Travel Blogs from Fuengirola
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After leaving Spain, we had two nights in ...
As stated, there's no direct flights from Santiago back to the UK and so the options were Santiago - Madrid - London, Santiago - Barcelona - Cardiff or Santiago - Malaga - Cardiff, we obviously chose the latter. Leaving Galicia was double edged, I love the area, the people, the food but I'm shocked at the decline. I'm also so looking forward to seeing family in Benalmadena especially my niece that I haven't seen in over a year except on FaceTime. We arrived in Malaga at around 2:30am, ...
... so a huge achievement/relief! Also the Bagdad foot (cut/munted feet from time boozing in Bagdad) an black lung (flemy cough that was impossible to shake) have seemingly cleared up for everyone! Also has been the realisation it's already been a month on the road now! Time flies but feels like nz was a very very long time ago now.. Just soo much been happening an everyday is full on. Love it! Which also means 1 month underwear free as per VT rules, can't imagine ever going ...
... along until our main waiter began to help another guest get ready for a large party. I think it may have been a birthday for 16-18 guests. The party hostess and our waiter set out elaborate table and room decorations. Our service and tapas slowed down and as a matter of fact, the last tapas were brought out cold. Still we ate very well for about €35.00. Tomorrow is going to be a long day. Must sleep ...
... to try with our meat. It was fun and a good meal but the price was a little high. We did have entertainment come to our table areas and we could not resist taping an portion of our strolling minstrel, The celebration of music was fun but it just was not enough to bring us back for another visit
October 16, 2011
We got our cab at 10:45am ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Confortel Fuengirola
Loved this place
Just returned from this hotel after 1 week stay, great seafront view which looked right out to sea and along esplanade either way. Room was modern and cleaned every day, when we were out!!! Stayed at pool in morning and walked 20 metres to the cleanest beach you could imagine afternoons. Restaurants and all entertainments in abundance. All staff at hotel were very good and friendly, so helpful. Splash out at El Higueron restaurant at Mijas pure class.
What a fantastic location. The hotel overlooks a fantastic beach which helps as the pool area was a bit disappointing, only a few sun beds and no sun after 1 o clock. We were one of only about 4 groups of english so VERY spanish. I would not recommend this hotel for children as there are no facilities or entertainment but its fantastic for adults who want to get away from all of that !! Cleanliness was exceptional, the food was to a high standard but never hot enough for me, rooms very comfortable and fully air conditioned and reception very helpfull. If you walk for 10 minutes you will find an abundance of bars restaurants and clubs to suit all tastes with the luxury of peace and quiet on your return. By the way if you have a sun bed on the beach opposite the hotel the chap there is brilliant...if you ask him he will reserve your choice of bed every day let him know what days you are on a trip and he writes it all down. Would definately go again!!
Comfort at Confortel
The Confortel Fuengirola is a 4 star hotel situated on the sea front in Fuengirola. From the outside it appears a very modern and well kept building having only been opened in January 2005. As soon as our travel operator's coach pulled up outside the hotel to drop us off a very friendly porter was there with a trolley to take our case inside - this stood out as being good service as the other hotels that our coach had dropped off at (including other 4 star hotels) didn't receive any such greeting.
On entry into the reception area it is clear that this is a modern hotel. Decor is minimalistic and the colour scheme is natural, with lots of marble, wood and neutral colours. The staff in the hotel all dress in a modern looking black uniform of trousers and a round necked black shirt. I reviews on the web prior to our stay that made these out to look like some sort of Gothic outfits, but they certainly weren't! The staff all looked extremely smart. The staff at reception were very welcoming and spoke good English. After the usual check in procedure we were given our card and headed to our room using the lift.
We had opted out of paying to guarantee ourselves a balcony as through our travel operator this was going to add a significant cost to our holiday, however we were extremely pleased to find we had been allocated a room with a balcony overlooking the mediterranean sea. The majority of the hotel rooms have a balcony with a sea view so the odds are in your favour should you book without specifying that you would like a sea view.
The style of the room followed that of the rest of the hotel, with neutral coloured walls and marble effect floor tiles. The room consisted of two single beds pushed together - this was perhaps the only negative aspect of the room - a double bed would have been better, especially considering that it was obvious the bed situation hadn't been set up so it could easily be converted from a double to a twin room as the bedside tables were 'built in' therefore couldn't be moved to allow the beds to be separated in any way. Still - they were very comfortable! The room also contained a sofa facing towards a TV with numerous satellite channels (including a couple of English ones) which was next to patio doors leading to the balcony. The balcony contained a table and two chairs and as already mentioned gave a beautiful view of the sea and the coastline of Costa Del Sol.
