Hotel Yaramar  

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The Hotel Yaramar is a bit of an expert when it comes to beach breaks. The property is just a few seconds' walk from Los Boliches Beach, which is dotted with thatched parasols and sunloungers. Plus, it's surrounded by bars and restaurants.

At the hotel itself, the swimming pool is a real attention grabber. It's sunk into a large sun terrace on the first floor and it looks out over the Mediterranean Sea. There's a whirlpool bath here, too, so you'll have no trouble relaxing.

In the evenings, the hotel pulls out all the stops. You can take your pick from three bars, which include a traditional 'chiringuito' - a laid-back Spanish beach bar where sundowners are the order of the day. Food is served in the main buffet restaurant, and you can also eat at the à la carte place next door. Later, the entertainment ranges from flamenco dancing to comedy.

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Gold

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  • Geared towards adults
  • Classic entertainment
  • Home-from-home dining
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Food & Drink

Dining options Breakfast Lunch Evening meal Drinks Snacks, Icecream
Half Board

Buffet breakfast and dinner.   

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Outdoor pool

On the first floor with a large terrace and views of the Mediterranean sea. And it's heated in winter.

La Sirena buffet restaurant

For buffet breakfast and dinner. There's a dress code here, and gentlemen are asked to wear long trousers for dinner.

Gym

With cardio machines, free weights, sauna and whirlpool bath.

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double room with sea view

Double room with sea view sleeps up to 3 with twin beds, a fold-up bed and a minibar or fridge at a charge. Towel change daily, linen change 3 times weekly. Air-conditioning May to October and heating November to April.

superior double room with sea view

Superior double room with sea view sleeps up to 3 and is more spacious than standard rooms sleeping up to 3 adults with a double bed, a fold-up bed and both pool and sea view. Air-conditioning May to October and heating November to April.

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Good "OLDE" Yaramar

Just back from a very good 11 day break with wonderful weather staying at the Yaramar. Hotel is looking a little tired for a Thomson Gold and in need of some tlc but again the position on seafront and lovely Staff make it worth a visit, take a coffee into lounge off the dining room after breakfast which has wonderful views, reduction off beach loungers for being a hotel guest, loads of places to meander to and near to buses and train if you want to go further afield, Ladies lots of shops!!!!!. A couple of small moans, the noise from the evening entertainment (same old same old) travels to the higher floors even though the hotel has tried (unsuccessfully) to block the area off. Gold hotels advertise no bookings for children under 16 (reason why we picked the Yaramar against the Florida) then why was a family with a small baby there at meal times and a few children around the pool? fortunately all well behaved, so no problems. Nothing to do with the Yaramar but our homeward journey was a NIGHTMARE, a new plane with computer probs, take off aborted, but Thomson got a planeload of passengers into a hotel with a hot meal and breakfast, vouchers for lunch at the airport then free drinks on eventual flight home some 21 hours later, but still people want compensation, our complaint was lack of information at the airport from Thomsons.More

Sue-Al P, Andover, United Kingdom

New experience at the Yaramar hotel Fuengirola

We have had many happy holidays in Fuengirola at the Yaramar's sister hotel, the Angela but decided to have a break from Spain. After four year we decided to return to the Yaramar. We were not disappointed and had a really enjoyable three week break. On arrival we were greeted by the friendly reception staff who advised that we had been given a room as requested on the sixth floor overlooking the pool and deck area. The room was spacious, clean and well presented. We had free use of the safe and other freebies included tea/coffee making facilities, soap, shampoo & conditioner. combs, tooth brush/paste, sewing kit. indeed, everything to cover emergencies for the items you forget to pack. The verandah was a good size and we enjoyed the sun from late morning to early evening. The room ladies were pleasant and responsive to requests for any changes we needed in the room. We had a problem with the kettle and hairdryer but after reporting them the maintenance man responded within a couple of hours and the items were replaced by new ones. A very friendly man who ensured that we were satisfied. Dining at the Yaramar was good with plenty of choice to meet any palette. There were occasions when the food was not very hot, these were rare. The dining room staff were fantastic, greeting every person with a warm, friendly 'hola' and helped us to use our limited Spanish knowledge. They are a real asset to the hotel and helped to make our holiday all the more enjoyable. The entertainment in the evening was acceptable but would be enjoyed by anyone who likes dancing. Part way through our holiday the entertainment was split between two venues and this, we believe, destroyed some of the atmosphere. We found ourselves returning to the sister hotel, Angela, where we found the entertainment more to our taste. the Hotel is ideally situated on the sea front which gives access to all parts of Fuengirola, the coastal train services and local bus services. A good holiday that we are sure will meet the needs of most people.More

