Travel Blogs from Torremolinos
For our third week on Costa del Sol (coast of the sun) It was a great pleasure to be able to show off Andalusia at last to old New Zealand friends who have been promising to come for at ...
To all of you who are reading this thank you so much for following us on our adventures.
And to Caroline, Jonathan and Ava ,thank you really doesn’t seem to cover it but I hope it is clear what a fabulous, truly unforgettable experience we have had here in your Spanish idyll . Muchisimas gracias XXX
As stated, there's no direct flights from Santiago back to the UK and so the options were Santiago - Madrid - London, Santiago - Barcelona - Cardiff or Santiago - Malaga - Cardiff, we obviously chose the latter. Leaving Galicia was double edged, I love the area, the people, the food but I'm shocked at the decline. I'm also so looking forward to seeing family in Benalmadena especially my niece that I haven't seen in over a year except on FaceTime. We arrived in Malaga at around 2:30am, ...
... bears witness to the medieval Moorish settlement, as its urban fabric, architecture and main characteristics (form, materials, colours), were not changed when it was adapted to the Christian way of life, to survive as a remarkable example of a Spanish-Moorish town. Archaeological excavations have shown that the hill where the Albayzín is now situated has been occupied continuously from as early as the Roman period. In the mid-8th century the region's ...
... the local supermarket to see if they had any tatties and the cheesecake ingredients. We found them all thank goodness. When Jaci had done all she could at the flat we went up to the Pueblo to help prepare there. We found Sandy watering plants on the downstairs balcony and accused him of becoming domesticated but he denied it. Jaci helped Sandra with the chicken while I loaded the blog onto the website. It rained heavily for ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Natali Torremolinos
Ein Urlaub in der Hölle
Das Hotel ist nicht für Briten geeignet!
Meine Familie war zu Weihnachten auf all-inklusive Basis in diesem Hotel. Nicht nur war es ein Urlaub aus der Hölle, es ruinierte auch noch unser Weihnachtsfest!! Das Essen ist grauenhaft (man sah nicht, welches Fleisch man gerade zu sich nahm), jeden Abend gab es kalte, gummiartige Pommes, Suppe, in der noch die blanken Knochen schwammen, kaltes Essen das im Fett ertrank. Das Unterhaltungsprogramm bestand aus einer spanischen CD die die ganzen 10 Tage über gespielt wurde. Personal ist unfreundlich und nicht sehr hilfsbereit. Kein Satellitenfernsehen, man muss 20 Euro für eine Fernbedienung bezahlen und stellt dann fest, dass es nur Sky News und Eurosport gibt! Der Pool ist für die Größe dieses Hotels bescheiden (so groß wie ein kleines Wohnzimmer). Was gab es für Kinder - eine Schaukel, eine Rutsche und ein kleines Klettergerüst - das war's - es gab ganz und gar keine Aktivitäten!!! Wir gingen eines Abends zum Bingospielen, das Einzige, was für Erwachsene angeboten wird, und der Preis bestand aus einem Kinderspielzeug und die Bingokarten waren fotokopiert! Die ist wirklich ein grauenhaftes Hotel und wenn Sie schon gebucht haben sehen Sie zu, ob Sie die Buchung noch ändern können. Schnell. - Ich wünschte wirklich, dass ich die Kritiken hier Ernst genommen hätte!!! Oh, und wenn Sie hier all-inklusive sind, die zahlenden Gäste werden zuerst bedient. Weihnachten waren 400 Leute in der Bar, eine spanische CD und ein Barkeeper!! Der Service ist lausig und manchmal gab es auch keine Snacks zu den Zeiten, die ausgeschrieben waren.
Man bekommt was man bezahlt
Mein Mann und ich sind gerade erst von hier wiedergekommen. Ein dreitägiger Kurzausflug, last-minute. Buchten Montagabend und flogen Dienstagmorgen - waren gegen Mittag am Freitag wieder zurück.
Das Hotel war sauber und hell, aber die Zimmer waren noch im Jahre 1980 stecken geblieben - aber das ist ja nur Farbe. Das Empfangspersonal war reizend und das Personal im gesamten Hotel war fröhlich und hilfsbereit - sprach auch gutes Englisch.
