We spent 2 nights here in "superior rooms" in the castle itself at the start of a tour of Andalusia and looking back on all the places we visited, this is the one we enjoyed the most. It's only a little over half an hour's drive from Gibraltar airport but another world once you arrive, as the hotel's hill-top location is in the middle of the beautiful "Alcornocales" national park. Our "room" turned out to be a suite of 2 living rooms, bedroom and bathroom, and on entering all eyes were drawn to the stunning view out over the valley and reservoir. The only negative was a persistent "stagnant water" odour in the bathroom, but for that view I'll forgive them this.
The other really great thing about the hotel is the pretty maze of lanes and cottages surrounding it. It's totally pedestrianised and we loved wandering round, taking in the sights and enjoying the peaceful ambience. Note that there is just 1 restaurant in the village, also owned by the hotel, so that's the only option for lunch and dinner. It offers a wide choice and served very generous portions of everything that we ordered. Food was hearty country fare - I'd certainly recommend the wild boar - and my only criticism is that some dishes were a bit oily.
Room for improvement - the hotel doesn't have any information about the locality. We asked about local walks, or at least a map, and none were offered. However the receptionist told us that if we turned left out of the hotel we'd come to a footpath that we could follow, and that turned out to be correct but I can't help feeling that given the spectacular location there must be other great walks that we missed out on.
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