IPV Beatriz Palace Hotel & Spa
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Historical Traveler Reviews IPV Beatriz Palace Hotel & Spa Fuengirola
Loved the Beatriz but hated the location
we took our teenage boys to the Beatriz for a wek of sun. Hotel was amazing, fab food, facilities excellent. The spa is a wonderful experience, beautifully done out with experienced staff. I was very pampered! the only downfall of the hotel is its situation on the main road which is a nightmare! we eventualyy found out that we could walk along the beach to the town and avoid the road but the hotel staff had told us that this was imposssible!!!!
Best 4* Hotel on the Coast
Made late 2 night booking as wanted a short break just an hours drive from home.
On arrival at car park (free!) was concerned about noise levels as situated right by the deadly N340 coast road with its 24 hour traffic but couldn´t hear a thing once through entrance doors.
Wow factor strikes on entering the lobby. Went to desk to ask what time we could check in - it was only 10 a.m. - and were delighted to be told room was ready for us. Bell Boy handled our luggage and would not accept tip!
Room gorgeous - large, panoramic sea view with ample terrace, 2 x King Sized beds and a bathroom so large you could have a party in it!
Food superb - both Breakfast and Evening Meal. Staff very friendly and helpful. Pool large and uncrowded. Spa facilities/treatments excellent and quite well priced.
Will we go again - you bet!
We stayed here for 2 weeks half board in June 2005, Upon our arrival we thought the hotel really had a wow factor as i have said and the lobby and our room full seaview on 5th floor was Great and felt at home immediately!! We are sorry to say it did not all meet our expectations! Luckily we have a friend living 15mins away with a car, having said that the reason we booked a hotel was because we wanted independance but lucky for us her and her son were there to take us to get drinks ie water,lemonade,bits&pieces!! The hotel does not have a vending machine but it does have 2 telephone boxes (which are cheaper than room) a banking and credit card facility & Internet (3) Screens pay & use. Taxi have to drive past hotel and turn round so they charge 10/15euros one way it differed on the day the time etcso ask a price maybe!! They also call the hotel the posh hotel and many of us staying were just wanting to stay in a good 4/5* Hotel, but we did find a snobby attitude a bit found we had to start to chat to other guest (maybe because the hotel does cater for the spanish more than europe & the world) At the weekend the hotel was full of spanish guests for either a short break or weddings, i must add that the evening meal improved a lot from friday/sunday ie fresh salmon,prawns other sea food and better quality all together fresh fruit etc. We could not say a bad word about brekkie it was superb and to eat out on the terrace was lovely and peacefull. We did not find all staff friendly looked fed up at times lacked ambience in Hotel all together. The bar disco opened fri/sat only when more people were in hotel we enquired about this and at the end of our 2nd week it opened tue/wed went home thursday so cant comment on that!! On our arrival our friend came for a late lunch with us and we went to the hotel beach bar menu all in spanish and no snacks when we asked about that the assistant manager said menu would change Monday yes it did they added spag/bogg and put it in english also ther were a few of us after all!! The pool looked beautiful but i can not swim and i am only 5ft tall so i was warned by other that it would go above my head as soon as you come of the bottom step shame i was looking forward to going in for a dip had to make do with kiddie pool no rail or steps just walk in!! All in all we had a nice stay but as i mentioned had a meeting with the young lady manager who assured us that the promenade was to be built in 3/4 months or 6/8 months so maybe next year will be better. We would stay again but only Bed&breakfast having said that you still will have a walk before getting to the town. The day before we left they were handing out questionaire forms at breakfast and i think maybe other guests had there moans or suggestions!! It definatly lacks ambience and friendly feel, lady in shop nice, egg guy at breakfast and pool guy and the ladies behind grills in evening, waiters seemed to travel around hotel throughout the day and evening and yes bar was slow best to order at bar & show them were you are sitting! Also Bikini beach bar out of hotel sea end turn left food good nice music & peeps!! Hope this helps if you are reading this and have already booked please do not be put of it is a wonderful hotel with potential and it is new so i think they are catching on quickly (Hope so) Enjoy your stay.
