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.
Luxurious contemporary coastal apartments, with well lit open plan living spaces and stylish, minimal décor. Large beds and marble bathrooms. Private terraces with outdoor seating and sea or town views, and kitchen amenities. Shared pool and jacuzzi. Bar, restaurant and fitness and spa services all available onsite. In coastal town of Novo Sancti Petri, a 6 minute walk from the beach and 1km from Novo Sancti Petri Golf Course. A 45 minute drive from Jerez airport. Apartments sleep between 3 and 6.
Glamorous apartments in bustling resort of Marbella. Huge open plan apartments with kitsch furniture, marble floors and fully equipped kitchens including washing machine. Unspoiled sea views from private balconies with outdoor seating. Aparthotel features luxurious, vintage-style lobby, wood paneled bar and restaurant and gym facilities. Set amongst shops and restaurants of Puerto Banús, and 150m from Nueva Andalucia Beach. Apartments sleep between 2 and 6.
Beachfront apartment resort, with sleek modern interiors. Private apartments with full kitchen amenities and small balconies with sea and garden views. Aparthotel arranged like small village, and has beautiful open plan lobby, bar and restaurant areas. Swimming pool and ample play facilities for children. Immediate beach access. A short drive/walk from Novo Sancta Petri. Apartments sleep between 2 and 4.
Rustic lakeside apartments set in small chalets. Minimal décor, kitchen amenities, and access to shared pool and terraces. Bar and restaurant onsite. Pool with beautiful lake views over adjacent Embalse de José Torán. A short drive into the Sierra Norte Natural Park. 6 km from charming Puebla de los Infantes, and 80 km from Seville. Apartments sleep between 2 and 4.
Beautiful Moorish style rustic apartments in the heart of historic Granada. Ample period features and Moroccan décor, including decorative wooden shudders and low beds. Set around central courtyard with restaurant and room service. Mirador de San Nicolas and Paseo de los Tristes all within 10 minutes´ walk. Apartments sleeping between 2 and 4.