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“What a mistake”
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Sol Andalusi
uk
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“What a mistake”
Reviewed 5 May 2008

An extremely disappointing experience.
The pool and pool area, the main reasons for our deciding on this hotel, were closed for our entire stay. Needless to say, had we known this, we would never have chosen this hotel in the first place. The handful of sun loungers plonked on a piece of grass outside the indoor pool, covered in insects, were no substitute. Our room was shabby, shower did not work properly with no hot water, and 'wetroom' lived up to it's name and flooded each time we used the shower. Insult to injury, having used all our towels to mop up, we were then told by reception staff that we could not have fresh towels for another day.
Balcony covered in bird droppings.
Staff rude and unhelpful.
Funnily enough, we will not be returning.

  • Stayed April 2008, travelled as a couple
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Ireland
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 January 2008

..My Apartment was depressing, leaking shower, single beds that were just impossible to put together .The kitchen was clean and compact and also tiny.I felt the corridors were more in line with my local hospital than a hotel.The restaurant staff were just so nice and charming, and the prices so cheap,the only problem was it was the same menu every single day for lunch and dinner at night.I believe that this resort does not market itself for what it is..and is more suitable for the over 70's age group..it was delightful to see such a place exists for that age group, but it makes a holiday sort of depressing when you are alone as a couple in the bar at nine PM .The reason for this being that the residents all retire early..No matter how hard I tried I found it very difficult to understand the staff in the spa... I booked a few treatments, and every time I went to the reception to book, three girls (speaking Spanish) stared at the computer screens..checking to see if it was possible for me to have a treatment!!! There seemed to be nobody else around and these three girls were fully trained therapists!! One would imagine they would have been delighted with the business..but they were almost hostile. I found this strange for a resort that markets itself as a Spa resort!. Its out of the way with little to do around the complex..and no I would not return.

Stayed December 2007
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West Yorkshire
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 November 2007

We stayed her for two nights (Sunday and Monday) on our way back to the airport. Like another review, we travelled from Marbella towards Coin to get her and just like the other review we found that the resort was difficult to find as there are no signs from this direction. It is situated out of town on the left hand side in a small valley.
The resort was strange. Part of it was still under construction. The first thing was the hotel had only been allocated three keys, not the four start standard as advertised. Secondly, we were not sure whether we were staying in hotel, self catering complex, hospital or rest home.
Our rooms were bedrooms with ensuite shower rooms plus a kitchen area. This consisted off a two ring hob, full fridge freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, some crockery, pot and pans, kettle, coffee machine and a few utensils. Although to prepare any reasonable size meal the equipment was very limited. The room also had a dining table for four people.
On the ground floor there is a café bar which provides snacks – mainly sandwiches and the restaurant. The outdoor pool area is very nice and the access around the resort is very disabled friendly.
We had booked spa treatments included in our booking and when we arrived we were amazed to read that the spa is not open on a Sunday afternoon, or all day Monday. This was useless to us so we had to complain as we would be unable to use the spa and indeed this was the only reason we had chosen this resort. The manager was a great deal more helpful than the male receptionist and she made arrangement for the spa to open on Sunday afternoon to accommodate us.
This proofed fantastic and we were the only two in the spa – we had the whole area private! The hydrotherapy pools and floatarium were fantastic and we would definatley recommend this.
The gym and other pool are well equipped also, but make sure that your rate includes free use otherwise you will need to pay extra when you get there and also when they are open!
Also situated in the hotel is a medical services area which offers physiotherapy amongst other things.
The other guest were mainly elderly and disabled – one lady was on a streacher and the others could well have been on a Saga holiday. There was also a visiting football team.
The first night we ate out at La Poritta. Turn left out of resort and follow road to village. The restaurant is on your right. (2.6K) This is a spanish country restaurant where the locals eat. Food and service were fantastic – in fact the best meal we had had in spain.
The next night we chose to eat in the hotel restaurant. What a mistake ! this was the worst meal we had had in spain. We had minestrone soup (watery veg and a little pasta, not even tomato flavoured) and then we all had different fish which proved very disappointing. We wished we had gone back to La Porrita.
Overall, very pretty location, some excellent facilities, but a strange experience.

  • Liked — Great Spa, wonderful views
  • Disliked — The restaurant
  • Stayed November 2007, travelled as a couple
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Wales
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189 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 156 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 October 2007

It was very nice out room turned out to be a one roomed very comfortable brand new apartment with a huge balcony and views of surrounding hills,(nice view of the local prison in the distance!)pretty pool. Restaurant let it down a bit but booked very cheaply through a consolidator asit has just opened and is selling fractional ownership apartments but using them as hotel rooms when empty.Good public spaces, bit tricky to find road to granadaas a lot of roadworks

  • Liked — spacious modern with a kitchen
  • Disliked — bit soulless
  • Stayed October 2007, travelled as a couple
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Cornwall
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 October 2007

We stayed at the Sol Andalusi for a two night stop over before our flight back via Malaga as an alternative to one of the hotels near the sea front and wanted a quiet, relaxing hotel with secure parking that was close to the airport. In fact, its only about 20 minutes drive away.

