Travelled to this hotel with my sister from 1st - 8th May for a break away.
Having seen some of the recent reviews I thought I'd add one to give a balanced point of view (hopefully).
I think the main downfalls of the Hotel is that it's advertised as a 4* & it's as Rui property. Firstly star ratings are given for facilities & not how modern/luxurious the hotel is and as somebody has previously mentioned you can not compare a new Rui property in the carribean to an old hotel in the med.
The hotel itself is dated and in need of modernisation, however we found the staff helpful (esecially Jose on reception) and the rooms cleaned to a good standard. The free use of the mini fridge in the room is a bonus and enjoyed having both BBC world news & E4 channels on the TV.
The food was average to good, but we always found something to eat and what I did have was always enjoyed - the carvery meat each evening in particular was very good. The hotel still runs two sittings for evening meals; 7pm or 8:45pm, we were initially given 8:45pm, but reception agreed to swap this to the earlier sitting for us. The Hotel WILL enforce these times & turn away anyone trying to access the restaurant when it's not their time. Whilst it's advertised as AI, it is more like full board with drinks. There is a small "snack bar" which opens later in the aftrenoon, but this only contains bread rolls with some ham & cheese & the left over cakes from breaksfast. Once these are consumed (very quickly we found!) it's not really replaced.
The hotel will provide pool towels for a deposit of 10 euro, the safety deposit box in each bedroom can be used for 20 euro deposit & the hotel have a few hairdryers which again are a 20 euro deposit. The hairdryers in the bathroom are useless - take your own!!
The evening entertainment was laughable - they only have one entertainer day & night & although he tried very hard it is impossible with just one person.
So would I recommend this hotel?? If you get a really good deal, then yes go, otherwise I'd go for the Sol Prinicpe Hotel just up the road which has recently been refurbished & looks lovely.
**Out & About**
La Colina train station - 15 min walk from hotel (turn right out of hotel, up the hill, right at the roundabout & station on the left). This train will take you to Malaga all the way through to fuengariola & is soooo easy & cheap. The ticket machine can display in english & only costed 2 euro 15 for a return ticket to malaga.
L2 bus - this is the local bus which will take you to Torremolinos bus station in the resort centre. Stops outside the front of hotel or along the seafront. Only costs 1 euro 20 each (single).
Walking to Torremolinos Centre - the guide book said 15 min walk, although we found it to be more like 30mins. Walk along the seafront until you come across a big orange, just before the orange is an alleyway which leads to several flights of stairs (i believe about 120 steps) walk up these & you are in teh resort centre with all the shops. My advice; get the bus there & walk back, much easier on the legs!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- * Located 2 km from Torremolinos * Three 3, 5 & 9-storey buildings * Opposite Torremolinos beach, 50 m away * 2 km from various shops * 5 km from the airport * 10 km from Malaga * 50 m from a bus stop * 1.5 Km from the train station * Credit cards accepted: MasterCard, Visa, Diners ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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