I stayed here for four nights in Sep 2011, and couldn't fault the hotel in any way - spectacular location, friendly and personal service, god quality food at a range of reasonable prices, great pool especially if, like me, you prefer to do some lengths-swimming and even the view whilst swimming was stunning.
The room was a 'duplex' with bedroom and bathroom upstairs, and kitchenette/sitting area downstairs. If you like quirky, you'll love this - exposed stone around the breakfast bar, bright colourful tiles around the kitchen, a quaint spiral staircase (admittedly very narrow but that added to its charm) that led up to the bedroom in the eaves and a bathroom almost modelled on a cave and full of character. Throw open the shutters of your room for a breathtaking view of the gorge each morning!
I got there from Malaga airport by train to Alora where I got on a minibus that seemed to be waiting at the station to pick up anyone and everyone to take them the 3km into Alora and conveniently it continued on to El Chorro. Very straightforward. There is a train from Alora to El Chorro but it only runs once away about 7pm, but the station is right opposite La Garganta.
There's nothing much in El Chorro apart from a little shop (ideal for a jar of Nescafé, bottles of water and the odd bottle of wine), the station, a campsite and a bar. But it was so beautiful and peaceful, you can totaly chill out. There were lovely walks either along towards El Camino del Rey or up the mountain through the pine trees. A car is needed really so that you can get to the lakes about 6km away. Althought the hotel hires out mountain bikes (about 25euros a day), think twice before tackling the ride to the lakes as it's seriously uphill!
Would definitely recommend this hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our resort is located in one of the most impressive places in Malaga - el desfiladero de los Gaitanes (Gaitanes Gorge). The resort has been built over an old wheat flour factory from early Twentieth century. Restoration works began back in 1978, and the resort is still undergoing development in order to meet our clients' demands. We have 27 rooms, with a maximum capacity for 76 people, that accommodate 2 to 5 guests each. Two of them have junior suites. Traditional and new materials fuse in harmony to create a modern and innovate design. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- La Garganta Alora