15 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
"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
Barracuda should be demolished
"Some staff were friendly enough,mainly the waiters,probably only when they were tiped.Apart from the cleaners, who were always friendly. Saff were totally unhelpfull and they kept no information on tours or things to do and the reception staff are useless at any of that sort of info.The hotel needs a serious modernising programme, the rooms smelt like a charity shop,although the cleaners were probably the freindliest.
The food was absolute rubbish, same things with hardly any change in variation throughout the 10 days, two guests got food poisining, and we could here other guests complaining about the food. The choice and the standard was appalling.Even though many were canadians there were french and germans who walked around the food service area and walked away in disgust, living off salad most the time and eating out.
This hotel does not deserve 3 stars, I was at the grego mar last year and that was 3 stars, but should have been 4.Everything was cold,and was not kept heated correctly, one choice of serial for breakfast, the worst fatty bacon I have ever seen, undercooked potatoes, and foodstuff that just did no go with one another, the chef looked like something out of faulty towers.It looked liked the seasoned most of the stuff with sauces to take the taste way, I mean who in there right mind puts a soar sauce on brussel sprouts, do they not realise they are catering for different european tastes and should have provided a sufficient choice of food to show this, no they just put crap out and hoped for the best.
Some of the concoctions were bad enough to look at never mind eat, as for the sweet, what a laugh, 4 different types of what should have been a dream topping type desert or some styles of custard were just disgusting, along with the flavourless jelly, they put supposidly different flavours out, but they were watered down that much it lost its flavour after the sixth gallon.I could have put up with the hotel because of its location, but would not recomend this hotel to anyone"
- Travel date: Mon 29th of December 2008
Hotel for the hard of eating. Cordon Bleu? More like Cordon off!
"Booked this hotel on line for a short 4 day break before Christmas. Our room (805) was on a upper floor on the southfacing side so we were virtually in the sun all day. For anyone who likes to spend sometime on the balcony I'd recommend other travellers to request the same area as there was 10 degrees difference to rooms in the shade.
The room was adequate and was cleaned on both of the full days we were there. There was even a little token heating when the temperature dropped. And there, the good news ends.
The food was lukewarm and the choice very basic. Breakfast - Scrambled eggs were like melting slush and the juice was the powdered and diluted variety. Dinner - Sardines offered as a fish option required the skills of an eye surgeon to get any meat off. And brussels in a (cheesy?) sauce as the only choice of greens defies description.
As for the location, not too bad, about 10 minutes walk to the marina one way, about 30 minutes to Cariheula in the other along a wide promenade. 10 bars nearby, all with 6 people in each. If you have enjoyed the smoke free pub environment here in the UK, a trip out here will remind you of what it used to be like. Virtually everyone in every bar we went to was chuffing away, bar staff and entertainers alike. The only people not smoking were us and the constant stream of looky-looky boys.
For non smokers, it was very uncomfortable indeed and we will question whether we will chance our longevity and only visit bars with an outside option in future. That just about rules out a winter return to the Costa. The euro was a few cents off the pound so that makes the rate of exchange extremley poor and that won't help with trade either I'm sure. I accept that these factors are not the hotels fault but I'd like to make other readers aware of the bigger picture before they make their decisions.
2 Final stings in the tale to report. One was that the place seems to be undergoing a rewire of its fire alarm system which appeared to be a of a bit of a dodgy practice. And finally, to keep the room on for a few extra hours would have cost us 25 Euros. So we sat outside in the sun at the bar up the street and spent a tenner there instead.
Get real, Baraccuda!"
- Travel date: Thu 25th of December 2008
"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
Sorry to say..not good.Does not deserve...
"Sorry to say..not good.Does not deserve a 3 star.The food was very poor, very little choice.The rooms were very used and in need of refurbishing.The water was completely off for one day.Seen happier staff.Not very co operative and helpful.Cant say it wasnt clean but very sub standard.Location was good.Sorry thats the best I can say....will not go there again."
- Travel date: Sun 27th of April 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