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Almohalla 51 hotel
Calle Almohalla 51
MALAGA 29300
Tel: +34 952 716 370, +34 6229 16672 (mobile)
From €89 to €110. All prices are per room, per night, including breakfast, daily housekeeping and tax. Single occupancy carries a 10% discount. Two night miniumn stay.
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Almohalla 51 hotel

Archidona, Andalucia, Spain

Sierra sundowners

Tucked away close to the wooded hillside rising above the beautiful and historic Spanish town of Archidona, this stylish, personal, white-washed hotel, owned by David and Myles, is an idyll of peace – with a plunge pool, shaded terraces and stunning sierra views. If you don't believe us about how fabulous this place is, then you can read this about it in The Guardian.

2013 - 2017: Trip Advisor Travellers Choice, Top 10 B&Bs in Spain

Special Offers

Stay at the award winning Almohalla 51 on their "Road less travelled" special and you'll receive a discount on a standard four night stay Quote Further Afield when you book


Archidona is easy to reach from Málaga airport, just 40 minutes away. Granada airport is just under an hour. The cultural cities of Sevilla, Córdoba and Granada are all within an hours drive.

Whilst the hotel doesn’t have its own parking, there is plenty of parking nearby and a drop off point outside the house. Or Antequera´s high speed train station (20 minutes away) can whisk you to and from Madrid in just two hours, with a taxi to the hotel.

Owners, David and Myles live openly as a gay couple and tell us about the realisation of their dream to move to Andalucia and open a gay friendly boutique hotel.

About The Owners

After years studying, travelling and living in Spain, owners David and Myles were keen to create a hotel that allowed them to share their love of the country and matched the high standards of service and hospitality they’d experienced on travels around the world. With careers in travel and marketing behind them, they opened Almohalla 51 to welcome guests in summer 2012. You can read about their story and setting up their gay friendly boutique hotel here.

  • What We Like

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  • This is authentic Spain. Archidona is a beautiful but proper working Spanish town with few tourists, so this is a wonderful window on Spanish life. Myles and David are Hispanophiles and very firmly part of this Spanish community who have totally embraced them and their business. With an openly gay mayor, this is a community that is very genuinely gay friendly.
  • The vibrancy of Spain is all part of the appeal but the 'serenity' we found at Almohalla was also very welcome. With lots of spaces, (indoors and outdoors) you will find yourself spoilt for choice for private corners to soak up the sun or read a book. We particularly loved the shaded patio terrace with hammock overlooking the plunge pool with views out over the roof tops to the Sierra Gracias. And Almohalla 51 only allows over 14 year-olds, so you can drift off by the plunge pool without being startled awake by enthusiastic toddlers tearing around!
  • Everything at Almohalla 51 is perfectly chosen. The fabrics, the paintings and photographs, and furniture all combine to create a very personal, beautiful and relaxed environment. And David and Myles have finely tuned hospitality skills - around and helpful if you need help with anything whether its where to eat in Archidona or what to do in Malaga, but equally they are always quick to gauge that you want to be left to your own devices.
  • We ate locally and very affordably in Archidona each night and enjoyed amazing food. Be guided by the recommendations of Myles and David and you won't go wrong, and don't miss the baroque 18th-century main square lined with bars and restaurants. It is the perfect spot to watch the world go by until the early hours. We ate at Plaza Ochavada, it’s a modern start-up from locals with an upmarket take on Andalusian cuisine. But don't forget Bar Central, the oldest bar in town which is unpretentiously traditional where everything is washed down with the local moscatel (what the Spanish call their muscats).
  • This is the perfect launch pad to visit Granada, Seville and Ronda which are all within an hours drive of Archidona but PLEASE don't forget Malaga, a mere 40-minute drive away. This beautiful city is too often bypassed. Over the last decade it has been the beneficiary of massive investment and now boasts some great museums and a wealth of very good alfresco eating places, from the seafood chiringuitos on the city beach to modern city tapas joints. We drank fino standing up at Antigua Casa de Guardia, a family owned business since 1840 where they chalk your consumption on the bar, and gorged ourselevs at La Taberna del Pintxo Larios, a modern tapas venture. Museu Picasso, carved out of a 16th-century palace, has a brilliant cross-section of his and other artists’s work and The Carmen Thyssen collection is also well worth a visit.
  • Horse riding. Even if you are a complete novice like us, we invite to give this a whirl. Even just trotting on horseback through the Spanish olive groves will have you thinking you are in a movie.  And If you like you can do a series of horse riding lessons. The instructor is from Scotland so you don't have to worry about your Spanish being up to it. Ask David and Myles for details.
  • And finally just a mention for our lovely breakfast at Almohalla 51, which showcased local produce, the molletes (handmade white bread rolls) drizzled in local oils and served with fruits, hams, cheeses, eggs and pastries.


  • The five rooms are simply furnished with a mix of modern and antique pieces from around the world – giving a peaceful contemporary feel. With luxurious bed linen and walk-in showers or baths, these cool rooms are the perfect haven for a lingering siesta. You can choose from rooms with large doubles, or twin beds.
  • All rooms have free WiFi and iPod docking stations, with TVs and DVDs available on request.
  • The breakfasts showcase local produce, the molletes (handmade white bread rolls) drizzled in local oils and served with fruits, hams, cheeses, eggs and pastries.
  • Shaded patios or terraces and of course the plunge pool with its roof top views, provide plenty of options for getting lost in a holiday read or relaxing in utter peace.
  • The hotel has communal seating areas for lounging out of the sun or in front of the fire in the cooler months and a fabulous Gallinera’ – a converted barn that’s perfect for hiding away with a book or making the most of the views.
  • When you glimpse views across the sierra beyond, you may be tempted to head out of town and wander the local groves and hills – or if you fancy it, explore this peaceful landscape on horseback.
  • If you’re after something more challenging, opt for some white-water rafting only twenty minutes away or even a round of golf.

Matt and David : July 2014

We discovered Almohalla 51 through the 'Further Afield' website, and as soon as we arrived we knew that all the reviews we had read were accurate and we were in for a wonderful holiday. The bedrooms were tastefully decorated and furnished and were cool despite the wonderfully sunny days. The pool and garden areas are quiet and relaxing...we couldn't believe how the day slipped by once we had settled by the pool! David and Myles are wonderful hosts, with plenty of suggestions of places to visit and eat. We did hire a car, and found the driving easy (due to the directions each day from David and Myles) and could park just outside each time we returned. On David and Myles' recommendation, we combined Almohalla 51 with two nights in Malaga which worked out extremely well. We would highly recommended staying at Almohalla 51, and we will be sure to return!

Fin and Michael: July 2013

Just returned from a great stay at Almohalla 51. The owners David & Myles are welcoming, relaxed and helpful, always willing to offer advice and tips on things to do. The wide choice of breakfasts were all excellent, served on the warm terrace. The house is a wonderful mix of comfort and style, with plenty of quiet spaces both inside and outside to chill out in. We were hooked on spending the early evenings watching the sun set by the pool. We’d highly recommend Almohalla 51, if you want comfort, style and luxury. David and Myles are excellent hosts. I’m sure we’ll be back.



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