We've previously been unexcited by hotels in the much-visited 'white town' of Ronda, so we were pleased to get this unequivocal reccomendation from a British teacher with a home in southern Spain. He writes:
'In the middle of the old part of the town, it's close to the sites that draw the visitors. It was built in 1736, and the handsome old facade has been preserved; inside, there's been a total rebuild to provide 22 individually decorated rooms. On the ground floor are a large drawing room with log-burning stove; a small cinema room with classic films; and a bar where you have breakfast in the morning and drinks during the day. It's spotlessly clean, and Jose Manuel Arnal and his family are very welcoming, only too pleased to help. A real gem, which captures the style and atmosphere of Ronda brilliantly - you'll feel at home here.'
The Arnal family, who've lived here for many years, opened in 1998 and have evidently succeeded in preserving the authentic feel of an 18thC Spanish house - while providing all the necessary comforts.