We have stayed in Fuengirola many times (but not at the Yaramar) and after a lovely 3 week stay in Benalmadena in January decided to escape the British weather again and try a 2 week stay at the Yaramar.
We were impressed to be met off the coach by the Thomson’s rep and the bell-boys. I requested a high floor and we got the 15th. We were soon checked in and up in our room followed quickly by our cases.
The room was a bit disappointing. It was a good size with a large balcony but was a bit drab. The curtains were too narrow and we had to use a clothes-peg to try to keep them closed. The bedside lights were too dim to be able to read by – I had to remove the lampshade. Noise wasn’t a problem – didn’t hear any from adjacent rooms and although you couldn’t escape noise from the entertainment, this finished at 11pm so I can’t understand those who complain about that.
We were very disappointed in the restaurant where they seemed to be overwhelmed by the high number of guests. I would expect to wait at the door and then be shown to a table, order drinks and then get on with dinner. Instead, you had to wander around trying to find a vacant table which invariably hadn’t been set, then wait for someone to set the table. You could then wait for a drink but this wasn’t a good idea as on a couple of occasions we had finished eating before the wine-waiter got round to us. The food quality and variety was also a let-down. At breakfast the bacon and sausages were often burnt at one end and uncooked at the other – the fried eggs were piled into a tray 2 or 3 deep. Dinner was very average providing almost the same things every night with the exception of a different roast. During the first week there were too few staff. In the second week there were more staff and things did improve helped by the lovely Carmen and the very loud Gracilus who were both excellent.
During the first week the whole hotel was very cold. The reception area is vast and was freezing. The entertainment area was very cold despite a number of patio heaters scattered about. The restaurant and adjacent lounge area was also very cold. We were advised by friends beforehand to bring jumpers but thought these would be for outside the hotel. In fact it was warmer outside than in. Reception, as you might expect, denied that there was any problem with the heating but funnily enough in the second week they seemed to find extra heating from somewhere and most of the hotel warmed up.
The pool area is very good. Pool towels are provided and the sunbeds, with mattresses, are very comfortable. Sadly, because of the weather, we only managed to get out the twice.
The entertainment, on the whole, was very good. Danni, Mel and Rachel did their best to get people involved in the many daytime activities and the resident duo “Obsession” were excellent (I’d have been quite happy if they had been on all night every night). The professional acts were very good but they were missing two of the Costa del Sol favourites (Ricky Lavazza and Laura Elen) although we did see them down at the Florida.
The drink prices are a bit high and the measures a bit small but there are a few ‘happy hours’. Lunch time in the snack bar and the beach bar (when open). Afternoon in Christina’s and evening (8-9.30) in the entertainments area. The bar staff (especially Valentino and Maria) were excellent – they never stopped.
The weather wasn’t great but we still managed to get out every day. Fuengirola front is looking a bit tired but it’s only a short train/bus ride to Benalmadena/Torremolinos/Mijas/Malaga. I prefer the market at Benalmadena (Friday) to the one at Fuengirola (Tuesday) but we usually end up wandering around both. If you want a coffee or something stronger while you are wandering about would recommend ‘Lorena’ bar just past the backend of Mercadona and our favourite tapas bar ‘Café Bar Torreblanca’ where the owner Pepe has the annoying habit of coming round topping up your brandy!
The Yaramar is certainly a very impressive looking hotel – everything about it is big. There are a lot of people who return here year after year and wouldn’t hear a word said against it but most of the newcomers who we talked to were not very impressed. I’m sure we were unlucky enough to catch it at the wrong time when there was more guests than normal (because the Angela was closed and there were some cheap deals on at the time) and the weather was colder than normal. Would I return? Probably not – I’ve seen enough of Fuengirola for a while and there are many better hotels on the Costa del Sol.
High floor overlooking the pool gives great views and sunny afternoons.
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June 12, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to write a complete review about your stay with us. It is unfortunate that you came at the coldest time, as this winter was exceptionally cold here (well everywhere really). We understand our guests come expecting high temperatures no matter when but sometimes we do get some winter days. Buildings in these areas are built thinking about the heat, making sure the 40ºC in the summer are bearable so when we get very very cold days it is hard to heat up the whole hotel in a few hours, so even though we do our best so our guests can be dressed in summer clothes inside the hotel it does take time. We hope to see you again when you decide to come back to the Costa del Sol.
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