We stayed in the pablo which is one of three of the sol don hotels, the other two being sol don pedro and sol don marco. As you look out of the back of the pablo you can see the pedro to the left and the marco to the front left. They are all very nice and are easily accessible from one hotel to the other. They are adjoined by beautifully kept gardens. My children used the pablo pools which are the the three round pools and the pedro pool the most , the towel bar is situated right next to the pedro pool. You can hire a towel for ten euros which you can keep for as long as you want and once the towel is returned you receive your 10 euros back. I used to return the towel every day or two so i had a nice fresh one but to do this you have to return your towel get your receipt back and then go to front reception and get your 10 euros back and then the next day go to reception pay ten pounds , get a receipt and give it to the towel bar which sounds a palava but is not really to get a nice fresh laundered towel. The rooms were lovely we stayed in 904 and 906 which were above the evening entertainment. The rooms were very nich, spacious with two large beds in which were slightly bigger than a single. We had two rooms my husband and son in one and myself and my daughter in another, which was very comfortable but if you were to put another bed in , it could possibly be a bit more of a squeeze. The bathroom was lovely walk in shower and all new. The towels were only changed if you left them on the floor so you could have fresh towels every day if you wanted them, the beds were made every day and bathroom replenished daily if needed. There was a safe in the room which you had a key to open it. You pay a deposit which i cant remember how much it was sorry , which if i remember rightly you dont get the deposit back but at least you know your stuff if safe. As you look out of our room you could see the roof of the restaurant but couldnt actually see the entertainment below. The entertainment finished at 11 every night and was not a problem as by the time you come up from the pool at sometimes 7 or 8 , shower and have dinner we were just in time for the entertainment. If on the odd occasion you may be too tired to go to the entertainment it was not a problem as it was quite nice to hear in the background and if you really dont want to listen to it then you cant hear it with the doors shut, We normally had the doors shut anyway as we would have the air conditioning on. The food hall is very busy , but very well run with a large variety of food. There were vast amounts of fresh fruit , salad , fresh fish, deserts , two types of soup every day. Lots of variety of cereal and bread, sticks, rolls loaves , yoghurts , fresh orange, icecreams etc. The hot food consisted of a pizza delhi which served , pizza, pasta and other italian foods, there was paella every day , the meat varied from pork, lamb, chicken and fish. There were chips everyday and either new potatoes , boiled potatoes , sliced potatoes. There were other varieties which were spanish which i wasnt too sure about but my husband had a try of them all. There were lots of cereals , fresh melon, grapes , dried fruit, salad. Even though i didnt need it myself there were microwaves that were available to heat up childrens baby food , there was a fridge freezer with pots of icecream, there was fresh apple orange and pineapple juice in jugs, tea and coffee making facilities with all of which was unlimited. We stayed half board which we thought was plenty as you cant really eat three meals a day in hot spain, we mainly had breakfast and dinner and snacked through the day and occasionally had lunch and dinner but found it too filling. You had to pay for drinks at lunch and dinner which for a bottle of water each for the four of us cost us 7 euros a night at dinner which i suppose does add up i suppose and was my only gripe, you could also have any drink ie wine , beer , fizz, the drinks in the morning were free. In the morning you could have a egg any way you liked, fried boiled scrambled (little soggy) or a lovely fresh omlette plain or with whatever you fancied in it. There was no problem with getting a sunbed at all. I did in the end go down and put my towels out as we did prefer some positions to others as i liked to be near the edge of the pool to see the children. There was also a large amount of sunbeds with a canopy over which was very good as some people like to be out of the sun , there were lots of different areas with sunbeds some looked out onto the see , some around the pool some further back. There were 9 pools in total, three round ones you can see in the pictures, a rectangle one at pedro a smaller L shaped one at marco and also another round the back of the marco , also around the back of the marco was an adult only pool with a jacuzzi and a large pool which seemed quieter and very secluded and an indoor one next to the three joined round pools. There was also another jacuzzi near the three rounds pools also. There was water areobics twice a day which anyone could do adults and children , exercise class every day, kids club which my children were just too old for even though they were allowed to go in they felt a little too old to do so, they are 10 and 13. The children that went to kids club had the choice to be part of the entertainment every night with fantastic costumes and they were really great in there. Once a week on a tuesday in the pedro they had water floats which were great fun trying to get across whilst having an inflatable ball thrown at you the only downside was it was once a week. The kids club also had sessions in the pedro where they would play games and the staff would get in the pool with the children and they seemed very efficient and in control. You were given a card to enter the hotel which you would swipe and it would open the gates or if you came in through the front you walked straight into reception where there were numerous screens behind reception which showed all exits and entrances of the hotel. Upon arrival we had our cases taken up to our room on a trolley by a porter. There was a lifeguard round the pablo three round pools but not round the others and when they lifeguard went for a break at lunch it was unmanned which is ok as i feel the parents should take responsible also. The guests at the hotel all seemed very nice with an even mixture of couples and families, I didnt actually see any groups of males or females, there were a group of four girls but they were quiet but there were no young male groups. Overall we had a very relaxing holiday, I have been going here but further up at the carhiuela since i was 19 staying at my uncles apartment on carhiuela palace which is self catering and we clean before we leave but fancied a hotel stay this time where we didnt have to do anything and it was very lovely indeed. The only thing we missed is the area which is only a 20-30 minute walk away from carhiuela which is a lovely area to walk along at night with lots of varieties of restuarants and shops. Pablo is further up towards torremolinos near the steps which take you to the shops which is a good area but just not what we are used to but still very nice with an amusement area for young children a couple of restaurants, burger king and then if you walk up the steps it takes you to the main shopping area where there is a macdonalds zara , lots of shoe shops mango and many more. The hotel is directly on the beach you only have to cross the road which has zebra crossings and is not a problem. We also met very lovely friends who we are still in contact with now. Many thanks to the pablo which in my opinion looked the better of the three hotels even though the other two looked very nice indeed too but the pablo was bigger and also where the entertainment was but each hotel was literally a one or two minute walk away from each other. Also after reading reviews before i went i did email the hotel before i arrived requesting adjacent rooms with a sea view and that is exactly what i was given.
- 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