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Florida Spa
Ranked #2 of 37 Hotels in Fuengirola
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“Excellent Value for money!!”
Reviewed October 2, 2012

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.

Room Tip: Sea view is pretty good
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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hotelangela, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at Florida Spa, responded to this review, March 15, 2013
Thank you for writing a review on Trip Advisor about your stay at Hotel Florida Spa and for giving us such a high mark. We are very happy to read you were well impressed by our hotel and staff and that you enjoyed your holiday in spite of the poor weather. We hope you come back soon for a very sunny holiday (fingers crossed!)
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Reviewed October 1, 2012

Had a well deserved break and this hotel recommended by brother.
Check in was the fastest I have ever known.
Staff work so hard.
Restaurant excellent. Maria and her team are fabulous.
We had a room facing directly to the beach - watching the sunrise was amazing ( early risers)!
The only negative was in the spa - 10 euros to use sauna and steam shower!! Slightly ridiculous.
The only downside would be Fuengirola - poor neighbour to more upmarket Benalmadena.

Room Tip: All rooms are furnished well.
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hotelangela, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at Florida Spa, responded to this review, April 22, 2013
Thank you for your review, we are happy to read you enjoyed your holidays with us. Your comments about our staff make us even more proud of them and motivate them everyday. We hope to see you back soon.
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Reviewed October 1, 2012

Everywhere in the hotel is scrupulously clean. All of the staff we encountered were Spanish, which was really nice to see. We stayed in room 1126 with good views over the marina and down the beach. This was a comfortable twin room with free fridge, free safe, tea and coffee tray replenished daily, ample coat hangers and storage space, aircon and ceiling fan. Smart bathroom with shower (no bath).

The first floor pool area is small but was not busy during our stay - 13 to 20 Sept. Bar prices were reasonable with drinkable wine available in the dining room for as little as 7 euro a bottle.

Breakfast offered a comprehensive range of hot and cold dishes but we thought the evening meal was poor. Many of the guests were Spanish and did not dine in so the menu may have been Chef's idea of what British people like. Too much of the meat and vegetables appeared to be coated and deep fried. The meat was generally of poor quality and who really wants whatever was described as roast lamb or beef and Yorkshire pudding when on holiday in the Med? Shockingly, the fish was also sub-standard despite there being a good-sized local fishing fleet.

There is a dress code but regrettably this was not enforced. There is a section of the dining room reserved for people in wheelchairs or with mobility problems.

Turn right out of the front door and within a few yards is a useful little supermarket with well-priced items and helpful staff. However, the area around the hotel is shabby and grubby and the pavements would benefit from a jet wash. This is the start of the late night bar and night club area. Those looking for a less commercial and quieter spot may prefer the Yaramar end of town.

Room Tip: The road is noisy so higher rooms will be slightly quieter.
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hotelangela, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at Florida Spa, responded to this review, April 22, 2013
Dear guest, thank you for writting a review about your stay at our hotel. We are sorry you did not like the evening meals and have taken note about this. As you say our Hotel Florida is more of an urban hotel being the closest to the port, bar for going out and the town center. We hope to see you back here or at one of our sister hotels.
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Reviewed September 30, 2012

Just returned from a week at the Florida Spa, very nice hotel unfortunatly we had the only wet week this year. Like all hotels in beach resorts there is nothing to do if you have no sunshine.The staff were very nice, the buy one get one free on all drinks in the bar made the evenings better.
The down side in my opinion, was the food, even though it was cooked well the starters were the same every night , the main corse didn't change enough for our taste then the puddings were very basic

Room Tip: Top floor on front
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hotelangela, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at Florida Spa, responded to this review, April 22, 2013
Dear guest, thank you for your review, we are sorry the weather was not sunny during your stay, however next time you can ask at reception and they can give you information on all the places you can visit, since Costa del sol has much more to offer than just beach and sun. We hope to see you back soon.
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Reviewed September 30, 2012

I went to the Hotel Florida Spa for my mum's 60th birthday. We wanted a mix of bars and restaurants but without the rowdiness of a busy resort. Firstly, the resort in itself is very clean and litter free. There are plenty of bars and restaurants along the main promanade serving english, italian, spanish and indian cusine. Coming out the hotel and turning left is the best area for this. I recommend the italian restaurant about 10 minutes walk from the hotel along the promanade for their pizzas. Unfortunately or fortunately considering we discovered this on the first day is that the restaurants along the beachfront are extremely expensive for food and drink and quite honestly are not worth it. Fish are cooked on the grills however after using one of the toilets and seeing a cockroach run across the floor put me off trying the fresh sardines that look so appetising.