660Judy, Doncaster, United Kingdom

A good hotel in a good location, but in need of improvement

First, a general caveat. In conversations with several returning guests during our stay, they commented on the lines that the standards of the hotel had fallen considerably, even just in the past three or four months. I can not comment on this either way, as this was our first stay; but researchers would perhaps be wise to concentrate on a cross-section of recent reviews and disregard any before 2014. The Yaramar is essentially a rectangular building on the seafront. The ground floor accommodates reception, entertainment lounge and shops (shops not open), with the restaurant and a lounge area on the first floor, and the pool area above the restaurant. There is an additional entertainments room and bar at basement level, accessed from the main entertainments area on the ground floor. The rooms are accommodated on 15 floors at the right-hand side of the building, as viewed from the front. The building facade faces roughly south-east, directly onto the sea. All rooms are on either the SE- or SW-facing frontages, and all have balconies with full or partial sea views. There is a large void in the middle of the building (above the main ground-floor entertainments room and bar, which has a plastic or perspex cover), and galleries on all floors around the NW- and NE-facing sides, from which extensive views can be gained over the town and along the coast to the north – always provided guests don’t suffer from vertigo, as the external surface is solid glass or perspex or similar, whilst on the internal side is a barrier to prevent simply tumbling into the void. The rooms right on the south corner of the building are, I think, a little larger and available at a premium, though I think their outlook is only over the pool and over the sea to the left, not to the north-east. The rooms on the sea frontage have an open sea view (some great sunrises, if you’re up and about), with good views to both left and right, though the balconies are screened from each other so only by peering over the handrail will you get a good view to left or right; and from about early afternoon (depending on season), direct sunlight to the balconies ceases, which may be a curse or a blessing depending on the season. We were on the top (15th) floor. The rooms at the side of the hotel overlook the pool area and have a sea view only to the left. However, weather conditions permitting, they probably benefit from direct sunlight all day from about lunchtime. Personally, if I wanted to lounge in the sun I’d probably use the pool area rather than the balcony and so prefer the open sea view. Whether you opt for the frontage or the pool view, we would suggest that you ask for a room on the highest floor compatible with your vertigo or lack of it, both to gain better views and to be further from noise from the street and the entertainment lounge. There is a particularly ugly building immediately on the opposite side of the pool area, which limits the view of pool-facing rooms on the lower floors. Our room was quite spacious and comfortable. Our digital room-safe came at no extra charge. The flat-screen TV was wall-mounted, which left plenty of useful bench space. Tea-and coffee-making facilities were available in all rooms, but the equipment seemed to vary – presumably it’s just being replaced ad-hoc on ‘death’, and some guests commented on their very fast-boiling equipment whilst ours was a venerable old travel kettle which took an age to heat up. Drink ingredients are provided, but they are limited, e.g. coffee comes only decaffeinated or with milk, and they just don’t taste like what we’re used to at home. If you enjoy the odd cuppa in your room, you should perhaps just take the dry ingredients with you (including milk, if wanted, as there’s a separate charge if you want the fridge turned on, which could make your cuppa a bit pricy). The room and en-suite were kept clean and the towels changed frequently. Pool towels were provided at no charge. The beds were a bit over-firm for my liking – I awoke most mornings feeling a bit stiff. Although we were told by guests that BBC1 and ITV1 had been available previously, we were stuck with the much-acclaimed (as awful) BBC World Service and Sky News International – perhaps because of the ending of analogue signals. I don’t want to watch much TV whilst on holiday, but it can be nice just to catch the odd headline from home or a weather forecast before returning home, whilst dressing or changing. All we got was repeated reports of no news concerning a missing airliner, and the odd reference to a modern-day Hitler sending his tanks into the equivalent of the Sudetenland. The en-suite had a WC, bidet, and bath with fixed showerhead above. The bath was quite long at about 5’6” overall, the side a little higher than some at about 19”. The bottom of the bath had little flat base and was smooth, but a non-slip bathmat