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Hotel Tropicana
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Tropico Street, 6, E-29620 Torremolinos, Spain   |  
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Ranked #29 of 74 hotels in Torremolinos
Coventry, Rhode Island
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“mixed views”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2012 via mobile

so i visited hotel tropicana end of october with a completly open mind. i will try and give a list of pros and cons: *very very small lift.
*we arrived with no help from staff of where to go,help with luggage,towels,safe price.
*very small bathroom.cant have a shower without flooding bathroom and have to be 3ft tall and size 6 to fit in the bath.
* cant sit on toilet without hitting knees on bath and sitting sideways.
*we were put in a different room to most with a tiny tiny balcony and poorer facilities than others that paid less than us.
*tv had no english chanels and s a 4* maybe need to be updated.
*air con very very slow and useless.
*my boyfriend hit his hwad on the fan as its very low.
*had no fridge in the room!
*poor lighting at times.although suits decore it rained a few times here so in the day you couldnt find anything.
*balcony had no sun.
*hair dryer very dated only blew cold air (these things are mostly only subjected to our room as we were shoved in a corner room.others i saw had huge bathrooms,nice hairdryers,tables etc)

*i.was appauled by the food! i am a vegetarian and they did not cater for other diety requirments at all!! the vegetables had meat in,salad had meat in and even the 'vegetarian soup' as they called it had meat in. for a 4* this is discusting. also the signs for food are poor they say 'fish' what fish?! 'pasta' what is in the pasta?! many times i picked up things thinkin they were fine to find bits of sausage hidden. i told a member of staff i hadnt eaten properly for any meal foir days and he shrugged and said "oh well"!!!. the breakfast also needs beans and a better toaster.
*great seaview room.
*nice and clean
*cleaned everyday
*dated decor but suited ro the overall feel of hotel
*nice little lounge however the bar was closed only until a load of freench people came (they seem to look after them more)
* alot of french and spanish,no problem but theey tend to be very loud and dont look very happy at you (majority not all)
*
lovely beaches
*me and partner are 21 so wouldnt come again very aimed at older people and spanish as alot of signs are not for us.so if your looking for places to go or even eat it can be difficult if you cant speak spanish.
* nothing to do past 9pm
* lounger hkire not to bad 4euros.
*nice strip to walk on
*cheap buses to towns
*enjoyed crocodile park.

although the review is long i hope i have helped people out and dont get me wrong it is not a bad place because each to there own.but anyone who does not like walking,going to sleep early, and always looking for somethibg to do.do not! come in october.
hope i helped.:)

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2012

We spent 2 weeks here in late September - like a previous reviewer, our hotel had been changed at the last minute. The location of the hotel is great - right next to the promenade and beach. Reception is reached via 10 steps, though there is a lift to the right which is not immediately obvious. Staff were friendly and helpful. The lobby has comfy chairs and sofas but the bar was never open during our stay (which might have been useful during the 4 rainy days). Our room was spacious with plenty of storage; the TV had a couple of English channels (again useful when it rained!); there was a small fridge. Both the bedroom and bathroom were very clean, towels were changed daily and sheets a couple of times a week. We felt the whole hotel was kept very clean too.

The restaurant had a section open to the public which at times stretched the staff. Sometimes there was a wait for food to be replenished, though during our 2nd week a lady we took to be the restaurant manager took charge and things improved (she even got some potatoes when my husband mentioned that chips with everything was not to his taste) but to be fair the food was in the main varied and plentiful - this hotel caters mainly for Spanish and German guests and their tastes! - I always found I had plenty of choice at breakfast and dinner. This is also the only hotel we have stayed at where a hot choice was provided at our very early morning breakfast before our flight home.

The pool is small with a limited area around it but in late Sept we easily found sunbeds. There are also beds on the beach with a food/drink service (pay 4 euros at reception). The Beach Club bar always seemed lively but closed earlyish too.

Our overall opinion of the Tropicana is that it is a good 3 star hotel rather than the 4 star quoted in the brochures.

As for the area, we can recommend Rumours and Browns; McGuinness for late night entertainment; The Launch serves good coffee and huge sandwiches; El Gato serves the best patatas bravas we have tasted. For lazy holiday makers, take the train to Malaga then the bus tour around the city - though the climb up to the train station is a bit much! Walking either way along the promenade is a good idea - Torremolinos and the shops in one direction; Benalmadena and the harbour in the other. The beach is clean and the sand sculptures amazing!

This is an easy place to holiday - not too long a flight from the UK, sunshine and as Spanish or as English as you want your holiday to be.

Room Tip: A higher floor moves you away from the kitchen
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2012

The good points are the position being right on the front; the air conditioning and ceiling fan which worked well; the room being quiet. The BIG drawback is the appalling standard of the food. I booked half-board - the breakfast was stale rolls, the usual cheese and ham slices plus cereals. The cooked selection was scrambled egg and the fattiest bacon I have ever seen swimming in grease. The evening meal was luke-warm soup and either pork or chicken with chips every night. I complained to the reception and they just shrugged. Also, the hotel desperately needs refurbishment. Clearly nothing has been spent for years. It is supposedly 4 star but in truth is a mid-range 3 star. If you are seeking a 4 star pass on this one.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Lancs
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2012

We have just stayed at the Tropicana when our previous booking was altered at the last moment. Hotel was fine, very clean, room a bit basic but not in there very much so quite adequate. Only problem was that our particular room did not have a balcony, we asked to change but hotel was fully booked! Breakfast was good with plenty of choice. One extra benefit was beach towels provided, 20 euros deposit and obviously get all this back. Taking into account having to be aware of luggage allowance it is worth using. Would stay here again, it is in an excellent location for bars and restaurants in La Cariheula

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Milano, Lombardia, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2012

we've only eat at the restaurant Mango, we tryed "calamari a la plancha" and they were very tastly!
Kindness staff, wide wine selection. at the end the waiter offered us a mojito in the garden.
If u go there u've to try "figs in tinto", it is the best dessert i've ever eat!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2012

Stayed here in May 2012 with my wife. Great location right on the promenade, can't fault the hotel in any way, helpful staff. Will definitely return.

The restaurant is very popular and has a fantastic location.

Room Tip: Pay for the full sea view on a high floor and enjoy...
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2011

Stayed over an early October weekend. Reception on arrival first class and the sea view room 2 floors up amazing. Location to promenade and beach is second to none. We liked the base at la carihuela for easy access to the 2 neighbouring bigger resorts (Torremolinos and Benalmadena respectively). For better results as they say, stay by the Tropicana its more peaceful and a great place to rest. We liked the room, cleanliness, sweet coffee at breakfast, room vista , complimentary fridge and supermarket next door . Also used the beach side tropicana beach bar where in full sun it just doesn't get any better. Not so keen on sunlounge hire from reception for beach which is not really discounted (thought there are free loungers in tropicana garden and a pool) and we thought the cycle hire was enough to purchase a bike let alone hire one for the day - 30 euros. Park your bike here and enjoy a great stay for couples , we will return.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Tropico Street, 6, E-29620 Torremolinos, Spain
Location: Spain > Andalucia > Province of Malaga > Costa del Sol > Torremolinos
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#14 Luxury Hotel in Torremolinos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Tropicana 4*
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Tropicana Hotel Torremolinos
Hotel Tropicana Torremolinos, Costa Del Sol, Spain

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