Jim and Carol Ellis European Trip Blog
Driving to Ronda, Spain (White Hill Town) Time to say farewell to Sevilla, we have our typical egg breakfast at El Atun and leave Hotel Maestranza for the train station at noon. We find the Europcar office there and pick up our rental car. Ours is a small, two door bright blue Chevy. Via maps and GPS we drive a couple hours to Ronda in the White Hill Towns region of Spain. Surprisingly no other driver honks at me as I grind gears through the city and down the highways. It’s been a dozen years since driving a manual shift, but it comes back somewhat quickly. (Ironically after our european trip, it’s on our return to the U.S. that my foot keeps reaching for the non-existent clutch in my automatic transmission van.) Before proceeding with this narrative, a quick geography lesson is in order. Andalucia is the southern region of Spain and, aside from the Madrid and Barcelona areas, is where we spend our time in Spain. The major cities of Andalucia are Granada, Sevilla, and Cordoba. And, of course, there are the towns which lay on the Meditarranean coast like Tarifa (which we visit) and the towns on the Costa Del Sol (which we don’t). In-between Sevilla and Tarifa are Spain’s Sierra mountains. Though not as imposing as the mountain ranges of the western U.S., they provide a picturesque landscape of jagged rocks, rolling hills and deep green fields all of which we found strikingly beautiful. Perched on some of the larger Sierra hills, are a string of cute communities – The White Hill Towns. Most prominently they include (going East to West) Ronda, Grazalema, Zahara, Arcos de la Frontier, and finally, the large town of Jerez. We stay one night each in Ronda and Arcos and either pass through or briefly visit the others. Upon arrival in Ronda we squeeze through the extremely narrow streets to Hotel Enfrente Arte Ronda. This hotel is quite charming in an eclectic, artsy, bohemian decor way. There is an always open bar of every imaginable type of drink. We have some draft beer before walking through the town and over a bridge with spectacular views of the gorge over which the town is perched. Then we walk down a steep path to a view point looking back up at the gorge and white walled town. The weather is warm but not unpleasant despite our exertion. We exchange photo taking with a French family from Montpellier. I fret more than mere and pere about their two young girls and the rail-less cliff’s edge we stand next to – argh! Then we ascend to the bridge and walk into Ronda proper. As we make our way up main street – Carrera Espinel – we are startled to encounter mobs of tourists on a hyper-commercial boulevard. This in sharp contrast to the town’s appearance from afar. It must be a popular destination for Spaniards. Unable to find a suitable restaurant here, we return to the hotel and are directed to Pedro Romero – a Ronda institution. We take a circuitous route past the bullfighting ring and, upon arrival are greeted by two very competent waiters. The décor is of bullfighting photos, posters and memorabilia, actually much more interesting than the meal itself which, while well prepared, lack any flavor. A bit disappointed, we make our way back to Hotel Enfrente Arte and are asleep by 1 AM.
Spain with kids
Traveling With Kids: An Andalusian Road Trip. In June of 2014 my family spent a month traveling through Spain and London. I’m highlighting our individual destinations, giving you tips on traveling with kids and sharing some of the best things we discovered. We set off for Ronda and yet another beautiful drive through Andalusia. Ronda is smaller, and therefore easier to navigate than previous towns we’ve been to. We were able to check into our guesthouse, Hotel Enfrente Arte, early. If all of our hotel stays were hits, this one was a home run. Again, very reasonable, with a funky atmosphere we all loved. Our room was a 2-story suite, complete with a grand staircase! Elena was thrilled to once again have her own bed upstairs in the loft area. The hotel patios had amazing views of the Spanish countryside, and there were lots of fun nooks for the kids to explore, including a fish pond and an aviary. I was so bummed that I didn’t figure out until after we left that the fish pond is full of the tiny fish that nibble the dead skin off your feet. I’ve always wanted to try that! Oh well, guess I’ll just have to go back. The kids loved the funky rooftop pool. It was way too cold for Mike and I, but it was glorious just sitting there, reading, and soaking up the Spanish sun. Bonus: the hotel provided unlimited, self-serve drinks … even of the grown-up variety. If we didn’t want to explore Ronda so badly, we could’ve just camped out at the hotel for the rest of the day. Ronda is adorable, and I could return here again and again. The small streets are filled with cafes and shops. We chose a cafe on the plaza and had a delicious lunch. Two weeks in and we FINALLY manage to eat a meal at the appropriate Spanish time! On the walk back to the hotel we enjoyed some amazing views from the “New” Bridge – finished in 1793! After relaxing at the hotel, we returned to visit the Ronda bullring and bullfighting museum, Real Maestranza de Caballeria de Ronda. It only takes about an hour to tour, but I highly recommend it. The kids enjoyed it, and it was so different from everything else we’d seen so far. Notice the posters on the outside of the museum? They say “Vivan Los Reyes.” Pretty cool side note: we just happened to be in Spain when Felipe VI and his wife, Letizia, succeeded the throne following the abdication of Felipe’s father, King Juan Carlos I. The ceremony took place in Madrid the week before, but I thought it was cool to see these posters on display in southern Spain. We ate dinner and then walked through the old town of Ronda to the bottom of the Gorge and the “Old” Bridge (built in 1616). The kids will kill me for this some day, but they took my lecture on an ancient use for fig leaves very seriously. The hotel offered a full breakfast, including freshly fried churros. Eli had the poor churro guy working overtime!
