We had a wonderful week away for the week just before Christmas with our 18 month old. In summary we had excellent food, friendly service and some decent weather to boot!
On arrival, we were greeted with a glass of chilled juice whilst they sorted out check in (we arrived with around 30 others). This may be old hat to more experienced all inclusive trippers but after a 6am flight we found it a nice touch.
Room: The room was spacious, not withstanding the provided cot. Given we were only expecting "limited sea views" we were very happy with the extensive sea view from our balcony. The bath was adequate although it was shorter than many.
Food: We were really happy with the food. For savoury food the variety is overwhelming, with lots of the food being cooked /carved in front of you on big grill plates. Prawn paella, rare roast beef and a lentil soup with spanish sausage and chorizo, were a few highlights, but there is always at least 4 main options (including at least one fish option). The prepared puddings weren't quite as high a standard although there was always extensive fresh fruit and 4 ice creams to choose from. Breakfast again had lots of choice. An unexpected favourite was the fresh oranges. The in between meal time snacks were fine.
Drinks: The loose teas were excellent, (although a green tea option, loose or bagged, would have been nice). We were new to the AI angle but liked the fact that the cocktails were pre-prepared and then dispensed from mr slushie style machines! Alcohol wise if you want named brand drinks then this isnt for you -but they had most drinks available.
Facilities: The gym was basic, but had the required kit. the indoor pool was small, whilst the two outdoor pools were quite chilly at this time of year. We were still able to use the kids splashing pool.
Other guests: There were a couple of young couples /families, but most were either 40+ couples or elderly. But everybody made a tremendous fuss over our daughter, and a couple of German grannies even let me join their game of Rummikub.
Toddler facilities: The kids splash pool is good, and there is a basic slide on the side of the hotel. But there are also public facilities (slides etc) both 2 minutes walk away on the beach and also heading away from the beach there are several other mini play parks (5mins walks with spinny and bouncy features as well as slides and swings). There didn't appear to be organised activities for little ones outside of season (although we could see a room for this purpose).
Service: First class everywhere. The cleaner who made pretty shapes with the towels on the bed kept my wife smiling. Our daughter destroying the table cloth with pasta sauce was met with smiles.
Trips/entertainment: We didn't really book for this but the First Choice rep was very knowledgeable, and the entertainment in the bar was fine, and the compere also organised some fun activities during the day. The train station (la collina) was close enough to make it worthwhile travelling to the nearby shopping village Plaza mayor (6-7 mins ~ Euro 3.6 return) and if we go back we'd carry on to malaga where you can now take a train to Rhonda.
Overall, we would go back, we would recommend, and we would try other riu hotels. The weather and price helped (we paid for the family the per person price in summer), but more generally the hotel gave out a positive signs of a well run hotel with high standards.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- * Located 2 km from Torremolinos * Three 3, 5 & 9-storey buildings * Opposite Torremolinos beach, 50 m away * 2 km from various shops * 5 km from the airport * 10 km from Malaga * 50 m from a bus stop * 1.5 Km from the train station * Credit cards accepted: MasterCard, Amex, Visa, Diners ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riu Belplaya Torremolinos
- Hotel Riu Belplaya Torremolinos, Costa Del Sol, Spain