Storage in the room wasn't a problem as there was a built-in wardrobe as well as a number of drawers in a unit within the room. The wardrobe was also home to a safety deposit box, which for a charge of approximately £2 per day could be made use of.
The room also housed a small fridge stocked with bottles of drink. A price list clearly showed how much each of these items were, but as you would expect they were overpriced compared to buying from supermarkets. We opted to empty the fridge, leaving their bottles on the side, and filled it with bottles we had purchased from a nearby supermarket. Staff at the hotel had no problem with this therefore the fridge became a very useful asset during our stay!
The bathroom was finished in marble and contained aa toilet, bidet, wash basin, bath and shower. Towels were provided.
The room (as well as the whole hotel) was very clean. A maid visited the room on a daily basis to thoroughly clean, washing the floors (even though they didn't appear dirty), the balcony and the bathroom as well as making the beds and changing towels and linen on a regular basis. The cleanliness of the room and the hotel in general cannot be faulted at all.
Our stay was Bed & Breakfast, therefore we only experienced breakfast at the hotel. The restaurant served buffet style (for lunch and dinner as well as breakfast). Breakfast consisted of a huge feast of food with just about every taste catered for! You could opt for a hot breakfast with a selection of bacons, sausages, scrambled eggs, fried eggs, tortilla (omlette), beans, tomatoes, courgettes, churros, and more! Alternatively there were a selection of cold meats and cheeses (at least 4 different meats and at least 6 different cheeses), as well as a variety of styles of bread. Additionally there were a selection of cakes and pastries, or cereals, and there was also a huge selection of fresh fruit including watermelon, peaches, plums, grapefruit, kiwi and more. Fruit juices were provided for you to help yourself to, and waiting staff came to each table to offer coffee. Tea was available, but not being a typical Spanish drink it was something you had to ask for as an alternative to the coffee you were offered as opposed to something you were offered straight away. The food at breakfast always tasted delicious and there was plenty available whether you arrived at the start of the breakfast period (7:30) or closer to the end (10:00).
The hotel has an outdoor pool on the second floor. This is surrounded by a number of sun loungers. We rarely made use of the pool due to being so close to the beach, however when we did visit we found the area to be clean and pleasant to relax in. The pool area catches the sun until early afternoon, however even when it was more shady it was still very warm due to the temperatures during our stay. I've read other reviews on the web that complain about the pool area being shady late afternoon, however personally I felt that this made it an ideal retreat for those that wanted to get out of the sun for a while! The pool area tended to be busiest around the middle of the day.
The hotel also has a bar area next to the reception. This was a pleasant enough bar, however we chose not to drink in it, preferring to make the most of our holiday by exploring the area and drinking in other bars rather than limiting ourselves to our hotel.
We noticed an indoor childs play area close to the swimming pool however never saw this in use.
As far as we were concerned, the hotel was situated in the nicest part of Fuengirola. Probably to an equal distance either side of our hotel were a number of nice restaurants and although the beach area was fairly busy, it wasn't packed and there weren't lots of children running around. Walking further along the coast towards the port area and beyond the sea front area became more like a typical seaside holiday resort - comparable to an English tacky resort - it just had the appearance of being more run down and cheaper (although prices at restaurants in the area weren't any cheaper). This end was perhaps more family oriented with more children's attractions, and perhaps would appeal to a family but it had nothing really to offer us for the holiday we wanted.
As well as the many restaurants and bars in the area there are also other attractions that would appeal to adults. The Fuengirola zoo is just a 35 - 40 minute walk away and really is something spectacular and local travel operators run daily trips to Africa and Gibraltar, as well as other Spanish locations such as Puerto Banus and Marbella.
The hotel is definitely more suited to adults (of any age). I would say it is better suited to couples than large groups of friends. We purposely looked for a hotel that wasn't listed as 'family friendly' as we didn't want to be surrounded by noisy kids during our stay. There were a few children staying at the hotel but all were well behaved.
After literally a couple of days at the hotel both of us decided that should we decide to revisit Fuengirola we would definitely book this hotel. Although we only saw the other local 4 star hotels from the outside, the Confortel certainly gave the appearance of being a much nicer hotel than the others. It was ideally situated in what we saw as the nicest part of Fuengirola and the service we received was second to none.
It is very difficult to comment on price with regards to the hotel, as we booked through a travel operator (Thomas Cook), so our price also included air fares and their commission etc. Personally we felt our stay was extremely good value for money. Should we revisit the area we would probably book direct with the hotel now that we are confident with what we would receive, and buy our travel separately.
