Riu Hotel Bella Playa
6 night stay
feb 2013 (Winter break)
Room 5 (Floor -1)
After a smooth Faultless 1hr50m British Airways flight From a Snowy Gatwick we arrived at Malaga Spain.
We picked up our pre paid Hire car (small 1.2 Fiat panda £43)which we booked through Economy Car Hire.com, I must stress pre pay your add on insurance First before you leave the UK(it cost me £12.00 for 6 days or it will sting you up to £70 on site).then off to the Hotel.
On arrival we were met with a Smiling attentive receptionist who whilst booking us in served us with two chilled glasses of Cava,(Spanish bubbly),A Very welcomed start.(well done)
We made our way to room 5 it was on floor -1 which at first was disconcerting thinking we were in the basement ,well were wrong the room was spacious with a large balcony next to the sun terrace with large patio doors, the room is equipped with TV (CRT) with only ITV+1 on it (im on holiday not here to watch TV so its ok),the room has a bath/shower with water pressure that pins you to the floor,toilet and bidet (good for cleaning you feet!),black out curtains which are great for the afternoon siesta,NO clock or alarm so bring your own,ceiling fan which is a bit noisy ,large wardrobe and bed side lights.but overall comfortable clean.NO kettle!
We were on an all inclusive basis so our first stop was the restaurant for lunch.(Now as a chef for 35 years this section will be detailed) Lunch comprised of two Fresh soups,fresh breads,at least 6 different main courses including Fish,chicken,pork,and beef (Note;If you are Muslim ….you will starve!no halal meat and lots of pork and all cooked on the same griddle so you had it!) all main courses are cooked by one of the many quality chefs ,we even had rabbit one night which was great,there is a chilled salad bar of fresh crudities and composite salads,cold meat cuts including salami,cheese,and hams about ten dressings,ample fresh fruits and desserts including ice cream with its own heated scoop bath,but If you are exploring the area you can request a packed lunch which consists of 3 pieces of fruit and a 500ml water NO CARB's.(i little disappointing if you have children as it is not balanced)
The hygiene is excellent and the temperature of the food and plates were as they should be, overall the food is excellent and plentiful,If I was to squeeze a criticism on the food it would be that some local food like seafood,dried ham,would not go a miss but its not for everyones taste (actually on Valantines day prawns and serano ham was on the menu but that may have been because of the day).Dinner and Breakfast were equally of high standard,....”great bacon”
Drinks,in the bar were good and plentiful,not branded but still good,free pour spirits and local chilled spanish beer,with a cocktail menu which is very good with some old favourites.
Drinks in the restaurant re all on tap,Red ,White,Rose wine,beer and a range of post mix “Coca Cola” brands,Tea(inc.herb infusions) coffee.
Entertainment,I must confess we were not enticed to the entertainment as it was aimed at the Dutch German clients but to be honest we explored during the day so we were too knackered to go to it.so don't read in to this much.
Overview;The RIU Bella Playa Is a Quality Hotel with extremely professional staff,a well managed clean and safe base to explore the Costa del sol,as a person that has been in the Hotel industry for over 35 years it comes highly recommended but go all inclusive just for the ease of it.
(Note to the Head Chef....Respectfully “sort your packed lunch out its the only let down”)
- Also Known As:
- Hotel Riu Belplaya
- Riu Belplaya Torremolinos
- Riu Belplaya Hotel Torremolinos, Costa Del Sol, Spain
- 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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