Riu Belplaya Hotel
Travel Blogs from Torremolinos
Imogen and I were left to ourselves in Malaga; all our tour guides had left and Ruben was at work.
We made our way into the city for lunch, after all the greasy tapas I was quite excited to devour my Mexican salad at the port. It was quite a cultural experience; the restaurants were all joined in one section, offering us Greek, Indian, Mexican or Argentinian Grill.
Malaga has a rich Moorish past with a well preserved Alcazaba in its ...
... just aren't the same when you don't understand the language
So while we were getting freezing cold drinking our last drink we figured that everyone we had come in with was gone and even others arriving after us had left.. We were clearly hard core. haha. But we realised that you are supposed to have one drink in the ice bar, then you get cold and get to go sit out in the nice area of the bar out the front. Ha not for us though.
We couldn't find an ATM so slowly made our ...
From Valencia I took a train to Malaga, on the south coast of Spain. There I met up with a mate from school, Elliott, and a few of his mates – Danesh, Danny and Gabriel. We had rented an apartment for the week for feria – Malaga's annual festival. Malaga is quite nice, but the festival itself is a joke. There is no main event/ceremony unifying the celebrations. Day ...
... tourist deaths and hasn't re opened despite a €7 million grant in 2006. We watch as some climbers make their way along what is left of it. John cringes. Next day we visit the national park El Torcal. This is an area of bizarre landscape with a maze of gullies and ravines, limestone pinnacles and cliffs. Apparently Europes largest lizard lives here, the ocellated lizard. We follow one of two signposted walks through the weird and wonderful landscape. To use the word ...
... to our shuttle, which turned out to be a Mercedes sedan. I looked at the two friendly strangers and their very large suitcases, remembering our one large and one small suitcases, and wondered how the driver would fit us all in. The driver made a gallant effort but kept mumbling and shaking his head as he knocked on their hard cases. Finally, he threw up his hands and declared "it's impossible!". He called over his friend who took the four of us to his Peugeot ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Riu Belplaya Hotel Torremolinos
Excellent hotel ideal for families wanting to have a relaxing holiday or use as a comfortable base between excursions - here are some tips and info...
Achtung!! Wir haben unseren Aufenthalt im Riu Belplaya im Januar gebucht, um im Juni unseren Urlaub dort zu verbringen. Als wir im Hotel ankamen, erzählte man uns, dass es für uns kein Zimmer gab, dabei hatten wir extra 120 EUR mehr für ein Zimmer mit Meerblick bezahlt. Die Gesamtkosten beliefen sich auf 2.100 EUR. Wir wurden in das nahe gelegene Hotel Costa Lagos verlegt, mit Pauschalpreis. Dies sollte angeblich ein 4 Sterne Hotel sein. Ich versichere Ihnen, dass das Essen nicht 4 Sterne verdiente und jedes Wochenende kamen spanische Familien und belegten das Hotel mit Beschlag. Also wenn Sie mit dem Gedanken spielen im Riu ihren Urlaub zu verbringen, besorgen Sie sich eine schriftliche Bescheinigung, dass es für Sie ein Zimmer gibt. Die haben es wirklich geschafft, unseren Urlaub zu ruinieren.
Wir buchten dieses Hotel über --- und hatten Probleme, besonders, wenn man mit Kindern verreist. Egal, wir hatten vorher schon öfters in Riu Hotels übernachtet, aber dieses hier war furchtbar. Sehr alter heruntergekommener Lobby- und Barbereich, sehr stinkige Gänge. Die Zimmer waren renoviert, aber das nicht sehr gut. Verfleckte Teppiche, kein Licht und kein Balkon, stinkige Kissen und Decken und das Personal war nicht auf dem neusten Stand von Riu. Auch das Essen war von schlechter Qualität und zum Frühstück gab es keine Joghurts, weder Wurst noch Schinken und Croissants nur ab und zu. Kaputte und abgeplatzte Teller, schmutzige Gläser, auch das Abendessen war schlecht mit armseeligen Desserts. Wir versuchten uns umbuchen zu lassen, aber der Unfähigkeit, auf die man hier in Spanien traf, verhinderte das. Das Abendprogramm war eher für die älteren Semester bestimmt (wir sind eine Familie, die 30, 26, 10 und 2 Jahre alt ist), Bingo, Pubsinger etc. Die anderen Hotelgäste waren um die 70 und älter,die sich um die besten Sitze zankten. Sie mochten keine Kinder und haben einen während des Essens schief angesehen, wenn das Baby einfach nur lachte. Aber für die war es in Ordnung, wenn sie einen aus dem Weg schubsten um an den Nachtisch zu kommen! Wie auch immer, dieses Hotel verdient höchsten 3 Sterne, wird nicht dem Riu Standard gerecht und ich habe mich mit meinen Beschwerden an Riu gewand....
