Just back from a weekend Bed and Breakfast in the Sol Principe in Torremolinos. On paper a well equipped and well positioned hotel. Nothing is thrown in though and in the off season nothing works. Wifi is â‚¬5 per day or â‚¬20 for a week. Safe in the room you have to pay for. The hotel is full of retired multinational all inclusive guests who get up early and then sit around playing whist between meals totally taking over the one open bar area. The food is awful. A brilliant selection for breakfast: fruit, cold cuts, sweet breads all good, but cold scrambled eggs, cold bland sausages, fatty bacon, sweaty mushrooms, baked tomatoes swimming in oil, black pudding cooked with the plastic wrapper still on, and steamed broccoli (?) On one evening we couldn't be bothered trying to find somewhere local to eat - as most of Torremolinos is shut in the winter - so we paid €18.50 per head for dinner plus €6.50 for a half bottle of wine. For what? The food was bland, tepid, boring and generally unappetising. I've had better food in a 2* all inclusive. If your tastebuds have given up on you this might be okay. Mine have not. I dread to think what this place is like full of families - the dining room has a tiled floor and seating for thousands: it must be a cacophany. Anyway, more about the hotel. There's a games room in the hotel with a dartboad at the wrong height, no ockey mat, and two darts. There's a pool table too. There's one bar, which is constantly full of old folks. They have a happy hour with 2 for 1 between 1730 and 1830, probably to get folk sloshed before the rubbish evening meal. There are a number of pools. Swimming was forbidden so they must be there for the look of them. There are video games, all out of order. The bedroom is okay. The bed (beds! we asked for a double, we got a twin) wasn't too uncomfortable, but I knocked my head/hands on the bedside lamps more times than I like. There is one power point available next to the bed with a drawing of something with a red line through it. Couldn't work out what exactly was forbidden. Plenty of hanging space and about 20 hangers. There's a small fridge which is good, and there's several English language channels on the small TV. Decor very dated. Door on to balcony draughty and noise of wind and rain magnified by the balcony railing. The bathroom is large and everything worked, cleanliness good, the shower was good. A design feature of the building is that the toilet bowl is set against a kink in the wall so that when sitting on the toilet you knock your knee into the angle of the wall. This occurs in every room according to the fire escape plan. Couldn't work out how to get the extractor fan to work. There are other hotels nearby where facilities work in winter and services are thrown in. Also scale of catering makes the food retain the personal touch. I would not recommend this hotel, it does nothing well.
- 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