For those seeking a more lively atmosphere at night, english and irish bars with buzzing restaurants, do not make the mistake we made by trekking round for hours in circles trying to locate an area that is 10 mins away, simply turn right on the promanade about 5 mins walk there is an iron arch way which leads you into this area. There are lots of chinese restaurants here, DO NOT eat at the big restaurant opposite the irish bar O'Brien's - service was awful, food was even worse (not authentic at all) and we discovered hairs in our main meal. I refused to pay for our mains, she became extremely angry and aggressive snatching money out of my hand which led to quite a heated argument in the street. We had already been warned about this restaurant and wished we had listened! Other this this all restaurants we ate in were lovely.

The mariner was also nice - relaxing and the english place served a nice lunch at good prices. Recommend the dolphin trip (cheaper to buy at the mariner than through the hotel or reps at £15 each). Also caught a bus to Marbella which was cheap - bus and train station nearby, public transport excellent and much much cheaper than taxi's.

Resort was all flat so there was a lot of elderly people and those requiring wheelchairs. This did not bother us but I would not suggest this resort to groups of friends looking for pubs, bars and clubs, not really the resort for drinking and dancing which had its plus point as there were no drunk youngsters puking up everywhere.

Hotel was lovely. Rooms and hotel was spacious, very clean and of a high standard. Food in the restaurant was hit and miss but plenty of places to eat nearby. Soups were good, but there wasnt much choice for vegetarians - even the rice had meat through it. Desserts werent great either - all a bit bland but plenty of choice and to fill a hole the food was acceptable.

Pool area was quiet and relaxing but the pool was small - more of a cooling off pool - too small to swim in. Plenty of sunbeds. Make use of the free spa, well worth a visit. Also the deal with the Yaramar where you get cheaper sunbeds and a free sangria on their private beach. Just take your room card to show staff. Beach was much quieter here compared to directly opposite the hotel. We didnt swim in the sea after seeing people fishing out hoards of jelly fish - apparantly portugese poisonous ones?!

Definately would stay at this hotel again, hotel entertainment was too old for me and mum but we made the most of the happy hour where you can get 2 glasses of wine for 3 euros. Great location and short transfer from airport. A lot of guests were on their 2/3rd visit.

Room Tip: Our room had a sea view but balconies did not get the sun, only first thing in the morning.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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hotelangela, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at Florida Spa, responded to this review, March 15, 2013
Thank you so much for writing a review about your stay at Hotel Florida Spa. We are sorry to know you did not enjoy the entertainment or food much though happy to hear you would consider us for future holidays in Costa del Sol. We hope to welcome you back soon!
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Reviewed September 29, 2012

My wife and I are in our early sixties and we felt very young compared with what we saw of the rest of the guests on our arrival. Zimmers and walking sticks seemed to be the order of the day.

We arrived mid afternoon and booking in was a breeze. We were given our key cards for a room on the 9th floor and were told our cases would follow ten minutes later, they arrived in five. We had booked a superior room and it was well worth the extra £50.00. The room was huge and one wall was floor to ceiling glass with panoramic views over the harbour and beach. Excellent air conditioning was achieved once the controls were set properly.
Every room has tea making facilities, a free fridge, a free safe and flat screen TV with a few Brit channels and some interactive channels if you wanted to pay for them. Even a porno channel if you are that way inclined. The room was well equipped and quite modern. As is usual in Spain the beds were two singles pushed together but were extremely comfortable having a memory foam mattress topper to each. The bathroom did not have a bath but had a very good walk-in shower. I did hear a few grumbles about the size of the standard rooms. I also heard that some rooms have a shower over a bath. The cleanliness of the rooms was good although one day the room was not serviced (although this was soon rectified) and on another the terrace was not touched.

The restaurant was well run by female staff except for the total disregard and enforcement of the dress code ruling of no shorts or T shirts at dinner. This ruling was clearly displayed at the entrance and totally ignored by almost all the Spanish guests and a fair proportion of the other nationalities. Another thing ignored by most guests was the hand sanitizer dispensers. Something which is rather important in a self service buffet when everyone is handling the serving spoons.
The food quality was good but only average buffet fare, not as good as I was led to believe from the reviews on here. The bulk of the dishes on offer always seemed to be the best they could prepare for the least cost. There was one theme night per week, Chinese one week, Spanish the next. The Chinese style food quality was very poor, in fact it was horrible, the Spanish night was quite good.
The Spanish guests were given mineral water with their meal each evening. When I asked for the same I was told, English have to pay, charming!

Each night there is a 'Happy Hour' in the bar, two for the price of one, which is good value.
In the bar area there was a singer or duo who each night seemed to sing the same range of songs which was a tad boring after a few days. On the first week I felt sorry for the performers who sang to an almost empty bar after 9.30pm. The second week did buck up a little after a few younger guests, who could stay awake after this time, arrived and the place had a bit more atmosphere.

