stayed for only 8 days on the 24th october due to the hotel closing for refurbishment of the rooms.
went to see the new room and some rooms are having the bath out and a large shower put in. they are done in purple/lilac with runners on the bed and cushions.
well back to the warm and wet. the bedrooms were warm and the weather was wet.
in 8 days we had 2 sunny days (husband was lucky and got the sun for his birthday.) and 3 totally wet days and 3 cloudy days.
i e-mailed for a sunny room with sea view as it was a special occasion for my husbands birthday. i received no reply but they said they had received it on arrival and said they were giving us a nice room.
well it was on the 6th floor in the main building number 609.
when we walked in the heat hit us. it wasnt a very sunny day but the room was too hot for us.
on arrival i has asked it the air con in the hotel was on and the man said no.
room 609 had no ceiling fan and only a tiny door onto a tiny balcony.
it had a picture window but no patio door and the 2 lovely chairs faced the wardrobe.
the only good thing about the room was it had a great view of the coastline but it was also too high for us. 2 wash basins in the bathroom.
so we went back to reception to find a room with a ceiling fan and these rooms were all in the annexe.
we had room number 230 and it was cooler with a ceiling fan( which was neccesary )
the temp outside was 19 degrees even when raining but the bedrooms were warm, but the ceiling fan moved the air round.
only 1 wash basin in the bathroom this time. no problem there then. but no magnifying mirror.
230 was a bigger room than 609 and i thought 609 looked very poor.
230 had patio door but the bed in the room did not face the sea. so when sitting up in bed you cant see the sea. alternate bedrooms will have sea views from the bed.
i have been in other hotels where all the beds in the hotel face the same way toward the sea.
we faced the east in this room so we didnt get any sun so it kept the room cooler but could still see the sea from the balcony.
one of our pillows had no pillowcase either!! not nice
tiled floors but a bedside rug would be nice.
when i asked if they had a survey form, they said no!! they dont want to know as other folk have reported(regarding break ins)
the wardrobes are massive 10 foot long so thats a good point. but doors were stiff to push. plenty of drawers but the new rooms will have less drawers.
i wasnt leaving anything to chance for my husbands birthday so i had mentioned it in the e-mail and on the day of arrival.(first time husband had been away on his birthday).
the day arrived and we were brought a basket of fruit and at the evening meal there was a candle on the table and a bottle of cava in the ice bucket. very nice.
but why do we have to set our own breakfast tables in riu hotels. 3 star hotels set your own but 4 star hotels should be set for you.
the tv in the room was not a flat screen , but that doesnt bother us but the remote was just an up and down button. so if i wanted channel 1 for the spanish and my husband wanted channel 17 you had to do a lot of button pushing. you cant flick between the two. there was also lots of missing channels and when we were watching a programmes there was hissing and buzzing between camera shots and everyone had long faces!! the worse tv i have ever watched. 6 channels missing out of 25 channels as well.
i asked if they had better tv remotes, ones with all the numbers like all the other hotels have and i was told no because they didnt want customers altering the order of the channels!!!!
the man at reception said you would be suprised what people get up to!!!!
funny that all other hotels can trust the customers with a decent remote.
theyll be charging for the remote soon!!!
asked for a wake up call one morning and the man had to come to our room as our phone wasnt working. so thank god i didnt need to use it in an emergency.
only 40 people left by the last day but still had a queue sometimes for the food, so i dread to think what it is like when the hotel is full and we were still having 2 sittings with only 40 people.
two men on reception were pretty gloomy and brusque and only one other had a smile. only 1 person at a time on reception so i was kept waiting a lot.
it took 3 days to get 2 more pillows. i usually ask the maid in spanish for them and i wished i had.
the lights on our landing by the stairs and lifts were out 3 nights running and i had to tell them about this. also the lights outside at the front of the hotel were out one evening and it was difficult to see the steps.
on the last day all the fridges were brought out of the empty rooms (we were the only people on our landing) and it was like dr who and the daleks, with them all on the landing. when they were moved each fridge left water behind, which i skiddded on. very dangerous. had to tell them about that too.
food was ok and it had its moments like the current loaf and the crepe suzettes for dinner and the night we got pork ribs with loads of pork on and they were delicious and when i asked the manager if they ever had lamb, he rung the chef to see if he had any in the freezer and then cooked it specially for only me and my husband. so that was a nice gesture.
but we didnt see the breakfast sausages after 2 days, instead we got curled fried ham and if you like scrambled eggs well you wont get the proper stuff here, you will get scrambled omlette. which looked a bit soggy and it took me a few days to work out what it was meant to be.
potatoe wedges for breakfast were lovely but we only got them for 2 days.
the dance room and the restaurant could have had bettter air con. it was very warm everywhere.
the manager told me that to change from heating to air con would take 2 days!!! an old system.
the uplighter in the bedroom gave off heat , so i kept that off and when they get the new flat screen tvs in they will give off heat too.
on the spanish evening there was 3 managers to greet us in the restaurant and buenas noches and good evening was coming from all three of them and then the same from all the chefs and cooking staff all through the dinner, 15 times at least. i felt loved but after a bit it got too much.
in the evening a couple of nights the entertainment finished at 10pm. a bit early and nothing else to do. but another night a duo played for dancing but they wouldnt play anything latin/spanish and another night another man played loads of latin/spanish music.
the sea front gate is not secure( they promise it will be soon!!!) and the exit door from the annexe is propped open during the day for easy access. this is not good practise and i went one night at 8pm and it was dark to check on the door and it was still wedged open. i told the manager and he said they have security to check the doors later but there were empty rooms galore all with the doors off the catch waiting for squatters. all the rooms had beds in but kept off the catch for some reason.
as we were the only ones on our landing it seemed a bit scary and i would not have liked to have been a lone woman on that floor.
theives know that the exit door is propped open and they have full access to all the annexe bedrooms.
the fire alarm went off at 8.30am one morning and i looked onto the corridor but i saw no one and smelt nothing and after 2 minutes it went off. reception said it was a mistake!!!! but if you had been asleep you would have had a shock.
there is a ginger cat that spends all its time mostly on a sunbed. goodnes knows what it will do for the next 4 months.(been there for 7 years) no sunbed for it and no petting. it seemed a happy cat but there was another cat round by the annexe that mewed and mewed and i thought it seemed hungry. they should have a feeding house for the cats like they do in the canaries. it was very sad to see it.
staying at the amaragua next april so i will see if that is better or worse.
by the way the beds seemed firm but i slept well and didnt feel as though i had slept on a board all night. the beds are changing in the refurbishment. they can be highered for the maids to clean under.
it was a smallish room so we decided to change for another
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- * Located 2 km from Torremolinos* 3-storey and 7-storey buildings* 2,500 garden* Separated from beach only by the beachfront promenade* 700 m from Puerto Marina* 700 m from various shops* 8 km from the Malaga airport* 100 m from a bus stop ... more less
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