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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Riu Belplaya
- Riu Belplaya Torremolinos
- ClubHotel Riu Costa Del Sol Torremolinos