Arrived at Malaga quite late & just caught the last train into Fuengirola around 23:00 at a cost of €4.20 for both of us - Bargain! Another €13.00 took us to the hotel in less than 15 minutes. So from airport to hotel was around an hour, and no hassle waiting to board a coach and stopping at millions of other hotels!
On arrival check in was pain free & at first glance our room was like most hotel rooms we've stayed in, everything you need, clean & tidy. However when we opened the curtains, even after midnight, the veiws were stunning, all the rooms face the pool and as long as you're not on ground level they all have a fabulous veiw of the beach and sea. The bathroom was nice with a hairdryer as good as the one you use at home & a shower that could knock you out when on full power! No annoying temperature changes either.
Breakfast is served until 10.30 which is great. I was dieting as usual but plenty of healthy choices which I didn't choose! Lots of juices, tea or coffee brought to the table, also flasks of hot milk for wimps like me who like weak coffee. There were bacon eggs beans tomatoes etc.. omlettes made to order, pastries, pancakes, cereal, cold meats cheese, fruit, yogurts & bread (toasters near by). Staff were helpful & there were plenty of seats inside or out. A nice relaxing start to the day (If I come back here in the future I would take the half board option).
No one reserved loungers around the pool, there was no need, plenty available. There is a towel service for which you leave a deposit at reception. I wouldn't recommend the pool bar as prices were a little high to say the least! There is a supermarket across the bridge at the front of the hotel though and you can cram enough water, coke etc in the mini bar to see you through a hard day in the sun!
We had lunch in the tapas bar in the hotel which was ok, again a little pricey ( I guess you can't blame the hotel for the strengh of the £ against the € though)!
Out and about : The beach is a seconds walk from the pool! Loungers there cost €8 a day but why bother when the free ones at the hotel are so near! No roads to cross, just a gate accessed by using your key card. The gate is locked at midnight.
A good 15 minute walk would get you into town, if you're strolling along it's nearer half an hour to be honest. Plenty of bars along the way if you fancy a bit of people watching! Once in the centre there are hundreds of bars & resturaunts to choose from.
On depature check out time is 12:00 but when I asked at reception I was told that there was no charge to keep the room until 14:00 but after that a €50 charge. Been a Yorkshire lass we checked out at 14:00! Cases were kept behind reception and free use of the facilities in the spa are available if you need to shower and change.
We left as we arrived Taxi and train. The train was very busy as it was around 17:00 but not a problem as it is only around a 30 min journey.
I would go back to this hotel if I wanted a few days in the sun & I don't normally go anywhere more than once, as there are so many places to see. It was lovely here though, nice room & a good location if you're looking for a relaxing beach/pool holiday. 20 years ago (I'm 40) I would have thought it was a little far out of the centre but then again 20 years ago I would probably have got there faster.....
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