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Historical Traveler Reviews Fuengirola Beach
Not so much 'Fuengirola Beach' as Fuengirola Hypermarket'!
First thing to say is that the Apartments are along way from the city centre (and beach in fact), but please don't let this put you off. If you don't mind walking or have no qualms about using public transport then for couples, the apartments are fine. If you have children then you should be looking for a poolside based holiday as the Fuengirola Beach Apartments are no where near the beach. There is a hypermarket 100m away with shops, bars/restaurants, cinema, even Burger King. The ladies will feel quite at home given a few Euros to spend. Transfer time, 20 minutes without other pick ups.
Excellent rooms, spacious, well equiped, two halogen rings, microwave, toaster, kettle, TV etc. 2/3rds of rooms have poolview, remainder benefit from the afternoon/evening sunshine. At present there are new Apartments going up opposite, so you could expect some disruption.
Tip: The TV does have a scart lead socket, so if you have games consols, portable DVD's or the like this may help while away the hours.
Staff and Reps:
All friendly and hard working. Excellent English spoken everywhere don't think you will have any problems in this respect. Firstchoice have an 'In2Action' team based at the hotel, who try to get you into sporting activities, in addition to a full time entertainment team.
Bar (and late night adult only bar), Dining room, Library, fully equiped Laundry Room, Children's room with machines and pool tables, Table tennis, Nightly entertainment and 'inhouse' first choice reps.
Usual buffet style Spanish fare, not a lot of choice for the kids, but I did go out of season, so might be better in summer.
A local urban bus (route 4) runs half hourly from the Hypermarket, 100m from the hotel entrance to the city centre, takes 10 minutes and costs 1 euro at present for an adult. The same journey by taxi is about 6 euros, so can be convenient if there are three or four of you. From the bus garage you can pick up coaches quite easily (and cheaply) running up and down the coast from Marbella to Malaga and all the towns in between. The train station is opposite the garage and will take you up the coast to Malaga, stopping at Benalmadena, Torremolinos, and a host of other towns. Like the bus you will be had pushed to find a fare over a couple of euros one way.
2nd largest city in the region, probably 500 bars and eateries of all pursuasions, absolutely kilometres of sandy beach. Most popular area of town is probably Torreblanca completely the other end of Fuengirola to the Fuengirola Beach Apartments. Competition steep so prices low in a majority of cafes/bars etc. Avoid the London, Irish and Linaker bar type places for the best value for money. All the usual warnings needed, Touts/Timeshares/Lookie Lookie men/and occasional pickpocketing prostitutes late at night.
Suggested days out:
Marbella: (Bus 220 about €2.40 one way) Shops and film stars
Porto Banus: (Euro bus ride from Marbella) Tremendous harbour, millions of £'s of floating real estate, plus Ferrari's Porsche's Rollers and really expensive restaurants. Cheapest is probably 'Jack's' (not difficult to find - look for the most popular venue).
Benalmadena: (€1.20 ish by either bus or train) Try the Cable Car if you have a head for heights, tickets sold either one way or return (€8 and €11). Can't understand who in their right mind would walk 5 miles back down a winding mountain track! Probably best to buy a return ticket. Views are stunning, you even lookdown on the aircraft arriving into Malaga Airport. Gibralta and Africa can be seen on clear days.
Mijas: 10 minute (€1) bus ride into the mountains behind Fuengirola, look back at the reverse view seen every morning from your hotel window. Shops and Bars to visit, will only take a couple of hours of your time, but temperture does drop but a couple of degrees, so can be a real blessing at times.
Overall: Nice clean Hotel, with hardworking staff, acceptable food, and good facilities. Only drawback is the distance to the town centre, I would suggest that the Hotel invests in a minibus, to drop holiday makers at a central or beach location during the day. Yes I would consider going back, but might try a more central hotel next time for comparison first.
No beauty prizes for the tunnel on the way to the beach.
The tunnel under the motorway on the way to the beach from the hotel is quite ugly and unkept ,but it is not dangerous, to counter what we had heard before. We saw elderly locals walk there after dark so reckon it must be fairly safe. If someone would take ownership of this area and improve it then all would be well with this hotel.
The accomodation was excellent , the entertainment for the kids ( girls aged 9 and 5 ) was superb. The boys aged 14 and 12 were kept busy with sports. If you forget the tunnel ,it is no trouble to walk back from the centre of town each night as we did (20 minutes). We got a very efficient bus service into town every night.
