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La Orquidea
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Reviewed 29 November 2011

We booked for one week with us -( our Grand-daughter and her friend )- Through Worldwide Exchange Club. Pictures looked great - That was the best bit.
The apartment was faded - grubby - The kitchen units were in a bad state of repair, the 'air conditioning' was a free standing circular fan which didn't even stand straight. There was no maid service at all... Not even a change of bed linen...The towels supplied were to do 4 people all week without one change.. We had to bag up our rubbish and carry it ourselves to the outside of the resort, and walk about 100 metres down to a lay-by in the road to get rid of it. We have never been in a 'resort' where you were given 2 rolls of toilet paper and if you needed more you had to buy it yourselves... Which obviously we had to do. when you leave you have to bag up your bed linen yourselves and leave it out for the cleaners.
There was we were told a 'courtesy bus which would take us down the very long walk to the nearest place with shops - pubs and beaches...It was however broken down and it seemed no-one even knew where it was and if it would ever be repaired.
A taxi journey cost about 12 euros for a return trip from the resort to amenities.
If you don't walk too good be prepared to stay in....it's not a gentle stroll up and down.
The pool cleaner only cleaned the 'big bits' of stuff floating in the pools.
We were told there was 4 or 5 pools....2 in the main part were open..the other open one was out to the main road and uphill about 200 metres...
Wi-Fi was available but only at a price.
The Good Things.....
The reception staff were very pleasant - the bar was run by a great couple - who tried their very best to give good service - and they did.... Good food and a bit of entertainment.... They made us very welcome.
We had car trouble and had to (unfortunately) stay for an extra 3 nights,and the reception were very good handling that.
That's the good bits....
When we asked for the extra 3 nights we were told we would have to move to another apartment,so we did as we were told and bagged up the bed linen,however they then told us to go back to the same apartment...And it was hours later they - after us complaining - eventually put clean linen in the apartment.
The overall impression of the site is that may have been nice once upon a time - but alas the fairytale ended years ago. We would not reccomend this resort to anyone we know or don't know!

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled with family
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3  Thank Stuartmac-11
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Reviewed 22 October 2011

La Orquidea is just what you need for chilling out and complete relaxation.
Our apartment was spacious and immaculate. The furnishing was pleasant and the flat screen television (with 5 English channels) was welcome when we needed to simply stay in and relax.There were ample cooking facilities in the well equipped kitchen, ideal for when you've had enough of dining out. There was a washing machine, iron and ironing board - so no problems with laundry and the drying was taken care of via our large balcony.
The bar served delicious food at fair prices and the beer and lager was 2.50euros a pint (cheap). Les and Anita (the bar owners), were very friendly and nothing was too much trouble.
The pools and water shute looked clean, fresh and inviting but we didn't take advantage of this facility.
We loved the ambiance of La Orquidea and have stayed there at least four times previously and would definately stay again.

Room Tip: If there is a penthouse, go for it. We've stayed in one previously and it was so spacious and even had a jacuzzi bath.
  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled with family
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1  Thank joy h
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LaOrquidea, Manager at La Orquidea, responded to this reviewResponded 1 November 2011

Hi Joy
On behalf of all our staff at Orquidea I would like to thank you for sharing your views on Trip Advisor. We are very pleased that you like our well equipped apartments and find them tremendous value. We look forward to seeing you again in the not too distant future.

