78 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
"This is a great hotel beach outside rooms clean overlooking the sea in all rooms clean towels daily but the best was the animation team they made you all feel very special they all worked so hard and made our holiday the food was good but not very warm . If you like to go fishing there is a jetty outside, you can catch a bus outside the hotel 1 Euro 15 don't matter where you go ,but if you like to walk it's very flat and you can walk miles. "
- Travel date: Thu 29th of September 2016
best holiday ever
"Just back from a week stay in gardenia park and I can honestly say that it was brilliant hotel was lovely and clean beautiful gardens in hotel grounds food was lovely and plenty of it please don't hesitate to book and dont be put of by negative feedback what do people expect caviar and champagne. "
- Travel date: Mon 10th of November 2014
"Had 11 days in this hotel and i cant wait to go back the staff was amazing they work way too hard but well appreciated my mam has been there 41 times and now I know why its always that hotel she wants to go back too . my room was cleaned every day and the food was great . see you all back there soon x."
- Travel date: Mon 4th of November 2013
last minute booking 4th-8th June
"booked as a last minute get away , can honestly say that we really enjoyed our stay. The hotel was so clean, and the food was good, plentiful and tasty. Wine available on tap with food. The staff were friendly and helpful. Was not interested in the entertainment although I heard from other guests it was not too good. My only disappointments were, no fridge in room, and not enough info in the room about available facilities other than being handed an A4 piece of paper on arrival, and info on train/bus travel would be useful. The gardens are absolutely stunning and extremely well kept, if you do not want to sit around the pool or garden the beach is outside the back door. I Would return to this hotel."
- Travel date: Sat 9th of June 2012
A Great Holiday
"A week away from work and stresses. What a great time my husband and i had for what is classed as a three star hotel we found it as good as any four star we have been in before.the rooms were spacious and clean. Most have a sea view. The food was plentyful and something for everyone dave was suprised to see english sausages for breakfast. Even i who dont like vegetables had a complete meal for a vegeterian one day. Entertainment was ok but we like using local bars ie - slammers next door good priaces and company. We would certainly go again.
jayne and david robinson"
- Travel date: Mon 28th of May 2012
"We have just spent 8 nights here at the gardenia park and loved everything about it. The food was lovely yes not very hot but there is a microwave if you prefer it hotter,we were half board and there was wine or water free to enjoy with your meals this I find a lovely touch normally hotels charge we would go back again.Rooms cleaned daily and fresh linen given, the area is quiet not many bars or restaurants but Los Boliches is very close to Torriblanca were hotel is well that is train stop you get off anyway.We have been going to Fuengirola,Los boliches for 10 years and although it is at the moment a bit quiet we are drawn to this lovely place.We were also on the 9th floor and slept peacefully undisturbed all week The one critism is i would have liked a small fridge to put our water in, we had to put up with warm drinking water. "
- Travel date: Mon 14th of May 2012
From best to worst in 5 months. Can,t believe how bad it has become.
"This is the eighth time we have stayed at this hotel, the fourth time this year but it will be the last. It is hard to believe that a hotel can go from being possibly the best 3 star in Fuengirola to one of the worst hotels not even worthy of 2 stars in 5 months.
After our last stay in June 2011 I was as before still reccomending this hotel to friends and family but after this last stay November 2011 I like many other repeat guests will be warning people to stear well clear.
The rooms are still dated but spotlessly clean and what few staff are still left are friendly,helpful and work really hard.
The gardens and communial areas are well tended and clean.
The drinks if you can get service are not watered down and of a fair quality. After that the hotel has nothing good going for it.
Breakfast is not too bad about half as good as it used to be with less choice and nearly allways stone cold. No scrambeled eggs or soft or hard boiled eggs and while we were their cold/warm beans on offer twice. No plain Yogurt. The bread if you want to make toast if often mouldy and you have to be carful when picking a coffee cup to find one that is clean. Dirty plates are left on tables for ages due to lack of staff.
Lunch is very bland , badly cooked and often cold. Nearly allways fried frozen skinny French fries, chicken,pork,lumps of leathery liver or bony shrivelled up fish. Veg normally rockhard cold brussels ,cold green beans or fried cabbage and onion. There is a choice of salad but there is no longer any cheese,cold meat or fish to accompany it. Deserts are very limited and they soon run out of most options.
The coffee machine has been taken away during the day so if you want coffee or a drink with your lunch you have to que at the bar. Only one bar person so expect to wait 5 to 10 min to get served.
