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“Good Hotel, No WiFi in rooms :(” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of ClubHotel Riu Costa del Sol

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ClubHotel Riu Costa del Sol
Ranked #14 of 72 Hotels in Torremolinos
Certificate of Excellence
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40 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Good Hotel, No WiFi in rooms :(”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2013

A good hotel, in the far end of Torremelinos about 1km from the main centre. Expect a low 4 star hotel and that's about the quality. It's perfectly adequate but don't expect the Ritz.

T the end of October 2012, daytime weather was about 18 - 21 degrees, but remember this is RAINY SEASON. So it rained most days and was also quite gusty.

We were lucky enough to get a sea-view which is always a bonus and generally makes the holiday have a good start.

If you like walking, the journey to the town along the beach walk is very flat. Come out of the hotel face towards the beach, turn right and continue for about 500 metres. Look out for the amusement arcade centre on your right (thats

If you struggle to walk, remember you will be paying about 8 euros for a taxi each way.

Nice pool, and bonus of small indoor pool too, good all inclusive package. Food is okay, not truly amazing but a good choice, reasonable quality. Remember when you order a brandy and coke, their shots are 3 or 4 times our British measures! It will creep up on you!

TEA DRINKERS Important info: If like me you love your tea, take yourself a travel kettle and some Tetley as there are no tea or coffee making facilities in the room.

Torremelinos is a reasonably nice place out of season. Just don't do stupid things like walk back on your own at 2am in the morning carrying your handbag and jewellery, like anywhere else, be sensible and pay reasonable attention to safety.

Get yourself a code at reception for the gate at the beach bar end of the hotel, it will save you lots of walking. A room safe and pool towels are available for few Euro's deposit.

Finally we found the barman at the pub by the taxi rank (where they show the football) rude and needlessly aggressive, So my advice would be go somewhere else! He accused us of not paying for drinks because we sat at the table waiting for a bill rather than going up to the bar to pay. I would not recommend going there.

So It's a reasonably good hotel, only disappointment was no Wifi available in rooms.

Use the railway station about 1km up the hill in the direction of the rear of the hotel. This will get you from Torremelinos to Balemadena, Fuengirola and Malaga for about 1 euro 80 at time of writing. Compare that to UK Trains!

Also don't watch "Costa Del Crime!". If we had watched that we would have never gone. Our experience was nothing like that at all ( in October!). It was very quiet.

Don't be too picky and you will have a great holiday there.

Room Tip: See my review above - lots of tips there!
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2013

Just back costa lago stayed for a week new year really lovely hotel staff really friendly helpful . Food is excellent the head waiter Miquel went out of his to make sure everyone is happy rooms are very large there was three in our party . New Years eve was very good celebrating new year Spanish time then again an hour later would definitely visit again.

Room Tip: Ask for high floor the views are great also ask for family room .
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Gail W
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Wales
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58 reviews
10 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2013

We stayed here all inclusive from Sunday 30th to Jan 6th. The location is on the quieter end of town with nothing much going on but that suited us, you can walk miles along the front, bus stop across road, train station 10 mins away. We caught the train to Malaga with no hassle the ticket machine is simple to use and gives change. Our room was good, all staff were exceptionaly helpful & nice, cleanliness was good throughout hotel. I am a fussy eater and eat a limited diet as I dont like many foods. I found the food to be very good and always found something to eat even if it gets repetitive. I have put on 6 pounds in 1 week so that says it all. The Thomson rep Gary was very good and if you travel with them go to the welcome meeting as he gives a lot of tips on local travel. You can get train & bus timetables from reception. I would go back to this hotel as I have no negatives, each to their own opinions but I feel that some people complain about silly things like the TV stations? We had new years eve away in a warm climate for a very good price in a very good hotel.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Colchester, United Kingdom
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75 reviews
13 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2013

