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Almohalla 51
Ranked #1 of 6 Archidona B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed March 9, 2013

Almohalla is a stylish and comfortable boutique guest house in the small town of Archidona.  A perfect base to explore Andalucia and the stunning towns and cities like Granada, Cordoba, Seville, Ronda and Malaga.  What makes Almohalla special is its setting, the calm, relaxing and stylish decor, and its friendly and caring owners David and Myles. They are excellent hosts; welcoming, attentive and helpful. They are respectful of your choices and holiday decisions, but take their recommendations where you can as they know their stuff. Breakfasts include fresh fruit, delicious homemade jams made from figs or pears as well as cooked dishes (eggs, wild mushrooms, chorizo etc).  You are never rushed and breakfast times are generously offered till 10.30am. They will also cook a lovely evening meal with wine if you don't want to eat out after a day of exploring, along with an honesty bar to enjoy at the fireside in winter and by the plunge pool on warmer evenings. The attention to detail and guest comfort is excellent and we are looking forward to another visit - swapping the armchairs by the toasty wood burner for a lounger on the terrace.  

Room Tip: We stayed in room 3, bathroom downstairs, bedroom upstairs. Very quiet, lovely views over roof tops.
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  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 7, 2013

Almohalla 51 is an exquisite guesthouse in the small Andalucían town of Archidona, off the Malaga tourist trail and a world away from the tower blocks of the Costa del Sol (even though that's less than an hour away if you feel the urge!)

The owners, Myles and David are the perfect hosts; attentive, discreet and unfailingly helpful - arranging day trips (such as to Granada or Seville), suggesting the best local restaurants and generally making guests feel welcome and looked after over and above the norm. Bedrooms feature immaculate linen, iPod docks and generous bathrooms. Breakfast comes with a plentiful supply of fresh fruit, local olive oil, cheese and delicious fig jam. After sunning yourself in the town's main square you can return to base camp and continue soaking up the rays by the pool. But if it's chilly, the fire is always going and there's a stack of magazines, books and DVDs in the snug. Tea and coffee is available on tap and if you're lucky, still-warm-from-the-oven lemon cake in the afternoon. Later, the honesty bar is there if you fancy an aperitif.

Like the recent crop of boutique hotels and b&bs, Almolla 51 is stylish, mixing antiques with contemporary furnishings, intimate and restful but what sets it apart really is the thoughtful and charming owners. It's hard to recommend this place highly enough

Room Tip: There are only 5 so get in there early!
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  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed February 17, 2013

This lovingly restored and beautifully furnished guesthouse is a real gem. It's located in a small village, slightly off the beaten tourist track, but perfectly located between the main attractions of Grenada, Cordoba and Seville. Miles and David are respectful and attentive hosts, on hand to help with any aspect of your stay, but also happy to retreat and leave you to curl up by the roaring fire (toasty in the winter) or soak up rays on the terrace (warm enough, even in December). The home cooked breakfasts were superb and the local eateries perfect for afternoon tapas with a glass of wine and there's enough local choice to mean you may never feel the need to head further afield. We'll definitely be going back.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 25, 2013

I have just returned from a wonderful 5-night stay with David Matthews and Myles Rainford in their beautiful guest house/boutique hotel. I was visiting Andalucia on a kind of business trip. Archidona and Almohalla were my base for visits to other towns in the area. I also had a lot of work to do on my laptop in between. I couldn't have asked for a calmer environment, in which to wind down from my visits and to sit undisturbed, as I tapped away. David and Myles were brilliant. There, when I needed them (and I often did), but discretely inconspicuous, when I didn't. There was none of that "in your face" hospitality that small guest houses can often be guilty of. Frequently exhausted at the ends of my days, I only once had the energy to venture into town for my evening meal. Otherwise I ate "at home", which meant a delicious, varied, home-cooked 3-course meal every night - with wine included - and €20! On my last night I was even asked what I would like to eat, meat or fish? When told fish, I was asked what kind? Is that service or is that service? So that night it was cod steamed in honey and garlic. Yum (as the heroine of Julie and Julia exclaims)! Even one night, when I informed them at the very last minute that I would like to eat there, they managed to magic me up a pizza and goat's cheese salad. One can too easily forget the total meaning of the word "accommodation". It usually smacks of star-ratings, a bedside kettle, views and toilet facilities. But if one focuses for a moment on the other senses of the verb ("to provide with something desired, needed, or suited" and "to give consideration to") then Almohalla 51 is a perfect example of great "accommodation". So ditto all the other fantastic and well-deserved reviews, which David and Myles have already received and good luck to them for the future.

Room Tip: There are only 5 rooms and they are all beautiful. And the hotel is in a very quiet street.
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  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed January 13, 2013

David and Myles not only have a beautiful hotel, but are outstanding hosts and attentive to every detail. What I especially loved was their willingness to share their story and the quirks of the two houses they merged into a small boutique hotel. It's also a great jumping off point to other larger cities in the region. The place oozes Andalusian charm, and the hospitality second to none.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed December 30, 2012

Our stay on Almohalla 51 was more than great. We was really good taken care of. Its like coming "home". The service was great, the food was homemade and delisious, and the rooms beautiful, delicate and comfortable. I am more than happy to recomand this superior hotell to everyone who wants a littlebit extra on they`re trip to Spain. Myles and David takes really good care of they`re guests in any way. We are really looking forward to come back again.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 24, 2012

The perfect location to visit most of the sights of eastern Andalucia. Myles and David are excellent hosts and have created an oasis for their guests. The hotel offers modern amenities but is authenthic in the styles of southern Spain. Excellent breakfasts were created each morning using the best of the produce from market day. Enjoy watching the sun set over the valley from the patio. Easy access to town center which boast of a most unique town plaza. You won't regret staying here.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Address: Calle Almohalla 51, 29300 Archidona, Spain
Location: Spain > Andalucia > Province of Malaga > Archidona
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 6 B&Bs / Inns in Archidona
Price Range: $103 - $128 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
At the crossroads of Andalucía, Almohalla 51 is a boutique guest house in the historic quarter of Archidona, just 45 minutes from Malaga and Granada. In an 18th century town house with views across town and the sierra beyond, there are communal sitting rooms with open fires, patios and a plunge pool. The individually-designed bedrooms combine traditional features with modern comforts. All rooms have an iPod docking station and Wifi is available throughout the house.Breakfasts are fresh and varied and we can provide packed lunches and a set dinner menu can sometimes be offered. Activities and day trips can be organised - from visits to Granada or Cordoba, horse riding, massages or self guided walks. Almohalla 51 is the stylish, informal and welcoming base for making the most if this amazing region. ... more   less 
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