“Clean, centrally Located, free WIFI, great air con, laundry and more - fantastisch!”
If you plan to stay in Ardales, this is a great option. The receptionist, Lola was one of the nicest people we met in Spain. The office which services the apartments is open from 8:00 A.M. to 10 P.M..
When we arrived, Lola took the time to take us to our apartment to show us how the appliances, air conditioning and keys worked. She also met us in the garage area, showed us where to store our bikes and how to get in and out of the garage.
The apartments look and feel new. They have sitting rooms, kitchens, full baths and bedrooms. We stayed on the 2nd floor which has an incredible view of the surrounding mountains and valley. There is an elevator if you have trouble with stairs and stairs to access the upper floors if you prefer to walk.
After the reception area closes, we had to access the apartment through a back door, but this was not difficult. Access to the building and the room is with a key card.
There were a small swimming pool and jacuzzi (which for some reason was not hot) and outdoor showers, on the same floor.
The apartment we stayed in had a large (queen size) bed, which was the only one we had while we were in Spain. The bedroom was nicely decorated with a quilt, pictures and a dresser. Our bedroom also had a window that opened but we opted for the air conditioner as it was the only place that we stayed in Spain where the air conditioner actually worked and cooled the space.
There is a separate air conditioner to service the kitchen and sitting room and it works well (with a remote).
The kitchen had a small frig, two burner stove, microwave, sink, cooking and eating utensils and dishes. There were dishwashing soap and sponges under the sink, but no paper towels, napkins, place mats or dish towels ( you have to use a bath towel to dry dishes and buy some paper towels). All of the appliances worked well. We cooked dinner on the night we were there and had no problems. The kitchen also had a window that opened to the outside.
The sitting room had a couch, coffee table, a small side table with chairs, a window which opened to outside and a sideboard with the t.v. There were English, German, French and Spanish channels.
There was WIFI here, but the signal was weak. Still, you should be able to get something depending on your device.
The apartment was clean, bright and spacious compared to most of the places we stayed in Spain. It was quiet and peaceful - no loud music, roaring engines or late night partying going on.
The streets to access the apartment complex were typical for the White Villages and are very narrow and/or one way so be careful if driving a car.
We were given vouchers for breakfast at a local bar. The breakfast consisted of toast with butter and jam and coffee. It was available at 8:00 A.M. and allowed us to leave town early enough to beat the heat of the next day’s ride. The coffee was great and the owners seemed eager to please us (no English spoken here).
If you would like to do laundry, ask the front desk personnel. They showed us the laundry room and explained how to use the machines. The laundry room was on our floor and there was a small balcony with clothes lines to hang out wet clothes or there is a dryer in the laundry room (a waste in Ardales if the sun is out!). There was soap in the laundry room and there was no extra charge for laundry.
We easily walked to the central square. It is hard to spot many of the businesses, so look closely as you walk the streets. Many have hidden doorways to keep out the heat, but they are actually open. Most are closed from about 2:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M. but reopen when the weather starts to cool down.
The night we arrived, Lola directed us to a local grocery store (one of several places to buy grocery supplies nearby). We were able to buy fresh chicken, fruits and vegetables, drinks, and cooking supplies there. Bring your own bags or pay a bag fee. The market claimed to take visa, but the visa machine didn’t work, so carry cash.
There was also a fruit and vegetable market, just across and down the street from the grocery store. Along the same main street, in the opposite direction, were a meat market, a fish market, and several bars and restaurants within walking distance.
If you are looking for a place that sells sweets and cookies, the Apartamentos reception staff can direct you as it is very close but typical of Spain, not easily identifiable from the outside.
You can buy wine in a box (much better than the wine from the grocery store) and beer, at the gas station. We also bought bread since it looked better than the bread at the grocery store. Everything at the gas station was inexpensive and much better than the same items we found available at the grocery store.
The reception staff at the Apartamentos Ardales was the most service-oriented we experienced in Spain. They were eager to provide information about all there is to see around Ardales, and patience with poor Spanish! This is a great place to stop and stay for a while if you are planning day trips around Ardales.
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