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Reviewed January 29, 2011

We had and early flight from Doncaster, 6am, and everything was basically on time, or not far off. It was a Thompson's holiday so the usual Thompson reps at the airport and at the Pez Espada hotel. We were early, so our rooms were not ready, so could we leave our cases and come back in about an hour, which to me seemed a reasonable request, but to some of the other holidaymakers you would think they had been told they were being asked to sleep on the sun beds outside.

So my wife and I went off for a walk along the prom and found a cafe, had something to eat and drink and take in the warm sunshine, then back to the hotel, collect our cases and go to our room. What a surprise, the entrance to the Pez Espada was impressive enough but the room was a bigger surprise.
Large, with plenty of room to move about, a small flat screen TV, and double sinks in the bathroom. Clean and tidy, with a few assortments in the bathroom, soaps, shampoo, comb, shower cap, a nice touch. We settled in then went to explore the prom a bit more before the sun started to disappear. Quite a few people about but many of the bars and shops were shut or were being re-furbished for the coming summer, but some were open.

We came back to our room and got ready for our evening meal, you walk through the foyer and a large imposing area with pillars either side, all rather classy, to the restaurant, down a winding staircase that narrows towards one end of the steps so most people stuck to the widest end. You are greeted and shown to a table, on our first night it may have been a gala night as the ladies received a carnation and three musicians played whilst walking around the restaurant.
But I wasn't expecting them to return with a request for a tip for playing by passing a hat around. But this didn't distract from the food, which was both varied and well presented. In fact for the whole week the restaurant was first class, something for everyone it seemed, although breakfast was usually the same, beans, sausages etc and a Continental choice.

But evening meals were just about different every night as were the sweets all the staff were to a high degree as well. Drinks were available, fruit juice, tea, coffee, water, at breakfast, water and alcoholic drinks in the evening. After our meal it was time to have a look in the bar, again quite spacious and again staffed to a high standard of service.
There were 'Happy Hours' between 8pm - 9pm three nights a week and inevitably these were the busiest nights. I say busiest, the hotel was far from full, well it is the middle of January, so the whole place was quiet for such a large hotel. Which meant you were able to take your time in the restaurant and not wait long to be served at the bar, I would imagine in the middle of summer things would be very different.

It had been a long first day so we retired to our room after a drink to be refreshed for the next day. Refreshed we certainly were as storms hit the Costa Del Sol coast with strong cold winds, and heavy rain at times, this was to be the case for most of the rest of our holiday, with the exception of the last but one day.

We slept well in fairly comfortable beds and when we enquired about extra pillows they were brought to our room not long after. We used the heating so the room was always warm and comfortable, yes it was that cold in the wind.
We booked a couple of trips out and about, Blanket Trips to be precise, and here we struck it lucky as the places we visited, Nerja and El Chorro had better weather than Torremolinos. Despite the weather, things in the hotel couldn't be better. The rooms were cleaned to the same standard as the rest of the hotel, in fact it's hard to find fault with the hotel during our stay.

Then only thing I could point out is that, as with most hotels, the entertainment in the bar was bland, the nights we were there it was a guy playing a keyboard and singing, singing what I hadn't a clue for the most part as we were sat near the back so he was drowned out by chatter. One feature we found but didn't use was the indoor swimming pool, not sure if it was heated or not but it was circular and reminded me of those pools depicted in Roman times, where you sit round the edge in a robe.

We certainly didn't use the outdoor pool, not only was the weather atrocious but workmen were refurbishing the pool and surrounding area so it was out of bounds. The TV in the room was intriguing as well, there was Sky News (well occasionally as sometimes the signal was lost), BBC 1, ITV, ITV 2, FILM 4, and many foreign channels. But the oddity was BBC LOOK NORTH, which is our local area BBC TV station at home, and to see it in our hotel room in Spain was something that brought a wry smile to our faces, there was our local news every night in our room.

We watched quite a bit of TV in the evening, what with the weather and the fact that hardly anything was open along the prom anyway meant you didn't have a lot of options, a price to pay for coming away in the middle of winter I suppose. Although there was a second bar in the hotel, Frankie's Bar, and a guy playing a piano outside some nights as people inside watched a large flat screen TV whilst having a drink.
The area around the Pez Espada was quiet so no bars open but other hotels were a few minute's walk away if you wished to have a look. Also in the Pez Espada were a few shops of its own, only half a dozen, which included a hairdressers, jewellery and clothing shops, which were open most days. With it being a Thompson holiday there was a Reps meeting and Jade was both clear and informative with her talk.