BEWARE!! We booked to stay in the riu belplaya in january to holiday in june, when we arrived at the hotel we were told there was not a room for us, we had also paid extra for a room with a sea view £84.Total cost £1,500. We were put into the hotel costa lagos next door,all inc. This was supposed to be a 4 star hotel, i assure you the food certainly was'nt and every weekend spanish families descended and took over everything. So if you're thinking of staying at the riu get confirmation in writing that there is a room for you. They certainly managed to ruin our holiday.
Beware of overbooking
We arrived at his hotel only to be told that despite having a confirmed booking via Expedia there was no room for us. We were relocated to the Luca Costa Lago next door, which does not offer the same facilities, is not on the sea front , and has lower catering standards aimed at the all-inclusive trade.
We subsequently met numerous other British holidaymakers at this hotel, all of whom had received the same treatment.
It suggests to us that there is a systematic policy of overbooking by Riu, with arbitrary redirection of less fortunate customers to the alternative accommodation. As the travel agents must know about this but do not warn about it, we believe that this amounts to deliberate mis-selling.
Stayed at the Riu Belplaya from 29.3.06 to 4.4.06.
Had lovely clean rooms, with sea views, the restaurant was clean, efficient, and good food. The staff were friendly and helpful. The weather was perfect. It couldn't be faulted. Excellent!!
Christine,Mel,Eddie & Glenys!!
we booked this hotel via go to ---- and had problems ,especially if you are travelling with infants anyway we have stayed at riu hotels many times but this one is terrible very dated shaby lounge area ,bar area ,corridors vey smelly the rooms have been updated but not very well stained carpet no light on balcony, smelly pillows/covers the staff where not upto usual standard of riu as was the food poor choice for breakfast no yogurt, sausage or bacon not both no croisants somedays dirty /cracked plates dirty glasses evening meal poor too with pitiful desserts we tried to move but ineptetude from go to spain prevented this from happening,the evening entertainmant was gear to the more mature (we are a family 30,26,10,2) bingo pub singer etc the other visitors at the hotel were aged 70 plus (honest)zimmer frame races for the best seats they didnt like the children and scorned at you during meal times even if the baby laughed but its o.k for them to push you out of the way to get dessert! anyway this hotel is 3 stars at best not upto usual riu standard and i have wriiten to riu with my complaints ....
I stayed here for 4 nights in January, the majorty of people staying there were of the older generation. I had a twin room which was very spacious with side sea view, side sea view means just that, the view directly in front of you on the balcony is the back of hotel buildings but over to the left you can see the beach. if you're on the lower floors this means that you won't get the sun on the balcony all day because of the buildings in front, if you don't mind lifts try and get a room on the higher floors as the people up there looked to be enjoying themselves. I was disappointed with the tv because there were'nt any English channels, the German channels were good as they had friends, and some good movies but the only English channels were CNN and BBC world, so just news. I had no complaints about the food, there was enough choice to keep me content. I enjoyed using the gym and indoor pool as well which is open from 8.am-8pm.Location:- The immediate surroundings you'l find just touristy shops, a few seaside resturants and couple of irishy bars. You have to walk a fair distance to the main town center, which is a bit more interesting, there is a steep climb invloved but i did see a lift. In the town center you can get bus's to places like Mijas and Marbella which are worth a visit. the local train station to the hotel is about 10/15 minutes walk up the back of the hotel and called 'La Colina' the stops are between Malaga and Feungirola, so for instance you can get the train to the airport, benalmadena, malaga center or even to torremolinus town center if you can't be bothered to walk.The weather was nice actually, i was wearing a teashirt in the afternoons when the sun was out and it was even appropiate for me sit on the balcony in my bikini and sunbath on some occasions. All in all it was'nt an amazing hotel but it was a very good base with some nice facilities, so provided you do some exploring and take some trips im sure youl have a very good holiday.
We stayed over Christmas and New Year. The rooms were good and the staff magnificent. The rest of it was definitely poor. It is located on the Malaga side of Torremolinos and at no inconsiderable distance from the town, although there is a half-hourly bus service. At this time of year there is little to do in its environs, hardly any bars, shops etc. which were open. The food quality was poor, although there was plenty of it! Entertainment, such as it was, consisted of one keyboard player/singer, bingo on some nights, an occasional quiz and that was your lot. Bar prices were four star prices, but they were the only things that merited the rating. The Gala Dinners (2 only)were not up to much. At Christmas we were given two small glasses of wine, and two inches of cava in a flute. New Year, We got slghtly more, but only after a 10 euro tip to the waiter!