was provided for use if desired. Strangely, the soap dish was screwed to the end wall furthest from the shower head; have a bath and you bang your head on the soap dish which you need to be just about double-jointed to use, or have a shower and unless you’re short and can perch the soap on the edge of the bath, you need to do an about-turn and sentry-go whenever you want to pick up the soap or put it down again. Just a lack of thought there. The restaurant was quite spacious, and part of it was cordoned off until just before our departure. On one night only, there was a queue for the evening meal – otherwise, just walk in and find a table, though that was not always easy. In the high season, I suspect there may be more queueing. There was an anti-bacterial gel distributor by the entrance to the restaurant and another inside and to the right; but sadly, most guests just didn’t use them. Coupled with the high proportion of men emerging from the WC ‘traps’ and leaving without washing their hands, there’s clearly a potential problem which however is not of the hotel’s making – just scruffy guests. Breakfast had the usual offerings, but sadly the bacon appeared to be some sort of reconstituted stuff consisting of about 90% fat. It seemed to have been prepared by an ex-welder with a chip on his shoulder, who clamped batches of the stuff in a vice each morning and attacked the two dangling ends with a blowtorch. The central section was raw, the two ends cremated. I usually settled for the sausages, which weren’t bad, though on occasions they were stone cold and they always seemed to be just a little undercooked. For dinner, there was always a choice of two soups, and we always found at least one OK, though some evenings the soup was barely lukewarm. The salad course was problematic for me, due to uncertainty. On one side of the carousel were standard British-style lettuce, tomato, etc., together with the most tasteless beetroot I’ve ever not tasted. On the other side was a more appetising-looking selection. However, there were always less labels above the food than there were dishes, so one had to guess at the rest. Then, I don’t know whether there is a standard recipe for ‘German Salad’, ‘Spanish Salad’, ‘Dutch Salad’, ‘Mediterranean Salad’, ‘Oriental Salad’ etc. which only my ignorance prevents my understanding, but I suspect that there are at least variations and that odd ingredients are added at the behest of the chef, depending on what’s available. I did work out that the ‘chicken salad’ which clearly consisted of lots of prawns under some sort of sauce really wasn’t chicken salad. Just labelling all dishes and noting the ingredients where not evident, would be a great help. Dishes were not always replenished quickly when empty; I noted one evening an empty dish of ‘Anchovies’ which I thought of coming back to and kept eying, but the dish was still there, empty, when I left the restaurant 50 minutes later. The main course allowed choice of a good range of meat and fish, both roasts and stews etc. The roasts were well cooked and tender, and helpings quite ample; but sadly they were almost invariably so bland as to be tasteless. All forms of potato seemed a bit strange, and all boiled vegetables were overcooked and had any taste well and truly stewed out of them. ‘Er indoors just settled for the salads most evenings, having given up on the mains. Sweets came as a variety of gungy preparations in dishes, or cakes (some at least without too much gelatine and plastic cream), and very watery ice cream. A minor gripe. When I want boiled vegetables, a straining spoon is handy. When I want something in sauce, I need a solid spoon or ladle so that I can collect the sauce. Although I saw the occasional ladle, in general only straining spoons were provided on the carousels; even with baked beans at breakfast, where I needed to seek a separate spoon to get something to moisten my intended meal. I did suffer a stomach upset towards the end of my visit, which may have been due as much to some other guests as to the hotel. I also suffered an upset immediately on my return home from the airport, though I had not eaten anywhere but in the hotel. The restaurant was opened 15 minutes early that Sunday because of lots of departures. I could not use the anti-bacterial gel dispensers as they were both empty and presumably had been so for at least part of the previous evening. The sausages were piled up to more than twice the height of the dish, and stone cold. The tomato sauce was watery and also stone cold. I really should have just left them, but I had thought it necessary to just eat something in advance of several hours of travelling. We found the resort rather boring, but there is also easy access by public transport to other resorts which we visited – bus or train to Benalmadena and Fuengirola, and train to Malaga. We were surprised at the price of basic drinks around the resort generally; we have always found cheap beer