17 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
It wasn't that bad for the price
"Honestly the amount of people slating this hotel is saddening as it wasn't that bad at all, especially considering the incredibly low price. Yes it's not the most luxurious but the location is fab and very centred, you're surrounded by restaurants, cafes and shops like Costa Coffee and Stradivarius and Pull and Bear. It's also a 10 minute walk to the beach which was convenient as this is definitely a beach city/town. The terrace is a nice place to sunbathe and you can see the beach! There's also a community bookshelf place so if you're anything like me (an avid reader) you can always search around for a book to take down to the beach. We didn't eat at the restaurant so I can't comment on that. The staff were really nice too and spoke good English. One thing is that the wifi is not entirely free, you only get 1 hour free and then you have to pay for more. Other than that, it was good for the price. "
- Travel date: 14th April 2017
Holiday school trip
"I would never go to this hotel again because we had poor food-e only we chips because the food was either raw or over cooked. The staff were very friendly. Don't run a hot bath otherwise you will take all the hot water in the hotel. The ally way to get to it was dirty with dog poo and wee at times. There are a lot of shops around and central. The beach is nice to."
- Travel date: 24th March 2013
"Under no circumstances book this place,pay a little more for anywhere else,honestly this has got to be the grottiest hotel ever.Don,t know how on earth it was given 3 stars,my rating would have been 0 stars.Hostel accommodation for kids with food to match."
- Travel date: 23rd September 2012
fawlty towers a la spain
"My partner and I are just back from a 10 day stay in this hotel and we were not impressed. In the advert for this hotel it shows a white facade with balconies but this is not the entrance to the hotel, tyhe actual entrance being down a small lane and tucked away in amongst shops and the balconies of which there are only 9 out of 129 rooms 7 look out onto the main road and the other 2 look into a wall. Every time you went in and out of the hotel you passed the wonderful aroma of sewage. The food was awful and usually cold. Bathrooms in dire need of refurbishment. If you are only having one holiday this year pay a bit more and go to a better hotel if this is all you can afford go room only and eat out. We gave it a rating of 1 and this was for the staff who were very helpful and pleasant."
- Travel date: 4th August 2011
worst hotel ever
"arrived home last feeling exhausted and disappointed by the whole experience of staying in this hotel for 7 nights. full of noisy students that did not know the meaning of wait your turn, they hung around dining room , stairs, reception, making us feel very uncomfortable having to constantly push through large groups to get from one part of hotel to another. kept awake all night by noise on stairwell and lifts. the shower didnt work, the beds were uncomfortable , there was no hanging space in wardrobe, the view was none exsistant, the food was awful,and the terrace was dirty.We did not expect luxury, but this place was far, far worse than any other 3star hotel we have stayed in and to top it all on the transfer home we got chatting to another british couple who had only stayed two out of their seven booked nights because the husband had been thrown across the room with an electric shock when going to turn on the light, that just sums up the standard of everything at this hotel. If you have booked here and got the chance to change hotels then please do so or be very very disappointed. You could not pay me to go back.this should only be one star or classed as a hostel."
- Travel date: 18th April 2011
Horses for courses!
"I stayed for 4 nights here as part of a stag party and was expecting the worst, having read some of the reviews on here and the overall rating. I was pleasantly surprised in that the rooms, while basic, were clean and had ensuite facilities, air conditioning and a TV (only the awful CNN in english though). The staff were friendly, good natured and helpful and the continental breakfast was OK, if a bit basic. The hotel is situated over a number of alleys in the centre of town so it does get noisy at night; i.e. you hear every party group coming back in and the bins being put out etc. It doesn't have a pool but there is a rooftop terrace. The key thing to bear in mind about Hotel Kristal is that it's a cheap basic hotel right in the middle of Torremolinos. It's ideal for young and/or lively groups to use as a base for the central bars and cafes. If you are looking for a quiet getaway or have young children in tow then you should probably look elsewhere... As a final point, I wouldn't have chosen to stay in Torremolinos myself and did feel that there wasn't anything to do outside of beach, bars and shops. Of course, this might be what you're after!"
