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Perfect Pez Espada
We found the hotel and facilities to be very good. The food was plentiful and to a very high standard. During our stay sunbeds were readily available, but I would imagine there will be a shortage in high season. This would not be a problem however as there are ample sunbeds and shades (4e) available on the beach directly in front of the hotel.
The promenade at the back of the hotel provides a really pleasant walk into either Benalmadena and Torremolinos. To get into Torremolinos main shopping street (Calle San Miguel) there is an option of climbing a steep set of steps or walking past these and taking the lift (ascensor - cost 50c) which takes you about 3/4 of the way up or finally some less demanding steps can be found next to the first set of shops.
For lunch time snacks try the Spinning Wheel (turn left outside the main entrance of the hotel) or the Grand Cafe La Rubia (turn right out gateway at back of hotel and walk towards Benalmadena and it is right towards the end of the beach, just past Burger King).
Getting around is easy by bus or train. The train station is about 15 min walk up hill from the hotel, but it is extremely cheap and reliable service. It runs between Fuengirola and Malaga.
On the whole a very enjoyable and relaxing holiday.
all taverns offer a good variety of basic Andalucian food. most places have also basic interior, simple tables, chairs or benches, all clean and shiny. great staff, often a family business, friendly and efficient what to eat: gambas = shrimps or prawn in variety sizes.
calamares = squid rings
lenguado = small sole ( fish )
pez espada = swordfish
ensalada or ensalada mista, composed of tomatoes, lettuce, olives, onions and served without dressing. on the table is aceite = oil and vinagre, you make your own dressing with that.
thats how I like it
and then there is cazpacho, a summertime, chilled soup, its essentially a liguid salad, thickend with bread, flavoured with oliveoil, garlic and vinagre.
fried fish as extra..yummy
of course all will be nicely washed down with a good spanish red or white
I got back very early this morning from 5 nights in the hotel Pez Espada, which was really good! the holiday was great, although it should've been longer! the resort in general is a perfect place to go. there's loadz to see and do. firstly, i would like to say, being honest, this hotel was the best overall in this resort, because we were a peaceful walk, along the beach or promenade from Benamadena and the rest of Torremolinos and our location was perfect, right in the middle of everythng.
Anyway, enough about the resort and more about the hotel! the people who run this hotel really deserve credit for their outstanding, peaceful, welcoming environment. Some points you can look for:
Food/Restaurant: The restaurant has two parts, only one part was open when we were there because off peak times. the waiters/waitresses are very efficient and if you try speaking some spanish to them, they all give you a positive comment. the is not a huge variety of food, but plenty to satisfy everyones needs and what food there is, is of a very high quality.
Pool: the pools are set out unusually , although i can imagine in summer they will get crowded. Hard to explain, but they have 3 outdoor pools, which are joined on (hope you follow), in the middle one you can look up and see people walking through the "Glass or Windowed Corridor", which is quite cool. there is also a small indoor pol which i did not go in and saunas etc.
There is a fairly big garden with sunbeds with matresses and pallapas (straw parasols) free of cahrge, which gets the sun allday! You go through the gate onto the promenade, and straight onto the beach, opposite is a grassy palmtree area, ideal for a picknick!
Bars: There are several bars and tereses all very nice and reasonably priced, one called frankies bar, after frank sinatre who loved the hotel!
Rooms: I personally really liked out room, but we stayed in a 3-persons bedroom, and the bathroom was very well thought out with dividers where the toilet was.
Balcony:the balcony was a reasonably size and it was a lovely atmosphere just to sit there and relax!
I hope i've been able to help, and if you're boking in Torremolinos, then The Hotel Pez Espada is perfect for you. Thank you
My son and I had a week at the Pez Espada and were thrilled with everything. The food was out of this world. Every taste was catered for and anyone who went hungry wasn't looking hard enough for something to suit their taste. The rooms were beautifully clean and spacious. The one little niggle I had was that there was no light on the balcony where it would be lovely to sit on a warm evening,
Almost all the staff were friendly and helpful except strangely the reception staff who of course should set the best example. However, I never saw a smile from any of them.
There is a disco on the opposite side of the road from the hotel entrance. Rooms near the front of the hotel must expreience a lot of noise because the bass beat went on sometimes until 7.00am.
However the hotel stands in a beautiful position just above the beach and promenade. For journeys to other resorts there is a bus stop very near.
A lovely week in a lovely hotel!
