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Hotel Cortijo de la Reina
Ranked #51 of 90 Hotels in Malaga
Devon, United Kingdom
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45 reviews
31 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“An alternative Costa experience worth returning for”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2011

We stayed for a couple of nights at this hotel in the hills above Malaga having come off a cruise. It was quiet, rustic and peaceful. The hotel rambles a bit but has bags of character and is a great antidote to the hustle and bustle of the coast.
The pool is great. Spectacular views over a national park, serene and a clean pool. The rooms were, fine, for the price.
We ate evening meals on the terrace which cost €19 a head for 3 courses and coffee. Not bad by comparison with some of the outrageous prices some of these restaurants charge on the Costa.
If you are looking for nightlife and excitement, this place is not for you. Its quite remote and you have to driver half an hour or so from Malaga to get there. But if you need to chill, its brilliant.

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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 23, 2011

The room was wonderful, like my grandmother´s house but much comfortable. Large comfy bed, beautiful antique furniture, even a fireplace, with windows to the countryside.
The hotel has plenty of cozy spots, both inside and outdoor, to rest, read, chat or enjoy the silence of the Natural Park surroundings. If you like hiking, the are a few easy trails for a walk, very appropriate for kids too.
Food is excellent, and very original.
We noticed there is also a swimming pool, so we might plan a weekend as soon as weather is hot (may-june).
The service was also very good. People willing to help you with anything and trying all the time to make your stay unforgetable.
Particularly good for kids. They enjoyed more than ourselves.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled with family
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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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265 reviews
72 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 185 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 14, 2011

This is a review only of the restaurant. On arrival, we found the place apparently deserted and for a while no-one came to direct us to the room for lunch. The main dining room appeared as if put into storage. We debated whether just to leave, and later regretted not doing so. We had starters which were OK. A main dish 'wok beef' was truly awful - a mixture of slimy oily peppers and some grey flaccid courgettes, with three tiny pieces of meat. When asked by the waiter if the food was all right, we told him 'no' and he brought a few more pieces of meat. It counts as probably the worst dish I have eaten in any restaurant - and it is not cheap ! The entire place seemed in need of a firm managerial hand - the pleasant grounds seemed neglected and taken over by weeds, and our route to the lavatories included a smashed wine glass which remained unattended throughout the time we were there.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled with friends
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spain
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 7, 2011

This hotel could be top notch, nice location, peace and quiet and interesting old cortijo style. However the place could do with a lick of paint.
The staff were very friendly adn helpful but how this hotel boasts 4 stars is beyond me. What has really pushed me to write the review was the dining experience. We found it to be very poor quality, badly prepared and tasteless. The menu offered actually had no choice. Having only 1 starter, 1 dessert and 4 mains is not really choice. We could have the asparagus soup to start.......or nothing.
I also had the pleasure of hearing the night´s football commentary blaring out from the kitchen, not exactly the most professional dining room around.
Would I go back to this hotel? If the kitchen was sorted out, probably yes, in fact I would even recommend it. Until then, I will only be returning with my sandwiches in my luggage.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
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yorkshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 1, 2009

Some of the other reviews are very outdated given our experience.
We arrived late having had a hell of a time finding the hotel but this added to our wonderful memories. The guardia Civil were very helpful putting us on the right road and coming across wild boar in the rd was quite a sight.
The receptionist vanessa was always very helpful and room was cleaned daily and very spacious. Eating in the hotel in the evening can be done for 15 euros for a 3 course set menu that we found to be excellent and the service is equally good from Salvador.
The poolside was quiet in the daytime and is perfect to relax taking in the scenery.
It takes about 40 mins to get down the mountain rd to town if you feel like venturig off. We would definitely go again and couldn't fault the place.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
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wirral/wendy
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 20, 2008

The hotel was quite hard to find but when we did we thought it was in a beautiful setting. Our room was a bit jaded but alright.
However,I found it very strange that we were not allowed to take our drinks outside of the courtyard to have at one of the many tables outside in the lovely gardens,which I would've assumed were there for that purpose. Actually felt as though we were a bit of a bother to the waiter by even asking for a drink or being there.
The food was probably the worst we have ever had and actually had to pay for,if this had not been charged for and paid in advance I would've objected to paying for the main course or desert..both were disgusting .I did complain at the time but no one cared.We thought breakfast could not be any worse but it actually was! There were no bowls for cereal and no staff around to ask for any.They were serving the green beans heated up from the night before and eggs like rubber.There was no bread to toast in fact nothing we could eat so we had a cup of coffee and left to get breakfast elsewhere before we fainted from hunger!
Thank goodness we only stayed for 1 night but what a shame.It is in such a beautiful setting and could be so nice but no proper management or customer service exists.

Stayed May 2008
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Derbyshire
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37 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 23, 2008

We were given a beautiful room on arrival but floor sealing of the room below filled our room with fumes. We were given a replacement room in the 'annex' - very cold and felt as if it hadn't been used for months. The hotel advertises open fires throughout - not much use when they are not lit!

Biggest disappointment was the food. Dinner looked great on the menu but was without doubt the worst meal we have had in 40 years travelling to Spain. At breakfast the following morning there was no bread to toast, no bowls for cereal, no milk for the coffee.....and no staff in the half hour we sat there.

Could be a wonderful place but needs some better management - maybe they are just lasklustre in the winter months?

  • Liked — location
  • Disliked — lack of heat (February) and staff in hiding
  • Stayed February 2008, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Hotel Cortijo de la Reina

Property: Hotel Cortijo de la Reina
Address: Camino Colmenar Km 548.5, 29013 Malaga, Spain
Location: Spain > Andalucia > Province of Malaga > Costa del Sol > Malaga > Centro
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#16 Family Hotel in Malaga
#24 Luxury Hotel in Malaga
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Cortijo de la Reina 4*
Number of rooms: 36
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