Alicante, Spain

La Escondida

Rates from (ex tax)$163.71

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 (EUR153.45), via, using today’s exchange rate.

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Anglo-Spanish country hideout


Hilly Valencian splendour

Welcome to your rural Spanish home from home: La Escondida hotel is a postcard-perfect Valencia hideaway, a countryside manor with original features, a vast pool, gourmand-giddying food and near-endless views. It's just an hour's drive from the beachy hubbub of Alicante, but once you're among the tall trees watching the sun sink below the hills, you'll feel a world away. 

Smith Extra

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A bottle of cava on arrival


Photos La Escondida facilities

Need to know


Twelve, including four suites.


11am, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 2pm, but flexible by prior arrangement.


Double rooms from $163.71 (€140), 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 (EUR153.45), via, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates usually include buffet and à la carte breakfast. From June to 1 October there's a two-night minimum stay, but the hotel will make exceptions in some cases.

At the hotel

Acres of grounds, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: individually controlled air conditioning, free bottled water.

Our favourite rooms

They're all lovely – historic features, bespoke furniture, serenely stylish colours, and so on – but for extra space and your choice of views, book into a Corner Room.


The outdoor pool’s a thing of beauty – a classic stretch of water for splashing or laps alike, flanked by loungers and set amid an expanse of pristine green lawn. Indoor, another large pool awaits, beside the small spa.


The tiny-but-lovely two-room spa, which uses Germaine de Capuccini products, offers facials and massages.

Packing tips

Bring your binoculars and zoom lenses to make the most of the views from the terrace, and your comfy shoes for exploring those views on foot.


There's no lift and the guest rooms are up stairs, but staff are of course on hand to whisk your luggage away.


La Escondida is a grown-ups only retreat.

Food and Drink

Photos La Escondida food and drink

Top Table

Dine out on the terrace if weather allows (and here, weather will almost always allow). The sunsets can be jaw-droppingly psychadelic.

Hotel restaurant

Spanish- and French-inspired dishes – all beautiful, so have your phone ready if you're an Instagram addict – are on offer in the elegantly laid-back restaurant. The table linen's brilliant white, the walls are the hotel's historic brick, and the service is entirely charming. Much of the deliciousness on which you’ll be dining is locally sourced or even grown in the hotel’s own grounds.

Last orders

Lunch is served noon to 3pm; dinner from 7.30pm to 10pm.

Room service

Have breakfast or light snacks brought to your room.


Photos La Escondida location
La Escondida
Carretera Alcoy a Penáguila Km. 9


Touch down at Alicante’s airport… then leave the beach-bound tourists behind and head into the hills. La Escondida’s about an hour’s drive away.


If you’re renting a car to explore the thoroughly picturesque region, you’ll find free parking onsite.

Worth getting out of bed for

Penáguila is a top choice for country pursuits: the hills rolling around La Escondida are prime spots for hiking, biking and riding. Even hot-air ballooning, hunting and falconry can be arranged.


Photos La Escondida reviews
Adam McDougall

Anonymous review

On the table in our room is a brochure. On the back is a cracking picture of Terry Venables in the sunshine, surrounded by olive trees, sporting a falconer’s gauntlet. A handsome bird of prey lounges comfortably across the leather glove, looking at the camera. He looks so happy to be alive. Eyes bright. Beaming. Relaxed. Tanned. Soft, silver hair. Nice linen shirt. And sitting on Terry Venables’ hand. Mrs Smith doesn’t think this joke’s very funny. But I don’t care. And nor does she. Because… we… are… reee-laaaaxed. La Escondida makes you feel very relaxed. And happy to be alive. Beaming and relaxed, and happy to be alive. As happy as a silver-haired falcon atop a nubuck mitt.

A beautifully restored old hunting lodge with exposed beams and stonework and magnificent tiles (Mrs Smith especially loves a good tile), this recently opened 10-room hotel a drive from Alicante is blessed with the best location – in the whole of Spain as far as we can see. On arrival, you’re handed a glass of cava and invited onto the balcony to see for yourself. And smell for yourself. All around you at La Escondida are wonderful aromas. Orange and geranium gels and lotions in the bathroom. Fresh pine and lavender from the garden when you open the shutters.  The cottony towellyness, as you pass out facedown on your unbelievably soft thick white towel after an hour-long hot oil massage. Little juniper berries bobbing and singing in your local Alcoi gin before dinner. Rich, salty jamon, carved in front of you. Buttery turbot on the bone. Succulent scallops and juicy little mussels and something else in there. We inhale everything. Because we are relaxed now. And have lost all inhibitions. And control of one eyelid. Even the lovely, smiley staff smell good – we sniff them all carefully, discreetly, over the course of the weekend. What else smells good?

