Monday, April 29, 2013

Review of Hotel Polo in Ronda

The fam on our balcony at Hotel Polo.
Location, location, location - always so critical when choosing accommodations - was unfortunately a bit neglected when we selected Hotel Polo in Ronda, Spain, for our two night stay.  Not that its location was inconvenient or cumbersome.  It was only a short walk to the magnificent Puerte Neuvo, or New Bridge, which soars over the dramatic El Tajo canyon dividing Ronda into old town and new town.  But Hotel Polo is located on the "new" side, and after strolling through the quiet, lazy, charming "old" town, I would much rather have slept there.  Precious little Hotel Ronda (link to it here) in the center of the old quarter would have been just my taste.  Maybe next time.

Anyway, my disappointment in Hotel Polo was somewhat hastened when arriving in what was obviously one of their unupdated rooms:  dirty carpet, slouchy beds with thin sheets and no pad, rickety old furniture, and moldy bathroom.

Our guest room in Hotel Polo.
Extra bed is a good feature.

En suite bathroom

Old furniture.

Alas, however, it's not always easy to find a room (with air conditioning) for four people in Europe, and the price was right ($125/night - in dollars because I booked on  The reception staff was kind and helpful and the lobby was clean and cheerful:

Lobby at Hotel Polo in Ronda.

Traffic on the street outside our window was not too heavy:

And I peeked into some nicely refurbished rooms that perhaps one might request:

My husband and daughter, big breakfast eaters, really liked the hotel breakfast (not included in the price):

And for families with little ones, a park with playground is nearby:


  1. Bummer that the hotel wasn't great but at least you were able to enjoy Ronda! Our family went last summer (I'm hoping to get a post up in the next week or two about that part of the trip, still writing up Barcelona). Ronda was one place that I decided to splurge and go for the room with a view and we stayed at Hotel Montelirio. It had an amazing view of the bridge and a great location for enjoying the old town. Of course, by the time we arrived my husband, who is afraid of heights, was so stressed out by the drive through Andalucia that he barely wanted to open the curtains to see the view, let alone open the windows to enjoy the Juliet balcony!

    1. Ronda's certainly not the place for a person with a fear of heights! Your hotel sounds terrific though - thanks for the recommendation!

  2. How lovely, you must be having a wonderful time!


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