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“Still OK, but some changes since our past visit” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Rio Real Golf Hotel
Ranked #30 of 71 Hotels in Marbella
Certificate of Excellence
Kortrijk, Belgium
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7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Still OK, but some changes since our past visit”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 8, 2014

We stayed here before, and were looking forward to another relaxing break at this hotel. We stayed in the eagle suite again. The room is fantastic, i love the bath tub with a view. The rooms are really clean. We had a good night sleep, but the pillows were too soft. Golf course is well maintained. At first we were somewhat disappointed in the breakfast. It used to be a huge buffet with ample choice. Now, you choose continental breakfast (cheap but really basic) or à la carte breakfast. We chose the à la carte breakfast. Still, in our opinion the choice is limited. For instance there is not a lot of bread choice, only toast- baguette- croissant. We got used to this but we prefer larger choice at breakfast. If you stay here, you have to rent a car. Reception staff is very polite and very helpful. We like the people who work there a lot.

Room Tip: Eagle suite is great.
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank Gentilina
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HotelRioReal, Director de Recepción at Rio Real Golf Hotel, responded to this review, July 6, 2014
Dear Guest,

Thank you for your feedback following your recent stay at Río Real Golf Hotel.

We endeavour everyday to improve our quality of service and it is very important for us to hear all comments from our guests.

Thank you vey much for your good comments about all our staff.

We look forward to welcoming you back on your next visit to Río Real Golf Hotel.

Yours sincerely,
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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Cork, Ireland
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197 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 195 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 21, 2014 via mobile

We played here nearly four years ago and it beat the group of 12 "golfers" up. So we promised the next time we visited Malaga we'd make the trip to Rio Real. The course was in great condition and it once more beat us up but not as badly this time. Greens were fast and the fairways were in great condition. The river comes into play on a lot of the front 9 but when the wind blows the course really shows its teeth. If you're a reasonable golfer and enjoy a challenge it's well worth a visit. So we designed holes and varied design. From elevated tees to right handed doglegs where you have to play for position. The 18th is a great finishing hole with a reasonable chance of birdie. The staff were friendly and plenty of parking. So if you think you're playing well go and test yourself. Enjoy the punishment.

Stayed April 2014, traveled with friends
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1 Thank AJ&Keats
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HotelRioReal, Director de Recepción at Rio Real Golf Hotel, responded to this review, June 22, 2014
Dear Guest,

Thank you very much for your very positive review of Río Real Golf.

Also for all the information you have included in your review, which we trust any golfer will find very useful.

Thank you once again, and we look forward to welcoming you back on your next visit to Río Real Golf.

Yours sincerely,
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Bradford-on-Avon, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 20, 2014 via mobile

This was our second trip to Rio Real. A four night break mid may, the hotel is beautiful and the golf very good. We stayed in one of the Eagle Suites which overlooked the course and was of a very high standard.
The staff are friendly and very helpful.
We didn't get to dine in the hotel preferring a short cab ride into Marbella.
One negative comment, don't bother to book the continental breakfast, quite a let down. A coffee, juice, croissant and a slice of toast every day!
However we will be back!

Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Thank PKTouring
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HotelRioReal, Director de Recepción at Rio Real Golf Hotel, responded to this review, June 22, 2014
Dear Guest,

Thank you very much for your positive review of Río Real Golf Hotel and for your feedback.

Also for all the information you have included in your review, which we trust any traveller will find very useful.

Thank you once again, and we look forward to welcoming you back on your next visit to Río Real Golf Hotel.

Yours sincerely,
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Amersfoort, The Netherlands
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60 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 9, 2014

We were here in May '14 for 10 days and the golf course was in nearly perfect condition. It would have been perfect if the bunkers were more kept with finer and more sand.
The Hotel was also 'Very Good' not 'Excellent': the service was friendly but somewhat slow, depending on the people working. We had one evening when two men were waiting the tables and this was one of the evenings when I wished we had chosen to have dinner somewhere else. The table was not set once it became clear that we would have dinner (not only drinks), there were no napkins, we had to ask for cutlery and it took a long time for dinner to be served. Otherwise the service was very good - excellent.
Sports accommodation (other than golf) was a tennis court and swimming pool were fine. We did not use the spa/ massage opportunity.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
1 Thank CNH_65
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HotelRioReal, Director de Recepción at Rio Real Golf Hotel, responded to this review, June 22, 2014
Dear Guest,

Thank you for your feedback following your recent stay at Río Real Golf Hotel.

