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Hotel Finca Eslava
Ranked #3 of 15 Hotels in Antequera
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Kranj, Slovenia
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“A beautiful hotel, but ...”
Reviewed July 11, 2010

Located just outside the town of Antequera in not the most attractive surroundings, this hotel is nevertheless one of the loveliest I have ever stayed in. You enter through a decoratively cobbled, covered courtyard, complete with fountain and plants and the rooms radiate up and around this. Great attention has been given to the decor and furnishings, all of which are top quality and in a lush Spanish style. From the huge still life paintings adorning the walls, to the high quality tiling in the bathroom there was much to admire here. On a more practical note the hotel and rooms had all the facilities one would expect from a 4 star establishment and more.

There is a large a la carte restaurant where the food is good and not too pricey and they have a great selection of wines. There is a pleasant outside eating area for the summer and a very attractive bar inside, more like a local taverna than a hotel bar, in which one could eat or spend the evening drinking when the weather is poor.

Across the car park is a large indoor swimming pool and a smaller outside one with a pleasant grassed area for sunbathing. There is also a sauna and very welcome massage pool.

There always has to be a fly, or in this case two, in the ointment. Firstly the breakfast was the worst I had in a month's travelling around Spain. Leathery bacon, cold eggs and sweating salami and cheese were presided over by a waitress who looked as it she resented getting up in the mornings. To add insult to injury this breakfast was not included in the room price (an extra 8 euros) and because of the location of the hotel you are really stuck if you opt not to have it. Secondly the staff, although courteous and mostly helpful were not friendly. The occasional smile would have been most welcome.
Maybe we were unlucky.

By the end of our three day stay the attitude of the staff had taken some of the shine off what remains a very beautiful hotel.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 19, 2010

it is VITAL that you put the map coordinates in the sat nav, as the address given is the equivalent of "the road to london." so isn't recognised by most sat navs.. that saying when we got lost the patron drove to find us at 11.30 pm!

i must admit that my first sight of the hotel was a disappointment as i'd thought from the photos it was surrounded by gardens. however to be fair we were not bothered by noise from the road at all( the hotel is set back, with the road only at the front- and although it looks like a major trunk road it doesn't seem to get much traffic).

The longer we stayed(2 nights initially and then went back for 2 more) the more charmed we were by the staff and the hotel. the inner courtyard with fountain is a very relaxing space and has large squishy sofas around it making it a perfect place to read or surf the internet.

breakfast was staffed by pepe(fridays) and eva the rest of the week. trying a few words of spanish definitely helps and we were impressed by the range jamon,chorizo,salami, fresh tomato purree, mollete(THE BREAKFAST ROLL of the area),pastries, fruit(sliced and whole\)cheese, yoghurt, eggs(boiled,fried,omlette) toast, fruit juice, tea, coffee, hot chocolate and the lovely eva produced expresso and capuccino for my husband on a quiet morning.

As we were intending to have a quiet break we opted to spend our first morning at the spa. It is fairer to say that this is a full on sports centre at the end of the hotel garden- or across the carpark. This means that everything is full size and in the case of the jacuzzi -gigantic. so there is a large swimming pool(25 or 30 metres), a fully equipped gym with 2 rooms of equipment from static bikes, weight machines, treadmills etc.changing rooms, and the jewel in the crown the spa.

the spa is in an adjoining annex and comprises a jacuzzi which is probably 20 foot by 30 foot and which has stations all around its perimeter where the bubbles massage particular muscles(feet,ankles,knees,thighs to name but 4),a cold plunge pool, a turkish steam room, a sauna and 2 wonderful electrically heated wooden recliners -all under a blue cloud painted ceiling. outside is a smaller pool surrounded by a small terrace with loungers and a small grassed area.

use of the gym and spa is included in room hire - a real bargain. also included was free wi fi another big plus.

we ate at the hotel one lunch time and had a delicious meal of local dishes (75 euros total )suggested by alberto with a good local wine and the following evening we ate the set meal which was fine for the starter and pudding but the main was rather ordinary. (18 euros each for 3 courses i think). we later discovered that there was a set lunch menu which we hadn't been offered - bit naughty- though in reality the lunch we ate was much nicer. several days later the bar made us some warm mollete stuffed with jamon,cheese olive oil and tomato pulp which with beer was another great lunch (7 euros each - i think)

antequera itself was delightful, and following emilio's advice (the night porter) we saw the dolmen caves( takes only 10 mins so dont miss them, longer if you watch dvd too), drove round antequera on the tourist trainbus - great value, ticket lasts 24 hours and the lovely antonio lets you jump on and off dashing in and out of the sights whilst he double parks(we parked for free at the dolmen caves and took the bus from there being delivered back 2 hours later -but be careful as car park is locked at 6pm. so if you'll be later than that park in the splay outside the centre gates), and having been told off by emilio for even thinking of missing it we drove off to el torcal national park on our way home. what an extraordinary landscape of limestone pavement and rock sculptures. would be a great place to picnic - if you're allowed food up there. green walk really did only take 45 mins.