Das Hotel war typisch für die spanische Hotelküche. Es war essabar, nicht besondes aufregend, machmal konnte man es nicht identifizieren, aber durchgekocht und vielfältig - mit Ausnahme des Frühstücks. Es gab Brötchen, heißen Schinken, gelegentlich ein Ei und Müsli, aber es gab von allem reichlich.
Der Pool - gut - wir verbrachten drei Tage damit, uns die 'organisierten' Aktivitäten anzusehen und lachten über den Spaß, den sie alle hatten.
Abendliches Unterhaltungsprogramm - wir haben nicht daran teilgenommen aber es schien gut zu sein, man hörte Gelächter und Beifall.
Alles in allem - ich würde nicht nach Torremolinos zurück kommen, das hat aber nicht am Hotel gelegen.
I definitely wouldn't go back BUT................
Right where do I start. A large group of us ages ranging from 4 months to 65 years went in January 2006. In total there was 19 of us. I can only speak giving my own opinion and that is I ABSOLUTELY HATED THIS HOTEL but My sister loved it and would go back (more fool her lol). I'm having difficulty finding any good points to make about it. Although I will say that it was very clean and the rooms were nice. But that's as good as it gets. I found the food appalling. We found out when we got there that this is what the Spanish call "A Social Security Hotel". This means that the Spanish people get free weeks at this hotel throughout the year. The week that we went it was absolutely full of Spanish people. I dont have a problem with this except for the fact that they were very rude and would actually push us out of the way to get to the food in the dining room. They were like vultures and you swear they had never had food before. I found the one guy behind the bar VERY rude indeed and would always serve the spanish before serving us. It was possible to stand at the bar for 20 minutes before getting served, even though you were there first. There is no entertainment there (I'm not sure whether there is in the summer months but there certainly isn't in the winter months). I found the bar area very uninviting. I have been on lots of all inclusive holidays but this is certainly one that isn't value for money.
As far as I'm concerned, if you are even contemplating going to this hotel, DON'T go all inclusive.
VISIT AT YOUR OWN RISK
IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR A FABULOUS ALL INCLUSIVE HOTEL IN TORREMOLINOS THEN YOU SHOULD GO TO THE TORREMOLINOS BEACH CLUB. Now this hotel is definitely value for money.
Total waste of money
this hotel is definately not good value for money. There are no childrens facilities whatsoever. The staff are surly and unfriendly. The majority of the guests are spanish, which i have no problem with, but other nationalties tend to be ignored as they come first. The pool area is very small and crowded, the sunbeds are uncomfortable and even though we were told at time of booking there were 3 bars, the pool and nightclub bars are not opened until July. The food is absolutely appalling, mostly cold and very unappatising. The only time our daughter ate anything was when we went out to eat, defeating the object of going all inclusive. The entertainment (if you can call it that) was terrible, just the same guy singing spanish songs all the time, hardly the place you want to spend your holiday evenings in. All in all this holiday was a disaster and the extra we paid for all inclusive was a waste as we ate and drank out most of the time. There were other UK people in the hotel who werent in the fortunate situation we were of having the money to do this and they had a terrible time. I have always been a great lover of the the Costa Del Sol and had this been my first visit I would have never returned. In my opinion this hotel needs to be dropped to avoid the Costa not getting the bad reputation that this hotel will earn it
Holiday from Hell
This hotel is certainly not for the English!
