We have just returned from a 4-night stay at the Royal Costa Hotel. Firstly, we were very happy with the transfer time....just ten minutes by bus! We found out later that we could've got the train which would've been even quicker at 6 minutes, with the Los Alamos train stop just 2 minutes walk from the hotel.
We arrived at the hotel at 10pm, which is when the restaurant was due to close. Straight away, the very friendly lady on reception put our all-inclusive wristbands on us, told us to leave our cases at the reception and go straight into the restaurant if we wanted food/drinks and the staff in there were more than happy to let us sit and eat, even though it was meant to be closing! We were really happy with this.
The restaurant was spotless and there was plenty of choice food-wise. A great selection of hot and cold dishes were available with a small bar at the rear of the restaurant where staff were serving draft San Miguel and wines to accompany our meal.
Once we'd finished in there, we collected our cases and headed up to our room. We were very pleasantly surprised with the room, it was spacious and very clean. We were also impressed with the view from the balcony, particularly the next morning when we realised we had a pool AND sea view!
Breakfast was good, with plenty of fruit, meats, cheese, bread and also hot options available. The train station was nice and close and it enabled us to do some exploring between our all-inc meals. The train is cheap and just 2 stops (approx 10 mins) to Torremolinos and that's where we went on our first morning. The trains seem to run every 20 minutes so that was fine.
The pool area at the hotel was great and the bar staff were helpful and happy. We were impressed to see a fridge stocked with snacks that we could help ourselves to throughout the day.
There was plenty of variety food-wise at lunch and dinner, more than what we expected...again no complaints there!
One lovely surprise was finding out there is a beach in Los Alamos, under 10 minutes walk from the hotel, which I thought was even nicer, and quieter than Torremolinos beach. There were some lovely bars/restaurants there too. Closer to the hotel, there are 3 or 4 bars/restaurants and a shop - which are all 4 or 5 minutes' walk from the Royal Costa, so ignore the reviews which say the area is completely dead.
My partner and I would recommend the Royal Costa to anyone looking for a quiet break, but close enough to transport links which enable you to get out and about at a very low price. It was perfect for us.
I really can't work out what some people expect from a 3-star Spanish hotel. There's a lot of moaning on here which really has nothing to do with the hotel (noisy guests, quiet area etc etc). Our experience there was brilliant and can't think of anything we weren't happy with. My partner was an air hostess for 10 years and she said it was one of the nicest Spanish hotels she'd ever stayed in.
The easiest thing is, DO YOUR HOMEWORK before you book it! Look at photos, read about the hotel and the area as much as you can...(not just on Trip Advisor). That is what we did.
If you want in-your-face partying then it won't be for you but I would say this should be rated higher than a 3-star. EXCELLENT value for money. We loved it and will be going back.
We stayed in room 208 which was brilliant, with lovely views.
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