our rooms were kept incredibly clean, beds were comfortable, towels good quality, not much furniture in the room but when we asked for a chair one was found very quickly.

we left to travel to granada and to see the alhambra.

But when the ash cloud closed malaga airport we re hired the car and drove back to eslava for another 2 nights. this time not getting lost and it only took 54 minutes.

i would definitely go back - indeed we already have!

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 24, 2010

Like some others we took this option to be central to Cordoba, Alhambra and Malaga. Thsi worked out well since each was within a few hours drive. The Finca itself is situated outside the town which is an easy drive for dinner etc. We found the breakfast buffet excellent with Jamon, local Queso and fruits with bread and coffee. The restaurant was also good with a well priced local wine list on which the staff will provide ready advice. The rooms are clean, free internet and good TV en Espanol. it was perfect for us and very well priced. We would repeat

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 13, 2009

We stayed here as an alternative to malaga as we wanted to visit Grenada, Seville and Cordoba and we therefore decided Antequera was more centrallised.

We recieved an excellent deal through ebookers

We stayed in a deluxe double.

Nice hotel, rooms were spotless and cleaned to the same standard every day, free internet but tv limited to spanish channels.

Breakfast rather steep (8euros each) and rather uninspired. Waitress covering breaksfast really needs a lesson in customer liason. Restaurant was nice and priced similiar to other restaurants but in hindsight portions were noticiably smaller.

I would definately recomend but do advise you to take your own entertainment

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 11, 2009

We stayed here on the way back from Seville to Malaga. Unfortunately, we only stayed here for one night but would have liked to have stayed longer. Our room was very clean with great staff and bar. Well worth the money.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 23, 2009

We arrived at night and found the hotel easily from the internet directions after our Sat Nav could not find it. We ate in the restaurant which was really nice, the waiters didn't speak much english and we don't speak much Spanish but did not find this a problem. The room and bathroom were exceptionally clean and tidy. There is plenty of parking spaces some undercover also which is one of the reasons we booked it. The reception area is a lovely spanish courtyard which was so much nicer than the standard hotels with no character. We would definitely stay here again without a doubt. My only one concern was the window which was small and had secure bars on, there wasn't an escape window, but having children we always point out the escape routes to them anyway.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled as a couple
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American Abroad
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Reviewed July 2, 2007

Fabulous oasis after day of driving mountainous roads and exploring small places!! Great room - and nicely appointed!
Staff is fabulous- especially the dining room! Helped us select delicious local specialities - and good wine.

They act like they are really Glad to receive you - and do their best to make you comfortable!

After reading other reviews and looking at hotel website- we selected the special offer for couples- and were perfectly delighted!

If you are living in Spain - use this as a great "get-away". If you are just driving thru Andalusia, use this as a nice stop between larger cities- and a place to really relax - without having to worry about going out for dinner- you can totally rest!

Plenty of parking - including some covered places to keep car cooler.

  • Liked — Friendliness- comfort - and good service
  • Disliked — encroaching industrial areas - make surrounding views not so attractive now
  • Stayed June 2007, traveled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Finca Eslava
Address: Ctra. A-7281 Km. 4, 29200, Antequera, Spain
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Location: Spain > Andalucia > Province of Malaga > Costa del Sol > Antequera
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #3 of 15 Hotels in Antequera
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 30
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Hotel Finca Eslava is a beautiful 4 star hotel right on the edge of the large town of Antequera, one of the loveliest and most interesting towns in "The Real" Andalucia.You get everything you’d expect from a hotel – and more – at Hotel Finca Eslava; from beautiful rooms, fabulous food and idyllic grounds to an incredible indoor swimming pool, fully-equipped gym and luxurious spa!Since December 2007, Hotel Finca Eslava has also been home to RFH Fitness, who provide fantastic fitness and weight-loss holidays for all ages and levels of fitness. ... more   less 
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