i booked up a week by myself with thomson's in july 2014 . upon arriving discovered that a single room came without a balcony , so decided to try my luck back at reception ..i asked how much it was to upgrade my room so i could have a balcony, was initially told 10 euros per night , but after a brief discussion behind reception they said i could have one for no extra cost .
this room came with a partial sea view, with all the amenities one would expect. so was a good start .
the food was pretty reasonable , breakfast(8-10.30) the usual english / continental fare which i think would cater for all tastes. lunch(13-15) consisted of a buffet selection of salads , cold fish , cheese , pizza slices , burgers , and differing other hot options (breaded pork , chicken pieces, paella etc).there are 2 dinner sittings starting at 7.15 and 8.45 , which gentlemen must wear trousers (a bit warm if like me you are on the early run, but i understand the reasons for it ), again pretty decent food and i believe a genuine attempt is being made to offer plenty of variety day to day. to be honest as nice as it was i rarely had anything with real "wow factor" , but i was also able to make up a decent meal every night , so no complaints . a second smaller option is available in the evening when to pool bar converts to a restaurant . this can be booked the preceding day in the main dining area , and although still a buffet is certainly worth a couple of visits as provides a much more relaxed atmosphere .
the gardens and pool(not huge but just about big enough) area are well maintained ; indeed to whole hotel both outside and in is spotlessly clean , very impressive .
i cannot really comment on the indoor main hotel bar and the entertainment available as i popped out most evenings , although it did seem a bit holiday camp looking at what was on .
the drinks available i found to be of good quality , the white , rose and red wines are i think are the equal of the house wines in the local bars , the beer and brandy were also fine ; certainly no evidence of "watering down" which i have heard can occassionally happen in other all inclusive resorts.
location wise the hotel is right opposite the beach , with a reasonable selection of bars, reasonably priced restaurants, a few tourist "tat" shops , also a chemist selling shampoos , soap etc , so no need to load up on liquids. the main resort centre is about a 20 minute walk away , there is a bus service (1.50 eur) that runs about every 20mins just outside the hotel (plenty of taxis available about 5/6.00 euro apparently). only a 10 minute transfer from malaga airport(although you are not affected by aircraft noise)
the hotel has 3 computers for guests which cost 1 euro for 12 mins , 2 euro for 1/2 hour , you can also pay for wi fi which is available in reception (a bit cheaper than the computer i cannot exactly remember)
two things stand out , the cleanliness of the hotel , and the excellence of the staff . food was reasonable ,drinks were good , you could do a lot worse
- 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
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