We booked Al Lago as a central part of a special holiday to celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary and because it advertised itself as a boutique hotel with tasting menu.
On arrival we were met at reception by a friendly member of staff and an anniversary card, but for the 4 days we stayed, that was the extent of the hospitality apart from ola at breakfast. We passed by reception on numerous occasions when the owner was there and got no recognition what so ever.
The description of boutique is stretched as whilst the room was pleasant it was not special. The rooms were also very noisy from the extractor fans in the adjacent rooms, which was not idea when the neighbour was showering at 11pm.In essence the accommodation was 4 rooms off a corridor. It was also let down by the outdoor space for relaxing which was a small terrace with only 1 sunbed.
We reserved a table for the tasting menu but were told it would be better to book on a night the chef was in the kitchen. By then having found the excellent eating places in the main village square at a quarter of the price we decided not to frequent the hotel restaurant.
Unfortunately while we were there we witnessed a fellow guest who found insects/weavils in the cereal at breakfast, we felt she was very gracious considering the situation.
Whilst we heard good reports about the restaurant which we cannot confirm, we felt this was more a restaurant with rooms, rather than a boutique hotel.
The hotels description of Zahara however is very accurate, a beautiful typical Pueblo, which we found delightful and would definitely revisit.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A small family run hotel with spectacular views of Zahara´s lake. We have a well known restaurant open for lunch and dinner, serving local produce (some from our farm). The cuisine is rustic with innovative touches featuring local specialities such as wild boar, pork cheeks, paellas and in summer a wide array of fish. We also have vegetarian and vegan options, daily specials, home made desserts and an extensive wine cellar featuring many local bodegas.In addition Al lago has as a bar serving drinks, tapas and baked goods all day long. Breakfast is a buffet of fresh fruit salads, cereals, yoghurts, fresh juice, cold cuts and patés, boiled eggs, Andalucian tomato puree, breads and hot beverages.All our spacious, thoughtfully decorated en-suite double bedrooms have their own balcony with wrought iron doors, large beds, flat-screen satellite TV, built in wardrobes and rain showers. There is wifi in public areas and guests can use the hotel computer if need be. Al Lago has free on road parking and access is by recently asphalted road. We are surrounded by fabulous walking country with the Garganta Verde and many other hikes on our doorstep. Located on the edge of a typical white village/pueblo blanco into which you can wander and enjoy local bars and shops. A paradise for walkers, birders, cyclists, foodies, botanists, painters and horse riding enthusiasts. The architectural wonder of Ronda is half an hour away and other lovely white villages close by. Roman ruins, oilve oil mills and wine bodegas can be visited in the area also. For swimming the playita (spring fed mini lake) and local pool are open from mid June until Mid September. ... more less
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