The evening shows at 10 pm at the hotel were good if not amazing, but what do you expect. The bar staff were excellent with Guiness on offer at €3.50 a pint. We didn't eat at the hotel, so can't comment about the food.
The Miramar centre across the road provided an excellent diversion and a good place for breakfast. The centre of town provides excellent restaurants at an average of €80 a night for absolutely everything you could want ( 3 courses, drinks , wine and coffees). We reckoned it was half price dining in comparison to Dublin.
In all, an excellent holiday, the kids all want to go back again next Easter, which says everything.
Another plus is the 20 minute transfer time from the Airport.
But please somebody, Tidy up the bridge , river and tunnel.
In the end it's what you make of it!!!
OK...so a five star luxury all singing all dancing hotel it ain't.
Now we've got that out of the way lets be honest...
If you are going here and haven't been before fear not!! We (being a couple with a teenage daughter) have literally just got back. Some previous reviews left us very dubious prior to going (and on speaking to people in the hotel they felt similarly). The food is a bit up and down with some odd menu choices, but I have it on good authority that the carvery was good. There are plenty of other options to pick from as regards restaurants etc.. some are pricey, others quite reasonable. There are some restaurants in the adjacent Miramar shopping complex but these we found to be a bit hit and miss. Eating out isn't particularly cheap, and as a previous reviewer has written the hob takes forever to do anything decent in the room. Beer is dirt cheap to buy from the supermarket in the Mirimar, but shop around the myriad of bars along the seafront if you intend to drink outside. A round of 3 drinks in the hotel bar works out at around a tenner. Good news on the getting into town front... a new footbridge has opened this week so there is now no need to take your life in your hands crossing a motorway, you can now go underneath it directly outside the hotel and be on the front in 5 mins...hooray!!! Be wary of the touts, they have become sneaky and can smell a brit abroad at 10 paces, engage them in conversation at your peril. The entertainment staff do work hard and a lot of the time its a thankless task they do. Drink loads of Cruzcampo and things seem much rosier, particularly in the evenings. Don't expect London Palladium standard, have a laugh and join in you may actually enjoy it..!! We found the staff at the hotel very helpful and approachable. Go to Mijas...lovely, go to the zoo....worth half a day of anybodies time, Always check the taxi prices with the driver before travelling, and you gotta go to the bus station to see utter chaos at its best....All in all a good holiday (we had the room of the previous reviewer) don't moan about everything and things will be fine....enjoy!!
This hotel is about 10-15 mins from the beach across several roads but once you've done it once and know what your doing it's no problem. The first choice reps even have a 'hosted walk' where they will show you the way.
There is a shopping center (open 10am-10pm) right next door which contains a hypermarket (with cheap booze).
There is a bus stop right outside the shopping center (the fare is only 90c to the town center if you don't fancy the walk) The taxi rank is opposite the bus stop too.
The beer in the hotel (cruzcampo, heineken) about 3 euros and Guiness 3.50 - A jug of sangria 9.00 which they make themsleves and can be quite potent. But if you fancy a beer on the balcony then pop next door to the the hypermarket, beer and wine is cheaper than water.
We didn't eat at the hotel as we had read bad reviews, the reps claimed to eat there and said it was great - when I told one of them (in private) of the bad reviews their response was 'well... the carvery on Thursday is OK' make of that what you will.
Try to get a room facing the castle (you can also see the sea) because you get the sun all day long (you will get no sun at all on the other side we were informed by other guests). The downside is that there is a busy, noisy road outside but it's worth it for the view and sun.
Mijas (I think that's how you spell it) is a nice village in the mountains a short bus ride from the center (1.05 euros) with great views as well as shops and restaurants.
Many of the reps didn't seem to know much and on several occasions blamed it on the fact they don't speak spanish!! The Spanish staff at the hotel were friendly and helpful though.
There is not much to do in the evening as you'd have to go to the hotel bar or travel into town but we were happy sitting on the balcony most nights after a busy day.
The room only has a microwave and a hob (which takes about 5 years to heat anything) so we ate mostly junk food.
I would happily have stayed another week. Thumbs up from me.
I don't have many photos of the hotel as most of the photos were of the trips we went on but I've posted the one or two I do have.
Just got back yesterday from the Fuengirola Beach Apartments. I stayed there with family with ages ranging from 80 down to 17. I can honestly say everybody in the party enjoyed the holiday and didn't have any problem with the hotel.
The entertainment was a bit of everything. Granted it was fairly low key with a disco for kids then bingo and then after that it varied nightly.
