We booked a room with a pool view (cheaper), a big mistake. They are located in the old part of the hotel, which used to be a 3 star hotel before they added the new buildings (according to the tourist map in the centre of Torremolinos). Now they have magically become part of a so-called 4 star hotel. The room (for 4) was clean, but small, in a bad state of repair and it smelt a bit strange. The children were expected to sleep on a tiny sofabed with a very thin mattress. I wouldn't want my children sleeping on something that appeared to be so uncomfortable. The corridors outside the rooms had lino floors, which is not what you would expect in a hotel, more like a hospital or a school... We went back to the lobby and complained, they said we could upgrade to one of the newer rooms for a charge, I think it was 15€ a night. My wife, being Spanish, made a long (long) speech and eventually they gave it to us for free, and as a party of 4 we ended up in one of the family rooms right overlooking the beach, with an absolutely fantastic view over the beach and coastline. The room, although much better, was still in a pretty shabby state, not what you would expect in a 4 star hotel. At least it had 2 double beds though.
The location right on the beach is good, a bit of a trek from the centre of town (station), but its only really a problem if you are carrying luggage or pushing a buggy. Or if you have no idea which way to go to get to the hotel.
There is a new outdoor pool, which is stunning, probably one of the nicest in the area. Plenty of spare sunbeds in April, not too sure about in summer though... Indoor pool was just ok. Kids entertainment club was free only a couple of hours in the morning, otherwise it was paid. It seemed ok - the staff here were lovely, the best in the hotel (compared to the front desk and restaurant staff this is not difficult though!!) Apart from the staff, the lobby is also very nice.
We were B&B, bit the menus showed prices for all-inclusive - if you are AI you will still end up paying a lot for many of your drinks. Internet access is expensive, either wifi or using the lobby desktops - don't bother unless you have extra money, in which case you would put it to much better use by staying in a nicer hotel. The hotel is BIG and so is the restaurant. We were there in low season, probably much less than 50% occupancy, and we didnt have to wait for breakfast, but there were a couple of times when we had to hunt for a table. I would imagine in the height of summer it is not unlike hell on earth.. I would not stay here again, even in low season. If you have young children, they would probably not complain much about being here though. If you stay here, good luck!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sol by Melia present Sol Príncipe Hotel, is located in Torremolinos (Malaga) right on the beachfront with direct access to the promenade, to the beautiful Playamar Beach and numerous bars (typical restaurants on the sand) specialized in "fried fish." 27,000 m2 of facilities make Sol Principe a spectacular hotel with day and night activities for children and adults; ideal for family vacations. The rooms of different categories with magnificent views of the sea or to the Spectacular Caribbean lagoon-style swimming pool surrounded by exotic gardens. Air conditioning, LCD TV 43", Safe (*), Mini fridge, hairdryer and a large furnished terrace (table / chairs); 4 swimming pools for adults (1 indoor) and 1 for children, Solarium and hammocks; different dining spaces, beauty salon; Wireless internet access (free) throughout the hotel, fitness, live music. also has 14 meeting rooms with capacity for up to 750 people. (*). Adapted for disabled guests, private car park (*). (*) With charge ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sol Principe Torremolinos, Costa Del Sol, Spain
- Sol Principe Hotel
- Hotel Sol Principe