HOTEL PEZ ESPADA
Review by Tony Bryant
Why should I stay there?
Pez Espada Hotel is located on the seafront in Montemar, Torremolinos, the hotel offers secluded gardens, swimming pools and large shaded terraces. Guests have a private entrance that leads directly to the beach. The former fishing village of La Carihuela is just a few minutes stroll along the promenade. Here one will find a maze of artisan shops, tapas bars and excellent fish and seafood restaurants.
What kind of person stays there?
The hotel welcomes couples, families and groups and is ideally positioned for those wishing to base themselves, an iconic hotel in the heart of Torremolinos.
Where is it?
Located on the beach between La Carihuela and the delightful port in Benalmádena Costa, the hotel is just 15 km from Malaga airport and 4 km from the centre of Torremolinos. It is within walking distance of the Renfe train station in Montemar, and also to the main bus routes that run services to various resorts along the Costa del Sol.
What is it like?
Part of the MedPlaya group (a hotel chain with locations at many of the most popular beach resorts in mainland Spain), the Hotel Pez Espada is one of the most well-known hotels on the Costa del Sol. Famed for its connection to Frank Sinatra; this hotel continues to be a point of reference for tourists from all over the world.
The original hotel opened in May 1959 and was the first luxury hotel in the area. It has since undergone several transformations and now offers all of the amenities expected in a four star hotel. Two recent extensions have expanded the hotel to more than twice its original size, with ample car parking, 24 hour reception and currency exchange. The hotel is equipped with tesla chargers and facilities for people with reduced mobility.
The hotel's swimming pool area is divided into two parts: an upper pool, which looks out over the sea, while the main pool is set amongst well-kept gardens that lead onto the main promenade.
The restaurant offers a buffet-style service with a varied cuisine, or one can enjoy Frankie's Café, a small retro style bar dedicated to the hotels most famous guest.
What are the rooms like?
The hotel has standard rooms, club rooms, suites and junior suites, all of which are spacious, comfortable and elegantly decorated. All rooms have balconies overlooking the gardens and pools, or the sea. Each has a plasma TV, internet connection, air conditioning, safety deposit box and an optional mini bar. The bathrooms are well equipped, spacious and offer a conventional bath and a shower.
The club rooms and suites provide an extra level of comfort, including, stunning views of the Mediterranean, a king-size double bed and a large private terrace with a jacuzzi.
What should I eat there?
Frankie's Bar offers American style hamburgers, hotdogs and cocktails, while the buffet restaurant serves a selection of differing Mediterranean cuisine and a carvery.
What should I see and do in the area?
The Hotel Pez Espada is situated between Torremolinos and Benalmádena and is close to many of the area's top attractions. The centre of Torremolinos and the renowned Calle San Miguel is one of the most popular destinations for tourist, while the Tivoli World theme park and the cable cars attract the more adventurous visitors. The area also boasts several parks and botanical gardens, like the Parque La Paloma in Benalmádena Costa, and the delightful Molina de Inca Botanical gardens in Torremolinos.
One of the most popular excursions is a boat trip to see the dolphins, while a stroll along the promenade will reveal some of the most stunning sand sculptures.
The pretty mountain towns of Benalmádena Pueblo and Mijas are also destinations on the itineraries' of many tourists who visit the area, as is a trip to Malaga capital, which boasts over 30 museums, including the Picasso, Carmen Thyssen and the Pompidou.
The hotel's gallery of fame is situated in the corridor that leads from the lounge area (Hall of the Columns) and is adorned with photographs of the hotels most illustrious guests. These photographs preserve the history of the hotel duringit's hey days and include the Duke of Windsor and Wallace Simpson, King Juan Carlos I of Spain and King Faisal of Saudi Arabia. There are also other personalities like Doña Carmen Franco, daughter of the former dictator, Juan Domingo Peron, ex-president of Argentina and Hollywood stars Sofia Loren and Sean Connery.
As well as the faces of its rich and famous guests, certain parts of the hotel have also been preserved as a reminder of its illustrious history. The reception area is much the same as it was when the hotel first opened in 1959, and the distinctive marble floors and columns in the original part of the hotel are protected by the Spanish Historical Heritage Law.
Although many locals laughed at the seemingly bizarre idea of building a five-star hotel on the beach in a small fishing village, the luxurious Hotel Pez Espada opened for business on Sunday 31 May 1959. The history of the Costa del Sol, and especially Torremolinos, would be incomplete without referring to the hotel, for it became renowned for its famous guests and its illustrious galas and parties. More>
Hotel Pez Espada
Avenida Salvador Allende, 11
952 38 03 00