I was VERY concerned before visiting as I had read the recent reviews and they had got increasingly worse. DO NOT PANIC - people are complaining and over exaggerating.
Here's a little account of our holiday.
My boyfriend and I were collected from the airport and it took only 10 minutes to arrive at Belplaya, being the first drop off is brilliant! We arrived at around 11:30pm and we were greated kindly by the check in staff, along with a cold glass of orange juice in a champagne flute. There was also a light dinner layed on for us,which we had not expected.
Drinks were ample - everything you could want and the slush puppies were a life saver at the hottest point of the day! Many guests asked for vodka to be added to their slush too! The bar staff are fun and willing to serve whatever you wish for. Their alcohol measures are ALOT bigger than here in the UK. I work in a bar and their singles in Belplaya are well over double! So, for those complaining about the lack of drinks, I really do not see a problem! There are cocktails, beers, wines, spirits and soft drinks.
Food, wow, so much of it! Breakfast 8-1030, Continental 1030-12ish, Lunch 1-245, Late lunch 2-330, Snack 4-530. Dinner is a bit strange at this hotel, as it is split into sittings but so what? you pick a sitting that suits you and they are happy to accomodate if you want to change your time. We chose the sitting between 7 & 730. The second one is 845-915. There is a vast selection at every meal time. Ignore what others say about there not being enough cake, they always bring out fresh cakes. Fruit is gorgeous there, fresh pineapple and cherries. Always melon and oranges at breakfast. The pizza bar at lunchtime is yummy too - all freshly made there!
The only downside was having to vacate at 12noon as we had a late night flight home so found ourselves just pondering around, but that is no fault of the staff who were helpful all week (apart from the last day when it was a struggle to have a room to shower before our flight and ended up showering in the indoor pool showers).
Beach towels can be hired, which is useful to save on packing space. They are 10Euros for the duration of your stay and you get the 10Euros back when returned. They are happy to give you a fresh towel everyday for no extra charge.
There are a lot of sunbeds around the pool and some end up being reserved (by the large amount of Germans) but we could always get 2 beds next to each other.
The aircon, that many mentioned is pretty poor but if you're crafty and wedge some paper in the slot (whilst the keycard is in the slot then slowly remove the keycard...) that puts the rooms electric on then you can leave the ceiling fan and air con running all day and return to a nice cold room!! (my boyfriend is a genuis for figuring this out on the first day!)
The hotels entertainment is pretty average, it wasn't really our thing but we didn't go there to spend our evenings inside. There is alot to look around down the streets and a fabulous bar called 'One' just a 2 minute walk as you go along the beach from the hotel.
All in all, we had a good, relaxing holiday. We probably wouldn't return only because our next few years of holidays are planned to further afield around the world but for families,couples and the older generation I would really recommend this hotel.
- 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:
- Hotel Riu Belplaya
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