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Hotel Victoria Playa
Ranked #8 of 24 Hotels in Almunecar
Reviewed 31 July 2013

We stayed for 3 nights and used the hotel as a base. There were almost no English speaking guests and mainly catered for Spanish families with kids. There was a nice atmosphere. Kids everywhere even at midnight, kids games and activities all day, cheap bar, friendly service, bad music on stage most nights. Clean and comfortable, friendly. Well-maintained but small swimming pool and easy access to pleasant family (stony) beach of about 5 minutes walking.

Fantastic breakfast - unlimited buffet with hot and cold food cold meats, cheeses, cereal, patisserie, fruits, and drinks, coffee and even Cava if you fancy sparkling wine with your breakfast.

Be warned - the car parking is total chaos in a way that only Southern Europeans can tolerate, double and triple parked cars in the drive, many scratched by others squeezing buy. Luckily we read the reviews and booked and paid for underground parking and had no problems.

I would return.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 27 July 2013

we stayed 1 night here and as you can see we found the hotel very very good and catyered to all our need , my wife is disabled an they were very help-full and made sure we had the correct type of room to sute her needs .

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 28 September 2012

The Victoria Playa is tucked away from the main distractions of the resort and benefits greatly from its near perfect location. close enough to be close to pretty much all Almunecar has to offer, but not so close as you cannot remove yourself to the sanctuary of the hotel when required.
Our room was perfectly adequate for our 10 day stay, and was spotlessly clean when we arrived. It was kept spotlessly clean by an excellent and very thorough cleaning regime and some fabulous cleaning staff.
The entertainment offered in the hotel is "dated", though mercifully it is generally over by midnight. It was however very popular with the spanish pensioners who form the backbone of the hotels customers.
The evening meals on offer are not the best we have ever had, but 1 review described the meals as basically several versions of chicken. This is not the situation we found. Lots of excellent salads are on offer and each evening meal had a variety of fish, meats, poultry and at least 1 vegatarian option although the buffet (all you can eat) style of service was off putting at first. Breakfast was served in a similar style, and did include bacon, egg and toast (great british breakfast staples) as well as all that you could require for continental or fruit based breakfasts. The bar service is terrific and the waiting staff are keen to do all they can to help.
The pool was small for this size of hotel, but on the whole the spanish didnt really use it and so we found that there was always a suffiency of sunbeds and plenty of room in the pool.
The hotel advertises free Wi-Fi throughout, but this is only really available on the lower floors as the signal strength is poor above the 3rd floor

Room Tip: rooms number ending 01 have larger balconies, and pool side rooms are cooler in the afternoon
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  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 June 2012

I have just stayed 5 days in this hotel and I am quite satisfied. The only real downside was the beds. They were too hard for me and I sufferd a back ache through out the stay, something I normally do not do.

The room was of good size, so was the bathroom. The balcony actually had sea view in the distance. The balcony is also built in a way that makes it possible to keep the dor open all day and night. You do not have to worry about anyone getting in.

The rest of the hotel is quite nice, clean, friendly and efficient. The food in the restaurant was exellent and we also liked the small bar very much.

We could have wised the hotel to be a bit closer to the town centre.

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled on business
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Reviewed 11 April 2012

I stayed here for 1 week in August 2011 with my 10 year old son. It was the base for an activity holiday based in the surrounding hills and coastline. Only a 1 hour drive from Malaga airport, Almunecar is a nice little town. Not too busy or overdeveloped like some of the others on this coast. The hotel itself was nice, clean and functional. Not 5 star luxury by any stretch of the imaginiation but for this type of holiday when you don't really spend too much time at the hotel it was ideal. Almunecar, as a resort , and this hotel is one favoured by Spanish families so if you don't like being surrounded by Brits while on holiday this could be ideal. Hotel food was OK , buffets for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I must admit I would have soon got bored if I was eating in too often so was glad to be out and about most lunch times and there are plenty of nice Spanish, and other resturants, within walking distance for dinner.
Depending on the activity we had planned we got back to the hotel in the late afternoon or had a morning by the pool before heading off. The pool was nice and due to the fact it is locked and not open until 10am .....there's no towels on sunbeds at 6am. Only downside was the pool was built facing East so by late afternoon the pool and most of the beds were in shade which was a shame as was the best time to be there chilling out.
All in all a good stay, the staff are friendly, rooms were clean so not much to complain about.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 23 November 2011

My wife and I spent 10 days based at this hotel in mid November participating with the Imserso Spanish resident pensioner breaks that are organised throughout Spain.
The hotel was excellent. Large en-suite bedrooms kept immaculately clean and all rooms have balconys. Room walls are thin so your luck depends on any noisy neighbours, but we were lucky. The TV was small and aging and only has Spanish and German programmes. There is free WiFi if you bring your laptop/notebook, and pay PCs in the common area. All the staff were welcoming and helpful. English is spoken by receptionists.
In general, food in the large restaurant is buffet style with sufficient choice to suit most tastes. It seems usual practice to heap as many choices as you like onto one plate – so join in, and trays of food are quickly replenished when they run low. Considering the high volume of guests, food quality was surprisingly good at most meals. Food tends to be lukewarm as is common to almost all hotels in Spain, but on the last two days the fried eggs at breakfast were positively cold.
Entertainment at this period of low season was geared towards Spanish pensioners – they enjoyed it – personally I am an aging rocker. As the entertainment is located at basement level, sound does not permeate to bedroom level and stops anyway before midnight.
There is a good outdoor pool with plenty of sunbeds, just a little chilly at this time of year. The beach is one block away and is grey gravel and pebble throughout this area. It is a pretty location and has a border on three sides with a huge chirimoya (custard apple) plantation. It is a 15 minute walk into the town centre but there are a few shops en route that sell English newspapers if you must have this fix at inflated prices. The castle is worth a visit for the views – but the history museum is hardly worth the effort containing just a few shards of broken pots; entry fee to one also covers the other.
There is limited free car parking directly outside the hotel and pay parking in the basement at €12 per day. It seems perfectly safe outside. Overall the hotel was well worth the stay.

Room Tip: Better views from upper floors in rooms with odd numbers - they view towards the town and castle and...
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  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 September 2010

We stayed 4 nights but were tempted to change our plans and stay longer, however sorting hired car and trying to re-arrange next hotel put us off.
The hotel is spotlessly clean, beautiful pool and surroundings, super views of old town from balcony fabulous food, very pleasant staf etc etc etc.
Would love to return to Almunecar and would definitely stay at the Victoria Playa if I ever do.

  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled as a couple
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Address: Avenida Amelia Sanchez de Alcazar s/n, 18690, Almunecar, Spain
Region: Spain > Andalucia > Province of Granada > Almunecar
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 Luxury Hotel in Almunecar
#8 On the Beach Hotel in Almunecar
Price Range: £50 - £125 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Victoria Playa 4*
Number of rooms: 102
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