Hotels in Sevilla and Ronda - Help!

May 23rd, 2003, 05:57 AM
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Hotels in Sevilla and Ronda - Help!

Can someone please recommend a reasonable (less than 125 Euros per night) charming, comfortable, centrally located hotel in Sevilla? Also, thinking of spending a few nights in Ronda at the Parador...can anyone tell me if this is a good choice for Ronda?

THANK YOU! Carma
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May 23rd, 2003, 07:54 AM
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We just got back from Sevilla and really enjoyed Hotel Amadeus. The rooms are in your price rance and the decor lovely,quiet and clean. We found the hotel staff friendly, helpful and the area around the hotel full of interest. In fact, we walked from our hotel to every sight we wanted to see in Seville. Good luck.
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May 23rd, 2003, 09:26 AM
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Thanks, very helpful. I'm considering Amadeus and also Las Casas de Juderia in Seville. Any other Seville advise?
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May 25th, 2003, 08:51 PM
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The Parador in Ronda has an incredible view and is right in the center of town. It may be the most expensive place in town (I lived there, so I didn't really know the prices of the hotels). Ronda's not very big so just about any place would be ok. If you need any info on places to go I'd love to share, just drop me an email. [email protected]
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May 27th, 2003, 05:38 AM
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Ronda: I recently saw info on Hotel San Gabriel located in the old town [may be a cross the bridge]. Looked awfully good for reasonable money. I'd be interested if anyone knows this hotel.
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May 27th, 2003, 07:56 AM
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Carma,
We just returned from Ronda, this time staying at the Parador but have also stayed at the lovely little San Gabriel. They're totally different.
I first discovered the San Gabriel right after it opened in 2000. It's a bit tucked away in the atmospheric Old Quarter ("La Ciudad") but just steps from the Puente Nuevo and Parador. It's easy to reach, and you unload your bags at the door then they'll park your car. It belongs to a prominent (and very kind) Ronda family who lovingly and painstakingly restored an 18th c seignorial mansion with fine taste and an eye for detail (they spent yrs. restoring the grand staircase to get it "just right"), and furnished it with their own personal collection of antiques plus those that were already part of the history of the home (which once belonged to the Trujillo family). It has a kind of British country house feel, each of the 16 rooms is decorated differently (#9 is a suite), and they have a bar adjacent. In the bar you'll see the cape that the famous young matador Francisco Rivera (of the Ronda dynasty of bullfighters) gave to the family from his first bullfight. They've also made a cozy parlor with fireplace in the basement, a billards room and even have a tiny cinema on the ground floor where you can watch DVDs. In the winter they run the inn like a private house party. I'd love to stay there during he holidays. It's just very "homey". For such a sweet little place, the rates are very reasonable. It's the type of place you'd find in the Karen Brown Charming Inns guide (but she hasn't discovered it yet).

The Parador, dramatically placed right at the very edge of the gorge, is a honey colored modern structure, built in '94, sleek, large, designer decorated by Pascua Ortega but lacking "soul". You don't get the same "feel" for Ronda that you do when staying with a well-known Ronda family, as in the case of the San Gabriel. But all rooms have private terrace (we got to film the Holy Week processions from the front balconies) and the best ones are #119-130 and #213-219, say the pleasant desk staff. They also have at least 1 enormous suite for honeymooners (Madonna stayed their briefly). I'm not too fond of the bright red glass and steel entrance (to me, a bit casino-y) and the new store, La Tienda (a good marketing move, says hubby, but they now charge for city maps), or the McDonalds next door (that's "progress"), but the underground garage, restaurant serving regional specialties, and small pool for the summer are decided pluses. They do seminars, and there was a corporate party going on in the huge atrium lobby when we arrived. We stayed there becauce we were doing an "all parador" tour of the south, it was easy to book all through Central Reservations in Madrid, and we wanted a large room with view plus all the dependable parador amenities, such as their tremendous buffet breakfasts served earlier than in the tiny inns. We've found Paradors over the years to be highly consistent, very dependable, which is a great plus for first time Spain visitors. And I must say that our Ronda room was the largest and most plush of all our lodgings on this trip, with double sinks in the bath, thick towels, a sitting area with sofa, 2 chairs and coffee table plus the wonderful little terrace overlooking the gorge. We did love our "terrace time", especially at sunset. Our corner room faced the back on the highest floor-those are the most sweeping views but are "superior" which carry a supplement.

