16 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
"Stayed at Perla Marina - a very nice hotel,clean, great breakfast choice . Reception staff are very helpful and do speak good English . There is a pool area but we went to the beach as the pool didn't seem to get the sun.
There are a lot of restauarants up by the Balcon de Europa, these are very busy and expensive as this is a big tourist area.
As my Mum doesn't like to walk too far we at in the restaurants near the hotel
Restaurant Buenos Aires - delicious food - for all you meat eaters - from Argentinia. The Mixed Grill is awesome ! Try the daily meals as well equally good quality for just 8/9 euros . Majid the owner is very welcoming .
Cafe La Biznaga on the same street as the hotel serves a daily Tapas selection for 8 euros and its very tasty
The Indian nearby - very good
Made in Italy restaurant very good and very friendly service
The local bars are great for people watching and gligging the sangria.
A lovely resort with lots of shops up near the Balcon and terrific views"
- Travel date: Sun 14th of June 2009
I was very dissapointed with this hotel,...
"I was very dissapointed with this hotel, how it got its 4 star rating is a mistery to me. staff very rude, not interessted in complaints made, very very poor............ hared my stay."
- Travel date: Thu 18th of September 2008
Perla Marina is a 4 star hotel, but not in all its rooms. We got room 140. That room number is not included in the wall signals that indicate the direction for each room.
The room was facing the side of the hotel, not the beach of the swimming pool.
We arrived in the middle of a wedding, we were told that they were not used to weddings and that was the reason that things were going crazy. Staff is unfriendly.
The hotel charges 10 euros per day for parking, but the elevator does not go to the parking lot and nobody offered to carry our suitcases.
The hotel is not responsible for valuables that are not deposited in the safe deposit in each room, but there is a charge to get a key to the safe.
I wish we had known what kind of room we were getting before we made reservations."
- Travel date: Fri 5th of October 2007
Nice But Noisy
"We stayed at the Perla Marina for a late weekâs sun before the winter sets in. first impressions of the hotel are that it is quite modern and clean. We arrived the day after a massive storm but were not warned that there was no running water, which was a shame that I wanted a shower as soon as I got to the room. The room was clean modern and fairly comfortable. However, even though we requested a quite room with a sea view, the view was the wall of the neighbouring apartment block and we were above the dining room. So each morning we were awaken by the scraping of chairs below. We also found that the walls are paper thin and with the floors being laminate, we were awaken by the clip clop of feet from both sides and above until the early hours. The breakfast at the hotel was the usual buffet and on the whole was very nice. You are also able to book an early breakfast the day before. This is handy if you are leaving early in the morning. The staff are very polite and helpful."
- Travel date: Mon 1st of October 2007
Going down hill
"My Wife and I just returned from The Perla Marina Hotel on a B and B basis booked via Thomson website, and having stayed there before, were quite happy to return.
Unfortunately, we were on the third floor, not knowing that there were studio rooms on the fourth floor ,which were rented out to coach parties of young males.
This was not the case last year.
Furniture was dragged across the floor until the early hours and groups congregated out in the garden drinking 1:30 - 2 am.
Our room 338 was on the corner of the property and caught all the noise.
Breakfast was quite chaotic with dishes not being replaced as they became empty. The waiters barely seemed able to cope. If you stay in the main Hotel you have to go to the larger building across the road for your meals.
The cleaners on at least 3 occasions didn't clean the room until 5 to 5:30 in the evening and once I had to chase them for towels. Thomson do not make it clear that when they transfer you back to Malaga, you will have to take your luggage around to the Hotel Monica by yourself to get the coach, which could be extemely difficult for an older person, or in the rain.
To be fair, the reception staff were very good and did fix an air conditioning fault immediately.
The swimming pool was good, but few sun beds available, with people reserving them with towels very early in the day.
The location is right on the beach which is in its favour and near to town. I feel that if we had a different room, say, on the 1st or 2nd floor in the centre of the front of the hotel away from lifts, it would be ok, except that the hotel has started to take in these coach parties. A good hotel spoilt."
- Travel date: Sun 23rd of September 2007
The Perla Marina is a 4 star hotel on th...
"The Perla Marina is a 4 star hotel on the edge of Nerja which provides very good, comfortable and spotlessly clean accommodation. It's right on the beach front (choice of 2) which is a great location. We had B&B and found the choice at breakfast very comprehensive.
It takes just a few minutes to walk into the centre of Nerja. The staff here all speak good English and are friendly and helpful. When we were there in the first week of September they were a little understaffed but still managed to provide good service. We would have no hesitation in recommending this hotel.