World Harmony RUN
Spain 14 March: Ronda – La Línea de la Concepción Happy Birthday Zoltan! The tallest member of our team turned 30 today. We are scared that if we keep feeding him he might not be able to fit into the car before we reach Morocco. We were sorry to say goodbye to the Enfrente de Arte Hotel particularly after the best breakfast we could possibly imagine. But as always we had to get a move on. This morning started with a TV interview at the Ronda Town Recreation Centre. We also met “The Road Runner Ladies of Ronda”, well that’s what we like to call them. It was great to have these active women join our boy’s team for the morning. They even astonished their own personal trainer who didn’t believe they could run as far as they did. Zoltan was a little embarrassed when they started clapping and singing happy birthday to him in Spanish. Like yesterday we faced lots of hills and strong gusts of wind but just to make things even more interesting, the road from Ronda to San Pedro was a series of sharp switch backs and blind corners. The beautiful scenery was compensation enough for the difficult conditions. As the team entered the town of San Pedro de Alcántara we had the great pleasure of meeting runners from Club Atletismo San Pedro These super fit athletes look like they must have spent years training in the mountains nearby. Our large group was guided by a police escort to the steps of City Hall where we met the Mayor of the City, Mr. Jorge Chacón Jimenez. It was a great experience for the team to meet the Mayor of this great city. He really made us feel welcome. We also had a huge press conference with 3 television stations and one newspaper. Things just kept getting better as we ran to Colegio Público San Pedro de Alcántara (Primary School). We had as our guide a lady from the City Hall. She was so inspired she ran in high heels the whole way. Very impressive. So many cars were cheering us blowing their horns. Finally we arrived to the city of La Línea de la Concepción where we met our resting place very generously provided by the city. Personal Observation: Most of the time we find ourselves eating quickly during our break from running so one can’t expect to eat a great range of food out on the road. But as a visitor to southern Europe I am continually blown away by how much bread and cheese we find ourselves eating on the run. I was surprised even more with the eagerness that some members of our team expressed for eating raw carrot at breakfast! Personally I have a general policy of not eating carrots before noon. But that’s part of being on the team, recognizing and accepting people’s differences for as we are learning day after day there is far more that unites us than divides us. Homagni The children formed a pathway for us to run through as we entered the school and everyone had enormous fun running with the torch around the playground.We continued running to our today’s final destination along the Mediterranean seashore. It was the first time we came to the Mediterranean Sea on our journey. What a change comparing to the mountains from today’s morning!
A brief stay in Ronda Now who wouldn’t want to visit a place like this?!You are looking up at Ronda’s famous Puente Nuevo – New Bridge. It’s hardly new given that building work commenced in 1751, but it must be compared with both the Puente Viejo (Old Bridge) constructed by the Arabs and the Puente Romano (Roman Bridge) which both predate it. All three bridges are quite spectacular in their own ways, but it’s the Puente Nuevo that gets most attention, overlooking as it does a vast canyon known as the Tajo. Visitors to Andalusia rarely miss out on a stop in Ronda and it’s easy to see why. This week I enjoyed an overnight stay in what is surely Ronda’s quirkiest hotel, the Enfrente Arte: Quirky on the inside it may be; on the outside it’s classically Andalusian: An excellent hotel, and I highly recommend it. What about eating in Ronda? If tapas are your thing then look no further than Tragatapas in the town centre: Image: TripAdvisor.com Beautifully presented food by staff who love what they do. This is one of those places where you’ll eat well but not feel full afterwards. Perfecto. Until next time readers, Jim Jim Porter is a co-founder of Speekee®, home of the most comprehensive Spanish learning program for children ever to appear online Jim began his Spanish learning journey in 1990. He has been a language teacher since 1994 and he lives in sunny southern Spain with his two bilingual children. Loves it! More…
Time Out Andalucia
