We arrived at this hotel after a very long day of biking from Ardales to Ronda. The hotel is centrally located but difficult to find. The entrance is off a small alley which is closed to cars. There is also a street entrance but it is rarely used because there is no parking on the street. It took us at least a half hour to find the entrance even though we had detailed instructions so if you plan to stay here, schedule in some time to find the entrance!
We were exhausted and anxious to check in, take a shower and rest. The staff was friendly and checked us in quickly (we had a reservation).
The room was traditionally decorated with a double bed, a small frig (a welcome change from most places in Spain), air conditioning and a small bathroom. The air conditioning didn't work well, as with most places we stayed in Spain. The bed was comfortable and the room was clean. There were only two towels in the room, and the shower while having sufficient pressure was set up to spray water all over the bathroom because of the configuration of the shower door.
The restaurant opens for breakfast at 7 AM, which is a nice change for Spain (8 or 9 AM is the norm). The breakfast includes rolls, chocolate and plain croissants, toast, cereal, ham, cheese, yogurt and fruit. Milk, juice, coffee, cocoa, and tea are also available. The coffee was the worst we have had in Spain. The croissants were soggy, eat toast instead.
Once in awhile you have an experience at a restaurant or hotel that impacts how you view not only the business but the town or region. We had one such negative experience here and we will not be staying at this hotel again.
On the night before we left Ronda, we walked to the Renfe station (the high speed train) to buy tickets for the next day. We estimated it to be less than a kilometer from the hotel. On the morning of our departure, we inquired at the front desk about a ride to the Renfe and were told to find a taxi (parked outside the hotel). When we were unable to find one, the hotel staff called a taxi which arrived to pick us up. It was raining and we had luggage to bring.
In most towns we visited in Spain the taxis have meters. This particular taxi did not have a meter, and we were going such a short distance that we simply loaded our bags and asked the driver to take us to Renfe. When we arrived, I handed him a 10 euro note and he handed me 3 euros back. Before I could express my dismay (and shock) he had jumped in the car and left.
My husband and I were appalled that we would charge 7 euros for a less than 1 km ride to Renfe. We were warned several times by expats in Spain about the lack of accountability in the Spanish culture. While we assume that the hotel would take no responsibility for the taxi overcharging us, they did
in fact call that particular taxi company.
Given the proximity of the hotel to the Renfe, why doesn't the hotel have a shuttle service to keep customers from getting ripped off? Unfortunately, we were overcharged several times while we were in Ronda, the taxi to the Renfe being the most blatant example. Much of Ronda depends on the tourist trade and the local authorities need to crack down on businesses that rip off tourists.
There are many beautiful and more tourist friendly towns in Spain to visit than Ronda. If you must go and do need a taxi or plan to make a purchase for which no prices are posted be sure to ask up front what you will be charged. Don't make the same mistake we did. Better yet, skip Ronda all together. We didn't find it as genuine as other small towns, since it had a such a "touristy" flavor associated with its bullring and Roman ruins - its in all the guidebooks, and the locals take full advantage.
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