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“Good value, great location, fantastic staff” 4 of 5 stars
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Hotel Riu Costa Lago
Ranked #14 of 72 Hotels in Torremolinos
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England
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48 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Good value, great location, fantastic staff”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

I travelled to Riu Costa Lago with 2 friends for a weeks break in the first week of July. The hotel is a 15/20 minute coach journey from the airport and less than a 5 minute walk down the road to the beach. On arrival, the reception staff laid on champagne and gave us all the information we needed for our room, safe, pool towels and dining times. You have to choose a time for dinner - either 6.30 or 8.30, but this can be changed if you're going out for the day or on a trip (they'll even give you a lunch box of fruit and water, which you can top up with food from the breakfast buffet). I would recommend taking the 6.30 sitting, as the lounge bar gets really crowded of an evening and it'll give you the opportunity to get a seat.
The rooms are dated, but they're perfectly clean and have plenty of storage. We were towards the front of the hotel, facing the road. I personally preferred this as we could see the sea and didn't have the noise of the pool/lounge bar of an evening. We did notice some rooms around the pool were on the ground floor facing the pool - they didn't have any privacy and I wouldn't have been happy in one of them!
The food was lovely, very varied with plenty of vegetables, salads and meats on offer. In the evening there's a cooking station where there's always some form of carvery meat, and fish is served every day. You can also get your bread and butter, chips, burgers, pasta etc. Breakfast offers a variety of eggs, bacon, sausage - all the usual favourites, as well as cereals, croissants and yoghurts.
The pool is smaller than expected, but I found we were able to get a few sunbeds up until about 10am. If there are a lot of you then I'd get down there early, as people do come down at 7 to put their towels on a bed and then go off to breakfast, returning at 10. The pool bar is behind the pool, with self-service wine, beer and soft drinks. The bar is staffed if you prefer spirits. This closes in the evening, with the lounge bar acting as its replacement. The only problem I found with this is that if you don't want to be around the pool you still have to go past it to get a drink from the pool bar in the day. Personally, I feel the hotel and guests would benefit from the lounge bar being open in the day, too, even if only for the self service machines. There's a lovely terrace by the lounge bar where you can sit if you can't get a sunbed!
Our group travelled during the World Cup, and so evenings were accompanied by a projection screen on the terrace showing the live matches. This refers back to my point about preferring a road-facing room as the guests become quite loud and of course the kids do scream a lot. The entertainment inside the bar was pretty standard of hotel-run entertainment. There were some Spanish dance acts, a kids' disco and entertainer, and a strange man playing the keyboard. Again, if you'd prefer to sit outside of an evening then go for the early dinner sitting and get yourself a table and chairs.
Outside of the hotel is a bus stop which can take you into Torremolinos centre, or up the road you'll find the train station which is best for trips to Benalmadena and Fuengiorola. That being said, Torremolinos is about a 30 minute walk form the hotel. Turn left out of the hotel, down the road to the beach, then turn right and just walk along the sands until you see the sign for the town centre. It's really not that far and there are lots of little shops to stop at on the way. Speaking of the beach, the sunbeds and parasols are chargeable - around 4 euros per day. We just bought those wicker mats for 2 euros and laid on them! Closer to home you'll find a small supermarket, lots of kiosks offering icecreams, crisps and drinks, the usual souvenier shops and a few bars and restaurants - lots of which are on the sandy beach with inspired barbecues made out of little boats (again left out of the hotel then right when you reach the beach).
Overall this is a nice hotel in a very good location where you can get the best everything - relaxation, shopping and bars. The staff are fantastic, they really aim to please and if you have any problems they're great at sorting it out. As an example, we needed an extra chair for the balcony. We asked in the morning, by the time we got back to our room to change for dinner the staff had put an extra chair on the balcony for us - as well as a towel-elephant :)

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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with friends
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Visited the Costa Del Sol many times over or a 15 year period, normally staying in a villa or with family, but as this visit was without the children we chose the Rui Luga Costa Lago(three Rui's in about three miles on the front) all inclusive tariff (great value).
Flight from Gatwick only 2 1/2 hours, from landing to hotel (arrive 10pm) 70 minutes drink of arrival in reception, give keys to room (68 ground floor right side looking on to the pool area).

Room very comfortable two large twin beds pushed together, fridge, shower in bath ,hairdry, shower gel etc A/C fully controllable, TV 15 channels (2 English speaking), balcony table and chairs, plenty of storage, (no tea or coffee facility) safety box (10 euros returnable )
As we arrived late they laid on a evening meal of cold meats and fruits.