Owned and run by Belgian entrepreneur Filip Eyckmans, EnFrenteArte brings a new concept to the hotel industry. For millennia southern Spain has been perceived as a promised land. From Phoenician traders to Moorish invaders to today’s northern European occupiers of the Costa del Sol, this extraordinarily varied region has offered the lure of beaches and mountains, classic cities and cutesy villages, magnificent deserts, vast forests and fertile plains – and a balmy climate that is the envy of the rest of the continent. Time Out Andalucia presents the full picture of this country within a province, giving an insider’s view of its cultural and natural riches, but not shrinking from telling it like it is when confronting the environmental and aesthetic disasters that have afflicted much of the coastline. Time Out’s expertise in city guides is fully exploited in the in-depth coverage of Andalucia’s incomparable cities – light-hearted Malaga, wistful Cadiz, regal Cordoba, grave Granada and joyous Sevilla. Yet the guide also includes unparalleled coverage of Andalucia’s lesser-known corners, such as the provinces of Almeria, Jaen and Huelva. http://www.timeout.es https://books.google.com.co/books?id=2YAE1_pIm9gC&q=enfrentearte&dq=enfrentearte&hl=es&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiK1prtv6fSAhXD6CYKHWwaCVUQ6AEIKjAC
David Ellis TO ask whether the Andalusian town of Ronda in southern Spain is spectacular is somewhat akin to asking if Julia Roberts is a pretty woman. Famous 20th century Austrian poet Rainer Maria Rilke summed it up when he wrote: “I have sought everywhere the city of my dreams, and I have finally found it in Ronda. There is nothing that is more startling than this wild and mountainous city.” He wasn’t alone. Others to shout its praises have included Nobel Prize-winning author Ernest Hemmingway and Hollywood legend Orson Welles. Both loved the town for its uniqueness – and for its bullfighting tradition, the local bullring being Spain’s oldest and probably most famous. Hemmingway wrote about the town, while Welles, a talented painter, captured it on his canvases and was so smitten that he asked to be buried on Ronda’s outskirts. Tourists marvel at how the city perches atop both sides of a 68-metre wide, 120-metre deep canyon, along the bottom of which flows the Rio Guadalevín. And its very name Ronda, simply means rocky. THE Puente Nuevo (New Bridge): prison and torture chamber in centre span. The city also abounds with violent history: the Romans and Carthage’s Hannibal clashed here, and later Catholics fought furiously against the followers of Islam with the worst conflicts in the 16th century, when countless Spanish residents were slaughtered, and then in retribution, countless more Muslims. In the second wave of killings, those Muslims not slaughtered in battle were sold into slavery. And a famous scene in Hemingway’s classic For Whom the Bell Tolls is based on a particularly violent episode of the Spanish Civil War when 500 Fascist sympathisers were executed – simply by being thrown alive from high on Ronda’s cliff-faces into that 120m deep gorge. And interestingly some 70 per cent of photographs taken in Ronda are of its Puente Nuevo (New Bridge) that spans the canyon, although it is now anything but new having been finished in 1793 after 40-odd years of effort. ENFRENTEARTE Hotel’s unusual welcome for visitors: half a Fiat 600. Somewhat bizarrely the bridge has a number of rooms built into its centre span that were used for a time both as a prison and torture chamber – and later taken over for more humane purposes by a bar owner. Today it’s a museum. And while it was being built, José Martin de Aldehuela who was actually the second architect to work on the bridge after the first pulled out after 26 troubled years, turned his talents on the side to designing Rondo’s next most-photographed building, the Plaza de Toros bullring that was completed in 1784. UNUSUALLY sculptured pool chairs to fit one’s back-side. The annual ‘Corrida Goyesca’ is a bullfght that draws aficionados from around Spain… with Giorgio Armani in recent years designing the colourful costumes for famed bullfighter Cayetano Rivera Ordonez for the event, wrapping him in satin jackets, trousers and cloaks in a shade of his trademark Armani Greige (a mixture of grey and beige). Ronda is also home to the EnfrenteArte Hotel (which means In Front of Art), a somewhat weird and wonderful place that’s a magnet for those looking to not only stay in one of the more unusual hotels in the world, but to photograph it almost as much as its host city’s famed bridge. CIRCA 1784 Plaza de Toros bullring, Ronda’s 2nd most-photographed icon. Descriptions of the EnfrenteArte abound in its Guests Book: Bohemian, Fascinating, Funky and Bizarre amongst them. And little wonder ratings agencies put the hotel high on the WOW (Weird or Wonderful) factor: as soon as the visitor walks into Reception just off the oldest paved street in town, they’re confronted by the front half a bright yellow Fiat 600 motor-car sticking out of one of the walls. (Just where the rear half is located is another story for another day….) The whole of the EnfrenteArte Hotel is decorated with such original and historical “artworks.” Car tyres have been converted into occasional tables … a surfboard serves for dining, and around the swimming pool are outrageously sculptured chairs specially shaped to fit one’s back-side. HOTEL courtyard and pool. And the unusual lighting, that includes glowing from kitschy fake bird’s nests in old basketballs, glitters out over wall murals immortalising the likes of Michael Jackson and Freddie Mercury. A unique establishment? You betcha. The hotel offers a complimentary ‘Doctor Fish’ pedicure, has a sauna, outdoor pool and Jacuzzi, and all drinks and breakfast are included in the room price.
