Hmmm, not sure where to start, very happy on one hand, pretty disappointed on the other. Whilst I'm not here to complain, I'm leaving this review so that others like me (2 adults, 2 young children) make an appropriate accommodation choice. The Initial impressions of the Sol Principe were very good. The lobby was elegant and very large and the furnishings of a high standard. We checked in with ease and the lady was very friendly. The disappointment only started when we were directed to our room. We were self catering and were directed to what is clearly the 'old block' (What must have been the original hotel I'm guessing before the new block(s) were developed) and were on the 4th floor. The room was rather strange, no real bedrooms, instead sliding doors to make the relevant divides, a new one on me for sure. The main living area also threw me as the kitchen (for want of a better word) was locked away in a cupboard! We called down and were told that we needed to request a kitchen in advance, hmm, self catering without the ability to self cater, again, a new one on me. Anyway, the kitchen was opened and it is what you would expect for a kitchen in a cupboard, most odd. There was no food prep area, no where to put the clean washing up and no where to put any food. This room could not be any less self catering if it tried. I understand that we are moving to a world of all inclusive (which is clearly what this hotel is geared for) but some of us don't want that, we want to eat breakfast and the occasional sandwich in our room and go off hunting for local authentic food the rest of the time! The rest of the hotel was mostly good, good outside spaces, a few shops, the entertainment was acceptable and the bar areas pretty decent too. Only had a few other issues... the main pools all had signs showing 'no swimming', only the indoor pool (very small) was in theory allowed. I asked and the man on reception said it was too cold at this time of year, really? Seemed ok to me and the rest of the other guests that eventually ignored the signs, the pool was actually very fine! The outside bars and outside stage were never open and my final point is the children's adventure area, it was never manned once and therefore the trampolines and other climbing equipment was off limits, rubbish, my 6 year old girl was very much looking forward to the 'Flintstones adventure playground', instead she got a swing and a very poor slide, not great! As I said, not here to complain, the holiday was great, the hotel just wasn't good for self catering and we were clearly too 'out of season' to enjoy what could have been some more good points to offset my bad!
- 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