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Sol Principe by Melia
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Reviewed 20 November 2009

We stayed here for a week in August. The hotel is really big and we were all inclusive, which I wasn't sure about. The reception was large and staff extremely professional, we had 2 seperate rooms next door to each other and the views were excellent of both the sea and a side view of the pool. It was a pleasant stroll to the shopping centre of Torremolinos along the beach front, heading towards Benalmadena. I was worried as the deal was pretty good here that it mightn't be great but we were all very happy there were lots of other teenagers and families, there seemed to be excellent childrens club but we didnt need this service and the main pool and pool area was huge, there tens to be a shortage of sunbeds at the pool area and cover, which can be a bit of a pain, but the lifeguards watch them and if your bed is kept for more than a half hour and not used they leave a letter and after another half hour they remove your towel and free the bed - which is fair enough. Though I also think there is room if they were to purchse another 30 - 50 beds. The restaurant staff were also good if you didnt finish your wine at dinner they'd label it up and it would be chilled for you for the next evening. The food chioces and quality of food was excellent and they run the operation for such large volumes of people with prescision. We had a car for the week and the hotel car park is far too small, and as we were driving a avery large new hired mercedes, I was worried about street parking, but it was fine - just that you had to walk further than necessary. Over the week I think we only got parked in the hotel once.

Stayed: August 2009, travelled with family
3  Thank l0l66
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Reviewed 8 November 2009

we wanted some sun for a couple days and liked the look of this hotel. it has beautiful pools although they were too cold to get into! and is right on the beach. its also barely ten minutes from the airport, so possibly gettin a taxi yourself could be cheaper than the hotel bus? we got two beds instead of a double and the tv had only local channels. but a nice balcony and the bathrom was in good shape. it was very quiet, the entertainment wouldnt rouse a 90 year old, and the bar was eerily empty. we got all inclusive meals which were fairly substandard, but the price was right and we if you are feeling lazy theres enough choice that you would probably find something to stop the hunger. we did find a restaurant outside on our last night, was dear enough but the food was lovely, ample portions. and it stayed open nice and late. in the summer though this place could be lovely

  • Stayed: October 2009, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank spiral_nic
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Reviewed 21 October 2009

Went to the Sol Principe in the first week in July 2009 on a half board basis, travelling with a 4 year old. The main selling point being the idea that is is a "Flintstones" hotel, more on that later. Travelled from Glasgow. Taxi fare was 20 euros for the 15 minute ride although you can get a train from the Airport to the station nearby which will mean a small 15-20min walk to the Hotel.
Hotel is very impressive from both the outside and the inside, although you can wait a while until you check in. Rooms vary in size and there were 3 of us so we were crushed into a double room, 3 single beds all placed side by side. Rooms were spotless and that is all down to the tremendous cleaning staff-nothing is too much bother for them.
The Hotel is MAINLY used by the Spanish, for their hols. There are 2 pools, one for the kids and one massive lagoon style pool for adults and kids supervised. The small kids pool has a hollowed out tree trunk type slide which is a magnet for kids and the pool can get a bit over-crowded. The large pool won't allow you to use any sort of inflatable including a lilo.
You can get a free sun-lounger but there is a trick here. They are chained up over night into bundles of ten. They open at about 830am. So, we got our loungers and put our towels over them and then went for breakfast. At 10am the life guards come on duty and if your lounger is un-occupied for more than an hour they simply roll up your towel and take it along with your property to reception. This happens as the Spaniards who are late risers enter the pool area and have missed out on a lounger and then complain bitterly to the guards. The Spanish will move your lounger if they require your spot!!!
There is a kids club 11am -1pm which is free, then in the afternoon at 4pm, the cost being 10euros for 2 hrs. But the kids area is SHUT during times and there is no other play area other than across the road at the beach which isn't much either.
Now for Flintstones time. The characters come on 3 times a day at different times and you can take your own picture, but you then get your kids wanting you to buy the small characters which again cost 10 euros. And that is it! No more theme for the kids.
The shows at night are good. The staff practice ALL day as though it is a West End musical or they are in High School Musical.
Food was great. Good Choice. Staff speak poor English. All in all it is a nice Hotel and I would say it is MAINLY for adults with kids aged 8-9yrs up. There isn't enough for the wee ones to do in the hotel unless you want to pay.

