First time abroad for the Christmas hols (21st Dec for 1 week) and really enjoyed our stay. Hotel chosen for it's location. Nice easy stroll to Benalmedana marina and also to the centre of Torremolinos. Went to Funegirola on the train one day 3.70 euros return - trains run on time and are clean - took mini train round Fuengirola to give us a better idea of this resort - glad we chose Torremolinos. Carihuela fantastic - majority of chiringuitos open even on Christmas Day - we enjoyed tapas and wine in the sunshine that day. Food in hotel very good, waiter service for tea/coffee at breakfast and for wine/beer etc. with dinner. Chefs always buzzing round the buffet repleneshing food - so even late diners had lots of choice. Christmas Day dinner was full waiter service - 7 courses, with white and red wines, water, champagne and choice of drink for after dinner - just wish we hadn't had the tapas late afternoon as we were not able to do justice to the meal!! Did not sample any of the evening entertainment as we prefer to have a stroll after dinner but always returned to Frankies for our nightcap. Cannot pick out any one member of staff as they were all helpful and cheery. Had garden view room which got the late afternoon sun - yes in places the hotel is a little tired but always kept clean and tidy. Lots of returnees and can understand why. At this time of year not really suited to families more for us oldies - would definitely return for a winter break and already checking prices to see if we can get a good deal for 2013. Overall a really good break and fortunate enough to have good weather, a little bit of rain Christmas Day morning which soon cleared - micro fleeces enough for during the day wiith a heavier weight one for the evening.