Last year we went to Yaramar in Fuengerola [Thomson Gold] and decided to change to Florida Spa[Thomson Platinum] -Florida was considerably cheaper than Yaramar which we didn't understand.
We booked Malagatransfers for taxi from airport as last year we sat on a Thomson bus for 1Hr 40 mins and were not prepared to experience this again-taxi driver was there on arrival and on departure, spot on time- would recommend this company.
On arrival reception staff were extremely polite and helpful and we checked in in less than 5 mins.
First impression of the room was good as room was very clean and had Flat Screen TV/Fridge/Tea making kit/Bathrobes/Beach Towels/Safe as free of charge items -they also provided us with iron/board on request- full replenishment of refreshments and toiletries was done every day.
No problems getting lift despite number of rooms and guests in the hotel
Dining room was spacious with an excellent variety of food every night -quality was good and both plates and foodstuffs were warm. Desserts could have been more adventurous but this is really a nitpick Restaurant staff worked very hard but were still pleasant,courteous and helpful
We decided not to use the pool however the hotel had a concession agreement for loungers and shades on the beach.
In the evening the bar operated a happy hour and the measures given were extremely generous.Bar staff were excellent and we would mention Isa[Isabella] as she was very helpful and made sure we always were looked after for drinks.
The entertainment though was bland at best and sleep inducing at worst and if I ever hear Spanish Eyes again I will cut my wrists but at least we did not have to endure Thomson Team entertainment this time. During our stay we also visited both the Yaramar and Angela sister hotels on some evenings however we felt that Florida beat both of them hands down for quality.
We picked the worst week for weather in the past 10 years apparantly but as we had brought waterproof clothing decided to brave the elements and spent a lot of time shopping in Fuengiola including the Miramar shopping centre.
In summary we felt that in financial terms the Florida was excellent value for money and the hotel's best asset was the staff including reception/bars//cleaning/catering and support- they were all evidently happy at their jobs and that made customers happy.
We still can't understand Thomson's price differential but were most happy to take advantage of it.
The weather was pretty awful and that was compounded on the last day when we were due to fly out of Malage to Belfast at 12:35hrs and,due to an aircraft malfunstion, did not depart until 22:45 a 10 hr delay. Thomson's took us to another hotel in Belmadina to await the arrival of the incoming flight however we [most of the passengers] were unhappy at such a delay and I think this probably jaundiced our view of Thomson Holidays.
Apart from the delay and the weather we were more than happy with Florida Spa and, if we ever decide to go back to Fuengirola then that is where we will stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Fuengirola’s New Hotel Florida Spa is located beside the port, overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. This state-of-the-art, four-star facility offers 184 rooms, all of which are complete with air-conditioning, heating, a fridge/minibar, satellite TV, Music Channels, and pay-for-view films. Along with the expected accoutrements of a telephone, a hair-dryer, and tea and coffee facilities, each room at the New Hotel Florida Spa also offers its own safe so you can enjoy the fun of the Costa del Sol with complete peace of mind while you leave your valuables behind. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Florida Hotel Fuengirola
- Florida Spa Fuengirola, Costa Del Sol, Spain