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Ronda: Hotel Don Miguel

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Reviewed by: kathyk from MI, review #3195

When: March 2012

Here is another satisfied guest to add to the list of other happy guests at Hotel Don Miguel. {3 stars}

75 euros per night, double occupancy, including a buffet breakfast.

We pulled into Ronda late in the evening without a room reservation. I had my heart set on staying at the Parador and my friend Carmen charmed the man at reception and whittled away at the price to get us a room well below the first quote but he could not let us have the room for two nights. I say this to show that Paradors are willing to deal, even at the last moment of the day. We really wanted not to have to move our luggage from one place to another, so....

Walking out, across the square I spotted Hotel Don Miquel and it clicked in my mind that it had gotten favorable reviews from other ST vistors.

There is an elevator. We got our very nice room, although a tiny tv screen, but a big bathroom with a sink counter. The very best feature of the hotel is its location, right on the edge of the river gorge. Our room did not overlook it but the breakfast cafeteria does. From there, you can step outside to several patio areas with tables and chairs and look through or lean over the protective barrier to see way down at the river.

The breakfast room itself is lively with guests from all over the world and all the self serve coffee, juice, breads, yogurs, eggs, cold cuts, and more, that you want.

Don Miquel is also well located to visit the rest of the sights in Ronda. All things considered, this hotel deserves its excellent reputation.


Reviewed by: Janet Zinn from USA, review #1411

When: April 2006

Unsurpassed setting in Ronda--a real cliff-hanger! {3 stars}

Hotel Don Miguel is a great choice in Ronda. Situated right on the spectacular gorge, with its terraces literally hanging off the cliff, it may not be a good choice if you are afraid of heights! The room was spartan, and small, but adequate and clean, with a nice sized bathroom.

But what makes this place is the view. Our balcony physically hung off the cliff and we were treated to the sounds of the birds flying in and out of the gorge in the morning, and the bridge alit at night (fortunately, the balcony is totally encased in bars--believe me, you want it to be so!) A good alternative to the much more expensive parador, if you don't care about luxury; the parador is actually set back off of the gorge and not as spectacularly situated as the Don Miguel.

Full breakfast buffet was included in the price of 80 euros. Parking was available down the street in a secure lot (9 euros additional.)


Reviewed by: trekcapri from CA, review #2490

When: November 2008

This is an excellent hotel located steps away from the amazing Puente Nuevo which spans the El Tajo Gorge.

Hotel don Miguel - My Room, photo by

About the Reviewer: I am a solo traveler who travels mainly using public transportation and so I prefer lodgings with great central locations, with easy access to local transportation systems or within close walking distance to major sights. Must be clean, have a good atmosphere and be in an area that is safe to walk around even in the late evening and feel safe.

I found Hotel San Miguel on the Slow Travel website where it received positive reviews from other Slow Travelers.

Location: It is only about 5-6 minute taxi ride away from the Train Station (about E3-4). The hotel is only steps away from the famous “Puente Nuevo” and a short walking distance away from other major sights like the famous Plaza de Toros. Ronda is a very small town and most sights can be reached by walking only a few minutes away from the hotel as it is very centrally located.

The hotel offers an included buffet breakfast (hot and cold items) and has a cafeteria and a nice restaurant both of which have amazing views of the Puente Nuevo and El Tajo Gorge. Sit on their terrace and enjoy the view. I ate at their restaurant a couple of times and thought their serive and food were excellent.

It is located across from Plaza de Espana where you can conveniently find the tourist office. There are numerous nearby cafes/bars/restaurants to select from. Also, there is a main pedestrian street (on the new side) only two blocks down where there are shops and a small grocery store. Only two streets down there is a large bank with an ATM. In the evenings the town is very quiet and I felt safe walking around the area. Hotel/Room: The hotel's greatest asset is its prime location next to the Puente Nuevo. I thought the hotel was well kept and clean. This hotel was one of my favorites. I had a room with an amazing view of the Puente Nuevo and El Tajo Gorge. It was a corner single room that is on the 1st floor which also faced the street below. The room was nicely decorated, bright and very spacious. It had a writing desk, two night tables and a mounted flat screen TV. There was a double bed (made up of two twin beds). It was comfortable and I was able to sleep really well.

There is a lift to take you to your room. I found that my single room was large and very clean. The bathrooms are very clean and also large by European standards, and included a full size bathtub/shower, a hairdryer and nice toiletries. Although my room faced the main road, (2nd floor), I found the noise level manageable. Most of the noise was during the day but at night it was very quiet and I had no problems sleeping. I could hear my neighbors when they were coming and going and other sounds from my neighbors but it was minimal in my opinion and did not bother me. If you stay here try to get a room with the view of the gorge. There is no minibar. There is an in-room electronic safe.

Staff/Service: I found the hotel staff to be very, very friendly and helpful. I arrived earlier than the check-in time and was allowed to check in anyway. I found the hotel staff helpful with directions and they even made arrangements with the one taxi that could take me to the train station early in the morning. For my single room I paid 55 euros per night and stayed for three nights.

If I were to visit Ronda again I would only stay in Hotel Don Miguel. I highly recommend this hotel to others.

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