Evening meal is disgusting by far the worst of the day to call it a meal is a travisty. Many of the guests British ,Dutch and Spanish go out and buy a meal rather than risk the so called food in the evening.The deserts are hit and miss but often they run out by 8.30pm. The pool bar also serves the restaurant but due to cut backs this is shut at 6.0pm. Red ,white wine and water is supposed to be on tap (by law in Spain) but as the bar is not an option for a drink while we were there they ran out of wine twice during the evening meal.
The supper buffet has been stopped to save money but they have a few dried up sandwitches in the upstairs Victoria bar.
Entertainment is virtually non exsistant even the Bingo has been stopped because they no longer have a licence.
At night the outside temperature dropped as low as 9c. It was perreshingly cold in our rooms we and others were forced to wear coats and jumpers in bed.They would not turn on the heating untill the hotel director told them they could on the evening Thursday 24 Nov 2011.
I personally complained to reception Monday,Wedensday and Friday about the above issues and asket to have a meeting with the management but was informed none were available. Others from what I was told met the same brick wall.
Still plenty of good hotels in the Fuengirola area but sorry to say this is no longer one of them.
We will still come back to the Costa Del Sol 4 to 6 times a year but this hotel has lost our buisness with their cut backs and poor service."
- Travel date: Tue 29th of November 2011
3rd Stay. Brilliant Hotel. Please go to this hotel!
"As you can see from the title, this was our 3rd stay at gardenia park and we can't seem to stop going back. the rooms are very very nice. Television has BBC 1, CBBC ( from 6 am to 6 pm), BBC 3 ( 6 pm till late), and ITV 1. Not that we were sad to stay in every night but its nice when your getting ready to go out. the food if very nice. There was a fish everyday and atleast 3 meats to choose from, plus the kids food table had old english favourites! The drinks are very nice. As it is all inclusive, you can't expect the beer to be brilliant but it was nice. the Coca Cola, Sprite And Fanta Lemmon And Orange Were Very Nice. The animacion staff are brilliant( in the day). The activities are great through out the day. Lola and Sergio are the head animacion staff and make it really fun the join in the activities. These range from archery, rifle shooting, water polo, french bowles, bowling and the spanish favourite sjoelen! Me, my husband and my son of 15 went out most nights. If you are looking for cheap beer go to the red dragon( just outside the garden gates). A Bottle Of San Miguel Was E1,20. The Most expensive pint was about E1,70 which is still cheap. I Loved This hotel and wouldn't hesitate to go back. PLEASE GO TO THIS HOTEL."
- Travel date: Tue 30th of August 2011
Weather was beautiful
"Really enjoyed this holiday. The weather was fab. The hotel was ok, very clean. Food was very nice & fresh. We were on an all inclusive holiday, but when you went to the bar for drinks you were only allowed 2 drinks per person, which was annoying as there was four people in our party. Which resulted in long queues for drinks. Also they charged for bottle water!!! No fridge in bedroom so was unable to have fresh cold drinks in bedroom. But we couldn't bring glasses of drinks to bedroom because it would end up full of ants. Staff were very rude and ignorant, they never smiled or weren't not friendly in the slighest. We had ants in our bedroom which we reported a few times but they still remained in our bedroom & going on our beds. The location of this hotel was great as it is just a stone throw from the beach. The resort was beautiful, very clean & tidy. Would definately come back to Fuengirola but not this hotel. Overall it was a good holiday."
- Travel date: Tue 16th of August 2011
very dated hotel
"i went with my brother for 1 wel and what a dissapoinment, iv been fuengerola many times ans so enjoyed myself but sorry to say on this ocasion i was very dissapointed, hotel was outdated food was was very repetative, hahahahha and the entertainment, well i wont even go there, overall i wouldnt wish the hotel on my worst enemy :("
- Travel date: Thu 11th of August 2011
Very Good Holiday
"Just come back from here with my Boyfriend. We booked last minute and after reading the reviews on here didnt want to go! We are both 22 but when we got there every review we read was wrong it was a great place to go! Brilliant if you have kids especially. The pool was nice and staff were friendly. The food was good there was something for every one every meal. I lived on san miguel the whole time I was there. Entertainment was good at night especially bingo just to hear the spanish reps saying "Fivety five".
Would go back in a few years time. One thing which wasn't good was teh sun didnt come by the pool until about midday. "
- Travel date: Tue 2nd of August 2011
"I really enjoyed my holiday,most of the staff were lovely. The hotel was full of elderly people,some of the people staying there were quite rude. I wasn't much for the food, I quite enjoyed the entertainment, the weather wasn't very good, the outdoor swimming pool was freezing so i booked the indoor swimming pool everyday, the view was nice,but overall i really enjoyed my holiday,i would love to go again:)"
- Travel date: Tue 5th of April 2011