Andalucia Diary – Seasonal Travel Notes

Reina Victoria

Day 3 – Overnight at ‘Hotel Reina Victoria’ – Hiking, Walking & Riding Mr Henderson’s Railway; a gourmet tour of the Hidden Andalucia

Ronda, one of the quintessential Andalusian mountain towns, marked the end of this tour for us. From Benaojan we boarded the train and had the chance to ride Mr Henderon’s Railway to Ronda, where we were greeted by Toma Tours’ Director, Manni Coe.

Manni Coe, founder of Toma Tours greeting us at Ronda Railway Station

Manni Coe, founder of Toma Tours greeting us at Ronda Railway Station

Ronda is one of the main stops of Mr Henderson’s Railway, and as such the classic Hotel Reina Victoria was constructed for elite guests.

The Victorian colonial style hotel has recently undergone a complete modernisation, yet the charm remains and the views from the rooms out over the Serrania de Ronda are spectacular. The hotel has been selected by Toma Tours as the last night’s accommodation.

As a regular visitor to Ronda to see family, I’m familiar with this place and I really like this hotel. Before the makeover I enjoyed it’s sleepy, vintage feel and have happy memories enjoying strong Spanish brandies in the old bar! The last time I stayed there was Christmas Eve.

The famous 'hanging houses' of Ronda © Toma Tours

The famous ‘hanging houses’ of Ronda © Toma Tours

The hotel has been given a new lease of life and the rooms are very well appointed and decorated; and now the property features a small pool and spa area, as well as a stunning terrace, making it the perfect place to unwind after a hiking holiday.

As with the Hotel Reina Cristina in Algeciras, this hotel is rich in history, since the railway brought wealthy and eminent guests from all corners of the world.

For example Hotel Reina Victoria is well known as the long term residence and workplace of the famous Czech poet Rainer Maria Rilke. The hotel has retained the antique furniture of his original room …

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