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Gran Cervantes by Blue Sea
Ranked #28 of 71 Hotels in Torremolinos
Carlisle, United Kingdom
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“Fab holiday just a few little things let this place down !!”
Reviewed July 30, 2013 via mobile

Had mixed feeling about this place before visiting due to previous comments been bad but hotel was extremely central and very good value for money! The negatives for me were not enough staff on at the pool bar the first couple of days were ok as the school holidays had just begun and was just starting to get busy but by the end of the week it was heeving round the pool during the day ! Lots of Spanish at this hotel which was ok with us !we were all inc and there's No ice creams or Lollys at pool bar on all inc which we have had at previous hotels which were also all inc so
Slightly disappointing for the kids , we travelled as a group of 10 with a few kids between families , sunbeds were hard to get but we always managed 4 at a time , not a bad idea had by the life guard who came round and left a warning note on your bed if he had noticed you had missing an hour and left a time note on your bed if u out stayed the time he removed your towels , this was stressful for some but great for the ones who really wanted beds ! I'm a vodka drinker and the vodka was not nice I ended up buying in a bottle to have a tipple with all inc soft drinks , it was all cheap spirits and the cocktails were a no no , the English in the hotel spent the week finding something they could drink this was quite funny !! We never had a hangover put it that way ! On the plus side the food was frag and a good variety on the whole , it does get a little tedious after a few days but we stuck it out we did eat out a few times also and the Spanish garden on the outskirts 6 euro taxi from the hotel was fantastic bistro style food but larger portions very very nice ! The all inc drink finished at 11 , the kids club called bee club was fan it had a bouncy castle , a DVD room colouring in things , footballs comfy pillows to lie in cinema style room the kids loved it and if u got a table above the stairs from it the lady was quite happy for you to let the kids play in there alone as long as she knew you were at top of stairs ! The rooms were immaculate and as a frequent traveller certainly not the worst I've stayed in , the lifts need looking it you could never Be in a rush !
Over all had a fab holiday , make sure you take a stroll along the beach front take the lift down for 1 euro return or scenic route down quaint stairs shopped either side but a steep return ! There are fab restaurants And bars , for the young or those who appreciate the finer things in life the playa Miguel beach bar is a hive of activity during the day with day beds on the beach and waiter service and fab food and cocktails on a nite ( Ibiza style ) would defiantly visit the area again !!!

  • Stayed July 2013
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Hong Kong, China
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Reviewed July 30, 2013

The hotel is located a block away from the pedestrian walking street which leads to the beach in 10 minutes. The reception area and the dining area are big. There was sufficient variety at both the buffet breakfast and the buffet dinner. The room is of a decent size but the bath towels were slightly small. Beach towels are available for rent at reception subject to a 10-Euro deposit per towel. The balcony is quite big. There were insufficient lifts (only 4 as far as I could tell) so had to wait very long to get up and down. There is no free wifi.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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Reviewed July 29, 2013 via mobile

Recently stayed at the Cervantes for 4 nights. Was impressed with the style & entrance of the hotel. The room itself was good with the all important aircon. We stayed as part of all inclusive package. The food was good although quite repetitive. The biggest disappointment was the drinks which all seem to be really watered down especially the spirits! The staff were ok not particularly helpful or friendly.

The main negative is the pool is really quite small for the number of guests. There is a rooftop pool but this enclosed and isn't great. Obtaining a sunbed is hard work also.


The location was pretty good and is 5-10min walk to the beach and 2mins from a lot of restaurants and some bars.

Benalmedana is about 20mins away in a taxi and is about 8-10euros.

All in all a decent hotel, but i wouldn't recommend for family with small children etc.

  • Stayed July 2013
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Stockholm, Stockholms Län, Sweden
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed July 27, 2013

1. Sea View was ordered and paid extra for, we got a room 705 where we have to bend out and left to be Abel to see the sea.
2. Very Hard bed, that gave My Wife back pain
3. Two of the staff where guest unfreindly

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Holywell, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed July 26, 2013

We spent 10 nights at this hotel on an all inclusive basis in June. Our family group of 5 included my 66 year old father and 19 month old son. After reading some of the reviews I was a little apprehensive but our holiday was excellent and everyone had a great time despite the varying age groups. My truthful opinion of some of the main points raised by other posters are as follows and I hope these are of help: -

Staff - we found them to be excellent. All that we encountered were helpful and very polite, especially the restaurant staff who loved to make a fuss of my baby son.

