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Official Rating - 4* - Half Board

Overview
Hotel Riu Belplaya is located 2 km from Torremolinos, which is probably one of the best-known holiday resorts in Spain. On the bustling high street, San Miguel, you will find the Centre with its many shops, bars, fashion boutiques, speciality restaurants and old wine cellars selling red and white wine from casks. For night-life lovers, there is always a great atmosphere especially at the week-ends. Its long beach of white sand is ideal for children and water-sport lovers alike. On the Costa del Sol you will find it all: sailing, windsurfing, water-skiing, pedalos, tennis, ten-pin bowling, horse-riding and golf.

How far is the nearest beach?
A mere 50m away

Distance from Airport
This hotel is located 7 km away from Malaga airport

Rooms
The Riu Belplaya Hotel features 325 rooms decorated in a modern style, provided with complete bathroom (bidet, hair dryer), telephone, Satellite TV, radio and music, central air conditioning and heating (according to season), ceiling fan, mini bar/fridge, safe and desk. Rooms have a terrace or balcony and most have partial sea views. Cot available with charge.

Food & Drink
Riu Belplaya Hotel is booked as All Inclusive accommodation. A rich breakfast buffet is served every morning in the restaurant. There is a charming buffet restaurant with show cooking, theme restaurant from 15/06 to 15/09, poolside snack bar and lounge bar open seasonality with a wide range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. Guests enjoy evening entertainment with dancing and professional shows.

Sports & Entertainment
Swimming pool with fresh water, a solarium terrace, complementary sun loungers, parasols, towels (deposit required), a gym and the health and beauty centre “Naturaclass” with indoor pool, and different kinds of treatments and massages. The hotel has a children's pool, children's playground, card games room, table tennis and a bowling green, and in the surrounding areas there is horse riding, bike renting, a Golf course and a lot of aquatic sports.

   

TripAdvisor Traveller Rating

Based on 894 reviews
 

RIU HOTEL BUT NOT UPTO THE USUAL RIU STANDARD

25 May 2015

Hi, firstly I must state I am reviewing this hotel as a disabled wheelchair user so please bare this in mind when reading my review. The hotel did have a slope for access but I could just about...

Hi, firstly I must state I am reviewing this hotel as a disabled wheelchair user so please bare this in mind when reading my review. The hotel did have a slope for access but I could just about manage it. The reception is pleasant enough but you can immediately tell it's an old hotel in need of a return despite it having the usual RIU decor. We found this the case throughout the hotel which myself and other guests rated as a 3* and not the 4* it proported to be. The hotel only has TWO wheelchair accessible rooms, neither of which has a disabled bathroom. In fact none of the rooms has disabled bathroom facilities, which in this day and age is ridiculous especially when most of the guests were elderly and might find it difficult to get into a bath to access the shower. We were aware of this when booking and despite asking for one of those rooms we were told, on arrival, that they weren't sea view and didn't have good views. The hotel decided that the view was more important than my wheelchair use, even though the travel agent and I had separately sent emails requesting one of the two rooms that they have. The room we were allocated turned out to be suitable for me to get around but although we did have a sea view our room was over the reception area so our view was mainly of the roof. Please note that the hotel only has side view rooms with restricted views of the sea. The other block in the hotel is the same and some rooms overlook the hotel entrance area. The only rooms with full sea view rooms are those at the one end of the hotel that have balconies that wrap around the corner. The rooms are the usual RIU standard and colours but you can easily see the whole hotel needs an overhaul because it looks tired and patched up where previous repairs have been done. We have been to a lot of RIU hotels and on this holiday found out that CLUB RIU hotels are different to your normal RIU hotels in that they don't have the usual entertainment teams, in fact they only have one member of staff who takes responsibility for all the hotel entertainment. The one man entertainment was "JOSHUA", who is brilliant and works all day to provide activities for the guests and at night compares for the various acts they put on then when they finish Josh gets everyone dancing. We were there 14 nights and he did three nights on his own. For us the entertainment was refreshing as most nights we saw professional entertainers as opposed to the RIU teams who put on the same shows wherever you stay. So for us this was better. On speaking to a lot of the guests they return year after year as they love the hotel and staff. You can get around most of the hotel in a wheelchair except for the terrace areas that have steps but no lift. The food is the usual expected of RIU but the quality is not as good and the menus are repetitive so you get fed up of the same choices. I couldn't eat some of the food so was restricted on what I eat. The hotel is very clean and the staff are very helpful and pleasant. The hotel was very strict about its dress code in the evening and on arrival you are allocated a table for your evening meal throughout your stay. So it was annoying when we went to the evening sitting and the staff have given your table to other guests. The hotel is over the road from the beach and the walkway is nice and level for older people and the disabled. The pavements are very poor and uneven and the kerbs steep. I had to get out of my chair several times to negotiate them. You are also about a 45 minutes walk from the center of the resort. You have to go on steep steps or on steep roads to reach it so we had to take taxi's and the bus when we went. The marina is a must for everyone, it has lovely café and shops and restaurants to visit. I hope you find my review helpful.

