I stayed in Hostal El Gallo for the first time on a solo trip to Marbella in order to try and gain some experience in speaking the language. Initially when I booked to stay in El Gallo I wanted a cheap and cheerful accommodation just to put my head down in at night but I was thrilled when I arrived and noticed how lovely the place actually was having paid a very reasonable price. When I arrived the owner was waiting for me and showed me to my room. My initial impression of El Gallo was that it was warm, cosy and kept in a flawless condition. The owner was very welcoming and spoke proficiently in Spanish and English so communication was no issue. The room I stayed in consisted of a large area with a double bed, TV and chair that I was able to move out onto the balcony that provided a beautiful view down the street. Each room also has it's own ensuite bathroom facilities that are tidied each day by the staff and maintained in a pristine condition. Towels were replaced daily and soap and shampoo was also provided. The room had a very good air conditioning unit that was absolutely essential in the 34 degree heat. To my surprise, as I hadn't read the smaller print, the room also came with free Wi-Fi! This was very fast and when I ran a speedtest I was running at 12mb download speeds. Certainly not what I expected considering the price I paid. The location of the hotel, in the heart of the Old Town was absolutely perfect for anyone who loves Spanish culture, or who wants to see a Spanish side of Spain rather than the typical English tourism orientated areas.
After venturing out on the first evening to find dinner, I realised that it wasn't going to be cheap to eat in the Old Town. However after giving Restaurant El Gallo downstairs a chance on the second day, I continued eating there for the remainder of my stay. The food is lovely and all for amazingly affordable prices. Both breakfast (which was very very cheap) and dinner was delicious with a huge range of both traditionally Spanish, and more English alternatives to choose from. Most of the customers were Spanish so there was no fear of typical English yobs typically associated with 'touristy' areas of Andalucía. The restaurant is maintained attentively by the family that own the place and I would strongly recommend using it even if only the once.
In all, I will most certainly be returning to El Gallo when I visit next year, this time I will take my family. 10/10 on all areas.
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