As our usual Sol Principito Apartments were not available as they were being renovated, I looked for apartments that were in the same vicinity and remembered APARTAMENTOS BAJONDILLO was not too far away and on the Paseo. We booked using Booking.com which is an excellent website by the way. We paid 39 Euros per night and paid by Visa when we arrived there.
I didn't know what to expect as I was quite happy at the other apartment. We had a one bedroom apartment there and at Bajondillo, we had a studio which was smaller, but has everything you need really. I think the best part is that all the apartments have a terrace and enjoy sea views. It was so nice to wake up to sunsets and hear the sound of the waves of the sea.
The Apartment is located right on the beachfront, close to shops, restaurants.
Another thing I loved about the place is that people have been coming back for years and years. In the evening people congregated in the Lobby Lounge and socialized. We met some very wonderful folks from all over the place. One large group of Americans was with the Grand Circle Club. They were so much fun.
Update: January 27 to February 18, 2009
Hans and I again stayed at Bajondillo for three weeks. This time we had a lovely room (#209) as our terrace overlooked the swimming pool and the sea and we had sun for most of the day.
It was so nice to see the many familiar faces of folks we had met last year. Hans's sister Nel and Jean were even here for a week - awesome or what! There's no doubt in my mind, that this is "our place".
Update: February 3 to 24, 2010
Hans and I again stayed at Bajondillo for three weeks. This time we had room # 109, which I liked as we didn't need to use the elevator at all.
This year though, the price went up to 44 Euros per night and we booked directly with Bajondillo. We did get complimentary shuttle back to the airport which was nice.
Update: January 28 to February 26, 2011
Well, we did it - stayed for four weeks. And I loved it. We again had room # 109 as we requested it. Because we booked for a month, we got a 10% discount so we actually paid 39,60 Euros per night. Again we got free shuttles to and from the airport.
Update: February 8 to 29, 2012
Fifth year at Bajondillo
As we just returned from the Philippines, we decided to stay for three weeks. We had room # 209 this time. We again got a discount of 10% which came to 39,60 Euros per night. Altogether we paid 831.60 Euros for the three weeks.
Highlight of this trip was the Hotel Group bus Tour to Antequera and lunch in Periana. Also Hans and I took the bus to Marbella to visit Carmen, Stace and Sandra. We all went for a nice walk to the beach and Old Town as the weather was sunny, beautiful and in the mid seventies.
Update: January 27 to February 27, 2013
Sixth year at Bajondillo
We stayed for four weeks this year and we had room # 207 this time. As we stayed for 30+ days we got a discount of 15% which came to 38,25 Euros per night. Altogether we paid 1,147.50 Euros for the four weeks.
Highlight of this trip was the Hotel Group Bus Tour to Almunecar and Otivar where we had a delicious chicken dinner at Restaurante El Capricho.
Unique Quality: Amenities include kitchenette with refrigerator, two burner stove and all utensils ( pots, pans, dishes, cutlery, etc), complete bathroom with a wonderful shower, central heating (individual air conditioning for the summer ), satellite TV with international channels ( English - only CNN, BBC and Sky News), direct telephone, safety deposit box ( 10 Euros per week), daily cleaning except Sundays, daily change of towels and twice weekly change of bed linen.
Entertainment and activities are available daily. Once a week they have a Flamenco Show ( Saturdays), Movie night, Bingo night, lawn games, exercises, extensive Library (English, French, Nederland and Germany).
Large outdoor swimming pool and lounges with comfy cushions.
They installed a laundry room last year - very convenient but a little pricy - Wash - 4.50 Euros - Dry - 2,50 Euros. Open 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Get your chips at reception.
Keep Fit - Social Room - 9:30 a.m.
Library - 12:30 to 13.30
Bingo - Wednesday - 7:00 p.m. - Social Room
Petanca Bowls on hotel grounds
Sangria Party - Wednesday - 3:00 p.m.
Movie Night - Sunday 8:00 p.m.
(Update: no more Movie Night)
Free covered parking
Update: The Website below brings you to a Dutch website Arke.nl/spanje which has 48 wonderful photos of the Bajondillo Apartments which gives you an idea of what the place looks like.
Directions: Right on the beachfront. Fifteen minute drive to Malaga Airport