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“Good hotel, ideal location” 4 of 5 stars
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Sol Don Pablo
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Paseo Maritimo S/N, 29620 Torremolinos, Spain   |  
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“Good hotel, ideal location”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2013

We were there for a week Apr29-May6. (for anyone wondering what to pack it can be quite chilly at nights) Can't think of any negatives other than free wi- fi only available in reception area, not worth paying daily/weekly rate for it for the odd times we needed it but had to keep going up & down to reception from our room on level 6 to keep in touch with our son in the UK. Good sea views from level 6 although we were on the shaded side(as others previously said, sunny rooms overlook the bowling green on the other side but we were out & about a lot so didn't need to sit out on the balcony).We had a shower over the bath but others told us floors 1-5 had a walk-in shower area, good for canyone elderly or infirm. Plenty of quiet seating areas in all 3 hotels( Don Pablo/Pedro/Marco which are interlinked) and sunbeds outside, with a choice of many pools. Worth going into the other two hotels to check out their decor, public areas and entertainment. There was good mix of entertainment from both outside acts and the resident Entertainment Team who worked hard. As we were at the beginning of the season & a bit quieter,the other two hotels didn't open their restaurants & guests came over to the Don Pablo where it was quite busy but meal times were extensive, there's plenty of food choice, even for a fussy vegetarian like me, and the friendly staff are quick to clear tables and refill food counters. We found all staff pleasant & helpful, our room was a good size, comfortable, and was always cleaned out & beds made by the time we came back from breakfast. We wouldn't hesitate to recommend this hotel for it's comfort,staff, food, atmosphere and location right on the sea front.
Anyone wishing to visit Benalmadena/Marbella/Puerto Banus get the lift up to the town centre and find the bus station, (fare to Marbella € 4.44 takes 1 hour then change buses for Puerto Banus)

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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jaimefloyer, Manager at Sol Don Pablo, responded to this review, May 16, 2013
Dear Seasider2010,
Thank you for taking the time to write your extensive and thorough review on TA. I hope it will be useful for readers and help them make their decision. I'm glad that you enjoyed the hotel so much. I hope that we see you back soon.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2013

Stayed here with my daughter in May cant fault anything. would defiantly stay there again. The hotel is spotless, location excellent, food was cooked perfect with plenty of choice, there was entertainment every night, the rooms were cleaned every day with towels changed. .. everyone was friendly and helpful.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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AntonioStalenhoef, Director de Relaciones Públicas at Sol Don Pablo, responded to this review, May 11, 2013
Dear "christine_c1",

First at all thank you so much for your feedback about Sol Don Pablo. We work very hard to keep the hotel as good as you deserve so you can enjoy it as much as possible. We hope to see you back in Sol Don Pablo and we wish you a happy summer.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2013

Just returned from the hotel. This will be our third visit here, and we will be returning once again later this year
Yes the hotel is old, but has it has soooo much Spanish charm! large comfy areas for relaxing in, 3 choices for happy hour, and the resturant (very busy but well organised) witha great choice of food, which is very good
Every little area of the hotel is spotless, even the leaves on the plants are polished!
The position of the hotel could not be any better, across from the beach, and a small walk up to the San Miguel to the shopping area
We were om the 8th floor, and the views were fantastic!
A few niggles:
Why is the wi-fi only free in the lounge area, not aroung the pools or even in the rooms? It was last year?
And I don't soppose anything can be done about the thin walls? where you can hear everything-and I mean everything from your neighbours! also very inconsiderate people, clomping about with high heels on and scraping the chairs along the marble floor's!
All in all a great hotel whose staff are a real credit to them
See you in Septembre!

(Go say hello to Derek and Toni in Chappo's bar at the back of the Pedro)

Room Tip: Odd nos are sunny side Even pool view
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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jaimefloyer, Manager at Sol Don Pablo, responded to this review, May 10, 2013
Thank you for your review tinkle16. I am so glad that you keep enjoying the DonPablo and the surrounding area. It is a great satisfaction to uis to have so many guests like yourselves who return again and again.
Up until last year we had an internet system installed by our own staff which worked quite well for a few years but with the increased use of the internet with mobile phones and tablets it was not possible to keep giving a stable service. For this reason we have had to outsource the service. I'm sorry about the inconvenience caused. We have insisted on keeping free connections in the bar areas for guests who need to see their e-mails or have a quick look at the news.
Thanks again for your repeated custom. We look forward to welcoming you back in September.
Kind regards,
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2013

Cant really complain too much as this was a last minute decision and this was all that was available. Billed as a 4 star which it is not. 70s decor but rooms are spacious, clean and nice. Staff were very good, always happy to help you. I viewed 3 different rooms upon arrival to see which one I like best, they had no problem with that. For a view get a room on the 8th or 9th floor. Clientele a bit mixed, as it was May and still not too hot there were plenty of elderlies about. Not bad in general but if I had more choice in the future Id probably opt for something that is actually 4 star!

