Family Hotel

Andalucia, Spain

Barceló La Bobadilla

Rates from (inc tax)$177.09

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (21EUR), via, using today’s exchange rate.


Palatial five-star finca


Remote rural estate

A world away from anywhere, luxury hotel Barceló La Bobadilla near Loja is set within its own 900-acre estate. Lounge poolside or borrow a bike and lose yourself among verdant olive groves. Outdoorsy pursuits include riding Andalusian horses or getting stuck into kitchen-gardening; amid soaring arches and marble colonnades, there's also an ultra-modern spa and award-winning food.

Smith Extra

Get this when you book through us:

A bottle of Spanish sherry, and one spa day pass an adult, for each stay (worth €22 each)


Photos Barceló La Bobadilla – Loja – Spain

Need to know


67, including eight interconnecting Junior Suites and four Family Suites.


12 noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 2pm.


Double rooms from $177.09 (€163), excluding tax at 10 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR179.00), via, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates include a buffet breakfast.


Book ahead for spa sessions, dinners and activities, all of which are in high demand during peak season. Private cooking classes must be booked a week in advance.

Hotel closed

La Bobadilla shuts its doors from 12 November 2016 to 26 February 2017.

At the hotel

A spa, gym, three swimming pools, three restaurants, a bar, free WiFi throughout, bikes to borrow, a kid’s club and playground, games room, stables, tennis courts, petanque pitch, library, kitchen gardens and a lake. In rooms: LED TV and DVD player, sound system with a USB port and Bluetooth connection, minibar, free bottled water on the first night. Higher room categories have Nespresso coffee machines.

Our favourite rooms

We love a Superior Deluxe with Terrace or Balcony for the intimate leisurely breakfasting and afternoon reading opportunities; the views aren’t shabby either. To really spread out, opt for a spacious Deluxe Suite.


The main pool is a lengthy, 1,200sq m outdoors number, surrounded by shady palms. It's open seasonally, from May to October (from 11am–6pm only, in October), weather permitting. There are ample sun-loungers, plus Balinese day beds and parasols to hire on the adjacent manicured lawn (a soft drink and a Jacuzzi session are included). It’s open from 10am to 8pm, and manned by lifeguards in high season; poolside drinks and snacks can be ordered from 11am to 8pm. Kids have their own unheated, shallow pool.


Classical baths-style U-Spa is all tiles, exposed brick columns and high, arched white ceilings; there are three treatment rooms (including a couples' suite with two massage tables and two whirlpool baths)and a hydrotherapy zone incorporating a heated indoor pool with body jets, hydro-massage pool with neck massages and waterfall, plus a solarium, Finnish sauna and steam room. Book a primp (waxing, mani-pedi) or a pamper (seaweed wrap or anti-ageing marine facial) then relax on roomy day beds by the pool. It's €22 a person to use the spa, including its indoor pool.

Packing tips

Pack your breezy summertime best for lounging about the estate, and bring riding gear if you plan to make use of the stables.


There’s also a workout zone with all the standard cardio kit, weights and treadmills, and a hair salon too.


The rate for pets varies according to size (small pets can stay from €37 a night), however they are not permitted in the hotel's restaurants or other public areas. See more pet-friendly hotels in Andalucia.


Under-3s stay free in cots; extra beds for under-12s are charged at €40–€55 a night; extra beds for over-12s are €80–€110 a night.


La Bobadilla is an eco pioneer, being the first luxury hotel to use ultra-sustainable olive-stone biomass fuel as an energy source for its heating and hot water. There's also an organic kitchen garden, plus plenty of low-impact activities.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

La Finca’s candlelit courtyard is the perfect foil for romance (as autumn kicks in, keep each other cosy by the crackling fire indoors).

Dress Code

Channel summertime staples from the Golden Age of Hollywood: polished, but not over the top.

Hotel restaurant

Refined La Finca is one of Granada's most respected restaurants, on account of Antonio Organero’s creative flair. We're talking a whole section of the menu dedicated to different kinds of gazpacho (lobster, say, or eel and dill) alongside Andalusian and Mediterranean dishes. The wine cellar at this destination restaurant wins awards. El Cortijo is closer to the main building and both white-tablecloth and family-friendly. Breakfast (included in your room rate) is served in La Bobadilla's lounge: a lavish buffet of fruit and yoghurt, local cheeses and jamón, made-to-order eggs, waffles, pancakes, plus chilled cava to kick off a cosseted day of doing nothing.