and Coke for at least part of each day elsewhere in the Costas and in the Canaries. However, they can be found cheaper here a bit away from the seafront in some places. In the hotel, a large beer cost €3.10 and a 200ml bottle of Coke €2.50. At the ‘Riviera Beach’ immediately opposite the hotel and owned by, or tied-in with the hotel, a large beer cost €2.50 and a 200ml Coke €1.80. However, there were ‘happy hours’ in both hotel and Riviera, when BOGOF applied to some things, including beer and Coke. Happy hours were 11.00-13.00 and 1630-1730 at the Riviera, 12.00-13.00 in the poolside bar, and 20.00-23.00 in the main entertainment room, so there was plenty of opportunity to get basic drinks at a reasonable price. The hotel and ‘Riviera’ were as good a place as any for a drink in resort. At BOGOF, ask for 1 and you get 2; ask for 2, and you’ll get 4. The pool area was pleasant, with a good sea view, but windswept. There was sometimes a shortage of loungers and mattresses (something to do with guests putting loungers on top of each other to get a bit extra height, and using two or three mattresses each). They were asked to desist, but ... There seemed to be too few sunshades, the loungers were at a premium and well past their best. In our first week, all evening entertainment took place in the main ground-floor entertainment room. The in-house entertainment team were like the eponymous curate’s egg. A singing/keyboard duo ‘Vegas’ were good, and young Emily could belt out a wide range of songs all night without a flat note A comedian Steve Walls was imported for one night from the UK, and he was very good. Another duo, ‘Esperanza’ I think, was not so good. The man was very talented; but it was the female who did most of the singing, and whilst she hit the notes right, she missed out a lot of syllables in the words, almost invariably missed the last syllable of each line, and just seemed like she couldn’t sustain a note if her life depended on it – the man seemed to extend his notes on the keyboard at the end of each line to cover her omissions, but the shortfall was really too obvious. Silvio, a bald Italian bloke, tried to be a 50s-style crooner with chat, but he just didn’t get there. On our second week, presumably as guest numbers increased, the basement entertainments room was opened to accommodate guests. This comes across as something between a church crypt and a car park basement. It is of irregular shape, with most of the room not visible from any particular point, unfriendly, and during our visit, just cold. During the second week, Wendy, one half of in-house entertainers ‘Vegas’, performed in the basement, caught a chill and went sick for the rest of our holiday, leaving her husband to cope alone. The management insisted on putting on the prime entertainment in the basement and the secondary entertainment in the ground floor room. The guests voted with their feet – a handful in the basement, and the ground-floor room absolutely heaving. There was daytime entertainment too, of course, notably the quiz. Questions I remember include, “As we’re in Spain, what is the Spanish word for ‘bullfighter’?” Answer, ‘matador’. Now, I thought that that word meant a killer and referred only to a specific type of bullfighter, i.e. the front guy who ponces around in silly clothes and has the dubious honour of dispatching the unfortunate animal at the end of the ‘performance’, so that ‘toreador’ or ‘torero’ would surely have been a better answer, albeit still not necessarily correct, as the Spanish regard the bullfight as an art and have many words with fine nuances of difference for what the English see as much the same thing. Then, “What foodstuff do we eat that takes its name from the French word for ‘truffle’?” Answer, ‘soufflé’. Sorry, but when I lived in France the French for ‘truffle’ was ‘truffe’ and the only foodstuff I can think of taking its name from it is ‘truffle’. ‘Soufflé’ is the past participle of ‘souffler’ and means blown-up, expanded, aerated, hence a light concoction. It seems that to win the quiz, you not only have to work out what questions to get wrong, but to come up with the same wrong answers as the in-house team, who just did not do their research properly. The most essential feature of any quiz is surely, that the answers are right and can be relied on as such. Otherwise, the whole thing is just pointless. For that reason, at the Yaramar, the quiz was pointless. The staff of the hotel were all helpful and friendly. Gloria and Chelo, waitresses in the entertainments bar, did a grand job of keeping us supplied with liquid refreshment despite the bar being very busy. Lucas Garrido also did well at the ‘Riviera’ over the road, seemingly a one-man-band for much of the time yet keeping things moving, even if we had to wait a bit sometimes. I think I should also mention our ‘Thomson’ reps, Sarah and her sidekick Steph, who were very helpful and informative on our first visit to the area.More

