La Barracuda Hotel
15 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
"Good points first, great locatin & very clean.Bad points, food cold,not much choice, waiters only smile if they have wind,one good burp & are back to normal. the balconies are positively dangerous for kiddies ,a large gap between floor & first rail & same again for the next rail.I think they could do with a health & safety check.
Also sunbeds are in limited supply you need to be up early if you want one.
Enough said about the hotel,for a good night & pleasant company try browns turn left out of hotel its about 70yds up the road.
- Travel date: Thu 9th of October 2008
"we had a flying one night visit to the malaga area and stayed at the barracuda. we used to live in the area so we knew the location of the hotel. check in was quick, room and bed a good size. very clean. breakfast was excellent, as much bacon and eggs as you could want. lovely coffee too...recommended"
- Travel date: Wed 14th of May 2008
"First things 1st..The Location, excellent, right on the beach. Out of the hotel on the Promenade turn to your left and a 25-30 min walk and your in Torremolinos shopping area.Turn to your right and within 10 mins. you're in Benalmadema Harbour with it's classy bars and eateries.
Outside the hotel to the front ( 25 yards to junction) turn left and its non stop bars/restaurants. So location wise you are well placed.
Next the hotel itself, if you are one of those people who like to sit around the Hotel all day, then it's not for you. Use it as a base and you can't go wrong. The decor is a bit dated it lacks a bit of T.L.C.
Only had Breakfast there once , and that was enough.
The Hotel Bar only opens at night and has Entertainment most nights, ( but so does all the surrounding bars, and they are much cheaper.)
The rooms are tidy, cleaned daily and bathroom is adequate.
The staff are friendly and helpful.
So overall its just O.K. nothing special.
Lastly........ENJOY, I DID."
- Travel date: Mon 12th of May 2008
Realxation at bargain price
"My partner and i were having a 3 day break in Torremolinos for some relaxation at a cheap price. I got a good deal from Easyjet which included accommodation at Barracuda, meals and flights.
One piece of advice i would give is if you use the taxi's agree a price before hand and if possible get the driver to to write it down. They see tourists and change the prices once at your destination.
In hindsight i would recommend using the trains as they are so easy to use, excellently sign posted and extremely cheap. A taxi from airport to Hotel Barracuda cost us 18 euros, a train was 3 euros for 2 of us!!!! We visited family in Fuengirola and used the trains and it was really user friendly.
Lovely people and very friendly, especially as we tried our best to speak as much Spanish as we could. Drinks and food reasonable but with regards to cigarettes etc.... not much of a discount.
Hotel was ok. Rooms basic but clean, lovely balcony with fab view of sea front. Evening entertainment avaliable if required. Food buffet style suited us but not a huge selection.
Lovely place to have a break and relax in the gorgeous sun with only a 2 hour 20 min journey on a plane."
- Travel date: Sun 27th of April 2008
"Hotel is in an excellent location - convenient for the beach, promenade, bars and restaurants. The rooms were basic and could benefit from a spot of paint. Toiletries replenished and towels changed daily.
The views from the balcony were excellent if you got a pool view. Speaking of which the pool was simply average, but clean and there were not enough sun loungers.
Breakfast in the hotel was ok, not a lot of choice and the hot buffet intended to be warm/cold.
The marina was a 10 minute walk and definitely worth a visit - watch out for the buy 1 get 1 free offers (happy hour) in the bars/clubs just before the marina - the prices were marked up and you only got your 'free' drink if you asked for it.
At the end of the road, restaurant goulash was nice, reasonable prices and may be worth a visit. Just off the promenade, the pizzeria napolina was very poor - STAY AWAY!!!"
- Travel date: Tue 25th of March 2008
"Just returned from a long weekend break at the Hotel Barracuda.
The staff were very friendly and helpful, the room clean and adequate. Was on b&b basis so could not comment on the main meals but breakfast was ok, not great, but passable. The only down side is the place could do with a good lick of paint and bringing out of the 70's. The position of the hotel was great, right on the sea front, close to the marina, plenty of restaurants near by. Had a good stay."
- Travel date: Thu 21st of February 2008
Couldn't ask for anything more
"The hotel Barracuda is in a fabulous location right on the sea front and if you get the side of the hotel with the pool view you've got it made.
My friend and i went with low expectations having only paid Â£186 for a week half board. On arrival at Malaga airport we paid 22 Euros for a taxi which i believe is the going rate.
I had e mailed the hotel directly asking for a pool view and high floor. On checking in ,with the more than efficient front desk staff ,we were allocated the top floor with fabulous views of the pool and Benalmadena marina in the distance. Little did i know that we would get the sun from rising to setting on our balcony. Absolutely fabulous as the sun shone for us the whole week. We hired a safe for 20 Euros ( which is located in a seperate room in reception) and a fridge for 14 Euros. Job done we spent the rest of the week having a fabulous time.
The hotel is in a fab location central for pubs, restaurants and the pedestrianised sea front promenade. Our room was cleaned everyday with fresh towels everyday. The room was a good size with settee and coffe table as well as beds and television.
The only thing that let the stay down was the mediocre food. Very canteenish food with not a lot of choice.We only paid Â£18 for the option of half board each for the week though so we couldn't complain. The salads were always fresh but the main courses were not the best, not sure how you ruin tagliatelle pasta but it didn't look too good. Being frequent travellers i've certainly had a lot better but the nanas and grandas in the hotel all seemed to enjoy it.
The other side of the hotel although having sea view always seemed to be in the shade which is probably heaven in the heat of full summer but for January and off season try to get a pool view.