Hotel bar

A gin and tonic in the attractive square of La Plaza’s bar (in the shadow of the bell tower) is a peaceful way to round off the day.

Last orders

Breakfast is served 8am-11am. Lunch is served at La Plaza 1.30pm-4pm. You can dine in El Cortijo 8pm-11pm and La Finca 8pm-10.30pm. The bar is open from 11am–midnight.

Room service

The 24-hour room service menu includes both staples and more elaborate creations. Rooms don't have kettles, but staff will happily bring you hot water or milk when needed.


Photos Barceló La Bobadilla – Loja – Spain
Barceló La Bobadilla
Carretera Salinas-Villanueva de Tapia, Km 65.5 Finca La Bobadilla


You've got two options, both within a 40-minute drive: Malaga's international airport is 60km away and served by British Airways, EasyJet and Aer Lingus, among others; and Federico García Lorca (aka Granada) Airport, 55km away – British Airways operates a few flights a week here from London City Airport, or you can fly with Iberia from London Heathrow.


Santa Ana station is 20 minutes away from the hotel and has AVE rail connections to Seville, Madrid and Barcelona.


If you want to get about independently you’ll definitely need to hire a car: the hotel’s private driveway alone is 3km long. Onsite parking is free. From Granada, take the A92 towards Granada-Seville until exit 175 and head towards Villanueva de Tapia. If you’re coming from Malaga, take the E902/N341 towards Antequera-Granada, then head towards Granada (A359) until exit 1 (Salinas). About 5 km after this exit, heading towards Iznajar/Villanueva de Tapia (A333), you’ll see the main entrance to the hotel on your right. An alternative route from Malaga is to take the A45 main road then turn right towards Granada, Seville, Cordoba (A92M). Take exit 1 towards Fuente Camacho, Salinas/A333/Villanueva de Tapia then keep left at the junction and follow signs towards Loja/Granada (A92). Turn left and continue on the A7200 until you reach the A333 main road towards Villanueva de Tapia/Iznajar.

Worth getting out of bed for

Andalucia is the soul of real Spain – drive for around 40 minutes to Granada to see Alhambra and your journey takes in distant rugged mountains and fragrant orange and almond trees. Malaga and access to the Costa del Sol beaches beyond are also about 40 minutes by car. Granada houses the Alhambra (+34 (0)958 027 971) – a sightseeing must. This Unesco World Heritage site (Spain’s number-one tourist honeypot) has a day's worth of wonders, including the 9th-century Alcazaba fortress, Nasrid Palaces and Generalife gardens. Intriguing history, beautifully landscaped grounds and spectacular feats of water engineering make for a fascinating archi-tour, and the converted palace stands today as one of Europe’s most important historic records of Moorish architecture. Book tickets well in advance to avoid lengthy queues (or the possibility of not getting in at all). The site is enormous, so pick your priorities. 

Support wolf conservation and learn a bit more about el lobo itself at Antequera’s Lobo Park Wolf Reserve (+34 (0)952 031107), about 40 minutes from La Bobadilla by car. All the animals that roam free here do so in an entirely natural environment – most were reared within the park so they’re used to being around humans. This is a unique opportunity to observe these wild animals and their social practices – you can even visit for a Full Moon Party with a difference and watch the reserve’s residents howl at the proverbial moon. 

Ski trips to the Sierra Nevada range (including transfers) can be organised by the hotel, on request, and Seville and Cordoba are both a couple of hours' drive away.

Local restaurants

There's a cache of eateries en route to Malaga: in Antequera there's Restaurante Plaza de Toros (+34 (0)951 469 333), an old-school, stone-walled eatery with traditional dishes, including Milanese-style chicken and hake. Nearby Arte de Cozina (+34 (0)952 840 014) is a petite tapas joint.


Photos Barceló La Bobadilla – Loja – Spain

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith Hotel with us, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Barceló La Bobadilla ’s Guestbook below.

We loved

The peace and quiet, the genuinely helpful staff, the great quality food, and the pool

Don’t expect

To feel the need to go offsite for anything


Stayed on 22 Jul 2016

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