Food at the hotel was nicely presented and lots of variety although like a lot of reviews on this hotel the food was not very hot, although it was never cold. Staff were polite and there was never any hustle and bustle at all in the dining room.
Entertainment was not to our taste but its not what we do anyway. The free internet was poor, just one computer and in two weeks only managed to get on it once.
Outside the hotel was the harbour, at night a childrens fun fair, horse and carriage rides, mini super market and a few decent bars.
The pool is very small and overlooked and the main bar downstairs gets invaded every night by older Spanish people who come to ballroom dance the night away. The good bits are the hotel is well placed for the harbor where Scubies is a very nice place to sit and watch the world go by and if you want some nightlife all the livelier bars and clubs are not far away.The resort its self is dated and tatty and needs some money investing in it before it falls down around you.
Travel operator: thomson
We regularly visit 4 and 5 star hotels, many being Thomson Platinum but believe me this was definitely NOT Platinum. Why Thomson have designated it as such is completely beyond me. If this hotel is the top rated in Fuengirola - there is completely no hope for the others!
Firstly the GOOD points:
ROOM - Modern, if a little small. Laminated flooring, flat screen wall mounted tv with some English channels. Free fridge, free safe and tea and coffee making facilities. Good aircon and also a ceiling fan. All rooms have either a sea view or pool view. The bathroom was a reasonable size, very clean and modern. Large walk-in marble shower cubicle.
STAFF - Were very friendly, particlarly the reception staff
The BAD points:
ROOM - The twin beds were extremely hard, not comfortable at all. This is also the first hotel where the bed linen was not changed the whole week we were there! The tea and coffee facilities were as most hotels supply but all the small milk portions were out of their use by date. After asking for replacements at reception, a further supply (in date) was sent up immediately.
FOOD - Hard to know where to start! It was all very bland, repetitive and mainly processed food. I have never had food this bad ever, anywhere.
Breakfast - The first morning another guest was helping themselves to a couple of slices of bread to put into the toasting machine and when they removed the slices, the one behind was completely mouldy!!! The cooked breakfast each day was exactly the same choice. The surprising thing to me was that although the south of Spain is a major producer of lovely fresh tomatoes, the ones supplied were tinned plum tomatoes. Everywhere else I have been abroad has lovely tasty grilled fresh tomatoes.
Dinner - Very limited choice, usually consisting of dried up roast meat joint or poultry portions, a couple of fish dishes plus accompanying vegetables. If you like tinned peas, tinned potatoes and tinned carrots together with frozen chips or croquettes then you will love this. The salad bar was actually quite good except the grated carrot and grated beetroot which were obviously from either a tin or a jar.
During our week we both had upset stomachs but whether this was as a result of something we ate we obviously cannot be sure.
POOL - The photo usually shown in the brochure or on reviews is taken from the pool looking towards the hotel rooms. The pool is on the first floor of the hotel on the roof of the reception and is only approx 10m x 8m. As you will see from my photos the pool area is surrounded by 5 tall, very close, apartment blocks so there is no privacy whatsoever.
Please read all reviews by all means but also check
1. The age of the reviewer and
2. How many reviews they have previously left
3. Check the standard of hotels they have stayed in previously
If your budget stretches to paying for a taxi transfer, do so. It is only a short walk from where the bus drops you off to the hotel entrance but on your return the to airport you have to stand with your luggage at the side of a busy road for 20-30 minutes until the bus picks you up. There is a taxi rank very close to the hotel and on the night before returning home we asked one of the drivers if he would pick us up the following morning at 9 a.m. He gave us his registered taxi number and his name and promised to pick us up from the hotel reception. He was good to his word (was actually a bit early too!) and we had a very pleasant journey to the airport - well worth the 32 euros.
Don't rush to get currency in the UK before you go - loads of places nearby all give better rates with no commission.
If you hire a car as we did - don't expect to visit Gibraltar unless you visit at the crack of dawn. It is about an hour drive away and when we got there mid morning, we queued for over an hour to move about 200 yards with no sight of the entrance - just cars bumper to bumper as far as the eye could see so we turned around and made our way back along the coast.
Bear in mind the time of year you travel to the Costa del Sol - although we are in our early and mid 50s, we must've been the youngest guests for most of the week. In fact the day we arrived most of the guests were actually ballroom dancing in the mainbar. The entertainment also tended to be aimed at those of at least pensionable age.
Needless to say, I do not think we will return to this part of Spain and certainly not to this hotel.
Travel operator: Thomsons
Travel operator: firstchoice
The Pool is not very deep but more than adequate. Stayed with my daughter & grand children (15,13 & 10) the entertainment provided by the hotel is more suitable for the older guest so we went out to Linda's bar(around the corner from the Hotel and the Waterfront by the Marina. Would not hesitate to recommend it to others, we traveled from the Malaga Airport by train as taxis will only take 4 and its very cheap less than 10 euros for 5, the hotel is about 10 minutes walk from Fungerola station or a taxi will cost about 6 euros.
Travel operator: Thomson
Only downside if you are a swimmer is the small pool which was also very cold, its heated apparently from February. but as the beach is accross the road and only charges 8 euros for 2 beds and umbrella the pool is not really a problem. We had one of the best 2 weeks we have ever had and we being retired go away at least 5 times a year, highly reccomended by us
Travel operator: Portland
The standard and variety of food was the highest hotel standard that we have had for some time. The only improvement we suggested was a better variety of breads. If anyone is offended by shorts in the dining room at dinner they might not like the hotel but we thought thoroughly enjoyed it and for the first time in years we only eat outside the hotel once (usually 4 or 5 times in two weeks).
The hotel is right on the seafront only a minute from the beach and a couple of minutes to the resort centre (particularly the bus and train station).
Access to the beach will I think will be needed to use the sunbeds and parasols (8 euros for 2 beds and parasol) because the only problem we saw with the hotel is the pool area. The pool is really only a plungepool (only 1.4 metres at the deepest) and there were only 80 beds (about 25 parasols) so with 180 rooms the maths say a lot of people will have to go to the beach if they want a sunbed.
The staff we had contact with were excellent and very helpful.
Although we did not stay in every night the entertainment that we saw was excellent. However it was very much based on music to dance to. The flamenco and ballet (yes ballet) shows were wonderful.
Although Thomson don't appear to book children into the hotel children are allowed, however we saw no facilities for children and whilst you could possibly entertain children for a week I think any longer could become quite difficult (and expensive) for a family with children.
With regard to hotel prices I think the hotel compared well with all the bars in the area (e.g. 3 euros pint beer, 5 euros gin and tonic, 2 euros coffee). It however should be noted that smoking is allowed in the bar and entertainment area - my wife quite enjoyed that.
Travel operator: Thomson
Travel operator: thomson
Travel operator: Thomsons
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