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Hotel La Luna Blanca
2.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Pasaje Cerrillo 2, 29620 Torremolinos, Spain   |  
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Ranked #1 of 73 Hotels in Torremolinos
Leven, United Kingdom
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“What a fabulous hotel !”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2012

This hotel is simply wonderful.Quiet and relaxing with staff who are very attentive yet not overbearing.Our room was huge,spotlessly clean and very well equipped.We had a lovely balcony with great views.The swimming pool is small but great for a quick dip after the walk back up the hill from the beach which takes around 7to 10 minutes. Breakfast is fantastic-lots to choose from-all fresh and delicious.We even tried the Japanese breakfast a couple of times and loved it.We would also recommend the Japanese dinner which was a great new experience.
We have been to La Carihuela a few times and will definitely use this hotel when we go back-it made our holiday perfect!

  • Stayed August 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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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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33 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2012

I have to suspect a rating system that would give this little gem two stars. We have stayed in properties all over the world that do not have the ability to surprise and delight like this little hotel. It is on the same road as a huge hotel/resort, and I just felt sorry for them.
We stayed in an upgraded room which gave us a large room and sitting area with a balcony.
It was traditionally Japanese, with futons (and extras padding if one needs it), a complete Japanese bath with amazing bath salts (they turned neon green in the water!) and deep, deep tub, and comfortable and lovely kimono robes. Included was a full cooked- to- order breakfast - even a traditional Japanese breakfast if one desired.
Spotless and delightful, this hotel knows the meaning of customer service. I would give it and Suzuki and all of the staff five stars. The only thing that would make it better is to have it actually on the beach. As it is - there is a 7-10 minute walk - but we're walkers.
I wouldn't trade this experience for anything - I'd go back tomorrow if I could.
( I have to admit that I bought Suzuki flowers before I left - I've never wanted to do that for ANY staff member of ANY hotel I've visited in my years of traveling. She just made me feel spoiled:)

Room Tip: The price of this hotel is so reasonable that one should upgrade for the full Japanese experience.
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  • Stayed June 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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Lochwinnoch, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2012

We stayed for a full week and had a really relaxing holiday. We knew the hotel was not on the sea front and it takes 10 minutes to walk to the beach, so we were prepared for that. It was a hot uphill walk back though! We enjoyed a fantastic sushi dinner one evening and used the rooftop private jacuzzi as well. I travel a lot and would never normally stay at a 2 star hotel but this hotel is worth far more that its two stars. Customer service, cleanliness, friendliness all contributed to a most relaxing stay.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Lochwinnoch, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2012

Just back from our first stay at La Luna Blanca, but it definitely won't be our last. There is just a lovely balance. The hotel is so neat, tidy and ordered that it made us feel respectful of the surroundings we were in, but also in turn felt we were respected as guests by the staff. We stayed for a week, and, sorry for the cliche at this point, but felt we came as guests and left as friends. The staff have a quiet way of doing things, but not in a stand offish way, they were all really nice to us and made us feel special and privileged to be there. Nice people, nice hotel, nice surroundings. Thank-you La Luna Blanca, you made our holiday really special.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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 June 11, 2012

Stayed here the first week of June. Lovely little hotel away from all the noise. Lovely big bedrooms, large balcony and spacious bathroom. The swimming pool was fantastic and we had it to to ourselves most of the time which was lovely. Very much a hotel people go to to see the sights rather than sunbath all day. Staff are wonderful very helpful, polite and kind. The Beach and restaurants are about a 10 minute walk, which in the sunshine up and down the hills is a bit of a struggle! Highly recommended!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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 May 31, 2012

We stayed here three nights at the end of our holiday in a superior room. Excellent room with a large bathroom and good size balcony. Unusual for Spain, a kettle was provided with speciality teabags. Nice to have a clothes horse provided and our washed clothes dried overnight. Top quality towels with towelling robes and slippers provided. Mini bar and free safe in room. Staff passed the "Ice test" and were happy to provide a full ice bucket for the room. The pool was better than we expected and in sunshine from mid morning until evening. Top quality service and your wellbeing are cleary the priority here. As a small example, we came back from the beach (10 minute walk) and mentioned on passing reception that we would be back down soon for a swim in the pool. The main sunlounge area was already occupied and on comming down we found that the staff had located two more sunloungers for us and placed these out with the hotels beach towels especially for us. The pool area and outside dining areas are very quiete and relaxing. Recommended.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Villafranca De Cordoba, Spain
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2012

General: Do not let the 2 stars fool you. The quality is as good or better in fundamentals as any 4 star hotel (except for the lack of an elevator) and with prices to match. This is a small quiet boutique hotel that is not flashy but strong in basics, and gives an understated sense of quality. The only down side is that it is not especially cheap, but quality costs. Many hotels could learn a thing or two from La Luna Blanca in terms of focusing more on the fundimentals and less on jazzing up their hotels with loud decoration and music, while they cut back on maintenance and service. This hotel is good for people who want to relax in a small hotel in a quiet part of Torremolinos a few block away from the beach. Good for those who want to relax. Not good for budget travelers or party goes.

