Gran Hotel Guadalpin Byblos
10 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
"We stayed at the Byblos for 2 weeks (Aug 9th - Aug 23rd), it was hard to find the hotel in the first place. We had a 2 bedroomed family suite, we walked in to a small lounge with dated furniture, it was dark and a little dingy, we had a bedroom with twin beds for our 2 girls (age 13 & 8 on the ground floor but then we went up very narrow winding steps out on to a landing type area with a sofa and table and then up another 4 steps to our double bed, (this was ok for us because our girls were older but if you have young children the steps and being on different floors could be a problem), we looked out onto a brick wall from this balcony, and to the right of this was a huge air conditioning unit which was very noisy at night!, when we put the air conditioning on in the rooms there was a terrible smell of sewage (we did complain, but although promises were made to have it seen to, it never was, we just used the air con when we had to), the other balcony we had looked out over the thalasotherapy building/carpark/tennis courts.
Breakfast was plentiful, but don't leave it to late to go down, as the cooked breakfast (if there is anything left!!) was very cooked up, trying to get tea and coffee was a feat in itself and there did not seem to be enough waiting staff for the size of the restaurant. If you are not adventurous eaters do not stay here as the restaurants serve some very strange dishes. The swimming pool was lovely and it was nice to have sunbeds that looked out over the golf course so if you did not want to be by the pool you could have some privacy.
Car hire is essential as there is nowhere to walk to outside of the hotel, Fueringerola is a few minutes away, very busy when we were there, and quite run down, Benalmadena further along is worth a visit, much nicer than Fueringerola.
The Aquapark is just a few minutes away. We went to Tivoli World (a smaller version of Chessington), beware peak times though as it gets very crowded and you spend ages queing for rides it opens at 6 in the evening until 2 in the morning which is good as it means it is a lot cooler. We decided to go over the road to the cable car ride to let the park queue go down, this is a great experience but not for the nervous, I thought we were never going to stop, but what a view when you get to the top its fantastic!!, all you have to do then is get down!!
Mijas town is lovely and well worth a visit, lots of shops & restaurants too.
We would have liked a little more in the way of entertainment at night, when we were there we had the Lionel Richie lookalike with the dodgy spanish accent and an even dodgier perm, crooning away whilst playing the keyboard and bongos, perhaps something for the children to do would have been nice. The staff were very friendly, the maids were excellent and the room was kept very clean fresh towels and bed linen daily, I agree the reception staff were sometimes unfriendly but at the same time I had any questions that I had answered.
I personally would not go back."
- Travel date: Thu 31st of August 2006
charming relaxed hotel
Hotel staff very helpful,food good,great golf,wonderful views.
only problem is that it is too close to Fuengirola"
- Travel date: Tue 22nd of August 2006
Quality Hotel with Charm
"Just returned from a 7 night stay, and we are a family of four with two girls aged 14 and 11.
We booked late and were given a junior suite on two levels with superb views over the pool and golf course towards the mountains beyond. The room was very clean with mini bar, air con, two en-suites and loads of space and good sized balcony.
The breakfasts, which were taken overlooking the pool, were excellent with a tremendous choice of fruit, cereal, cakes and pastries aswell as omelettes and eggs and bacon.
The food we had at evening was well prepared and tasty, although the bar menu did not provide a wide choice.
We were worried that the girls would get bored but they had a great time around the pool area (no problems getting sun beds), and also utilised the tennis courts, indoor salt water pool and had one round of golf.
A car is a must although you can go to the sister resorts on a courtesy bus which we did one day and enjoyed a lovely day on the beach at the Guadalpin in Marbella.
The hotel is hard to find, especially at night . We asked for directions to the "Guadalpin" but its known locally as the "Byblos" and we had great difficulty finding it at first.
If you are looking for a good value hotel in a lovely, quiet location, away from the noise of Torremolinos, then I would certainly recommend the Byblos. If you want lively daytime and evening entertainment, basic food and cheap drinks...go elsewhere.
Most of the employees were friendly, although found the front desk personnel to be rather cold and not always helpful."
- Travel date: Fri 4th of August 2006
Great Hotel, friendly staff and the breakfast.....!
"Like the previous reviewer, we have just returned from 5 nights at the Byblos. It is situated about 3kms outside Fuengirola, but not in Mijas. The hotel is in between 2 beautifully manicured and lush green golf courses with the mountains behind providing a great backdrop. We had a junior suite that was lovely - massive bed, grand pillars, bathroom with 2 sinks, a shower / bath and seperate shower as well as sofa and dressing table. Safe, air con, minibar (4 Euros a beer), balcony, radio. Agree with other reviewers that elements look a little tired, but that is part of its charm! They were decorating while we were there.
