What can I tell you about the week we've just spent at the Yaramar?
Well, returned on Sunday 26th Aug 2012 and the upshot is that for the money we paid with a large tour operator, for one week half board you can't go wrong. I base this comment as a reasonably seasoned traveler with many short and long haul hols under my belt. I suspect that many of the more negative reviews are from people who pay 3-4* money but expect 5* luxury.
Location is grand with many (all?) rooms having sea views and you only have to tumble out of the hotel lobby to get to the most wonderful beach, separated by a lovely wide esplanade. Ideal for strolling along into town and jogging if you want to.
The hotel staff are great and go out of their way to speak to you, nothing seems a problem - a very pleasant bunch of people.
Rooms, not the largest, but plenty adequate and quite kept clean. We had a nice 3rd floor balcony overlooking the pool. Aircon, only just okay.
Meals, plenty of choice at breakfast and in the evening, a bit samey at times but always good, always hot and more than okay for a week. Note; you do have to pay for any drinks at the evening meal (small bottle of coke around 2.5euro).
Moan, the aircon in the restaurant is useless - suggest they open the windows as it was cooler outside!! Moan over.
Didn't bother with evening entertainment so can't really comment - what we did hear from around the pool sounded good.
During periods of high occupancy, there just aint enough sun beds around the pool; but for 5euros/day, there's plenty of choice on the beach immediately opposite the hotel. For your money, you get two beds with comfy mattresses, parasol and two sangrias.
Incidentally, the access to the pool area is locked until around 8.45am; so no putting towels down ahead of time!!! This lead to the most amusing scenes each morning. At 30 seconds before 'doors open', not a sole around the pool, just like the Marie Celeste... and all sunbeds neatly aligned and parasols folded away nicely. At 30 seconds past 'doors open', NOT A SUNBED VACANT, you just had to see it. Brits at their best - see before and after photos attached :-)
To see scores of holidaymakers queuing up two flights of stairs waiting for 'doors open', most amusing. Hasten to add, we decided on the beach option.
If you did fancy a bite to eat at lunchtime, then you could try The Uppa Crust. Nice staff, great snacks and beer, cheap prices and a nice breeze from the sea. Easy to find, just go left out of the hotel, turn first left (50yds) down the first side street and it's literally just on the junction on your left.
Lots and lots of bars to drink at in the evenings, but Tony Shanley's Irish bar, around 15mins walk along the sea front in the direction of the town centre offers a very warm welcome, great for watching footy... nice cool breeze sea gain, reasonable prices.
The hotel had a mixture of youngsters, middle aged (us!!) and older folks - all very very friendly and not too noisy. Also, not too many kids running riot and no noise along the corridors.
All told, A great week in the sun and yes, I'd go back at the right price.
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- Yaramar Hotel Fuengirola, Costa Del Sol, Spain