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Reviewed November 5, 2012

Ultra modern style hotel in great location with one exit right into Maria Zambrano rail station.
We arrived at 8.45am hoping we could leave luggage until we checked in later in the day. To great surprise we were in our room five minutes later!
Really helpful staff, room was very quiet and breakfast great. Will certainly go back in the future, if only to go down the slide from 1st floor to the ground floor again.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Shakemactom
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Reviewed November 5, 2012

We were very lucky to get a great rate at this wonderful hotel where we stayed because we had an early morning train departure. (Perhaps our good rate was because we were traveling off-season in November).

The room was very comfortable, spotless, very quiet , well-serviced and the WiFi worked flawlessly.

The staff was very nice, even printed travel documents for us from the internet at no extra charge.

The buffet breakfast looked nice, but was pricey, so we opted to have great Spanish coffee and tortilla de patatas at a neighborhood bar a half block away.

The hotel is adjacent to and accessible from Maria Zambrano RENFE station and across the street from Malaga's bus station. The ViaLia shopping center (part of the railway station complex) offered a food court and other conveniences.

We highly recommend this hotel and would stay here again.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank EarlFlorida2
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Reviewed October 23, 2012

I stayed here for one night as I needed to get an onward bus connection the next day. Normally we stay at the Silken Puerta which is opposite, but on this occasion the Barcelo offered a better rate. It was perfectly comfortable and slightly quirky. I did not feel that there was any proper lounge area to relax in and my bar meal was not particularly good. But the location can't be bettered if you need easy access to the rail or bus station and the reception staff were extremely friendly.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled solo
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1  Thank alikat32
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Reviewed October 22, 2012

We were en route to Almeria and stopped two nights Our prime reason for choosing the hotel (apart from Trip Advisor!) was its links to onward transport although it is a good hotel in its own right. It is situated adjacent to the railway station and is only five minutes from Malaga bus station. The ride in from the airport is about 20 minutes by frequent bus service - the bus leaves from outside Arrivals, get off at the railway station and you can't miss the hotel. The journey can also be done by train (three stops) but the bus leaves from just outside Arrivals and I have no idea of how easy it would have been to find the station at Malaga airport which is rather large and busy. It is an "avant garde" hotel with ultra-modern furnishings and fittings. We actually had two rooms as we were offered an alternative room (an upgrade in fact) after the first night because our room safe was not functioning and a technician was unable to fix it. It was one of these small but annoying problems which was superbly dealt with by reception - well done! The room was well furnished, well lit, comfortable with a good bathroom and well functioning air conditioning. Breakfast was excellent with a good selection of food but it might be worth noting that the restaurant does not open on Sundays until 07.30 which is on the late side for some travel. It is about a 20 minute walk to the centre of Malaga which we decided not to do at night. It is, however, easy (and fairly cheap) to take the train to a resort like Fuengirola for a cheap and fairly good meal - which we did. The hotel bar is quite small but there is an outside area which is available in good weather. The staff were, without exception, helpful and efficient and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay. I would recommend the hotel on all counts but particularly to people who have transport connections to catch.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank hibees43
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Reviewed October 19, 2012

hotel says: free wifi
in reality: wifi signal only strong enough to use in business centre.

Hotel appears to have lovely rooms.
In reality: no free bottle of water as one would expect really and room is quite shoddily constructed (door is wonky, tap in bathroom is wonky, tiles don't meet up properly).

Nice bar, but empty and souless. Dining room may have nice food but was closed. Whole of the lounge/bar area was empty.

Rceptionist aloof and a little unfriendly.

Altogether very disappointing, but maybe expectations were too high after reading comments on Trip Advisor.

Room Tip: just go somewhere else.
  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank julie w
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