Myself and Viv have just returned from an 11 night stay, where do we begin?
First impressions were of a traditional Spanish hotel which was very clean. The room (304) was small, however had everything we needed, ie, bed, shower, balcony. Room was cleaned every day and towels changed. The balcony was small, but adequate. There was however an air conditioning unit on the wall, and it's only this and the balcony size which stopped us giving a 5* rating - although the air con was excellent and free of charge.
The staff were very friendly and helpful. Most didn't speak fluent English, however this was no problem at all as they were all nice people. The bar was reasonably priced for a hotel and the spirit measures were generous, especially from the guy working the night shift :). Late at night he brought out the hotel's wee dog, who we nicknamed Choppers. He had a fetish for shoes and flip flops, but what a gorgeous wee friendly dog.
Breakfast was simple - usual continental fayre plus bacon on demand. Only problem was battling past Augustus Gloop at the bacon grill, boy could he pack it away!!!!!!
The gardens were fantastic, the smells were amazing and you could sit there peacefully morning, noon and night with a drink. The pool was small but clean and at times we had it to ourselves - it felt like we were in our own villa!!
Beach 5 minutes walk down La Avenida de Pumpida. It was beautiful. Sunbeds were so thick and comfy Viv slept better than at the hotel!!
Overall it's a great place to holiday with loads of places to eat and drink. We'll post some separate reviews on these. La Carihuela is great and Benalmadena and Torremolinos are within easy walking distance.
Hope this helps, bubaye for now
Viv and Rick