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Tryp Malaga Guadalmar Hotel
Ranked #30 of 90 Hotels in Malaga
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Worcester, United Kingdom
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“Sadly, Never Again”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 9, 2013

We have been coming to this hotel for short weekend breaks for a number of years. It has always been an ugly looking hotel on the outside but the internal decoration was always reasonable - fairly old fashioned but it was clean. We have used this hotel for chill out downtime and its selling point for us was always the beautiful and peaceful pool area set in lush gardens with full sun from morning to evening which has a back door to the beach and two very good Chirringuitos on the beach. The hotel is a 10 minute taxi ride from the airport and only slightly longer - approx 15 minute taxi ride into Malaga City. It is located beach-side in a predominently spanish urbanisation with a mix of residential and holiday homes. The facilities in the hotel itself was pretty basic but characterful - one restaurant and one bar - it used to have a lovely pooside bar/light meals area too but this has gone. But my goodness this place has changed. Not for the better. The hotel used to be more of a business hotel which is why the pool was mostly peaceful no doubt, however, the hotel have started a relationship with Framissima, a french travel company and the hotel is now full of french families on all inclusive. They appear to have started to 'upgrade' but in my view they have ripped the heart and soul out of the hotel and replaced it with bland, throw-away tat. We stayed in Premium room on 8th floor which is supposed to be all premium class. I was so aghast at the room we actually questioned reception if he was sure we were in premium room. Where shall I start. Well, where as previously they had good quality curtains, pelmet, and soft furnishings, these were replaced with mud coloured sort of black-out type curtains on a rail which needed a pelmet but the pelmet had been removed and where it had left a mark it was painted over in white. Fine, except the ceiling was painted yellow! The bed which we were told were twin double bedded rooms for all premium class were utterly tiny - just slightly larger than a single bed. There was no valance around the beds therefore you could see the legs of the bed. There was no mat on the marble floor by the bed. There was no decorative cover on the bed - just duvet and sheet. It was more like a ymca or school dorm. There are tea and coffee facilities but again, of such a very poor standard, for one thing the kettle was located on the table where there was no plug so we hunted around and had to boil the kettle on the bedside table. When I say tea and coffee facilities they provided two sachets of decaf coffee and two tea bags - and lots of packet creamer and some sugar - unbelievable. There is a mini bar in the room but filled with just a few cans of various fizzy soft drinks coke and beer. the marble bathrooms are reasonable size with reasonable bath/shower combo and they provide a pretty good hairdryer - they did go to the effort of providing a couple of nozzles for the hairdryer and a difuser, however, they didn't go to the trouble of checking if they actually fitted the hairdryer - they didn't - so total waste of time. The bathroom amenities used to be really high quality and quite extensive selection - not now - very basic combe/toothpaste/shower cap (who ever uses that?) and some other rubbish but no shampoo and conditioner or hand cream. My biggest annoyance was the whilst the towels were changed daily (we dumped them in bath), the bed was changed only once on our second day (we were there 5 nights) - what was that all about?! they did provide towelling robes but were so tatty looking I didn't bother and I always love sit around hotel rooms in robes!! We were on bed and breakfast basis and always used to look forward to the breakfast buffet - it was always very well presented and extensive selection and good quality. Not now. The breakfast room has been extended out and taken over what was a glass function room over looking the pool. The food is laid out around the edges of the room and really is quite poor. I gave the cooked breakfast two goes but second time I just left it unfinished - it was cold and swimming in oil on both occasions and they appear to add sugar to scrambled eggs - fried eggs tasted ok but again cold - really disgusting - I am not a particularly fussy eater and think this is the first time I couldn't eat a breakfast!! ended up with a packet of muesli with yoghurt - they couldn't possibly mess that up. I might add we were at the breakfast room early, just after opening so there should have been no excuse for cold food. There were only two waiters all the time we were there and they were very slow in clearing tables which is also offputting seeing tables full of other's breakfast debris. Couldn't comment on lunch or dinner as we never dined there. Luckily we had the choice of two fab chirringuitos right outside the hotel on the beach which are superb - fresh fish cooked on a stick on the flames - more of those later. Most disappointing for us however, was the destruction of the pool area - it was a walled oasis with lush gardens. Not now. There is a children's club at the top part of the garden where the pool bar/cafe used to be - its only small but if you want to lay by the pool don;t sit there - it gets screaming french kids. These nutty french animators are quite annoying - all smiley, happy, clappy trying to get people to join in some sort of activity luckily they appear to do these activities on the hotel side of the pool so recommend you get to other side of pool by sea side. The biggest change is they have ripped out part of the wall where lush plants were and replaced this with glass wall which whilst does give lovely view of the beach and sea also makes you feel like you are in a fish bowl as the pathway does get busy and everyone passing is looking in it was so sad to see the beautiful palms had all gone. there always seemed to be plenty of sunbeds, however, we were disgusted with the state of them - the plastic tables were literally black with grime and dried in spilt drinks - what would it have taken to get someone to clean these down with a bit of fairly liquid at the start of each season. No excuse for that. I could go on but its too depressing. This is not a 4 star hotel. Does it have anything going for it? apart from location, no. We ate lunch every day at one or other of the chirringuitos on the beach and they served great food, staff were lovely and the owner even recognised us from previous years and came up and shook our hands. If you go at weekend and in high season these places literally heave - they are so busy with local spanish families and they have such a great atmosphere. they are great places to spend an evening eating good food and wine and people watching!! I was relieved to see the menus are now also in english which is a first - it used to be somewhat of a surprise to see what we actually ordered!! - the staff, however, do not speak English - they cater strictly for the residents and those from the city who have weekend homes in the urbanisation. but we have always had fun communicating with the waiters and the food is excellent and they always have a suggestion if you are not sure. As Malaga city is only 15/20 minutes ride away (about 12euros at time of writing) we spent three evenings wandering around this lovely city and there's always a new restaurant or bar to discover so we never bothered to eat in the hotel. We did have a few nightcaps in the bar on our return which again, is awful -and if you catch the wrong time you get the tail end of the thumpingly loud animation team show for the french families. If after having read this review you do decide its for you, I would certainly recommend getting a front facing sea view room with panoramic views toward Malaga City one side and Torremolinos on the other and sun the whole day. All rooms have a something of sea view with one side facing toward golf course and Torremolinos in the distance which is the better of the side views and you get sun mid afternoon on, with the other side view facing toward Malaga City which is not so great as you have most of the urbanisation on this side and some of the larger housing blocks in the distant are not that pretty - not too ugly but the other side is better and you get the sun early morning to around lunchtime. Sadly we will not be returning to this hotel.