Even though I drink shorts I found the prices of the bar very fair for a hotel. Most rounds were averaging at 18 euros for 5 alcoholic drinks.
My Nan who is 80 had no problem with the distance you had to go to get to the feungirola town and walked this with ease.
All round we all found this hotel clean and staff friendly.
Infact we are looking to go back at the end of the year.
Hated the place
Treadful place, staff unhelpful - could not go out at night as too far from town, through busy motorways and the fear of being mugged as several people had bags and wallets stolen en route to town. Food in hotel was poor as was the entertainment - except if you like bingo or juggling an odd evening. Unless you were very fit you were trapped in poor standard hotel paying over the top prices at bar - no restaurants near unless you count shopping mall nearby. Very unattractive view of building site and cranes opposite room.
Went with First Choice and waited 1 1/2 hours in bus (which was full for the duration) to get to hotel. Waited in queue outside hotel for 1 hour to book in to be told no rooms available, come back in 3 hours time
i went to airport and to see any flights to malaga and we went staight on the plane and this hotel called stella maris it,s becautial and it got swimming pool and supermarket it bloody cool go there
We miss chicken boy and lovely wayne!!!!
Hotel was spotless although the food wasn't up 2 much. The thing that made our holiday was the entertainment without it we would have came home on the first night, and that was only because we were dragged up on the stage to help. The bingo is a great laugh i won 3 times!!!! The entertainment staff are very friendly we even ended up on a night out with them and we became the entertainment. Hello waynetta ang chicken boy!!!!! you rock!! If you decide to take a stroll along the beach beware of the flower sellers.
Classic "Holiday from Hell"!!!
I found my experience of this hotel to be a complete contrast to the other reviews posted here, I found the Fuengirola Beach Hotel to be extremely poor. On arrival at our accommodation, the Fuengirola Beach Aparthotel, Fuengirola, Costa del Sol. After being given our room card and proceeding up to the fifth floor to the room, it became apparent on entry that the room was already occupied as there where other peoples suitcases there. On arrival back at reception we where issued another room card for the adjacent room, again on the fifth floor. When we once again arrived at this second room with all our luggage, on opening the door there was a strong smell of sewage and again the room was occupied as there where suitcases present. On arrival again, at reception, the receptionist obviously didn't believe that the room was occupied, as he had to return to the fifth floor with us to check that the room was indeed occupied. On our fourth return to reception since we had arrived over an hour before, we where given our third room of the evening. On arrival at this room it was unoccupied, although the smell of sewage was still present.
On exiting the room on to the balcony, I am sure that you can imagine my pleasure at seeing the building site immediately opposite. When asked to be moved we where told the Hotel was full? At the End of September?
Location of the hotel is abysmal, 7.50 to 10.00 euros each way in a taxi to central Fuengirola, beach is a good walk across a number of extremely busy roundabouts, dual carriageways and motorway underpass that is both unpaved and unlit. While the hotel is next to a large shopping complex that has a range of bars and restaurants, why would you want to go on holiday and eat all your meals at what is essentially a shopping centre food court?. They close at twelve so a late night not an option unless you want to take a taxi ride.
Entertainment was completely orientated around children, with an occasional disco, which just turned into a racing track for screaming kids running around
All very poor.
Room was dirty and small. We spent one night there and then paid for another hotel. Sorry to be so negative but I really have nothing good to say about this hotel at all!!
Great hotel, lousy food,fair walk to town/beach
We visited this apartment hotel last april. The apartment itself was spotlessly clean with more space than the average hotel room.The only down side to the apartment was a single bed right outside the bathroom door which was great for putting suitcases on or as in our case teenage girls overspill from the wardrobe or a handy sulking spot!!!!!!!! The hotel reception is bright and cool, lovely staff who all speak english and are very helpful. There are 2 bars, one only open after 11 oclock to adults only. Great bar staff in both bars, always ready to crack a joke or have a laugh, especially at our attempts to pronounce the name of the local spanish lager (try saying 'shampoo' it seems to work!)The pool area was again spotless, plenty of sun beds to be had,an out side bar, tennis courts ,(where the kids like to play football. Its too hot for the grown ups.)Evening entertainment is rather basic, little ones seemed to enjoy it. Make sure you have plenty to drink at happy hour 6pm --7pm 2 drinks for the price of one.
Ask for a room on the pool side of the hotel its much quieter than road side.long way from town/beach taxis cheap.Supermarket and shopping mal across road.Use restaurants there and not the hotel
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