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“Great holiday but slight improvements needed” 4 of 5 stars
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Hotel Riu Belplaya
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Paseo Maritimo 165 | Torremolinos - Malaga, 29620 Torremolinos, Spain   |  
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“Great holiday but slight improvements needed”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013

We are a couple in our early 40s and we spent a fabulous week here at the beginning of June. We were by far amongst the youngest in this hotel but that actually was great. There was no loud music at the pool, no screaming children and hotel room and corridor was quiet. Exactly what we wanted. A break away from it all.

We flew into Malaga airport and easily made our own way to the hotel on the train. Get off at la colina station and its a 20 minute walk downhill. It cost €1.90 and we had printed off google maps to show us our walk.

On arrival at the hotel we were early for check in so room wasnt ready, but we were given a cold drink and allowed to start using all inclusive facilities. Room was ready at about 1pm and we were really pleased to be upgraded to a sea view room, when we had booked and paid for a standard room. Really disappointing no free wifi! Surely in this day and age all hotels should now have free wifi in all rooms and areas.

Our room was spacious and quiet but this is where I think improvements could be made. The air con was really poor, the hair dryer was useless (reception will lend you another), the towels are really thin and quite rough, the toiletries are not good and the decor badly needs updated and modernised. My biggest bugbear was the shower - it changed temperature of its own accord and it had a curtain which ended up sticking to you. Horrible!!! Please get glass shower doors in your upgrade. However the room was clean, towels changed daily, sheets changed once in the week and had British channels on tv.

We loved the area and walked loads. Turn left and walk for 20 minutes to Los Alamos, turn right and walk for 30 minutes to la carihuela. You can also walk into the main town of Torremolinos quite easily but it is uphill from the seafront. I believe there is a lift if needed. We took the train to Malaga for an evening and also to Plaza Major a big shopping centre nearby. The hotel arranged for us to go on a bus trip to Gibraltar for a day. It's worth it to see Gibraltar but the bus journey is long as it picks up from so many other hotels.

The staff at the hotel were really great and so helpful. We loved the food and the drinks especially the mojitos! You could get bottles of water to drink and bowls of nuts or olives at the bar. Pool towels were provided and you could change these at reception. It was easy to get sunbed even if you didn't go to the pool until late morning or afternoon. I used the spa and had a pedicure for €32 which I thought was dear. The entertainment wasn't really up to that much, but we always went in at about 9.30pm and easily found a seat. You may have to share a table. There was music and dancing and it was fun to watch some people on the dance floor.

All in all it was a great stay and I would recommend..

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Malaga, Spain
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18 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2013

Stayed here for two nights in June. I was a little bit wary as all inclusive hotels can be a little rough around the edges. However, we found the Belplaya to be a lovely hotel.The staff were helpful and friendly and upon arrival at reception we were presented with a champagne glass of orange juice, a nice touch. My friend also was upgraded for free from a single to a double room so he could be next to us.
The hotel itself was clean and spacious. Loved the beer and wine taps dotted around the hotel. Plenty of ceverza was drunk! There is a pretty pool bar where a barman will make you cocktails and G&Ts etc. The buffet restaurant was slightly disappointing, not for lack of choice, but the quality wasn't amazing. But, to be honest, this didn't bother us as we were too busy having fun!
It's a 30 second walk to the beach, parking was free. All in all, a brilliant mini break was had and we will definitely return.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2013

Went back after visiting last year, and it still proves to be a decent hotel, friendly staff, very clean, and excellent location near beach, however as a vegetarian I was disappointed with the offerings compared to last year, when they made the effort to provide options at lunch and dinner, this time it was dinner only, and the offerings were basic and poor , one night the main meal was " selection of mixed vegetables" say no more.
Also the entertainment was almost non existent, and in the evening there really isn't much reason to stay in the hotel.
Having said all of that, it still provides good value, and is an OK place to spend a week, been in worse places !

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  • Stayed June 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2013

Just returned from the Riu Belplaya after a weeks holiday we were two couples in rooms 428 and 429. We went with sister and brother-in -law, who have never been abroad before, we are frequent travellers. We have stayed in Riu hotels before in the Caribbean, but never in Europe. We were not disappointed, we had a friendly greeting from reception staff when we arrived, which continued all through our stay. Any information required about the resort and hotel was easily obtained from them when the rep was not around, to be fair she was always there at the times she stated. Although we are all able bodied, we were amazed at how well they cater for disabled people and young families. Rooms were spotless as was everywhere else in and around the hotel, maid cleaned the rooms everyday. We had two excellent rooms with lovely pool and sea views being on the fifth floor which was the top floor in one of the blocks very quiet. The food was plentiful and a varied choice we did not get bored or find it difficult to find a different choice each meal time.The waiters and waitresses were brilliant we were given a table number which was allocated to us throughout our stay but only for evening meals we also recommend that the men take long trousers as they do not like men wearing shorts at evening meals, any other time is ok.We only had a weeks stay but wish we could have gone for two. Would highly recommend this hotel.

Room Tip: top floor with a sea view worth paying the extra for
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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Scunthorpe, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2013

Just returned from 2 weeks at Belaplaya we had a brilliant time the room was perfect and so was the food and drink we thought the entertainment staff did a really good job there are only three of them. The only down side is that some parents should have more control over there children. We will return the staff were all very friendly and helpful

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 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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Derby, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2013

Had two weeks here in June. Check in fast and informative, having arrived after ten at night we did not expect dinner but a buffet albeit limited was available for us. Room was overlooking reception roof, over pool area and looked out to sea.220. Plenty of food at mealtimes and plenty of variety. The Andalucian restaurant which was in the pool bar in the evening was also a buffet but more relaxed than the main restaurant. Rooms very clean as we're the public areas. Staff were very polite and friendly , nothing too much trouble. It was good to also see the management out and about the hotel. Air on not very efficient but not too hot. Ceiling fan useful. Room walls quite thin so could here other people which didn't' bother us too much. The wine was a little insipid and as we do not drink spirits etc would have expected a better quality wine. Would return and would recommend.

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Larkhall, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2013

Came back 12 days ago , hotel was clean, staff friendly , rooms good , food good but entertainment very poor , day time pool games were child like and the evening entertainment very poor and difficult to get seats but the main problem was the local drinks , totally tasteless and very low quality.
I don't want to sound like an alcoholic but I like to relax in the evening with a couple of drinks and for the price paid for all inclusive the local drink was awful, beer,spirits and wines , I would not go back to this hotel and would not recommend it to anyone.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Paseo Maritimo 165 | Torremolinos - Malaga, 29620 Torremolinos, Spain
Location: Spain > Andalucia > Province of Malaga > Costa del Sol > Torremolinos
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Casino and Gambling Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#8 On the Beach Hotel in Torremolinos
#10 Luxury Hotel in Torremolinos
#14 Romantic Hotel in Torremolinos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Riu Belplaya 4*
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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Hotel Riu Belplaya Torremolinos, Costa Del Sol, Spain

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