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 3, 2013 via mobile

Hotel is located 15-20 min drive from Malaga. There is almost nothing nearby the hotel except a kiosk and a few restaurants. The hotel accomodates mostly all inclusive visitors which arrives and departs by the bus load. For me, this is tourism hell. Check also out my picture of the seaview balchony room we had.

To be fair, Im sure this appeals to some families with smaller children and the hotel rooms are nice. We stayed here for one night only to catch a morning flight the next day.

  • Stayed May 2013
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 1, 2013

Thought a four star beach front hotel close to the airport would prove a great end to a what was otherwise a wonderful holiday ...well, in one way it was - couldn't wait to fly out in the morning! As the ad says...we should have stayed at the airport Holiday Inn for half the price which at least does not claim to be what it isn't. Maybe we were just unlucky? ....we arrived to a raucus echoing of excited 8-12 year old children yelling and chasing around the enormous cavernous lobby that had the feel of a large school gymnasium rather than a hotel reception area. The first room offered overlooked a green rooftop covered with large pipes and ventilatiohn systems...(room 406). Then given room 701 (which did overlook the sea and depressing stretch of grey gravelly beach, brown sea and derelict stretch of land adjacent to the hotel - granted not the hotel's fault)...room was clean but no tea/coffee making facilities, a surprise again given it is supposed to be a four star hotel. Only option was overpriced 'bar' option at 1.95 Euro for a very small cup. But the worse thing of all was the overpowering stench in the bathroom that seemed to come from the sink/bath/bidet plugholes given that all had their plugs firmly inserted on arrival. My husband's aftershave helped long enough to quickly use but it was not a pleasant place to be and in the morning after having had the door closed all night was quite simply, sickening. No comp toiletries such as body lotion etc and soap was in a wall dispenser...was a comp comb/showercap though - and hairdryer and safe in wardrobe. Children running all over the hotel stairwells screaming and pressing all the elevator buttons so lifts stopped continually at every floor. 'Dinner' in the canteen restaurant was 18 Euros..and obviously hardly going to be a fine dining experience...so we walked down the road and found the local pub that served perfectly acceptable though not earth-shattering tapas at the normal sort of price you expect to pay in Spain. Bedding was tired-looking and all in all, definitely nowhere near a four star experience. Couldn't wait to leave and would definitely not recommend.

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 27, 2013

We spent 6 days at this lovely hotel and paid only £217 with breakfast included. The staff are welcoming, friendly and very very helpful, Virginia working on reception was especially so. Having read about the potential for a poor wifi signal, I e-mailed in advance and requested a room on the third floor (looking west). When we arrived, thats what we got, third floor room, facing west towards Torremolinos, so we were very happy with that.

Th room itself was excellent, spacious with 2 comfortable double beds and very clean. It had a 32 inch TV with 40+ channels, two were in English, BBC World Service and FOX. All other channels were French or Spanish as the hotel caters mainly for these guests. In fact, we heard only one other couple speaking English during our 6 days there. The "TRYP" hotel chain is French owened, so dont expect your usual package holiday hotel set up.

