13 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
We stayed at this hotel and had an excel...
"We stayed at this hotel and had an excellent weekend here. The hotel has a small pool in a pretty garden and the beach is across the road. This road is not a busy road! This road runs the length on the beach and a short stroll to the town. Yes there are lots of steps to climb to get to the top, but there is lift that takes you all the way up for 50 cents each. The walk down is pleasant as it is lined with shops. There are bars and resturants everywhere and good quailty food to suit all.
The staff at the hotel were friendly and helpful. From the airport was only a 10 min ride away and cost 22 euros.
Recommend this place."
- Travel date: Sat 21st of June 2008
Stayed in the Hotel Isabel in Torremolin...
"Stayed in the Hotel Isabel in Torremolinos from 3rd to 6th April 2008. Four excellent days weather. Hotel was spotless and has a great location right on the promenade. Stayed in Room 302 lovely seaview and sun on the balcony from early morning to about 3pm. Breakfasts were beautiful in bright airy dining room.
Supermarket to left of hotel ( 50 yards, under Tudor Rose ) was very reasonably priced compared to other supermarkets down towards the hill up to the town centre, those with walking difficulties beware. Tudor Rose was excellent for Sunday Lunch and very reasonably priced. Shenanigans Irish Bar beside it has good atmosphere and live music every night.
Found a beautiful French Restaurant just at the start of the hill climb to town centre. It is called Restaurant Tenerife and is hard to spot down a little street on the right hand side. Only takes one sitting of customers, tables are not reset. Set three course meals for either 12 or 18 euro which includes wine and bread.
All in all, had a nice few days in the sun but returned to snow in Ireland. Hotel Isabel is a small hotel, only seventy rooms but it is excellent for an out of peak season break.
- Travel date: Mon 7th of April 2008
Booked this hol with alpha and booked a...
"Booked this hol with alpha and booked a sea view, but to our disappointment got a view of the apartment opposite the hotel.
We complained to the hotel receptionist and he said that he couldnât really understand much English, which was a load of rubbish. Anyway they didnât move us because the hotel was fully booked up, also didnât get any money back as we had paid extra for the sea view.
The hotel was spotless the room was cleaned every day and the bedding changed every other day. The power shower was fab; it really did get you awake for the day. The restaurant opposite the hotel was really nice we went there a couple of times it was really worth it.
The beach opposite was also very clean and they were plenty of sunbeds. the resort itself was very nice and the prom is really clean and itâs a lovely walk and itâs got some nice bars etc all in all we did enjoy our stay the hotel was very nice just a bit fed up with the sea view .
- Travel date: Wed 23rd of January 2008
Very nice hotel - an overall Torremolinos review
"Hotel Isabel didn't disappoint. It's a cute hotel with a very nice atmosphere and friendly staff. Our room was on the small side but we did manage to peek into a room that was being cleaned and it was considerably larger than what we had, so I think we weren't lucky in that respect. However, it was a beach vacation so we didn't intend to spend all of our time in the room anyway. All the rooms have a balcony and ours overlooked a huge area of the sea, even though we were on the side of the hotel.
As people before me have stated, the shower was really impressive. No minibar though - which was disappointing because we drink a lot of bottled water and would have liked a place to keep them chilled! Very barebones but it does have a safe that you can rent for 2.50 euros per day. Everything is marble in the hotel and the layout is nice. Only problem: The elevators are SLOW. If you're able, book a room on the first or second floor so you can take the stairs if you have no trouble walking. Breakfast was great - certainly caters to the British crowd that flood the hotel in the summer. Always hot (bacon, eggs, beans, toast, fruit and cereal) and great orange juice. Also it was never a problem getting a table in the morning.
The pool is small and I heard a lot of complaining about people reserving the lounge chairs in the morning. Personally, I don't get it - the pool area is ok, but the beach is literally two feet away and there was always ample room to spread out there. Why stick around a fenced-in pool area when you can lounge on the coast of the mediterranean?
Torremolinos is NOT Spain. If you're coming here with the sole intention of lying on the beach and have no desire to absorb Spanish culture, then it's a great time. But it's very westernized and built up to the extreme. If you can, try to take advantage of some of the tours that go to various areas around the south. It's worth it.
