Daily Telegraph expert review at the Madreselva

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"Hotel Madreselva's casual, no-frills rooms boast a bohemian charm that matches the hippie glow pervasive in Caños de Meca. The picturesque low-lying hacienda building shelters an idyllic, palm- and flower-lined courtyard and pool, staffed by a laid-back, friendly bunch" writes Marti Buckley. The hotel reopens April 5th. 2019.

by ​Marti Buckley, Telegraph Travel Writer

Location 8 / 10

Hotel Madreselva, located on a beach avenue, feels in the midst of a bustling summer scene – even though the town Caños de Meca has a population of less than 300. At only 50 yards from the beach, it is an ideal base for exploring a shoreline that locals love. Beaches are beautiful and, for the most part, tranquil; great for surfing and dotted with quirky txiringuitos (beach bars) that serve cold drinks and salmorejo. The nearest airport is Jerez de La Frontera, a one-hour drive from the hotel.

Style & Character 9 / 10

Madreselva is unassuming from the street, but the hotel's charm begins to ooze once you step onto the grounds. The rooms are spread across a terracotta-coloured hacienda-style building that shelters a red-bricked patio lined with sunflowers, palms and agave plants. The vibe is shabby surfer-chic: a great, relaxed base from which to enjoy the beaches of Cádiz.

Service & facilities 8 / 10

The people of Cádiz have a reputation as warm and friendly, and the staff at Madreselva does that reputation justice. They have a relaxed ease to their hospitality — ask them anything, and be ready for the answer to feel more like a conversation between friends.

Shady trees and bright flowers create a secluded ambience in the private courtyard. A year-round pool is pristine and peaceful, bordered by the hacienda-style walls, and perfect for when you need a break from the nearby beach. Free parking and a 24-hour reception are the handiest features the hotel offers.

  • Bar
  • Parking
  • Pool
  • Wi-Fi

Rooms 7 / 10

There are just 18 rooms, arranged in a rectangle around the hotel's courtyard. The décor is an eclectic mix of old furniture, wrought-iron lamps and bed frames, and original paintings. The best part of the rooms is the individual private terrace, with wicker chairs and plants — your own space to enjoy the muggy nights of Cádiz. Bathrooms are basic, though they do include toiletries. The Trafalgar suite is a two-bedroom apartment, especially suited to families.

Food & drink 7 / 10

The hotel's lovely shaded patio is the perfect spot for any and all snacking and imbibing done on the premises. Breakfast is lovely — a spread based on quality, not quantity. There is a station for squeezing fresh oranges, loads of fresh fruit, thick yogurt with muesli, the reddest tomato for spreading on toast, loose-leaf teas and local Ines Rosales tortas. The bar in reception serves wine and cocktails into the evening and has cakes and brownies on offer as well.

Value for money 9 / 10

Double rooms from €81 (£71) in low season; and from €131 (£115) in high. Breakfast included. Free Wi-Fi.