We chose this hotel as its only about 4km from Malaga itself, yet far enough away from the usual tourist resorts like Torremolines, Benalmadena and Fingerola. The hotel is in a quiet residential area, so shops and resturants are very limited. Our advice is to hire a car, as cash machines and supermarkets are about 3km away at the Plaza Mayor shopping mall. The Mercadona supermarket there offers excellent value, you can buy 6 pints of good German beer for about £4.00, much cheaper then the mini bar prices in the room ( 3 euros for half a pint of Heiniken ). It also has a patrol station, cinema and loads of shops. A cash macine can be found across from McDonalds ( so Spanish)

The minibar is only supposed to be used for the drinks the hotel sell, but I stuffed it with beer and water once the room service had left as it cut the costs ( I`m Scottish...haha )

Parking was free in April with a barrier in use, but they do charge 14 euro per day during July, but you can park off street or on the beach next to the hotel. Check it out on Google maps/street map.

The beach next to the hotel is used mainly by locals and is very family friendy and safe.

Moving about 1/4 mile along the beach towards Torremolinois is the gay/nudist beach. The area on the flight path becomes a bit cruisy later at night, but its discreet and far enough away from the hotel not to case any issues. In fact, of our early evening entertainment was watching the cars driving around.

Best thing has to be the "BUFFET BREAKFAST"...one of the best I have had...

Assorted cerials, fresh fruit juices, fruits including, kiwi, apples, bananas, oranges and sliced fresh pineapples, various yogarts, cold meats, including chizo , quality spanish ham, salami and garlic sausage, good selection of cheeses, hot bacon, spanish sausages, hash browns, fried eggs, scrambled eggs, boiled eggs, breads, croissants and toast. ...even hot choclate pancakes and syrup....

The hotel is a mix of buisness and tourists, even cabin crew and pilots so it cant be that bad...

We have read one or two negative comments about this hotel, but cant fault it..

Would stay again, no problem...in fact we would LOVE ....it as it was excellent value and quality.

Room Tip: Room 321 on the 3rd floor was great, good sea/beach view towards Torremolinos. The wifi signal was a...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Javier T, Director General at Tryp Malaga Guadalmar Hotel, responded to this review, May 3, 2013
Dear client,

It has been a pleasure to receive your comments and I will transmit them to our staff , especially to Virginia.

Thank you for your opinion that is the best way to improve.

I hope to visit us again in a future.

Javier Tenza
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 5, 2013

Stayed here for one night after flight to Malaga. Near airport, very easy to find ( but we did have a sat nav ). Glad we chose this hotel. Nice rooms, restaurant, pool ect. Very good value for money. Good choice of hot and cold buffet for breakfast. Would certainly stay again.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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Javier T, Director General at Tryp Malaga Guadalmar Hotel, responded to this review, April 15, 2013
Dear Client,

We thank you for you comments which help us to improve our job .

Kind regards and we hope to see you in a near future.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 26, 2013

Quiet hotel overlooking the beaches, must have a car, very secluded with no entertainment.
Lots of overnight tour buses with loads of tourists in and out.
Dinner is like a hospital cafeteria, in and out in 20-25 min max.
A bit dated, mattresses are terrible, I was told to upgrade to a premium for a better mattress.
10-15 min by car from Malaga centre/port North and south 15 min to Torremolinos.
WIFI very weak especially on higher floors, fifth is border-line.
Ask for Virginia at the reception, very helpful and knowledgeable.

Room Tip: The Southern rooms are great for winter sun, overlooking Torremolinos like #509, will probably be ve...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 6, 2013

My daughter and I stayed for 1 night at this hotel because our flight back home was very early and the hotel is located a 7 minutes drive to the airport.
We have mixed feelings about the hotel:
The room with two double beds and a large balcony with sea view was well decorated but the lampshades of all lamps were so dirty with many stains that I would advise the hotel to replace them immediately.
The mattress cover underneath the fitted sheets was of plastic material so every time you moved you heard the plastic creak.
The reception staff was very helpful and check in was quick. There is a large outdoor pool and an indoor pool but you are only allowed to swim when you wear a cap, which you can buy at the hotel. Parking is free and Wi-Fi as well. You need a car, as there is nothing to do in the whole area except for relaxing at their pool or beach.
Would stay here again as the hotel is very conveniently located near the airport.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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Javier T, Director General at Tryp Malaga Guadalmar Hotel, responded to this review, February 14, 2013
Dear client,

Thank you for your comments about our Hotel that no doubt help us to improve.

I hope to visit us again in a future.

Kind regards,

Javier Tenza
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Property: Tryp Malaga Guadalmar Hotel
Address: Moby Dick, 2 | Urbanizacion Guadalmar, 29004 Malaga, Spain
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Location: Spain > Andalucia > Province of Malaga > Costa del Sol > Malaga
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#8 On the Beach Hotel in Malaga
#19 Luxury Hotel in Malaga
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Tryp Malaga Guadalmar Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 196
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Tryp Guadalmar hotel is placed right alongside of the beach, facing the sea. Just ideal for combining business and leisure. Only 2 km from the Plaza Mayor with its leisure activities, 3 km from the airport of Málaga (Pablo Picasso) and 6 km from Malaga away. Close to various golf courses as well as the Malaga & Torremolinos Convention Centre. Furthermore, the hotel is the perfect starting point for getting to know Granada, Seville, Cadiz and Cardoba ... more   less 
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