So to sum up, the hotel and staff were superb, the weather, overall, atrocious, and the holiday attractions round about were subdued, and things were very quiet so not a lot to do. I accept that at this time of year with things being at a leisurely pace, meal times and the bars are a lot more relaxed than usual in the hotel. If the weather had been kinder, as it was on the last but one day, the whole place would take on a different complexion.
But there is a lot of tidying up to do around the area after the storms of one week in January. It is pot luck with the weather thing, someone said it was 70 degrees around Christmas and maybe those arriving as we left will have a better time of it, but whatever happens I think the Pez Espada will go some way to making a visit to Torremolinos a pleasant one.

  • Stayed: January 2011, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank Globalgeek
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Reviewed January 23, 2011

We have booked a Holiday to the Pez Espada, Torremelinos in May for this Year. Can anyone recommend Karaoke Bars in the area, and is the Beach nice and Sandy? Some people have said that the Beach is Shingle we would like to know before its too late to change our Venue.

  • Stayed: January 2011, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank bigdaddyBham
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Reviewed January 17, 2011

We have just returned from one week at this hotel and it was totally ruined by nearby noise, and I mean NOISE! from late evening until 6 in the morning groups of Spanish locals bombarded on what looked like an innocent hamburger place and its neighbour, continual loud music and everyone spilling out in to the street,shouting bawling, I even witnessed a number of them peeing in the hotel garden at the front of the hotel, what an absolute nightmare, surely the hotel could have called the police. Surely this type of uncivilized way of going on should be stopped. Before going to this hotel we emailed twice (no reply) I also sent them a letter asking for a quiet room but we could not have been put in a noisier one, thanks Pez Espada for not being able to fulfill a simple request. We also paid extra for a garden room yet looked out directly over the roof of a building, also around 6 p.m. each evening some generator or other was switched on creating an awful loud noise for hours on end. We have returned feeling tired out! We spent over £1000 on this holiday for ourselves and son as it was needed to help recuperate after being unwell but it has been a total waste of our hard earned money.

  • Stayed: January 2011, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank bazoDurham
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Reviewed January 12, 2011

arrived 2-1-11 about mid-day room was ready.room was ok bathroom clean but could benefit from a refit.the hotel was'nt full so staff very attentive.food very good but sometimes cold. beds comfortable.lovley bar and lounge.not many bars open in jan.but managed to find some.all in all a very nice holiday.

  • Stayed: January 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 3, 2011

My husband and I have just returned from the Pez Espada, we arrived there on Boxing day and left of the 2 January 2011. We had stayed in this hotel in November 2009 and had booked a suite (311) but this time we only booked the standard room. We found the size of the room to be very adequate with lots of storage space, also the bathroom was a good size. The only down side was the size of the balcony but as it was winter and the weather wasn't very good we didn't spend any time there, however, if we were to come back in warmer months then I think we would pay the extra for a garden view room as the balconies looked bigger. The food was very good with a good choice (sometimes it could have been hotter). The meal that was supplied on New Year's Eve (Gala dinner) was not buffet but served to us and was very very good. It was six courses and very enjoyable. The wine flowed and as one bottle emptied it was replaced. Spanish Cava with desert and liquers at the end. There was also an open bar, however, we didn't partake of that as by 1.30am we both retired to bed. We both agreed that the hotel had really excelled. I would go back to this hotel but as I said it would be in the warmer months as the weather was not very kind, two days of very very heavy rain and the other days were rather chilly and we had to wear our coats going out. We used to go to Tenerife for Christmas and New Year and forgot that the weather wouldn't be as good on the Costa Del Sol. We found the prices of the drinks and snacks to be very reasonable, which was just as well as we couldn't get out on the days of the rain. We only had one complaint and that was due to the rain getting into the room from the balcony and making the carpet soaking wet. They did try to correct it but as it was raining so heavy they were fighting a loosing battle and if we had been staying there for longer we would have been given another room but as it happened nearly at the end of the week we made the best of it. The entertainment was OK, typical hotel entertainment and the happy hour three times a week certainly filled the entertainment room.
Torremolinos at this time of year is very quiet with lots of places closed so if we went away again at Christmas or New Year we would try to afford to go to Tenerife where we know the weather is better with lots more going on.
I would definately recomment this hotel, however, at this time of year it is not for the young, only, perhaps, the young at heart.

  • Stayed: December 2010, traveled as a couple
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