Tennis balls. Freshly popped out the can tennis balls. Mrs Smith goes Rafa Nadal, I go Ivan Lendl, and we manage about an hour on the court one morning, in an effort to earn that evening’s dinner (juicy local lamb). Nadal wins and it’s time for a cool-down in the outdoor pool, as the mist settles on the mountains surrounding the Hideaway (as its name translates). Soft rain starts to fall as we backstroke a few laps, taking in the valley, trees every shade of green. And really, this is the weather you should pray for if you come here.  Mist.  And fine, soft rain. It’s so peaceful here. So soft and quiet. The previous week was by all accounts blue skies and heat, and I can imagine enjoying those conditions too on the wide terraces, reading on a lounger, under a parasol. But there’s something very special about being enveloped, cradled in this lush mountain bassinet. There are no TVs and this weekend a local network fault means there’s no wifi either. We are happy about this. We read in the library room above the indoor pool house. We play many games of bad chess, each opening gambit emboldened by smooth Spanish brandy. We snooze. And we drink and we eat again.

A cheery chef skips through the Buddha garden one morning with a couple of sexy big tomatoes from the hotel garden. Bet they smell amazing. We’re going for a walk over the hill to the nearest town, stretch the legs, buy some olive oil. The path over the mountain (yes, I’m calling it a mountain now) is steep. Steep and strewn with spent shotgun cartridges. What do you think they shoot here, asks Mrs Smith? Stonechat, I say, decisively. Small, black-plumed warblers. Rare and delicious, darling. She doesn’t believe me. She gets her own back when a pair of sleek hunting dogs with high self-esteem comes into view at the edge of another almond grove. Mrs Smith likes dogs. A few miles and we’re on the steep downhill, on the way into Penáguila. Mrs Smith is a beautiful and strange woman, and finds it easier to run down hills than to walk. She disappears out of sight round the corner, as I check over my shoulder for those dogs. The air is full of ripe wild figs, growing by the roadside; I can always distract the dogs with handfuls of figs, olives and almonds. Good, good.

Penáguila is ramshackle and gorgeous, but the village is very much closed for business on this Sunday, so no olive oil for granny. We take the main road route back to La Escondida and pass the telecomms engineer, up a wooden pole in his crampons, doing his best to reconnect the outside world. We’re back in time for another quick dip and an aperitif. At the bar, a neighbourhood wizard – bearded, mystical, boilersuited – brandishes a handful of scraggy green roots that look as if they might have been pulled out the side of the road. ‘Santa Teresa!’ he exclaims, pointing to the strange bouquet. ‘Santa Teresa!’ Bartender unimpressed. A patient little fellow not keen to make eye contact. We, on the other hand, are in the mood to encourage. Tell us more about this Santa Teresa my good man! He tells us it is a magical plant, grows only in the local area and that, as a child, his grandmother would make an infusion of it before bed. He’s speaking in the local Valencian dialect but we’re more or less fluent after a stiff ginebra. This tea makes you feel very relaxed, he says. You try? Hmm…

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 La Escondida’s Guestbook below.

We loved

The location is fabulous and the building beautifully quirky. Dean Street Townhouse is round the corner – always a good atmosphere and great food.

Don’t expect

Large beds – the majority are 'Victorian doubles'. Our room also suffered from noisy people above, so not much sound proofing. No turn down service.


Stayed on 26 May 2017

We loved

The food. The massages. The peace and quiet

Don’t expect

...A big breakfast. Pool service. Local amenities


Stayed on 9 Oct 2016

We loved

Stayed in a cabin room away from the hotel, which was perfect for a relaxing weekend. Could not get over the amazing 360 degree views! Also loved the red squirrels running up and down the trees.

Don’t expect

Food was very good but would of liked some Spanish on the menu


Stayed on 12 Aug 2016

We loved

The beautiful setting and intimate relaxed hotel. Visit Alcoi as it is a working town with some interesting architecture and a great little coffee shop 'pepe'

Don’t expect

Lively villages and restaurants nearby


Stayed on 22 May 2016

We loved

The beautiful scenery, wonderful dining experience, superb hospitality

Don’t expect

Lively nightlife!


Stayed on 28 Mar 2016

We loved

The cabin suite - very cozy. The staff were great.

Don’t expect

Local nightlife, its totally isolated.


Stayed on 14 Mar 2016

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