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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  • 205Rooms
  • 6Lifts

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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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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.

twin room with garden view

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

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Very tired hotel

ii stayed at this hotel in October and found it is very run down, very dated and in desperate need of refurbishment, although the rooms were comfortable they were very dimly lit even when all lights were on, the food in the restaurant was either Luke warm or cold and not much variety and I found the staff on reception rude, all in all unless some changes are made to this hotel I would not stay there again, it's certainly not worthy of four starsMore

sarahstaff21, Wales, United Kingdom

wonderful holiday 9th oct-16th oct 2014

i have stayed a few times at this hotel, this time my daughter and grandaughter came too. as this was their first time I asked for two rooms close to one another. to my surprise they gave us rooms connected so thank you for that. this hotel has staff from the cleaners to the management that are excellent at their jobs. the rooms are kept clean and beds changed each day. restaurant still up to a high standard for breakfast and evening meals. gardens well kept with the hotel situated on the promenade that stretches for miles, so very easy for nice walks. we decided on a few bus trips to see other places. for mijas a lovely village in the mountains it's bus no 112 or 121 every half hour with the bus stop at the top of the road on the supermarket side. these buses will also take you to paloma park which I recommend, only about 5 mins ride or walk along the wonderful promenade for about 30mins. look for the roundabout with the windmills and it's just up a small hill. the bus stops right outside the park if you prefer. these buses will also drop you outside the cable car again a good experience. I think the cable car would be too far to walk. we also went to Malaga bus no 110 every 20mins, but catch it on the hotel side of the road. it's the last stop so you don't have to worry about getting off as is the same with mijas. but with Malaga to return on bus you must buy your ticket from the ticket kiosk before you get on otherwise they will refuse you. in Malaga we went to the Picasso museum although you need to be keen on art for that one. Malaga cathedral at 5 euros each (children free) is worth a visit and walking round malga is delightful. so all in all a excellent hotel and excellent area to stay and explore. all of us will be returning.More

rita c, Felixstowe, United Kingdom

Honest Review

2nd visit to hotel. Last year I was in a single room which was quite frankly the worst room I have ever stayed in. This year we stayed in a garden view room, in the main building, wonderful view, spotless room, just right for us. My parents also stayed on the same floor at the same time. No wonder so many people go back, almost like home from home, especially for the more mature client. The staff as a complete unit could not be bettered (our thoughts). From the reception staff, bar staff, restaurant staff and the ladies who clean the rooms Wow best ever. Central position and loads to do in the area whether you want to sight see or just relax. Beach literally outside Food quality was as good as last year. Great little bar opposite hotel, hardworking couple again make you feel so welcome. Unfortunately my mother and sister fell ill a day before our return to England. I would especially thank the Thomson Rep, she was fantastic, the lady who cleaned our room, she helped my mum and sister when they were poorly. A credit to the hotel and Med Playa as a company. Thank You again, see you after the refurbishment of some of the hotel.More

Rodskent, Kent

Another Relaxing Visit to an 'Old Friend'

Just returned from 1 week with my grand-daughter at the Pez (my sixth visit) and her second. We had a lovely time - staying at the Pez is like relaxing with an old friend - hotel maintains its great staff and therefore maintains standards of service and the welcome is always warm. Food lovely as always and the hotel felt cosy, safe and clean. We had a large room overlooking the pool (though I would have preferred being on a higher floor as little privacy from pool life guard or those swimming unless we kept the curtains across which darkened the room. Yes, the rooms need a bit of updating and the 'old side' of the hotel room balconies look crumbly and quite 'distressed' and I know a few guests complained that small bits of the balcony were dropping on to the gardens below. Restaurant and all public rooms very clean and food lovely as always. Apart from the flamenco and dance entertainers, the rest of the evening entertainment was 'granny' music from 60's which suited the older generation of visitors showing off their dancing skills - but which bored the younger couples. Didn't use the rep though she was keen to get us to attend the welcome meeting - though after 27 years visiting the area I couldn't see much point. A great holiday - many thanks!More

Liz691952, Newcastle-under-lyme, United Kingdom

Hotel Pez Espada and Location

This is without a doubt an absolutely fantastic hotel in a superb location! This was my 4th time at the pez espada, I hadn't been for 7 years but remember it being a fantastic hotel so decided to take my girlfriend there for our first holiday. When we arrived it was just as I remembered.... the hotel was immaculate, still holding its 60s charm, the pool area peaceful and relaxing, virtually on the beach and we had a room with a fantastic sea view. The restaurant is exceptional, it was nice to see the same friendly staff working there from 7 years ago!! I haven't been to a restaurant where there is so much choice and quality of food, i kept eating until I struggled to get out of the chair! its nice to see the restaurant still has a smart dress code aswell. Theres plenty of entertainment on offer and a happy hour in the evenings, theres also a 2nd bar by the pool with live music in the evenings if you prefer to relax a bit more. at the rear of the hotel theres a gate that leads onto the promenade, you can walk left to torremolinos or right to benalmedina and the marina, theres shops, restaurants, beach bars and entertainment all along the route. The marina is a must see also. The area is very family and couple friendly, theres rarely any trouble or crime. Ive never been to a place where you see grandparents still out walking at 1 in the morning! I have nothing bad to say about this hotel, I have had some of my best holidays here.. the only area that needs some improvement is the rooms (they are slightly tired) BUT ive been told they are being upgraded at the end of this year anyway! Thankyou Pez!More

Chris P, Northamptonshire, United Kingdom

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