Ronda is not lacking in excellent hotels, offering everything from funky boutiques to accommodations boasting spectacular views of the El Tajo Gorge and the “New Bridge”. Read on for our pick of the best hotels in this stunning Andalusian town.
There is nothing to fault at EnFrente Arte, a super-friendly boutique on one of Ronda’s prettiest old streets. Each of its twelve bedrooms is themed around a particular artist or subject: especially lovely is the light-filled Picasso Twin, which gives out onto a spacious first-floor balcony overlooking the street below. Yet the quirky rooms are only part of the fun of staying here: relaxation spaces include a roof terrace with spectacular views, a tropical garden and a self-service bar stocked with superb local wines. Also included in the room rate is the best breakfast in Ronda, starring custom-made crepes to die for.
Pension Baraka is located in a beautiful 18th century townhouse in the old Moorish quarter of Ronda, and offers three charming rooms, each with its own name. Warda (Arabic for “rose”) has a double bed, paintings by the owner and steps leading into a charming courtyard; Safra (“yellow”) is a twin room with mountain views; and Salama (“peace and well-being) is a newly added suite. Guests here love the personalised treatment by proprietor Anahid, who is happy to give you recommendations about what to see in Ronda.
Hotel San Gabriel is run by Ana and José Perez, siblings who grew up in this gorgeous 18th century building before their parents decided to turn it into a hotel. The townhouse dates from 1736, when it was built for the Pizarros, heirs of the conqueror of Peru, and was acquired by the Perez family in the early 90s after almost being destroyed in a fire. Its 21 rooms are rendered in a traditional style and facilities include a wine cellar and a cinema room kitted out with velvet seats that were once in Ronda’s main theatre.
For a luxury room with a view, head to Hotel Montelirio, which boasts a spectacular location on the edge of the El Tajo Gorge, overlooking the Puente Nuevo. The rooms are exquisitely decorated with their own themes and in the Superior Doubles you can relax in hydro-massage tubs whilst gazing upon the mighty bridge. Guests here rave about the Michelin-recommended restaurant, where you can enjoy imaginative, pan-European cuisine on a terrace overlooking the rugged scenery of the Serrania de Ronda.
The traditional is effortlessly combined with the modern at Hotel Polo. Situated just opposite Ronda‘s historical 18th century bullring, its light-filled, stylish rooms range from singles to quadruples, with the double premiums being the most spacious option for couples. There’s a communal living room with a microwave, kettle and fridge, and an honesty bar on the rooftop terrace, which boasts amazing views over Ronda’s rooftops and beyond. Guests love the central location and also highly praise the service.
For decently-priced accommodation within strolling distance of all of Ronda’s main attractions, Hotel San Cayetano is hard to beat. It offers 22 traditionally-decorated en-suite bedrooms that are clean, comfortable and, given their location, of superb value. Clients here also rate the buffet breakfast – a perfect start to a day of sightseeing – and the helpful staff, who possess an abundance of knowledge about this beautiful town. An inexpensive and friendly base from which to explore Ronda.
Situated just down the winding little road that leads to Ronda‘s understated 17th century “Old Bridge” (one of the two that Puente Nuevo was built to improve upon), Aire Hotel offers three indivudally-decorated rooms in a stately old townhouse. The owner is consistently praised for being charming and helpful, and the beds are said to be exceptionally comfortable (perhaps no surprise, given that the hotel describes itself as “adults only”). An excellent breakfast is included in the room price.