Málaga Hotel Eliseos3.0 out of 5.0
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Just a basic hotel no English channels on tv had to shut Windows because of car park fumes staff were ok but we got a lot of no comprandy good for beach and bars Bill ring was shut we found the harbour very good for eating out
We are just back from a really enjoyable week in Malaga based at the Eliseos. We used the airport bus which cost 3 euros; got off at the terminus after an approx 30 minute ride; and then had only a few minutes walk to the hotel. (We also used this bus for our return trip). The hotel itself was very good value: perfectly clean and comfortable; the reception staff were helpful, for example,when we needed information on public transport; the breakfast room was bright (note the interesting ceiling decoration!) and the self service continental food on offer was varied and more than adequate; the bedroom was a little basic but totally acceptable and what you would expect for the money. As we had chosen a basic deal the only downside was that we had a window only looking into a light-well. We could have had an upgrade but decided not to spend the extra money required. The location was just what we wanted: walks of only 5 minutes to the beach, 5 minutes to the harbour and 10 minutes into the central part of town where there was the usual buzz almost any time of day and a wonderful choice of restaurants and cafes etc. We used buses and trains to visit places other than the usual tourist destinations such as Antequera and Alora (don't miss the fascinating museum and church or the brilliant curator there). Our only mistake was to travel to see Mijas - not what we expected - just a sort of shopping destination/resort up in the hills and all too "manufactured" for our taste. And on the 1 wet day in our week we visited the marvellous Thysen art gallery and the not-so-marvellous (in our humble view) Picasso. Pity he didn't stick to his earlier more conventional work!
I stayed in only a basic double room without Balcony as most have one, however being out all day and evening this was no problem. Great hot shower and nice room overall. Reception was really nice and helpful and friendly both morning and evening staff, the hotel is ideally located being just a minutes walk out the door and turn left to many nice places to eat and drink and a few minutes to the beach where again many nice places to eat. The hotel is also 2 minutes walk to the wonderful port which is like a marina really full of shops (over priced) and restaurants ( over priced). The port naturally has lovely views and its nice to have diner or drinks in the port area, but remember all the restaurants left of the hotel are a 1/4 of the price and just as good just no sea view. Also the main town is again close to the hotel, out the door turn right and a beautiful walk there. There is a train from the port to the city center and shops for personnel who cannot walk to far, Overall ideally location for restaurants cafes and shops and sight seeing and nice hotel and staff
The hotel personel was very kind and helpful! We had answers for all our request during our stay, including guided tours. Unfortunately our room was located next to the cleaning lady's storage/washroom, so it was a bit noisy at some times. Also, the cleaning ladys don't speak anything other language than spanish... even a slight bit :( The breakfast vas adequate, but somehow they missing any type of vegetables or fruits. In a mediterranian country like spain it is very weird.
I saw mixed reviews and my review is mixed too. The staffs were so friendly and helpful, the hotel is very closed to the beach as well as a few good restaurants. However the room was too noisy, I could hear footsteps and voice clearly and also noise from above and below us. The bathroom is new so that is good but it is about the size of the bedroom which was quite small for me. The price was not cheap compared to what we got so I wished we would have had chosen another hotel.
I rated this hotel 3 circles due to the staff and the location. I am not that picky usually, because I don't spend time in the room. So, here are my arguments: 1. Pro's: - the location is excellent, next to the Corrida (Rotonda), 5 min walk to the beach or the port, 10 min walk to downtown walking area, farmacy next to hotel, supermarket "Supermercado Sol" across the street, few caffeterias. So, you have everything neaby. ; - private parking for 12€/night; - polite and nice staff, giving any kind of information or directions; - room and bathroom big enough. ; 2. Con's: - the room is not cleaned properly; - the ac is not working very well. We put it on 18°C and it took about 3 hours to have around 23°C in the room; -the fridge is contected to the switcher in which you insert the card key, so during the day is not working. So basically you can't leave anything that can alterate in the fridge. Even a bottle of water or a soda is getting to room temperature from morning until evening. We have booked the room on Booking.com site and it was a Twin/Double Room. We had an option to choose double bed and we also wrote to the Request line that we really want a room with a double bed. We arrived late at night, around 10PM at the hotel and we received a room with two beds put together. They said there was no other room available, but left a note for the next morning. They changed the room the next day, but from my point of view they should have taken into consideration our request, because we booked the room in May and travelled there in August, 3 months later, so I doubt that all the preferences were made before us. Yes, they fixed this next day, but it is about the hustle that I mind, unpacking backs, packing them again and unpacking again... The breakfast is not necessarely what we were looking for, but depends on the taste: no eggs of any kind, no vegetables (tomatoes, cucumber for example). I would stay again in this hotel only for the location and only if the price difference to a hotel nearby would be very big, like at least 50%.
We liked it a lot, however If you want a quality plush hotel do not come here, this hotel is not for those wishing for cocktails and a posh restaurant. The Eliseos is off the main road Paseos de Reding in a courtyard. The rooms are fresh and clean and the 5 euros breakfast basic continental. For position it is 10 minute taxi from airport, a five minute delightful walk into town(with all of the bars and restaurants), also 5 minutes from the beaches and the Marina with the overpriced shops bars and restaurants. We had a great stay , very helpful staff, check in can be onerous as only one receptionist so if you check in at the wrong time you could catch a queue.
