I have really mixed reviews about my stay at this place.
Firstly, I will start with the staff there. The day shift front desk staff are helpful and friendly. However, it takes ages to get anything sorted and the odd moody one making us wait doesn't help. The rest of the staff in the hotel are OK. Nothing worth shouting about. TBH, the nicest of them all was the lady who cleaned our room. She had the worst job, tidying up after people but the one with the most smiles and friendly.
Location of the hotel, my wife and I thought was perfect. 2 stops away by train to main Torremolinos centre which is situated on a cliff. The train station itself, is literally a stones throw away from the hotel. You can see it from the balcony of our room. Travelled a fair bit to Malaga city centre, Torremolinos centre and to Benaldamena harbour/marina.
I wouldn't bother with Malaga that much. I spoke to a group of people who had their iPhone stolen while on the beach. The gardens are nice but very price to eat considering the Prawns you would eat here are from the same waters as Torremolinos and Los Alamos where the hotel is situated. I wouldn't recommend going to Malaga unless you like going to museums etc. Shopping is expensive in the stores etc.
Torremolinos. Loved it here. Its a bit of walk to the beach as its on a cliff edge so up/downhill walking to get to the beach. REstaurants are reasonably priced and good quality food. Lots of brits and Germans around generally touristy.
BE WARNED. Sunloungers are average 4.50 euro per bed so be prepared or bring a towel to sit on the sand with instead.
The Los Alamos beach, closest to Royal Costa Hotel, is 250m from the hotel. Nice short walk, dont bother with a cab. pointless. The staff are generally old, do not speak much english and not the highlight of the hotel.
I went on Half board but ended up eating out most of the time. My wife and I not great meat eaters, but like it now and again. The food was abysmal. The lunch was food rotated from the dinner the night before on more than 2 occasions. The veggie options are horrific. Teh only fish they serve is the Hake, which comes across as the equivalent of eating cod here. Cheap and lots of it around. The milk is the long life stuff that you wouldn't drink here on a normal day. If you don't know what the food is, there is no one to ask and they only place labels, Pork, Fish, Veal. Limited. Don't pay for half board here. NOT WORTH IT AT ALL!!!! Another review mentioned Bar Riviera. I agree, lovely people, cheap drinks, good atmosphere didn't eat, but the food looked better than the hotel. Not allowed to smoke inside here, which is a relief as my wife is pregnant so is ideal for us and the other kids there as well. FREE WIFI here as well!!1 Always busy with locals as well tourists! The bar next door is lovely as well.
The best thing about the hotel, is the location, the pool is ok, not heated I don't think but clean none the less. The location is perfect, 4 stops from the airport, so save money on a taxi, the beach is quiet and very clean. Nice places to eat on the beach, ate twice on thsi beach and both times were satisfying. The Prawns Pil Pil are great and cooked well everywhere you go.
Torremolinos, Check out the Indian Restaurant called Aroma. Its not only indian, does Pizzas/pasta's etc as well. My wife are both Indian, and would have paid to eat there again! Just as good, if not better than a few of the restaurants you would get here in the UK! The area is surrounded by mountains, so very windy and kills the beauty and heat of the sun, so be prepared to take a light jacket with you wherever you go.
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