Food excellent, hotel room and reception areas spacious and clean
The breakfasts and evening buffet meals were both of a high standard and wide choice. For example starting breakfast with a bucks fizz, eating melon and serrano followed by a full english if that was your choice is possible or a more simple cereals, fruit juice and sweet pastries. Coffee is the only let down as seems usual even in continental hotels.
Worth knowing a few pointers which the check in receptionist did not take the time to explain to us. 1) You have to pay for the safe on arrival as it is keyed into your room card. 2) for 20 euro deposit per towel you can collect swimming towels daily from the poolside, returning each evening. Deposit is returned at the end of your stay. 3) No one in the restaurant explains the procedure, once you have given your room number you pick up plate and load with starter from the salad/fish bar and then chose a table (only a small non-smoking area) The waiters bring drink to order and will clear plates while you collect main course from other buffet area, the same happens for dessert.
The entertainment is either a piano in the reception bar or at weekends a rather odd Friday group who put on a show which is best watched for the amazement at what they will do next! The Sat night entertainment was really excellent with Spanish dancers. The disco before and after the entertainment seems to consist of ex Eurovision replays and a few spanish flamenco songs.
Overall a relaxing and happy holiday.
Nice Hotel, But............
Visited Beatriz Palace May' 05. We were a family travelling with 2 children aged 3 & 1, we booked the hotel with Airmiles through Cresta Holidays and were advised not to book a double room, but a triple room. We assumed this meant a bigger room so did so costing approx £50 extra, however upon arrival we discovered there is no such thing as a triple room they only have double rooms, it just means that you get an extra bed. This was a little frustrating as we had enquired directly to the Hotel before booking with Airmiles and were advised that if we booked direct we could have a double room with no extra charge for a bed & cot! When we arrived the room was not ready i.e no bed or cot for the children, after returning from a walk we had to contact reception, but this was quickly rectified. All the rooms in the hotel have a seaview with balconies, which is lovely. A lot of tour operators advise that the hotel is child friendly, the staff are extremley good with the children, but there are little facilities for those with children, a small play area (little tikes slide, climbing frame and house- not put together properly), small swimming pool and thats it really. Access to the beach is very convenient and there is a nice promenade to walk along, however this has not been fully completed, a bridge is still under construction, so if you are wanting to wander into Fuengirola you have to either walk along the Beach (not ideal with 2 young children & a buggy), along a very narrow path along a motorway or take a 20 minute detour past the Miramar shopping centre. The rooms in the hotel were standard rooms, the maid service was very good. However for those with children not particularly child friendly ( even the one year old could open the doors) and all the wooden surfaces had a glass surface to protect them, but they weren't fixed. The restaurant was ok, however if eating at night you are not allowed to wear shorts and the food was not clearly labelled. We only ate there a couple of times as we were B&B it was quite expensive, the pricing for this was quite inconsistant as one night they only charged us for the 2 adults and the next night they charged us for the 2 children (apprx £10 per child- expensive for a 3 & 1 year old, don't know how much food they thought they would eat!). Breakfast was very good, you had a good varied choice. There is a bus stop just outside the hotel that takes you straight into Fuengirola. Overall, the hotel was very nice and warrants its star rating, however I personally I would not return there until I knew the promenade was completed and until the children were a bit older.
Excellent Hotel & staff
Booked here after reading earlier reviews and was glad I did. Excellent throughout the Hotel is worthy of its 4 stars. The staff are also of an excellent standard. I was very impressed by everyone's politeness, efficiency and helpfulness. We were on half board and found the breakfasts really good. You have the continental and English breakfast options with fruit and various sweet cakes and breads also available. Also almost every fruit juice imaginable on offer. A chef was on hand for omelettes also. The evening meals were varied with several hot choices, a varied salad bar & a good dessert selection. We had a 4 year old and a 1 year old and felt the food on offer was of a high standard.