Hotels aren’t normally my thing, and I tend to stay in hotels that are functional, clean, well-situated in the town, and somewhat reasonably priced. That is to say, I don’t put much thought into them, and I don’t usually remember much about them. And I certainly don’t stay at B&Bs, mostly because I have no interest in eating breakfast with strangers (and they don’t want to eat breakfast with me…don’t catch me before 11 am because I’m more of a bear than usual). Checking into this small, funky, 14 room hotel, you’ll find yourself standing at the front of a car hood. The car, you see, is in the lobby. Or at least the front of the car is in the lobby. If your room isn’t ready, take a step into the bar, where you can help yourself to an espresso, beer on tap, or a glass (or bottle) of wine. It’s all included in the very reasonable price, and it’s all there 24-7 for your entertainment. Explore the hotel grounds a bit a more, and you’ll come across plenty of interesting artifacts, many of which are related to music, some of which conjure memories of A Clockwork Orange. There’s also one of those pools of water with the fish that “massage” your feet. The fish eat the stuff off of your bare feet. It’s stimulating, creepy, and relaxing all at the same time. Make your way outside to the courtyards and you’ll find two seating areas with grand views of the mountains. A perfect place for a nightcap. Or morning cap. The rooms are all different, tastefully and unconventionally decorated. We stayed in two rooms during our stay, one of which was the “tower” room, which is a three story room in a tower that was built in the 1500s. A very interesting room for sure (although these old bones had a hard time getting down the two flights of stairs in the middle of the night to get to the head). And then there’s the breakfast. Imagine my surprise when I had one of the most interesting and delicious salads that I can recall. What was in that bowl? I had no idea, and loved every texture, every crunch, every chew, every bit of freshness that was exploding off the fork. The owner grows a bunch of stuff on his farm, and brings the goods to the hotel daily. Along with that salad, was a sizeable selection of fruits and meats and cheeses and smoked salmon, and a gracious and friendly (which can be said for all of the staff) chef in the kitchen can whip you up some eggs and cured meats. Fantastic stuff. Returning from dinner on our first night we were welcomed with a candle-lit hotel. “How charming,” we thought. Then the owner advised us that it was a power-outage. And power might not be on for a while. He had a fire going in the study, invited us back and got us a bottle of wine, opened up his laptop and played some tunes (he worked in the music industry and is a pretty interesting guy). We sat and chatted for an hour until the power came back on. A great “surprise” as it turns out. Enfrente Arte Hotel is located on the edge of town, far enough from the touristy center that you’ll think you are on the edge of the universe. There’s a shortcut to the very well-preserved Arab Baths, which are well worth a visit, and the Cuenca Gardens, which meander along the cliffs of the Tajo river, are steps away. And if you’re up for some exercise, Casa del Rey Moro is right across one of the old bridges (not the new bridge, which was built several hundred years ago), and after 365 steps you will reach the base of the Tajo for epic views. Don’t forget the bullring, Plaza de Toros. It’s a beauty. Unlike the bullring in Sevilla, you’re allowed to walk into the middle in Ronda (at least when there aren’t any bulls!) Pretty awesome (although I wouldn’t go to an actual event). Right near the bullring is the Balcón del Coño, which offers incredible views of the surrounding area, and is not to be missed. Enfrente Arte Hotel is a magical, fun little place in a unique and beautiful mountain town. We were in Ronda for only 3 days, and could have easily spent a week. Or a life. We can’t stop thinking about this leg of the trip.
The Rough Guide to Spain
Stylish new hotel inside a restored mansion with distinctive and elegant rooms. breakfast is included in the price, as are soft drinks and draught beer. Additional luxeries include a delightful garden pool, games room, free sauna and internet access. Reductions for larger stays.
Spain Lonely Planet, by Damien Simonis
Spain Lonely Planet about Enfrente Arte Everything about this bohemian-style hotel is vivid and fun, from the modern-oriental decor clash to the rainbow colours and variety of the (superb) breakfast, to the quirky rooms themselves. There´s even a bright green parakeet terrorising the white bunnies in the patio pet corner. Definitely different. Another guidebook that has to mention our Hotel Enfrente Arte, because it is so unique and memorable that is a must between anyone that visits Ronda!