Torremolinos is not the best choice for individuals who have any form of disability or issue that makes walking difficult. It's a very long, uphill walk to get to the center of town for interesting restaurants, shopping and buses to places like Malaga. We didn't take a cab and always walked, but I heard from other guests that the cabs are fairly pricey and they are likely to take advantage of you if they know you are a tourist, and you should always get the total cost of the fare before you let them take you anywhere. However, there is an elevator that costs 50 cents that will take you from the beach to the top of town, but I could only take it once as it was so hot and cramped and took ages to go one way.
The shopping is very standard fare for a resort town - lots of junk, but occasionally you can stumble on something interesting.
Try to take the #110 bus to Malaga, which is only about 20 minutes away and costs about 1.20 euro each way. It's beautiful there - the cathedral is worth seeing, the shopping promenade is better than Torremolinos, and the Picasso museum is interesting.
Almost every restaurant we ate in was excellent. Beer and wine is very inexpensive, but food can actually get quite expensive. We saved quite a bit of money by going to the grocery store (the Supermarcado) and buying fresh baguette sandwiches for lunch every so often. The beach bars and cafes have bbq pits where they serve up items like delicious fish encrusted in sea salt. All the restaurants appear to be the same in terms of food offerings, with the exception of the beach bars that will bbq on the spot, and everything was great.
As previous people have said here, the pizza place next door is great - FOR PIZZA, but don't order the chicken. That's all I need to say about that!
Sangria is a really refreshing drink and different in Spain than anywhere else in the world. It's a wine/fruit juice combination and every restaurant serves it. It was our staple drink there. Most whites have a distinctive sherry-like flavor, even if it is not sherry, simply because of the wine preparation methods in that area. I hated it, personally. But again, the beer is great and cheap (have the San Miguel) and you can do alright with some reds.
Anyway - I have tried to be thorough and cover all the basics. Bottom line is that this was a wonderful vacation, the hotel was great, and the food was terrific. Definitely stay at Hotel Isabel and have a wonderful time!"
- Travel date: Wed 18th of July 2007
"Just returned from a two week stay at the ISABEL and loved every minute. Arrived at 1015 Sat morning but could not get in the room until 1300, the receptionist was very helpful allowing us to put luggage in locked storage and offered the hotel facilities to us. When we returned we were given the key to our room on the fourth floor on the side of the building with a view across to the beach (we thought we would be dissapointed not to be at the front of the building but it ended up a plus because we had the sun in the morning and the room then cooled down for the evening, it was in the high 90s all the time). The room itself was adaquite with a fantastic shower and air con, it was cleaned daily and bedding and towels changed every two days. Breakfast was a treat with cooked and cold choices. The pool is good with ample sun beds. There is only one small problem, if you go to bed early there is a big screen almost opposite that shows movies on the beach Tue/Thu night commencing at 2230 otherwise I cannot fault the hotel at all with friendly staff and spotlessly clean, we are returning later this year."
- Travel date: Mon 16th of July 2007
Small but nice
"Arrived late (10pm) and check was fast but very unfriendly. Looked like the receptionist had had a hard day! Got to room which we found was small but very clean and reletively modern. Nice bathroom and shower. View from balcony was partial sea view as room located on the side of the hotel. Good air con and room has tv but no english speaking channels except for CNN. Free Wi-Fi available for guests which is what I am using now! No fridge.
Breakfast very good with lots of choice and good food. Pool area small with not enough sun loungers for all guests so although they have a 'no reserve' policy they always had towels on them by breakfast. The beach only a 1 min walk from hotel though and plently of available sunbeds there for 4 euro each. Pool nice temperature and clean although again quite small.
Overall a nice hotel, looking at the others that do look very tired nowadays I am glad I chose this one all be it abit on the small side and the sunlounge situation was abit annoying. Extremely clean and well kept. Lots of restuarants nearby, good pizza place next door. Mainly seafood restuarants however and cafe type restuarants with pictures of food - you know the type. Yet to find one that stands out."
- Travel date: Tue 19th of June 2007
What a perfect little hotel!
"My husband and I just got back from a week (May 29-June 5) at Hotel Isabel. It's with pleasure that I share our experiences...all very positive!
Check-in was effortless and we had a great room on the 4th floor. We couldn't upgrade to a sea-view room because all were booked or partly booked for the week. Regardless, we had everything we needed in the room. Bathroom was super clean and the shower was excellent!
We rented a car for the week so the location was perfect. It was 15 minutes to Central Malaga, 35 minutes to Marbella, 1 1/2 hours to Gibraltar. Alternatively you can take the public buses to these locations (an easy 5-10 minutes walk away from the hotel) which loads of people we met preferred to do instead.
