This lovely hotel in a labyrinthine old convent in the countryside near Antequera should be a haven of peace and tranquility, but it certainly wasn't that when we stayed. In the large esplanade in front of the hotel we were greeted by music blaring out from speakers mounted on the outside wall facing towards the hotel. What music best suits Andalucia on a hot summer afternoon? You've got it in one: American big bands from the 1940's, often fronted by a loud singer. This started before breakfast and went on until almost midnight. And there was no escape, it was everywhere, even on the terrace restaurant for al fresco dinner. What a pity and what a relief at dinner when the music finally stopped towards midnight.
Apart from the music everything else was excellent. The staff, whether at reception, in the bar or in the restaurant were unfailingly friendly and professional. The bedroom was ample and comfortable. The dinner, taken on an outdoor terrace overlooking the countryside was very good, with tasty first course (mille feuilles of foie and cheese with fruit sauce for self, which was interesting, baby scallops for my partner, crisply cooked and tangy) and tasty beef steaks as main, cooked precisely as requested. Wine list was decent and at affordable prices. Service was perfect. A leisurely dinner under the summer night sky.
The breakfast is a real feast. Possibly the best spread I've ever seen in Spain.
The building itself, being an old convent, is full of nooks and crannies, plus a large deconsecrated chapel, many wall engravings, passages and arches and overall quite an historical building.
If you fancy a walk or a jog, then there is a footpath that looks like it leads all the way to Antequera, clinging to the side of the hill where you can walk or run off the previous night's excesses.
We had booked a suite, but the one allocated to us looked over the rear of the building and, for my taste, was too close to the central area of the hotel, a sort of internal courtyard below. So we changed to a standard bedroom. These are two stories down from the reception area, the hotel being built into the side of a hill. The downstairs bedrooms, numbered from 1 to 9, each have a small privet enclosed vegetable garden outside their french windows, plus views across the countryside. Beds are comfortable and bathroom roomy and complete. If you're there in summer you may hear a little noise from the dining terrace, just above, around midnight as the staff re.arrange the furniture, but this only lasts a few minutes and anyway in the summer you won't even be in bed at that time.
If the hotel would only turn off the music, I'd readily return, as finding such a good hotel isolated in the countryside is not easy in southern Spain. Maybe the music was only during our stay for some special event? I hope so!
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