Travelled from the airport to the centre of Malaga on the bus for 3 euros and took about 20 minutes then jumped in a taxi which cost 5 euros to the hotel door. Will be even easier on the way back as bus route A runs from just outside the hotel to the airport direct so will just jump on the bus. Hotel is clearly marked on the main road next to the pharmacy however reception is in the building behind the main road...literally go round the corner and you will see the entrance to the hotel. We arrived a little early but they took our bags and locked them away and said we would be able to get in the room in ten minutes so we strolled along the road to get our bearings. Take the crossing to the left of the hotel on the main road and it takes you to a little cafe on the corner and less than a minute from there you can find the nearest supermarket so we stocked up on cold drinks and snacks and headed back to the hotel. Our room was ready and we checked into room 305. It is a small room but adequate for five nights stay. Two single beds as we requested and a small fridge and television. There is a safe in the wardrobe but we didn't need to use it and a small clean toilet and shower room off the bedroom. The shower always had plenty of hot water and they supply you with shampoo and shower gel/soap. Towels are changed daily if needed and bedding is changed every day. The room is situated close to the stairwell and opposite the cleaners cupboard so there is a little bit of noise from the corridor when the cleaners are around and guests need to pass your door to get to the rest of the rooms on your floor but it didn't disturb us. Use the Do Not Disturb sign to ensure the cleaners don't wake you to service the room.... but remember to turn it to Make Room Up when you go out. The beds have very firm mattresses.... they won't suit everyone and I found them a little too firm however a mattress is a personal preference and a single mattress is not going to please everyone. Even though the mattress is firm it's good quality so it's not a complaint. I didn't book breakfast when I originally booked via booking.com as I often prefer to wander and find a nice cafe for breakfast and at the time of booking this hotel did not have a breakfast room to serve from. However on our first morning we realised they had in fact finished the breakfast room and were serving breakfast for 5 euros per person so we decided to give it a go. There was plenty to choose from, bread, rolls and croissants as well as cakes and muffins. There was tinned fruit, yogurt and cereal and three different fruit juices served from a machine. There were cold meats and cheese as well as jams, honey, chocolate spread and pate. Hot drinks were served from a machine which was better quality than the vending machine in reception, serving coffee, hot chocolate, milk and hot water for tea. Breakfast was buffet self serve and you can eat as much as you like but there is a polite notice asking guests not to take food out of the breakfast room (fair enough in my opinion as you pay for breakfast and not a packed lunch). For five euros it was a very good breakfast so we ate in the hotel every morning and they just put it on the bill although you have to go to reception to get a little ticket that you hand in to the waitress so it can be added to your bill. They have a vending machine in reception that serves coffee for 80 cents and snacks for little over a Euro..... the coffee isn't great but I have tasted worse.... personally I would wander out onto the street and have a coffee in one of the many coffee shops dotted around. Hotel is located very close to a lot of tourist attractions.... directly opposite the hotel is the bull ring and behind that is the port with a few shops and restaurants (a little more expensive than the Centre as you are paying for the view).... they also have a restaurant with a Michelin star but I never got to try it out. If you walk left on the main road as you come out of the alleyway you will reach the beach. If you walk right you are heading towards the centre. If you turn right and walk for a couple of minutes you will reach the end of the street where you can bear left and walk along the main road which eventually takes you to the end of the main shopping area or bear right and walk through the tunnel and it brings you out at the top of the shopping area. Everything you need to visit is within 15 minutes stroll... the roman ruins, the castle, the cathedral, the museums. If you can manage to get to the main square at the top of the shopping street (the street is covered to shield you from the sun) by 11am you can do the walking tour (it's free and you just give a donation at the end for whatever you think it's worth). It lasts 2 and a 1/2 hours and is a good way you get your bearings and shows you some short cuts through the city which will save you time and show leather later. I can't really give any recommendations for eating out.... when I travel I tend to live off bread, cheese and fresh fruit so supermarkets are my main stops for eating out. Buy bottled cold water in supermarkets rather than cafes/gift shops because it's so much cheaper. There are lots of little cafes where you can grab a coffee and do some people watching and a couple of euros will get you a coffee or cold drink. There seemed to be plenty of cafes/restaurants selling anything from tapas to full meals and I reckon you could get a decent meal for 10 euros or less. Look out for the bakery/cake shops...there are a few dotted around and they sell amazing bread and cakes.
Found this hotel for $88/nt on Priceline. Total for two nights with tax was $195.00. Underground parking at the hotel was an additional $12.00 per day. Room was tiny, one double bed, shower, toilet, sink. We had a bee of the rock cliff behind the building. A/C unit worked well (you have to put your room key card in the device on the wall to make it work). Front desk was helpful with local activities and a map. We walked to the pier in about 10 min, center square about 15.
Stayed for 3 nights - was basic but location was excellent. Have to go down small alley and in the courtyard from the main road for the front entrance. There was renovation work in the front whilst I stayed there. Reception were friendly and didn't have breakfast.
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42% of guests recommend this hotelTotal of 118 reviews