Riu Belplaya Hotel
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Excellent for families / couples / singles - here's some tips & info
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...
Used 2 taxis from Malaga airport to the hotel because there were five in our party and each taxi can only take a maximum of 4 passengers - this cost 15euros per taxi. The journey was no longer than 10 minutes. If you fly with Thompson and book the hotel with Thompson, you could also use the Thompson airport / hotel transfer (we weren't aware of this at the time of booking via external agent).
There is a train which passes through Malaga airport and stops at La Colina which is the closest station to the hotel (ticket costs less than 2 euros) - but this is only recommended if travelling with backpacks as it is not suitable to walk from La Colina to the hotel carrying a suitcase....! When exiting La Colina head towards the sea front (away from the dual carriageway) and within 10-15 minutes walk you will see hotel sign 'Riu Belplaya'.
We ordered two double twin/standards - these were very spacious for our family (3 teenagers in one room whilst hubby & me in other room). Each room came with 2 rooms - one with a queen sized bed and the other with 2 single beds - so our booking was capable of accommodating a family of 8. Our two spacious bookings (rooms 007 and 008) were next to each other as requested and to our pleasant surprise each had a balcony overlooking the pool and beach - it seems that we were upgraded with the rooms with these views (having booked standard rooms). We were well chuffed.
The food was very good - though we felt that less salt should be used in cooking (guests can always add this at the table). There was a buffet breakfast open from 8.00am - 10.30am with plenty of choice - fresh & dried fruit, selection of cereals, fried egg/bacon/sausage/tomato/basked beans, selection of breads and pastries. Fruit juices (a bit too sweet for some), teas & coffees.
There was also a buffet dinner - guests were asked to attend one of two sittings : 6.30pm or 8.15pm. It is possible to switch sittings if the alternative time is preferred. The buffet dinner consisted of soups, wide selection of salads, pastas, various cooked dishes including selection of meats & fish, The deserts was also varied - fresh fruit, cakes, yogurts, jellies.
Drinks at dinner had to be ordered and paid for separately - we would have preferred to be offered a jug of water at no extra charge. There was also no tea / coffee making facilities in the room so we were lucky to remember to bring our travel kettle, tea bags & coffeemate ! Guests can order tea / coffee during the day at extra cost.
Our hotel bill at the end of 10 days for a family of 5 to eat lunch in the poolside restaurant and all drinks / icecream came to 400 euros.
Prior to our holiday, I read a review which stated that men must wear trousers in the restaurant for dinner - this is only partially true. Whereas guests weren't seen wearing short shorts, many did wear ¾ length casual shorts/trousers. Therefore full length trousers / jeans and ¾ length are perfectly acceptable.
All staff in the hotel were great and made special effort to ensure that guests enjoyed their holiday. The waiters keen to have lively conversation and bar & pool staff made sure that guests had a good time.
The activities organised by the pool staff for adults were Aquagym, Water volley, grass volleyball, air rifling, bowls - the younger guests had disco, table tennis, snooker. Three or fours of these activities were held daily between Monday to Friday, Evening entertainment included dance show (two per week), live music (two or three times per week) and nightly bingo. Often guests were rewarded with complimentary glass of cocktail after these activities and a bottle of champagne. On one occasion there was a demonstration of how to make Sangria at the pool bar which everyone was invited to sample a glass or two. There is a gym - though this is rather basic. The indoor pool is ideal for those wanting to have a cool swim during hot weather. There is also a beauty treatment centre if you want to indulge in body massage. The evening entertainment (shows and live music) was usually finished by 11pm and we felt that it would be good to have a disco.
The hotel is located in the outer part of Torremolinos and the town centre can be reached by a 20 minute walk along the beach front followed by a walk up the steps. There are plenty of souvenir shops in the town centre and cafes / restaurant all of which are a lot cheaper than the shops near the hotel. We bought most of our souvenirs at the shops near the hotel and would have saved £50 on souvenirs easily by buying these in the town centre, A café latte in the town centre also cost only 1euro whereas in the shops near the hotel this would have been nearly 2 euros !!
Karen & Jimmy
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.
O.k. wenn man sich zu den älteren Leuten (alt) zählt
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!!
O.k if your mature(old)
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 Had a very nice holiday
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!
Being on first sitting, one had to sit around until 8.30 until the "entertainment" started. On New Year, the bars were closed until 10 pm, when the Special Entertainment started. We, being English, were guided to choose the Pool Bar for the festivities. When we booked our table, we had to purchase cava for the midnight hour, despite having paid over £1K each for the holiday + Gala Meals! The entertainment for the evening comprised a saxophonist, a rather good one, and a Jazz singer. We were regaled solidly with modern jazz - not to everybody's taste one suspects.
We went to bed early.
A visit to this hotel is an experience we shall not be repeating.
Love the place!!!
Well what can I say. Where do I start. I have been going to this hotel for a while now and Every year it seems to get better and better.
The hotel itself is very clean and tidy, the staff are wonderful, they can't do enough for you. The location of the hotel is also situated in an ideal place. It's not far from the train station as that is just a short walk up the back of the hotel, and there is also taxis outside the hotel the majority of the time. It's situated right on the beach, which is also very handy. Entertainment is very good, they organise activities throughout the day from bowling, rifling, water polo, areobics and lots games. They also have themed nights and concerts. I am going for my 25th time this June, I am already counting the days, 70days to go!!!
I would recommend this hotel to anyone, young and old, singles, couples or families. who ever you are, you will always be welcome at this Hotel. defiemtly excceeds all expectations and is well worth its 4star**** rating.