10 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Molina Lario top drawer
"Spent two nights at the Molina Lario in late November 2006 and could hardly have been more impressed. The location is ideal for its downtown centrality. The room was clean, spacious and meticulously appointed. The staff were gracious and accomodating, the desk always seemed to have at least one English speaker on hand, Really not a bad thing to say about it and would highly recommend to any discerning traveler. There may be a nearby hotel or two with a higher profile in Malaga but it's difficult to believe the overall experience they offer could be better. The deck/pool area on the top floor affords great views of the harbor and central city."
- Travel date: 9th April 2007
Great hotel, shame about the breakfast staff......
"Spent 2 nights at the hotel, having gone there for work reasons. The hotel is well situated , close to all of the attractions, museums shops etc..Lovely rooms, very well equipped and comfortable.....Reception staff and bell boys very pleasant and helpful, but could not say the same about the staff in the cafe at breakfast time.....! They wander around the room, are very solicitous about keeping the bread, jams etc topped up. What a shame they ignore the guests completely. This was the only downside of an otherwise great hotel. I'd definitely stay again, and go for breakfast elsewhere...."
- Travel date: 13th March 2007
Welcoming, pleasant, highly recomended
"The Molina Lario was exactly as I hoped it would be. We booked two rooms online for 90 Euros each after tax, which we felt was good value. The staff were all very pleasant and spoke excellent English. The hotel was impeccible, with stylish, modern rooms. The bed / bedding was new and clean (how often I find dirty bedding, in good hotels around the world...) and an ideal location. The rooftop was a real treat, even just to watch a sunset over Malaga. The bar was pleasant, and the outdoor, heated courtyard seating was lovely for a nightcap. A four star that felt just right, when so many of its peers should be three or two. Overall, the hotel was stunning, with professional and friendly staff, good location and at a good price."
- Travel date: 12th March 2007
Stylish, comfortable,city centre hotel
"Opted to book a deluxe room which did not disappoint. Though officially rated as a four star establishment our room certainly felt more like a five star because of the many thoughtful touches. These included an umbrella - thankfully not needed, bag for extra luggage and lovely toiletries AND - the large complimentary(we hope) brandy. The room provided simple white walls and soft furnishing which contrasted with the clean lines of the dark wood furniture including a straightlined four poster bed. There was a comfortable settee from which to view the flat screen TV or listen to the CD player. Storage was plentiful. The floor and wall tiles in the large bathroom were dark grey with again clean lines and a useful storage shelf built in. Cellophane wrapped bathrobes and slippers were to be found in the bathroom. The bed though large was rather too hard for our taste. The location of the hotel was excellent being just a stone's throw from the cathedral and other attractions. There was a small attractive pool area on the eighth floor and on the ground floor were a cafe and also a restaurant which we did not sample."
- Travel date: 10th March 2007
"We stayed 4 nights here at start of February.........hotel was a gem, rooms excellent, spacious and clean. Minimalist white drapes but with mod cons including wi-fi for the internet dependent! Malaga is a compact centre with LOTS of small interesting shops and about as many places to eat of have chocolat y churros nearby. Close to daily market selling fruit veg and more typically Spanish carnivore specialities. Large shopping malls 10 mins away by taxi..........but why bother when shopping is more individual on your doorstep. Staff at hotel always helpful and courteous, open air courtyard very nice, breakfast only OK we have seen better choices and with so many cafes 2 mins walk away we chose to only use hotel breakfast on first day. All in all great hotel, good for couples or ladies who shop (don't they all?). Not good for late teens looking for a highly drunken time PLEASE go elsewhere."
