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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  • 7Floors
  • 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 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.

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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Classic Old Style Hotel.

I really enjoyed the Pez Espada. It has a 1950's design and style which I think only enhances the holiday experience. The groovy pattern on the floor of the main hall and the sweeping spiral staircase are superb. My first floor room was clean and modern with a delightful balcony overlooking the beach and pool area. The room was standard, with nice size bathroom. Lots of hot water and a reasonable over bath shower. The cleaners did a good job of looking after the room each day. Pillows were a bit old fashioned slim and narrow and provided very little support, but apart from that good rooms. Food in the dining room was usually good. It is a buffet format and you can sit at different tables every night rather than being placed at one table for the duration. You can go back as much as you like and while the cooking was never superb it was always reasonable. It was not food that would surprise and delight you, but you would never be frustrated by a lack of choice. A queue forms at 7:30 pm for the evening meal , which takes a while to die down, but if you go in just after 8 pm no problem with still lots of fresh food being brought out. Breakfast - The coffee in the morning is good - not cheap rubbish - and I usually found some well cooked bacon which is my own particular holiday problem wherever I go. So far so good - what are the downsides of this hotel. Firstly for British holiday makers there might as well be no telly in the room. It shows no English language TV except CNBC. Some might say hey you are on holiday you should not be watching TV but my wife takes an hour minimum to get dolled up for the evening meal and I could do with something to do while waiting. Management said the satellite had broken down, but curiously this had not effected German TV who had numerous channels. Cost issue I think. And I think the Germans bring more income into the hotel. Secondly, the pool in November was freezing - in the whole week no one went in and it was a sunny week. The pool is in the shade a lot of the time due to the way the building is designed. But overall I had a great holiday in a good central hotel. It is aimed at the older (over 50 ) holiday maker and serves that market very well. This is a good hotel and I recommend it.More

GOLFER46, Manchester UK

Wonderful holiday

This was our 2nd holiday this year to the Pez Espada and we were not disappointed. We were upgraded to a suite which was wonderful and such a huge surprise. The reception staff were as usual friendly and very helpful. All the restaurant staff were excellent as were the bar staff. The food was a very high standard with plenty of choice for everyone. The hotel will be undergoing some refurbishment in the New Year but I hope they don't change the character too much. Great situation on the front and we will definitely be back. Don't miss George the singer on every second Thursday best singer we have heard in a Spanish hotel.More

AngieM64, Perth, United Kingdom

Lovely week away in the Sun

We stayed at the Pez Espada for a week from the 21st-28th October 2014. We were allocated a room that overlooked the pool and the beach, it was a beautiful view. The room itself was of a good size, the beds were really comfortable, the fridge was a bonus and the bathroom was fine. I hear that there is a refurbishment planned for early 2015. The restaurant was of a good size and we never had to queue, the breakfast was served till 10.30am which is great if you fancy a bit of a lie in. The food was fine, if I am being honest I have had better food in other 4 star hotels but it was always hot and there was always something to have. We had amazing weather for the whole week and spent the majority of time on the beach, the sunbeds had the most comfortable mattresses on them, they were 5 euros each but they were worth it. The sea was actually warmer than the pool. There is a gate from the hotel that leads straight onto the promenade, if you turn left that takes you towards Torremolinos and turning right takes you to Benalmadena and the marina. The marina is really nice and the prom is lined with bars, shops & restaurants. We also went on the local bus to Fuengirola, it was 1.65 euros each and took about 40 minutes. Fuergirola is a lovely town with lots of lovely shops, defo recommend a visit there. All in all we had a great holiday made better by weather, I would definitely return as there are so many other places that I would like to see and I think that when the hotel has been refurbed it will be great.More

Stokies25, Stoke on Trent

Another pleasant stay

Just returned from another vist to the Pez. Yes some redecoration is overdue but the hotel does its best to please all tastes. The staff are excellent, the food is fine, the hotel's position is ideal. Yes there was some queuing for the evening meal but after the first evening we worked out the exact time to be able to walk straight into the restaurant. We will be back in March 2015 see the redecoration.More

Victor J, Barton-upon-Humber, United Kingdom

Memory Lane

I returned to this Hotel after 53 years and was glad to see that I still remembered it. The very distinctive floor was still there and the paintings up the staircase. OK the rooms need refurbished and the balconies in need of attention, but I believe this is going to be done in early 2015, the hotel has a very relaxed feel, the staff are excellent. The hotel is well placed between Torremolinos (30 min. Walk) and Benalmadena (12min. Walk) and the bus service is good, cheap and punctual. Many good bars etc. nearby.More

Bill H, Belfast, United Kingdom

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