We stayed for 10 days in April and thoroughly enjoyed our stay at this excellent hotel.
We joined their rewards scheme online and booked direct at a very reasonable cost, on a half board basis.
On arrival at Malaga airport we took the train to Torremolinos (they run every 20 minutes) at a cost of about 1 Euro 50 each and then a taxi from outside the station to the hotel, cost 8 Euros. The ticket machines in the station are easy to use as there is a language button in the bottom left, and the machines take coins, notes (giving change) and cards.
Check in at the hotel was swift by pleasant and helpful reception staff, and since we arrived after the main restaurant had closed, they arranged for us to have a very welcome late meal in the bar restaurant from the menu.
Our room was a good size with a lovely sea view. Everything was clean and well maintained. The room had a flat screen TV with English channels including BBC1.We didn’t suffer any noise nuisance whatsoever, the room was very quiet, the only noise at night being the waves crashing.
The hotel provides free in room wifi and a free safe which is large enough to take an ipad. The mini bar can be used as a fridge, I just removed the contents and put them all back prior to departure, which some hotels would not have liked, but not here, this seems to be a hotel without petty rules, which I like. Prior to booking the Melia we looked at other 4 star hotels in the same area, seemingly offering lower rates, but when you add on the crazy prices most hotels charge for wifi, safe and fridge, the Melia rates were lower.
Throughout our stay we found all the staff to be very pleasant and friendly, a refreshing change.
The quality and choice of the food at the buffet was very good, probably the best we have had in Spain for many years. Eggs at breakfast cooked to order in any form required, an amazing selection of fresh breads, everything you could possibly want including complimentary Cava. At dinner, a huge salad bar, meats and fish cooked to order, plenty for veggies too and a delicious collection of sweet courses to tempt. We never had to wait for a table in the restaurant, despite the hotel being very busy with overnight coach tours on some days.
There were a couple of minor issues - the waiters were sometimes slow at removing dirty plates and the coffee served in the silver jugs at breakfast was not hot enough some mornings so we ended up making our own or using the microwave to heat it up.
Our only disappointment really was the beds which I appreciate would suit some people but they were rock hard, so we ended up using the spare blankets from the wardrobe to sleep on, just to cushion the bed a bit, and we slept reasonable well aided by a large Spanish Brandy prior to retiring.
The hotel is ideally situated to enable long level walks in either direction on the sea front or a steep one up into the main town for the shops, train and bus stations. There is a lift up into the town which is not immediately obvious. To find the lift turn left out of the hotel then left at the Hostal Guadaloupe, walk 100m up the street past the shops and at the first junction (there is a sign) go up a few steps into a courtyard and the lift is over in the left corner, it costs 50 cents and is well worth it on a hot day.
The hotel is perfect for couples, business people and the endless stream of one nighters on the coach tours. It is not really a family type hotel, as there is not a lot for kids and the pool area is very small, although the hotel is directly opposite the beach.
Apart from the hard beds, I can recommend this hotel, it is very good indeed. I hope you found my review to be helpful.