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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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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superior double room with sea view

These superior double rooms with a sea view come with cool calm décor and complementary soft furnishings. They can sleep up to three with two or three beds. There's a minibar with purchase drinks menu. Cots are available on request.

twin room

These twin rooms with their cool calm décor and complementary soft furnishings can sleep up to three. They come with two or three beds and a minibar with purchase drinks menu. Cots are available on request.

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wonderful hotel

We recently stayed for 1 week, wish we'd stayed longer. Relaxing atmosphere with a vintage flare . All the staff were very helpful and pleasant . We stayed in a garden room on 4th floor with excellent views of the beach and pool. Evening entertainment was also good, relaxing pianist and saxophonist which wasn't too loud, finishing at 12.30 3 each night. Food was very good, plenty of choice and quantity. Loved the brass spiral staircase and corridor of fame showing all the famous people who had stayed in Pez Espada. Definitely going back.More

Dawn S, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

Tries for an old style glamour that it cannot achieve.

You can see the origins of the Pez Espada clearly. Very Art Deco and it strives to retain some of the old world charm and class. I feel for this hotel because with clients of today they are onto a difficult task. The Room - We had an older style sea view room. Very spacious and airy. The balcony is a tad thin, we had to sidle past each other to go in and out The view of the sea and beach was very nice and relaxing of an evening playing cards and having a drink. The fridge in the room was very old and didn't work that well, but considering the extraordinarily hot temperatures I cannot complain. The tiles were a bit worn in the bathroom, and the toiletries were really an odd assortment! Nothing matched and there was shampoo, body lotion and conditioner,which were not replaced. The main shower gel and soap were LUX dispensers on the walls. I'm glad I took my Molton Brown minis. There are no tissues either in the room or the bathroom, and little packs (single ply, 3 sheets) were left in the bathroom, but these were only replaced twice in the whole week. I ended up buying tissues. The Restaurant - I was very disappointed in the food at dinner time. Nothing was seasoned at all, and the variations were dire. By the end of the holiday I was loath to go down, but dragged myself not wanting to pay extra to eat out. The soup tasted the same each day, the chips are soggy, the meats were underwhelming a lot of turkey rather than chicken? And beef cheeks that were tough. On the gala dinner night where every lady gets a flower and the table gets a glass of cava each, the highlight was a tough joint of beef and paella. The paella was one of the worst ever, and this was sad as this was a SPANISH hotel. I understand they have to cater for every one but for the amount of money I paid this was ridiculous. The breakfast was the usual fare as is all over the world. On a separate note - Yes gentlemen are required to wear long trousers but since there are women in shorts and bikini tops this is a ridiculous rule. Either make everyone dress smartly for dinner or not at all. All these poor gents having to wear trousers when some women were in beach wear was laughable. The Pool - although there are signs everywhere stating that reserving sun loungers with towels is not allowed, it happened all the time. There were selfish people that placed their towels down and didn't appear for more than half a day leaving some (like us that followed the rules) to try and take spare loungers and find shade by the side of the hotel. I know it happens but if it is a rule then see that it is upheld or don't bother with the signs. The Staff are all very pleasant and kind. There were hitches as there always are, we were charged for another tables drinks, we weren't left ANY towels in our rooms one day, and so on. So check everything carefully. The rules on drinks at dinner were not explained to us. We thought we had to take our ticket and pay at the end of the holiday, The next night a waiter came rushing over to explain that we had to bring the ticket back and that it had to be signed. Why not tell us at the beginning instead of putting it down on the table without explaining? You can pay for Wi Fi but I think it was expensive and cheeky, so I didn't bother. All these little things meant that I would not go back again and certainly not for 700+ per person it just wasn't worth it, even if Frank Sinatra stayed there.More

samantharosesinclair, Southampton

Wonderful weeks stay

The hotel is beautiful, the grounds are lovely and picturesque, we stayed in room 1011 the view every day was gorgeous, one of the best in the hotel I believe, the room was recently refurbished to a high standard and a good quality finish, the room was cleaned well everyday. The food was good, a wide range and cooked to a good standard, both at breakfast and dinner. The restaurant staff are lovely and friendly and hospitable. The bar staff are also very friendly and are really an asset to the hotel. Sun beds are available all day, there is no need to get up at the crack of dawn! The location is fabulous very central to everywhere in the Costa del sol, the beach outside the hotel is fabulous too. The only downside to the hotel is the lack of entertainment in the evening, this could really do with improving to include all generations, Young to old to accommodate all, other than that The Pez Espada exceeded our expectations and we are very much looking foward to returning next year.More

Lauren C, Watford, United Kingdom

Great hotel, great location

We stayed here with young children and also my parents. We stayed in the new club rooms which were very nice. We were half-board and ate in the hotels several nights. Food was very nice although not a huge range. Same for breakfast. Frankies bar was also great for lunches. The hotel entertainment was definitely geared for an older audience although our children loved watching the Spanish dancers. However we chose this hotel exactly for this reason. It was never too busy or overrun with children. The small pool was perfect for our 2 year old and we never had any trouble getting sunbeds. The hotel is situated right on the promenade. The promenade is great for shops and restaurants and within walking distance of the marina. However we found walking the other direction had better restaurants and shops. Out the front of the hotel there is a small supermarket across the road. Big supermarket 5min up the hill beside the main bus stop. Would definitely come back and would recommend as a quieter hotel in a very nice area. More

Richard B,

Another wonderful stay

just returned from another fantastic stay at the pez espada, location is excellent, the food was better than last year, the hotel has had a mini refurb which is excellent and has really made a huge difference, the staff are all still excellent and couldn't make you more welcome. the location is great right on the beach front and very close to marina, shops and bars. overall if your looking for a great holiday where you don't have to fight for a sun lounger then the pez espada is a great choice.More

lisajayne621, Birmingham, United Kingdom

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Hotel Pez Espada
Rated: 4.0 /5 based on 733 customer reviews
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