At first we had a bit of a problem because our room wasn't ready when we arrived even though it was well after the check in time. But they got it sorted fairly quickly with apologies so it was alright in the end. The rooms are nice. Slightly dated, but very clean and well maintained. The buffet restaurant is reasonably modern and the food is good, although not much choice so you find yourself eating the same thing a lot. The entertainment is brilliant for young children by the pool. Leo was the entertainer when we stayed here and he was excellent. Same with the evening entertainment. The kids are spoilt for choice but the adult entertainment is neglected and isn't that great.
The location is good, a few minutes from the beach and a 10 minute walk down the promenade links you on to lots of shops and bars and restaurants.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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middlesex
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28 reviews
14 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 5, 2013

Stayed here for 3 nights over New Year. Hotel couldn't be faulted, All staff were friendly and helpful, food was good and The New Years Eve Gala Buffet excellent. Had a room with bedroom and living room, the only thing I didn't like was the television was in the bedroom, but then you dont go on holiday to watch television. Bus stop right outside hotel and railway station 10 minutes walk away. This hotel is at the end of Torremelinos about 20 minutes walk to La Carihuela beach, nice walk along seafront promenade.

Room Tip: Ask for a room on the inside cos these overlook pool and gadens
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank gs1108
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Fareham
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31 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 5, 2013

We stayed for a week at this hotel on an all inclusive basis..
LOCATION: about 2km from the town centre but is on the beach and 100 metres to a regular bus service. The train station is 600metres away with 20 minute service to Malaga and/or Fuengirola and only about £1.50 single.
ROOMS: we were on the 7th floor of the main block - Size excellent overlooking the beach (side view like all rooms), cleaned daily.
FOOD: Excellent choice for all meals. Heard some people complaining but then they would never be pleased. Ok not the best I have had but certainly for us it was ok and was 4 star buffet.
STAFF: ALL staff were very friendly and both bar and restaurant service was excellent.
ENTERTAINMENT: Not our choice on several nights but only 1 person organising the entertainment and he worked VERY HARD, where in other hotels they have a team. Flamenco was boring went on too long and seemed same dance.
WIFI - yet again another hotel where wifi is only available in the reception area and is expensive €10 for 1 hour.
GLA NIGHT: A Little disappointing start for New Years Eve: After dinner we were not allowed into the bar and although we were in the marquee there was no music etc. so for 2 hours we had to hang around, BUT the rest of the night from 9.30pm was very good.
SALES: no sales team on site we wanted to get a quote for a group booking but was referred to the internet which couldnt handle our propsal!
OVERALL A GREAT EXPERIENCE - and I am an ex hotel inspector with 25 years experience.

Room Tip: Main hotel block and rooms on floor 4 upwards with a sea view (all sea view rooms are offset so you...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2013

My husband and I have stayed at the Costa Lago 5 times, 4 over Christmas. We like the location and the quiet atmosphere. Playamar as opposed to Torremolinos is very pleasant. We have always found the staff helpful and friendly. They remember us year to year. The food is excellent and the hotel is very clean. The entertainment over Christmas was good especially the flamenco. There are several English speaking TV channels. We found fellow guests approachable and willing to chat and form friendships. It is a good family hotel.The transport links are excellent and there are so many places to visit eg Cordoba, Benalmadena, Mijas and Ronda. We went to Cordoba by train and came back by bus. Both journeys were comfortable. The motorway was very smooth. We intend to stay at the the hotel again.

Room Tip: Our room was on the 1st floor overlooking the street. It had a good view and was quiet. We were plea...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Property: ClubHotel Riu Costa del Sol
Address: Paseo Maritimo 165 | Torremolinos - Malaga, 29620 Torremolinos, Spain
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Location: Spain > Andalucia > Province of Malaga > Costa del Sol > Torremolinos
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Casino and Gambling Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#9 Luxury Hotel in Torremolinos
#11 On the Beach Hotel in Torremolinos
#12 Family Hotel in Torremolinos
#13 Romantic Hotel in Torremolinos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — ClubHotel Riu Costa del Sol 4*
Number of rooms: 325
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, Amex, Visa, Diners ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Hotel Riu Belplaya
Riu Belplaya Torremolinos
ClubHotel Riu Costa Del Sol Torremolinos, Spain

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