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Monday, June 18
After our wonderful day in Granada we continued south until we hit the sea, the Mediterranean Sea that is. After we all checked into our rooms we made a beeline to the beach. I can happily report it was a real beach with real sand and everything. The sand was much darker than I'm accustomed to it even had the hint of …
Early start this morning after another rocky rolly night on the Atlantic! We arrived in Malaga, Spain. A lovely clean city by the beach, but it was early when we passed through so it was very quiet. Today we decided to do a tour that took us beyond the city. We made our way up some very narrow roads with an expert bus driver! Interesting, they toot the horn before going round a corner !?! There have been two big ...
... s the first 100 metres of ascent completed and only another 400 or so to go. And there's some blue paint markers here and a couple of cairns, so obviously that "easy" grading is justified (more or less - perhaps "moderate" might be a better description, given that it's still a bit steep and loose here ....)
It carries on being a bit steep and loose for quite a way, until we get to the ridgeline. Frequent rest stops are necessary and it's beginning to ...
... the week, won the jackpot on the slot machine I had been plugging. She played next to me several days and on her second pull,on my machine won $4600.
Such goes the life of luck! I chose not to come to the casino that afternoon and packed instead. And blogged. Damn blog!
So, the average person would walk away. I played the machine. Again. And much to my amazement, ...
... the restaurants appearing to ramp up their tables. Even though many shops shut down between 2:00 and 5:00 for siesta, they open again and these cities come alive at night. We carried our treasures of magnets and T shirts and met our bus for our trip to the country and the mountain city of Mijas.
Up the hills we went outside of Malaga past olive groves, lemon, lime, and orange trees and high over the city and coastline to the city ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
- Swimming pool
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Business Services
Historical Traveler Reviews Gran Hotel Cervantes Torremolinos
We chose the Cervantes because of the location and the included breakfast. Apparently it has been recently renovated and some work was still going on at the rear of the building when we were there in November.
We booked our stay through a package tour and chose this hotel because it was rated four stars. The Cervantes is really more like 2 -1/2 stars. It's not a bad hotel, just falls somewhat below expectations. It's more like a cheap, older Holiday Inn than a four star hotel.
OK For the boy's golfing breaks
Good price, good location. Do not expect luxury. We always use this as a base for the boy's golfing breaks. Good pubs and clubs nearby.
Worth a try
After reading previous reviews we were anxious about using this hotel. However it has now been refurbished although still somewhat old fashioned.
The bedrooms are large with air con, wooden floors and marble bathroom and a balcony.
The small TV has limited English language channels.
Food is buffet style and a bit plain.
Main benefit is that it is very clean and situated near to the shops yet convenient to the beach and train station.
We got a good deal here and felt this hotel is now worth trying. We would return.
Very worn beach property. Furnishings in room, including carpet, shabby and in need of updating. Staff at reception desk (at least most of those we encountered ) not helpful and on one occasion down right hostile. Property is not on the beach, but high above it. That is not a problem however IF you request a room on a top floor (which we did) View of the sea was wonderful. A/c in room worked well (we were there July22-23) so that is a must. Room did have a balcony. Bathroom fully tiled but in need of some repair. Shower head could not be adjusted and the force was extremely strong---felt like needle pricks! Room was quite large. Walls very thin---one could hear partying going on in the room next to ours way into the early hours of the morning. If you arrive in Malaga by rail, and are not carrying too much luggage,the property is a 20 minute metro ride. By taxi, a $15-18 ride. To get to the beach either take an elevator (for .50--one way) down to the beach or take a walk down a "back street" which is lined with businesses. A plus two pools: one on the roof top and another ground level. However, given the negatives, we would not return.
Value for Money
The hotel is good value for money. The rooms and the rest of the hotel is very clean. The location of the hotel is good as it is only a 5 minute walk to the beach via the lift opposite the hotel (payable 50 cents, but well worth it!). The hotel is located 2 streets away from all the shops, restaurants and street boutiques of Torremolinos. For nightlife, Benalmadena is better an approx 8 minute (8 euro) cab ride aride from the hotel. The swimming pool at the hotel is clean yet the sunbeds are very uncomfortable! The staff are friendly and do there best to help and advise. I recommend the hotel to anyone wanting either a quiet holiday in Torremolinos or a mad clubbing time in Benalmadena!
Stayed at this hotel last week. It's in a great part of town, right around the corner from all the shopping and clubs and a fairly easy walk to the beach using a path down a hill in the center of town. I agree with the user a couple of spaces down, there is little or no help with bags or taxis, they will call you one but the rest is up to you. They ask for deposits for everything, beach towel, safe lock...and they give you tiny scraps of paper as receipts and neglect to tell you that it will be a problem getting your deposit back without each and every scrap of paper they give you. Don't expect to be able to trade a sweaty beach towel for a clean one.....I was lucky they had one left over, and the hotel was empty. There are two pools, one outdoors on the first floor and another indoor one on the roof. Room was big, clean and well kept. There is construction on the streets surrounding the hotel but not bad at this time. The bottom line is that if you totally take care of yourself, this is a great all around hotel. If you need help with any little thing, don't expect things to be easy.
I know this hotel very well, as we use it every time we go to Torremolinos. Let me point out that I'm American, and tend to be demanding when it come to hotels. What is the problem with the woman who wrote the review back in January? She must be really picky. We've used the Cervantes since 1996, and can only say good things about it.
I was in the Costa del Sol region for a few days on business and on the last day of my trip decided to stay at Hotel Cervantes since it was so close to the airport and I had a very early flight. The description online seemed pretty nice but OMG they should be sued for false advertisement!!First of all, after staying at some fabulous hotels in Marbella and Estepona I drove on my last afternoon into Malaga/Torremolinos and finally found the hotel. (The directions online were vague at best) After circling the hotel (which was completely torn up due to construction) several times I realized that I was not going to find a place to park my car within a half mile or so and I definately was not going to shlep my bags that far. I realized that my only option was to go to the airport, return my rental car and take a taxi back to the hotel and cab it to the airport the next morning. The hotel was so torn up outside that the cab driver could not even find a decent place to drop me off so I could check into the hotel.So, I get out of the cab with my computer case, purse and rolling suitcase only to discover that you have to walk up a flight of stairs to get inside the hotel. No ramp, no porter, no nothing! By this time I am really starting to fume. I wrestle all my stuff up the stairs and check in. Lobby area looked very, very shady at best. Almost seedy actually.The room is even worse. Extremely small, smelly, and you had to lock the door with your key from the inside! Okay, don't know about you but when I am in a hotel room by myself I don't necessarily shut the bathroom door when I have to use the facilities. Well, you had no choice here because you had to step into the bathroom, turn sideways (I am not a large person either) slide between the open door and the sink and then shut the door in order to even see the toilet. I travel in Europe numerous time each year and have adjusted my level of expectations, but come on, this room was a dump inside and out. I fully expected to see bugs crawling up the walls, thats how bad it was.I cannot express loudly enough "YOU DO NOT WANT TO STAY AT THIS H**LHOLE!!!"