Masses of red hot water from the powerful shower, loads of wardrobe space , happy hour every evening in the bar with the usual flamenco dancers etc later in the evening this hotel has it all for a cheap week away. The staff are all freindly and helpful and old town Torremolinos at the other end of the promenade is well worth a visit.
We went to Marbella on the public bus for 3 Euros and there were loads of other places to visit if you were there for more than a week.
Altogether a fabulous hotel for what we paid and we wouldn't hesitate to ge back."
- Travel date: Fri 8th of February 2008
"Just coming up for my fourth stay at this hotel. The location couldn't be better. Always found the staff to be friendly. Rooms lovely and clean and attended to daily. Chose your times for going to the restaurant. Get there early, otherwise, the food could be a little cold. Otherwise, a reasonable choice, and if there is nothing you like, there are plenty of local restaurants to chose from. In one direction along the excellent promenade you are close to the excellent marina. In the other direction you are within easy walking distance of the shops in Torremolinos. Alos close to local amenities. Take a day trip on a coach or use the local transport. I am sure after this stay, I WILL be going back again, and again, and again. For those who are inclined, there is entertainment every night in the bar area."
- Travel date: Tue 29th of January 2008
"Just returned from New Year at This hotel. Whilst it is in a GREAT location and the rooms are lovely I have to say that the food is only mediocre. The breakfast choice in particular the bacon wasnt so good and the choice in the evenings wasnt the best except for the salads which where fine. I would only go back there if there was a good deal. When my husband and I go away we try and find a (local)pub and I would recomend Browns bar at the top of the road. Jeff And Muriel will make you very welcome. The area surrounding the hotel is supurb, the best area on the costa del sol in our opinion."
- Travel date: Tue 9th of January 2007
"The best thing about this hotel its is location ,its on the beach and close (walking-distence)to the peurto marina witch is THE place to party at night.On the beath side as you exit the hotel are resturants but only one of them is realy realy good called LARRY,i ate the best steak ever there.
The hotel itself is a 3 star so dont expect high luxury,
it does have a balcony a fridge and a good airco,minus points a bit small room safebox only at the loby and tiny tv.
The food was good standerd english breakfast ,lunch and dinner was ok too.
PS if you gona rent a car dont rent it in the hotel ,go jest around the corner for allmost half price."
- Travel date: Fri 1st of September 2006
"We have stayed at the Barracuda four times in the last four years, and in that time on average I would say we have seen much of what is on offer:-
Good Points - Its location is second to none , right on the beach and easy walking distance to the harbour at Benalmedena or Torremelinos. The garden is fantastic for sun worshippers and the pool adeaquate for cooling off, with the beach just seconds away from the hotel gate.You are only a short walk from the local train station which is a couple of euros to the airport or down the coast and local cheap bus routes too( Taxi`s are not the cheapest).
Bad Points - The staff can appear to Brits as unfriendly but in our experiences apart from the odd one they are good and helpful. You need to recognise however this hotel is aimed at the spanish themselves, their customs, tastes and expectations, these do not match the english way of thinking. The food doesnt appeal really to english tastes but there are loads of excellant bars and restraunts nearby.
In conclusion if you book this hotel, go room only, get up early to get a sun bed in the area you want it, enjoy the pool bar, and accept that all the other guests will probably be spanish (a bit loud). Go out for the evening and eat & drink where and what you wish.
In the summer months following this guide you will have a fab time the area is very very good,if you enjoy a drink in a very friendly bar try Tom`s Tavern about 100m from the hotel, all British and a good place to relax after a beating by the sun.
- Travel date: Fri 7th of June 2013
Great Location and Good hotel
"Hotel La Barracuda or Barracuda Hotel I have just returned from a week at this 3* hotel on the Costa Del Sol. I was a bit apprehensive about the stay there after seeing some reviews on this site and on others, but I did not have to worry as the Hotel was just great.
I arrive with my wife just after 11am and check-in went smoothly and without delay, the reception staffs were multi linguistic and therefore no language problems. The overall appearance of the reception area was not bad, could do with redecoration but only a minimum cosmetic job is needed.
The room was clean and fresh, and was cleaned everyday and towels changed every day also and as the Hotel is at right angles to the prom; the balconies either overlooked the pool or the side road. The meals were adequate with a choice of 5 hot main courses and the usual salads and puddings for evening meal, the quality of the meals are what one would expect from a 3* Spanish hotel, and I think it important to understand it is a Spanish Hotel so donât expect English/French/German etc food.
Bar prices are about average and the evening entertainment is provided by Spanish artists, the Flamenco dancers is an act not to be missed.
The Pool is a little on the small side and sun loungers in the garden are limited, (but the beach is only a step away)
All the staff were pleasant and welcoming and were really pleased if you attempted to converse in there native language. The only thing I missed was not having a kettle and tea/coffee making facilities in the room, the fridge was provided free of charge as I needed on for my insulin.
The hotel is in a fantastic location situated just off the Prom between Benalmadena and Torremolinos. There is a local L1 bus stop (Torremolinos Circular) with a few yards of the hotel and the inter-city buses to Malaga, Fuengirola, Marbella etc is 2 streets away (slightly uphill) There is a taxi rank outside the Hotel, shops and bars are 1 or 2 minutes away.
Our only hic-up during the week was when 2 gypsies pick pockets attempted to seal money from wifeâs hand-bag (on the pretence of giving her some flowers) I had to get physical with my walking stick and they backed off and ran away, the police are aware of these people and regularly haul them in for 72 hours detention. Also the local police at Fuengirola will openly warn people of the presence of pick pockets especially at the bus station on market days.
All in all I would have no hesitation in returning to the Barracuda which gave great value for money.
- Travel date: Thu 31st of March 2011