Room Tip: 8th or 9th floor for Best views. 902 - 916 I think offer the best
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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jaimefloyer, Manager at Sol Don Pablo, responded to this review, May 9, 2013
Dear Mark_2meWarsaw,
Thank you for taking the time to write a review of your recent stay at the Sol Don Pablo. I am glad to see that there was nothing to fault with the hotel and that you appreciated the front desk staff's service.
I know that there is no decorative style to please everyone. I'm sorry that you weren't particularly taken with the Don Pablo's style which is, I would suggest, not so much 1970s as traditional - with exposed brick and old-fashioned painted Sevilla tiles in the reception and wood panelled bar and common areas. Both the Don Padro and Don Pablo incorporate a lot of traditional Andalusian elements in their decoration which means that they are certainly not minimalist! The Sol Don Marco, which is the other hotel in the complex, has a much more zen feel to it with elements of far-eastern design.
Thanks again for the review.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2013

This hotel was wonderful !
I could not fault anything. It was spotlessly clean.
Staff were helpful and very friendly.
The location was perfect , just a walk through the front gates to the beach,
Or you can relax by one of the many swimming pools !
The town within easy access.
There is an elevator up to the town , it's not well sign posted so be sure to ask !
Or you can walk up via the shops and little bars along the old pathway, it's lovely !

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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jaimefloyer, Manager at Sol Don Pablo, responded to this review, May 9, 2013
Thank you Caroldove for your review. I am delighted that you enjoyed the hotel and the location so much. Let's hope that we see you again for another happy holiday.
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

Just stayed for a week here. Whilst the room was quite comfortable (bed quite hard), they need to install double glazed patio doors to the rooms, at the moment very old doors which you can see daylight through, which also promotes the problem of noise (if its open,any wind and it will slam shut) and you can very clearly hear your neighbours as if they were in your room!! We had a large group of boys, who had parties and slammed doors at 1am, and despite complaining (in fairness the security guy did have a word) they still would slam the doors at every opportunity.
The restaurant is used by THREE hotels, no way does it feel like a four star restaurant, you have to hunt for a table and guard it in case somebody else took it (which frequently happened) heaving with people, despite having a second restaurant laying dormant, the management seem quite happy for you to have a rather unpleasant meal. (Yes i did speak to the management!)
The food and staff in the restaurant however, the staff are working flat out, which means they have no time for pleasantries with their guests, which is a shame. The food is quite broad, salad bar, large range of pastries in the mornings, pasta bar in the evenings. On the whole quite good, and would recommend.
I would also commend the stamina of the staff in the restaurant, who have to work at an ridiculous pace to keep up with the huge quantity of people.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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jaimefloyer, Manager at Sol Don Pablo, responded to this review, May 8, 2013
Dear SandraWorthing,
Thank you for taking the time to let people know about your visit to the Sol Don Pablo. I am very happy to see that you enjoyed the restaurant and entertainment and that you will consider returning. There are definitely more children in the summer months and the Mini Club is even more fun. Once a week the kids put on their own show in the evening as well as the Mini Disco.
I'm sorry that you were disappointed by the lack of bath. We have 5 floors in which we have renovated the bathrooms and replaced the tub with a large rainshower. It has given a lot more space to the bathroom and most guests are delighted by it. We have, however, maintained bath tubs in the other 4 (highest) floors for those who like a bath or want to bathe children. I understand that you had already unpacked when you noticed but be sure to specify a higher for your next visit.
Thank you again and please come back soon.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

Hotel has a spanish feel inside with bricked walls and old ornaments. Travelled with my husband and 8 year old son. Allocated room on 2nd floor with apartments opposite as the view - if you lean over balcony you can part see the sea!. I think a top floor is better as this would then overlook the apartments. Disappointed no bath, after sunbathing I enjoy a bath and its easy to get my son into a bath than a shower. Havent been to a 4 star hotel that didnt have a bath before? We had already started unpacking before I noticed it and we were only there 3 days so I didnt want to spend any time moving around the hotel... Hair dryer in bathroom, also cream / shower cap and comb, shampoo/soap in a dispencer by shower. No kettle so take you own if you need a brew. Large hotel but evening meal was well organised and you were quickly shown to your table - to then help yourself. Swimming pools looked inviting but were freezing cold and not heated - there is an indoor pool if you need a swim which my son used quite a lot - and its by the main swimming pool and not inside the hotel.
Evening entertainment was good, also childrens early 'singing' entertainment - there was only a handfull so maybe this gets better during the summer holidays. We would return to this hotel but I would ask for a bath and higher floor next time. (then I would give this a 5 - excellent)

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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jaimefloyer, Manager at Sol Don Pablo, responded to this review, May 8, 2013
Dear SandraWorthing,
Thank you for taking the time to let people know about your visit to the Sol Don Pablo. I am very happy to see that you enjoyed the restaurant and entertainment and that you will consider returning. There are definitely more children in the summer months and the Mini Club is even more fun. Once a week the kids put on their own show in the evening as well as the Mini Disco.
I'm sorry that you were disappointed by the lack of bath. We have 5 floors in which we have renovated the bathrooms and replaced the tub with a large rainshower. It has given a lot more space to the bathroom and most guests are delighted by it. We have, however, maintained bath tubs in the other 4 (highest) floors for those who like a bath or want to bathe children. I understand that you had already unpacked when you noticed but be sure to specify a higher for your next visit.
Thank you again and please come back soon.
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Address: Paseo Maritimo S/N, 29620 Torremolinos, Spain
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Location: Spain > Andalucia > Province of Malaga > Costa del Sol > Torremolinos
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Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Green Hotel in Torremolinos
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Torremolinos
#6 Family Hotel in Torremolinos
#6 Luxury Hotel in Torremolinos
#8 Romantic Hotel in Torremolinos
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Hotel Class:4 star — Sol Don Pablo 4*
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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