General: Do not let the 2 stars fool you. The quality is as good or better in fundamentals as any 4 star hotel (except for the lack of an elevator) and with prices to match. This is a small quiet boutique hotel that is not flashy but strong in basics, and gives an understated sense of quality. The only down side is that it is not especially cheap, but quality costs. Many hotels could learn a thing or two from La Luna Blanca in terms of focusing more on the fundimentals and less on jazzing up their hotels with loud decoration and music, while they cut back on maintenance and service. This hotel is good for people who want to relax in a small hotel in a quiet part of Torremolinos a few block away from the beach. Good for those who want to relax. Not good for budget travelers or party goes.
We tried two rooms at La Luna Blanca:
Japanese suite: This is for those who want a Japanese experience. Half of the suite is traditional Japanese with a tatami, and the other half is semi-Japanese with a low Japanese table and chairs, and a western sofa. You can have meals served in the suite if you want, which is a nice experience. There is traditional Japanese music if you want to turn it on. There are Kimonos that you can wear. The bed is a futon which is covered with has very high quality bedding in traditional Japanese fabrics. Some people may find the futon to be less padded than they are used to, due to it being not overly thick. Guests are expected to take off their shoes in the suite, and walk barefoot on the Tatami. The bathroom is very large, with a large shower area, and a huge tub (more like a hot tub). The toilet is the Japanese style Captain Kirk Captain´s chair style with shower jets, and blowing air. There are extremely plush bathrobes provided. There is a balcony with a decent view.
Although I would not pay extra to stay there again due to the higher price of the Japanese suite, I do not regret staying there for one night, due to the interesting and unique Japanese experience. This suite is recommended for those who like the Japanese experience. If you are not into that, then this room is not for you.
Normal double room: I found this almost as nice as the suite, and more than enough for us, and overall a better value.. The room and bathroom are generously sized. The decoration is a tasteful standard hotel room look, which is not exciting, but relaxing (which I like). The floor is marble. It is equivalent to a good 4 star hotel room. We had a cute private patio right off of our room, being on the ground floor. The upper rooms have a balcony.
Food: High quality. The breakfast is superior. There are not a huge number of dishes, but the quality of what they have is good. The strawberry jam, and orange juice looked suspiciously home made. They served a carrot cake one morning that was super moist and not too sweet. Really delicious.
The Japanese breakfast is also interesting and well prepared. I recommend it if you want something different. All in all the breakfast is included and well worth having.
The restaurant also serves Japanese food, which is expensive, but well done. The Soba noodle soup is excellent, as are the dumplings. The chicken on a stick is good, but the Udon noodle soup left me under whelmed with little flavor, and noodles that looked like linguini and not the Udon noodles that I am used to seeing. The meal also came with several interesting sauces to put on it. If you can afford it, and like Japanese food, I recommend it (except for the Udon noodle soup).
The sauna: This is something that I have never seen before. It does cost 10 Euros/ hour (when most hotel are free), but you get what you pay for. Whereas most hotels treat the sauna as an after thought, this one reserves the whole roof for the sauna goer. There is a sauna, hot tub, tatami and sunning area, which is private for the person using it. The sauna must be new, or very well cleaned, because it looked new. The whole area is quite clean, and there are towels and bathrobes provided.
Quiet: This hotel stands out as being unusually quiet. In Spain it can be hard to find places that are not noisy, however the owner of La Luna Blanca must have looked around, because the neighborhood is surprisingly quiet. It is not perfect. There is the occasional dog barking or scooter going by, and there can be some internal noises in the hotel, but over all it is quiet, and better than the vast majority I have seen. In general the hotel gives a sense of peace. There is soft Spanish radio in the lobby, which do not like, but it is a minor point. Overall the atmosphere is relaxing.
Service; Not as good as I expected considering the raving reviews, mainly because I suspect that the owner is very busy and probably tired from managing the hotel all the time. Her style is rather business like, but she is still detail oriented when dealing with guests, and goes over everything. Her style is more functional than super friendly. There are a couple of young Japanese girls there who are very friendly, but speak almost no English or Spanish. There is also a Spanish receptionist who is relaxed and pleasant. Overall good service, but nothing transcendental, like any well managed Spanish hotel, but with a Japanese flavor.
Cleanliness; The hotel is quite clean, and generally well maintained.
Good: Gets the details right, clean, well maintained, small (only 9 rooms), great breakfast, quiet and relaxing (more than most).
Bad: No elevator (expect to haul you bags up a flight or two), small, fairly pricey, not glitzy. about 4 blocks from the beach, no bellman.
Good for: People who want a quiet relaxing place to stay with understated quality. Those with money.
Not good for: People who want a lot of excitement and entertainment, a big fancy hotel, a resort, budget travelers, families with children, young people looking for excitement and those who want to be right on the beach.
Value: You get what you pay for. Above average prices, but above average quality.
Price: We paid 80 Euros for a double, and 120 Euros (with discount) for the Japanese suite with breakfast included.
Quality: Quality and attention to detail are high. This is the main reason to go.
Will I go again?: If price were no object I would do it again in a heartbeat. However, we may be looking for a cheaper hotel next time due to our budget..
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