You couldn't ask to be in a better location, hidden up a charming alley off one of Marbella old town's main pedestrianised thoroughfares. The houses in the street are all bedecked with geraniums and it is mostly very quiet at night.
The seven bedrooms are all calm and relaxing, with lots of natural fabrics, 100 per cent cotton sheets, white lace bedspreads, and everything has an ecological bent, including all the products, which come from green firm La Chinata. Number five is probably the most romantic, while room two is the most popular for its size. There are overhead fans in all the rooms and esparto blinds keeping out the sun in the heat of summer. I particularly liked the superb family suite, which can sleep four and has a great top floor roof terrace looking over the rooftops of the old town.
You walk in to a fabulously light and inspiring lobby with colourful tiles on the floor and a series of original paintings – most by the owner – that are inspired by the sea and nearby beaches. There is a charming mix of good quality olive wood furniture, Paloma's grandmother's sewing table, Indian, Mexican and Moroccan fabrics. WiFi is available throughout the hotel, and there's a guest computer in the sitting room.
Eating and drinking
Only breakfast is on offer in the charming dining room, at six euros a go. It is very good, with warm rolls, croissants and fresh homemade jams.
Extremely friendly and helpful service from the boss Paloma.
Who stays there
A mix of well informed ex-patriates and tourists (many French), who understand the quality-value for money equation.
For the quality of accomodation and attention to detail, the hotel offers exceptional value, particularly outside high season.
- High-Speed Internet
- Pets Allowed
- Culture vultures
- Families with younger children
- Mature travellers
- Seasoned travellers
- Chilling out
Pros & Cons
- Excellent value
- Relaxing decor
- Some rooms might be a tiny bit noisy in the heart of summer