The Hotel is a 10 minute drive from the airport in a cab costing €18. You can also get a 15 minute train from Malaga to Torremolinos for around €4 and it's a 5 minute downhill walk.
Leave the hotel left and there are several beach front restaurants spaced out for about 2 miles - with good quality meals costing between €25 - €50. There is also an amusements and mini-golf course.
You can also turn up into Torremolinos town - up a winding street of small shops and restaurants. After a 10 minute walk in crowds you will find a couple of busy squares, the train station and plenty of nice bars to have a Sangria or Cocktail. Incidentally, beer was only €2 for a San Miguel in many places, so if you want to have a few one night it's good value. A jug of Sangria is between €7 and €15 so shop around if you can be bothered.
You can also turn right out of the hotel and find walk around the man-made cove to find a busy beach front strip with lots of restaurants and some lively bars. There is a great restaurant just before the cove called 'El Gato' that I couldn't recommend highly enough. My girlfriend and I ate their twice and were very impressed.
The beach is also directly in front of the hotel and is very nice, though can get a bit crowded directly in front of the Melia - so I would recommend a walk for 5 minutes either way.
Train services are also very good - we took a trip to Malaga in 15 minutes for €4.
The reception staff were first class, giving us maps, information, answering questions and taking good care of us. We had a problem with our in-room safe one day, and it was fixed within 15 minutes. We asked them to take care of our bags, and we popped in twice to take stuff out with the porter happy to help.
The bedroom was lovely, I would recommend a room facing to the right of the hotel - as you get the sun in the afternoon.
Very clean rooms that were serviced every day - we asked to be cleaned at a specific time as we came back to the room in the afternoon's, which was accommodated with no fuss. They will also come back later if you are sleeping, etc.
Excellent bath and shower with immediate hot-water and a big mirror. Hair-dryer wasn't any good, but most people who use one every day I would imagine bring their own? Don't rely on the hotel one, though.
The room also had a sofa, table and chairs, fridge, bar area, air-conditioning, safe and balcony. Decoration was maybe a bit dated, but I thought it gave it a 'classic' hotel look, which I liked. You also get a Samsung TV which has BBC channels and some other English Language channels, but not many. Lots of Spanish, German, Russian, Dutch channels.
One small gripe - it's a big hotel and is serviced by 3 small lifts on either side. So you could be waiting a while to go to your rooms. We were on floor 5 so were happy to walk down, but up was a bit of an issue after dinner/ breakfast.
There is also a Spa on-site which my girlfriend went to and informs me was very nice and she had an hour in the Spa and a massage. You will get a discounted rate if you are staying in the hotel.
I went to the Gym, which is free to hotel guests with your key card, and was pleased with the running and cycling machines, there are also some free-weights. The rowing machine was poor, as was the other equipment. However, if you fancy a run most runners were out on the promenade in the early evening which was pleasant.
The swimming pool is small for a hotel of this size and there are not enough sun-beds to go around. They could easily fit another 20/30 beds around the pool. By 9am all beds are taken, often we would take two seats for the first half an hour, with others laying on the grass. However, the pool attendant is quick to bring you a bed when one becomes available. You won't be able to save your bed for long periods with a towel, longer than 30 minutes he will take it and bring the bed to someone who wants it. Should just get more beds, though!
We had the breakfast and I would say it was good to excellent. The choice was stunning, like a cruise-ship. Cooked breakfast, cakes, cereals, cold meats, cheeses, eggs, fruit, bread of all different types. Various teas, coffees, juices were also available. You may need to queue at the door for 5 minutes at busy moments as you will be seated by a waiter - we managed to avoid this all week though we did see some queueing.
Torremolinos is a great place for a couples holiday, we had an excellent time and I would recommend the Melia to anyone.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Melia Costa del Sol is located in the resort of Torremolinos (Malaga) right in front of the Bajondillo beach and 300 m from the centre of the Torremolinos. The best option for unwinding, having fun and working in Costa del Sol, thanks to its excellent location, its complete and comfortable facilities and its superb service. The bright and welcoming double rooms (**), Junior Suites and Suites with fabulous sea views, a furnished terrace, AACC, Minibar (*), safe, LCD TV and a bathroom with hairdryer, magnifying mirror, amenities Melia; Different dining areas (Buffet Restaurant, Snack Restaurant and Lobby Bar); a renovated Sea View outdoor pool; 350 m2 Thalasso Spa Marino (*); Fitness Room; Free Wi-Fi throughout all the hotel; Parking (*); and a magnificent Convention Center with 15 meeting rooms with capacity for up to 450 people. 10 minutes from Malaga International Airport and 15 minutes from Malaga Ave station / Maria Zambrano. (*) With charge (**) Except some ground floor. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Melia Costa Del Sol Hotel Torremolinos
- Sol Melia Torremolinos
- Melia Hotel Torremolinos
- Melia Costa Del Sol Torremolinos, Spain