More about Hotel Griego Mar
Wont be going back
We stayed at this hotel 3 times in the past and had no problems. Firstly, we had to wait 3 hours for our room to become available. We were told to put our luggage in the courtesy room which was virtually empty at the time. However, by the time we went to collect our luggage we had to clamber over dozens of cases to reach ours. I had to pass the luggage over (virtually throwing it to reach my partner). He lost his balance and fell over which would have been funny if we weren't so exhausted. The hotel is supposed to serve all inclusive drinks until midnight. However, the pool bar closed at 10.30 which meant if you wanted to carry on drinking you had to go to the inside bar which was very crowded and understaffed. Come on Griego Mar get your act together!
We've just return from a great holiday at the Griego Mar. Thier was 8 in our party 4 adults and 4 kids aged 8 to 12.We found the hotel to be clean and our room being one of the larger family room to be spacious, it overlooked the pool so we got the sun during in the morning and shaded in the afternoon which meant cooler but somtimes noisy nights with some people drinking by the pool till 1 am.the food was ok with plenty of salads,cold meats ,3 main meal choices and a selection of deserts and fruit, the menu change every day we were there. The pool and patio area was cleaned every morning with the sunbeds unlocked at 9 am,so whoever gets up at 6.30 is wasting thier time, but we did find it hard gettin a parasol as there was only 12 and it was very hot in the afternoon,32 degrees in may. the pool is 20mx7m which is a decent size but it could do with a toddlers pool for the under 5s. The entertainment consisted of compitions during the day like pool,darts and table tenis, in the evening it was kids disco followed by either a quiz or bingo then a profesional act like a comedian,magician or flamenco dancers all this was organised by the Animaion team of Diego,Myriam and the hilarios Juan or Lenny as the kids called him. All in all if your looking for a cheap family hol we found the Griego Mar hard to beat , but be warned we went in may peak season looks like it could get very busy and a lot dearer
Cheap and Cheerless
Arrived at the hotel at 1am, to be greated by an unpleasant receptionist and strange smell. Was given hotel key and after a 10minute wait on the lift we made or way to the 8th floor. The air conditioning was not working in the whole block and the receptionist kept her unhelpful attitude by explaining I had no chance of a room change- there were so many to be changed before me.
However, I went to the reception in the morning undeterred by her attitude and received a much better response and was moved at 1pm. After that things looked up...briefly.
The food is fine if you are there for a week- however towards the end of a fortnight I was dreading that school cafeteria smell as I walked towards the dining room.
The fight for the pool space is bad- the beds are actually locked until arround nine then there is a fight for the best spots...where the sun stays until around 5- some of the areas arround the pool can lose the sun as early as 3.
The location is fine...it is a 10 minute walk to the beach but its uphill all the way back.
In all I would say the hotel is slightly less than average and if you keep you expectations low you may then be pleasantly surprised!!
review by an 18 year old
hi, im 18 years old and have just got back from my holiday with my 3 other friends (we are all female) (07/10/04)
we arrived at the hotel and although it doesnt look great from the outside we were very pleased with the inside. the hotel was clean, the staff were friendly and the rooms were basic but we had everything we needed except a fridge.
The hotel was situated in a great place just about 5 mins from the town and is oppisite a great chinese resturant and a kebab shop. there are loads of git shops along a street aswell as clothes shops and supermarkets and some bars.
we didnt have any complaints about the hotel at all, but the nightlife was dead at this time of the year. if you are the partying type then i woldnt suggest going at this time of the year but i have heard it is better in the middle of the summer.
there wasnt really any discos or clubs outside of the hotel but there was a 24 hour square to go to but this would mean getting a taxi.
the entertainment in the hotel was basic and not to great for people of our age, at half 9 every night bingo started for 1 game and then some entertainment such as a parrot show, magic show or compitions would go on untill 11.30. the entertainer wasnt bad himself but only danced to 3 songs with the children at the end of the night.
overall wasnt a bad holiday at all but as i say dont go if you want a great partying holiday.
worst we have ever been to
We stayed with our 4 children on a half board basis.The rooms were not a bad size but that is the only good thing about it,there were wires hanging out of the wall,beds were broken,mattresses were absolutely disgusting with stains and ripped to bits,(they tried to cover up these with fitted protectors,lights were hanging off the wall,no fridge as stated by tour operator,sat t.v was only BBC1 and Eurosport again told there were a lot more,shower was broke,balcony had a view of litter and dogs plus their mess,tiles were broken on balcony,lifts were always breaking down,nothing really for the children to do,swimming pool has been built in the shaded area of the hotel,food was literally same everyday,and was full of germans.The exterior of the hotel was not all bad apart from dog mess leading up to this.We will never visit Torremelinos again as it is a very dirty,expensive and under managed area.
