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ClubHotel Riu Costa del Sol
Ranked #14 of 71 Hotels in Torremolinos
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Leek, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
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“Excellent Family Holiday”
Reviewed 19 August 2013

Stayed at the Riu Belplaya from the 8th - 18th Aug on the All Inclusive package, we were 2 adults and our 11 year old daughter. The Hotel is kept incredibly clean, our room was spotless, the beds changed every day and fresh towels also (which were very nice and not thin and threadbare as described by some). The air con wasn't brilliant but combined with the fan kept our room comfortably cool. The food was of excellent quality and very varied from pasta, stews, soup, fish, paella, huge salads, cheeses, cold meats, chips, vegetarian. I will say that some of the main meals could be a little repetitive. Breakfasts were plentiful, from cereals to a full English with a variety of egg dishes, scrambled, soft boiled, omelette and fried, lovely bacon, pancakes, croissants, the choice is endless! Desserts and fruit were also very inviting, the ice creams being a favourite with our daughter. A slight negative is that the very keen waiting on staff would remove your plate once they'd recognised that you'd finished/had an empty plate but you could still be chewing your last mouthful or not even have put down your fork and the plate would be whipped away! Drinks were great, from juices, fizzy pops, water, wines, beer and coffees these all from the 'self serving stations' around the hotel. Spirits, Cocktails and Espresso Coffees were served to you from behind the bar still part of the all inclusive. The evening entertainment was generally good although a little cheesy at times, the Flamenco Dancers were great. A mini disco and kids club were available and kept the entertainment staff busy. The pool was lovely and the Aqua Areobics run by Joshua and Dori was great fun. All in all we had a great time, the weather was perfect, wall to wall sunshine every day and very hot. Tip - there are toilets to the left of the gym in the pool area - also, ask at reception for the code to the door which leads out to the main street, it'll save you a walk! We would definitely return again.

Room Tip: Room 325 - overlooks the pool but not noisy in the evening - great sea views.
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Manchester, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 19 August 2013

Stayed here for one week in August 2013. I was very impressed from the start as the reception staff were very helpful when we arrived at the hotel. The reception staff remained helpful and were always on hand to help with any inquiries.

The food was the stand-out attribute at the hotel. Although it was my first time at a self-service restaurant I really enjoyed the experience as it allowed me to sample each of the different dishes on order. Both hot and cold breakfasts were on offer, I would recommend the freshly cooked omelettes to anyone! The chef was also on hand to point out what was in each of the different omelettes which was very handy. Other foods on offer included pastries and fresh fruits as well as a cooked breakfast. The only negative in terms of breakfast came in terms of the coffee (flasks) which was often extremely strong, to negate this problem I would suggest making your own using the containers of coffee available.
Lunch and dinner were superb also. For a self-service restaurant there were many waiting staff on hand to clear your empty plates away, this kept the restaurant looking clean and tidy at all times. They were also available should the drinks machines stop working, replacing empty barrels with fresh ones. Again the range of foods on offer was mind-blowing, quality was not flouted for quantity here. Each of the three tables served something different, the cold table generally stocked salads and cold rice dishes, the hot table served the dishes of that particular day and the chef's table served something slightly different, fish steak in sauce, paella or something else traditional in Spain.
There is also an 'Andaluz' restaurant serving Andaluz style food typical of the region that the hotel is in. This restaurant overlooks the pool and is smaller and quieter than the main dining area, perfect for a special meal such as a birthday or anniversary.

The facilities were fantastic. There was plenty to do in the daytime with a small gym offering a change to work out those excess calories consumed in the restaurant! There was also a pool table (2 euros per game) and a table-tennis table for those of a sporting nature. The pool was slightly disappointing, although it was of a fair size, the number of people spreading the length of the pool made swimming near-impossible. This was not helped by the fact that the 'deep' end is split across the width, not the length of the pool.

