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Front Terrace with views of the Moorish Castle
Moorish Castle at night
Views from the front terrace at dusk
Back Terrace with views of the town and mountians
The sitting room
Kitchen
Building Facade
Foyer
The main bedroom
Views of the castle and town
El Chorro Lakes
El Chorro Lakes at dusk
The whitewashed town of Alora
El Chorro - the climbers' paradise
El Chorro's gorge
Fishing in El Chorro
Alora Town Square
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2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 4
Alora, Province of Malaga, Andalucia

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40 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Fabulous”
Reviewed October 6, 2013 for a stay in September 2013

Everything about our stay was fabulous. Booking was straightforward and Helen and Steve responded promptly to all of our queries. We did not want to hire a car so arranged for Helen and Steve to collect us from the airport. We were collected at arrivals and taken on a quick drive around the town before they took us up to the big Mercadona to do a shop. At the apartment, they had also left a really generous welcome pack, which we had been able to choose ourselves before arrival.

The apartment itself is fantastic. It had everything we needed for our stay and the views are stunning – we never tired of looking out across at the surrounding hills. Having the lift go straight into the apartment was a fabulous novelty!

Alora is a great town – very Spanish and the locals are friendly and put up with our limited and somewhat suspect grasp of the language. We did not miss having a car because, although some of the streets are very steep, everything within Alora is within walking distance.

Helen and Steve collected us again at the end of our stay and took us back to the airport. They were great hosts – not intrusive but helpful and willing to give advice when we bumped into them in the town.

We aim to re-book for next year.

Date of stay: September 2013
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Liked best: The views and location
Liked least: That we had to come home!
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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York, UK
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33 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Very high standards.”
Reviewed June 24, 2013 for a stay in June 2013
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Previous reviews compliment Helen and Steve on their high standards. I would confirm that nothing is exaggerated. We were met at the car park, suit cases transferred to their car and we were then given a tour of the town, identifying where the supermarkets, tapas bars and restaurants were, before taking us to the apartment itself. The apartment is exactly as described and is clean, well presented and with all facilities needed. It is located within a very easy few minutes walk to the centre of town and the free car park where we left the car. It is probably easier to park there than to attempt the very narrow streets and the one way system. The welcome pack is personally selected from a list provided in advance and as far as content is concerned is above the average. At the end of the holiday Helen and Steve once again collected us in their car and drove us back, with suit cases, to the car park.
Alora is not a touristy town, but you do get a sense of a truly Spanish way of life. It's location is ideal for visiting the likes of Ronda and El Chorro and we tagged on an overnight stay in Granada which only took 1 hour 40 minutes to get there and 1 hour 30 minutes to get back from Granada to Malaga airport. All in all a very pleasant chill out week and only enhanced by the quality of the apartment and the personal service provided by Helen and Steve.

Date of stay: June 2013
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Liked best: Service from Helen and Steve
Liked least: Restaurants and tapas bars not all open every night
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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uknikita
uk
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13 reviews
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“Lovely stay, highly recommended”
Reviewed June 29, 2012 for a stay in June 2012

we really enjoyed our week stay at Alora, lovely appartment, all facilities, beautiful views. Lots to see in the local area. Excellent train services, but would recommend you hire a car to visit the Lakes at El Chorro, and generally explore off the beeaten track. Great hosts in Helen and Steve, they guided us about the local area, which was very useful. This his a holiday where you can go 'out of season' in the cooler months and really explore all that Andalucia has to offer, climbing, biking walking, kayaking etc, or just chill out and enjoy the slower pace of a traditional unspoilt Spanish town.

Date of stay: June 2012
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Traveling group: With Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Norwich, United Kingdom
Reviewed May 8, 2012 for a stay in April 2012

Date of stay: April 2012
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Liked best: The many personal touches
Liked least: Nothing at all
Traveling group: With Spouse/Partner
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Honiton, United Kingdom
Reviewed January 26, 2012 for a stay in December 2011

Date of stay: December 2011
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Liked best: Large terrace to spread out, sunbathe, eat out.
Liked least: My own lack of Spanish because the people are lovely.
Traveling group: With Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Management Response
Feb 1, 2012
It was lovely seeing you both again. We really got to know you well from your previous visits (twice at the penthouse and the other time at the villa) and so while we were preparing for your arrival we felt like it's family or old friends coming to visit. We believe that this is some of the perks of our job, getting to know lovely people. Hope to see you soon.
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Carlisle, United Kingdom
Reviewed September 25, 2011 for a stay in August 2011

Date of stay: August 2011
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Liked best: Facilities and location of the property
Liked least: Black bathroom towels (hardly a deal breaker!)
Traveling group: With Spouse/Partner
Your age range 50-64
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ANNETTE05...
Southampton, United Kingdom
1 review
“5 star accommodation”
Reviewed August 2, 2011 for a stay in July 2011

If you'd like a taste of the real Spain in excellent accommodation look no further than this penthouse. Everything you require is provided plus the owners live nearby which can be a real bonus should assistance be required, they also deserve 5 stars without a doubt.

This was our second visit, first by ourselves then as a group of four adults which makes the penthouse extremely good value. We did not bother with a car because Alora centre is on the doorstep with a punctual train service or reasonable taxi hire.
All in all great apartment, great views and great hosts
A & B in Romsey UK

Date of stay: July 2011
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Traveling group: With Friends
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