First impressions of this hotel were excellent. The hotel foyer/reception area is lovely and welcoming, however, I'm sorry to say the receptionist was most definitely not! His name was Salvador and I have to say the rudest, nastiest, most horrid little man I have encountered for a long time. Check-in was an experience not to be remembered!! (Letter of complaint has been left with hotel manager). The rooms are excellent and fantastic bathroom with separate shower cubicle and shower gel/shampoo provided. Rooms were cleaned/towels changed daily. Weather was very hot, approx mid 30's, and there are numerous pools scattered throughout the complex which are fairly small but the noisest were the circular pools of the Don Pablo where the children seemed to congregate! There's no need to reserve sun beds/parasols as they are plentiful. Our rooms overlooked the gardens towards Don Pablo which has nightly entertainment and finishes at midnight - be warned if you're an early to bed person!! The Don Marco is in a great location, opposite the beach and only a short stroll from the Casa San Miguel shopping area - get the lift up and walk down as there are loads of steps up a steep hill - the lift only costs half a euro and is worth it! We stayed half board - breakfasts good but some weird choices - who eats mixed veg and sprouts for breakfast?!? If you arrive after 9.00am you have to queue so a good idea to arrive between 7.30am - 9.00am. Evening meals were ok but the chef lacks inspiration and variety, okay if you like veal/pork/lamb, but got bored of the same choices every night. Again, best to get there for 6.30pm or it gets a bit of a bun fight!! I would say the resort is great for families and older people which made up most of the clientele at this hotel - Torremolinos is ok but preferred Benalmadena, where you can walk to via the promenade and takes approx 30-40 mins on foot, depending on how busy it is. If you can tolerate an early rise on holiday (0700hrs pick up) I can highly recommend the Gibraltar trip, a great day out with a superb, funny guide and the monkeys are so cute (not allowed to feed them though so don't buy monkey nuts in the bus station like I did!). After the rock trip you have about 2 hours for shopping and its very very cheap for cigarettes/alcohol. Back in time for dinner and cost 30 euros each, booked at the travel agent next to the dolphin statue roundabout. Torremolinos is not a cheap and cheerful holiday any more, alcohol and food in beachfront restaurants were pricey. We were at the Don Marco for 11 nights and I would recommend the hotel - its just a shame its in Torremolinos!
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- Also Known As:
- Sol Don Marco Torremolinos, Costa Del Sol, Spain
- Sol Melia Torremolinos
- Hotel Don Marco