Historical Traveller Reviews of Hotel Palacio Blanco
Relax, unwind yet feel at home.
We chose to visit the Palacio Blanco for a short romantic break, to celebrate my husbands birthday. We were pleasantly surprised by the warm temperatures for mid November. Greeted by the most amazing hosts, Lesley and Nick, they welcomed us into their beautifully restored hotel. The bedrooms were superbly furnished and ours led out onto the fantastic rooftop terrace, a sanctuary which we had to force ourselves away from to visit the local restaurants. The locals spoke little English but this added to the fun and we experienced excellent, reasonable meals and wine. Our intention for this short break was to get away from the stresses of work and relax, whilst enjoying some luxury, peace, good food, wine and company. All of this we achieved. We would not hesitate to visit again or recommend Hotel Palacio and its fine hosts to friends and family.
Marie and Graham.
Very relaxed and easy going
We stayed at the Hotel for 5 days and took my husbands parents who are very fussy about where they go and have always objected in the past when we have tried to take them somewhere new. We hired a car at Malaga Airport and arrived at the hotel late 9.30pm but were greeted by Lesley and Nick and made to feel very welcome. The first day we stayed on the roof terrace and Its been a long time since I saw the inlaws relaxed as much as that day. The other days we went out to Ronda, Granada, and Antiquerra after getting good advice from Nick. Velez Malaga is very spanish and the locals don't speak alot of English but it was good fun seeing what we ended up ordering in the restaurants. The hotel breakfasts are fab, huge fresh croissants and fresh fruit etc all served up by very cheerful, funny and superb hosts. Lesley and Nick are lovely people who you would want as friends, nothing was too much for them and we were made to feel special throughout our stay. the inlaws have even asked if we can go back next year which has to be a first for them in their 60's, they have even mentioned about going a few times on their own. The tram which will go into Malaga will soon open at the end of the street where they can head out on their own so we would have total peace of mind if they were to go alone but we also know Lesley and Nick would keep an eye on them. The Hotel was very clean, relaxed, comfortable and worth every penny and anyone would be a fool not to visit at least once.
Can't wait for our next visit, Joanne and Mark Shields, South Shields UK
We stayed in the hotel for two weeks. It was very relaxing. The hotel itself is small but very wellk presented. The pool was small but adequate and the sunbathing terrace was superb away from all the hustle and bustle outside. The rooms were very good everything you needed and clean and ridy, my only problem was wardrobe space but this
was quickly rectified by the proprietors. Nick and Lesley were always on hand with good advice and plenty of suggestions for a good day out also where to and not to eat. I personally liked the laid back attitude at breakfast and the honesty bar leaving you to your own devices. The town was very good too although i would not recommend it for the elderly or infirm as it was quite hilly and no lift in the hotel to get to the higher floors meaning the pool and sun terrace would be out of bounds. The restaurants around the hotel were superb and a good variety from fish to steak to tapas and even american breakfast. There were not many english speaking people there and ordering food was a bit of a nightmare so a little spanish would be advisable before your visit.
We had a really relaxing enjoyable two weeks and would certainly consider going back again.
Iain and Pauline Hunter
relax and enjoy....
We have just had a fabulous week in the best place to unwind, relax, soak up some wonderful sun and chill out. We needed to get away from our stressful, busy life - and we did so the moment we walked into the cool,historic central courtyard with its stylish furniture and beautiful artwork. The room we stayed in was top class and the extra large bed was most comfortable with high quality linen.The superbly designed large wetroom was an added extra! Our week was spent between lying on the luxurious roof terrace sipping drinks from the honesty bar whilst admiring the amazing view of the historic castle; wandering around the true Spanish town buying superb shellfish from the fish market; sleeping extremely well -and lying in -knowing that fresh croissants and good coffee await you at any time in the cool courtyard; and strolling out to eat out in the various good restuarants. The hosts Nick and Lesley are born hoteliers and they made our stay very special. We are definately going back again- next time we won't bother hiring a car as once you get to Velez Malaga there is no need to go any further than the short tram ride to the coast to eat freshly grilled sardines! (We gather that Nick can arrange a taxi from and to the airport.)What more can we add other than to say we really reccommend this great place for a true relaxing break.
A liitle piece of Heaven
My husband and I have just returned from a fabulous two night end of honeymoon stay in Hotel Palacio Blanco. This hotel has to be tried to believe it, it is wonderful. We wanted a quiet relaxing end to our trip to Spain and we got it at this hotel. It was like being at a long lost aunt and uncles house to stay over. Nick and Lesley and their family who where visiting them at the time made us feel so comfortable and are all very lovely people. The Hotel itself is immaculate and the courtyard setting is amazing as was the roof terrace where on the last day we had the entire thing to ourselves to enjoy the sun and pool. We both came home feeling very relaxed indeed. The honesty bar is a great idea esepcially when you cant sleep and need a small wine to help you off without waking anyone and the rooms where very luxurious. Velez Malaga has quite a bit of history but we didnt see any of it as we didnt want to leave the walls of the hotel it was so nice. Hopefully we can visit again soon, I would highly reccomend this hotel to travellers.
