Perhaps the reason we felt dissatisfied this time is due to the fact that the overall cost of eating/drinking/entertainment out and about in Fuengirola seems to have risen sharply since even last August.
Don't get me wrong, and as I mentioned in last years review, this is not an expensive hotel by Fuengirola standards, you get what you pay for, but whereas we seemed to put up with the beds last year, this time we all ( myself,wife and 14 year old daughter ) endured 7 very uncomfortable nights of '' musical beds'' each of us thinking we had the worst bed, only to swap beds the next night and find it just as uncomfortable. The third bed in our ''sleeps 2/3 studio'' this year was a single pull out be from beneath the settee, suitable only for a child maximum age 6, last year at least was a double fold down one. I am 6'2'' and 17 stone, so it was quite comical seeing me trying to sleep on this pull out affair!
Again the kitchenette was adequate for a weeks stay, our room was cleaned and towels changed daily , however I think one bedding change during our 7 night stay would not have been unreasonable.
I have to say that whereas last year we did not have anything other than pleasant dealings with the hotel staff, this year we encountered 1 or 2 who clearly were going all out for the '' Jobsworth'' award. Still these were minor events that did not affect our stay, moreover just gave us an amusing topic for conversation over that evening's dinner.
I think as British guests we are not used to being spoken to so abruptly by hotel staff, so when we are it takes us by surprise. On one of the aforementioned occasions we went down for breakfast on the fifth morning of our stay ( we stayed B&B ) , and when we gave our room number (625) to the lady on the breakfast buffet to tick off her sheet, she gesticulated wildly, declaring that was impossible , we could not have had this room number and we should pay for breakfast. I tried to explain that we had been on '' the list'' the previous 4 mornings without a problem, but she just waved me away. We went into breakfast anyway, but when we finished I tried to speak to the lady again, in an attempt to clear up any misunderstanding , she promptly got on the phone and after a few minutes of shouting in Spanish ( the Spanish do seem to shout a lot !) she declared that all was well, and that there was '' no problem '' Was that an apology I thought to myself ?, no, but as near to one as I was likely to get.
The air con worked fine for us, I notice a few other guests have mentioned that it was poor, but ours was ok, the pool area again is very clean and well maintained, but all in all the biggest asset this hotel has to offer is the fantastic location, right on the sea front within easy reach of many shops/bars/restaurants.
To sum up, it is easy to get carried away and eat out every day, but if you are on a budget you may find it gets quite expensive, we really noticed a big difference this year from last, probably a 15-20% increase, so my advice would be to use the large supermarket ( Mercadona ) about 10 minutes walk from PYR , and stock up on some basics, just eat out every other night, the supermarket stocks lots of choice of pre-cooked and pre-prepared food, the drinks, both alcoholic and non alcoholic are cheap.
Finally, and I know this is not to do with the PYR, we noticed this year there was a significant increase in begging, people would literally stand next to your table until you gave them something, I think that thing are quite tough in Spain at the moment !
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