This is a lovely, comfy, traditional hotel. We had a great week and really enjoyed the trip. It is an old hotel decorated in typical Spanish style, with beautiful tapestries on the walls. We asked for side sea view on a high floor and that was just what we got.
The cleaners are thorough and very friendly, as are all the staff. The restaurant is quite large, but with pillars and typical wooden Spanish chandelier type lighting, so it doesn't seem huge. We sat in the 'conservatory' extension as it was the next best thing to dining al fresco. Very light and with rattan chairs. There was a varied selection of meats and fish every night and an Italian station with different pasta dishes. There was a variety of cold meats, salads and desserts. Ice cream and yogurt always available and a decent selection for breakfast. The fresh breads and rolls were superb, with plenty of choice.
The gardens were pretty and one way to walk to the promenade exited through a white arched porch type building. Next door was another of these entrances going through to the Sol Don Pedro - it was like entering a small pueblo/village!
It was worth paying 1 euro to use the lift to go up into the town of Torremolinos. We caught the train to Fuengirola and Malaga. The trains are clean and run on time. The temp was 30+ most days so we didn't do much, we just wanted a quick sunshine break. On the front between the hotel and the Melia is a road with half a dozen bars/cafes. We found the prices very reasonable for drinks and snacks. We were entertained for a short time by an absolutely brilliant guitarist. He was so talented and we bought 2 of his cd's. Classical and Flamenco - we can relive the holiday and imagine the sunshine, while we watch the rain here! We didn't see many of the shows at the hotel, but what we did see was excellent. There was a variety of entertainment and most nights we would've gone to more shows, but by 10pm we were tired, tiddly or too hot! How sad are we?
We found the resort busy, but there were no lager louts or drunken Brits, who make you ashamed to be British. We did walk through the Melia and think we made the right choice. The rooms are probably lovely, but it seemed a little soul-less, although very smart and modern. Wonder if they have decent beds, because the beds in the Don Pablo are a bit hard. I can sleep on anything, but OH moaned the mattress was too thin and the pillows uncomfortable. He moans at home, too! The walls are a bit thin, but considering the size of the hotel we found the whole place quiet, apart from the excited target practice shooters, which was funny to watch.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Sol Don Pablo is one of three hotels in the Sol Don Hoteles Complex. The complex is on the sea front of the Bajondillo beach in Torremolinos and boasts 50,000m2 of facilities and gardens. Guests are free to use all the facilities of the complex including (depending on the season) 9 pools, 6 bars, 2 jacuzzis, entertainment every day and evening and the Delfinus Spa. The hotel is 800m from the town centre with beautiful walks along the promenade towards the port in Benalmadena. The airport is 15 minutes by taxi. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sol Don Pablo Torremolinos, Costa Del Sol, Spain
- Sol Melia Torremolinos