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“Stayed here 4th Jan 2014 for a week - good hotel”

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ClubHotel Riu Costa del Sol
Ranked #12 of 71 Hotels in Torremolinos
Reviewed January 22, 2014

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!!

Room Tip: We stayed in room 710 on the seventh floor. All rooms in this block have a good side sea view and...
  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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7  Thank suzanne2246
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Reviewed January 22, 2014

Stayed in January 2014. Very welcoming staff and excellent First Choice Rep. Food was very varied and good, something for all tastes. Indoor pool was not that warm, but well supervised. Enjoyed the position of the hotel, well within walking distance of Torremolinos, but having a bus stop just outside it was easy to get around, and reasonably priced. Very clean, would certainly go there again

Room Tip: As a solo traveller I was very impressed to be given a first floor double room overlooking the pool...
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7  Thank Shirley1951
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Reviewed January 22, 2014 via mobile

We spent 11 nights here during the Christmas period.
Thoroughly enjoyed it. The staff were absolutely wonderful, helpful and always polite.
It was our first trip to Spain.
The food was plentiful and enjoyable.
We did find it was a bit like a geriatric ward at times. They all seem to look at you if you laughed or appeared to be having fun !!!! I have to say we are both OAP's but only in age.

The bar, well all we used it for was to pick up bottles of water (free) and a couple of drinks to take up to our room.
We spent every day out and about but most of the people just sat about with this "it's free - we've paid for it"attitude.
Would we return - yes. Not in the summer as I imagine it would be very noisy , but for winter sunshine it's is great.
We went with First Choice and the Rep Stephen was superb.

Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
3  Thank PaulJam6
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Reviewed January 22, 2014

My wife and I stayed at the Belplaya from 29th December till 12th January. We had previously stayed at the hotel in March and were very impressed. We were not disappointed for our New Year stay. Staff were very attentive and hotel was spotlessly clean. Food excellent with loads of choice. If you like seafood you couldn't book a better hotel. The hotel had erected a huge marquee on the sun terrace and for New Year's eve you could either book a table in the bar or a table in the marquee for the evening entertainment. Every guest was left a present in their bedroom, a miniature Maglight LED torch. A nice touch. Dinner that night was a superb feast. You could choose from 13 starters, 13 main courses and uncountable sweets. Best New Year we have ever experienced. We chose a table in the marquee and were entertained by a good group with wine and cava flowing freely. Fantastic. We made our way to bed about 2 am but celebration was still going strong at 4.30 am and fireworks being set off everywhere.

We met a lot of nice people and had a good natter and laugh every evening. Would we go back ? Already booked for next New Year.

Room Tip: Chose a room with a partial sea view. Well worth the extra.
  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank tedking123
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Reviewed January 20, 2014

The reception staff were very welcoming upon our arrival at the hotel, the cleaners kept the rooms exceptionally clean and most of the bar staff are very nice.
The food is mostly ok but not up to the usual standard that one would expect from Riu hotel. Meal times were spoilt by unhygienic guests that were coughing and spluttering all over the food, we witnessed some guests blowing their noses on dirty hankies then proceeded to pick up food with their hands instead of using the tongues provided. If you do catch the chest infection then go to the pharmacy where you can buy anti-biotics without a prescription. It really was a breeding ground for germs,not a pleasant dining experience at all. Hand sanatisers would be a good idea under the circumstances.
Most of the guests are very elderly and it reminded me of a nursing home at times and would not advise anyone under 65 to stay here, having said that some guests were very pleasant whilst others stared and gave you dirty looks as if you were infringing on their 'ground'.
I felt sorry for the young entertainer who was trying his best although he did make some strange and random noises, probably losing his will to live,poor thing.
You are told to leave the bar at midnight and you are ushered to a room opposite the bar to quickly finish your drink, if you opt to go on the outside terrace instead you are given 10 minutes to finish your drink by a security man (bald headed one) who is one of the rudest people that I have ever come across, he says he is locking the doors and you must now go to your room, I am sorry but I thought this was where people go to holiday and unwind a little and not get told when to go to bed. Totally unbelievable and an unacceptable way to treat paying guests. If you revolt and sit in reception he will constantly be telling you to leave, go to bed or to go and visit one of the bars down the road. We are not children or residents of a nursing home but were made to feel that way. I really think the management need to sort out this hotel and I am very surprised that Riu would put their name to it.
We did meet some lovely people though who like us go on holiday to be happy but we would never return here, we could not wait to go home something that we have never felt like on previous holidays.
Each to their own but it is not for us!