The room was also of a very high standard. Huge bathroom with all amenities. We were given a childs bed & a cot & still had plenty of room to move around. Multi channel TV was in the room with only a few English channels. (The kids still enjoyed the cartoons in Spanish!!)
Internet access, various bars & different restaurants were also located in the hotel.
Pool area was good, Huge pool with a smaller childs pool. a decent kids play area with slides & play houses was located around the back.
My only gripe was the location, situated on a busy section of motorway (although sound doesnt reach sea view aparments) and the beach was not as good as most places. Also to reach Fuengirola you had a choice of walking up side of motorway!! (Cars are travelling in excess of 100MPH!)
or walking up the beach. As we had a pram we had a bit of a struggle at times. However these were only minor complaints. The weather was superb, hotel facilites superb. Would recommend this hotel to everyone. It would be an advantage though if you could drive.
Fantastic - a great 4 star plus hotel
I visited this hotel in June 2004, went with 2 friends. Could not fault it. The room was lovely clean and spacious with a fabulous sea view, which most of the rooms have. Breakfast was superb, we only booked on a b & b basis. We managed to find two local restaurants which were superb, it is a good walk into fuengirola, fine early evening but would advise a taxi back as quite dangerous to walk along the motorway.
The entertainment in the evening was also very good. I would recommend this hotel for anyone. Have stayed in many 4* hotels and this to me and my friends was one of the best.
Lovely friendly atmosphere from all the staff, pool bar was a little slow on service but Im sure that has improved as the hotel had only been open a couple of months. So impressed we were are going again this summer for another girly break...
Superb hotel, shame about the neighbours
Fantastic hotel. Just stayed here for 5 days in October. Furnishings and decor have real wow factor. Food was excellent. Although buffet style the choice was overwhelming. They really made an effort with the special touches. (Even petit fours and canapes.) Our daughter was especially pleased that the restaraunt was decorated for halloween.
The pool area was well kept and secure right on the beach.
The only fault was with the sound insulation. The rooms are quite large however we initially had a room with a connecting door. We were kept awake the first night with neighbours who tried to speak over the tv in spanish till 4am. We requested a move the next day. The staff could not be faulted moved us without question. Very obliging and friendly. Recommended for a touch of luxury at a reasonable price .
4 star Hotel with 5 star service & facilities
We booked a short 3 day break for myself and husband to recover from the summer vacation with the children. What a lovely surprize to go to a hotel that far exceeded ones expectations. Staff that would accomodate their visitors if they possibly could, food that could not be faulted with choices one would expect at top class locations. My husband is a particularly difficult person to satisfy and he has had nothing but praise for this hotel and has recommended it to many of our friends.
Nice and new
Stayed here 26/8/04 to 31/8/04. All in all the hotel was very good. The majority of the rooms are identical, and all have sea views. They are clean and spacious, with a decent sized balcony. We had lunch a couple of times at the poolside restaurant, and the food was pretty good, although personally I think their is more on offer in nearby Fuengerola.There are a couple of other restaurants at the hotel, but they seemed to be closed at the times we wanted to try them. We found two or three excellent Tapas Bars in Fuengerola, full of Spanish. (Just ask the locals for directions).
On the downside, the hotel, is sited next to the motorway, and although traffic noise is suprisingly low, you do need a cab to get around. Average cost to Fuengerola Town is about 10 Euro's. You could take a stroll along the beach, but it would take at least 1/2 hour, depending on your top speed...Additionally, the private stretch of beach that is advertised, is not that private, and to be honest, not that great either. Once again, there's more on offer outside (e.g Nearby Mijas).
All in all, if you want to relax, (as the hotel's pretty quiet), with the option to go partying nearby, this is the place for you.
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