Hotel Pez Espada  

If you like a bit of old-school glamour, look no further – Frank Sinatra and Sophia Loren used to stay here.

This was the Costa del Sol’s first luxury hotel. Back in the Fifties, it attracted the likes of Sophia Loren and Sean Connery. And it lives up to its famed history with a huge pool and great buffet dining scene.

The hotel’s right next to Torremolinos’ prom. It’s a 5-minute walk to Benalmadena’s chic marina, and just a few minutes’ stroll to La Cariheula, the Spanish quarter known for its tapas bars.

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Half Board

Buffet breakfast and dinner.   

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Outdoor pool

With sun terraces, pool bar, sunbeds and pool towels.

Buffet restaurant*

For breakfast and dinner. Offering a wide variety of Mediterranean and continental dishes to choose from. Weekly gala dinner with sparkling wine.

Frankie's café*

Frankie's is next to the pool and garden offering all kinds of drinks and sandwiches. Open in the summer.

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superior double room with sea view

Superior double room with sea view sleeps up to 3. Rooms have a minibar with purchase of drinks menu. Cots are available on request.

twin room

Twin room sleeps up to 3. Rooms have a minibar with purchase of drinks menu and 2 or 3 beds. Cots are available on request.

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Wonderful hotel and atmosphere

Having stayed in the hotel a year or so ago I already knew it's a lovely hotel, I was only on a short break this time 14th and 15th December but still thoroughly enjoyed the experience.The hotel is closing for a comprehensive refurbishment in Jan Feb 2015 but if your staying there before that don't be out off even before the refurbishment this place oozes quality. Great location, superb restaurant and food and the service by reception, restaurant and even the maids who cleaned the rooms was always friendly and efficient. Frankies bar perfect for an evening drink. Will definitely look forward to booking a week or two at this hotel in 2015.More

Ken C, Peterborough, United Kingdom

Great hotel

This is a great hotel in a sea front location,room was a bit outdated but soon due for a refurb(jan-feb).Hotel has great charm lacking in some more newer hotels everything is very laid back.Good choice of food and the evening entertainment was normally good.Lots of sunbeds so no need to reserve.Local area is very quiet in the evening no clubs nearby,just a few small bars.There is no English TV,,and no tea or coffee facilities in the room,some hotels you can rent the kettles but not here ,but overall this is an excellent hotel more for couples than families.More

linedancerBrentwood, brentwood

A lovely holiday

The hotel was very welcoming. The room needed updating but was comfortable and very clean. We had a high floor with a garden view looking towards the Marina. The restaurant was excellent with a good variety of food and first class service. Evening entertainment was low key with 2 dance shows but to be fair all of the singers were good. We really enjoyed our week and will return to the Pez Espada in the future.More

janroy1, Norwich

Very good value for money hotel

We read the Trip Advisor reviews before we booked his hotel as part of a package with Thomson's. As a result we took some reviewers advice and booked a 'garden room' and, in the main are pleased we did. We were on the third floor overlooking the outside pool which was much better than on the rooms on the otherside of the corridor which not only got little sun but also overlook a crazy golf course which looked rather sad as it appeared closed for the season. Yes the hotel might be a little run down (room carpets worn, outer fridge door missing, paintwork scuffed and chipped) but it will be refurbished soon and, as far as we were concerned, it was excellent value for money. We booked the package with Thomson's early September and saved a packet but I would not have been happy if we had paid the full price (as some apparently had). Much has been written by others regarding the hotels great location which I definitely agree with apart from one small matter which caused us concern. Although we were told the hotel rooms had air conditioning what we were not told was that it is switched off in the 'winter months' which include November. Being on the sunny side of the hotel the room was really hot during the day and night so we had to keep the balcony door slightly open to get some cool air in. We had no problems apart from during the night on Friday and Saturday when the noise from patrons outside a nightclub opposite the front of the hotel was far too loud. Like all things these days smokers congregated outside the club - no problem as long as they keep quiet but the screaming and shouting was over the top. Same when the place apparently turned out at 3.30 - 4.00 am - definitely not funny ! Maybe not the nightclub's fault and it's true that there is little the hotel staff can be expected to do about it (apart from not knocking the air con off so that the door would not require to be open hence making it quieter). Apart from that niggle - yes - all the staff at the hotel were very good especially the restaurant staff who could not do any more to please their customers. Plenty food, buffet style which was always nicely presented. The entertainment was OK most of the time but one of the things this hotel lacks is an entertainment manager - turns coming in, setting up their own gear and then performing is not the same as a compare introducing them and chatting to the hotel patrons. Personally I think the hotel is missing out big style by not having an entertainments program during the day as a lot of the patrons were elderly and would have been more than happy to stay at the hotel for the day (and spend their money) especially if the weather is not kind. Bottom line is that we had a lovely week at the MedPlaya Hotel Pez Espada, found that it was excellent value for money and will hopefully return again one day.More

OldBill2, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

Hotel Pez Espada is a great hotel

Just come back from a lovely week at the Pez Espada, and I have to agree with all the good comments of previous visitors, as we could not find any fault with this hotel. We knew it was closing down for some refurbishment soon, so we were surprised to find the rooms were not as bad as expected. The room was fine and spotlessly clean with bedding and towels changed regularly. The food was spot on and a very good choice at every meal. The restaurant staff are superb, friendly and efficient at clearing and setting tables, they seem to enjoy their work and appear to have been there a long time. The Friday Gala Night was a lovely touch. The location of the hotel is excellent, as coming out of the garden gate you are straight on to a lovely prom. to the right is Benalmadena Marina in about 10 mins, and to the left is Cariuela village in 5 mins with a trip round the point into Torremolinao centre for the more energetic. Just up the hill is a bus stop for the L1 which takes you to Torremolinos Central 1.30 euro while at the top of the hill is the main road to give you buses to Malaga. Mijas, Fuengerola at 1.65 Euros and Marbella at 4.80, so if you don't want to lie round the pool there are plenty of opportunities to get around, which is what we like. The entertainment at night was very good, with a mix of singers, musicians an the dancing shows which were of a very high standard. We really enjoyed every night especially the Happy Hour three days a week and the bar prices were great two Barcardi & Cokes and two Soda Water & Lime for 7 Euro. I hope they don't put up the prices too much after the refurbishment as this is a place we will definitely come back to. We are going to book for a longer stay next time. A taxi from the airport 22 Euro, much better than any Transfer Coach. EnjoyMore

Brian W, Larne, United Kingdom

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