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank roseyManchester
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Reviewed January 19, 2014

We visited this hotel for a week of post-Christmas rest and, hopefully, some winter sun.
On arrival we had a pleasant reception with a welcoming glass of cava.
There was no porter service so we wheeled our own cases up to our fourth floor room which was clean, tidy and well presented. It comprised of a small lounge area which opened onto the balcony with views over the pool and grounds and out to the Med, a spacious bathroom and a bedroom with twin beds pushed together to form a double.
The hotel is located in a relatively quiet area away from Torremolinos town but is only two minutes away from the beach. The town is a pleasant twenty minute stroll away and the bus there stops directly outside the hotel; you can use this to nip into town or to the bus station for journeys farther away. The train station is also near the hotel. Bus and train timetables and a map are available from reception.
The hotel itself is much what you would expect from a four star on the Costa del Sol laid out in a horseshoe around the pool and grounds. It is clean and tidy throughout. There is only one interior bar area which is not huge, and adjacent to this a small conservatory area that opens onto the sun terrace overlooking the grounds.
We went in January and these facilities sufficed but I doubt that they would at a busier time of year and as other reviewers have pointed out the only toilets are a fair way away and downstairs near to the only restaurant.
Breakfast is served from 7.00 am till 10.00, lunch from 1.00 till 3.00 and there are two sittings for dinner, the first at 6.00 and the second, which we chose, at 7.45. For breakfast and lunch sitting is a free for all but you are allocated the same table each night for dinner.

Now, we get to matters of ‘taste’, both of the palette and of artistic endeavour.
We stayed on an all-inclusive basis, primarily because at this time of year many eateries are closed or have unpredictable opening hours; as it appeared did most of our fellow guests.
The problem with a lot of these establishments is one of budget and the first casualty is often the drinks; the Costa Lago was not an exception.
The only beer available was draught Cruzcampo, a local lager, its simply OK, cold and fizzy but easily tired of. The wines on offer are the house ones, a red, a white and a rose along with a cava in the bar. The cava is acceptable, the others less so. The red is served chilled, at which temperature it is unpleasant but at dinner they will keep some at room temperature and serve it in a bottle at your table, at this temperature it is palatable. The white however, at whatever temperature, is best reserved for stripping paint and was so evil that we dared not even try the rose.
The spirits are typical ‘local’ produce and if mixed or bunged in a coffee can just about pass muster but if you enjoy a good straight brandy or whisky, forget it.
I have read a lot of reviews where the food is raved about; I can only assume that these guests are much older than us and still remember the privations of rationing, and who are still impressed by the sight of ‘meat’ and eggs that aren’t powdered, either this or they are much younger and have been dragged up to munch “Mums gone to Iceland” ready meals.
The restaurant is basically a help yourself canteen.
At breakfast you can make your own toast and choose from a selection of hot stuff, cereals and continental style cold cuts and cheeses.
You can select what should be the ingredients for a typical ‘Full English’ but don’t expect it to taste like one. The eggs are ok, as are the beans, but the bacon and sausage are disgusting; which part of the pig is turned into the ribbons of spam and strings of fat that serve as ‘bacon’ I will hopefully never know.
And if you can imagine that a travelling fair has decided to spend less than its customary 50p per kilo on its hot dog sausages and spent only 10, then you might get an idea of the gastronomic treat in store should you opt for the sausages.
Lunch sees a hot selection more often than not consisting of pork or fish accompanied by pastas, pizzas, burgers and the obligatory chips. There are two choices of soup, a salad bar and sweets.
The evening meal is basically the same with the addition of a carvery station.
If you actually enjoy good food you will not enjoy the food here; at best you can find something tolerable but if you are used to supermarket or fast food fare then fill your boots.
I think the hotel realise this, the giveaway is the ready availability of Tabasco and HP sauces to either kill the existing flavours or to add some where none naturally exist.

As for the ‘entertainment’, what can one say other than, no expense was spent…

The other blazing irritation was the fact that there was only one lounge and even when there was no entertainment on offer there was a constant outpouring of half-witted ‘music’ blaring away…”Vindaloo!!!, Vindaloo!!” and “I’m too sexy for my shirt!” Who was this supposed to appeal to? Most of the other guests were pensionable even when this drivel was in the charts, but at least they had the privilege of being able to remove their deaf aids.

The sole ‘animation’ or entertainment chap did his best I suppose but he had obviously been driven mad by his plight as he would yell, unprovoked, phrases such as “Paco! Paco!” or “Rambo!” and even “Mosquito!” for no explicable reason.
No wonder many of our fellow guests, especially the old ‘uns on six week stays (God forbid!), were regularly stuck into large brandies at ten in the morning.

So if your attitude to food and drink is “never mind the quality, feel the width” then gluttony and drunkenness await. And if your idea of a good time is to dance incongruously to a Spaniard with a Bontempi organ then book now you’ll always find a welcome at the Riu Costa Lago!

Room Tip: Do not go for the ground floor unless you need to, the higher the better.
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9  Thank MrandMrsSid
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Reviewed January 19, 2014

hotel is great, food is excellent, staff from management, waiters and cleaning staff are all excellent, cater to every ones needs. Beds are a little hard, water pressure best i have every had in a hotel constant hot water. Only downside was its mostly for the older age person over 70.
local buses and trains cheap, taxi from airport to hotel only 20 euros, had champagne and a candle for friends birthday on our dinner table unexpected surprise. this hotel really is worth a visit for a relaxing holiday. will tell friends and family to try this hotel.We stayed in rooms 221/222 did not have a sea view but really nice rooms.

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3  Thank chris t
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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:
#8 Luxury Hotel in Torremolinos
#10 On the Beach Hotel in Torremolinos
#12 Family Hotel in Torremolinos
#13 Romantic Hotel in Torremolinos
Price Range: $162 - $304 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — ClubHotel Riu Costa del Sol 4*
Number of rooms: 596
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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