Food - a great fresh healthy variety and there was always something that we all liked including my son and father. The soups in particular were very good. Into our second week there was some repetition with the menu but this is to be expected. The restaurant could be slightly better laid out as the soup station is very close to one of the hot food counters but I personally found that the congestion here was due to people with main courses visiting the soup station to add crutons etc to their already loaded plates!!

Pool - the pool on the ground floor is not a very large pool but I never saw it full or overcrowded. The toddler pool was great. There is another pool on the top floor which is very nice with a small gym and lots of loungers. This tended to be a child free zone.

Lifts - I have to agree that more lifts are needed as you can be waiting a while. As we were on the 7th floor with a baby and a buggy the stairs were not an option. Everyone seems to use the 3 front lifts and tends to forget about the side lift however so we found that using the side life was far quicker.

Stag/hen parties - there were a few during our stay but they tend to only to be around for a few days (Thursday to Sunday). Whilst some got quite drunk we didn't see anyone being too rowdy or disrespectful to other holiday makers etc and we were not interrupted at night by any noise.

Rooms - whilst a little dated they are spotlessly clean and a large wooden cot with a mattress was provided for our baby with bedding. The bathroom had a bath (great for small children) with a powerful shower. Hot water was always plentiful. The fridge in the room was really useful. The beds were a little hard but not that bad to prevent sleep. The maids gave us extra pillows as the single one provided was like sleeping on a pancake!

Location - excellent for exploring. I recommend if you are up for a really good walk to go to the Benalmadena marina which is lovely and has some great shops, bars and restaurants.

Childrens activities - the Bee Club did not appear to be open during our stay as the room was set up for a formal occasion so I cannot comment on this hence my rating of poor here. The staff did however include some balls, floats etc in the main pool and toddler pool from time to time.

Entertainment - I did not really experience this due to the time my son went to bed but the rest of my family (like some of the other posters) said it was quite poor. The parrot show seemed to centre around selling pictures.

Bar - I did not experience any queues at the bar but the cups/ glasses used are very small and drinks are limited to two per person at a time. Water at the bar appeared to be tap water so we did not drink this.

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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Manchester, England, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
Reviewed July 26, 2013

My husband daughter and I visited the Gran Hotel Cevantes Torremolinos between 17th July and 24th July 2013 and found it to be excellent.
The rooms were clean and of a good size - the maid came in every day.
The breakfast was full of choice. The staff in the dining room were happy and cheerful.
The reception and bar staff were friendly and the pool was always clean and inviting.
We had read reviews before our visit and were worried about getting a sun bed on the pool, we never had any issues with this at all.
The hotel is right in the center near Calle San Miguel and is a two minute walk from shops, bars and restaurants.
There is a lift down to the beach and this is about a three minute walk away.
All in all we loved our holiday here and this hotel was a brilliant location where the sun shone every day.
Highly recommended.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed July 25, 2013

Having read June F's review(23/7/13) mine could be almost identical. A good value for money hotel in an excellent location. Plenty of choice for AI. We stayed July 13th - 18th and had no problems Q ing for drinks, their 2 drinks per person policy probably helped. No evidence either of hen/stag party noise - not during our week anyway. Rooms cleaned daily and air con helped for a comfortable nights sleep. Staff as I would expect, friendly and polite.
Nice hotel, but Torremolinos needs a bloody good clean! Dirty, stained footpaths, dog mess and the buildings are a bit of an eyesore! AI has outgrown the Cervantes, as now everyone has no need to leave the poolside which means space is at a premium. The pool area needs expanding to cope, its a grass area unfortunately full of cigarette butts. The bath towels were rather small! and sometimes the cleaners mopped during busy periods!
Al in all, the hotel is good, resort not so.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Gran Cervantes by Blue Sea
Address: Calle las Mercedes s/n, 29620 Torremolinos, Spain
Location: Spain > Andalucia > Province of Malaga > Costa del Sol > Torremolinos
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#18 Luxury Hotel in Torremolinos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Gran Cervantes by Blue Sea 4*
Number of rooms: 398
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Blue Sea Gran Cervantes is located in the commercial leisure centre of Torremolinos with sea views and only 800 meters to the beach. It is located 7 km from the Airport and only 300m from the train station. It offers good transport connections and can be easily accessed. The hotel has been recently renovated and has a total of 398 rooms which are comfortably equipped and all are adapted for every type of client, business client, individual or for family. There are gardens, a swimming pool area for adults and children; Solarium, Gym, sauna and indoor pool heated during winter. Miniclub in high season, Laundry service, Room service, Garage, Free wifi in the lobby. Restaurant Buffet, Lobby Bar, Pool Bar. ... more   less 
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