We tried two rooms at La Luna Blanca:

Japanese suite: This is for those who want a Japanese experience. Half of the suite is traditional Japanese with a tatami, and the other half is semi-Japanese with a low Japanese table and chairs, and a western sofa. You can have meals served in the suite if you want, which is a nice experience. There is traditional Japanese music if you want to turn it on. There are Kimonos that you can wear. The bed is a futon which is covered with has very high quality bedding in traditional Japanese fabrics. Some people may find the futon to be less padded than they are used to, due to it being not overly thick. Guests are expected to take off their shoes in the suite, and walk barefoot on the Tatami. The bathroom is very large, with a large shower area, and a huge tub (more like a hot tub). The toilet is the Japanese style Captain Kirk Captain´s chair style with shower jets, and blowing air. There are extremely plush bathrobes provided. There is a balcony with a decent view.

Although I would not pay extra to stay there again due to the higher price of the Japanese suite, I do not regret staying there for one night, due to the interesting and unique Japanese experience. This suite is recommended for those who like the Japanese experience. If you are not into that, then this room is not for you.

Normal double room: I found this almost as nice as the suite, and more than enough for us, and overall a better value.. The room and bathroom are generously sized. The decoration is a tasteful standard hotel room look, which is not exciting, but relaxing (which I like). The floor is marble. It is equivalent to a good 4 star hotel room. We had a cute private patio right off of our room, being on the ground floor. The upper rooms have a balcony.

Food: High quality. The breakfast is superior. There are not a huge number of dishes, but the quality of what they have is good. The strawberry jam, and orange juice looked suspiciously home made. They served a carrot cake one morning that was super moist and not too sweet. Really delicious.

The Japanese breakfast is also interesting and well prepared. I recommend it if you want something different. All in all the breakfast is included and well worth having.

The restaurant also serves Japanese food, which is expensive, but well done. The Soba noodle soup is excellent, as are the dumplings. The chicken on a stick is good, but the Udon noodle soup left me under whelmed with little flavor, and noodles that looked like linguini and not the Udon noodles that I am used to seeing. The meal also came with several interesting sauces to put on it. If you can afford it, and like Japanese food, I recommend it (except for the Udon noodle soup).

The sauna: This is something that I have never seen before. It does cost 10 Euros/ hour (when most hotel are free), but you get what you pay for. Whereas most hotels treat the sauna as an after thought, this one reserves the whole roof for the sauna goer. There is a sauna, hot tub, tatami and sunning area, which is private for the person using it. The sauna must be new, or very well cleaned, because it looked new. The whole area is quite clean, and there are towels and bathrobes provided.

Quiet: This hotel stands out as being unusually quiet. In Spain it can be hard to find places that are not noisy, however the owner of La Luna Blanca must have looked around, because the neighborhood is surprisingly quiet. It is not perfect. There is the occasional dog barking or scooter going by, and there can be some internal noises in the hotel, but over all it is quiet, and better than the vast majority I have seen. In general the hotel gives a sense of peace. There is soft Spanish radio in the lobby, which do not like, but it is a minor point. Overall the atmosphere is relaxing.

Service; Not as good as I expected considering the raving reviews, mainly because I suspect that the owner is very busy and probably tired from managing the hotel all the time. Her style is rather business like, but she is still detail oriented when dealing with guests, and goes over everything. Her style is more functional than super friendly. There are a couple of young Japanese girls there who are very friendly, but speak almost no English or Spanish. There is also a Spanish receptionist who is relaxed and pleasant. Overall good service, but nothing transcendental, like any well managed Spanish hotel, but with a Japanese flavor.

Cleanliness; The hotel is quite clean, and generally well maintained.

Good: Gets the details right, clean, well maintained, small (only 9 rooms), great breakfast, quiet and relaxing (more than most).

Bad: No elevator (expect to haul you bags up a flight or two), small, fairly pricey, not glitzy. about 4 blocks from the beach, no bellman.

Good for: People who want a quiet relaxing place to stay with understated quality. Those with money.

Not good for: People who want a lot of excitement and entertainment, a big fancy hotel, a resort, budget travelers, families with children, young people looking for excitement and those who want to be right on the beach.

Value: You get what you pay for. Above average prices, but above average quality.

Price: We paid 80 Euros for a double, and 120 Euros (with discount) for the Japanese suite with breakfast included.

Quality: Quality and attention to detail are high. This is the main reason to go.

Will I go again?: If price were no object I would do it again in a heartbeat. However, we may be looking for a cheaper hotel next time due to our budget..

Room Tip: The best value is a normal room on the ground floor, because you do not have to carry your luggage u...
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Pasaje Cerrillo 2, 29620 Torremolinos, Spain
Location: Spain > Andalucia > Province of Malaga > Costa del Sol > Torremolinos
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Torremolinos
#1 Romantic Hotel in Torremolinos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Hotel La Luna Blanca 2*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The place to encounter the Spanish and Japanese culture.The excellent location and relaxing setting makes La Luna Blanca the perfect place to stay for a relaxing and enjoyable break on the Costa del Sol. ... more   less 
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