I have given this 5 stars based on our experience. The hotel itself is a very good 4 star and deserves it's rating.
The attention to detail and architecture is suberb, with marble, mosaics, etc everywhere, with a 'grand staircase' too. Some of the individual furniture pieces dotted around the public areas are wonderful. Service was good and efficient 90% of the time. The only problem we had was waiting to order a drink at the lobby bar like many others were doing, only to be told to sit and she would come take our order (great we thought), although 20 mins later we were still waiting and so left (long time to be just sitting there). The pool guy was very thorough and also cleaning and tidying around the pool area, and kept it spotless
We arrived about 10.30pm, and luckily the A La Carte restaurant was still open.
The rooms: There are approximately 22' x 12' with double or twin beds, wardrobe, desk with TV, and side table and chairs. On the balcony is a higher quality plastic table and 2 chairs. All the balconies have different types of railings, some full concrete, some metal railings, some both as you can see in the phoots. It all adds to the effect when viewing the hotel from a distance.
Bathrooms are very nice and new (the hotel was built in 2004) and have marble counter, sink, WC, bidet and tub with shower attachment. Great water pressure, and all the amenities you need, they felt very plush.
Breakfast is buffet style, but very good quality. There is a cooked breakfast/made to order omlettes station too, fresh fruits, meats, cheeses, pastries, juice, sparkling wine, cereals, toast, yoghurts - everything you could want. You can also eat outside.
The tapas bar is pleasant for a light lunch too - although theres not thatmany tapas available! We opted for a toasted sandwich instead.
Unique Quality: The hotel is appx. 10 -15 mins walk to Fuengirola centre, which was very nice at this time of year (very beginning of May) not too many tourists!
One thing about the hotel. While not stuffy, I'd say it was for the slightly more discerning traveller and those who are going to relax. To give you an idea, the hotel was full of Spanish guests, with only a handful of British.
The Spa is wonderful, although could be kept a little cleaner. For 12 euros, you can use the therapy pool, jacuzzi, sauna, steam room and solarium. The gym was free to use, although 2 of the machines were broken for the whole stay, and there is no air con in there, so not the most pleasant workout conditions, although you do get a sweat on!
We have said we will definately return to this hotel for a quick getaway when we next need a break - something we don't usually do as there are so many other places to see. It's one of the most expensive hotels in the area, yet still only appx. £50 per room per night. We found that the term 'you get what you pay for' definately applies to this hotel, and we hihgly recommend it.
Directions: 10 minutes from the centre of Fuengirola, next to Sohail Castle.
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Address: A7, Km 207, Junto al Castillo de Sohail, Fuengirola, Costa del Sol, 29640, Spain