Hostal Restaurante Alba1.0 out of 5.0
Recent guest reviews
We received a very warm welcome and spent 4 lovely nights in this Hostal, rooms were cleaned daily and the hostal was extremely clean and tidy with movie posters and memorabilia from Spaghetti Western films in the bar/restaurant area. we stayed on a bed and breakfast basis, but ate in the restaurant each evening, this was 'menu of the day' with a choice of first course, second course, dessert and drink for 11 euros. really good value. Los albaricoques itself is a rather lovely village, very picturesque especially for the Spaghetti Western fan, also some other locations from the movies close by. We drove to a number of beaches (very quiet roads) which are only a short distance from the hostal making this an ideal location as a base for exploring, 40mins from Tabernas desert and western movie towns and only a 20-25 min drive from Almaria airport. Whether you visit for the Clint Eastwood connection or for the great location and value for money i'm sure, like us you, wont be disappointed.
It's a nice place to have really good typical Spanish food! Everything we tried was very tasty and fresh! There are different options of meat and fish and especially the daily changing 3 course menu is great. The prices are very good (11 Euro for three courses and a drink!) The service is also good! We can only recommend the restaurant!
The hostel has perfect location for visiting beaches of Cabo de Gata Natural Park. It's in a tiny and quiet village with almost no traffic so no need to ask for a quiet room ;) Lots of parking space around the building.
Be ready that reception is closed at night and that owner may not answer the phone even if you have reservation that day. Tip: go to the bar on the other side of street and ask barmaid to call owner. Owner speaks only spanish! But hes very nice man . During the breakfast he will show you movie with clint eastwood made in this town:) very close to all movies locations in Los Albaricoques
This hostal is excellent value for money and great location for visiting nearby beaches.The village doesn't really have much going for it, but very Spanish and not the least bit touristy.This was our 3rd visit within a 9 month period, but think it will be the last as the evening menu (although excellent value for money) was almost identical to our visit a year ago. The room was clean, but shelf in the wardrobe was too dusty to put clothes on.Although the waiter recognised us, had a chat and was very pleasant,the owner barely acknowledged us. I would still recommend this hostal, but not for more than a very short stay.
The hostal is in a small village at the Cabo de Gata-Nijar natural reserve borders. Landscape is magic! Awesome beaches are very close (up to 20 min. by car). The village hosted scenes of the greatest western movies directed by Sergio Leone! Staff is awesome and the room very confortbles! Breakfast and dinner not included but very cheap and good!
Lets face it Los Albaricoques itself is a dump, its saving grace is the fact that Clint Eastwood filmed three classic films in the area back in the sixties, that alone makes it worth a visit. The Hostal Alba is what is is, a very friendly, value for money Hostal with reasonably comfortable rooms. The evening meal is not the best but good value in the grand scheme of things, the same for breakfast. The stand out feature is that you are at the gateway to the Natural Park, the stunning Cabo de Gata.
Although not equipped with the features you'd expect of a four star hotel I have to rate this hotel "excellent" in its own category because of its value for money and the warm welcome from it's staff. The hotel is just on the right as you enter Los Albaricoques from the San Jose/Almeria direction. Drive two hundred metres toward Martinez and you've not only missed the hotel but the village as well. The village obviously has grown a little in the last fifty years but not much. You can park in the road beside the hotel or on a patch of waste ground opposite. We were very pleasantly surprised by the hotel. Our room was accessed from either a set of steps from left of the front entrance or a short ramp at the rear from the side street where we'd parked. The latter made it easier to get our suitcases into the room. The room was simply furnished. We had three beds which was really useful as it meant I could unpack the suitcases on the spare bed. There was an upright chair but no armchair. The bathroom was spotless and spacious although the shower cubicle itself was very small. The hot water supply was intermittent. Don't count on having a hot shower before dinner. The temperature was more reliable first thing in the morning. A generous supply of towels was provided. The main entrance of the hotel takes you into the bar and around the corner into the restaurant. This entire area is packed with photos, paintings and memorabilia from Sergio Leone's westerns. The