A Scottish Golfer's View
I stayed for a couple of weeks in November 2006 while I played on the fabulous golf courses along the coast and in the surrounding hills. I thought the hotel was excellent. It is in a superb position next to the beach and the long promenade. The rooms had the facilities one needed, were spotless, and all had balconies with sea views. There was plenty of free parking. The buffet breakfast and dinner contained a wide range of continental cooking which I very much enjoyed. Someone mentioned it was difficult to find. I didn’t think so but probably the easiest way to approach it for the first time is to get onto the motorway to Alicante, get off at the Benalmadena exit, make your way down to the coast, and turn left onto the dual carriageway. After about a mile you will pass under a large white sign saying Torremolinos. Drive straight through the first roundabout and turn right at the next –it has a large statue of a sword-fish in the middle. The Pez Espada is facing you.
A very classy hotel
Classy and Sophisticated.
ROOMS: Exceptionally clean, worth paying the extra $2 per night for a garden view. Maid service excellent.
MEALS: Plenty of choice, avoid the 6.30pm rush of oldies (amazingly, they cant walk without sticks through the day but 6.30 comes around and they are racing down the stairs to be at the front of the queue!!) best to go down about 8pm, they are replenishing the food at frequent intervals so you arent missing anything by going down a bit later. Breakfast is gorgeous and if you are going on any early morning trips - no worries, continental breakfasts are available! And if you dont fancy staying in to eat there are lots of lovely restaurants on the harbour of benalmedena about 10 minutes walk away.
BAR: I cant comment on the entertainment at the hotel as I didnt really stay in for it, other guests were commenting favourably on it though. Frankie's Bar is great, very relaxed and chilled.
STAFF: The hotel staff were fantastic, especially when I managed to put the wrong code in my safe and jammed it - they came up and fixed it for me straight away. Very friendly and cheerful. Chris, our Thomson rep did a fantastic job, always happy to help. Had great tips for places to visit, have to recommend Gibraltar trip through Thomsons - shop and rock tour is excellent. Our bus driver Louis gave us a real insight into the islands history (bit of a comedian at times) and our guide in the rock was very knowledgable!
This hotel was fantastic, its main clientel are older couples but if you just want a relaxing holiday - there still is plenty to do for a younger person/family in benalmedena if you just want to use this fabulous hotel as a base.
Acceptable though a little disappointing
Most of the reviews I read before booking my trip were very accurate. The clientele was in general elderly, though there were families and some younger couples. The food was plentiful and a reasonable selection, but fair at best. The bread was very stale. Water and drinks were an extra charge. There were many restaurants nearby but we were on a package that included food - though we should have eaten out a few times for dinner. There was entertainment in the lounge each evening. The hotel was very well situated on the Torremolinos beachfront - about a mile from the downtown area and a half mile from the marina. The facilities at the hotel were good. The pool was very nice. The neighborhood was very quiet. The room was somewhat run down - there were some cracks in the walls and some rust in the bathroom. The maids did not do a thorough job of cleaning the bathroom, and we had to ask each day for extra towels (usually after 2 days, they get the point and we don't have to ask again). Bed was somewhat hard and pillows were poor (we asked for extras). Even though we were there in January, the rooms were very hot and the air conditioning does not work in the "winter," so we kept the sliding door wide open the whole night after we suffered through the first night. The front desk was very accommodating. The hotel had easy access (two blocks) to the bus system. It was very easy to get around by bus. We did not rent a car partially because of the previous reviews we read on Trip Advisor. We took the city bus to Mijas and Malaga - very easy. We took some canned bus tours to Granada and Gibraltar and that was a mistake due to all the pickups at other hotels - so try renting a car just for the day if you feel up to it.
stayed in january with my husband for a week, sorry we didnt book for two! lovely hotel, very clean, food was marvellous, just couldn't fault it will definately go back, entertainment was very good, and all the staff were great,
great winter break
Would recommend this hotel for a great winter break. Very relaxing week. Good food, nice room (though my husband found bed too hard). Buffet varied - enough to satisfy picky toddler.
Well situated for strolling into either Benalmadena or Torremolinos. Great for small children as promenade outside hotel runs for miles in either direction and is car free. Beaches have small play areas every few hundred metres.
We picked this hotel as it has a small heated indoor pool which kept our toddler happy.
Brilliant Hotel, definately go back
A well deserved 4 star hotel.
Excellent rooms with carpeted floor! (Few and far between in med)
Fridge in room.
Just cannot fault the hotel.
Hotel Pez Espada.