As regular travellers to the Nerja / Almunecar areas we have stayed at various hotels over the past 18 months. We stayed for six nights nights last week at the Al Andalus whist waiting to move into a new home. Similar in many ways to the "exceptional" Hotel Casablanca in Almunecar the Al Andalus represents the good points of Spanish tourism for the independant traveller. The personal service, the warmth of the staff who accomodated our needs during the week without question, and even managed to conjure up a room for our last night at short notice when the hotel was fully booked.
We would recommend that a car is a pre-requisite, five minutes walk from the Caves of Nerja the Al Andalus is located just north of the Malaga to Motril motorway, The local village of Maro boasts one of the nicest beaches in the area, Maro village has a couple of very good eating establishments,
The rooms and public areas were comfortable and spotlessly clean, with efficient aircondtioning, The restuarant served a more than ample buffet breakfast of juices, tea or coffee, cold meats, cheeses, croisants, rolls local fresh fruits etc,, a set menu for lunch, and a choice of a very good 3 course set menu at Eur 8.80 or al la carte for dinner. The wine list was comprehensive, but not all wines were in stock, those that were available were compeatively priced.
Don't expect to receive the service levels of the local Parador de Nerja, the Balcon de Europa or the Riu Monica, for us hotels like the Al Andalus represent what local Spanish tourism is all about.
During our stay the clientelle appeared to be principally Spanish with a smattering of other nationalities, but a large proportion of retournees. A smattering of Spanish would be a benefit, but several of the staff do speak good English.
Our Al Andalus experience is far from some of the past reviews for this hotel, we would recommend it without hesitation for the independant traveller who wishes to escape from the mass tourism.
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