My wife and I stayed for two days for her birthday, to use as a base to walk around La Carihuela as neither of us had been to the area before. We parked in the underground public car park, expecting to have to move the car after unloading as the day rate was some 21 Euro, but the Villa Albero has a few reserved bays, and a voucher bought from the hotel reception reduced this to 5 Euro a day. The lady in reception was very helpful, speaking excellent English, and the rest of the staff were unobtrusive. The room was clean, comfortable, and well furnished, and the bathroom had a bath as well as a shower. I thought the courtyard could have done with a little gardening, but my wife disagreed - she likes the rustic look! I suspect we went at the very beginning of the season (early April) as the hotel bar wasn't open while we were there (and there is no restaurant), but that was not an inconvenience because there was another bar, serving food and drinks, next door - we suspect it may be run by the hotel - and others close by. Although the hotel was on an unimpressive main road, the room was quiet at night. The staff in the Irish Pub opposite (O'Brien's) said that Torremolinos had experienced an unusually quiet 2012 summer and winter, which probably accounted for the number of businesses seemingly closed and for sale or rent particularly in the area away from the seafront, but we liked the variety of shops and restaurants along the promenade, and ended up eating in an authentic Moroccan-style restaurant on both evenings we were there. We had a room at the back of the courtyard on the ground floor, and were able to sit outside the room to rest in the shade when we got back from our walks. Given the limited facilities I would agree with other reviewers that it is probably not a place for a long stay - more a room to return to and sleep than somewhere to spend a lot of time - but as a base for us for a couple of days it was perfect, and we shall probably return.