My fiance and I stayed here with our 14 month old son the first week of Spetember when it was still the summer holidays both in the UK & Spain. It is a very Spanish resort and the English are certainly a minority here (or at least they were the week we went) so I would advise taking a phrase book and be prepared to use it, which of course we should be doing anyway !
The hotel itself is very big and is split into two halves the modern side and the older style family apartments. When we first arrived at the hotel we had to wait in a very long queue to check in, for a hotel of this size one receptionist is not sufficent. We had requested a family room and were pleased to find this had been allocated to us but after a long walk from reception we were dismayed to find a 70's hi de hi nightmare await us. Everything was dated and orange from floor to ceiling, not very relaxing! Im sure that most people wouldn't have a problem with it as it was clean and had a seperate lounge area but as i said before it was very hi de hi. I knew straight away I couldn't stay there so asked to be moved to another room which they were more than happy to do. It was only a standard double in the newer part so not as spacious but it was perfect and we had a gorgeous sea view.
We stayed half board and the food was lovely, lots of choice and the waiters were very friendly with our son as were they with other children, considering the mess he made im suprised they raised a smile at us most of the time ! As the hotel is so big it gets very busy at meal times. Unless you are there at opening time be prepared to queue. There is a nice open area to eat but be warned that smoking is allowed and even if you sit away from everyone else someone will think nothing of sitting next to you and sparking up regardless of you having children. My only complaints about the food is that they don't cook omlettes to order in the morning which im guessing is due to the size of the hotel and you have to get your own coffee from the machine.
The pools are very clean and well maintained. The kids pool is excellent but the sunbeds around it must go at the crack of dawn ! We only ventured to the beach once as it was so hot and the sand was literally burning our feet also worth bearing in mid the sunbeds are about 3E each.
The main reason I choose this hotel was because it is so child friendly and has a baby club starting from 3 months however we only used it once for about 5 mins as it was very chaotic and our son didn't want to stay. It opens most mornings for a few hours and everyone drops off their kids at the same time so its a complete nightmare, added to that there only seemed to be 2 adults in the baby/toddler section to look after 10+ kids. Unless your child is quite independant or a bit older I wouldn't reccommend it as they just don't have enough staff to look after all the children.
Overall in the main holiday season I think this hotel is all about families and I certainly wouldn't of wanted to go here if we didn't have children as there are literally kids everywhere. I heard the entertainment was good but I don't think it started until 10pm and we were usually in bed by then due to our early starts. Im not sure if I would go again as I wasn't very keen on the resort due to the lack of shops and bars but the hotel itself was very, very good and great for a family holiday
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sol by Melia present Sol Príncipe Hotel, is located in Torremolinos (Malaga) right on the beachfront with direct access to the promenade, to the beautiful Playamar Beach and numerous bars (typical restaurants on the sand) specialized in "fried fish." 27,000 m2 of facilities make Sol Principe a spectacular hotel with day and night activities for children and adults; ideal for family vacations. The rooms of different categories with magnificent views of the sea or to the Spectacular Caribbean lagoon-style swimming pool surrounded by exotic gardens. Air conditioning, LCD TV 43", Safe (*), Mini fridge, hairdryer and a large furnished terrace (table / chairs); 4 swimming pools for adults (1 indoor) and 1 for children, Solarium and hammocks; different dining spaces, beauty salon; Wireless internet access (free) throughout the hotel, fitness, live music. also has 14 meeting rooms with capacity for up to 750 people. (*). Adapted for disabled guests, private car park (*). (*) With charge ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sol Principe Torremolinos, Costa Del Sol, Spain
- Sol Principe Hotel
- Hotel Sol Principe