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ClubHotel Riu Costa del Sol
Ranked #10 of 71 Hotels in Torremolinos
Reviewed 10 March 2012

Just returned from a 5 night stay in the Riu Belplaya. We had a great holiday. We did the all inclusive option as we thought it would be better value for money. After travelling to the Riu Puerto Marina in Benalmadena the past few years i kept comparing the 2 hotels. The Belplaya is a great hotel, the food was nice, hotel staff very friendly, good entertainment/activity program throughout the day and night. However the location wasn't the best, i would say it's a good 30min walk to the centre of Torremolinos which to be honest was a bit of a dump, nothing really nice about that place, it was abit run down - but you can get the bus along to other resorts. The location of the hotel itself is a nice area, on the front and quiet, The bars and restaurants along the promenade were good but quite expensive, we found ourselves paying about 40euros for a lunch for the 2 of us & 7.50 for a vodka & coke in the Mana bar on the front, what a rip off!!.
We walked to Benalmadena right along the promenade, this took about 1 hour 45 mins but was a nice walk. In Benalmadena i would say there is alot more choice for bars and restaurants and we found it alot cheaper, we were paying 12euros for a jug (litre) of sangria in torremolinos vs 6euros in the marina in Benalmadena.

Overall great hotel, i would return for a relaxing hotel based holiday if it came up on a good deal, but if returning to the Costa Del Sol for a hotel where i would like to get out and about and have bars, shops & restaurants, i would prefer to return to the Riu Puerto Marina, although only half board.

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 5 March 2012

Enjoyed a week here last June 2011 , hotel clean ,rooms clean good views down to the beach. Food good and plentiful. Pool area busy and poolbar self service. Entertainment was basic but ok. A good hours walk to Benalmedena and about half hours walk to the old town via steep steps. Would certainly recomend this hotel.

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled as a couple
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11  Thank Fourstarlancashire
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Reviewed 29 February 2012

Have just returned from this hotel after a nice little winter break away travelling with Thomson Holidays. Fantastic location across the road from the promenade and beach.The promenade is lovely and stretches for miles, it's all flat and it's a nice if not long walk all the way to Benalmadina.

Biggest piece of advice don't pay the £25 transfer fee with Thomson as a taxi is cheaper or alternatively get the train directly from Malaga Airport to La Colina which is only a 10 min walk downhill to the hotel. This train is part of a single line that runs from Fuengirola to Malaga and the trains run every 20 mins and costs only 2.20 Euro for a return ticket to any station. If you travelled from La Colina to Fuengirola you can even break your journey along the route so as to explore other areas.

The hotel is very clean and all staff are very pleasant and helpful. The rooms are quite roomy and again very clean. We had a room on the first floor overlooking a very quiet (no entry) road, this was despite requesting a high floor with a pool view when booking. We did mention this upon arrival at reception and were advised that we could request an upgrade at a cost, no upgrade had been mentioned by Thomson when booking. We declined as when on holiday you don't spend much time in your room anyway and as i've said the room was clean and tidy.

The only advice I would give regarding rooms is about the hairdryer, it's the same as those you find in swimming baths which take ages to dry your hair. If you like to dry your hair properly I would still advise taking your own. The room also has a fridge, handy for keeping your drinks cold. There are no Tea or Coffee facilities in room but you don't need it as you help yourself in the bar area or in the restaurant. You can also help yourself to Wine (Red/White/Rose) and Lager in the bar area and restaurant as they are all on tap. Other drinks can be ordered at the bar.

There are 2 pools (1 Indoor and 1 outdoor). The outdoor pool is not heated but the indoor one is. There is also a gym at the back of the indoor pool area.

The food is ok, not brilliant but I don't understand the reviews that say the food is poor. It is all done in buffet style with a Salad Area, Vegetarian Area, 2 Hot Food Stations, Soup Station and Dessert Station. Even the pickiest of eaters should be able to find something with those choices. I can recommend their paella and their beef stew was fantastic. The great thing about the all inclusive option is that the hotel will provide you with a packed lunch which you order at reception the evening before, it's only a bottle of water and fruit but you are allowed to make up your own rolls at breakfast time.

There is entertainment on 6 nights a week and the acts are very good. There also games and things running throughout the day.

I would definately recommend a visit to Benalmadina particularly to the amazing park in the middle.

All in all this was a great place for a winter break and I would definately recommend it to others and would return myself.

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  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 23 February 2012

Simply fabulous Hotel, the staff made my stay memorable they are superb, The good was amazing with a massive choice.

  • Stayed: February 2012
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8  Thank Pete J
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Reviewed 18 February 2012

visited this hotel 7 feb to 17 feb 2012 we found the hotel excellent and very clean.the food was reasonable without being very good we never went hungry.the entertainment was average.the hotel is close to the beach but on the outskirts of torremolinos.about a mile to the centre but a pleasant walk down the promenade.the staff were very friendly and attentive.overall we were very satisfied and good value for money.

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Additional Information about 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:
#7 Luxury Hotel in Torremolinos
#8 On the Beach Hotel in Torremolinos
#11 Family Hotel in Torremolinos
#13 Romantic Hotel in Torremolinos
Price Range: ₹ 9,056 - ₹ 35,906 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — ClubHotel Riu Costa del Sol 4*
Number of rooms: 621
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
Riu Belplaya Torremolinos
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