The receptionist at the Hotel Los Olivos told us (in good English) that the hotel is usually full: it is easy to see why. It is an attractive place, even from the outside - built in typical Arcos style with whitewashed walls, yellow tiled roofs and iron grills over the windows, and equipped with pots of geraniums on arched balconies. But it is the interior that really captivates.
The rooms are built around an internal courtyard; cafe-style tables and chairs are set out in the middle, under a palm tree. The breakfast room is decorated in the same dark green furniture and doubles up as a bar; it looks on to a tiny patio containing an old stone well. Behind the glass arches surrounding the courtyard is a cosy alcove with wicker sofas and armchairs, and bowls of fresh flowers.
The bedrooms are light and airy - comfortable, but not cluttered with furniture. All have different cane bedsteads, pale covers and curtains, and mats covering stone-tiled floors. The two front bedrooms have balconies with sweeping views over the plains and the nearby olive-groves from which the hotel takes its name.