We have just returned from our 7 night stay at the Sol Don Pablo between 2nd-9th August 2013, as a family of two adults and one child (11 y/o). We had a great holiday at this hotel and would highly recommend it.
The food in this hotel particularly stood out, having never been full board before we were slightly apprehensive but so pleasantly surprised as it was fantastic! My husband is diabetic and a vegetarian (he eats fish) so we were a little worried about his choices but he was so happy with everything. It was great that the hotel caters for so many different people, with huge varieties of diabetic sugar free desserts which we would never usually find. The food really was amazing as there was such a massive variety which changed every day and did not get boring. We felt that a downside would be that you are limited to only the one restaurant and do not get a chance to explore other places, but each day felt like you were dining in a different place as the choice was always different. After walking along the front and noticing that the restaurant menus were rather expensive anyway we felt that we had exceptional value eating at the hotel. For breakfast there would be a huge array of fresh fruit, cereal, pastries, croissants, churros, donuts, cheeses and cold meats, toast and cooked breakfast with every type of egg you could ask for which could be cooked fresh if you preferred. Also with breakfast you could have unlimited tea, coffee, fruit juices or even sparkling wine which was a very nice touch. For lunch and dinner there was many different types of meat and fish which were all fantastic, we got to try so many new things and couldn't fault anything. One thing we loved was the massive array of fresh salads on offer, more than you can imagine! There is also an Italian corner with different pizzas and pastas although we didn't really have this as we loved the Spanish style food. No drinks are included with lunch or dinner, we just ordered bottles of water with ours which wasn't too expensive.
Although the food was fantastic I would recommend going on a half board basis as we chose full board and simply ate far too much! The great thing is that they allow you to choose and swap between having lunch or dinner along with your breakfast and I think that two meals would have been more than enough - my husband and I have come back weighing far more than we did before we arrived!
The restaurant was exceptionally clean with fresh linen tablecloths for every family and good quality crockery and cutlery, and we did not find a single dirty plate or utensil throughout the whole week which was very good. One thing that particularly struck me was how efficient the waiting staff are, they all worked tirelessly as a team to ensure the best dining experience.
The hotels have happy hours at certain times where you get 2 for 1 drinks which makes it better value and worth doing before you go to dinner, the cocktails are lovely! Mini bar was empty on arrival and they leave a card for you to indicate items to stock it with if required, although we stocked it with our own from the Mercadona supermarket located behind the hotel Isabel. Would highly recommend trips to the supermarket only about 5 minutes walk away as drinks and food items are a fraction of the cost of the shops along the front, just for example a can of Fanta is 1.5 euro in a shop along the front versus 30 cents in the Mercadona. We bought wine and sangria from here and had a drink on our balcony to save the cost of using the bar some nights. Fortunately our room (118) had a balcony right over the terrace which overlooked the shows and it felt like we had a royal box! Most of the rooms with a side sea view have good views of the entertainment without having to pay for drinks down at the bar area, which was a definite plus! However, if you are looking to have a bit of peace and quiet or an early night then I would ask for a hotel away from the entertainment, as although this finishes by 12 it became very loud between 10.15 - 11.30 pm during the main shows which could be a problem with young children. I believe that all of the rooms with 'side sea view' overlook the entertainment.
The room itself was lovely, with a fantastic walk in shower which was very powerful and exceptionally clean. The towels were changed every day and the bed linen three times over the course of the week, with the room being cleaned every day.
All of the staff were friendly and professional and gave us good service. They could speak English however they welcome you to practice your Spanish and help you with phrases which was great for me as I have been recently learning and the staff respond very well.
The pools were lovely and clean, we used most of the pools on the complex and my son also used the indoor pool. I particularly liked the shaded areas under the canopy which was a very good idea to get out of the sun for a while. Although some people were 'reserving' sunbeds using their towels there were still plenty to go around and we never had a problem finding any. The grounds of the hotels were beautiful, all the greenery and flowers gave it a peaceful feel and it was lovely seeing wild parrots in the trees. One thing we liked is that you can freely go between all of the different facilities of the three hotels without any restriction.
Torremolinos was a lovely place in general, having never stayed there before I had the impression it was quite 'touristy' but in fact it was a very authentic Spanish area which we loved, lots to see, particularly in the older part of the town which I would recommend a walk up to, just head towards the back and up the steps (and burn off a little of dinner too!), lots of nice shopping and pretty buildings which reminded me of Mijas. Torremolinos is very very clean, and I preferred the area to Fuengirola/Los Boliches where I usually stay.
We paid 16 euros from the airport to the hotel using a taxi from the rank outside arrivals, they display set tariffs on boards next to the taxis which was useful. It is only a 15 minute journey from the aiport. We were a little disappointed that the taxis waiting outside the hotel charged us 22 euros from the same journey back to the airport, however, so it may be worth calling to arrange a price beforehand.
One more thing to mention is that there is a resident artist at the hotel Pablo and Pedro named Ingrid, she offers pastel portraits which she draws from a photo - we had one of our son and it was absolutely amazing and more lifelike than the photo itself! You can see some of her work displayed in the foyers and she is very talented.
Overall we loved the hotel and area and would definitely recommend it!
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Dear Jess H,
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I am assuming from your article that you must be a travel writer! There is so much detail about every aspect of the hotel and locality. Thank you so much for taking the time to put all your experiences down in writing.
I am so happy that you enjoyed the stay despite having too much to eat! I eat in the hotel every day and have become expert in only taking small portions from the buffet but it isn't easy!
Just one point that I would like to clarify: Half of the standard rooms (which have side sea view) look over the entertainment and the other half do not; so it is possible to choose either the quiet side or the entertainment side. A lot of people actually watch the entertainment from their balcony.
I hope taht we see you again and thank you for the great review.
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