The hotel is extremely CLEAN and tasteful in its decor. It's small in comparison but it's charming!
It has one computer for internet access which was rarely used and we got 20 minutes for one euro. Kept us in touch with our daughters.
The buffet breakfast which was plentiful in choice was a great bonus (!!) and we lingered over ours every day as we planned out our day. Coffee's mmmmmmm!!!
Pool water was warmer than the Mediterranean Sea!
The hotel staff were so gracious and helpful!! We followed their suggestions regarding our day trips and we were not disappointed. We had an early flight out and they provided a wake up call (4:30 am) and surprised us by having opened up the breakfast room so we could have a bite before leaving.
Check out Tarik Restaurant (right next door) for pasta and pizza.
You won't be disappointed staying at Hotel Isabel. It doesn't have the bells and whistles of the customary 4 star hotels in North America but it had everything we needed for a very comfortable stay. (One drawback...I could have used an extra pillow!)
Have a great trip if you're planning on staying at Hotel Isabel!"
- Travel date: Wed 6th of June 2007
Loved the hotel
"The room they gave us was in an excellent position on the corner of the third floor so we had a view of the sea and swimming pool. The room was very clean and had a large wardrobe for our clothes. The breakfast was plentiful everything you could want. We booked with jet2holidays which i can recommend included in the price was a taxi each way which i thought was good value. The only thing which i was annoyed about was the fact that we bought a bottle of brandy in torremolinos and kept it in our hand bag when we came to go through passport control they would not let us take it with us even though it was in a sealed box and not been opened. I know they have to be very careful but i think this was being over the top. The next time i take a trip i will buy what iwant at the airport or on the plane. I suppose if everybody does this it will hit the shops in the resorts all over."
- Travel date: Thu 17th of May 2007
Great location, difficult to find
"If you're driving down from Madrid, this hotel is very difficult to find. We went to the store to find maps and didn't find any detail map. We asked people at gas station and store and they gave us wrong directions. It was 6 o'clock and the tourist center was closed. There was a tiny map that we found outside of the tourist center. Unfortunately, we couldn't read the streets. Finally, after 2 hours of getting lost, we asked the taxi driver to lead us to the hotel. When we got there, we realized we would never find it on our own. Other than that, the hotel was fantastic and the breakfast was excellent."
- Travel date: Tue 8th of May 2007
"Just come back from spending a couple of nights at this hotel with my partner and two friends. What a find this hotel was, and completely by chance too. The hotel staff were so very friendly and helpful and the rooms very comfortable and clean. The shower was a fantastic experience!! The hotel's location was perfect, not too far from anywhere. Would stay here again and recommend to others. The reviews I read before I went certainly did make me feel at ease, so thanks for the recommendations!"
- Travel date: Thu 26th of April 2007
What a terriffic hotel!
"We stayed over at the Isabel mainly because we wanted a chance to stay at the mediteranean sea before we left andalusia and it was only
5 km from the Malaga Airport. The hotel was beautiful, perfectly clean and the staff couldn't have been any nicer. we had a 7am flight
out of Malaga and breakfast was included in our room. The staff arranged for breakfast to be ready at 4:30 AM so we could make our flight and not miss breakfast. Normal it didn't start until 6:30. they were extremely helpful. Also the views out of our beautiful room
(on the 6th floor) were stunning of the ocean and the coast of Torremolinos. the cost was under $100 euros per night for a double room with georgous view and deck which we thought was a terriffic bargain. We would certainly come back and stay with them again and recommend anyone to!"
- Travel date: Tue 27th of March 2007
"excellent clean hotel. rooms big, and bathroom spotless.the cleaning maids are really efficient. its own pool and sunbathing area is small, but we aren't into that so no problems.loads to choose from at breakfast, everything there.the hotel is totally no smoking, but the balcony to your room has an ashtray.
the bar is open til 11ish, but theres not a barman there, the receptionist gets the barman to turn up when you ask him, the bar was totally dead, IE no customers no atmosphere, no signs of drinks until you get the receptionist to get him out.
perhaps this was as it was only early march??
near by tudor rose restaurant is excellent quality, and spotless.
JG's is another nearby english bar(tudor rose is also english) JG's is friendly.and showed the sky sports channel.
watch out for persistant begging people on the walk into torremolinos, up the stairs, and watch out for the scam scratchcard pepole also.
we chose this as its about the hottest european place only 2.5 hrs away from london for early march."
- Travel date: Wed 7th of March 2007