MedPlaya Hotel Pez Espada

Address: Avenida Salvador Allende 11, Torremolinos, Costa del Sol, Andalusia, 29620, Spain and Canary Islands | 4 star hotel
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This 4 star hotel, located on Avenida Salvador Allende 11, Torremolinos, is near La Carihuela, Sea Life Aquarium, Lobo Park, and Garden of Eagles (Jardin de Las Aguilas).
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    Historical Traveler Reviews MedPlaya Hotel Pez Espada Torremolinos

    Not a 4 Star Hotel as expected


    Having stayed at the Pez Espada in the last month, I was very disappointed in the accomodations. the room did have a great front view but was very small with twin beds on one headboard. we had to pay a fee to have the refrigerator turned on. The food was awful, no variety same thing for breakfast each day, dinner ws not much better. This hotel should never be rated 4 stars This review comes from 2 ladies from Boston

    Great Hotel, No Aircon Con though!


    Just returned from a week at the Pez Espada, Torremolinos, this hotel is in an ideal location to get to Benalmadena Marina (5 minutes gentle stroll) where there are a number of bars/great disco bars/night clubs and restaurants (a little pricey!) overlooking the marina. Torremolinos centre is about a 15 minute walk along the paseo (seafront promenade).

    The hotel (like many others) has direct access to the seafront promenade/beach from its own keycard gate (which uses your hotel room keycard) although this appeared to be always locked after 11pm at night, although not a problem really as its a 2 minute walk round the front of the hotel which looks amazing lit up at night (art deco style building).

    There is internet acess at the hotel via a couple of coin operated pc stations in the main reception area, the main reception/reading lounge (spanish papers and golf magazines only!) is very impressive and worth a few photos of the amazing floors etc! There is also a hotel shop selling typical touristy type gifts (i.e. crap!) and a small hairdressers.

    A good tip is to book via the hotel groups own web site, -------- , as they appeared to be 31% cheaper than the prices advertised, and definitely cheaper than hotel booking agents we originally booked with, so we cancelled and re-booked and saved around 330 overall! bargain!

    Getting around is easy via bus or train (El Pinillo electric train station is a 10 minute walk up from the seafront which goes to Malaga - take the last stop "Central" to visit the Malaga old Town/Port area where a lot of the historic stuff is), but do NOT if you have a hire car park outside the hotels own car park (big enought for 50 cars or so) which is accessed thru a lift up barrier at the immediate left hand side of the hotel (push the button on the wall). We found out to our own cost (or rather the hire companies!) that the car got broken into parked on the road the first night we arrived!!! So the first morning was spent at the Police station and Airport getting a new car!

    Reception were extremely helpful at sorting this out for us, saying it didn't happen often, although they had a stack of pre-printed claim forms under the reception desk, and a map to the police station.... hmmm, make your own mind up on that one!!

    The hotel was advertised as having air-conditioning, it did, BUT WASN'T SWITHCED ON, for the whole of the week we were there! The excuse was they had had a cold spell the week before so the thing was set for heating, strange that, as I had checked the local temeprature every day for weeks before and it was not much different to the temeprature while we were there! However, the bar air conditioning was always icy cold, hmmmm!

    Breakfast was a buffet affair, avoid the bread it's always stale whatever time you got to breakfast (730am to 1030am)!, otherwise a typical sausage , limp bacon, greasy egg affair, cereals, fruit juice, yoghurts, little cakes... Not bad, but just not brilliant!

    The rooms themselves are clean, but dated decor wise, definitely a 3 star UK standard NOT the advertised 4 star, good sized clean en-suite in each room.

    Views from the balcony in each room were great. However, Avoid any room starting with "01" i.e. 101/201/301/401/501/601/701 as these rooms are next to the lift shaft in the hotel, which kept one of our party awake (so had to change room next day), and are also darker than the others!

    There is a safe as mentioned on the hotel website, however you pay 17euros a week to use it, and also the same to rent the use of the empty minibar! or you can choose one of two "stocked" options for a full fridge 30eu or 45eu I think, however it is MUCH cheaper to go to the big Supermarket at the top of Calle Pez Espada and turn right at the roundabout and its 100 feet on the opposite side! 2 mins walk!

    If you are below retirement age, then you will stand out at breakfast, we are on average in our 30's, which was around 30 years below the average age at this time of year for the hotel! Pretty much to be expected anywhere out of season.

    If eating out, try the beach restaurants (Chiringitos) which are good and cheaper than other restaurants on the drag into Torremolinos or to the Marina, however these seemed to close around 7pm, so are lunch places only, on the way into Torre, there is Plaza Remo/Calle Bulto behind the main esplanade which has a lot of Restaurants, we can recommend the Hong Kong Restaurant, Holland Eetkaffe, and the spanish Fish restaurant by the fountain further down in Casa Juan, generally try to avoid the seafront ones which are a bit of a rip-off! Most spanish seemed to eat out after 10pm, anything before that is either empty or touristy!

