We stayed at this hotel 2 years ago and stayed at their sister hotel next door last year so decided to return to the Belplaya this year. We booked direct with the hotel and got Easy Jet flights as the Thomson package holidays were not on suitable dates for us but it worked out about the same sort of price overall. It is very easy to get from the airport to the hotel. The train station is directly outside the airport and then it is only 4 stops to La Colina which is the nearest train station, and then about a 10 minute walk downhill to the hotel - I think it took us about half an hour from the airport to the hotel and only costs about two euros each.
We arrived at the hotel quite early (before midday) and was given a room straightaway on the 7th floor - when we went up to the room it was still being cleaned so we left our cases and went down for lunch. Rooms are very spacious compared to most hotel rooms, lovely side view of the sea. TV has BBC, ITV and Film 4 plus news channels so a good choice. Heating if you want it. We took a travel kettle as no kettle in the room but there is a fridge. Pillows awful - rock hard. But otherwise the rooms are excellent.
We went all inclusive due to the time of year - there are restaurants nearby but they are very quiet in the evenings and I dont like to eat in an emptry restaurant. All meals were very good, with very pleasant and efficient staff in the restaurant. There were two sittings and you are allocated a table for your stay. Tables are quite close together, luckily we were sat next to a very pleasant English couple for the whole week so we had a laugh and chat over dinner every night. I am a fussy eater but always found something to eat although by the end of the week you do get a bit fed up with the choices - I think a week all inclusive is plenty long enough.
I came down with a stomach bug for 24 hours, and then my partner came down with the same bug which was very unusual for us as we are never ill. However having read the recent reviews on Trip I see that a lot of people were also sick during their stay here. I think maybe the hotel should have had anti bacterial sanitisers or something in the restaurant when people entered and left the restaurant to make people aware of the problem but I suppose they don't want to highlight it.
There are drink dispensers and tea/coffee machine in the conservatory area and there always seemed to be free snacks available throughout the day. We didn't use the bar/entertainment during our stay. As previous reviewers have stated, you need to go to the early sitting for dinner if you want to get a seat for the nightly entertainment as the bar isn't really big enough for the amount of guests staying there. This didn't bother us but it might be a problem for people that like to stay in the hotel every night.
There were plenty of sun loungers outside around the pool area and the weather was very warm during the whole week - about 23/24 degrees (apart from the last day when it was cloudy). Everyone was out sunbathing in their swimming costumes!!!!
The hotel is about half an hour walk to the centre of Torremolinos. The promenade to Benalmedina is a very pleasant walk with cafes, restaurants and shops along the way. Or you can walk the other way (towards Malaga) to Plaza Major which is a shopping centre with plenty of restaurants. The train service from Malaga to Fenguirola is brilliant - trains run every 20 minutes in both directions and it was only about two euros per person each way.
Because we have been this area for the past three years we have visited most of the sights. We went into Malaga a couple of times, once for the Three Kings Parade which is on 12th night and then on a couple of other days to visit the castle and the marina area. Malaga is a brilliant city, with lots of shops and restaurants.
We went on the cable car at Benalmedina which is good fun, great views from the top and there is a falconry display.
We also went to football in Malaga on the Saturday as Madrid were playing Athletico Madrid. It was nearly sold out so we paid about £40 each for the tickets but it was good fun. The stadium is about 30/40 minute walk from the centre of town.
We also went to Marbella for the day - we got the bus from Malaga. It was quite a slow journey - seemed to take about 1 hour 20 minutes. The bus station is on the outskirts of the town which is quite a walk from the main town and the beach, but you can get on a local bus outside the station which takes you down to the beach front. The old town is very pretty with lots of upmarket shops and restaurants and the promenade area is very pleasant too.
So all in all we had a good holiday at a reasonable price, just a shame that both of us were ill, especially as we were only there for a week.
Still I would recommend a holiday here especially in Jan/February as the weather is very good, prices are very reasonable and the resort is fairly quiet and seems to have a more Spanish feel to it. I don't know what it would be like in the height of summer, maybe a bit too full on for our liking with too many British people!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- * Located 2 km from Torremolinos * 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 ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Riu Belplaya
- Riu Belplaya Torremolinos
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