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9.4
Superb 296 Total Reviews
  • Value For Money 9.6
  • Security 9.1
  • Location 9.5
  • Staff 9.8
  • Atmosphere 9.7
  • Cleanliness 8.8
  • Facilities 9.0
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9.4
Superb 296 Total Reviews
  • Value For Money 9.6
  • Security 9.1
  • Location 9.5
  • Staff 9.8
  • Atmosphere 9.7
  • Cleanliness 8.8
  • Facilities 9.0
El Refugio Hostel Located at Calle de Cerillo, Cartajima, Ronda.
El Refugio Hostel
Spain
Ronda Malaga 29452 Calle de Cerillo, Cartajima
94% 296
36.6457138 -5.1541113
El Refugio Hostel
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  • Anonymous
  • Canada, Female, 25-30
  • Novice Nomad
  • 2 reviews
18th Jul 2016
8.0

We had a lovely stay with Botz, he was very entertaining and we had great conversations with him. Also an amazing cook. We rented a car and drove through the mountainous area/did some hiking. It was nice to stay in a quiet village a bit outside of the hustle and bustle of Ronda. It also didn't feel super touristy in the village- which we really liked! We would stay here again

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  • Anonymous
  • Australia, Female, 18-24
  • Avid Traveller
  • 10 reviews
16th Jul 2016
10.0

El Refugio is unlike any hostel I've ever stayed at. The hostel is not in Ronda, but that's for the best! You can easily do day trips into Ronda, and staying in Cartajima gives you a more authentic experience of Spanish life than the tourist trap of Ronda. But it's the owner, Botz, that makes this place amazing. His hospitality made us feel as though we were visiting an old friend, and his great stories, food, and passion for music made the stay unforgettable. Thank you Botz!

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  • Anonymous
  • Australia, Male, 25-30
  • Avid Traveller
  • 11 reviews
7th Jul 2016
10.0

Stayed for just the one night but had a fantastic time, went hiking all afternoon and enjoyed a great home cooked meal from Botz at the hostel. Botz made the stay very enjoyable with his stories and advice for travelling, definitely worthwhile stopping in for a few nights if you're visiting the Ronda area!

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  • Anonymous
  • Canada, Female, 25-30
  • Novice Nomad
  • 8 reviews
3rd Jun 2016
9.1

I would highly recommend this hostel to anyone. It is worth the effort to get out to. The town is an authentic rolling white hillside village, there is amazing hiking around the area, and the view from the rooftop Terrace is lovely. However, the best part of the hostel is truly the hippie who runs it. He is a kick ass chef, and has enough stories to right a novel. If you like travel... Stay at this hostel. Oh, and WiFi is great too.

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26th May 2016
9.4

Botz (the owner) is very professional and friendly, he gives a very personalized service. An ex chef, he made us some great meals. His chilli is to die for. He is passionate about music and could keep you entertained for hours. If you like hiking and boldering he will even be your guide as Los Riscos is only a few minutes away and a great place to practice the sport. Overall we had a great time. 15 km from Ronda but Botz can usually pick you up.

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  • Anonymous
  • Ireland, Mixed Group, 25-30
  • Avid Traveller
  • 10 reviews
16th May 2016
9.1

You must stay at this hostel. Set in a 300 year old house in a small village, close to Ronda, high up in the mountains. Botz (the owner) has dedicated the last decade to creating a home away from home for travellers. From the incredible food to the amazing guided walks and rock climbing, every part of our stay was fantastic. Botz, himself, is the real highlight of the hostel. He is an interesting and energetic guy who does his best to improve your stay. You won't regret staying here. Ill be back

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13th May 2016
10.0

The owner is an awesome dude. Very homey hostel and really unique off the beaten path experience. Highly recommended!

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  • Anonymous
  • England, Couple, 41+
  • Novice Nomad
  • 1 review
4th May 2016
9.4

A genuine Andalusian white village hostel experience. The friendly owner Botz is very well travelled and knowledgeable about the surrounding countryside, which is some of the greenest in Spain. It's a good area for some gentle walking. Superb food available locally.

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  • Anonymous
  • USA, Female, 18-24
  • Novice Nomad
  • 1 review
1st May 2016
10.0

The hostal is in a precious little town close to Ronda, and Botz can pick you up in Ronda. Cartajima is lovely and quiet. The hostal has a terrace for stargazing. The food was amazing - homemade paella for dinner and eggs, bacon, cereal, bread for breakfast. Botz and his girlfriend are excellent hosts. They took us on a fantastic hike up into a cool area for bouldering and the view was really cool. Highly recommend! The hostal was more fun than Ronda! :)

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  • Anonymous
  • USA, Male, 18-24
  • Novice Nomad
  • 1 review
1st May 2016
10.0

Botz, the host, was amazing, friendly, and very knowledgable about the surrounding area. If you are looking for a small hostel where you are welcomed like an old friend, fed a delicious meal (Botz used to be a chef), and able to meet some very interesting people then El Refugio is for you. It is situated in a beautiful location, perfect for getting away from the craziness of the city. While it is a great location for hiking or rock climbing, it is also near enough to explore Ronda as well.

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