iEscape about Hotel Enfrente Arte
iEscape about Hotel Enfrente Arte “Ronda goes rock’n’roll: a hip, eclectic and colourful guesthouse in the old town, with friendly staff and free drinks” This ancient mansion on one of Ronda’s quiet back streets has been brilliantly rejuvenated by its multi-talented owner Filip Eyckmans – artist, music producer and inventor of bossaball. As soon as you step inside, it’s clear that this is no ordinary hotel. You’ll be shown how to pull a San Miguel from the tap, have the workings of the espresso machine explained (all drinks are included in the price): from now on you’re part of the family.Original wafer-bricking, beams and terracotta tiles are still in situ, but that’s where tradition ends. Throughout the hotel you’ll find retro furniture, eclectic lamps, 50’s posters and funky furnishings made from recycled trumpets, skate boards, tyres, gramaphone records, washing machines: there’s even a gold Fiat 500 sliced in two to create a whimsical bench seat. More surprises await in the luxuriant sub-tropical conservatory where you follow stepping stones across fish ponds to a terraced garden, sauna, plunge pool and sun terrace. Expect great sounds throughout the day from the massive collection of CDs and a hotel that will be unlike anything you’ve experienced to date. It’s spicy, informal and really great fun. A little extra a welcome mini bottle of Cava in your room for stays of 2+ nights Highs A great location: 5 minutes’ walk from the old town centre, yet blissfully quiet Breakfasts here are among the best in Andalucia Young, forthcoming staff give you masses of tips on where to eat, which music to buy etc The pop-arty, eclectic decoration is a breath of fresh air in a region which clings stubbornly to trad-rustic Hidden terraces and sitting areas and a funky outdoor bar Lows If you prefer to be served rather than serve yourself, look elsewhere It’s a steep, 5-minute haul up into town – but downhill all the way home! A place for the young and hip, although their parents love it here too Best time to go “Ronda sees a huge flow of visitors throughout the year. Spring and autumn are the best time to visit with pleasant day time temperatures and mild nights (but always be prepared for some rain). Things quieten down during the winter months but be sure to pack for all seasons: the town is 850m high and temperatures can plummet at night. Summer nights can be pleasantly cool and if you’re looking for a party, come for the annual Feria de Pedro Romero during the first week of September.” See the whole review here, with extra information regarding our beautiful rooms!! It will want to make you visit us really soon!
Enfrente Arte in Rick Steve’s
Sleeping in Ronda Hotel Enfrente Arte Ronda, on the edge of things a steep 10-to-15-minute walk below the heart of the new town, is relaxed and funky. The 12 rooms are spacious and exotically decorated, but dimly lit. It features a sprawling maze of public spaces with creative decor, a peaceful bamboo garden, game and reading room, small swimming pool, sauna, and terraces with sweeping countryside views. Guests can help themselves to free drinks from the self- service bar. This one-of-a-kind place is in all the guidebooks, so reserve early—Madonna even stayed here once! Ronda has plenty of reasonably priced, decent-value accommodations. It’s crowded only during Holy Week (the week leading up to Easter) and the first week of September (for bullfighting season). Most of my recommendations are in the new town, a short stroll from the New Bridge and about a 10-minute walk from the train station. In the cheaper places, ask for a room with a ventana (window) to avoid the few interior rooms. Breakfast is usually not included. Hotel San Gabriel has 22 pleasant rooms, a kind staff, public rooms filled with art and books, a cozy wine cellar, and a fine garden terrace. It’s a large 1736 townhouse, once the family’s home, that’s been converted to a characteristic hotel, marinated in history. If you’re a cinephilc, kick back in the charming TV room—with seats from Rondas old theater and a collection of DVD classics—then head to the breakfast room to check out photos of big movie stars (and, ahem, bespectacled travel writers) who have stayed here (Sb-€68, Db-€91, bigger superior Db-€101, Db junior suite-6118, lavish honeymoon suite-6154, breakfast-65, air-con, incognito elevator, guest computer, Wi-Fi, double-park in front and they’ll direct you to a 69/day parking spot, follow signs on the main street of old town to Calle Marqués de Moctezuma 19. Hotel Komi provides an interesting mix of minimalist and traditional Spanish .It« or in this refurbished mansion, which is both quiet and homey. Although its five rooms are without views, the small, lovely root top deck overlooks the town. Alavera délos Baños, a delightful oasis located next to ancient Moorish baths at the bottom of the hill, has nine small rooms, two spacious suites, and big inviting public places, with appropriately Moorish decor. This hotel offers a swimming pool, a peaceful Arabic garden, and a selection of sandwiches for lunch. The artistic ambience urges, “Relax!” You’re literally in the countryside, with sheep and horses outside near the garden. Hotel Catalonia Reina Victoria hangs royally over the gorge at the edge of town and has a marvelous view—Hemingway loved it, and so does its well-dressed clientele. Its 89 renovated rooms are sleek and modern bdt lack character.
