Travel operator: Sunsave
The room was clean & the air conditioning was very welcome although a bit noisy.
The pool area was small for the size of the hotel & the number of guests, for that reason we used the courtesy bus to the beach most days. The hotel wasn't far from the beach but it is a steep walk back. We didn't have much contact with the staff but those we did speak to were friendly & helpful. The entertainment was pretty awful.
The hotel is dominated by rude Spanish guests who clearly do not like the British at all. Stand up from your table & they will just swipe your chair away for themselves without asking. Kids club & entertainment is totally geared up for the Spanish too.
Pool area is tiny, & during the school hols, don't expect to be able to swim one stroke without bumping into someone. Sunbeds, (if you're prepared to fight for one when they're released) are packed round the pool like sardines & there is just NOT enough room for the number of guests staying in the hotel.
First night in the hotel, there was a brawl on the terrace involving a large number of people which was very frightening. Speaking to other English holidaymakers, fighting in this hotel appeared to be the norm. Another night, we witnessed 2 men arguing & flinging beer in each other’s faces, & over the course of the week, many other incidents.
Everyone we spoke to had witnessed fights & violence within the hotel yet nobody who was involved in any trouble was ejected from the hotel.
This place is ready to blow at any time, & regularly does! It is not a safe place to stay & I would never ever go back, even if they paid me to go. Much of our time was spent away from the hotel. Brits beware, we're not welcome there.
Bar areas and dining room were very clean and the all inclusive drinks option had a very good choice, there was a different kids cocktail on offer every day. Pool area is very small for the size of the hotel but again it is clean and in reasonable repair. Sometimes there were queues at the bar but these were never very long as staff were very quick, there are several bars to choose from but most people seem to use the one by the pool in the evening/during the day which makes it a little busy.
Hotel is very close to the centre which is great for a stroll in the evening and a change of scenery. The main square in Torremolinos is a great place to explore lots of lovely shops and ice cream bars. A
All in all a good hotel, if you want to go somewhere for a very reasonable price that is clean and has reasonably good quality food then this place is ideal. If you expect 5 star then this hotel is not for you. It is 3 star and very good value.
Travel operator: mediatravel
From the hotel it was a 15min walk to the beach. There are lots of steps down to the beach so not good accessibility for older or disabled people and proved tricky for parents with babies. There were, however, other less tricky routes down to the beach. My mum and I enjoyed this route to the beach as there are lots of little shops and stalls to look in on the way down. The beach was nice and although it got busy never seemed overcrowded. There were some nice little restaurants on the beach serving reasonably priced drinks, snacks and meals. There were free public toilets on the beach. My mum and i spent a lot of time on the beach and wandering around the shops. We didn't go around the pool as we preferred to go to the beach. It would probably have been quite busy around the pool due to the sheer number of people at the hotel.
We never had to queue too long at any of the bars for drinks. We found the lifts a bit small and claustrophobic but managable. The beds were a bit hard but we were able to sleep on them ok. There was (free) air conditioning in the room which we kept switched off at night as it was a little noisy.
I have visited Benalmadena (next door resort) before with my boyfriend. It is a nice resort with a nice marina and some nice restaurants on the beach. It is worth a visit. I've also been to Fuengirola for the day and particularly enjoyed the zoo there. Would definitely recommend visiting it. The train service is very good. It is very cheap to get to Benalmadena and Fuengirola and both are nice to visit. You can get to Mijas and Marbella by bus for a reasonable price. I haven't visited either but have heard that both a worth a visit. Also, it's very cheap and easy to get the train to malaga airport (although there are a few steps to contend with). I would definitely recommend going to this hotel. We booked a low priced last minute short break and got what we expected for the money.
Travel operator: Jet2.com
Travel operator: independant
Our rooms faced pool luckily because the surrounding buildings/area not pretty at all. One room air con leaked and flooded balcony all day, whilst other room (115)air con had broke and smelt musty and damp. Good point though the showers were brill and clean towels.
Upgraded to AI mainly for soft drinks during day as temps over 36. But only pool bar open until evening so queues very long and most of the staff miserable/rude.
The food selection and quality was average with some nights better than others, but the diningroom was awful. It was busy within 15 mins of opening, difficult to find clean table and extremly noisy with ignorant staff and no restaurant manager. There was no (or inadequate) air conditioning and the place was heaving, the queues were long with people pushing in constantly. The hotel appeared to be about 80% spanish guests who tended to sit in large groups pulling tables together shouting and adding to the unpleasant atmosphere. Children all ages allowed to serve themselves at buffet, we witnessed many messing with the food with hands, dropping/spilling stuff, no one appeared to bother. Defo needed alcohol gel at entrance!
No panoramic views from here, quite scruffy residential area, 5 mins walk to shops but long walk downwards with lots of steps for the beach(didn't visit due to another bomb on our 2nd day)
Pool/patio area is too small, I have never done a 'sunbed run' like it. You have to reserve your 'space' with chairs for an hour before they unchain the beds at 9-9.30 then swap them over, beds are far too close together due to lack of space, most unpleasant. The pool was also very busy with no separate kids pool, but did have lifeguard.
Entertainment run by hotel not up to much especially the evening, some would start at 11.30pm.
Would not visit again and glad only had one week here!
Travel operator: fist chioce
Travel operator: Hello Holidays
Travel operator: internet booking
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