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.
- 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 MÃ¡laga (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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- Also Known As:
- Tryp Guadalmar Hotel Malaga
- Tryp Hotel Guadalmar
- Tryp Hotel málaga
- Tryp Malaga Guadalmar Hotel Spain - Costa Del Sol