The main bar stays open until midday from 6pm (busy times always three members on duty, if you could not wait self service unit just outside near patio area wine, soft drinks, beer and hot drinks)
Evening entertainment to be honest was not for us, juggler, magician, organist etc, they did show all the world cup matches.We know the area well and went out fro a stroll most evenings along the front door (500 yards from front door) and turn right, pass many small bars and restaurants open late into the small hours
The pool bar open from 10ish until 6pm again self service unit next to the bar. (ask for free nuts and olives. There are a few cocktails on offer and slush puppy drink for children.
Food we had no issues there was always some different to eat at lunch (1.30 to 3 or evenings two sittings 6.30pm or 8.15pm you are give a set table for evening meals ).Roast beef, chicken, fish, pork, fruit, ice cream, pasta, chips, cold meats, salads, sauces and deserts. (self service drink station in restaurant).
Breakfast 7.30 to 10, and a Continental breakfast available near the upstairs patio area.
Hint coffee in the jugs is strong mix it with hot milk 1/2 and 1/2 and its ok.
Pool area did get full on most days (hotel was full by rooms but not by beds) and yes there were people out at 6.30am putting towels on sun beds and not appearing to 10am.
On the beach Pepe was the cheapest for loungers and parasol 6 euros total


Must do ,day out to Gibraltar on the express coach (you get 5 hours in Gib) trip to Rhonda, Market days Tuesdays and Thursdays, San Miguel street.
There are two bus stops out the hotel, taxi rank 200 yards and La Corina train station 10 min walk (going to Malaga or Fungerola max 2 euros )


Overall no issues in recommending this hotel or the brand RUI (third stay in one) .

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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Bromsgrove, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Glass of bubbly on arrival , staff very polite & helpful - food was good plenty of choice , Brian the entertainment organiser was brilliant - never seen a man work so hard , self service bar was a bonus - never had to wait to be served , pool was smaller than it looks in picture but was good enough , table allocated for evening tea so no looking around , says men must wear long trousers for evening meal but they do allow smart cut offs , evening entertainment (brian again) was ok & quite funny at times , all in all I would visit again - very enjoyable

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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars
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3 Thank 200LOZ
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

This hotel is one of the best hotels we've stayed in, glass of champagne on arrival friendly reception staff who were very helpful over the week. The room spotlessly clean with air con and spacious, beds very comfy. The restaurant had plenty off choices with a different choice of main meal every night the hotel has a lot of different nationalities and caters for all so u can try something different if u wish. Again restaurant staff very friendly and always had time and friendly banter with the children. The pool is big enough with plenty of sun beds to go round. Day and evening entertainment was fantastic the entertainers worked there socks off to keep it all going and there professionalism shined throw . The hotel situated in a good spot with bus stop right outside the hotel to go into torremolinos.
Overall had a great holiday could not find fault with this hotel what impressed me most was that every member of staff was friendly and acknowledged us every time we passed them would defernatley go back to this hotel thanks for a very enjoyable holiday.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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3 Thank Angela868
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 via mobile

I went here on august 2013 for my honeymoon i recently just found out how to put reviews on me and my partner loved this hotel it was very clean food was great drink was great rooms were amazeing air con worked perfect we got a glass off bubbly on arrival walking distance from the beach shops buses taxis all close by entertainment was good pool was good i will be returning very soon thankyou very much for a great holiday love this place

Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

I had the pleasure of staying at this hotel with my husband and my 6 year old son who had a fantastic time ! On arrival end of june 2014 we had some bubbles which was the best start to are 5 nights holiday ! All the staff were very helpful& friendly , the food was great always plenty of choice , the swimming pool area was always very clean and tidy . The entertainment for the children was very good my son loved the mini club . The only down point would be the rooms they are slightly dated but they were clean and tidy served a purpose . The beach was only a couple of minutes walk along with the pharmacy and paper shop . Over all we had a fantastic holiday thank you all

Room Tip: We were on the 4th floor on the outside we had lovely views of the mountains .
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Belfast
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15 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Great hotel!! Was there from 2nd to 12th July
My listing of all the things that impressed me:-
Food was always tasty, varied, kept topped up, fresh, hot and well presented
Never had to wait for a table to be ready.
Everywhere was kept clean and tidy, particularly around the self service bar and food areas.
Great attention to detail - cutlery was always gleaming and plates were always sparkling.
Nothing was ever "out of order" and the ice was always kept topped up.
Staff were very friendly and helpful
Although the area directly around the pool was quite crowded there was plenty of space further back particularly in the nice grassy areas.
Nice location near beach and good long promenade.
No complaints - would recommend.
Whilst travel from airport via train is very cheap (1.75 euros per person) and quick the station La Colina is probably about half a mile from the hotel which is a bit of a distance if pulling suitcases. On leaving we got taxi from hotel back to La Colina station which cost 8 euros.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Property: Hotel Riu Costa Lago
Address: Obispo Juan Alonso, 4, 29620 Torremolinos, Spain
Location: Spain > Andalucia > Province of Malaga > Costa del Sol > Torremolinos
Amenities:
Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#9 Family Hotel in Torremolinos
#11 Luxury Hotel in Torremolinos
#11 Romantic Hotel in Torremolinos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Riu Costa Lago 4*
Number of rooms: 256
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