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“Good Spanish base for a short break near to the airport and Malaga.” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Royal Costa Hotel
Ranked #58 of 72 Hotels in Torremolinos
Livingston
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23 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Good Spanish base for a short break near to the airport and Malaga.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2012

First thing to say is......... it amazes me the number of people who complain about hotels when they state they have read reviews before they travelled. Really??
The Royal Costa hotel has all the potential to suit most people - if you accept that the official rating is 3 star in Spain and will be happy with that, then you'll have a good stay (this is not the same as 3 star in the UK - it's probably about a 2/2.5 star in the UK). It is not UK 3, 4 or 5 star by any means - and doesn't claim to be.
Having said all that, it is a good Spanish 3 star. If, like us, what you are looking for is a base in a quiet residential area for a break or short holiday it is ideal. The hotel is close to a few local bars, brilliant for the cheap, clean, punctual and air conditioned local train service (access to anywhere from Malaga Centro Alameda to Fuengirola with regular stops in between, including the airport), 15 minutes stroll to the beach (access to several chiringuitos along the beach and the bus service along the paseo/promenade towards Torremolinos).
We took the all inclusive option (it was only £30 per person per night) and dipped in and out for meals and drinks when we felt like it, although a lot of our time was spent out/away from the hotel.
I can hear the ''why pay for everything and then not use it'' comments already!
To answer: because we've paid more at home and abroad for B & B or room only so we didn't feel we'd be losing out if we didn't have every single meal, snack and drink that we'd ''paid for''!! It suited us to do that and it's what we wanted to do. We looked on this as a wee bargain break - no more.
It would suit those on a tight budget as it does offer all inclusive. However, it's on the outskirts of Torremolinos near the airport - there is no nightlife so you will need to be happy to travel by train, bus or taxi to find it if that is what you are looking for.
The food is as per every other ''holiday hotel'' buffet style all inclusive in Europe. There is a lot of chicken, pork, fish and rice - it's local, available and what the Spanish eat........ soups, stews, grills. There is a selection at every meal with loads of fresh salad and bread (again very Spanish). There is something for everyone - the food at this hotel is not a negative.
Where these hotels let themselves down is in trying to cater to the ''Brit Pack'' and try to do and provide food for the ''egg and chips brigade'' and the ''I want my full cooked breakfast like I have back home'' mob. They don't do that well mostly. If that is the kind of food you prefer on holiday then go to Blackpool and book half board in a nice B & B. Similarly with the themed nights - the hotel should stick to the traditional Spanish dishes and don't try Asian, Italian etc - it just doesn't work when it's not authentic. We thought the food provided was fine.
Personally, I applaud the hotels like this one who do cater more to their Spanish guests - I love to try different things, that's the beauty of buffet. It is Spain after all and why should the Brits expect to be treated differently from the Nationals? We visit Spain to sample Spanish life, culture, language, way of life and get a bit of sun, don't we??
Cannot fault the hotel re cleanliness. Rooms though small are cleaned daily and linen changed as needed. One thing....... take your own pool towel the hotel does not supply them. There were people using the room towels by the pool - I wouldn't fancy trying to use those after a nice refreshing shower when the towel is all sun cream.
The balconies are small and not great for spending time on. Most have pool/partial sea views though.
Staff were great, really friendly, pleasant and keen to help. Some punters were just pure rude though in the manner in which they would ask for drinks at the bar. There's no need for that.
The beer is probably the best option for drinks or the ''sangria'' isn't bad. I really didn't enjoy the wines (personal taste only - others did), and the spirits were ok (just ok).
There were children at the hotel and there is a small kids pool for toddlers. Other than that and the mini disco for half an hour at night I wouldn't say there's much to do for kids.....
The 'entertainment/animation' is not our scene ever (not just here - never has been), but what we saw of it she did pretty fantastic to speak in Spanish, French and English all the time so give her a break. There is only entertainment 5 days out of 7. That means that she gets her two days off on a Monday and Tuesday as she needs to cover the weekend. In other words there will be two days of your stay/holiday when there won't be entertainment (certainly this did apply in June - maybe different in July/August?).
The pool, like the hotel, is kept clean. A lifeguard is there from late morning to early evening too. The sunbeds however are not the comfiest......... although there seemed to be plenty as we never were stuck when we visited the pool. There are toilets outside by the pool with changing facilities.
The only absolute negative for us was the comfort of the beds - the mattress in our room just didn't suit us at all so we slept quite fitfully/poorly. We didn't let this spoil our enjoyment of the stay though - we managed for the 4 nights we were there.
If you have an evening flight it's worth asking for late checkout. The hotel are more than happy to help if they have the availability. The make a very reasonable small charge of 30 euros which for us worked out at 5 euros per extra hour after checkout time - well worth it to have the comfort and convenience of using your own room to shower and change after a last day down the beach/ in the sun.
In summary. we thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the hotel. We had a lovely break. The hotel, staff and food were good, suited our needs perfectly (as a base to go out and about from) and for us the location was ideal (we enjoy using local public transport). Batteries totally recharged.
Roll on next time........ thank you Royal Costa........ hasta luego.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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10 Thank Bo-Dawdley
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Dumfries, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2012