Enfrente Arte in Hotel Dream Rooms
HOTEL ENFRENTEARTE Being hosted in an authentic Moorish building dating back to the 15th century, the major historical value of this property is indisputable. Beautifully situated in the oldest cobbled street of Ronda and surrounded by historic buildings, this unique hotel is just a few minutes away from the city centre.The passage of time and the successive renovations have not erased the traces of its Islamic heritage. First there is the typical Arab architecture in which the building is organized around several courtyards, creating a maze of hidden delights where nowadays guests can relax and enjoy the tropical garden. On the other hand we have to mention the plasterwork fragments of decorative Arabic motifs still present in the suite, as well as the preserved Islamic-inspired spaces such as the balconies. At present it is a 12-bedrooms hotel with a bohemian, funky and laid back atmosphere. Being hosted in an authentic Moorish building dating back to the 15th century, the major historical value of this property is indisputable. Beautifully situated in the oldest cobbled street of Ronda and surrounded by historic buildings, this unique hotel is just a few minutes away from the city centre.The passage of time and the successive renovations have not erased the traces of its Islamic heritage. First there is the typical Arab architecture in which the building is organized around several courtyards, creating a maze of hidden delights where nowadays guests can relax and enjoy the tropical garden. On the other hand we have to mention the plasterwork fragments of decorative Arabic motifs still present in the suite, as well as the preserved Islamic-inspired spaces such as the balconies. At present it is a 12-bedrooms hotel with a bohemian, funky and laid back atmosphere. MORE THAN JUST A ROOM MÁS QUE HABITACIONES This hotel is another permanent art gallery, rather like Hotel Estela Barcelona in Sitges (see page 94). Many of the pieces are more practical than decorative, the majority created by the proprietor himself, from antique furniture, fabrics, musical instrument and even a Seat 600, in two parts, each with its own purpose. Este establecimiento, al igual que el Hotel Estela Barcelona de Sitges (ver pág. 94), és además una galería de arte permanente, donde muchos de los objetos son más funcionales que decorativos y la mayoría realizados por el propietario a partir del reciclaje de antiguos muebles, telas, instrumentos musicales y hasta un Seat 600 que se ha partido en dos unidades, cada una con su finalidad.
Enfrente Arte in Frommer’s Travel Guide
Enfrente Arte in Frommer’s Travel Guide – On Rondas oldest paved street and surrounded by historic buildings, this little inn faces the natural park, Sierra de las Nieves. The mansion, parts of which date from the 13th century, has been beautifully decorated and handsomely restored, with whitewashed walls and a roof of red tiles. Bedrooms ranging from small to spacious have different decorative themes, from Arabic to Spanish to French. The dramatic tower room has the best views. Above the intimate bar and informal restaurant there’s a recreation room with TV, library, and computer with free Internet access. A subtropical garden has exotic plants, and the courtyards and terraces open onto views of the Old Town and the countryside. Acinipo Hotel – Close to the bullring, this modern hotel was created from two buildings—one a restored antique, the other completely contemporary. The older structure was the home of two celebrated artists, Tellez Loriguillo and Miki Haruta of Japan. Small to spacious bedrooms open onto views of the ravine and the distant mountains. The plumbing, lighting, and furnishings are ultra contemporary, in tasteful, comfortable surroundings. The best bedrooms have a hydromassage tub and a living room. The on-site restaurant specializes in regional cuisine and Mediterranean dishes. Particularly good are desserts like delectable chestnuts with brandy cream. Husa Reina Victoria – On the eastern periphery of town, this country-style hotel was built in 1906 by an Englishman in honor of Queen Victoria. It’s near the bullring and has terraces that hang over a 147m (490 ft) precipice. I lemingway frequently visited, hut the Reina Victoria is known best as the place where poet Rainer Maria Rilke wrote The Spanish Trilogy. 1 lis third-floor room is now a museum with first editions, manuscripts, photographs, and even a framed copy of his hotel bill. The hotel, with its Victorian architecture, gardens, and terraces, has an enduring appeal. Rooms are big and airy, some with living rooms and many with private terraces. Alavera de los Baños – In the San Miguel quarter of the Old Town, this hotel near the Baños Arabes (Arab baths) dates from the 17th century. It’s an atmospheric place with great character, low ceilings, and wooden beams. The inn was featured as a backdrop in the classic movie Carmen. Bedrooms have panoramic views of the Serranía de Ronda and the city walls. There’s a garden and a pool. Bedrooms are small but comfortably and tastefully furnished with little shower-only bathrooms. Hotel Don Miguel – A few steps east of the Plaza de España, this hotel of several interconnected houses oilers a vine-strewn patio above the river, a modernized interior with exposed brick and varnished pine, and simple but comfortable small rooms. Overflow guests are housed in a building (no. 13) across the street. Rooms here have the same dramatic views and are similar to those in the main building. Hotel Polo – The hotel in its present incarnation dates from 1973, but the building itself has been housing frugal travelers for over a century. Today the Puya brothers are in charge ol this family business, running a well-maintained and decent four-story corner building right in the center within walking distance ol the Puente Nuevo. Bedrooms are small with white walls and carpeting, along with tiled bathrooms. The hotel is especially popular with young people. Hotel San Gabriel – This charming 1736 mansion is in the historic core of the city, a 5-minute walk from the gorge. I he building was painstakingly renovated by the owner and his family, who give guests Rondas warmest welcome. Everything is stylish and homelike, with antiques, stained-glass windows, a Spanish- style billiard table, a cine salon (with seats taken from the city’s old theater), and even an old library. Each room is spacious and well appointed, all with exterior views and individual decoration. Try for no. 15, a cozy top-floor nest on two levels. La Rodeña – A two-minute walk from the gorge and next to the bullring, this two-story family-style house attracts bargain hunters. Small bedrooms, with full bathrooms, are relatively simple, albeit comfortable, but without dramatic views of the gorge. Rooms do, however, open onto the landscaped grounds and the Sierras in the distance. The public areas are decorated in Andalusian style. The on-site restaurant serves typical dishes from the mountains of Ronda. Eat at tables on a covered terrace and listen to live music.
