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ClubHotel Riu Costa del Sol
Ranked #13 of 72 Hotels in Torremolinos
Reviewed 2 January 2013

Traveled with a family of 6, grandparents, parents and 2 children aged 6 and 10. This was my first all inclusive holiday and it had some good points and some bad points so I'll start with the good points - massive room and balcony with sea view from the balcony, beer tap located at the customers side of the bar so it was case of serve yourself with very nice cold cruzcampo, exactly the same stuff you pay 3/4/5 euros for in bars all over Spain and you could drink it all day and night if you wanted, nice food in the main restaurant at breakfast and evening meal, a huge selection with something to suit everyone at both sittings and all of good quality and very fresh, the staff in the hotel were very helpful and friendly, nice location on the outskirts of the resort and just 5 minutes from Malaga airport in a taxi, my daughter aged 10 loved it as there were loads of other kids her age to play with. The overriding good factor about the hotel was it was very very good value for money, food and drinks were good quality and the rooms and hotel were very clean. Our room was cleaned every day.

Now for the not so good bits - the hotel was really full and mealtimes were a bit of a chore at times, there were big queues especially at the hot plates and you could be waiting for 5 minutes while a variety of different European nationalities faffed about for 4 chips, 1 lamp cutlet, 2 pieces of pasta and a spoonful of paella and then had a quick re-think just to make sure they hadn't forgotten something. We ate in the bar at lunchtimes and it was a self service affair with lots of people dripping wet from the pool especially children mauling the food, it was case of get in as early as possible. We had to go down and put towels on the sunbeds by 9am at the very latest or you can forget getting 4/5 beds together bearing in mind there were absolutely loads of beds around the pool complex, the pool was very busy all day. There is some in house entertainment for the kids, mini golf on the walkway around the pool (great idea....not) and target shooting with an air rifle at a dart board (another great idea....not).

Overall good value for money but a bit too crowded.

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 1 January 2013

We travelled to the Riu Costa Lago on the 23rd of Dec 2012 for Christmas, this hotel is all inclusive, we were very impressed. We had a good size room, with a television which actually had an english channel ITV+1 on it. The rooms were kept immaculatly clean by the friendly cleaners, towels changed every day. In fact all the staff were brilliant all very friendly coudnt do enough for you. In the Restraunt you used any table for breakfast and lunch, then you were allocated a table and either a 6oclock sitting or an 8oclock sitting for the evening meal, for the length of your stay, the time could be swapped if you asked. The food was very good loads of choice at all meals. There was an area where you could get Tea Coffee and cold drinks all day. The bar service was excellent. The only thing we could fault this hotel with was the awful dire evening entertainment, every night it was a singer stood behind a musically enhanced organ singing aged old songs. The local transport was great with a bus stop over the road, and a great train service just up the road, for 190e each way to Fueringrola great value. We went on the train to Benelmadena to go on the brilliant cable cars which were just outside the train station, this was amazing fabulous views, areas to walk around when you got to the top, and an amazing bird show to see within the price of 12euros each if you got the tickets off the rep which was slightly cheaper than buying them there. It was so easy to get around. We had a great Christmas and woudnt hesitate in using this hotel again, just dont go excpecting brilliant evening entertainment, hopefully this will get better in time

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled with family
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5  Thank Graham H
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Reviewed 31 December 2012

My wife and i travelled with two friends to spend Christmas in this hotel. We arrived on 22nd December and left on the 29th. We were all inclusive and the food was excellant with lots of choices. The Hotel was spotless and the rooms were large and cleaned every day and towels changed every day. We were on the 8th floor and had lovely views with sunshine on the balcony all afternoon. The local buses ran into Torremlinos approx every 30 minutes and the fare was 1.22euros each. Getting back to the Hotel, the wine was of good quality and the bar staff although overworked were pleasant and provided drinks quickly. This is a hotel i would return to.

Room Tip: Try and get a room on the 8th or 9th floor prefereably rooms 812 or 912
  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled with friends
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7  Thank briancwhite
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Reviewed 31 December 2012

We had a wonderful week away for the week just before Christmas with our 18 month old. In summary we had excellent food, friendly service and some decent weather to boot!

On arrival, we were greeted with a glass of chilled juice whilst they sorted out check in (we arrived with around 30 others). This may be old hat to more experienced all inclusive trippers but after a 6am flight we found it a nice touch.

Room: The room was spacious, not withstanding the provided cot. Given we were only expecting "limited sea views" we were very happy with the extensive sea view from our balcony. The bath was adequate although it was shorter than many.

Food: We were really happy with the food. For savoury food the variety is overwhelming, with lots of the food being cooked /carved in front of you on big grill plates. Prawn paella, rare roast beef and a lentil soup with spanish sausage and chorizo, were a few highlights, but there is always at least 4 main options (including at least one fish option). The prepared puddings weren't quite as high a standard although there was always extensive fresh fruit and 4 ice creams to choose from. Breakfast again had lots of choice. An unexpected favourite was the fresh oranges. The in between meal time snacks were fine.

Drinks: The loose teas were excellent, (although a green tea option, loose or bagged, would have been nice). We were new to the AI angle but liked the fact that the cocktails were pre-prepared and then dispensed from mr slushie style machines! Alcohol wise if you want named brand drinks then this isnt for you -but they had most drinks available.