very clean hotel ,room was basic but fine ,had plenty of room and air con was powerfull.It has a deep pool and lovely gardens. The entertainment was mostly in spanish and was the usual parrot show, singers or the hotel entertainment team getting people up to play various games. We didnt hang about and usually went out at night,the pizzeria close by is popular with locals and the hotel guests we went here a lot, the pizzas are lovely and in the afternoon there were old local men playing dominos and it was quite funny watching them cos they kept falling out it was more entertaining than what was on at the hotel. The only thing that lets it down is the food ,when I was there even the spanish guests were not impressed, Like everyone else says it is close to the station but I never was disturbed by the noise of the trains. I would stay here again but not on all inc.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank mandm42
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Essex
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2012

We stayed at the royal costa from 17th-29th june with our 6 year old little boy.This hotel is great for a short break away to chill and relax but the hotel doesnt cater for children there is no kids menu (we thought the food was quiet poor compared to other 3* hotels we have stayed in) Sandra who does the entertainment does her best with what she has available (which is not a lot) the pool is very deep again not very child friendly although the life guard does an excellent job keeping the pool clean and watching everyone.The rooms are basic but spotless as is the whole hotel.the train is a god send and very easy to use (as their is only a supermarket and couple of restaurants within walking distance) PLEASE don't take teenagers as they will be bored stiff !!! to be honest if it hadn't of been for the people we met whilst we were there it could of been a real let down for our annual holiday, we would not return to this hotel Hope this review helps :)

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank longshanks975
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2012

all holidays are about what you expect to to have on your holiday.some like energetic ones.some like relaxing ones.this area of los alamos has a good percentage of british people living here.with that in mind most bar staff - restuarants - taxi - shops - etc speak good english.as for this hotel . my wife & i have been to the costa del sol almost every year since 1982 .we first went to this hotel in 1992 & going there this september for the 20th time. the hotel is incredibly clean the staff are brilliant. the food is very good for a 3 *** if you fancy something different the local train which is 2 mins away as is the bus & taxi's you can get to torremolinos in 5 mins.ALSO its a 5 minute taxi ride from malaga airport or 2 stops on the train less than 2 euros.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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6 Thank David M
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Northampton, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2012

Stayed at the Royal Costa for 3 nights from the 17th June with my wife and we loved it.Only 2 stops on the excellent rail service from Malaga Airport and then only a 2 minute walk to the hotel.
The rooms although basic were cleaned daily with fresh towels and the hotel was also spotless. The staff (especially the front desk) were very helpful and made us feel welcome. The beach is only a 5 minute stroll from the hotel with some excellent restaurants but as on the edge of Torremolinas not much else in the way of shops etc but then its only 2 stops again to the centre from the hotel or about 5 stops in the other direction to the centre of Malaga. If you are looking for a place to unwind away from it all but with good links, if you want to get out and about then this hotel is, in my mind, perfect. Having read other comments regarding food, yes would agree it did appear to be much of the same old every day and the free wi fi only worked in the front lobby, as for the trains, our room looked over towards the station and to be honest, never heard much, infact forgot it was there except when using it. Other than that it did everything we wanted it for and plan to go back in September.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank David a
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Livingston, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 June 2012