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Reviewed 18 September 2011

This was our last true family holiday together before I left for University so we wanted to make the most of it. La Orquidea did not disappoint. Our penthouse apartment was affordable and very well fitted out, modern, spacious and comfortable. The apartment was open plan, with a kitchen facing onto the lounge and a large balcony which had a table, chairs and sunbeds all set out. The bedrooms have great storage space. I would say the single bed was a wee bit small for me as I could not move about much in it, however despite the cosiness it was comfortable. The bathroom claims to come with a "Jacuzzi"...basically this is a bath with water jets in it. Nonetheless it is an added bonus, and is quite relaxing! TV has loads of English channels which is great. The hotel has 4 pools, although only 3 of these were in use when we arrived. Pool areas were kept very clean. The waterslide is great for kids, even if it is only small I had a bit of an issue with the sunbeds, as I have a pet hate of those plastic sunbeds with struts that dig into your back. This can be resolved however by paying 75c a day for a mat from the lobby, and then it is much better, or do what I did and buy a lilo. Service was great, the woman on desk spoke perfect English and even though when we arrived it was her first week nothing was too much trouble, and they can book any tours/excursions you like at the front desk. Location is a bit of an issue. The apartments are up a steep hill far from the centre of town, and to get there you either have to walk about 30 minutes (if you do this you must be fit, especially in the heat of summer), pay 6 euros one way for a taxi or 5 euros return per person (3 one way) on the road train, which very rarely keeps to its timetable and often does not show up at all. Calahonda itself is a bit off the beaten track, it's quiet and there are plenty of good restaurants and some supermarkets, but very few good shops. There is nothing along the beach via 2 bars and I was a bit disappointed there seems to be a lack of "buzz" about the place.The beach is very picturesque however, and because of the quietness you can easily find a sunbed. You have to walk all the way down the hill, and along a motorway before reaching a bus stop to take you to Marbella or Fuengirolla for the nearest decent shops (both about half an hour's ride away). In saying that, the views from our balcony were impressive, on a clear day you can see Gibraltar and even very faintly the Northern Tip of Morocco. If you are looking for a place away from the tourist traps, however, and you have a car, I would highly recommend it (plenty of parking space on site).

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled with family
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3  Thank Ryan F
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LaOrquidea, Manager at La Orquidea, responded to this reviewResponded 1 November 2011

Hi Ryan

On behalf of all our staff at Orquidea I would like to thank you for your detailed and comprehensive review of your stay at La Orquidea on Trip Advisor. I am pleased that you found your penthouse apartment, spacious and well equipped and great value for money - this is a frequent comment from our guests. Indeed our apartments have been rated as 'some of the largest on the Costa del Sol'. Glad you enjoyed the pools and the waterslide.

We pride ourselves on being a friendly family resort and judging by the number of repeat visitors we have, we must be doing something right.

Hope you enjoy university.

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Reviewed 22 August 2011

This is a friendly resort with a nice atmosphere but was appauled at how dirty the swimming pools are, just take a look around the wall tiles really filthy. My children are grown up but if I had younger children I would not allow them in the pool, a friends family all went home with ear infections.....worrying.

Stayed: August 2011, travelled with family
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LaOrquidea, Manager at La Orquidea, responded to this reviewResponded 31 October 2011

Hi Beany

Many thanks for staying at La Orquidea but we were disappointed to hear that you felt that the swimming pools weren't clean. Reception staff received NO complaints at all about pool cleanliness either during August when you stayed or at any other time this year and our maintenance staff and cleaning staff are constantly praised by guests at the immaculate state of cleanliness of our apartments, pools and gardens. Nor were there any complaints regarding ear infections. I am sorry that you didn't complain to our staff at the time when the pool maintenance men would have checked the pool and if necessary would have carried out further pool maintenance. We have many, many guests who come back and visit Orquidea every year and we welcome their feedback. If there is a problem during their stay we encourage our guests to report it to us, so that it can be rectified at the time and guests enjoy their stay and come back again next year. As you say, we are a friendly family resort and have welcomed our guests back for over 20 years now and many have become great friends. We would love to see you again next year with your family so please don't hesitate to contact us.

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Reviewed 23 October 2010

Apartment in need of a good refurbishment. No dining area just small breakfast bar ok for 2. Big balcony with views down to the coast. Onsite bar did meals but night we ate there only one other couple was in. Best restaurant 10 mins further uphill, 2 courses and drink for 2 people 30 euros. Resort high up from coast but we actually enjoyed walking it as it is not all steep (we are in our sixties). 'Strip' of bars and cafes part way down breaks the walk. A small road train does go up and down the hill (2 euros single, 3 euros return) so you are not lost if walking is difficult.

  • Stayed: October 2010, travelled as a couple
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