- Travel date: 15th June 2008
"this hotel should not be called a hotel it should be callrd kristal prison things wrong with it no swimming poole no balcony no cooked breakfast dinners are not good rooms are like prison cells the head waitress is like hitlers mate i have no photos to prove i did not take my camera with me"
- Travel date: 4th June 2008
My partner and I have just returned from...
"My partner and I have just returned from a 6 night break at Hotel Kristal, Torremolinos. The only thing this hotel has going for it is the location. It is based right in the heart of Torremolinos, on the doorstep are all the shops, bars and restaurants. The train station and Torremolinos square are 50 yards away. As for the accomodation it is very, very basic. The breakfast was appalling and wouldn't even qualify as Continental in my book, there were a couple cereals, few slices of ham and some dried bread. Our room should have been a double but instead was a triple. The beds were the noisiest i've ever had the displeasure of sleeping on, i dared not to roll over for fear of waking the whole hotel up. Noise levels in the hotel although not excessive seemed to travel throughout and kept us awake most of the night. Fortunately for us the room next door was unoccupied until our last night. I discovered this because a Spanish couple moved in and may aswell have roomed with us. Never known walls to be so thin. The end result was that what should have been a relaxing week turned out to be exhausting. Please also be aware that Torremolinos is a very Homosexual friendly resort, and this was clearly reflected by the hotel guests. Wasn't a problem to my fiancee and I, but be prepared. Also the Spanish government operate a scheme where they subsodise pensioners breaks, they use this hotel so expect to have to pass crowds of ignorant spanish old ladies on occassions, and don't expect your good manors to be reciprocated. All in all, if you a very heavy sleeper who is lookin for budget accomodation in a good location then maybe consider Hotel Kristal. I know for one that I will never be returnign again."
- Travel date: 31st May 2008
Get me out of here !
"If I wes asked to write in 3 words what I thought of the hotel.I could do it in 3 letters KIP. Food........................Terrible Our cell...................Terrible The only thing I can say we got 100% of was noise it started at 6:30a.m.We stayed on the 3rd.floor the restaurant wes over head on the 4th.floor. DONT GO NEAR THIS HOTEL"
- Travel date: 28th April 2008
"Initial impression poor - taxi driver at airport did not know where it was! Room was basic but clean 2 x single beds, bath/shower toilet & bidet. 14" television - several channels but only CNN in English. Mattresses were rock hard & pillows too thin. Standard Continental breakfast (fairly limited range & same every day) Evening meals dreadful - this was general concensus of English guests. Appreciate that it is a Spanish hotel & cooking seemed to go down well with Spanish guests but some consideration for other nationalities tastes would not go amiss. Staff polite but not very friendly. Early in season but televison/bar area was mostly deserted day and night despite hotel being quite full. Probably explained by poor selection of drinks and relatively high prices. Location was great for shops etc but beach was down a fairly steep lane with many steps. OK if you are fit but not good for elderly or anyone disabled."
- Travel date: 23rd April 2008
hated the place
"please dont stay you will be writing on this page to say how terrible this place is. the smells is awsome staff ok no tvs in rooms breakfast was a joke"
- Travel date: 23rd February 2008
Stayed there with family (5 of us). The ...
"Stayed there with family (5 of us). The hotel is situated in the middle of Torremolinos as the brochures say. The problem really for us brits is that the hotel mainly caters for the spanish who seem to be there on short breaks etc and tend to be generally very loud with the usual screaming at each other in conversation. The food in the hotel was again for us brits not very good as the breakfast was exactly the same every morning and the food in the evening was sometimes short of appertising. On very hot days a dip in the pool is out of the question as there isn`t one although there is a small terrace to sunbathe on which again isn`t really very pleasant. I would probably stay there again if I was on a short break for shopping and sightseeing but definitely not for a holiday. "
- Travel date: 17th February 2008
Top traveller tips for Hotel Kristal
"go to the beach, go up to the terrace for a lovely view of the sea and take out a book from their 'library'"
"Go to the Picasso museum and The Caves of Nerja"
Hotel Kristal is also called
- Kristal Hotel
- hotel kristal torremolinos
- kristal hotel torremolinos