We were booked into this hotel by the travel agent last march for a long weekend as it was the only place we could get into due to room availablity with children (15 & 11 yr old). It was more Malaga than Torremolinos. 5 mins taxi ride from airport.
Firstly, the hotel was a little old fashioned and run down, but was very very clean. It said it was a 3 star but id say it was more a 2 star by british standards. We wanted only one room so we were not having to pay for an extra room as money was tight. I was pleased with what we got, hubby wasnt as impressed. The staff made our `basic` room very neat and tidy and suitable for all four of us. The rooms were cleaned everyday, which made it feel a little special for us ladies. I couldnt fault the cleaners at all. Also all of the hotel staff were friendly but i noticed couldnt speak a word of english. This is were sign language and plenty of nodding & smiling worked well. Most of the other guests, who were all on a turkey and tinsel weekend, were very friendly indeed. The old ladies loved my little man and i even got invited to a dance in the upstairs ballrooom by an elderly gentleman. That made my son laugh. lol. The pleasent nature of the other guests and locals made it a delight to just be there.
We decided to pay half board. The breakfast was absoloutly devine but we tried the dinner once then decided to pass for the rest of the stay. We just stuck to the breakfasts. This is when it cost us a fortune by eating out for lunch and dinner. Never again shall we fall into this trap. And It wasnt until we were on our last day, that i realised the oldies were making packed lunches, and we were not!
The area were the hotel was situated was very friendly, had a homely feeling due to the carnival and felt very old fashioned but in a nice way. Our view was not too great...no view of beach, town or hills...just flats or rooftops. But every time i looked out of the large doors/windows, i was reminded that i was definately in spain. It was very rustic with cafes and icecream shops. But due to the bad weather, which we were not impresed with as we had only gone for the weekend, we watched plenty of telly...but it was only in spanish. We seemed to have been placed in the real spanish area of Toro, not the tourist end, which caused a little problem with the language barrier.
But overall i thought the stay was very pleasent and made me feel at ease. It was a nice relaxing weekend. But i would not take children back here as i think kids should have a beach or pool nearby. But for adults it was just a lovely environment. I would go back here if i really wanted too but personally, i dont like the costa del sol but the hotel was just nice. Also, it said there was a pool but were abouts it was was a mystery.
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- Hotel Picasso Torremolinos, Costa Del Sol, Spain
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