- Travel date: 27th February 2007
Comfortable and Central
"Easy to get to-number 19 bus from airport (turn right out of arrivals 30 yards) puts you 50 yards away in Paseo del Parque-cost 1 euro. Taxi 15 euros. If wish to walk, local train from airport deposits you half mile away at end of main Alemada Principal, again 1 euro. Very central to Cathedral, shops, restaurants,short distance to Picasso museum, Alcazbar fort, and main very helpful tourist office in Plaza Maritimo. Lots of marble, minimalistic decor, newly built/redone, free toiletries and slippers, bathrobe and umbrella for use-can buy when leave. Breakfast cheap in nearby cafe, but usual thick chocolate and churros (tubular donuts). Hotel charges14 euros, but excellent given choice-e.g. fresh separate fruits included pineapple, melon, strawberries, kiwi, blackberries etc. Similar choice re dried and basket fruits, hot and cold items. Sets you up for the day. Breakfast staff however could be more pleasant! Market is short walk from hotel-cast iron, Moorish arch and coloured glass decoration. Good for picnic foods. Stops for main local buses all 1 euro are in Alemeda Principal street outside, so can get to El Cortes Ingles (posh and expensive department store-end of Alemada Principal, is walkable) and local cheap markets especially for shoes and bags. Bus 3 goes to main bus station for big city trips-Granada, Gibraltar etc. Main city trains-get bus to RENFE main station. Reception and housekeeping staff super, especially bell-boy! All in all an excellent 5 night stay. Will keep luggage for you and can use foyer and hotel bar/cafe if waiting for flight."
- Travel date: 6th February 2007
Excellent location,average hotel
"Booked the Picasso package for 2 nights at the hotel groups own web site @ 118 Euros a night (+tax) for a Standard Double. On arrival they had no record of our booking even though we had confirmation but not really a problem as they were nowhere near full. Room was about average for a modern 4 star hotel, clean and functional but no frills and no facility to make a hot drink. The bath robe was nice but why just 1 in a double room? Our package was supposed to include a free gift in the room but we did not get one (unless it was the bar of chocalate which was hardly worth mentioning) View from the window was of 3 other walls of the hotel with a small courtyard below and just a glimps of sky above. All in all quite gloomy. Our package included breakfast which was excellent but service is painfully slow if you choose the hot option. The corridors were a bit spartan and had a strange smell (not unpleasant ,but strange). The smell in the room however was easily identified as stale cigarette smoke. Our package included tickets for the Picasso museum and after asking several times we eventually got them. As neither my wife or myslf are great art lovers I would not like to comment on the art. The location of the hotel is excellent ,in the center of town close to bars restaurants and the main shopping street with the main tourist sights and docks are short distance away, The hop on,hop off bus stops outside of the hoteal and a taxi rank is just across the road. All in all a bit below par for a 4 star hotel but in a great location."
- Travel date: 5th February 2007
We loved this hotel
"We stayed for two nights as a weekend break and got a double room for â¬115 per night on the internet. It is a little difficult to find as the hotel sign is so discreet! If you are in a car just follow signs for the cathedral and the one way system will take you straight by it on your right. The AC hotel, which is more visible, is right opposite. The room was generous - high ceilings and a huge modern four poster bed as well as a sofa and good storage space. The bathroom was spacious, gleaming, and had a good assortment of goodies as well as robes and slippers. Satellite flat screen TV and tea making facilities - even an umbrella! We didn't try the breakfast as there are plenty of great cafes nearby which are much cheaper. Try the traditional Spanish breakfast of a toasted roll spread with fresh tomato paste and olive oil. (Ask for "desayuno clasico"). The staff were very pleasant and helpful and the location is as good as it gets. We were delighted with Molino Lario and recommend it unreservedly."
- Travel date: 5th February 2007
Great Hotel - recommend it.
"Had a very comfortable stay for 2 nights in this hotel. Great location - lovely views of the Cathedral from our small balcony. Immaculately clean - marble everywhere, chrome fittings and boutique style hotel furnishings. Staff spoke English well and were very helpful. They recommended a great tapas bar just up the road for our first night (La Ribena) and even managed to arrange car hire for us at 2 hour's notice. Their outdoor pool on the roof is obviously seasonal, but fantastic views for photos. Two other recommendations nearby - try Bar Logueno on Calle Maria Garcia (excellent little old tapas bar with huge choice) and El Jardin on Calle Canon on the corner of the leafy garden area by the Cathedral (food/drink and live music). All in all, we loved it and would definitely recommend it."
