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“Perfect Location, Stunning Villa, Quiet...”

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4 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 9
Torremolinos, Costa del Sol, Province of Malaga, Andalucia

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KevanoOrk
Manchester, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Perfect Location, Stunning Villa, Quiet Neighborhood, Close to Airport”
Reviewed 5 October 2015 for a stay in September 2015
1
person found this review helpful

Location:- The villa 3 stops on the train from Malaga airport and a short walk from the station which made our holiday so much better - in the villa an hour after landing. The villa is also a road away from the beach and the surrounding villas were family homes so it was quiet. The beach has so many beautiful restaurants all 5 minutes walk from the villa and we found the quality better than the centre of Torremolinos. If you want peace and quiet but be able to get in easily to the hussle and bussle of Torremolinos this is the one for you.

Villa:- The villa is large, well equipped and clean. Space for everyone and then some. The pool is a great size and perfect for cooling down after sun bathing on one of the two terraces. Although there are villa surrounding it is not overlooked as the foliage does cover direct views. Actually perfect to feel secluded.

Owner: - Pat has been really helpful throughout my booking and always at hand with information and came back in a timely manner.

We would go back as it gave us everything we wanted, it was easy, peaceful and close to what we wanted. Thanks for everything.

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Liked best: Size of Villa, Closeness to Airport - Closeness to beach
Travelling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
Large groups
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Management Response
5 Oct 2015
delighted that you found everything to your liking, and would welcome you back, any time in the future.
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Nigel N
Southampton, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Very Good Location, Hire car not needed”
Reviewed 27 July 2015 for a stay in July 2015
1
person found this review helpful

The location of the property was very good for us. No hire car was required as the transfer from the airport is simple via the C1 / C2 trains, which run every 20 Minutes. It is just 2 stops to Los Alamos and a 10 Minute stroll to the Villa.
The Villa is situated away from TORREMOLINOS towards MALAGA in a quieter location which was nice.
The shops, beach, bars and restaurants are just a short stroll and there was plenty of choice to suit all tastes. We travelled as Grand parents with Children and Grand children ( under 4 years old ) and everything was perfect for us.
The Best feature by far is the Pool as we had temperatures near 40 degrees every day and the Pool was heaven.
The Agents were very Helpful and nothing seemed to be too much trouble.

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Liked best: The pool
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Families with young children
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Management Response
28 Jul 2015
Glad to hear that the holiday was so enjoyable for you and the positive comments about our agents services:We aim to provide a quick and efficient service to our guests to ensure maximum enjoyment: We would love to have you or your friends and family return in the future.
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Slimandko...
Wicklow
1 review
“Perfectly located, large Villa, family friendly.”
Reviewed 13 July 2015 for a stay in June 2015

We recently spent a week in this lovely villa and thoroughly enjoyed our time there. The villa is excellently placed only a 10 min trip from Malaya airport and a couple of minutes walk from the beach and train station. The house is bright and airy, clean and well-equipped, with a gorgeous terrace overlooking a shaded pool. Touches like stairgates and a games room kept the little ones busy when not in pool.
Los Alamos is a quieter spot than Torremolinos but conveniently located to all the tourist attractions. Plenty of restaurants, cafes and shops within walking distance. Highly-recommended property!

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Management Response
28 Jul 2015
Delighted to hear that you enjoyed your stay at the villa and we would be delighted to have you return at a future date.
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tara c
Level 3 Contributor
24 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Great place for a great holiday!!!”
Reviewed 20 May 2015 for a stay in May 2015
2
people found this review helpful

This place is fantastic!!! I was one of a party of 8 ( aged 3-66) and the villa was perfect for all of us. This place is huge!! The photos really dont do it justice. There are 4 lovely bedrooms and 4 restrooms, all very clean and tidy. Each room had a fan in the cupboard as well as extra bedding and pillows. The garage has been made into a games room which was good fun. It is very cool down there and this is used as another bedroom as there is a sofabed. The kitchen was well equipt for our needs and the utility room was a blessing, saving us all the washing at home! The lounge\diner was very comfortable, but the sky box had limited channels and the WiFi had to be paid for. Previous guests have left games and books which was great to pass time at night and the pool has a brilliant selection of inflatables and water guns in the store room next to the pool. The promenade and beach where a 2 minute walk from the villa, with tons of restaurants, bars, shops and kiosks all along the beach front. The train station (Los Alamos) is no more than a 10 minute walk away. There are several supermarkets within walking distance too. I will definitely be recommending villa catriona to friends and would come here again should we return to Spain. Thanks to Pat and the ladies from the agency who where so kind and helpful!!

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Management Response
22 May 2015
Delighted that you found everything up to standard and had a great holiday.Thanks for the good review and we appreciate feedback and try to anticipate problems, but certainly we also react immediately to any issues that may be raised by our guests: This is our first year with wifi as cannot get a permanent installation and we will review the charging basis.Glad that you used the local Los Almos rail facility which we mention to all our guests.

pat
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John B
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Recent stay”
Reviewed 13 January 2015 for a stay in January 2015
3
people found this review helpful

I really enjoyed my recent holiday in Villa Catriona-I had read and agree with most of the other reviews, the villa is stunning, and met and exceeded our expectations: The local agency responded within a few hours to one problem with electricity which was most impressive and we had a very good relationship with the owner Pat, who responded quickly to our queries. Our children and adults in the party really enjoyed the table tennis and the play area downstairs was constantly in use in the evenings.

The swimming pool was excellent but a pity that we did not have more hours of sunshine to spend more time in the pool.