Enfrente Arte AWARDED TRIPADVISOR CERTIFICATE OF EXCELLENCE FOR FIVE CONSECUTIVE YEARS
Inducted into ‘Hall of Fame’ of Five-time Certificate of Excellence Winners on the World’s Largest Travel Site CITY, STATE/COUNTRY – Date, Month, Year – Enfrente Arte HOTEL today announced that it has been recognised as a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame winner. The Certificate of Excellence award celebrates excellence in hospitality and is given only to establishments that consistently achieve great traveller reviews on TripAdvisor. The ‘Hall of Fame’ was created to honour those businesses that have earned a Certificate of Excellence for five consecutive years. Winners include accommodations, eateries and attractions located all over the world that have continually delivered a superior customer experience. EXAMPLE QUOTE: “Being awarded the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence five years in a row and inducted into the ‘Hall of Fame’ is a true source of pride for the entire team at Enfrente Arte HOTEL and we’d like to thank all of our past guests who took the time to complete a review on TripAdvisor,” said Filip Eyckmans, Owner at Enfrente Arte HOTEL. “There is no greater seal of approval than being recognised by one’s customers. With the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence based on customer reviews, the accolade is a remarkable vote of confidence to our business and our continued commitment to excellence.” “Winning the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for five consecutive years is a remarkable feat. TripAdvisor is pleased to induct five-time award winners into the ‘Hall of Fame’,” said Marc Charron President, TripAdvisor for Business. “By putting a spotlight on businesses that are focused on consistently delivering great service to customers, TripAdvisor not only helps drive an improvement to hospitality standards around the world, it also gives businesses both large and small the ability to shine and stand out from the competition.” When selecting Certificate of Excellence winners, TripAdvisor uses a proprietary algorithm to determine the honourees that takes into account the quality, quantity and recency of reviews and opinions submitted by travellers on TripAdvisor over a 12-month period as well as business’s tenure and ranking on the Popularity Index on the site. To qualify, a business must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, have a minimum number of reviews and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months. -ENDS- Enfrente Arte HOTEL About TripAdvisor TripAdvisor® is the world’s largest travel site*, enabling travelers to plan and book the perfect trip. TripAdvisor offers trusted advice from travelers and a wide variety of travel choices and planning features with seamless links to booking tools that check hundreds of websites to find the best hotel prices. TripAdvisor branded sites make up the largest travel community in the world, reaching 340 million unique monthly visitors**, and more than 225 million reviews and opinions covering more than 4.9 million accommodations, restaurants and attractions. The sites operate in 45 countries worldwide. TripAdvisor also includes TripAdvisor for Business, a dedicated division that provides the tourism industry access to millions of monthly TripAdvisor visitors. TripAdvisor, Inc. (NASDAQ: TRIP) manages and operates websites under 24 other travel media brands: www.airfarewatchdog.com, www.bookingbuddy.com, www.cruisecritic.com, www.everytrail.com, www.familyvacationcritic.com, www.flipkey.com, www.thefork.com (including www.lafourchette.com, www.eltenedor.com, www.iens.nl and www.besttables.com), www.gateguru.com, www.holidaylettings.co.uk, www.holidaywatchdog.com, www.independenttraveler.com, www.jetsetter.com, www.niumba.com, www.onetime.com, www.oyster.com, www.seatguru.com, www.smartertravel.com, www.tingo.com, www.travelpod.com, www.tripbod.com, www.vacationhomerentals.com, www.viator.com, www.virtualtourist.com, and www.kuxun.cn. *Source: comScore Media Metrix for TripAdvisor Sites, worldwide, December 2014 **Source: Google Analytics, average monthly unique users, Q1 2015 Enfrente Arte HOTEL Real Street42, 29400 Ronda, Spain
Lonely Planet – Andalucia
On an old cobblestoned street, the Belgian-owned Enfrente Arte offers a huge range of facilities and funky modern/oriental decor. It has a bar, pool, sauna, recreation room, flowery patio with black bamboo, film room and fantastic views out to the Sierra de las Nieves. What’s more, the room price includes all drinks, to which you help yourself, and a sumptuous buffet breakfast.