- Travel date: 26th January 2007
"My wife and I and another couple stayed for 4 nights at the Molina Lario from 3rd January 2007. I booked it purely on the basis of the reviews on this site and initially, I was very pleased. However, we did have a problem with the heating, which left a bit of a sour taste when we checked out and it is on that basis I have given it a low score. The location and the hotel spec is excellent and I donât think I can add anything to what the other reviewers have mentioned before. It looks good and is fitted out with quality furnishings etc. The problem we had went like this. We had booked, directly with the hotel, a âDeluxe Double Room King Bed Outside View - Cosy Room Elegant Bath Sitting Areaâ at a rate of 112 Euros per night (inc taxes). When we checked in, we were given room 610 which we were more than happy with. Itâs a lovely big room which faces onto the Cathedral. The bathroom was huge and had a separate bath and shower. Our friends had the room next door and they were also very pleased with their room. We arrived at the hotel early afternoon and after unpacking went out with our friends to explore. When we came back some time later, it was getting cold and that was when we noticed the problem with the heating. The AC unit would only blow cold air, no matter what temperature the control was set to. Our friendâs rooms had the similar problem but at least they had some heat coming from their unit. Later that evening when going out for dinner we mentioned the heating problem to the front desk. They said that they would get someone to look at it, which they did. Unfortunately, all the person did was move the temperature control to max and put fan on full which meant it was simply belting out cold air. When we came back that evening the room was freezing and as it was late nothing could be done about it. After spending a cold night in the room, we mentioned it again to the front desk when going out in the morning. They said that they would get a technician to fix it. We came back at 4ish and the room was cold as the fan had been switched on again and was blowing cold air into the room. I telephoned reception and stated that the heating still didnât work and asked for it to be fixed. In the meantime. I asked for a heater but they said they did not have any. We were told that the technician would look at it again. We were tired as we hadnât slept well the previous night and we tried to take a nap under the duvet (complete with shorts, t-shirt, socks and complimentary robe!). Reception phoned back about 30 mins later stating that the technician had fixed it âby computerâ and that it would now be working. Unfortunately, it wasnât. I was now getting crotchety about the situation, so my wife went down to reception to see what could be done. They agreed to move us to another room and my wife was assured that the first night rate would be discounted as we had now had the room for 24 hours with no heat. We moved to a new room, which wasnât as big as the first one but thankfully it had heat. The next morning when speaking to the receptionist we asked if the rate was the same for the new room. Although the room was smaller, we were told the rate was the same. We again mentioned about the first night being discounted and were assured that it would be addressed when checking out. The rest of our stay was fine but when we checked out we were charged the full rate for our first night. We challenged this but as it was a public holiday, the receptionist we had dealt with was not there and the girl on the desk said that there was nothing she could do. We were told the manager was the only person who could change the rate for the first night in the computer and he also wasnât there. There wasnât much we could do, so we ended up paying the full rate for the first night which, as I said, left us feeling like we had been stiffed. We werenât asking for it to be written off completely, we were merely asking for a reduction in the rate for the first night which I though was fair given that we had spent a full night in a room with no heating. How much would you spend to sleep in a luxurious fridge? I appreciate that technical problems arise which cannot be fixed immediately but what I cannot take is being misled. If the front desk had rejected the discount idea when it was first brought up I would probably have been a bit hacked off but would have lived with it. However, to be strung along until check out was what really yanked my chain. With regards to the staff, until we had the problem at check out, they had all been very friendly and helpful. Donât let this review put you off, itâs a lovely hotel. I always review my accommodation on TA and I thought long and hard before posting this review as I have never had call to give a bad review (you can check out my previous posts). Initially, I thought I would pass on posting anything but in the end, I felt that I had to get this off my chest."
- Travel date: 26th January 2007
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