Pool terrace restaurant is excellent. Breakfast is fantastic, especially if you like fruit. Also good choice of eggs, bacon etc, breads & pastries, cereals etc. We ate there in the evening twice and would recommend - for 2 people,including a bottle of wine & water it was 90 Euros.
You also benefit from being able to use the facilities of the sister hotels in Marbella and Peurto Banus. We used the beach at Banus - lovely to stroll off the beach into a lovely shower with fresh towels!!
Spa has different packages but a standard massage is about 40 Euros. Golf courses are both well looked after, plenty of water and bunkers, but no rough - ideal for higher handicappers. 45 - 60 Euros depending on season, buggy was additional 30 Euros.
Overall, would definitely recommend. If you do go here, or to Mijas, seriously recommend a little restaurant which is on the road from Mijas to Coin literaly just above Mijas, called Sierra Mijas. Great views, food and service, and best of all, dirt cheap!!
Have a good holiday!
Would definitely recommend"
- Travel date: Sat 22nd of July 2006
New owners for Hotel Byblos
"Just returned from a six day break at Hotel Byblos which as been taken over by the Guadalpin Hotel chain. We have been visiting Hotel Byblos for the last 8 years and have always enjoyed our stay. Its about 20 minutes from Malaga airport and is situated being two golf courses Los Olivios and Los Lagos and set in very well kept grounds. The hotel itself is ready for a refurb, which Iâm sure new owners Guadalpin are sure to do. I just hope they donât cheapen it too much, I agree it needs modernising but not in way to lose the charm it offers. During our stay they had a new promotion called Byblos Chill Out from 11.00pm - 3.00am, I not really sure who this was aimed at as most people who stay at Byblos are up early to play golf or use the spa, its not really that kind of place? Anyway the new owners Gran Hotel Guadalpin Byblos have some great offers on room rates at the moment so if you want to sample a great hotel with fantastic facilities and can put up with the 80's decor then I suggest you give it a try. We will be going back soon."
- Travel date: Tue 11th of July 2006
great dinner and quiet place
"we had a terrific dinner with excellent service, stayed at a mini-suite with nice decoration and enjoyed the walking areas and gardens. Nice stay."
- Travel date: Tue 7th of February 2006
Disappointed in Byblos Andaluz
"We have visited a number of 5 star hotels around the world and I have to say this was a big disappointment. Our main problem was the language barrier. It seems like only the hotel manager and one or two people at reception could understand English. The hotel is definitely more oriented towards Spanish and French visitors. We were virtually ignored and it was very frustrating as we didn't expect this from a 5 star hotel. Housekeeping couldnât understand me and the spa charged me for a complimentary treatment. We were also charged for rounds of golf which we didn't play.
I would not recommend this hotel if you don't speak Spanish or French."
- Travel date: Sun 22nd of May 2005
Nice Time but Updates Needed
"We only had the chance to stay for one night but, we were upgraded to a very large suite which overlooked the golf course and was VERY spacious. The resort is in need of updating as far as the bed linens, furniture, etc. My husband also played golf and felt that it was an average course. I did enjoy the spa facilities and would recommend that during your stay."
- Travel date: Sat 16th of April 2005
We come back again
"We stay in this wonderfull hotel last summer(july 2OO4). The rooms are very nice in deferent styles and spacius(40mÂ²) for standard rooms, it calls suite in other hotels!! The food is extraordinairy good, and in the summer you dinner on the wonderfull terras near the pool. we had a wonderfull holiday even for are douchter of 1O years old. The staff was very frindly. We come back to this nice hotel."
- Travel date: Tue 2nd of November 2004
"I live in Marbella, and went to this Hotel for Valentines day/night. Rooms are incredibly basic â I would class the room (and we had a suite!) as a 2/3 star quality. The restaurant was very nice and I couldnât fault the food, however the bar area was dated. Service not great either from the Hotel staff. All in all the Hotel is tired and desperately needs updating and modernising. I wouldnât stay here again. The room and dinner cost â¬300 for the night and definitely wasnât worth it. Choose one of the new Hotels in Marbella (The Guadalpin for example, or the Kempinski or the Las Dunas in Estepona)"
- Travel date: Fri 4th of June 2004