We are a family of 2 adults and a 13 year old girl and have just returned from the PYR, staying in a 2/3 bed studio on a self catering basis. As with all holidays there are good and bad points but I think it is important to remember that you are not at home, so for example an area described as a kitchenette will not compare to what you are used to.
I will try and be as constructive and honest with my review as possible, starting from when we arrived. We had been advised by another trip advisor reviewer to take the train from Malaga airport direct to Fuengirola, and what a good call, the train (renfe) station is attached to the airport, walk out of arrivals and follow the signs for the train , as you enter the station you have to purchase tickets via a very easy to use machine ( press english instrucions ) 2.50 euros each single fare, trains every 20 minutes, on the hour, 20 past and 20 to, carriages very modern and air conditioned. Just be aware that the train gets very busy as many locals use it, making about 10 short stops between airport and fuengirola.(total journey time about 35 minutes on train )First train about 5.30 in morning and last 1 about 11 at night but you can check on renfe website if you need specific times.
When you get off it is approx 5 minute walk to PYR , the roads in fuengirola town tend to be a bit grid-like, so head for seafront and turn left ! look out for a cafe bar called the carousel and the PYR entrance is directly opposite.
Check in was smooth and easy, shown to our room ( 119 ) on first floor,which was spacious and had a sea view, had a problem with aircon not working but was fixed immediately ( within 1 minute of speaking to reception !! ) it was just a problem with the remote control for the aircon.
First morning we ate out but we did use the kitchen quite a bit throughout our stay, and as many reviews have already pointed out the equipment is sparse, if you really can't live without a cup of tea or coffee in the morning then either take a travel kettle ( about a tenner from Argos ) or walk down to the PYR cafe ( which we didn't actually use so I couldn't tell you what its like !! )or visit one of the umpteen pavement cafes a stones throw from the hotel.
There is a large modern supermarket ( mercadona ) about 8-10 minutes walk from hotel with everything you could need for self catering ( walk down the street DIRECTLY opposite the hotel entrance and it is on the left, you cannot miss it ) There is also a smaller supermarket ( openday) about 25 paces from hotel entrance, handy but a little more expensive. We tended to have breafast and some evening meals in our room, nothing too fancy, but cereal,toast and fruit is well within the kitchen's capabilities, the supermarket sells cooked chickens, salad and crusty bread, so a few evenings we just did this and sat out on our terrace watching the world go by !
If you don't fancy cooking or preparing food in your room then you could do a lot worse than visit the Carousel cafe, opposite the hotel, it is english run, very friendly and a good selection of food all day. We ate elsewhere also, but this place was just so handy.
The rooms were always clean and fresh towels every day, the one thing we noticed is on some days the '' do not enter'' sign was on our door, if this is on all day housekeeping will not enter the room, we did not put the sign on so I think some kids staying as guests were having a bit of a laugh, but not a big deal really, just check your room door as you leave in the morning.
During the day we either used the excellent pool or one of the local beaches, as others have mentioned the non reserving of sunbeds around the pool is good, meaning you will always get them, the toilets/showers around the pool were excellent and we always found them to be clean, if I had to pick a fault it would be that there did not seem to be enough sunshades, having said that there are always some areas around the pool that are in shade at some part of the day, so not really a problem.
The beaches will all charge 4.50 euros for a sunbed, as a lot of Spanish people use Fuengirola as their summer holiday destination they tend to bring their own sunshades. chairs etc, not really practical for us so we just paid , the bonus being we were not crowded out.
One day there were a few small jellyfish around the shore line, the next day the tide must have shifted because we didn't encounter them again.
My wife and daughter enjoyed browsing the many clothes shops along the beach strip, when taking a break from sunbathing, they both said they would buy clothes from these shops rather than take them from this country as they were very reasoinably priced.
We visited the Bioparc (zoo ) one day , well worth a visit, but I will say when you arrive at Malaga airport people thrust leaflets into your hand, please keep them as one of them gave us 6.50 euros EACH off the Bioparc admission, so in our case nearly 20 euros !!
We also hired a car for one day and took a trip to Gibraltar, quite a drive and probably not for the faint-hearted !! but glad we did it, getting across the border took over 2 hours, bit of a drag, but went up the rock via cable car and got up close and personal with the barbary monkeys up there, very ,very hot day though, so take plenty of drinks.If you do go park in Morrisons ( signposted the superstore ) carpark, is free. It says 3 hours max and for customers use but we were nearer 5 hours and no problems. a lot faster getting out of Gibraltar, just try to avoid the toll roads ( from fuengirola there are 2 roads the A7 and the AP7 to Gibraltar, the AP7 is a toll road, 6.95 euros and there are 2 toll points to Gibraltar, so I would stay on the A7, very clearly signposted all the way )
Each evening we would walk from the hotel either along the front in both directions or into the old town part, most people just seemed to do this at night, all the shops/booths are open if you do want to buy anything, the street sellers will sell you literally anything, but a polite no will stop them bothering you. The same street sellers also populate the beaches during the day, again a 'no' will stop them, but some days it seems there are hundreds of them, however this did not put us off the beach.
As other reviewers have mentioned there are quite a few nightclubs in the vicinity of the PYR, I think only 1 night the noise woke either me or the wife up at around 04.30, just means you have a bit of a nap later in the day.
We also visited Benalmedina and Torremolinos on the aforementioned train, again good to suss out other potential holiday sites.
All in all the weather was fantastic, location superb, when we ate out found it to be good value for money, and we will go back in the future, we are very much '' glass half full '' people, and will make the best of things, if you go with an open mind and don't stress yourself out with the fact that there are only 3 spoons in the kitchen drawer or that the wardrobe only has 7 hangers then you will enjoy it. Just remember, this is not an expensive hotel to stay at by Fuengirola standards, we heard of another English family who were staying at the Las Palmeras ( next door ) who had paid 3 grand for 3 of them , all inclusive, and were eating out every day !!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Pyr Fuengirola is an attractive hotel located in the center of Fuengirola on the seafront and just in front of the harbor. In the city center. Around you will find numerous shops and places of entertainment. The building was constructed in 1975 and renovated in 2010 and offers a total of 220 bright and spacious rooms, including 33 apartments and 187 Studios, ideal for both couples and families and equipped with tiled bathroom with toilet, telephone, satellite or cable TV, kitchenette, fridge, central heating and safety box. The staff itself is responsible for the final cleaning after each stay. Guests facilities include a stylish lobby with lifts and a reception desk open 24 hours a day and offers a currency exchange service. It also has a TV room and a games shop, a Cafe Bar with a cozy terrace with a fabulous breakfast buffet. Guests can also use a WI-Fi available in reception areas, lounge and bar-cafeteria. The hotel offers an outdoor swimming pool (heated from October to March) and one for children, a bar in the pool area, sun loungers and parasols and a solarium. Local activities include water skiing, jet skiing, motor boating, diving, sailing, mountain biking, golf and minigolf. ... more less
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