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Hotel Enfrente Arte
Ranked #2 of 39 Hotels in Ronda
Certificate of Excellence
Dublin, Ireland
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Second visit - Looking forward to the third!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2011

The moment my husband and I walked back in the door and received our second warm, friendly Enfrente Arte welcome, we knew we'd made the right choice by returning. After enjoying our first stay in this wonderful hotel so much, we chose to come back and stay in 'The Tower' room for my birthday. The Tower is an old building which stands alone behind the main part of the hotel, snugly secluded in the beautiful gardens, next to the koi pond. It has three separate levels and is quaint, rustic, quirky and cosy.... we absolutely loved it. We took advantage of the inviting, traditional stove as Ronda can be quite chilly in November! The Tower room might not suit you if you suffer with walking difficulties or back problems etc, just from a steps point of view, but we fell in love with it instantly. It has a distinctive, but not overbearing African theme to it's décor and with it's shuttered windows and old wooden roof beams, it's unique character and atmosphere really appealed to us!
Our breakfasts were delicious (I recommend the crepes!). The hotel itself is wonderfully maintained.... we really enjoyed exploring the place again and noticing the little changes that had been made here and there since our last visit, e.g. the wonderful new tile mosaic on the vespa! It is an absolute pleasure to sit in the subtropical garden, listening to the sounds of water and birds and watching the many different types of fish in the ponds. The free bar is another fantastic bonus to staying at Enfrente Arte. It is one of the many things that really make you feel like you're at home when you're there. We're not big alcohol drinkers so it's great to have the option of teas/coffees/soft drinks/juices as well as alcoholic drinks. And there really is no limit at the bar, the staff will never frown at you for refilling your glass :)
So onto the staff... they really are what makes this hotel so wonderful. From the second you walk in the door you are made to feel as if you are part of an Enfrente Art family. I cannot emphasise how friendly, helpful and warm they are. Having worked in a hotel myself and had plenty of dealings with this business, I do understand that it is not always an easy job, and to have a team of such terrific people greeting and assisting guests is rare and is such a huge asset to any hotel. Any query or request we had was answered or dealt with immediately and with no problems whatsoever. I was even wished a 'Happy Birthday' which was hugely appreciated!
So as per my previous visit, and my previous review, I cannot give Enfrente Arte anything less than full marks again! We cannot recommend this hotel highly enough. An absolutely amazing place. If finances allow, we hope to be back in 2012.

Room Tip: We highly recommend The Tower room for it's unique and quirky character but bear in mind it'...
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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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EquipoHotel, Gerente at Hotel Enfrente Arte, responded to this review, 16 December 2011
Thank you very much Laura!! You will be very wellcome for 2012 ,your visit and your picture
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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2011

Our favourite hotel, in our favourite location. We are a family of 4 (2 adults, 2 3 year olds) and we were all equally spell bound by this hotel. You feel like you're Alice in Wonderland as you discover the breakfast room, chill out room, library, pool, garden... all decorated with an eye for detail and artistic flair. There is so much to look at around the hotel, you almost miss the amazing views!

The room was a great size for all 4 of us and the balance of modern decor & colours with the more antique windows and doors was perfectly managed. A great balcony out the back, an eclectic pool, aviary and aquarium full of those little fish that eat your dead skin. In the garden there was bamboo positioned to catch the wind and in the chill out library I'm sure there was a scent in there to stimulate the only sense not teased so far. Our 3 year olds loved everything - in particular the half cars and breakfast room.

Breakfast had little models of what you could have and whilst you expected to receive full size versions you are actually served portions the same size. So much thought has gone into this hotel, to stimulate, tease and play with you, you can't stay anywhere else.

Then there is the free bar. Seriously. A free bar including tap beer and bottles of wine. I wish we'd stayed here longer. In fact I wish I'd lived here when I was a student as it's the most perfect student house. The only slight fault for us was we were staying here at the same time as a really loud Spanish family whose children were out of control (attacking the fish and being obnoxious) and there was no staff around in the evening to calm things down. Otherwise, this was perfect and not only would I stay here again, I'd make an effort to try to get to Southern Spain just so I could stay here again.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Richard K
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Chicago
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2011

Definitely the most memorable hotel on our trip to Spain. The place is funky, with eclectic furnishings and funky open spaces throughout. We stayed in a large two floor suite--the bathroom was on the second floor--tough at night--but a very large room. There is a free bar with a beer tapper, bottles of wine, juice etc. There is a complimentary buffet breakfast which was very tasty. There was a aviary/aquarium room with a parakeet and other birds and the weirdest but still cool "fish treatment" in this fake pond. You sit in these jetson style chairs and stick your feet in the water and these krill like fish with no teeth come up and take your dead skin off your feet. I was not going to do it but my wife said you have to try it. Definitely weird,but my feet were softer and smoother afterward. Like I said, a hotel like no other.

