Just two minutes from the main gate to Sotogrande marina, this really is a superb location.
It is absolutely vital that you stay in a beach-front room. And it costs just 20 euros more to get one of the simple, but pleasant rooms, that each have a balcony overlooking the bay of Torreguadiaro and looking up to Sotogrande proper. While the rooms overlooking the old N-340 main coastroad are a bit drab and depressing, the ones overlooking the sea are clean and simple, but with perfectly nice - if poky - bathrooms. There is no air-conditioing in these better rooms, as the hotel says there is always a sea breeze at night in summer. The hotel also says they are due to add air-con for summer 2011.
Eccentric in the extreme, the lounge and dining area of the hotel has a strange mish mash of collectibles including old radios, antique irons and a series of old maps. There is a rather bizarre internet-style café set up at one end, but the overall feel is one of olde world charm. I loved sitting there for a while, with the old wooden windows giving way to the sound of waves and a charming view down to the beach and rocks.
Eating and drinking
The restaurant is really more of a basic snack bar so don't get excited. Fortunately you are within an easy walk of the excellent restaurants of Sotogrande port. You can actually wave at one of the best, Boka, where a French chef works wonders most nights.
Very much a Fawlty Towers-style of staffing, with the majority of hotel workers in their 60s and creaking around, with fags hanging out of their mouths, eyeing guests suspiciously.
Who stays there
A huge mix from all parts of the world, and quite a few returning regularly.
If you're travelling on your own, for just 30 euros, including tax, you have a room literally right on one of the nicest beaches on the Costa del Sol.
- Families with younger children
- Mature travellers
- Great views / scenery
- No fuss
Pros & Cons
- Proximity to Sotogrande port
- On the beach
- In desperate need of TLC
- Eccentric staffing