The pool area was too small for the size of the hotel it was also dirty and unkempt. Tiles were missing in the pool, the tiles were black and greasy around the water surface level and for some reason no one swept or washed down the pedestrian areas for the whole two weeks that I was there. The pool bar had a 'Happy Hour' at lunchtime, again good value.

The Indoor Spa pool is supposed to be the best in Andalucia. If that is so there must be some really bad ones. They make a big fuss of making everyone who enters the Spa wears a hat and flip flops, that they supply, but they find it too much trouble to clean the floors. I dropped my towel in the changing rooms and when I picked it up it was black and filthy. The steam room and sauna were a payable extra. This seemed strange as both were switched on anyway.

A big failing of this hotel is that there are no outdoor facilities other than the pool area which is closed off after 6pm.
If you are expecting any level of daytime organised entertainment there isn't any.

All smokers have to smoke outside the only entrance to the hotel stood on the pavement in a back street. Whether you smoke or not this is unforgivable for a 4* hotel.

The reception staff are very friendly and are fluent English speakers but are useless at passing on simple messages to the tour rep.

WI-FI is available free of charge even in the rooms, you just ask the reception for a code.

Overall my wife and I made the most of our stay, the room was great, the food passable and apart from a few things that could have been addressed so easily it was OK.

Would I go to this hotel again?
Owing to the lack of some facilities and general cleanliness I find it hard to justify the star rating for this hotel so the answer is very unlikely.

Would I recommend this hotel?
Yes if you are over 70!

Room Tip: High floor is a must to escape street noise.
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hotelangela, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at Florida Spa, responded to this review, April 22, 2013
Dear guest, we are glad to read you made the most out of your holidays although our hotel did not meet your expectations. We strive to improve day by day and comments like yours motivate us to continue in our search for perfection. Thank you for your review.
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Reviewed September 29, 2012

My daughter and I stayed at the Florida (for the second time) from 16th to 23rd September and had a great time. We asked for a sea facing room and got possibly the best room in the hotel, 1232, the last room on the top floor with fabulous views. Our room was very comfortable, absolutely nothing to complain about with great shower, toiletries, tea, coffee, free safe and bathrobes. Everywhere was spotless.

The food, on the whole, was very good. Breakfast was bountiful, with everything you could ask for and more. Dinner was very good as well but we found the main courses a little restricted so ate out a couple of nights. All food was well cooked and presented.

The pool area is small but we were able to get sunbeds any time we wanted, but we spent more time at the beach because of the wonderful sunbeds they have there. More like single bed mattresses, so comfy. 9 euros for 2 sunbeds and a parasol. If you walk 10 mins along to the sister hotel Yaramar you can have them for 5euros with a free drink of Sangria. I did wonder why the Florida couldn't do that for their guests?

We didn't bother much with the entertainment but what I saw the guests seemed to enjoy.

Fuengirola is a great resort with everything close by. Bus and train station both within walking distance. The Bioparc (zoo) is brilliant for all ages. Mijas is a little whitewashed village in the hills behind Fuengirola, about 20 minutes by local bus. A beautiful place to visit. We also went to Marbella and Peurto Banus, to see how the other half live. Very enjoyable day.

The are countless good places to eat, especially around Fish alley, about 5 mins walk from the hotel. We ate at La Gondela and enjoyed it so much we went back again. Lovely food at great prices.

All in all we had a great holiday at the Florida and would recommend it highly. My only gripe would be with Thomson's marketing of this hotel as Platinum. When compared with the facilities at the Yaramar (which is Thomson Gold) I don't see any difference.

Having said that, Hotel Florida is a lovely place to stay and the staff are very friendly and helpful.

Would we go back.....yes, definately!

Room Tip: Above 7th floor sea facing for sea and harbour views.
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hotelangela, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at Florida Spa, responded to this review, March 15, 2013
Thank you so much for sharing your experience at Hotel Florida Spa on Trip Advisor. We are very pleased to read you had a nice holiday and you would consider coming back again. It is very rewarding to us to see our guests enjoy, so we hope to see you back at the Florida soon.
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Property: Florida Spa
Address: C/ Doctor Galvez Ginachero, 29640 Fuengirola, Spain
Location: Spain > Andalucia > Province of Malaga > Costa del Sol > Fuengirola
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Fuengirola
#1 Romantic Hotel in Fuengirola
#2 Spa Hotel in Fuengirola
#2 Luxury Hotel in Fuengirola
#2 Green Hotel in Fuengirola
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Florida Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 184
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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