Stayed here for one week in August 2013. I was very impressed from the start as the reception staff were very helpful when we arrived at the hotel. The reception staff remained helpful and were always on hand to help with any inquiries.
The food was the stand-out attribute at the hotel. Although it was my first time at a self-service restaurant I really enjoyed the experience as it allowed me to sample each of the different dishes on order. Both hot and cold breakfasts were on offer, I would recommend the freshly cooked omelettes to anyone! The chef was also on hand to point out what was in each of the different omelettes which was very handy. Other foods on offer included pastries and fresh fruits as well as a cooked breakfast. The only negative in terms of breakfast came in terms of the coffee (flasks) which was often extremely strong, to negate this problem I would suggest making your own using the containers of coffee available.
Lunch and dinner were superb also. For a self-service restaurant there were many waiting staff on hand to clear your empty plates away, this kept the restaurant looking clean and tidy at all times. They were also available should the drinks machines stop working, replacing empty barrels with fresh ones. Again the range of foods on offer was mind-blowing, quality was not flouted for quantity here. Each of the three tables served something different, the cold table generally stocked salads and cold rice dishes, the hot table served the dishes of that particular day and the chef's table served something slightly different, fish steak in sauce, paella or something else traditional in Spain.
There is also an 'Andaluz' restaurant serving Andaluz style food typical of the region that the hotel is in. This restaurant overlooks the pool and is smaller and quieter than the main dining area, perfect for a special meal such as a birthday or anniversary.
The facilities were fantastic. There was plenty to do in the daytime with a small gym offering a change to work out those excess calories consumed in the restaurant! There was also a pool table (2 euros per game) and a table-tennis table for those of a sporting nature. The pool was slightly disappointing, although it was of a fair size, the number of people spreading the length of the pool made swimming near-impossible. This was not helped by the fact that the 'deep' end is split across the width, not the length of the pool.
The daytime entertainment was excellent. A small group of entertainers provided a number of opportunities to get involved, a great chance to meet other guests that were staying at the hotel. Water-volleyball, darts, killer pool and mini-golf are all the activities that were provided during my stay.
In contrast, we found the evening entertainment to be disappointing. The entertainment room was warm and clammy which did not help, however the entertainment itself was a little uninspiring. There was no karaoke and the dancing, if there was any, always ended quite early or petered out to an automated system, rather than somebody playing or singing live.
The location is ideal if you'd rather be in the calmer half of Torremolinos. The hotel is on the sea front, perfect for visits to the beach! It is, however, a fifteen minute walk from the more lively part of the resort. The harbour is one and a half hours walk away from the hotel but is a must-see visitors attraction.
Overall, this was a lovely week break with plenty to see and do. I would definitely recommend this hotel to any families considering a break in the south of 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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- Also Known As:
- Riu Belplaya Torremolinos
- Hotel Riu Belplaya Torremolinos, Costa Del Sol, Spain