Not for the kids
Arrived @ 3pm, walked into reception and thought wow, we have landed lucky here.Went to the desk to be met by an unfriendly receptionist (did not ask for passport, identification nothing, told her who we were, given the key to the room and told the lifts were over there.
We were in a party of 5 (3 adults 2 children) so we started to take the cases to the room, opened the door to be hit by a set of bunk beds, turned right to be hit by another set of bunk beds and to the left two single beds, room was big enough(even though the safety chit on the wall said max occ 3). Looked round the room and realised the floor was filthy, it took till the thursday (arrived sunday) for the floor to be swept never mind washed.
The pool is no use if you have young children under 5. The food was ok, the drink expensive if you were not AI (not a lot of choice either). Pepe's bar was a joke, lucky if there was 10 people in there at a time and that was the busy period. The only plus point was the one friendly dining room staff who made the kids laugh every time he saw them.
All in all the holiday was ok, could have been better if there were more for the kids to do, if the rooms had been tidier, if there were no holes in the walls, if the staff were better, if the pool was bigger and more child friendly.
fantastic time thankyou
we try to go every year the staff are very nice and very welcoming we went on the 24to 31 octo ber we had a brilliant time and this was our forth time and we are going again next year take care see you all soon michelle stuart daley from waterfoot lancashire
Hotel good, the staff were happy but very overworked due to the amount of spanish OAPs that seemed to think that they owned the place and demanded attention.
Felt sorry for the entertainment staff trying to do their jobs above the spaniards playing cards, in the salon bar without a drink in sight.
Room was very spacious and very clean, only complaint was the size of the balcony which was only big enough for one chair, but despite that its not really important.
Decent location although wouldn't like to go in summer as the pool would get crowded and the beach is a decent walk.
The all inclusive package suited us and for the time of year (feb) the weather was good too
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dont have much to say.In torremolinos for 4 weeks 10th march to 6th april.internet cafes in malaga,you have internet meeting point plaza de la merced 20 and calle don juan de austria 35. some hours of the day only 1 euro per hour,they dont speak english and seem miserable but good price.also in plaza malaga is internet, its in telefonica phone shop she speaks no english but is really friendly 1.20 euros.Torremolinos. internet opposite hotel griego mar 1.20 euros.round corner in calle?aranga is phone shop+internet 1.50euros.these are the best prices I have found,some here charge 3.60 euros, rip off.favourite is the plaza malaga,cos its near en corte engles dept store,they have supermarket in basement and you can pig out if you like, coffe shop there also cafe con leche .75.Have not realy got much info as have been a miserable git this time fed up now going away on my own. useful site. .andalucia.com it comes up on google.18th june 2005 have someone now to go away with but cant find holiday or a cruise,just my luck
Taxi from Airport
I am heading off to Torremolinos tomorrow morning and was wondering what we should expect to pay for a taxi from the airport to the Hotel Griego Mar in Torremolinos?
I have heard that you should agree a price with the driver before getting in the taxi but would like to know what kind of price I should be agreeing on.
Any help would be much appreciated.
Thanks in advance.
Love Natalie x
Re: Taxi from Airport
Hey, taxis are waiting for long time to make the "ride of the month" at the airport, so you're doing right being aware of them, specially if you are foreigner. Sometimes they don't want to let me in the car, because I'm Spanish and I go close, to west Malaga. They get ungry with me, don't help me with bags, etc, as revenge if I insist to take that taxi "by law".
I'm not sure the tariff to Torremolinos, because I go to Malaga, but seems to be the same distance. Expect to pay between 15-20€, so you're doing right asking before the ride.
PS. I'm not sure where you go, but the train stops in the center of Torremolinos. Times are limited and it's not very frequent, but I always prefer other kind of public transport than taxis.
Re: Taxi from Airport
Hi Ape Huva
Thank you very much for the information. I am just back from Torremolinos and had a great time!
Regarding the taxi, after arriving in Malaga we stepped out of the airport and the queue for the taxis was unbelieveable! So when a man came over and asked us if we wanted a taxi for 18.50 we jumped in! For us it was worth paying the extra 2.50 to jump the queue and get to our hotel ASAP!
However the taxi we got from the hotel to the airport on the way home was 16 Euro, which was a little more reasonable.
I bet those taxi drivers love to see the tourists coming so they can make lots of money out of us!
Thanks again for your help.
Love Natalie x
Re: Taxi from Airport
Regarding the train, we would definately use it if we go to Torremolinos again. We went by train to visit a friend in Los Boliches during our stay and the trains were lovely and the fares very reasonable. The security guard in Torremolinos station was very helpful and helped us use the machine to get our tickets. The trains were on time and very clean (far better than our trains at home!) and it was a lovely journey.
Love Natalie x
Re: Taxi from Airport
Next time you come i will pick you up for free after looking at your photo :)
Train is very good, well worth it as long as your hotel isnt to far from the station