Beach and shops were just a few minutes' walk from the villa with excellent promenade for leisurely strolls.

Strongly recommend and will probably return again.

Travelling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
18 Jan 2015
Glad that you enjoyed your stay so much and would love to have you back as a guest in the future.

pat
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Olivier28...
Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Great location , lovely villa, plenty of room for everyone!”
Reviewed 11 January 2015 for a stay in January 2015
2
people found this review helpful

We recently stayed at Villa Catriona , Torremolinos over the new year with our grown up children and grandchildren.

Such a great location, two stops from the airport and right beside the beach, one minutes walk to the med ocean and the great promenade at Los Alamos Torremolinos, couldn’t have been better!!!

The villa had lots of space for all the adults and the grandchildren loved the pool table and table tennis, it was a bit cold for the pool so the games room kept them well amused!

Villa had all mod cons needed and anything that wasn’t there, like a tin opener which we needed, we just called the agents at SPM Rentals and it was delivered down within an hour! Great friendly service nothing was a problem, we will be back!!!!

Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
18 Jan 2015
Delighted that all went so well for you all and would love to welcome you back to villa catriona.
pat
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Bob T
Rochester Kent UK
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Dissappointing.”
Reviewed 5 October 2014 for a stay in August 2014
2
people found this review helpful

The Villa Catriona. I was very surprised to read the recent reviews on here as sad to say we found the property ideal but in need of a makeover and deep cleansing, so we wondered if the reviews we read were for this actual villa. We hired a car for a couple of days but was unable to use the garage and driveway because it was all chained up, also the gate hydraulics on both sides were ripped from the walls so we had to parked outside hoping not to get a ticket as there was no parking permit, it ran out in 2013 according to the one attached to the gate. The TV had a Sky card but not current, just the usual Sky News, Church and Shopping Channels. There was no wine reception and guided tour on arrival like the previous reviews. There were 2 safes in the main bedroom, one locked and one open but NO KEY’S. The Air Con Drain away in the main bedroom had a broken outlet pipe which allowed the water to flow over the balcony area and below. There was also a broken drain in the pool, we had to remove all the broken bits, but did receive one toe injury when discovering the drain initially. The mattresses were badly stained and we felt that they should have had protective covers , also the two fold up beds in the basement games room were not acceptable so we had to use a mattress on the main living room floor. As the book say’s “Electrics liable to trip out” (twice for us) meter behind the front door? No it was down behind a door to the basement section “Games Room” which also housed a TV that was totally dead, and the pool table was held up on an array of table tennis bats to try to balance the ball (spirit level provided). No DVD’s apart from 1 case with no disk. Although the Villa was in an acceptable condition inside, there was an accumulation of rubbish out in the washing line area and also the Barbie storage area and speaking of the BBQ this had no legs attached but two large broken bricks to stand it on. The Air Conditioning was in two rooms only, one bedroom and the main living room, but there were fans in the other rooms with an accumulation of dust on them that they were not up to full potential. The bedroom air con unit was so noisy it had to be turned off whilst trying to sleep. We had to repair the shutters in the main bedroom as they had been over wound and had vanished up into the storage box section. Such a pity as the location was great and we did enjoy Torremolinos but was wondering why Catriona when it was named Villa Flamingo on the main gate. Our £250 deposit was not returned to the originators bank as promised within 14 days, in fact I am wondering how long it would have taken had we not enquired 2 weeks after our return. It was returned in the 4th week. Sad to say we would not return.

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Liked best: The Villa position was handy for beach and the pool was good.
Liked least: Lack of property maintenance
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   No.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway People with disabilities
Older travelers Families with young children
Large groups People with pets
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Management Response
23 Oct 2014
While we are sorry that this client did not find the villa up to his expectations, we have two main observations:

1 This was a 2 week booking, yet not once during this period, did the client make a complaint to our agents despite having email and telephone details and not once to the owner until after the holiday.
2 Our rebooking rate is now running at about 25% and one family are returning next year for the fourth time: So they all feel that the villa is excellent value and the few people who bother or have the time for reviews, have only praise for the condition of the villa and the service from agents and owners.

Our agents have responded to all the issues and as far as they are concerned, most of these could have been resolved within a few hours and certainly within 24 hours.

some specific issues:

lack of wine reception--nowhere do we advertise such a service
name of the villa--surely of no relevance whatsoever
parking---We converted the Garage into a playroom/extra bedroom for the enjoyment of guests as many years ago, we canvassed all the peak season guests and nobody, even the few who hired cars, used the garage and all parked on the street as do all other residents in adjoining villas and also the owner, without having any problems/issues with the local council as they are classed as ''residents'' during their stay.

condition of the arm opening the the gate to the garage door--for the above reason the fixing of this arm was not considered of any importance-although we have now decided to fix the problem.

pool table--level mats were provided and there should not have been a need to use table tennis bats to level the table--our agents are now looking at this issue to ensure correction of the problem.

return of the deposit -we aim to return deposits to all guests within a 2 week period from the date of their leaving the villa-however this is sometimes delayed as we do not have bank details or correct IBANs etc--in this case the deposit was returned within a week of receiving the bank details and while this was a bit later than promised, nevertheless, it got repaid in full and we have never had an issue with this before from other guests.

Other issues relating to blinds/ beds /are all minor issues and if they caused concern, would have been easily sorted as stated above by a simple call to our agents.

wi-fi--we have now ordered a wifi box for the use of guests and this is the same or similar as used by many guests who wanted this facility and simply ordered this at the airport on arrival and returned it on departure.
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