Facilities: The gym was basic, but had the required kit. the indoor pool was small, whilst the two outdoor pools were quite chilly at this time of year. We were still able to use the kids splashing pool.

Other guests: There were a couple of young couples /families, but most were either 40+ couples or elderly. But everybody made a tremendous fuss over our daughter, and a couple of German grannies even let me join their game of Rummikub.

Toddler facilities: The kids splash pool is good, and there is a basic slide on the side of the hotel. But there are also public facilities (slides etc) both 2 minutes walk away on the beach and also heading away from the beach there are several other mini play parks (5mins walks with spinny and bouncy features as well as slides and swings). There didn't appear to be organised activities for little ones outside of season (although we could see a room for this purpose).

Service: First class everywhere. The cleaner who made pretty shapes with the towels on the bed kept my wife smiling. Our daughter destroying the table cloth with pasta sauce was met with smiles.

Trips/entertainment: We didn't really book for this but the First Choice rep was very knowledgeable, and the entertainment in the bar was fine, and the compere also organised some fun activities during the day. The train station (la collina) was close enough to make it worthwhile travelling to the nearby shopping village Plaza mayor (6-7 mins ~ Euro 3.6 return) and if we go back we'd carry on to malaga where you can now take a train to Rhonda.

Overall, we would go back, we would recommend, and we would try other riu hotels. The weather and price helped (we paid for the family the per person price in summer), but more generally the hotel gave out a positive signs of a well run hotel with high standards.

Room Tip: ask for a bottle of water from the bar to keep you going through the night. room 808 was quiet and w...
  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled with family
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5  Thank timandvic
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Reviewed 31 December 2012

We spent xmas at the Costa Lago returning 30/12/12. The hotel is generally very good and we enjoyed our stay , the lovely weather certainly helped ! The hotel is well run with friendly staff , the food was excellent at every sitting with a special mention for the xmas day gala meal which we thought was exceptional.
One or two minor faults , the all inclusive drinks are not the best , beer a little flat , cocktails terrible and as for the gin & tonic best forgotten ! The hotel is a little out of the way , there is however a bus stop to the centre of Torremolinos directly outside . The train station is about 10 - 15 mins walk away & we visited Malaga & Benalmadena centre via the train. Special mention to the cable car ride at Benalmadena which was well worth the experience.
All in all a good hotel which was well worth the £400 each we paid for 7 nights all inclusive stay.

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank AlanTHull_Yorkshire
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Reviewed 30 December 2012

Stayed 10 days over xmas, friendly staff always, food was good and varied, very clean, entertainment was good as well surprisingly. Train station about 5/10 min walk (La Colina) behind the hotel this will take you one way to Malaga and the other to Fuengirola, very easy to use machine for ticket. Try Plaza Mayor one stop down towards Malaga it's excellent for all kinds of shops eateries pubs etc.
Couple of small bars opposite hotel very friendly and a Supermarket on the corner for anything you need (papers milk etc)

My Wife and I loved it !

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled as a couple
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6  Thank paulywills
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Reviewed 30 December 2012

We have just returned from the Riu Belplaya and wish we had stayed longer,we went for a christmas break and it was great to relax in the sunshine.
We only had rain for about two hours one morning and it had cleared by lunch time
The hotel is large and you get a sea view from the side and we got the sun on the balcony all the day.There were two sittings for the evening meal but this was no problem and you had your own table for this meal all your holiday but if you wished to change tables the head waiter would move you,all other meals you could sit where you wanted.
The meals were very good with lots of choice and the christmas day gala meal was out of this world with smoked salmon caviar parma ham with lots more salads and the main course was turkey with stuffing or roast beef,we had both and they were both cooked to perfection also lots of choice vegetables it was a real banquet.
The rooms are large and lots of storage for your clothes and the maid are very cheerful and always speak to you when you see them,they do a great job and work very hard to keep up the standard you expect from the Riu group of hotels.
We will go back to this hotel again and were not disapointed with our choice thatwe had made after reading a review from someone that had been the previos year at christmas time.
As i stated at the start the weather was great and most days it got upto 22-24 degrees and in the afternoon lots of people layed round the pool.you can get pool towels from reception for a deposit that is returned after you return them and also your room safe you leave a deposit and this is also returned at the end of your holiday when you return the key.
A great break cant wait to go back.

Room Tip: Pay the little extra for a side sea view room it is well worth it
  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Christina1001
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Address: Paseo Maritimo 165 | Torremolinos - Malaga, 29620 Torremolinos, Spain
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Region: Spain > Andalucia > Province of Malaga > Costa del Sol > Torremolinos
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Casino and Gambling Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#8 Luxury Hotel in Torremolinos
#10 On the Beach Hotel in Torremolinos
#12 Family Hotel in Torremolinos
#13 Romantic Hotel in Torremolinos
Price Range: £119 - £225 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — ClubHotel Riu Costa del Sol 4*
Number of rooms: 596
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
* Located 2 km from Torremolinos * Opposite Torremolinos beach, 50 m away * 2 km from various shops * 5 km from the airport * 10 km from Malaga * 50 m from a bus stop * 1.5 Km from the train station * Credit cards accepted: MasterCard, Visa ... more   less 
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Hotel Riu Belplaya
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