We stayed her for a three night break from 18th June, had a fabulous time. Hotel room was excellent, maid every day and clean towels every day. Hotel was spotless, not much in entertainment, a little background music would have been nice; but overall a very enjoyable stay. would certainly go back. Train station just round corner and its only 1.60 euros wherever you go. 4 minutes to torremolinos, 7 minutes to benalmadena, 7 minutes to airport. Food was basic but quite nice; sweets let it down a bit though. staff were very nice. all in all a great place to chill, but nightlife only a train ride away

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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7 Thank fabul0us4
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, Community Manager at Royal Costa Hotel, responded to this review, 25 June 2012
Dear Customer,

Thank you very much to recommend our accommodation on TripAdvisor. We'll take note of your suggestions. As you comment Royal Costa Hotel is ideally located next to the train station and close to the beach. We hope to see you soon :) We invite you to follow us on our Facebook page.

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Swindon, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 June 2012

Having just returned from this hotel from a 4 night stay I felt it absolutely necessary to provide a detailed review of our experience as I truly was incredibly disappointed despite reading mixed reviews on Tripadvisor. Whilst we booked this hotel as a "bargain break" and have stayed in numerous all inclusive hotels with several being of the average 3* quality it can safely be said that our stay at the Royal Costa really did provide a terrible experience.

Firstly it should be acknowledged that the rooms are basic but functional however the balcony is tiny and once sat down you are in effect behind a concrete wall with no view. The air conditioning is not especially powerful and it can only be switched on or off with a wall switch whilst the train station immediately next door really does make some noise late into the evening and early morning.

The food at the Royal Costa is quite simply appalling!! For an all inclusive buffet it consists of two small counters- one for cold salads (mainly lettuce with hard boiled eggs in some mayonnaise) and the other for numerous variations on pork (in batter, in crumbs, in stew, in slices) and "fish"...as to what type of fish?? goodness knows! We arrived at the restaurant when it opened as the food tended to be cold or luke warm but even on arrival at the start of the buffet the food is at room temperature at best! The various themed nights..."mexican"...."andulasian" and our personal favourite "italian" was a hideously funny joke! The so-called "italian" night for example did not consist of perhaps spaghetti or lasagne or even pizza....no no...you guessed it....there was more cold pork and fish what else!?! We ended up eating out most nights...even the bread rolls and croissants for breakfast were brick hard as they were undoubtedly stale and the fruit juice machine was never changed and became a joke amongst guests!

The sunbeds around the pool area are mostly broken with no cover on them and are quite frankly unbearably uncomfortable with most residents purchasing inflatables or lying on the grass as a better alternative. The "snacks" consist of a bowl of nuts and crisps that are always left on the side of the bar for pigeons to help themselves to!! Oh and please do not book a late flight home!!!! Checkout is at midday with apparently no exceptions as we were told in broken English "you go home...we need your room for new guests...you can change in the toilets!!" Well a charming end to a charming break!

All in all the Royal Costa is terrible value for money...the local cafe and pizzeria make a great deal of money from the Royal Costa all inclusive guests sat in their restaurant with their red bands night after night as more cold pork and fish has been served yet again! Unfortunately this hotel is cheap and nasty and really is a waste of money!!!

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank Tom B
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, Community Manager at Royal Costa Hotel, responded to this review, 28 June 2012
Dear Customer,

First we want to thank you to share your opinion on TripAdvisor. We regret not having reached your expectations. For us it is very important the satisfaction of our customers, so we take note of your comments. Please note that in the vast majority of hotels is regulated air conditioning as in the Hotel Royal Costa. As you said our rooms are functional and clean up is correct. We do not agree with your comments about the buffet. We serve as well as pork, chicken, beef, pasta, pizza, etc.. and different varieties of fish. We think that our hotel has an excellent value for money. Finally I have to say is not true that the station at night bother because from 23:30 trains do not run until tomorrow morning, and the station is far enough away.

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Property: Royal Costa Hotel
Address: Calle Sistema Iberico 60 | Urbanizacion Los Alamos, 29620 Torremolinos, Spain
Region: Spain > Andalucia > Province of Malaga > Costa del Sol > Torremolinos
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Swimming Pool
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Ranked #58 of 72 Hotels in Torremolinos
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Hotel Class:3 star — Royal Costa Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 186
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