Meet our friendly team before you come to stay. You will see a familiar face when you knock on the old chestnut doors that lead to the inner sanctum of Los Castanos!
It’s time to introduce ourselves. This section will change later and provide a more detailed glimpse into our lives. For now it is the best way for you to get to know the new owners and their idea how to run this hidden gem. As from now on we will be your hosts at the Hotel Los Castanos.
We are Antje (43) and Frank (45) with Samuel (3) and Sasha (10) from Germany, more precisely from Dresden. In the future, the hotel will be run by Frank, while Antje will contribute her free time to help as often as possible. In her primary life, Antje is and remains a politician in a regional parliament in Germany.
We have both spent the last 2 decades in German and European politics. While Antje has originally worked in tourism as a product manager for a tour operator, Frank had his early professional experiences in construction and logistics.
It wasn’t just the Corona pandemic that changed the way we travel. We believe it’s for the better. When we traveled, we were always on the lookout for places that seemed untouched, that were less crowded, where you could get a sense of the country and its people. Accommodations typical of the country, yet comfortable, just family-like. Places where you could find your peace and quiet, but also dive into the colorful life instantly, these were our choice.
Exactly for those reasons we decided to take over the Hotel Los Castaños from Di and John. Los Castaños offers exactly that. We are happy to have found this wonderful place, built with so much love and passion and so much sense of nature, the local conditions and regionality. We love Andalusia and think there is hardly a more beautiful spot to find. Vibrant cities, beautiful white villages, breathtaking mountain landscapes, endless beaches and welcoming family hospitality. The Serrania de Ronda, a region off the beaten track with all its diversity.
We want to build on a lot of things, because there are few things that can be done better here. So there will be only small changes, if any. We want to continue to offer you a place that is a good base for excursions, for hikes, where you can get to know Spain from its most beautiful side. Here in Cartajima you will be in the middle of it all, in a warm and typical atmosphere.
We remain a family run house, which respects diversity, is kosher friendly and offers professional standards, individuality and sincerity. We want to spoil our guests and support you as much as possible so that your stay in Andalusia will be wonderful. As we have children of our own, children are welcome, but we are not a typical family hotel. Just ask us what we can provide.
Also culinary Los Castaños shall remain a special place. Following Di’s advice, we will offer our guests a 3-course surprise dinner every evening with Mediterranean cuisine with influences from Israel, Greece, Italy, Morocco and of course Spain and especially Andalusia instead of a classical á la carte menu.
We are aware of the footsteps we are stepping into and want to thank Di and John for being patient with us, providing us with advice and assistance to take over the hotel with all its unique characteristics. We will continue to run this wonderful place that Di has created with all the passion and creativity. Knowing that some of you are very connected to Di and John, we count on your trust and look forward to welcoming you here (again) soon.