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 five-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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  • 2Buildings
  • 7Floors
  • 205Rooms
  • 6Lifts

Food & Drink

Dining options Breakfast Lunch Evening meal Drinks Snacks
Half Board

Buffet breakfast and dinner.   

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Outdoor pool

The pool here is set into well maintained lawns and garden with plenty of sunbeds and parasols dotted around. Pool towel are available too.

Buffet restaurant

Breakfast and dinner are available here with a wide variety of Mediterranean and Continental dishes to choose from. There are weekly gala dinners with sparkling wine, too. Just so you know, there is a dress code here, gentlemen are asked to wear long trousers.

Frankie's café*

Frankie's is next to the pool and garden offering all kinds of drinks and sandwiches. In the evenings, musicians play from 9pm to midnight. Open in July and August.

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twin room

Cool tones add a calming feel to these twin rooms. They come with satellite TV as well as an extra bed when sleeping up to 3.

twin room

Cool tones add a calming feel to these twin rooms. They come with satellite TV as well as an extra bed when sleeping up to 3.

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first timer

I'd never been to a Spanish resort before so was quite apprehensive, there was no need to have worried. The hotel was modern, clean and comfortable. The restaurant overlooked the beach which was spotlessly clean. The breakfast had a good choice of food, hot or cold. Evening meal was also good and the staff were always polite and helpful. The hotel had a gym if you wanted to exercise it also had a garden area with sun loungers and sun shades, 2 pools and a smaller pool for children. At the end of the garden was a gate onto the promenade which was cleaned every morning for it's entire length. You could walk in either direction to Torremolinos or Benalmadena. You could avoid the English & Irish bars as there were plenty of places to eat and drink Spanish style.More

Ann A, 954029

7 Night stay

We have just returned from a 7 night stay in the Pez Espada. The location of this hotel is great as it is right on the beach front and it has a great pool area. The staff were all excellent and even gave us a room with a side sea view as requested. The entertainment was ok but does need improvement. The food was good as there was something for everyone, but there was not a lot of choice for children. The beds are very comfortable and some of the rooms even give you access to the safe and mini fridge. If you are looking for a local shop there is one called Marcedona, the next street up. Prices are great compared to the shop across the street which is overpriced. Overall we had an excellent stay and will be back in the future. More

k3mpy, 186267

Pleasant week in the winter sun

We stayed the first week in February. We were in a none-refurnished room, and whilst it would benefit from updating, it was clean and suited our needs. There was a small fridge, flat screenTV (there was bbc1, bbc2, itv and channel 4 - we didnt turn it on other than to watch the rugby but there are a variety of other foreign channels), We were aware there was no kettle so took our own travel kettle. The floor was a little cold due to it being tiled, so i would recommend taking some light slippers or slipper socks. There was a shower over the bath (good sized bath, one of the few i can stretch my legs out in!) and the water pressure was good. You need to get a code from reception to use the free wi-fi in the public areas. Its fine for checking emails and general net surfing, but not sure the speed would mean you could watch anything streaming. All the staff were very pleasant and helpful. Whilst I may have been to other hotels with greater choice of food, the quality was once of the best i have experienced. House wine was 9 Euros a bottle, and if you dont want it all in one night they will put it away for the following night. A nice touch at breakfast is they bring you jugs of coffee/hot milk/hot water for tea rather than queueing at a machine. My only (small) critisism is they had no berries for breakfast for with yoghurt, which they have at evening meal, and thats just a personal preference. In the main we found dining very relaxing, though one evening a coach party had just arrived who all descended at one into the dining room and it was chaos. They obviously had some included wine on their deal and unfortunately our wine was delivered to one of their tables, which the guests did not own up to. The waiter did get us a fresh half bottle when after 10 mins we explained we still had no wine. Apart from this night, service was very good and you did not feel rushed. It was not sunbathing weather when we were there so i cant comment on the pool/facilities outside. There is happy hour on Tuesdays/Thursdays/Sundays 8-9 when drinks are 2 for one. For the right price i would certainly go back, but would hope the rest of the rooms are upgraded quite soon as they are datedMore


Great location

Stayed on Thomson package. Check in quick and efficient. Reception staff were polite during our stay. Our room was spacious and very clean. Beds were comfy, pillows hard. Bedding and towels clean and of good quality. Bathroom well planned with room for wash bags. Soap, shower gel, shampoo, tissues and comb were provided, and replenished by the hard working, friendly housekeeping staff. Rooms were kept very clean. Honesty is also their virtue, I left money on 2 occasions for a tip and they were still there when I got back. Had a side seaview and very small balcony. Public areas were comfortable for reading, playing cards or listening to the pianist before dinner. Dining room was spacious, staff quick to seat you and clear tables. Food was of excellent quality and always hot. Entertainment - We went to see the shows on a couple of nights. Sadly there was a group of people who insisted on talking (loudly) during the live act, spoiling everyone else's enjoyment. They were very rude when asked by numerous guests to be quiet. When asked to deal with this situation the animation manager said she was unable to ask them to be quiet or to leave. We felt this was unacceptable as it was unfair on the guests and the artist. Because of this,we went to other hotels each evening for the rest of our stay. Based on rooms and food I would recommend the hotel.More

Travellingirl58, 187050


Stayed here for the weekend . Hotel lobby and surrounding area of the hotel was very nice . However the room we got was very basic and a bit dated . Yes we had full sea view but half of that sea view was obscured by a metal spiral stair case right at the side of our balcony and also a big green flat roof and air con units . Wasn't impressed and rang to see if we could have a room higher up but was told .... Oh no !!! You booked with booking .com ... What do expect !!!!! If you want another room you must pay £30 per night each . . But he was very rude and had an attitude ... So decided to leave it . The landing area to the room was dark n dindgy and plaster was falling off around doors. Stayed in room 111 No tea or coffee making facilities in the room ... When asked they sed oh no.... We don't u have to purchase from the bar . The food was ok I suppose more catered for the foreign guests and on the menu was "beef cheek" .... Gave that a wide birth! Had better stay last year at sunset beach club. More

Sally G,

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