  • Stayed: July 2009, travelled with family
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2  Thank Weekyle
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Reviewed 18 October 2009

those were the days when sol principe was fantastic. i have been going to this hotel for 15 years and seen how it has changed. now it lets itself down on most things. this year it has gone up to a 4 star, but what have we gained? fruit juice is of a better quality and the breakfast table is set for you instead of having to find your own knives and forks but no tablecloths or cloth napkins (like we used to have)just paper place mats on top of wood tables and paper napkins. it is like a cafeteria in the restaurant and not a 4 star dining experience., it is basic. only one knife and fork place setting so if you want another helping you either go in search of another knife and fork or use your dirty knife and fork again. in the past there was a chef carving joints of meat. this year that has been dropped. if you love chicken you will love it here. there is chicken every night and the most bland looking chicken wings every other night. i dissected one and there wasnt enough meat on to feed a cat. you can eat out on the terrace but especiallly at breakfast watch out for the heavy smokers. the cold rice pudding was excellent and has been for the last 15 years . lots of cutlery with food on , so maybe the dishwasher needs an overall and many cups that are chipped.
we were there september 6th to 18th and we have always gone at that time of year and there is always children in the hotel because it is a family hotel...... but this year it was swarming with babies(so young i think they were being born there) including 5 sets of twins in prams and toddlers. but the 7 year olds and over are not a problem but it seemed that every couple had a baby and a toddler with them. the restaurant was full of pushchairs and babies crying and toddlers getting under peoples feet. my husband fell over a 2 year old that was wandering about in the restaurant and fortunatley my husband didnt fall down. it was hell it was bedlam. one child grabbed scrambled egg with his hands instead of the serving spoon.. they were on the dance floor and the parents just laughed but if an older person had fallen over or stood on them, it could have been very dangerous. another 2 toddlers were allowed to play in the dark doorway to the turko bar and people were stepping over them and only just avoiding them.
the bedroom i could not fault. large wardrobe with his and her section. mirrored fronts. plenty of drawers and excellent lighting. free fridge and bathroom with magnifiying make up mirror.and great little lightweight shower head. bedrooms were refurnished in approx 2000. not large but adequate. and nice and bright.
dance floor is too small for more that 3 couples and in the past dancing used to be out on the terrace but now threequaters of the terrance is the restaurant and the rest is full of smokers.
those were the days when we had a 3 or 4 piece band to dance to on the large terrace watching the moonlight on the sea. mmmm! it was a lovely ambience out there. now we are all hot and sweaty in the davinia lounge fighting for a place on the dance floor. we used to have live music in the turko bar but that has now gone, there is a disco but it is difficult to dance with pushchairs, babies and toddlers on the dance floor. and this is also a smoking bar, nice for the children and the waiters.
2 large lagoon swimming pools which were warm 6th till 15th and then the indoor pool opened and outdoor pools went cold. and beware the slippy tiles. please always wear shoes do not walk in bare feet..
very handy for the beach . just across a very quiet road.
reception can be quiet or it can be heaving. it took us 45 minutes to check in.!!
it is a very cosmopolitan hotel with spanish, french, italian, irish and some english. it makes it a very interesting hotel.
it used to be excellent but now............. go and see for yourselves. it is good in parts and maybe out of season without all the children it will be ok.
i wont be back next year, definately not.

  • Stayed: September 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 October 2009

Good standard hotel on the seafront. Facilities and rooms very good. Godd range of activities and good spin class. Really poor service. Reception constantly busy requiring 10 minutes wait to get simple questions answered. Staff did not enforce queuing, seemed happy to serve whoever went to the front of the queue and it was up to me to point out there was a queue.

Hotel advertised WiFi I complained every day about this not working (only email access was possible no web access) and nothing was done nor did anyone take the time to come back to me to inform me what was being done.

Bar staff at the pool overlooking the seafront always seemed to busy doing something else and did not acknowledge customers waiting to be served.

No room service, surprising for a 4 *

  • Stayed: September 2009, travelled solo
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2  Thank roger000
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