We only spent one night at Los Geronimos before we were off again in the morning - headed inland for Granada where we planned to begin our serious explorations! That was followed by a visit to Seville, then Cadiz and finally Christmas in Estepona before we delivered Sue's sister back to the airport at the end of her 9-day visit with us. Now that Sue and I were on our own, we never bothered to book any accommodations for the next eight days, preferring to just 'wing it' as the mood and weather struck us! However, on the busy New Year's Eve, we once again returned to Los Geronimos (without prior notice) and were immediately checked into our same room! The price had gone up to E60 because all of Spain was celebrating - we were just happy to have a place to sleep.
Unique Quality: The owners of Los Geronimos were very helpful on both our stays, giving us advice on where to find a good restaurant meal and also finding an old extension cord that allowed Sue's hairdryer adapter to plug into it.
It was also nice to have a safe parking spot at the back of the hostal for our rental car, simply by driving through their solid steel gateway to the enclosed grounds at the rear of the establishment.
It was Sue's sister from England who found Hostal Los Geronimos del Pinar for us, since she was flying into Malaga late at night and it looked like quite a nice spot, located only a few minutes drive from the airport. Sue and I arrived in Torremolinos during the afternoon of the expected flight, after a long almost 6-hour drive down from Alicante. We had a bit of difficulty figuring out exactly where the hostal was located in the busy streets of Malaga/Torremolinos (all I had was a Google map of its location) but we finally spotted one of their signs directing us up a steep hill. It was a relief to find such a lovely spot, set on the sloping hillside with a profusion of plants and large trees making for very attractive grounds, with a view out over the town below.
Unique Quality: There was no problem with checking in, with our double room costing 40 Euros and the single for her sister 35 Euros. I was so thirsty after the trip that the owner/check-in lady hauled out a cold San Miguel beer (1.50 E) for me, from the refrigerator under the counter, while we did the paperwork! The variety of plants and the architecture of the buildings themselves brought back fond memories of similar places in East/Central Africa from decades ago when we used to live/work there. Now that we knew the lay of the land, we had no problem picking up Sue's sister later that night.
Directions: On the western boundary of Malaga, where the N-340 highway leaves Malaga and enters Torremolinos. It is only about an 8-minute drive to the Malaga airport from the hostal.
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