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Iberostar Malaga Playa
Ranked #1 of 8 Hotels in Torrox
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Reviewed 27 April 2013

I stayed here for 1 week from 13th April with my husband. We were looking for a relaxing holiday to recharge our batteries and that is exactly what we got.
The hotel is spotless and staff are very friendly with nothing being too much bother.
The hotel was not full but there were plenty of us beds and the area was very clean.
We travelled into Nerja a couple of times using the local bus which took only 10 mins.
We will definitely be returning next year

Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 April 2013

We had a nice stay in Iberostar Malaga back in October 2012, a very well maintained and clean hotel. Room is nicely furnished, spacious & clean and I believe each of them has balcony. We had standard room near the lounge and apparently every night they're having entertainment/show for hotel guests. If you normally sleep after 11PM, this won't be a problem but if you want to rest early after a whole day out visiting places, then this might be an issue. That was the case for us(my wife mainly), and we requested at the reception if we can get another room further back, far from the lounge room. That nite they had no other room available, and they offered us to stay in one of their apartment next to the hotel. The staff kindly asked us to check them out and see if it's to our liking. The apartment located just at the front side of hotel entrance. It's similar room, nicely furnished with kitchen but in the end we decided to stay and wait for a free room the next morning. In the morning the staff informed us that they have a free room, again they asked us to check first. The new room is on 3rd floor, looked nice and bigger, and we assume far from the noises. We decided to take it and they arranged all the Luggage to be brought into the new room. Apparently the new room is a junior suite.

Buffet dinner was pretty good, they have variety of dishes, from basic italian spaghetti, pizza, to lobster, 4 colors caviar, roasted beef and some others. Desserts were abundant, but tend to be quite the same though. Breakfast is also good, lots of choice for every one. Outside of the restaurant, at the front side, there's not so many restaurant, quite similar at the boulevard at the beach, there's some restaurants spread along the beach. One thing though, I had a feeling if you stay longer than a week, they might have similar dishes all over again. On the brightside, staffs are very friendly and helpful. Food is abundant and got refilled regularly.

Hotel pool is clean but not so big, and it seemed enough sun bed but that was in october where the hotel is not fully occupied. To go to the beach, it's pretty close, just walk past the pool then there's back gate that can be opened with your hotel card. At the beach, sun bed available at charge(5Euro/day).

If you come with car, there's a free public parking space next to the hotel. Or you can also park in the basement of the hotel but they'll charge you quite a lot. Similar with Wifi, you'll have to pay.

The hotel itself located at Torrox beach, just abit outside of Torrox small town. Basically, if you want to have a quiet stay just relax by the poolside, this is a suitable hotel. But if you want to do more, it's quite in the middle of nowhere. Of course you can drive to Malaga for 45minutes or to the next big city Nerja for about 10-15 minutes. Nerja quite nice and has more to offer than Torrox. Since the hotel was previously owned by German hotel chain RiuRiu(?), most of the guest are germans and the staffs speak germans beter than english :) All and all, it was a nice stay, would go back again if we stay in that area.

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  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 April 2013

This is a really well maintained property, thoughtfully laid out, with nice outdoor pool area. staff are great, particularly with kids. generously sized and well-appointed rooms. unfortunately the wi-fi is provided by a third party and so costs extra, also cumbersome to set up and a nightmare to re-establish if something goes wrong. location is good per se, directly on the beach, but the hotel is a bit of a lone gem amidst a development stopped in its tracks by the recent crisis (or so it seems, although to be fair we only stayed a few days). We had a very pleasant stay, warm recommendation with above caveats.

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled with family
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2  Thank 967EdB
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Reviewed 8 April 2013

My wife and I stayed here for a week, ending on April 7th 2013.
I am 32, my wife is 29 and we are expecting a baby in 3 months (just to set the scene of what we would want out of a trip).

The staff at the hotel are very friendly and helpful, the Spanish have a warmth to them that we Brits are fairly bereft of and this makes it pleasant a visit.

The hotel itself is tired, The group went in to administration a while ago and the receivers have held on to the few which are salvageable, this one included.

Decor, curtains etc are old but clean ;
No option to watch anything on demand ;
No Sky TV in the rooms ;

The pillows are appallingly bad and seriously hampered our ability to sleep properly, but the beds were firm and fine. I'd recommend taking pillows with you on your visit here.

The food for guests who take that option, is absolutely brilliant.
The restaurant has a super ambiance and again, the staff are the asset here.