As far as location, the hotel is at the bottom of the hill, so you have to walk up to the main area of town. It is about a 5-10 minute walk-very scenic but very steep as well. On the plus side, the hotel is very close to the Arab baths- which is definitely an attraction not to be missed. If you come by car, you also have to find a space on the street. Not a problem in October, but I can't speak for summertime.

If you are looking for a hotel where you will be pampered by hotel staff and have your bags schlepped to your room etc, this hotel ain't for you. But if you are looking for a unique, "unlike anywhere else in the world" funky hotel experience-I highly recommend it.

Room Tip: Some suites have balconies, there is also a tower room which sounded cool but after we compared it t...
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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank go-chisox
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The Woodlands, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2011

This was our very favorite hotel in our entire trip. Our room was large as was our bathroom. We had a balcony with a couch and table that overlooked a patio. The hotel had so many common areas that it seems we found a new one everyday. Free alcohol...need i say more. Best buffet breakfast in our entire trip. Churros were the best I ever had...I think they made me qual eggs with chorizo, awesome. The staff was very good...I think I heard Dimitri speak German, Spanish, and of course Engish. The only downside to the hotel that it was so cool that you dont want to leave and see the town.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Adam S
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Surrey
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30 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2011

Through imaginative use of space and everyday items Enfrente Arte offers a completely original hotel environment with lots of different areas to enjoy including roof top patios and a pool, and a jungle area complete with feet nibbling fish. Breakfast is attractively presented with plenty of options including freshly cooked in front of you. The location is excellent, just 5 minutes walk from the sites of the old town and 10 from the bars and restaurants of the new, but far enough from the centre for free street parking close to hotel. Dimitri and the other staff are friendly and helpful. The free bar is a great idea, not least for being able to make tea and coffee at any time.

Not the hotel's fault, but refuse collection during the night and the occasional noisy bike meant we had to close the window and rely on slightly noisy air con to stay cool.
Otherwise, our experience was entirely positive and very memorable.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank PandRR
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The Netherlands
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16 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2011

This is the most creative hotel we have ever stayed in. To start, the welcome was very kind. The receptionist speak a lot of languages and makes you feel right at home. The hotel is a maze containing very different rooms with lots of strange/funny/cool stuff in them. Scooters as flowerpots, hands and camels as seats, fish tanks, avary, and many more. We especially liked the Dr. Fish, little fish knibbling at your feet, nice after a long day of walking on cobbles. The bar was completely free, so you can take any soda/wine/beer if you like and they even clean up after you! The room itself was okay. Again some nice/funny art at the walls. Main disadvantage of the room was the thin walls; we could easily hear the reception. Breakfast next day was great, especially for spain, lots of choices. All in all, this hotel are an experience on its own and staff is great. Would definitely stay here again and recommend it to anyone who visits Ronda.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Hofke
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Shoreham-by-Sea, United Kingdom
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101 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2011

Ronda is a great spot to visit on the road between Malaga and Sevilla. Dmitri´s hotel is a maze of hidden delights and even at full capacity you can find quirky space to yourself. Pop art concepts cover every spare inch and the attitude is professional, helpful and relaxed. There is a free self-service bar and a generous breakfast served until 12. Look out for the roof top terrace overlooking the mountains accessed via a spiral staircase from the tropical fish and bird area. Our room´s decor was inspired by Gauguin and was comfortable and functional.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Hotel Enfrente Arte
Address: Calle Real 42, 29400 Ronda, Spain
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Region: Spain > Andalucia > Province of Malaga > Costa del Sol > Ronda
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#2 Family Hotel in Ronda
#3 Romantic Hotel in Ronda
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Enfrente Arte 3*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
EnfrenteArte is a bohemian, alternative, funky,… hotel. It was born with the idea of being a prolongation of your home: without rules, schedules and with free access to every single part of the hotel during all day.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'. Several romantic courtyards and terraces offer stunning views of the mountains, the river 'Guadalevin', the old city and the renowned horse riding school 'Maestranza de Ronda'.The hotel itself has been decorated with eclectic details, original and historical artwork and atmospheric lighting. Above the very intimate bar and relaxed dining room, the hotel also has a TV room, Wii, a library and free internet access.The subtropical garden, with a large variety of exotic plants, birds and fish is an attraction for nature lovers, and, the children. The hotel also provides an outdoor swimming pool, a sauna and the treatment of pedicure by the “Doctor Fish”Our self service bar offers a selection of tea, coffee, refreshments, natural juices, beer and different wines. Probably the most remarkable characteristic is that during your stay, all drinks, breakfast and the use of all facilities are included in the price of the room, making EnfrenteArte your home in Ronda. ... more   less 
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