    Overall, these are only very very minor gripes, as the hotel is clean/tidy, staff are friendly, great location for getting around to other places, has a car park (MAKE SURE YOU USE IT!!!), and nice reception areas/swimming pools, and was quite cheap!

    I'd give it 8.5+ out of 10.

    We will probably go back there again next time in the area, unless we go self-catering.

    Great winter holiday.


    We spent 28 days here inc. Xmas & New Year. 5Th Dec 04 till 2Nd Jan 05. We had no complaints at all, infact the whole frendly staff seemed to go out of there way to make our stay enjoyable. The room was clean and linen changed regularly. Food was very good with a Gala meal every Fri. night, in addition we had a Xmas & New Year Gala evenings with wines and brandy Inc. The location was ideal for us as from the garden we had access to the Prom. From which we could walk to Torremolinos Center or Benalmadner Marina and beyond. The local bus service was just a short walk from the Hotel. All in all a most enjoyable hence going back agian in Dec 05 for another 28 days.

    Great Hotel, Great Location and Friendly People.


    Stayed at the Pez Espada July last year 2004. The staff on Reception speak English and are very helpfull.

    The hotel is just three steps away from the beach, between Torremolinos and Benalmadena.

    The staff are very friendly and the hotel is clean, although you have to pay for the sunbeds around the pool 1.50 Euro, the area is spotless and safe for the children.

    The hotel room was sufficient, clean and tidy as you would expect from a 4+ rating. Our room had a pool and sea view over looking the gardens, you could not ask for a better scenery. The bath/showeroom is what you would expect and was cleaned daily as was the room. Unless you use a diffuser for you hair you do not have to take a hair dryer as one is supplied.

    The Restaurant is very well run and has plenty of staff for your needs. The food was Excellant even though one person did complain, I suppose it depends on your taste. The staff in the Restaurant could not do enough for you, if you have any problems or preferences they are there to help you.

    We hired a car and went to Mijas, Puerto Banus and Marbella, a must for you poser's out there. Mallaga was only a few miles away but the traffic and the drivers were manic. "Get The Bus"

    The Entertainment was average and fair even though the nights we stayed in the Hotel it was ok. Frankies Bar has a Pianist most nights and it is nice to sit on your balcony and listen to the calmness after a "busy day" If you are still feeling fine at 11pm sit in the bar and have a Frankies Cocktail and it will give you that warm glow to finish off your evening.

    The Thomson Rep was great and very helpfull in arranging trips for the Night Owls or the daytime travelers.

    We visited a bar named Mambo's which is a few street's down from the front entrance turning left out of the Hotel. The people who own this bar are Geordies and they are very nice people who have only recently set up business. They have a pool table, English Beer, music channels and Big Brother, if it is on {Dont let that put you off}

    Benalmadena Marina is a must if you like shopping. They have lots of bargins and the night life is great. Some of the Bars are very expensive and you could end up paying for the privilege of sitting in the best spots.

    There is so much more to add to this review as the Costa Del Sol has a lot to offer and it would take a few more pages.

    Over all our holiday was great and we would recommend the Hotel Pez Espada to anyone who would like a relaxing and care free holiday.

    Pez Espada was fabulous


    The Pez Espada was a stunning hotel set right on the beach not too far away from the marina in Benalmadena. All meals were self service in the restaurant which overlooked the promenade and beach, the food was fantastic as was the service. There was absolutely nothing that we could fault with the hotel whatsoever and myself, my husband and daughter had a wonderful week there in May. I can recomend the hairdressing salon there, came with manicure and pedicure!!! Great!! Looking forward to another break in the not too distant future

    Pez Espada Hotel, Torreolinos, was great!


    After reading other reviews of this Hotel I was most concewrned about my trip. But I think the guy that condemned the hotel and the food must have the Pez Espada confused with some other place. This week there was great. Rooms kept clean. Front desk was most helpful. The food was good---now understand, this is a buffet (breakfast and dinner), not a gormet offering. There was always enough variety to allow a good meal. I didn't walk away hungry--In fact I gaine 3 pounds. My only problem with the meal was that at dinner you had to buy your drink, even if all you wanted was water. That's kind of petty on their part but that's the extent of my complaint. The location of the hotel is great, central to nearby shopping and nearby clubs. Oh, and it's right on the beach. If I go back to Torremolinos again (and I hope to after I visit a few other countries) I would select the Pez Espada again.

    Three weeks bliss


    Superb location on the sea front for long walks, hostelries and shops.

    Excellent food and service. Rooms and overall outlook a little "tired" and in need of refurb. Reception staff could show a little warmth and interest in their guests - poor initial impact. I would stay at the hotel in future should the need arise.

    Good winter holiday at Pez Espada


    We had an excellent low-cost week through Thomsons in February 2003. We had originally hoped to get the other hotel in our allocacation-on-arrival deal, but were pleased we had ended up at the Pez. We had a very nice room in the new block.The only disappointment was that the pool was not in use at that time of the winter.

    TripAdvisor Reviews MedPlaya Hotel Pez Espada Torremolinos

    4.00 of 5 stars Excellent

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