Next time, we'll return to the San Gabriel or try another mansion in the Old Quarter, La Casona de la Ciudad, or stay at a cortijo outside, but we've been to Ronda many times and are ready to try something new.
For a first visit to Spain, the Parador is a sound choice, but it depends on what you like.
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May 29th, 2003, 06:47 AM
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Maribel and others, thank you so, SO much for your advice! San Gabriel sounds wonderful, and in a way, more our style...but I'm tempted to stick with the Parador, since this will be our first visit to Spain and probably the only Parador we will have an opportunity to stay in. In Seville, I have booked a room at Casas de las Juderias...any thoughts? I can't wait!! I am so appreciative of the advice..
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May 29th, 2003, 11:03 AM
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Carma,
I think you'll really enjoy the Casas de la Juderia. I just looked in at it again at Easter, and it's being nicely maintained (but I didn't see any rooms-they were fully booked), and it seems perfect for a first time visitor-great location in the romantic Santa Cruz quarter, nice desk staff, lovely patios, a piano bar, even a restaurant if you need it.
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May 29th, 2003, 12:02 PM
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Maribel, thank you so much! You are such a resource. I have seen a few posts that refer to your Andalusia "file"...is this a collection of trip planning notes that might be helpful? If so, is there a way for me to access? GRACIAS!
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May 29th, 2003, 12:29 PM
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hi Carma
spent a part of my honeymoon in Ronda
we stayed in hotel Reina Victoria (newly renovated)
our room had a view on the mountains and it was quite breathtaking. the room was clean with all the modern facilities and the hotel had a lot of charm (with beautiful gardens overlooking the mountains)
if I remember correctly it was around 120 Euro/night BB. if you plan on staying in parador be careful because not all the room are overlooking the gorge.
have a nice trip.
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May 30th, 2003, 05:57 AM
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Thanks everyone for the advice. I'm going to contact the Parador in Ronda ahead of time to request a room with a view...hopefully they can accommodate! Thanks again.
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Jun 1st, 2003, 09:48 AM
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Carma, I recently stayed at the Parador in Ronda. One night in the deluxe corner room (2 balconies) with super views of the gorge, parking in the parking garage, and two buffet breakfasts, which I didn't think was very good, came to $197.00 USD.

Even though the hotel was very uninspiring inside (could have been a chain hotel anywhere), the room was exceedingly quiet, and the sheets had a high thread count (like silk).
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Jun 2nd, 2003, 12:50 PM
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Thanks! High thread-count sheets sounds fabulous!

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Jun 2nd, 2003, 01:16 PM
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Ronda; For future reference: the Molino del Santo in Benoajan [6 miles from Ronda]is a peaceful oasis when you need a break from the day to grind of traveling. Beautiful walled facility and garden. Run by an English couple. Not bad for visiting ronda as Ronda has underground parking in central city.
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I hesitated booking the Parador at Ronda due to comments calling it "slick" and "modern" on both this site and in guidebooks. However, we were very happy with the Parador and were pleasantly surpised to find it less slick and modern than we expected (everything's relative - it certainly would not be called slick or modern in the US). Our very large room had hardwood floors and a balcony with a view that I wouldn't have traded for anything.

We also stayed at the Casas de la Juderia. The rooms there vary considerably. The first night we were put in a windowless room. We moved the next night to a much better room up under the rafters with access to the roof. I would suggest you have a chance to see the room before accepting it. Location was perfect.
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To add to the collection of Ronda area lodgings for future reference- for anyone
planning to return and looking for something different:
3 other "hotels of charm" recently opened in the countryside, which might make a nice, quiet haven to relax and unwind after touring the pueblos blancos.

La Fuente de la Higuera, converted 2 yrs. ago from an olive mill, high on a hill surrounded by olive groves. Beautiful, huge bedrooms- run by a Dutch couple. Pool.
www.hotellafuente.com

El Horcajo, a working farm, classic Andalusian cortijo wrapped around an inner courtyard, at the bottom of a valley, handy for hiking in the Grazalema Nature Park.
www.elhorcajo.com

La Cazalla, well reviewed here recently, a pretty farmhouse run by an energetic Spanish couple, also in a lovely valley, 3 km. from Ronda. Represented by www.innsofspaincom,
www.e-escape.com
www.secretplaces.com
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