I would 100% recommend this hotel to any adults looking for a holiday in the Costa Del Sol region. I would not particularly recommend the hotel for families unless you have quite mature children who are happy to spend their holidays relaxing at the beach or pool and who are well behaved enough to eat in a restaurant full of mainly adults. I would recommend staying Bed & Breakfast rather than including your other meals as there are so many different restaurants within a short walking distance that it would be a shame to limit yourself to the hotel. Even as a vegetarian I had plenty of choice, and my partner had a fantastic number of options everywhere we ate including a variety of fresh sea food and different meats.
I personally wouldn't hesitate to revisit this hotel in the future.
Top Class Hotel
This is an excellent hotel, only recently built.
The rooms are good, with a sea view, and the bedding and towels are changed every day.
The hotel is mostly occupied by Spanish, but there were some British and Norwegian people there.
The food is buffet style and does cater for varying tastes. Although we were on B&B we tried the restraunt one night and found it to be good. The location is great. It's in Los Boliches right across from the beach and 2 minutes to the train station, away from the tacky bars of Fuengirola town.
I would recommend this hotel, and will certainly use it again myself.
Perfect what we needed
My boyfriend and I stayed at this hotel from 10th June 2006 for 1 week and having visited Fuengirola for the past 16 years I can honestly say this is the best hotel by far. We were on holiday with my parents who also agreed it was lovely. It was very modern and miminalistic and very clean. The maid came every day and changed the bed sheets and towels daily. The view was fantasic overlooking the beach and sea.
The room had 2 single beds pushed together plus a lovely comfortable sofa and a fridge. There was also TV with lots of different English channels. There was plenty of wardrobe and drawer space and also a safe - although we couldn't work out how to use it!
My parents-in-law also came with us and when we got there my mother-in-law realised that due to the shower being in the bath she would not be able to climb in and asked if her room could be changed to a different room. The staff on reception were more than happy to help and moved her to a room with a walk in shower room which was perfect for her.
We only made it down for breakfast twice but it was nice enough, typical english and continental dishes available with lovely views over the sea.
The only point I would make is that we were told that check-in was any time from 11am however when we arrived at midday only one of the rooms was ready, we had to wait another 2 hours for the rooms to be cleaned and ready for us.
I would definetley recommend this hotel and will most certainly be staying here again when I visit next year.
We stayed there this past March with a tour group. The hotel was clean, but the elevators were a problem. There were several tour groups there and it was a wait for the elevator. We found the staff elevator near the stairs and took that when the main elevator took too long to get to us. The staff was nice, not as helpful as I would have liked, but they were in no way rude. Overall it was a pleasant stay, I would stay there again.
Very nice hotel
My husband and I stayed in this hotel for 5 nights, and found it a very comfortable, clean and modern hotel. We were on the 9th floor, and had lovely sea views. The rooms were bright and modern, and the maid service was excellent. Breakfast gave you plenty of choice and was very nice,We did not sample Dinner, too many nice restaurants around. Disabled facilities in this hotel is fantanstic, There were a few disabled clients, and the staff seemed trained to deal efficiently with care.Would definately stay again.
Stayed in Confortel two weeks ago for a week. The location of the hotel is good and I had a nice room on the 14th floor (the are 15 floors) with a great seaview (most of the rooms have seaviews) and a balcony. The room was quite big, it was nicely decorated and very clean and had a beautiful bathroom.
The staff in the frontdesk was very nice and helpful, the waiters in the breakfast room had an annoying habit of asking for your roomnumber just when you had your mouth full of food (they never asked for it when you came in to the room and not when they brought you your coffee).
My room was not very soundproof. Most of the nights I didn“t hear anything, but one night I woke up at 3 o“click when my neigbours arrived in there room and I could here the voices and the pretty loud TV very well.
I also checked the swimming pool and it is really very small and has sunshine just till midday. Fortunately it was anyway too cold for swimming.
All in all I liked the hotel and could come back.
Dont go for the sunbathing!
We have just returned from a short break to the Confortel. Very modern, bright and airy. Nice clean room. Good selection at buffet breakfast. Only downside for us was the location of the pool means you lose the sun behind the hotel building about 1.30 in the afternoon so no good at all for an afternoon siesta!
Very Very Strange dress and strange prices
We have just returned from the Hotel Confortel in Fuengirola. And I read on this site before I went something about the staff. Well it is true they are dressed in black from head to toe in the restaraunt and never speak or smile it is weird, The hotel has a great location but you would not stay in for a night as you would get more life in a churchyard, The prices for a Gin yes a Gin 7.50euro and a Whiskey 9.75Euro that is without the mixer, We was there for 7nights and the only time we saw anyone in was a Spanish group who came for the faria (Fair). And they were not drinking, The hotel is nice. clean. and great for the station just behind, The porter Babou was fun and really polite and helpful, The reception were nice, But oh the dining room it was like something from the Adams Family, Food good but always tepid never hot.