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Fabulous

24 May 2015

Lovely hotel was given a beautiful room 918 and champagne on arrival to celebrate our 30 year anniversary!... The staff on reception are fabulous, very polite and their customer service is 2nd to...

Lovely hotel was given a beautiful room 918 and champagne on arrival to celebrate our 30 year anniversary!... The staff on reception are fabulous, very polite and their customer service is 2nd to none. Will definitely return

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Squeezing out the last few drops.

21 May 2015

Came here for a week as a couple and by and large enjoyed our stay a lot. We had an early flight but only had to wait an hour for our room. It was spotlessly clean, but clearly well past its best...

Came here for a week as a couple and by and large enjoyed our stay a lot. We had an early flight but only had to wait an hour for our room. It was spotlessly clean, but clearly well past its best. The yellow colour scheme was too dark as was the dark heavy furniture. However the bathroom suite was quite new although the bathroom was a very difficult shape, narrow and awkward. The hotel was cleaned every day and the pool area was fully washed each morning. The food was generally to a high standard well cooked, hot if a little biased towards our continental cousins. One disappointment was the afternoon snacks. A bit of cheese some ham and cake was well short of what other Riu hotels offer. The all inclusive worked well for the most part with beer and soft drinks available in several locations. However in the nights the main bar was in a corner of the entertainment room. This may have been OK years ago before all inclusive was the norm and most guests went out in the nights. But now most stay in at night and frankly there was loads of waiting for drinks. This is certainly not ideal with a load of Germans in the hotel when none of them bother with a queue and just push in. Overall I feel the hotel is very nearly at the end of its days. It needs a lot of work to bring it up to date beginning with the rooms. Still it was busy and still making money so as long as they can squeeze out a it more profit I guess nothing much will change.

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Spring Break

20 May 2015

We recently stayed in this hotel as a couple. It is close the airport, if you get a private transfer it will only take about 10 minutes drive which is handy if you have had a long day travelling to...

We recently stayed in this hotel as a couple. It is close the airport, if you get a private transfer it will only take about 10 minutes drive which is handy if you have had a long day travelling to Spain. The hotel is a reasonable walk to the town centre and is just over the road from a lovely beach. The rooms were large, the beds were ok, the television was very dated but you don't go on holiday to sit in your room watching tele do you? I would recommend a sea view room as the views over the beach / town / mountains was spectacular. The rooms were cleaned daily and our housekeeping person was friendly and very good. The pool area was well kept and the pool was clean. The sunloungers got a bit short in supply but if you asked the pool guy he would get an extra one out for you. The pool bar also had plenty of seating. The food was plentiful, the quality of the food was pretty good too. The hotel is large so they do have to cater for a lot of guests and bearing this in mind I think the service was pretty good. There was lots of choice at all meal times. The bar / entertainment was ok. The majority of the guests were older so if you are looking for a quiet break this is a good hotel. Would I come back - yes.

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Additional Information

  • Timezone Europe/Madrid
  • Language Spanish
  • Currency Euro

Facilities

  • 24 Hour Reception
  • Aerobics
  • Air Conditioning
  • Air Conditioning in public areas
  • Babysitting
  • Bar
  • Bicycle Rental
  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Buffet Restaurant
  • By the Beach
  • Cafe/ Snack Bar
  • Currency Exchange
  • Disabled Friendly
  • Doctors / Medical Centre
  • Entertainment
  • Golf
  • Gym
  • Hairdryer
  • Heated Swimming Pool
  • Indoor Swimming Pool
  • Internet Access
  • Kids Club
  • Kids Playground
  • Kids Pool
  • Landscaped Gardens
  • Laundry Service
  • Lifts
  • Luggage Storage
  • Mini Golf
  • Minibar
  • Pool Bar
  • Pool/Billiard Table
  • Reception
  • Restaurant
  • Rifle Shooting
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Satellite TV
  • Shops
  • Spa
  • Sunbathing Terrace
  • Sunbeds
  • Swimming Pool
  • Table Tennis
  • Telephone
  • Terrace
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Tourist Information

Weather

Beautiful sunny days, and mild nights are what Torremolinos holidays are famed for. Typical summer temperatures can hit 30° Celsius or even higher, so bring plenty of light, airy clothes and extra sunscreen! Water temperatures are also very mild, in the low twenties, so paddling or swimming is particularly pleasant during the summer season when holidays in Torremolinos are most popular.

Jabs

As UK, Courses or boosters sometimes advised: hepatitis A (not normally for package tourists).

Electricity

European Style 2-Pin Sockets, 220/225V

Visa

No visa is required for a stay of up to 3 months