In response to the first point about the bunkers, we have made maintenance works and now all bunkers are in good conditions.

Regarding your second point, we have sent your comments to F&B manager.

We endeavour everyday to improve our quality of service and it is very important for us to hear all comments from our guests.

Thank you and we look forward to welcoming you back on your next visit to Marbella.

Yours sincerely,
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 6, 2014

Just return from the rio real hotel on the 5 th may 2014 great holiday great hotel rooms very nice bit on the small side but can't complain great views of the golf course from the balcany the staff would do anything for you very helpful and polite most spoke very good English golf was good and enjoyable although the course is a little on the tight side but no complaints at all would stay again and play this and other courses again

  • Stayed May 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
1 Thank James B
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HotelRioReal, Director de Recepción at Rio Real Golf Hotel, responded to this review, June 22, 2014
Dear Guest,

Thank you very much for your very positive review of Río Real Golf Hotel and for awarding us such fantastic ratings; it is great to hear that you would return.

Also for all the information you have included in your review, which we trust any traveller will find very useful.

Thank you once again, and we look forward to welcoming you back on your next visit to Río Real Golf Hotel.

Yours sincerely,
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Manchester, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
28 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 1, 2014

We have played golf at the superb Rio Real many times over the past decade, a course none of our group ever tires of returning to.

A well laid out, classic parkland course with well established tree lines awaits the new visitor. Greens are always in good condition, fairways superbly defined, the course is always presented in an impressive manner.

Several holes are memorable, but the breath taking tee shot off 11 is worth the visit alone. Holes 1, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17 and 18 also offer up terrific golfing holes.

Our group comprises of the usual mix of low single figure players to high 20s handicappers, and this course is popular with all abilities. It is fair to say that if you go in the tree line, you are penalised, but are more than likely to find your ball. You need to be very wild to be losing a bag full of balls at Rio.

Off course, the clubhouse is smart, pro-shop well stocked, food very good and the staff always friendly in our experience. I would not hesitate in recommending Rio Real to anyone looking to play golf in the area.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank Richpickings69
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HotelRioReal, Director de Recepción at Rio Real Golf Hotel, responded to this review, June 22, 2014
Dear Guest,

Thank you very much for your positive review of Río Real Golf and for awarding us such fantastic ratings of our staff & facilities.

Also for all the information you have included in your review, which we trust any traveller will find very useful.

Yours sincerely,
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Lichfield
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31 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 14, 2014

Just spent four days in the Rio Real golf hotel in Marbella. The hotel is fabulous and as it was early in the season it was not busy. The golf course according to my son who loves golf was excellent. It is a beautifully decorated hotel with great views. We had dinner one evening and the food was excellent. The restaurant was not busy, in fact just two tables but it did not detract from a lovely dinner. The area where the hotel is situated is amazing, so tranquil and peaceful. I would highly recommend this hotel especially if you love golf. The only one slight downside was the rooftop pool which was very very cold but I am sure in the height of summer this warms up significantly. Loved it!!!

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
1 Thank AnnKB
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HotelRioReal, Director de Recepción at Rio Real Golf Hotel, responded to this review, April 26, 2014
Dear Guest,

Thank you very much for your very positive review of Río Real Golf Hotel and for awarding us such fantastic ratings.

Also for all the information you have included in your review, which we trust any traveller will find very useful.

Thank you once again, and we look forward to welcoming you back on your next visit to Río Real Golf Hotel.

Yours sincerely,
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Property: Rio Real Golf Hotel
Address: urbanizacion Golf Rio Real S/N, 29603, Marbella, Spain
Location: Spain > Andalucia > Province of Malaga > Costa del Sol > Marbella
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #30 of 71 Hotels in Marbella
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Rio Real Golf Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 30
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