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Sol Guadalmar by Melia
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Reviewed July 26, 2014

Check in slow and receptionist OK however once checked in
I found the room and facilities very well maintained and clean,
well equipped bathroom and bedroom with good aircon and views of the beach.
I was on an all inclusive deal and for someone that travels 3-4 times a year I found
the restaurant service and food selection was one of the best I've seen in 4* European hotels.
The pool area was busy during the weekend with local Spanish visitors and the sunbeds were scarce however its better during the week and not overcrowded.
Pool bar was very welcome!
There was activity around the pool area during the day but no pressure to join in, music was at a comfortable level too
There is a gate to the beach and promenade however there is some building work being carried out just outside the gate which at times became noisy but not all of the time.

  • Stayed: July 2014, traveled solo
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1  Thank angeldebs
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Javier T, Gerente at Sol Guadalmar by Melia, responded to this reviewResponded July 30, 2014

Dear guest,

I want to thank you for having chosen Tryp Guadalmar for your stay in our city.

I appreciate your consideration in sending us your personal comments.

Here is looking forward to having you as our guest again and to offer you our hospitality.


Javier Tenza
Hotel Manager

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Reviewed July 1, 2014

No info when checking in. No roomservice. Not allowed to take breakfast upp to the room....cheap....should have been at most a 3star hotel. To expensive for the standard you get........................

  • Stayed: June 2014, traveled on business
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Javier T, Gerente at Sol Guadalmar by Melia, responded to this reviewResponded July 21, 2014
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Estimado cliente,

Lamentamos no haber conseguido satisfacer sus necesidades y agradecemos su comentario que personallmente estudiaré y transmitiré a nuestro departamento de Guest Experience y poder ofrecer nuestro mejor servicio en próximas estancias.

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Javier Tenza
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Reviewed June 26, 2014

Our family of five with three young children (ages 9, 7, 4) traveled to Spain to spend 6 days in Andalucia. We wanted a beach and a pool for the kids and were able to enjoy both of these at Tryp Guadalmar. The rooms were comfortable but not fancy. The rooms have tile floors, decent air conditioning and nice shelves in the closet to store clothes. There are no clocks in the room, and we only found one outlet to charge our devices. There is free wifi in the hotel, but when you turn a device off, you have to re-log in each time.

When we first arrived, we did not have adjoining rooms, despite our request. The hotel staff worked hard to help us out. We had two separate rooms for one night and then the next night were in the adjoining rooms we requested. The staff handled it great.

The breakfast buffet was satisfying with a good selection of Spanish breakfast items (cheeses, bread with olive oil, cheeses and ham!). We skipped lunch and dinner at the hotel, finding it less than exciting, really more of a repeat of breakfast. But there were plenty of local restaurants that served excellent alternatives!

The beach is pebbly, but at low tide the boys didn't mind at all. We rented beach chairs the last two days there and were really comfortable. My boys loved the warm pool but I enjoyed doing laps in the slightly cooler outdoor pool. Be aware there will be topless women sunbathing on the beach! This is still the Costa del Sol and my American boys were a little surprised at first. At this hotel, you have to put a deposit down on towels and don't forget to shower before you get into the pool. It's the standard in Europe. You should also bring swim caps unless you want to buy them there.

The hotel doesn't have an ATM and there isn't one in the neighborhood. We didn't learn the ride the buses but there was a stop right outside the hotel. We found some lovely places to eat within walking distance (Tick Tack, El Rincon, and Chiringuito on the beach). We rented a car and found driving around the South of Spain to be really easy and friendly. Be careful walking around the sidewalks, people don't scoop their pets' poop.

Try to learn a little Spanish before you go, it will make things easier. The hotel staff speaks some English but it's better to meet them halfway.

Room Tip: We were on the 7th floor facing the ocean. It was very nice! We were on the second floor for one night and didn't have any noise problems either, but the views over the sides of the town weren't as nice as the beach.
  • Stayed: June 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 26, 2014

we stayed for 14 days and found all the staff very helpful there were always plenty of sunbeds and umbrellas at the pool area the beach is just out of the gate the breakfast offered a wide variety and covered most tastes the dinner also had a choice for everyone and the hot food was cooked while you waited if you asked there was a French tour operator on site organising games { which we found quite entertaining to watch) there is a bus outside the hotel into Malaga which is cheap and frequent overall we found the hotel to be very good for the price

  • Stayed: June 2014, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Michael John K
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Javier T, Gerente at Sol Guadalmar by Melia, responded to this reviewResponded July 2, 2014

Dear traveller,

Thank you very much for your comments.

Here is looking foward to having you as our guest again and to offer you our hospitality.

Javier Tenza
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Reviewed June 15, 2014

We booked this hotel as a relaxing last night place for our trip. It has the potential - great swimming pools and easy access to two nearby beaches (walking distance). The ground floor of the hotel looks amazing - clean, sleek, modern. Unfortunately, the rooms are very dated, with floor mounted air-cons that just aren't efficient or powerful enought to work. The decor is 70s-esque, the mini-bars unstocked and the room service non-existent. The food is mass-produced and supermarket bought and we were surprised to see so many French package holiday tourists there. The food was not great at all, but the little cafe on the beach in front of the hotel is reasonably priced and makes very tasty seafood. Unfortunately, the gate that allows you access from the hotel grounds to the beach closes completely at 10pm, making you walk all the way around the hotel to gain access again. This is despite the gate having an access code keypad that you would think would enable it to be accessible at all hours. Stay here if you want everything done for you and don't want to see Spain proper. Don't if you're more adventurous.

  • Stayed: June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Javier T, Gerente at Sol Guadalmar by Melia, responded to this reviewResponded June 16, 2014

Dear traveller,

Every comment we receive is invaluable for us and my staff works daily for our passionate clients. We are sorry that your perception has been different this time and I would invite you to visit us again and contact with me in a near future.

Warmest regards,

Javier Tenza
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