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Hotel Alavera de los Banos
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Reviewed July 29, 2012

I agree with the reviewer who said that good reviews on TA raises expectations quite high, and with that in mind, Alavera de Los Banos was not quite what we expected. It is a very small hotel, more like a guest house, with a very nice Moroccan vibe to the decor and is situated a little out of the main town area bang next to the Arab Baths. It has limited parking. If you are driving, ask for directions from town, as it is a bit difficult to find with the GPS alone.
The rooms are small. We were 3 of us (one teenage son) and we got a double room with a folding cot! Luckily my son is a no-fuss sort. The space is tiny, with just enough place for your bags. There is no tea/coffeemaker in the rooms, but you can order drinks in the lounge and pay for it. The beds are quite firm, which we don't mind, but may not suit those wanting super soft beds. Also, there is no aircon in the rooms. I thought we would have a tough time this being summer, but it all worked out fine and we were quite comfortable. The fan was enough despite the heat of July, and the room was quite cool. The wifi is weak, and you need to go to the lounge area to access it.
I agree with the reviewer who spoke of a smell of damp - we were on the ground floor and the room overlooked the road. The attached bathroom is fine, a good size with fresh towels and decent toiletries, shower and bidet. The lounge is like being in someone's living room, with a selection of books, board games and comfy sofas. Nice. The pool is very small but fine if you want just a dip or sunbathe and not do laps.
Owners Christian and Miriam are always around to help and assist, and at night you can help yourself to drinks from the bar and sign a chit for it - the honesty bar system, which worked fine. There's tea/coffee, wines, some spirits and brandy at the bar. There is no restaurant in the hotel, so you have to step out to eat. Breakfast, which is included in the room rate, is nice, just enough but not anything special. Juice, tea/coffee, bread, some slices of fruit, cheese and ham - no cooked food. But more than enough to start the day with. The breakfast is served in the terrace garden - very pretty with a little fountain. This is the best part of the hotel. Quiet and peaceful, overlooking a stable which had a mare and her foal among the horses in the paddock. Very nice!
The walk up the cobblestone path from the hotel into town is certainly do-able, unless you have health or fitness issues. My husband and son who are very fit, would run up and down in minutes. I didn't find it too difficult either, and we would do it at least twice a day.
Ronda is a lovely, quaint town with character, and our 3 nights there were lovely. Great eateries (try De Locos Tapas - brilliant tapas at ridiculously cheap prices a bit of a walk away - we went twice because we liked the food and the owner-chef, Guillermo, so much) and Traga Tapas (a little pricier/fancier) in the more touristy part of town, just off the Parador plaza. Also, we had a lovely dinner at Casa Santa Pola, which has a terrace overlooking the gorge - stunning view and good food, a bit pricier.
Overall, Alavera was nice, simple and efficiently run. Comfortable but not luxurious. Do scale down your expectations if you are planning to stay here, and you end up happy - this is no 5 star hotel, more like staying in someone's home. The owners are friendly and helpful. If you're looking for luxury, pick the Parador.

Room Tip: The inward facing rooms have a small sit out/terrace overlooking the small garden which is very pretty and peaceful. They are also quieter.
  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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1  Thank ruma02
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Reviewed July 26, 2012

Nice little stay in the nook of Ronda. At the base of the hill in the old quarter, it's a charming place. The host Christian is very attentive to your needs. We had a room without the terrace and found it pleasant still. The views from the gardens are lovely of the countryside.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Beaner3747
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Reviewed July 24, 2012

We stayed in Alavera de Los Banos during our road trip around the area. Our satnav was unable to accept ‘Calle San Miguel’ as the destination, where the hotel was located. We called the hotel and were directed to put ‘Calle Real’ on our satnav instead, which finally led us to signs with directions the hotel. There is free parking on the compound of the hotel itself, which was very convenient for us.

The hotel is located in a rather secluded area, away from the town centre. As mentioned by other reviewers before us, there is a steep hill to climb and many alleys to walk before you reach the town centre. This was fine with us as we wanted to explore and discover the area as much as possible for the limited time we were there and this route offered us plenty to see.
Our room (No. 7) is on the 1st floor, facing the road. It is small in size but tastefully decorated. There is no air-conditioner in the room, only a ceiling fan, which was no problem for us but might be for some people who cannot tolerate the afternoon heat. We had trouble sleeping at night because of the noise of traffic and passerby from right below our window. Sufficient toiletries were provided in the bathroom (small, with shower, sink & toilet) but nothing luxurious.

The common area of the hotel is very charming and tastefully decorated. There is a small pool at the garden of the hotel and a beautiful garden where breakfast is served. The garden overlooks an open field with amazing view of hills afar and horses nearby. The breakfast was a little disappointing for us, though, as we find the spread to be small and limited. For the same price which we have paid for room and breakfast in the same region, we have had bigger rooms with better facilities and a more varied and fulfilling breakfast.

Be that as it may, this is still a charming hotel in a very beautiful part of Ronda, but it is only getting a 3 out of 5 rating from us due to the value we got from the price we paid for.

Room Tip: Get a room which is not facing the street below if you want to get some good sleep.
  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Hannisze
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Reviewed July 21, 2012

We stayed in Hotel Alavera de los Baños recently during a two week trip in Spain and found the accommodations delightful and relaxing. As others have mentioned, the room, and especially the bathroom, were not large, but both were well-designed and decorated. We had a nice terrace just outside our room. The common areas of the hotel were lovely and so were the gardens and the terrace where a nice breakfast was served. Christian is a helpful and friendly host and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay here.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank sglehn
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Reviewed July 15, 2012

My family of three stayed in Ronda/Hotel Alavera de los Banos for four days this past June during a two week trip in Spain--Madrid and the south, using the Renfe train system. We loved our stay in Ronda--see review for Traga Tapas. We felt so welcomed by Christian and wife, who helped us get a taxi to the Cueva de Pileta--not to be missed if you are interested in Paleolithic and Neolithic history/art, Anyway, the Hotel de los Banos is on the outskirts of town, necessitating a steep walk up a stone staircase to get to town; we lik not being right in town as we had just come from Granada. The breakfast was incredible and relaxing, served to individual groups at small tables in their garden overlooking horse pastures.They remembered that we didn't eat meat, I like tea and our daughter likes hot chocolate. The pool and gardens were small but impeccable. Our room was on the ground floor with a large en-suite bathroom. There was no A/C but the ceiling fan was fine. The public spaces had wonderful places to sit, relax and read books. We really like the gentle, non obtrusive atmosphere of the hotel. Our 12 year old said that this was her favorite hotel the whole trip and wants to go back sometime in the future. I recommend this hotel for people who can walk a steep hill and want something more personal than a "cookie-cutter" corporate hotel.

Room Tip: Make sure that your room has a ceiling fan
  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with family
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Thank jojaSanDiego_CA
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