Nerja itself has a lot to offer. It has a certain charm and distinctive character with a wide variety of shops and services. We hired a car which we used as transport to and from Malaga airport ( about 1 hours drive) and found no other comparable resort within 40kms.
There are numerous restaurants, tapas bars, and places to eat with international and Spanish cuisine. Most people here seem to be a bit older or have families.
Overall we had an excellent relaxing holiday helped by fantastic weather on this part of the Costa del Sol."
- Travel date: Fri 7th of September 2007
Bad quality-cost relationship
"It's a pity, but I really felt disappointed with the room, not small but tiny. Beds let hardly 40 cm to move. Air conditioned doesn't works right (not enough cool) and causes bad smells. I can't understand how this hotel has 4 stars"
- Travel date: Fri 3rd of August 2007
Very clean hotel, friendly staff. Stayed...
"Very clean hotel, friendly staff. Stayed in new complex, good breakfasts but evening meals were a bit of a letdown, poor choice and quality.
If going again I would go B&B only.
A shortage of sunbeds, only about 50 for the whole hotel, also a rooftop pool but unable to use the doors were always locked.
Situated in a very nice area, on the beach & close to centre of Nerja, plenty of bars and restaurants nearby."
- Travel date: Thu 5th of July 2007
Great value hotel nice resort
"Recently upgraded to 4 star hotel with addition of new annexe over the road which was where my room was. Room was good size and clean and tidy and obviosuly still quite new and the main building was over the road and also connected by underground passage.
Hotel facilities were good and staff friendly and buffet breakfast very good. Only critcisim was that the pool area is very small with not many sun longers although there are more loungers on the grass nearby.
The beach outside the hotel is not very good but there is an excellent beach (although quite small) only 2 mins walk.
The hotel is one end of Nerja but there are many restauarants and bars within a few minutes walk and you can walsk to the main centre in about 10-15 mins.
Overall a good stay in a nice hotel in a good resort which remains quite Spanish still and only 45 mins from Malaga airport by car."
- Travel date: Thu 5th of April 2007
Nice hotel a bit off the beaten track
"Wife and I stayed at Perla Marina August 23-27, 2006, while attending a wedding. Most of the guests stayed at or very near the Balcon de Europa. The Perla Marina is about a 15 minute walk from the Balcon, a pleasant walk. The hotel overlooks a pool, with the ocean beyond. The pool is small, and when we were there, full of children. Not a pool for adults at that time of the year, it appears. The hotel is fine; not great, but more than adequate. Rooms were small, but not miniscule. It's less expensive than the hotels up on the Balcon; if we were to do it over, however, we'd probably stay at the Balcon. Not because we didn't like the Perla, but because we weren't in the center of the wedding action. The breakfast at the hotel is very good, so try and get it included. Overall, for the money it was a good value."
- Travel date: Wed 4th of October 2006
good value hotel
"Good 3 star hotel. Great location, quiet but not too far out from town, about a five minute walk. Beach in front of hotel not the best but good beaches within 3 minute walk. Staff friendly. Pool area small and not many sunbeds. However, as the beach is so close there was little need to use the pool. Try and get a room with a balcony as some have side views of the sea only. Would stay there again. Not a hotel for the under 30's, guests tended to be a little older which suited us. If travelling independently you can catch the bus from the airport to Malaga and then onto Nerja but if not travelling on a budget would recommend getting a taxi. Fares should be not more than 70 euros. Would recommend bed abd breakfast only as restaurants in Nerja excellent and reasonable."
- Travel date: Thu 28th of September 2006
excellent hotel in Nerja
"Stayed at the Perla Marina over easter 2006. Although it was the 1st time we had stayed at this Hotel we have visited Nerja many times. I think this is probably the best hotel we have stayed at in Nerja. The rooms were clean and well presented as were the public areas. The dining room was pleasant and there was an excellent choice of food at both breakfast and dinner(both buffets).
The hotel provides lowkey entertainment a couple of nights a week which means that there is always a quiet and pleasant atmosphere. You often see groups of Spanish holidaymakers sitting round chatting and the hotel attracts a mix of nationalities which I find much more preferable than a hotel full of one nationality.
The location is slightly out of the way in the new part of town and the beach outside the hotel is not the best. However there is a better beach within a couple of minutes walk and the Balcon is only 5 minutes walk away. Burriana beach is a 15-20 minute stroll.
Overall a very good hotel although i'm not sure it is really a 4 star hotel - i would rate it a very good 3 star."
- Travel date: Tue 29th of August 2006