A bit late this one, stayed here in October 2011 but better late than never!
This is an amazing building first of all - with some fabulous original features and great decor.
The rooms range around the central courtyard which is the main focus of the hotel - our room was on the top floor which is also the sun deck and pool area. Sadly, it was too cold for the pool, and too wet to sit in the courtyard for most of our stay, although we did manage a couple of sunny days.
Our welcome from Lesley was very friendly and we were plied with hot drinks and cakes as soon as we were ushered in to the breakfast room out of the torrential Spanish rain! Lesley gave us some information about the area, best places to eat, directions etc. but was also aware of how much information to give initially.
Our room was spectacular, fabulous bed, plenty of space and the biggest walk-in shower ever! I was also provided with a fluffy bathrobe - husband was a little too big to fit into one though.
The sun deck was great, plenty of comfortable loungers and a cosy bar area - just help yourself from the fridge, fill in the honesty slip and away you go! There is a similar system downstairs.
We were given details by Lesley of restaurants which were open on different nights - the night we arrived most places were closed, so this was vital information! For the rest of the time we found our own way though and tried to eat where the locals ate. There is a great fish restaurant (sadly I've lost the notes I made for the purpose of this review, but I'm sure Nick and Lesley will be able to tell you) and a cute Moroccan tea room nearby, in fact all the places we visited were lovely and the local people were amazingly friendly. They even put up with our dodgy attempts at Spanish pronounciation which can't be bad. This is not a tourist town by any means, but you will get a very friendly welcome from the locals.
There are some great beaches nearby, and as it was out of season we had one beach to ourselves for most of the day. The caves at Nerja are well worth a visit and much bigger than I was expecting them to be. We also took a trip to see the cave houses at Siete Nil, this is about an hour and 40 minutes drive from Malaga but is worth the trip.
Bad points - well none really, parking was a bit of an adventure every day, but as it's a working town that's only to be expected. The weather could have been better but I don't think even Lesley and Nick could have sorted that out for us ...
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Palacio Blanco is located in the hitoric district of Velez Malaga,in an over 300 year old moorish monastry which was converted in 2008 to a luxury 9 bedroom boutique hotel with roofterrace,excercise water jet pool and sundeck with bar .Featured in the BBC program Amazing buildings which followed the whole conversion process. * Prime location in the city centre ,walking distance of bars,restauants,theatre and shops. *Beach and golf course only 4 kms from the hotel. *Rooms with luxery bathrooms and walk in shower, air conditioning, free wifi , international TV. *Perfect for business meetings ,weddings or as private hotel with family and friends. *We speak Dutch , English and German. *It is all afordable luxery ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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- Palacio Blanco Velez Malaga