What a fantastic week's break we have just had at this hotel. Having seen the hotel web-site prior to booking and having thought about how wonderful it looked doesn't really do true justice to just how fabulous this place really is. From having walked in through the historic doorway through to an open courtyard to be warmly met and greeted by the two owners Nick and Leslie and be made to feel at home straight away is not an experience that one often get's when travelling. This hotel has something quite unique in that it fills you with a true feeling of being relaxed from the very start of your holiday. The rooms are superb and are all finished to a very high standard with some very nice features. The building has history about it and is set in an ideal location in the town with fabulous views from the sun/roof terrace where you can relax an unwind, cool off in the jacuzzi pool and take a drink at the bar when you want it without having to wait for someone to serve you. The backdrop overlooking the mountains provides some wonderful views, the ability to take a short stroll to some fantastic local restaurants where you can practice your spanish without being embarassed is great. The relaxed and friendly atmosphere is something that you can't put across on a web-site you have to experience for yourself and this hotel is somewhere that I would recommend to anybody who just wants somewhere to get away from it all and un-wind and take the pace out of the holiday experience. So much so that we have decided to go back next year and that is the first time that we have ever been back to the same hotel.
friendly fab hotel
I was passed the details of this hotel by another trip advisor fan. It was very good advice. The hotel is in a fab and is situated in a very 'spainish' town with no other tourists that I could find. The hotel itself is in a lovely old building, with a typical courtyard an stunning furnishings, but the best bit was the roof terrace with pool and honesty bar overlooking the rooftops and countryside - the view was lovely during the daytime but equally good at night when churches etc., were floodlit at night - we spent many a happy hour sunbathing and splashing!
The owners, Nick and Lesley were lovely and very friendly and it made it feel very welcoming, especially at breakfast when we all sat in the courtyard and ate lovely fresh croissants from the local bakers which put on calories just by the smell alone!
In the evening we went out locally to restaurants and in fact the owners were in the same restaurant one evening and helped us out with the menu ordering grilled squid and clams which were both delicious and extremely cheap.
We also visited Antequerra which was nearby by, very pretty village with stunning views back across the countryside.
I would definately stay at Palacio Blanco again and intend to visit next year and combine it with a trip to Granada.
GO - you will love it!
Just returned from a 5 night stay,renovation work on this lovely building in the heart of the old part of Velez was amazing.Rooms were comfortable and spacious,Nick and Lesley were superb hosts, and should be very proud of what they have achieved.Velez is a lovely spanish town, a walk from the hotel to the top of the town through the narrow streets is a must.Local bars and restaurants are all nearby and all very easy on the wallet(A little spanish or a phrase book comes in handy)We had a hire car and took a drive to Granada and several towns around Velez all of which are unspoilt and worth a visit.All in all a fantastic break.
we have just returned from spending a week at the Hotel Palacio Blanco which we can say is the lovliest hotel we have stayed in. The owners, Nick and Lesley were very welcoming and friendly and nothing is too much trouble for them. The hotel has been renovated to a magnificnet standard with attention to detail and our bedroom was beautiful with a great walk in shower. The area is a truly Spanish town and we were able to travel down to the beach via the tram from Velez Malaga. The hotel has a lovely roof terrace with a spa pool and gorgeous sun beds with an honesty bar serving a good selection of drinks. I would most definitely recommend this hotel as it really should be recognised as a stunning place to stay.
Stayed at the Hotel Palacio Blanco for 4 nights the day they opened the doors to guest. What more can I say above the other reviews? Everything they say is true. I cannot fault anything about this hotel. It is by far the most beautiful place I have ever had the pleasure of staying in. From the wicked giant croissants (eat one every day if you dare!) to the thickest mattress I have ever slept on, the whole of our stay was perfect. Nick, Lesley and their two sons, could not have been more welcoming. The roof terrace is stunning, complete with luxurious sun loungers, exercise pool and honesty bar. From there you can look down onto the courtyard where breakfast is served. The rooms are also stunning with beautiful finishes. Velez Malaga is, as everyone has said a part of "real" Spain, and a knowledge of the language or a good phrase book is a must. Thoroughly enjoyed our stay, both the hotel and the location. Hope to return next summer for our wedding anniversary. Lynn & Mark, Bolton
Top Local Tips for Velez Malaga
Take your Spanish phrasebook this is a traditional village with very few English speaking locals however they do go out of their way to help if you make the effort to speak Spanish (no matter how little). For getting around there is a tram which goes to the nearest beach resort of Torre Del Mar which costs 1.30 euro and takes approx 10 mins but if going further would recommend a taxi which are relatively inexpensive. There are very nice restaurants which open at approx 8.30 p.m. and come alive when the locals come to dine at approx 11.00 p.m. Shops in Velez are closed on Saturday evening and all day sunday.
If hiring a car it's best not to get one that's too big! Parking can be difficult and the roads are narrow. We were 'upgraded' to a people carrier and although I parked tight to the kerb, one morning I found I'd become victim of a Spanish 'white van man' as the side had been completely scraped.