The daytime entertainment was excellent. A small group of entertainers provided a number of opportunities to get involved, a great chance to meet other guests that were staying at the hotel. Water-volleyball, darts, killer pool and mini-golf are all the activities that were provided during my stay.
In contrast, we found the evening entertainment to be disappointing. The entertainment room was warm and clammy which did not help, however the entertainment itself was a little uninspiring. There was no karaoke and the dancing, if there was any, always ended quite early or petered out to an automated system, rather than somebody playing or singing live.

The location is ideal if you'd rather be in the calmer half of Torremolinos. The hotel is on the sea front, perfect for visits to the beach! It is, however, a fifteen minute walk from the more lively part of the resort. The harbour is one and a half hours walk away from the hotel but is a must-see visitors attraction.

Overall, this was a lovely week break with plenty to see and do. I would definitely recommend this hotel to any families considering a break in the south of Spain

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 18 August 2013

We cant say much more than the previous good reviews, especially mollycat21
3. Management went out of their way to make our stay special and could not do enough for you. Reception staff excellent and cleaning staff worked their socks off, moving everything daily to clean and leaving all our personal belongings tiday and neat. Food brilliant, and my favourite, although not normally an ice-cream over, was the mint choc chip, which was to die for. All in all I would recommend for a well looked after relaxing holiday. Well done.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 17 August 2013

Just back from a two week stay,with my wife & daughter.Had a great time.the place is spotless.Staff are very helpfull.The food was very nice,though can get a bit repetetive at times.
The bar staff wizz through the evening queues,so never waiting very long.Also a nice little touch of free bar snacks in the bar of an evening (nuts & olives).The pool towels supplied by the hotel are a great help,fresh every day,do not even have to leave a deposit like most hotels.Only deposit is a 20euro deposit for the safe key.Which is refunded on checkout.Also,large bottles of water are free to.The beach opposite is sandy & very nice.Plenty of restaurants in walking distance if you want a change.The entertainment team,Josh & Dori were great.Always getting people involved in the games,rifle shooting,darts,pool etc.Weather was excellant.Cannot fault it.Highly recommended.
Mick. Essex

Room Tip: Some rooms overlook the sea & the pool.That was the better spot.
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Bury, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 17 August 2013

Stayed here 2nd august to 16th august with my mum and 2 children aged 12 and 7 and my nephew aged 11. Absolutely loved it. Hotel spotless and just across the road from beach. Kids met loads of friends and we met some lovely people. We all thoroughly enjoyed it. Food was served as follows breakfast in restaurant 8 am til 10.30 am. Continental breakfast in pool bar 10.30 til 12 noon. Lunch in main restaurant 1 pm to 3 pm. Lunch in pool bar 2 pm to 3.30 pm. Snacks I.e. Cakes and bread and cold meats served in pool bar 4.30 to 5 pm. Dinner in two settings in main restaurant 7.15 pm first setting and then 8.45 pm second setting. Lidia kids club animation worked really hard from 11 am and was still playing with the kids at 11.30 at night. Joshua and dori, adult animation work really hard too. Overall had a brilliant time and would definitely return to this hotel.

  • Stayed August 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 17 August 2013

we have recently stayed at the hotel riu belplayer we were very impressed on arrival and continued to be impressed throughout our fortnights holiday, the very helpful staff couldn't do enough for us ,the room was large and cleaned to perfection daily with a lovely balcony view, the food was very good and unlike a lot of hotels wasn't repeated weekly,the animation team were very good and kept the guests entertained throughout the day without going over the top, we would recommend this hotel to anyone

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 16 August 2013 via mobile

Fabulous hotel with the nicest staff we have ever experienced! The manager, Raphael was on hand most of the day and at meal times & was very approachable. Our barmen, the 3 Joses knew what we drank & made our holiday enjoyable. The food was good and plentiful. Rooms were spotless and spacious. All in all we experienced a fabulous first time in costa del sol. Thank you so much everyone t Costa Lago :0)

Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Property: ClubHotel Riu Costa del Sol
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:
#9 Luxury Hotel in Torremolinos
#11 On the Beach Hotel in Torremolinos
#12 Family Hotel in Torremolinos
#13 Romantic Hotel in Torremolinos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
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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