Kukuxumusu And Ronda
Ronda has got a new touristic symbol, and she owes it to the famous cartoonist and brain behind the Kukuxumusu brand, Mikel Urmeneta, who was nominated ambassador of the city last year. On this international Day of Tourism he carried out himself the presentation of the logo, accompanied by Cayetano Ordoñez, Matador and grandson of Antonio Ordoñez. In this picture we see the moon, a green leaf, a heart with moles ‘aflamencados’ (‘flamencosized’?), a penknife, a fork and a mega known New Bridge (Puente Nuevo) over a the gorge forming a bull’s head. What about the logo: Ronda, natural luck, wanting to show everything the city offers. The new official touristic logo designed by Kukuxumusu will also by very present in the streets of Ronda and, also you will find all types of merchandising (shirts, magnets, key holders, postcards, etc.) that will be sold in the Tourist Office of Ronda, the Moorish Baths, close to our Hotel EnFrente Arte and at authorized points the brand has got in the area. He said it himself: <<The moon refers to the romantic nights and spell, the green leaf refer to the link with nature of the city, the New Bridge over the Tajo explains the monumentality of Ronda, the penknife represent the land of bandoleros, the fork it’s local gastronomy and the read heart, friendship and Ronda as headquarter to celebrate fairs>>. The brand Kukuxumusu, which means ‘flea’s kiss’ in Basque, was created by two friends back in 1989, to give a radical change to souvenirs, changing the concept and creating something of better quality.
Crazy home with fun, funky touches and fish pedicure
EnfrenteArte is a bohemian, alternative, funky bed and breakfast hotel, decorated with eclectic details, original and historical artwork and atmospheric lighting. A Fiat 600 in reception – why not! There are lots of fun and funky touches. Lights and birds nesting in old basketballs. Wall murals of Michael Jackson and Freddie Mercury. Car tyres converted to occasional tables. A surfboard dining table. Plus quality amenities and helpful hosts. For those enjoying Ronda on foot, you’ll appreciate the complimentary “Doctor Fish” pedicure, as well as a sauna, outdoor pool and jacuzzi. During your stay, all drinks, breakfast and the use of all facilities are included in the price of the room. LOCATION AND ACTIVITIES This 3 star hotel was born with the idea of being an extension of your home – without rules, schedules and with free access to every single part of the hotel during the day. Enfrente Arte has 12 doubles rooms of different types, each with its own character and individual design. Some offer romantic courtyards or terraces with views of the mountains, the river ‘Guadalevin’, the old city or the renowned horse riding school ‘Maestranza de Ronda’. As well as all the quirky art touches, rooms have a private bathroom, television with Canal Plus, Sky TV and free movie channels, telephone, central heating and air-conditioning. The included breakfst is available until midday, which is especially welcome for those who’ve enjoyed Spanish-style late night dinner and entertainment in the local bars and hostelries. Also included in the room price is the Enfrente Arte service bar which offers a selection of tea, coffee, natural juices, beer and different wines. You can also sample the “Doctor Fish” pedicure treatment and hace access to all hotel facilities including Jacuzzi, sauna and outdoor pool. Beautifully situated in the oldest paved street of Ronda and surrounded by historic buildings, this unique and laid back hotel is located a few minutes away from the city centre facing the natural park ‘Sierra de las Nieves’. “A unique design offering a lot of fun” Hotel Enfrente Arte Calle Real, 42 Ronda, Andalucia 29400 Spain http://www.unusualhotelsoftheworld.com/EnfrenteArte#Top
TRIVAGO: EnFrente Arte nº 1 in 6 categories
The users of TRIVAGO TOP HOTEL have chosen Hotel EnFrente Arte – Ronda as one of the best hotels ranked NUMBER 1 in 6 categories. At present our hotel is in pole position for various sections: Number 1 Best Family Hotel – Ronda – 20.02.2009 Number 1 Best Rural House – Costa del Sol – 20.02.2009 Number 1 Best Place for Walkers – Costa del Sol – 20.02.2009 Number 1 Best Hotel for Honeymoon – Province of Malaga – 20.02.2009 Number 1 Best Rural House – Ronda – 20.02.2009 Number 1 Best Hotel for Walkers – Ronda – 20.02.2009 http://www.trivago.es/ronda-31527/hotel/enfrente-arte-106388 TRIVAGO travel page compares prices and valuation of more than 40 booking offices on the Internet, with 152.344 hotels in Europe. Last week (8th – 15th of February) 637.314 visitors planned their upcoming trip with Trivago.