With views overlooking al Tajo and surrounded by nature, Hotel Catalonia Reina Victoria offers all the comfort and modern amenities of a 4 star hotel. A little to the south of the Alameda, and connected to it by the cliff top Paseo de los Ingleses is a garden, in the centre of which stands the Hotel Reina Victoria.
It is the most emblematic and historical hotel in Ronda and its construction brought on part of the rapid urban development in the early 20th century. For example, it was responsible for the construction of the ´Paseo de los Ingleses´- a must-see in Ronda.
The references to Queen Victoria and the English are not accidental or the casual whim of the hotel's builders. The building of the hotel, and its regular use by the British, were both made possible by the arrival of the Hendersons railway in Ronda in 1891. Its sister hotel at the other end of the line is the Hotel Reina Cristina in Algeciras. Today it retains its distinctive Victorian style, whilst offering all the amenities and services of a modern hotel.
Renovated again in 2012, Hotel Catalonia Reina Victoria now has modern Wellness and Spa facilities, a gym, and of course free internet, as well as a swimming pool, café and restaurant, and disabled access… All the typical services of a 4 star hotel.
What makes this hotel special is its exceptional location, at the edge of el Tajo, with views of the mountains and surrounded by the extensive gardens (around 3000m2) that form part of the hotel. Although the hotel isn´t at the heart of the city and close to landmarks such as the Plaza de Toros and the Puente Nuevo, the hotel offers its guests a natural and peaceful environment, ideal for relaxing and enjoying the the new facilities.
From the terraces of most of its rooms, and the the gym, Spa, café and restaurant, as well as from the pool, travellers staying in the Reina Victoria can enjoy the spectacular views.
Going back to its history, it should be emphasized the fact that one of the quintessential poets of the 20th century; Rainer Maria Rilke occupied room 208 of Hotel Reina Victoria between December 1912 and February 1913, keeping in correspondence with friends and editors to whom he told about the amazing city that he had discovered in Spain, ´´I have looked everywhere for the city of dreams, and finally I have found it in Ronda. There is nothing more unexpected in the world than this wild and mountainous city.´´
Many other famous people have stayed in this hotel throughout its history. Among them, the famous bullfighters who have demonstrated their art in the Plaza de Toros of Ronda, due to one of the internationally relevant events celebrated every September in the city: the Corrida Goyeseca. For this reason, Hotel Reina Victoria has accommodated many well known national and international artists.
The hotel has 95 rooms, as well as large function rooms for family celebrations and business events, and a restaurant with a la carte service, individual and group menus and banquet services.