Aparthotels in Andalucia
By Sam Pulman-Slater and Dee McMath
Aparthotels are the perfect choice of accommodation for those wanting to balance independence with the reassurance of onsite services. Generally, they are self-catering apartments which also have shared restaurant facilities – this makes them ideal for visitors wanting to control their spending whilst on holiday.
These apartment/hotel hybrids usually have a main reception, from which keys are collected, and which may offer advice on care hire, the best places to eat nearby, or upcoming events. Most have shared pools, cafeterias and restaurants, and will offer cleaning and linen services as agreed at the point of booking. Note that aparthotels are not generally all inclusive – initial costs will usually cover the apartments themselves, and additional onsite facilities will be charged as used.
Aparthotels can be found in a huge range of locations, from the main cities of the region, to the Costa del Sol and more rural inland locations. The perfect balance of having a private base to return to whilst still benefiting from hotel services makes them a very popular option with visitors to Andalucia.
An Aparthotel actually falls into an official classification in Andalucia, in regulation they are much closer to Hotels (see Hotel Star rating) than Hostals ( see definitions ) or Holiday Rental Apartments (see registration) .
Aparthotels or HOTELES-APARTAMENTOS are establishments that comply with most of the regulations and that apply to hotels. They will display a 'AT' sign at the dooor with their one to five star clasification. An Aparthotel unit must have adequate installations for the preparation, conservation and consumption of food and drinks. The minimum size of rooms and bathrooms falls within the star clasification. In four or five star aparthotel the kitchen must be in a separate room from the lounge. The Aparthotel may occupy an entire building or be part of a building but it must have its own entrance and exclusive use of stairs and elevators.