The Restaurant was buffet-style for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a huge choice of food, so plenty to choose from. However this created bottlenecks and walking-around carrying plates full of food, ok for adults but inevitably with children doing the same there were accidents and broken plates. After a week it definitely became a little tedious having to keep getting up to collect the next course and it certainly wasn't a relaxing experience. Have stayed in other AI hotels and some have extra restaurants that offer a served a la carte dinner, making it altogether a much better experience. There seems to be plenty of space around the grounds to build at least 1 other restaurant for this purpose. My comments do not detract from the excellent job that the restaurant staff do, under great pressure and turning around tables in the blink of an eye, so well done to them.
First impressions of the hotel were really good, huge reception area and check in was very straightforward, efficient and friendly, we were offered a refreshing drink on arrival which was very welcome. Our room was very clean, not too large and the bathroom was enormous! We overlooked a large piece of land but sideways looking to the sea. We were on the 5th floor which was very peaceful. All the staff were very courteous and friendly, giving really good service with a smile! The evening entertainment was quite good, though it may be 'ramped' up in high season. The pool area was great, we were always able to find a sunbed, though I did notice that some of the beds were being saved for later use. The Iberostar Malaga Playa is a really lovely hotel, definitely worth its 4 stars. We would stay again.