We approached the hotel via the Marbella end of the autovia, along a newly tarmacced but winding and hair raising road with some spectacular scenery and some pueblo blancos to be seen from some miradors on route. There are no signs to the hotel in this direction, so you just need to keep following the signs to Alhaurin. I presume people come from the Malaga direction as there are plenty of signs this way.

The hotel complex seems to be in the middle of nowhere and appears suddenly, but was a welcoming site after the interesting 45 minute drive from the motorway. Parking was secure, with a security guard on your way in. It is clean, friendly, modern and although we didnt make use of the extensive spa options, has a lot going on if you wish to partake in treatments. We just hung out by the pool for one afternoon , it was very quiet (there was a max of 10 people and the pool was empty). In the evening we had a meal in the Los Olivios restaurant on site on the below ground floor (level 0) the staff were attentive, spoke english (but we spoke to them in Spanish where possible!) and the options varied. Be aware if you are a vegetarian, the veggie options are small starter size dishes, even though they arent in the same section as the other meat/fish starters and appear as a main course, maybe order two?! The meal was reasonably priced - we had a menu of the week x 2 and 1 veggie meal, bottle of house rose and it came to 48GBP. Happy hour was between 8pm and 9pm, buy one get one free. When we were there on Wednesday they had a live singer and piano player which was interesting.

Our room (a second floor studio) was well specced with sink, toaster, microwave and the appliances (fridge, freezer, dish washer, washing machine) were all recessed into the kitchen work units. There was no washing up liquid , cloths or dish washer tablets provided, so bring your own. The bathroom was to usual standards but had an extra, a hydromassage shower, this had 2 shower heads, one removable and 8 directional jets you could angle around, this was a nice addition.

The room did not have a balcony, it overlooked the front reception area where the car park is situated (see photo), so we did have a bit of traffic noise as people came and went, but it was on the whole very quiet and peaceful.

We asked for a double bed, but were provided with two twins, which after enquiring at reception, we were told were in all the rooms. They could however be pushed together to make a large double, if you can put up with single sheets on each! There are motorised blinds in the room, so you can lower them at night to cut out all the noise and light. There is aircon, with options from 15 to 45 degrees.

There is a mini market on site, the prices are not cheap by local supermarket standards (instead pop into Eroski located in the nearest town at Alhaurin de la torre) but then you wouldnt expect them to be on site. Be aware its only open between 10am and 2pm each day, if you arrive later, bring some food/water until you can venture out.

Although we had a hire car from the airport, we noticed a local bus service to the down, around 3 euros return.

This hotel is located out in the country, so if you are looking for a quiet and peaceful stay, then we recommend it and would definitely stay again if we are in the area.

  • Liked — The shower
  • Disliked — The lack of double bed
  • Stayed October 2007
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Luxembourg
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 August 2007

I have to say that i had my doubts to do a cleansing programme at this particular resort. I was looking for a detox retreat in Thailand again but I found the vortex vital programmes located in spain on internet and I decided to go and have a try because the price was very reasonable in my point of view. It was just great! No more then 7 people in the group so we had enough personal attention. Professional guidance and the resort is a wonderful place to stay, especial the spa, yoga and gym facilities. I lost 5 kilo's during the 7 day programme and I still feel great after the cleanse. The therapist at vortex vital gave me some good guidelines to maintain my weight and I lost 3 more kilos’ without any problem during the month after the cleansing programme. I am looking forward to do my programme again at sol andalusi next year.

  • Liked — The Spa and Therapy programmes
  • Disliked — Beach is 15 minutes away by car.
  • Stayed May 2007, travelled solo
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2 Thank JanetBS
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SOUTH WALES
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 June 2007

Myself and my boyfriend stayed at the sol andalusia spa resort, for 7 days at the start of june 2007. It's a really stunning hotel ,can't fault the service from all the staff they were very friendly and helpful. If you want a relaxing away from the hustle and bustle holiday then this is the perfect place for you! I wouldn't recommend taking children to this resort, as they don't really cater for them and would easily get bored! It's definatley for the older generation 60+, because my parents are in their fifties and personally i think it would be too quiet for them!

Stayed June 2007
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Property: Sol Andalusi
Address: C/ Sol Andalusi | Zona La Alquería, 29130 Alhaurin de la Torre, Spain
Region: Spain > Andalucia > Province of Malaga > Alhaurin de la Torre
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Alhaurin de la Torre
Hotel Class:3 star — Sol Andalusi 3*
Number of rooms: 390
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