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ClubHotel Riu Costa del Sol
Ranked #15 of 71 Hotels in Torremolinos
Certificate of Excellence
Gateshead, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“worth the money”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2013

my wife and I visited the riu belplaya for a week september 8th travelling with jet2 on an allinclusive basis.We found the jet2 check in both in the uk and spain to be very efficient so the holiday began well.
the belplaya hotel its self is a bit dated but everything after that is pretty good this being largely due to the quality of the staff.
The bed room was pretty standard,with no particular view as the balcony over looked what appeared to be a derlic block of apartments and a rubbish skip but the room was spotless clean and pretty quiet and after sampling a rock hard pillow we made our own using a blanket we found in the ward robe the following day and without having to ask both pillows were replaced by the maid for softer ones which we thought was pretty good.
The restaurant food was veryvery good and the restaurant staff very curteous and the hotel manager was there every sitting to make sure everyone was happy a rare occurence in some hotels we have stopped in.
the pool was a salt water pool and felt cold to enter but after a few minutes became refreshing.some people never gave it a chance and dipped their fingers in but once in it was nice.
The entertainment staff were excellent without being in your face and bearing in mind they were entertaining several nationalities with different sense of humours they worked extremely hard and there were also some very good proffessional acts on .Unfortunately there are large areas of the concert room were the visibility is poor or none existent so you have to get in early to get a good seat.
The hotel has some very good touches such as the self service drinks machines supplying wines coffee beer and soft drinks which reduced the wait at the bar which is excellent and should be introduced in all allinclusive hotels..
The age of the clientel are mainly of the older generation we found with a lot of repeat guests returning year after year so the hotel must be doing something right as this group are usually hard task masters.
All in all if you are looking for a spotless hotel with very friendly staff, smoking friendly with good food and drink and entertainment this hotel is for you

Room Tip: if you want a room with a good view the rooms on theright wing appear to be better than the left
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2013

Stayed in the Riu Monica (Nerja) last year - the Belplaya, 1st - 12th September, while busier is certainly on a par.Excellent corner bedroom with wrap around balcony on the 5th floor - sun all day, wonderful sea view and spotlessly clean.Staff friendly and helpful.Food very good with a wide choice - disappointing that dress code rule (men) for dinner is not applied! Lovely walk into Torremolinos along the sea front or get the local bus from outside the hotel into the town centre, walk down through the shopping arcades to the sea front and stroll back. Very impressed with Torremolinos.

Room Tip: We chose a higher floor (5) large with wrap around balcony and sun all day - wonderful sea view.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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 Reviewed September 17, 2013

My husband and myself stayed here for seven days, the week commencing September 5th. We were greeted bt the staff on reception, with a glass of champagne. We were given our room key, and were very happy with the room.We has a pool view room, which was cleaned every day.
We then went to the resteraunt, and were very pleased with the selection on offer. Some food was cooked fresh , in front of us by the chef.

There was a bus stop outside, and the train station was less than 10 minute walk.

This hotel was exellent in cleanliness, food , and staff service.
Would definatley stay there again.

  • Stayed September 2013, 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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Paris, France
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33 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2013

Beware Vueling flights: the bags were NOT included on our flights, € 35 per bag per flight to pay! Total € 140 for two suitcases ... And of course everything is to be paid when boarding.

From the airport, the taxi costs less than € 20, the hotel is only 9 km away.

The hotel is very clean, the service is very nice.
The rooms are spacious, all with balcony (great for smokers).
Do not adjust the air conditioning, only set it to ON: orders other than temperature are not active.
Take attention to the "sea view": the sea is on the side as the hotel is perpendicular to the beach ...

Ouch! The outdoor pool is closed for repairs ... during July and August!

The beach is 100 m after a boulevard to cross. But it is independent of the hotel: the chairs, umbrellas, drinks, etc.. are paying.

The food is varied and good, with fresh vegetables and fruits.

At dinner proper attire is more appropriate. The service and variety of food is excellent.

Dinner is possible at the Andalucian restaurant (reservations the day before): very good, with dishes that are not offered to the general restaurant.

The visit in Malaga center is very nice, you can see much more things by feet than by bus.
For a simple lunch prefer a bodega, cheaper and clean, in the small streets.

For smokers, beware : cigarettes are cheaper in town than at the duty free ! € 4.7 in Tabacos, € 5.3 at the airport ...

It was a pleasant trip for my wife and me, rather calm ; take a walk to Torremolinos center, you will find many shops and restaurants.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 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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Belfast, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2013

Having stayed in riu hotels previously around Europe sadly I find myself having to write the following. The rooms were ok beds hard, springy and uncomfortable,walls paper thin, I could hear next door cough all night. The main soil pipe runs inside the room so every time other guests flushes the toilet above in one of the other floors there is a whoosh of water at all times day and night which wakes you up. Air conditioning is non existent or not working . There is a large fan in the ceiling which works to keep the room a little cool but usually is ineffective. Internet/ wifi of any kind is not available in the rooms. Wifi is only available in the lobby and a fee is payable. Previous riu hotels I've stated in have wifi available in room. Wifi prices start at 1euro for 30 minutes and go up to a whopping 30 euros for 7 days. The bar is drab and painted in navy blue and gold a throwback to a Blackpool social club. The pool bar has a strong odour of sour milk around the coffee machine which only seems to get even more pungent in the soaring heat. There was no attempt to clean the rancid smell for the 7 days I stayed.
Now for the good bits- the food is excellent all freshly prepared, if your of a larger build , which were most of the clientele you will not be disappointed. The setup for breakfast, lunch and dinner sometimes resembled piranhas being fed so take a deep breath at feeding time. Jostling and light pushing around the 2toasters in the morning was the norm. Drinks are available at all times day and night with a good range of local spirits.
I sadly would not recommend this hotel until rooms were completely refurbished, the bar refurbished. Air con issues resolved, wifi in every room. And a general clean up
Ps staff made the hotel

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Steven M
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Manchester, England, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2013

Just returned from a week here!! Had the best holiday, staff are fantastic, pool is lovely lots of shops and bars close, will definitely be returning, the food was good they have a little carvery very night with different meats which is lovely, always plenty to choose from, entertainment wasn't great but wasn't too fussed as you meet great people there so are easily entertained. Rooms are immaculate nice clean towels every day and the maid even use to make it all fancy and leave us sweets on the bed. Would recommend thus hotel to anyone!! Loved it!!

  • Stayed September 2013, 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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3 Thank Amy G
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Wales, UK
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77 reviews
54 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 136 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2013

Myself and 4 friends (girls) stayed here for a 3 night break in September. The hotel was great and staff exceptionally friendly. There were no queues at the bar and service was excellent. Great time by the pool in the day - acqua aerobics great fun.

Rooms - very good with separate lounge area and very clean.

Food and drinks of a high standard.

All in all I was pleasantly surprised and would stay here for this sort of break again.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: ClubHotel Riu Costa del Sol
Address: Paseo Maritimo 165 | Torremolinos - Malaga, 29620 Torremolinos, Spain
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:
#10 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 
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Hotel Riu Belplaya
Riu Belplaya Torremolinos
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