We spent a week in the one of the penthouse suites at the hotel following an upgrade from a normal suite. We were very happy with the hotel, our son was supplied with a play station and was made to feel very welcome and the room and terrace facilities were excellent. If I have a criticism it would be that the hotel is clearly longlived and this does show a bit, though I understand further refurbishment is en route. There were a few teething problems with the shower- when we arrived it had two settings of 'scalding hot' to 'earth's core' neither of which were bearable. However the hotel fixed it immediately. There was also an occasional 'drain' smell but it was intermittent soci forgot to mention it to reception.
Breakfast is good and plentiful with a wide selection and special children's bar. We ate in the Farrola grill a couple of times. In the evening. The food is ok, but the atmosphere is a bit stuffy and formal. It's a shame that their other restaurants are closed during winter.
The common areas are very pleasant with nice areas to sit. The design is diverse and attractive.
The gym is a bit underwhelming - they could really use some elliptical trainers - they have some cycling and running machines, a multigym and a step machine - could be better. The indoor pool is ok but quite small. If you're into being fit, a better option is to run along the seafront in the direction of puerto banus.
Overall a good enjoyable stay in a friendly unpretentious hotel.
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