number of guests you can choose to be communal or slope off to a quiet corner with your favourite Mills & Boon and a glass of Tempranillo. We spent an hour wandering around the communal areas trying to decide which room was the most outlandish. 

The indoor tropical world with feet flesh feasting fish was the winner in the end. The hotel sometimes feels like the successful result of providing a hyperactive child with a crayon and access to the confectionary cupboard. This is a good thing. 

Whilst Ronda is a stunning city it does get besieged by tourists. Most of the restaurants are aimed at the Marbella / Malaga crowd and their primary aim appeared to be in cashing in on the end of the tourist season (exceptions included 'De Locos Tapas' which was absolutely superb and 'Meson El Sacristan' which was very good). Unfortunately, Almocabar,Tragabuches and Traga Tapas were shut during our visit. 

This was a memorable stay in one of the most eclectic and 'fun' hotels that we have ever stayed in. Great value for such a memorable stay. 

  • Stayed September 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2012 via mobile

We stayed for one night travelling through Spain. It was lovely, we were made so welcome and our room (number 6) was fantastic. We ate in the bar attached to the hotel and it was so nice to taste flavours such as coriander in Spain. Quirky, friendly, never ending areas of tranquility and interest. You must try it.

Stayed September 2012
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Flitwick, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2012

Our favorite hotel during our 10 days Andalucia tour! although the fact that there was a free bar might have influenced my boyfriend’s opinion. We had the Torre room and it was a tower with 3 floors! Ground floor the bathroom, 1st floor a little sitting room and the 2nd floor the bedroom with a small balcony overlooking Ronda’s white houses. The hotel is very quirky and very different to the corporate hotels we went to on our trip. The breakfast was very nice and you can order a hot breakfast like bacon and eggs, crepes or even churros!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2012

It's great to stay at a hotel that's genuinely different from the norm.

From the moment you arrive at Enfrente Arte there's a warm welcome, and you realise that all the good things you've read are true. Big room with comfortable bed on a quiet street, and a quality shower. Good satellite tv, wifi in the lobby. The free bar is fun, and a great place to meet fellow guests, giving it a high-end backpackers feel (in a good way!). The free fish pedicure is fun too!

Breakfast was delicious, got churros made up for me, yum. Pool nice and refreshing, nice places to sunbathe and relax quietly. Conveniently located to the town also, though a taxi is needed getting to and from the train station if you have luggage. Enjoyed the stay thoroughly.

Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Address: Calle Real 42, 29400 Ronda, Spain
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Location: Spain > Andalucia > Province of Malaga > Costa del Sol > Ronda
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#3 Family Hotel in Ronda
#3 Romantic Hotel in Ronda
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Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Enfrente Arte 3*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
EnfrenteArte is a bohemian, alternative, funky,… hotel. It was born with the idea of being a prolongation of your home: without rules, schedules and with free access to every single part of the hotel during all day.Beautifully situated in the oldest paved street of Ronda and surrounded by historic buildings, this unique and laid back hotel is located a few minutes away from the city centre facing the natural park 'Sierra de las Nieves'. Several romantic courtyards and terraces offer stunning views of the mountains, the river 'Guadalevin', the old city and the renowned horse riding school 'Maestranza de Ronda'.The hotel itself has been decorated with eclectic details, original and historical artwork and atmospheric lighting. Above the very intimate bar and relaxed dining room, the hotel also has a TV room, Wii, a library and free internet access.The subtropical garden, with a large variety of exotic plants, birds and fish is an attraction for nature lovers, and, the children. The hotel also provides an outdoor swimming pool, a sauna and the treatment of pedicure by the “Doctor Fish”Our self service bar offers a selection of tea, coffee, refreshments, natural juices, beer and different wines. Probably the most remarkable characteristic is that during your stay, all drinks, breakfast and the use of all facilities are included in the price of the room, making EnfrenteArte your home in Ronda. ... more   less 
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