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.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Finca Eslava Hotel