WartsAndAll, fromNewcastle

Certain things need improving - March 2014

We had a lovely holiday at the Yaramar, we have been a few times before. However there were a few things which could do with improving. The entertainment in the lounge area has been changed from chairs and tables to sofas at the far end of the room. This is totally impractical as people have their back to the entertainment and there is now a lot less room for people. This should be changed back to tables and chairs and the sofas reinstated back upstairs by the restaurant. Really the main entertainment, i.e. the resident duo “Vegas” and the cabaret should be downstairs and the bingo, quizzes and ballroom dancing in the lounge area. Have heard from other guests still at the Yaramar that the entertainment area downstairs is now open however there are no bar staff and guests have to go back upstairs to order their drinks. Complete chaos! Also one evening at 23.05 during the entertainment a security guard for the hotel came onto the dance floor waiving his hands and was VERY aggressive. During the confusion the entertainment ceased and eventually it was allowed to continue but at so low a level that no one could hear. It appears that a HOLIDAY guest complained about the noise. What a shower I thought it was supposed to be a holiday destination not “coco and slippers at 22.00”. The hotel, at great cost, has recently installed a ceiling over the lounge area to counteract any inconvenience due to noise for guests on the lower rooms. I personally spoke to someone on the first floor who had a disabled husband and she advised that any sound was almost negligible and certainly not a nuisance. We have noticed over the last few years that less and less staff are on site, especially in the restaurant and bar areas. We hope that this situation reverses otherwise more and more guests will migrate to other hotels. What a shame as the hotel is lovely and the staff are very helpful and friendly.More

Carol H, Brighton

Perfect position

All you could want is available here. The beach is just across the road with sunbeds, six inch thick mattresses, windbreaks and parasols. When we paid for the sunbed, as a hotel guest we were given a free glass of sangria. Also the beach bar serves 2 for the price of 1 drinks and tapas 12 to 1 for guests. The paseo goes for miles in either direction to walk off that huge breakfast. The hotel was comfortable, everythin you need in the room with toiletries, right down to comb and toothbrush, towels for the pool, tea and coffee making facilities, flat screen tv, fridge, safe. Choose a high pool view room for sun on the balcony til sunset and amazing views. Plenty of seating areas in the hotel with comfy armchairs, free wi-fi, very useful. The room has central heating and air conditioning. There is a good size pool, pool bar, gym and activities like pilates, boules, quizzes, bingo (?) evening live music, flamenco, trips and talks. The food was plentiful and varied with a great selection of fresh fruits and salads and many different cooked fish and meat - a roast every night - and vegetables. With breakfast and evening meal you hardly need lunch. They do afternoon tea in the pool bar for 6.95 euros but try the blackcurrent cheesecake on its own with a cuppa, lovely. The hotel is situated a fair walk from the centre of Fuengirola although it is a nice walk along the paseo. Behind the hotel you have the small local shops of Los Boliches which are quite quaint and the Municipal market with fresh fish, fruit, etc. Stop and have a delicious coffee and 2 fartons for 1.60 euro at Granier patisserie near the Minicipal market. Near here is the train station, hop on for Malaga or Benalmadena for Friday market or the cable car. Fuengirola has a good market on Tuesdays and a flea market on Saturdays. Overall a comfortable hotel in a good location, felt very safe there too. Adult only hotel. Many people said they stay there every year, sometimes several times a year! Would recomend, as others obviously do too!More

Chris W, London, United Kingdom

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