Torrox as a location is quiet, which suited us perfectly. Any teenaged visitor would be terminally frustrated at the lack of action / other teenagers to make "friends" with.
The boardwalk immediately outside the hotel is very tired and has 30 restaurants selling the same pizzas, pastas and sausage sandwiches which was disappointing.
The message is simple - take the option for hotel catering !

Nerja is a short drive away and a very pretty and quaint Spanish town with varied shops and quality restaurants, again with friendly locals and good choice of everything.

If it hadn't rained so heavily or been so windy, I may have rated this as "excellent". We all know Spain needs the sun to make it magic, and had it been sunny we wouldn't have needed to bemoan the lack of in room entertainment !
It was still a significant step up from the freezing weather in the UK and I have returned very relaxed from a cheaply priced trip.

To summarise : eat in the restaurant, don't take teenagers, bring a couple of decent books if the weather turns.

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 March 2013

Stayed recently with friends. The rooms were clean and well maintained we were in the block to the front of the hotel. We travelled as a group of 6 and we were by far the youngest residents by a few years (20 to be precise) but that didn't bother us as we were looking for a relaxing break. The food was excellent, mostly traditional Spanish fair with good quality ingredients. Staff mostly accommodating although we found the bar staff a little curt in the evening. The negative comment would be the food was luke warm and could have been much hotter. The bar served branded spirits if you asked and the beer was San Miguel. The pool area was so beautiful although the weather was not on our side excluding a few hours where we took advantage of the sun. The location was right on the beach and ideal for a nice stroll along the promenade. There was a nice coffee bar we popped into across from Aldi at the bus stop to Nerja. The entertainment was geared for the majority age group so a bit of pensioners tea dance, although the Saturday night was the Jersey Boys and they were excellent!! We even danced during our stay to e Spanish slosh... We would return to this hotel and I bet it's very popular in the summer.

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 12 March 2013 via mobile

Spent 3 nights on a long weekend with 5 friends for our 40th birthdays. From start to finish it was faultless. We stayed in the apartments, although we were all inclusive and found them very spacious with lovely big balconies. Food was fantastic with great choices for all ages. Entertainment, although we were low season was very entertaining and seemed to be enjoyed by all the hotel guests. This is a hotel i cant wait to return to with my family!

  • Stayed: March 2013
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Reviewed 6 March 2013 via mobile

We have stayed for a week of all incl at this hotel in a suite, as we r travelling always w/ our son and have really enjoyed the sunny terrace the suite provided, baby corner, and the friendly staff... We have already arranged the sray for this year...

  • Stayed: June 2012
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IberostarHoteles, Online Reputation Manager at Iberostar Malaga Playa, responded to this reviewResponded 8 March 2013

Dear Lucia,

In the first place, we would like to thank you for your stay in our Iberostar Malaga Playa and for your praising comments. It is a pleasure for us to read how much you have enjoyed your stay with us.

We strive to ensure that the culture of warm hospitality is imbued in every person who works at the Iberostar Malaga Playa and to capture perfectly the exact balance between courtesy and friendliness which is different for each guest. We are delighted that you underlined your satisfaction with this aspect of your stay with us.

In Iberostar it is our goal to achieve that our guests enjoy a splendid and unforgettable holiday and phrases like “We have already arranged the stay for this year “show us that on this occasion we have been successful. This motivates us to keep meeting our demanding quality standards because to us there is no better reward than the affirmation of our guests that they had a lovely stay.

Kindest regards,

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Iberostar Hotels & Resorts

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Address: Ferrara s/n, 29793, Torrox, Spain
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Region: Spain > Andalucia > Province of Malaga > Costa del Sol > Torrox
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 8 Hotels in Torrox
Price Range: £79 - £292 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Iberostar Malaga Playa 4*
Number of rooms: 413
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The IBEROSTAR Malaga Playa hotel is highly recommended for couples and families. Having recently undergone a complete refurbishment, this hotel is known for the Arab flair in its design, its location on the seafront at Torrox-Costa and its services and facilities which have been designed to offer the best entertainment. Guests can choose among the great diversity of the 406 rooms and suites that the hotel offers, with top-rated services and a pleasant ambiance in each and every room. Plus, the Malaga Playa hotel features a wide range of services and facilities, such as a fun pool with four slides, SPA Sensations, free premium Wi-Fi, sporting activities, all inclusive accommodation option, buffet restaurant, four bars, shows and music, a children's park... A bit of everything for guests to enjoy some magical moments in Torrox-Costa, Malaga. ... more   less 
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