Latest summer rental was on the Los Almendros estate. This was a nice, spacious house, easy to keep clean. Boasting air con in 2 rooms and less stairs than the usual village house. However, it was not very clear that there are ALOT of steps leading up to the house from the local store and beach. As the car rental prices have leapt up so much this summer in Spain, we only had a car for the second week. It's hard work climbing 90+ steps in 37 degrees heat I can tell you - although good for the health (I think!) It's a good job I didn't invite my Mum, who is less than mobile. There is car parking at the top of the house, but it's still 8 - 10 steps down/up. I feel the owners should warn future clients in their advertising more clearly.
Steps aside, the house was nice, with three patios and a modern kitchen including large fridge, super-duper cooker etc (the cooker fused midway through cooking a large meal one night, and there were no instructions refuze box etc, so food was wasted until we found the fuzebox in the childrens bedroom). A spacious property, it includes hi fi, tv etc (not that we bothered much as we were out all the time), 3 beds, 2 bathrooms and separate downstairs loo.
It's a quiet part of Almunercar and although the house was lovely, we missed the general chit-chat of the old town and its colourful people somewhat. We also missed having a good panaderia and fruiteria close to hand , they are not exactly far, but the steps had us playing games whereby the loser had to get the bread in the morning!
There are a variety of barking dogs protecting the properties leading up to the house when climbing the (unlit) stairs at night, which are a little scarey in the dark. The neighbours opposite were very pleasant, but other neighbours at the top near the carpark, were somewhat abrupt in telling us it was a private parking area when our hire car arrived during the 2nd week. As I say, we missed the friendliness of the old town where we usually stay.
A friendly note from the Danish owners and a simple key pick-up/drop off at China Sol apartments was efficient, quick and friendly. It would have been nice to have some sunloungers and/or beach towels etc as weight of cases is very limited these days on airlines and beach towels can take up so much space in a case. Maybe that could be mentioned in the advert or when a booking is confirmed, along with the stairs. There was no barbecue on the terrace and the terrace although nice, did not really have a good view.
All in all, a lovely property at a very resonable price if you want to be slightly out of town, in a quieter spot, which many people do.
Clean modern house, 3 terraces, modern kitchen, stereo, tv, air con.
Alot of house for a reasonable rent.
Positioned in an unspoiled Spanish community, this four bedroomed village house offers offers "a Spanish experience for the discerning holidaymaker". The roof terrace gives a perfect vantage point for the many fiestas and processions which are part of the local community and a delightful place to sunbathe or eat under the stars. During the summer, neighbours sit out in the street catching up with the day's news and are delighted to stop and chat. Its position in the center of the old town is ideal for walking to the scores of restaurants, to the 5 kilometers of beaches and to explore the narrow lanes filled with unique boutique shops selling leather, jewellery, clothing and artifacts".
Have just returned from this lovely village house. The house was spotlessly clean and exactly as described. The owner Sally, left plenty of cleaning products, towels and food basics. It is very likely we will return again. Please tell Sally I recommended you if you rent this property!
Sally can also recommend a good cleaner, Cath (10 euros pr hr).
Freedom, space and very much in the middle of everything.
Added bonus of a shower on the roof terrace which has great views of the town, mountains and shoreline.
Very reasonably priced if you are a family and prefer the freedom compared to a hotel.
Owner very relaxed and pleasant to deal with.
Not suitable for those hard of walking, as there are alot of stairs (as nearly all village houses).
Hot water ran out too easily.
Would recommend a small fridge on the upper floors for cold drinks.
Great stay. It's just outside Almunecar, so you will need a car. Taxi into Almunecar approx 6 euros.
The apartment is built on a hillside and is part of a complex. Everything you need is in this 2 bed apartment inc TV, dvd's, childrens and adults games, books
The balcony is about the size of the whole apartment and the view over to Almunecar is great
There is use of shared pools, the panoramic pool and the infinity pool. Both great pools although the panoramic was a little busier.
The cost for a week in August 07 was £350 (that was the total cost for 2 adults and 2 children)
When we stay in Spain for more than a few days, we rent a private house or villa. Summer 2005, we rented a traditional village house in Salobrena and this year (2006) we did the same in old town Almunecar.
Old village/town houses are designed to keep the heat out. This one is right by the castle with great views, a 6/7 min stroll to the beach (down hill, prob 10-15 mins up!), Simply decorated with a huge sun terrace and in a place where the small people can safely wander around and buy themselves an ice cream. It is also very reasonably priced.
This one has three 'double' bedrooms, two bathrooms (essential with two pre teens!) and...a large "fredge". ; )
Views, convenience for small shops, restaurants & bars, peace and quiet, near beach, old fashioned way of life.
The house turned out to be everything it said. The Norwegian owner (Erik) was friendly and helpful and the place was clean. The rooms were extremely small, but we didn't spend much time indoors, so 'no es importante'. The roof terrace with exra bathroom and washing machine very handy. This house would not be suitable for people with walking difficulties. Apart from being up a hill, there are also alot of stairs in the property. However, for those who don't mind the effort, it is a cheap and cheerful option, and extremely well situated for the old town, park and beach. The house is most suited for families, as the bedrooms are rather small and very close together not allowing much privacy.
If you hate parking in tiny spaces and don't have patience for alot of reversing etc with half the village watching...then park at the bottom of the hill and walk up, use the underground carpark on the seafront, or rent nearer the sea front on the level!
Hostal Plaza Damasco is a small, pleasant, well maintained hotel on the edge of Almunecar's old shopping streets. And less than 10 minutes walk from the Bus Station. The hotel from the outside is very distinctive, following the Syrian theme, with white plaster and 'arab-style' windows.
Inside, the circulation spaces were filled with plants. The rooms are large, clean and well-furnished. On the windows were solid wooden shutters, which is fine, because the views were hardly remarkable! The en-suites had baths and showers, though the water was barely luke-warm.
I was offered a double room for the price of a single (25 euros). Double rooms were normally 40 euros. After all, November is a slow month. Though the owners did not speak any English they were pleasant and friendly (well, ok, the older guy was rather grumpy).
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