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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Andalucia Princess Estepona
AS WE EXPECTED
WE have just returned from a two week trip to the Andalucia Princess. In the main we found the staff to be very friendly, all though the service at the pool bar was slow in the quite times of the day but speeded up in the happy hour, which is what really matters when on holiday!!!
The food was cooked well,but a some what limited menu,ok for aweeks stay or less. The Hotel its self was clean and spacious, the N340 (A7) seperates the coast from the real Spain, so to fully appreciate this part of Spain a car is a must.
Before I come to my main criticism of this hotel, I would say that we did enjoy our holiday. It is a beautiful hotel, clean and spacious with excellent facilities, beautiful pools and reasonable food. However, apart from the maids who cleaned our rooms and a very few others, on the whole the service was dreadful and the staff discourteous to the point of rudeness. In particular the pool bar, where to try to get service was enough to try the patience of a saint. On the few occasions I had need to query something with the reception staff I found them unfriendly, unhelpful and rude. My last experience with one of the management on the reception over the towel ticket left me feeling so awful that I decided I would definitely never return.
My wife and i did a whole lot of homework before travelling and it paid off, in that We travelled knowing what to expect.
The good news is that, contrary to some 'old' reports on file, we found the staff friendly, efficient and helpful during our one week stay here in May 04. And whilst drinks were on the expensive side, they were not ridiculously so, and in line with most other 4 star hotels we have usde. The bad news? Well location has to be the factor which will affect your stay here. If you like a layed back, hotel based holiday, lazing around the pool and taking advantage of entertainment provided, then you'll be fine. If on the other hand you like an evening stroll along the front, stopping off for a beer or a coffee as the mood takes you, then forget it. Similarly, there is nowhere to explore on foot during the day, and no choice of beach bars or bodegas near hand. Courtsey busses run, but are busy and have to be booked 48 hours in advance. Car hire certainly does improve the options. Food is only just average for a four star. Rooms are again ok, clean and fresh, but not much in the way of a view can be expected from most. Forget any ideas of keeping your milk fresh in the mini-bar, it's a rip-off. I am mistified as to how Thomsons feel this deserves a five star rating, we have stayed in better four stars.
I've just spent a week at the Andalucia Princess Hotel returning to London on 24th April. I've never been on a 'package' holiday before and won't be going again.
Lovely hotel, shame about the location...
Thank god we had a car. I went with my boyfriend and another couple who are in our late 20's and were a little bemused to find ourselves out of it. We did thoroughly enjoy our holiday though, the hotel was lovely although I wouldn't class it as Platinum. The hotel and surroundings itself were beautiful but as nearly everyone has commented, as a Platinum, you do not expect to pay these 'extras' for the safe and remote control! I cannot fault the service from the staff though, they were excellent and very good with their advice. The food excelled our expectations, I was expecting the same food every night for a week.
This hotel lies between Estepona and Marbella between the main road and the sea. It is quiet but remote from all tourist facilities so you need to be a sun worshipper, rent a car, use the daily hotel shuttle or buy the Thompson excursions. Public transport involves a longish walk to the road and the nearest supermarket is about 1/2 mile away. Many of the facilities at the Andalucia Princess justify its 4* rating - the grounds and public areas are spotlessly clean, the rooms are spaceous and comfortable, the buffet breakfast is excellent, dinner (also a buffet) offers a wide selection of dishes and the staff are helpful and polite. However, there are certain deficiencies which most travellers would expect to have in a 4* hotel. There are no tea and coffee making facilities in the room or facial tissues in the bathroom, nor is there any room service so, if you like your morning "cuppa", take your own. Three other niggles are a 3 Euro per day charge if you want to use the safe, a non-refundable up-front charge for stocking the minibar (and you can't use the fridge for your own items!) and a ?30 deposit for a TV remote controls. We have stayed in many hotels worldwide and never met these problems. We travelled with Thompsons and this is a Platinum range hotel so the service from the 3 reps is excellent - they really could not be more helpful. The special check-in at the hotel for the return flight is also very convenient and our flights with Britannia were excellent - on time with the inflght meals (at a ?10 return cost) well worth the money. Overall, the hotel provided a good base for touring the area but a rental car is really essential.
We spent a week at the Andalucia Princess at the beginning of March 04 as part of Thomsons Platinum package. Even tho we knew the hotel was pretty much in the middle of nowhere, and being two late twenty year olds, the thought of a relaxing for a week in 4 star accomodation was too tempting. We weren't dissapointed. The hotel itself is fantastic. Very big and decorated lovely. All the staff from the receptionists to the maintenance staff were very friendly. The rooms were very spacious and clean, with a maid service once a day. The food was out of this world with such a large choice each night. 7 pools, huge gardens and a beach at the end of the gardens (altho not the best beach - clean tho!) The night entertainment probably isn't directed at the 20 and 30 somethings, but is still professional and fun to watch. The hotel itself is in a quiet and up and coming area, with not a lot surrounding it. If you want to party, pub it, club it and eat out a lot then you're best finding somewhere else. Young families may also find it a struggle. This hotel is strictly about chilling and doing as little as possible for a week. That said, Marbella is a 12 Euro (?8) taxi ride one way, and Estepona is a 10 Euro (?6) taxi ride the other, so you can get to the busier places if you fancy it. Plus if you like walking then you can trek from the hotel up into the mountains from the hotel, or along the beachs. All in all a highly recommended hotel for a relaxing week away! It's 4 star, and it means it! :)
My stay at the hotel was excellent, so relaxing and adventurous, if you wanted to do anything you could get the public transport or taxis and see the spanish life. The hotel its self is fantastic, very clean great staff, very spacious so not in everyones pocket. Rooms are great again spacious. 7 pools ranging in size from kids pools to an olympic size one at the back. I will definatly come back here in the future with my kids. We booked through Thomson and the service was the best id had 3 reps looked after us, and the hotel checkin service was excellent so we didnt have the ques at the airport. If you like a quiet hotel and surrondings and enjoy exploring this is the place for you, there isnt an awful lot round the hotel, so if your less mobile and prefer staying in the surroundings of the hotel best to go somewhere else.
Fantastic hotel, well recommend a stay here!
Just returned from the Andalucia Princess in San Pedro, it is a very well appointed, upper class hotel. The rooms are spacious and well equipped and the swimming pools and grounds are absolutely immaculate.
The food was very good too, a buffet breakfast and good restaurants for lunch and dinner. I would definitely return and wouldn't hesitate to recommend this hotel.