My family visited this hotel for the Christmas period on an All Inclusive basis. Not only was it the holiday from hell but it completely ruined our Christmas aswell! The food is appauling (you could not distinguish what meat you were eating) cold rubbery chips every night, soup with bare bones in, food cold and swimming in grease. No entertainment at all for the English just 1 spanish cd played throughout our 10 day stay. Staff ignorant and not very helpful. No satellite tv you have to pay 20e for a remote only to find sky news & Eurosport! The pool is minute for the size of the hotel (about the size of a small living room) For the kids - one swing, one slide & a tiny climbing frame - that's the lot - no activities for them at all!! Went to adult bingo one day the only thing available for adults and it was a childs toy and photocopied bingo tickets! This is a really appaulig hotel and if you have already booked please think about changing it quick - I certainly wished I had taken the previous reviews more seriously!!! Oh and if you decide to go All Inclusive they serve the paying guests at the bar first on Christmas Eve there was approx 400 in bar, one spanish cd and one barman!!! Service is appauling and sometimes the snacks are not available at the specific times alloctated
You get what you pay for
My husband and I have just returned from here. Last minute 3 day break, booked Monday PM flew out Tuesday AM and back Friday Noon.
The hotel was clean and bright, but the rooms were stuck around 1980 - but that is only paint. The reception was lovely and the staff, throughout the hotel were happy and helpful - and spoke good English.
The food was also from the typical Spanish hotel kitchens. It was edible, unexciting, sometimes unidentifiable, but cooked and varied - except breakfast - rolls, hot ham, occasional egg, cerial - but everything was plentiful.
The pool - good - and we spent 3 nights watching the "organised" activities and laughing at the fun that was being had.
Evening entertainment - we didn't join in but from the cheering and laughter it seemed to be going down well.
Overall - I wouldn't choose to go back to Torremolinos but wasn't the hotel that put me off.
A waste of a week
returned yesterday from a place i always enjoyed but was totally spoiled by staying at this hotel. where to start well... the room was a triple which really needed air con. the unit had had the control switch removed and when we said it wasn,t working we were told it was an air circulating unit(koolit air conditioning written on it)...the meals were abominable the choices varied from fish fingers, stew? still debating what it was,ham or hambones we think and chips sounds ok? but everything was cold ! we saw them putting out new trays and the food was cold! most of the stuff wasn't signed so it was hit or miss hubby likes to try new things thank god so we sent him in first it defeated even him we ate out. is it off season in june the hotel filled up with elderly spaniards and coach loads of school football teams!...the pool was cold(well that can happen) but the surrounds were uncomfortable the sunbeds were plentiful but there were no umbrellas or any kind of shades no tables a closed pool bar.....entertainment the day we arrived there was a board with activities for each day the following morning the board was empty..two days later a live football match on t.v.at 8.00pm..never changed after that and we didn't join the pensioners in the bar for the conga every night...no we spent our day in a hotel we had visited previously where there was a pool bar, sunbeds with shade and a friendly holiday atmosphere ! we were lucky we had a car so we could escape (but searching for parking for up to 30 mins. was stressful the parking in torremolinos is a nightmare be warned)....all in all a disappointing holiday a waste of a week.
We stayed here for a week in February 2004 and could find nothing to complain about, while the hotel was typically spanish this was the whole point of the holiday as we didnt want a package. We arrived at 1am and were told a meal and a bottle of wine were waiting for us in the restaurant. We found the food excellent and while very little English was spoken, we had no problems getting by. The entertainment at night was first class, and while there were no other English speaking people there we were made welcome. We tried to book again in November but it was closed.
No good if your english
my father and i stayed at the royal park hotel torremolinos on september 14 2004 for two weeks. although we could not default the rooms or the staff the food was definatly not up to standard. the evening meals were edible if you are used to your food being cooked that way .poor dad survived on soup and a sweet every night.now the breakfast, that was a different experiance altogether.in 14 days we saw eggs only twice ,once boiled and once hard fried all other mornings we got smash potato swirled into rounds accompanied with fried bread which was the round rolls sliced and fried from the night before.bacon you saw if you were lucky and then it was floating in oil.The entertainment in the evening was good if you spoke any other language but english, not once was english spoken. no we will definatley not be going back.
We are just back from Torremelinos and were booked in to stay at the Royal Park,arrived on the 17th October only to be told the hotel was closed by the police! No explanation given but told we were moving to sister hotel Royal Al Andalus which had no family facilities and an average age of 80.
Please double double check your booking before going here as if it happened to us it can happen again.
Also this holidy was booked on the 8th September no last minute booking.
PS Staff not friendly or do they speak good English.