Located just off the A7 motorway in the foothills of the Almijara Natural Park. By car, it is just five minutes into Nerja and five minutes to Frigiliana.
The 22 bedrooms (just one suite) are very simple and have few frills aside from a TV and air-conditioning unit. They are quiet-ish, but expect a distant traffic hum. Most have outdoor terraces with a wicker table and chairs.
You arrive to be met with a big olive press from which the hotel gets its name and you enter into a big, airy open-plan dining area and separate lounge off to the side. It is rustic in style, kind of like a typically Spanish country house, and it has a nice holiday feel.
Eating and drinking
The restaurant stands alone in its own right and is busy throughout the week. It's considered one of the best in the area and there is a good wine list. Dine on the terrace with views to the sea and inland to the mountains. I had a particularly tasty starter of croquetes followed by a fabulously fresh sea bream.
There is a great swimming pool below the hotel and an indoor spa and Jacuzzi in the basement. Aside from that there is a natural cave and plunge pool, for couples only! (with a small surcharge for anyone wanting to use them.)
Friendly and laid back.
Who stays there
Expect to find a mix of northern Europeans and at weekends a few Spanish families. Apparently local businessmen with their mistresses are common during the week.
I was surprised to find not much seasonal price variation.
- Business Centre
- High-Speed Internet
- Room Service
- Swimming Pool
- Families with younger children
- Sporty types
- Travellers with pets
- Great views / scenery
Pros & Cons
- Great restaurant
- Good location between mountains and sea
- Spa and Jacuzzi
- Some traffic noise