owner, Manuel, is an expert on the subject. We were really sorry that we didn't have enough Spanish to converse with him properly. Every time we sat in the bar or the restaurant he was kind enough to put a documentary on the TV for us featuring the village. He was even in some of them. Los Albaricoques doubled for the towns of San Miguel in A Fistful Of Dollars and Agua Caliente in For A Few Dollars More. Manual has a leaflet which shows the key locations in the film. The approach to Agua Caliente is along the renamed Calle Clint Eastwood. The shoot-out between Manco, Mortimer and Indio was filmed in the threshing circle next to Calle Sergio Leone. The place where Mortimer and Manco shoot apples from the tree is on the left at the top of Calle Lee Van Cleef although the tree is no longer there. The food Manuel serves is very good - my husband particularly liked the complimentary salad with lunch and dinner. There is a menu of the day with several choices for starter, main and dessert. The price can't be beaten in the Cabo de Gata region. I really liked the gazpacho, the beef stew with tomatoes and the flan. The bar and restaurant are very popular with the locals. They have Mahou beer at a fraction of the price you'd pay in Madrid. We paid less for a double room with breakfast and dinner for two than we did just for lunch in San Jose making the hotel the best value for money on our trip. And the a WiFi was a lot more reliable than in our four star hotel in San Jose. There is very little traffic through the village so it is generally very quiet. At night though, expect to hear dogs barking and watch out for dogs as you walk around the village. Some are large and I wouldn't have risked crossing them. You can thoroughly explore the whole village in under an hour but it's well worth an overnight stay not only to experience Manuel's hospitality but also to explore other locations in the area. Cortijo el Fraile is nearby and accessed from a dirt road. You can no longer go inside the buildings though as they are unsafe.
A bit surprised by the remoteness of the Hostal Alba and wondering whether we had made a wise choice. We entered the restaurant which was lively with what appeared to be locals having their lunch. Swiftly booked in and shown to a separate entrance for the hostal rooms. Small but adequate very clean twin room with plenty of blankets, air con/heating and extra pillows plus TV. FREE WiFi in all areas of the Hostal. Booked dinner bed and breakfast for 2 people £40. The evening meal from Menu de Dia was served in the dining room where spaghetti western photos adorn all the walls and a special tourist video of a film screened in the town were put on especially for us. Fresh salad, bread, seafood soup, tasty chicken and dessert with drinks all included. All served with a smile. Comfortable and quiet night's sleep in very comfortable beds and copious amounts of hot water for showers in the morning. Breakfast of fresh coffee and orange juice with a large tasted baguette of ham, cheese and tomato. For the price this was exceptional value for money and all served up a massive smile.
This place exceeded all my expectations in a positive way. Set in the middle of a magical landscape. Very practical with its restaurant and FREE breakfast. Extremely quiet at night allowing for a restful sleep. Spotlessly clean and relaxed. Wifi works like a charm. Best of all: the owner Manuel is a very friendly guy, welcoming and informative. I can recommend it wholeheartedly. Also: it is well worthwhile to visit the interior of Cabo de Gata, it really is breathtaking, completely exotic, strange and unforgettably beautiful! Este hostal excedio todas las expectativas. Situado en mitad de un paisaje magico. Muy conveniente con su restaurante y desayuno gratis, incluso en el precio de la habitacion. Extremadamente limpio y relajado. El wifi funciona perfectamente en todas las habitaciones. El propriedario Manuel es muy amigable, acogedor y informativo. Le agradezco por toda su ayuda y simpatia.
- Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
- Onsite dining
Located in Los Albaricoques, Hostal Restaurante Alba is 9.2 mi (14.9 km) from San Jose Beach and 9.5 mi (15.3 km) from Playa de San Jose. This 10-room hostal welcomes guests with conveniences like a restaurant, a bar/lounge, and free in-room WiFi. Los Escullos Beach and La Isleta del Moro are also within a 20-minute drive.
Enjoy a leisurely bite to eat at the onsite restaurant, or have a drink at the bar/lounge. Get a pick-me-up at the coffee shop/café. For your convenience, breakfast is available for a fee.
TVs come with cable channels, and guests can stay connected with free WiFi.
Hostal Restaurante Alba features free WiFi in public areas and a gift shop. Front-desk staff can help with tours or tickets, and provide local restaurant recommendations.
Reviews from Trip Advisor
94% of guests recommend this hotelTotal of 77 reviews