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Olde World Charm at the Don Pablo
We stayed at the Don Pablo in Torremolinos for a week in early May 2006. We had gone out to Spain for a family wedding and 10 of the party stayed in this particular hotel so we had access to several rooms and were able to compare.
By far our room was the best. It was at the end of the hotel and looking out directly across the sea only 200 yards away and it had a wrap around balcony which caught the sun all day - superb! However, all the rooms were extremely dated - furniture and decor. The bathrooms were clean and compact but again they were dated. The Reception area is vast and quite welcoming but again, it is dated - although it has a certain elegance.
Meals were plentiful and variety was very good but I would not say it was at a 4 star standard.
Facilities - 2 bowling greens, daily organised actitivtes, indoor and outdoor pools, jacuzzi - were basic. The pools were clean but freezing!
Overall the hotel is well situated for amenities and beach access. There is enough to do on the doorstep but there was no noise late at night. Maybe in high season it would be different.
If you are used to 4 star accommodation, this hotel will disappoint you unless you like the old fashioned style.
Great location, Great facilities
I have stayed in numerous Sol Hotels and they all have high standards - the Sol Don Pablo continued in the same manner. The reception area was very clean and welcoming, the staff most helpful and friendly.
The carpetted, air conditioned room was spotless with television, hair dryer, sea view balcony and fridge/safety deposit box.
The airy and roomy restaurant was similarily spotless and a very good range of quality foods was available from the buffet service. Again the staff were friendly and helpful.
The public areas were all kept spotless and the pool areas were in good state of repair.
The hotel has an excellent location as it exits onto the Paseo Maritimo and then all of 30 metres to the beach.
We were there for a long weekend break and will return.
Lovely Hotel - food terible
We have just arrived home from a 1 weeks holiday at the Hotel Sol Don Pablo. The hotel and pool area is of a 4 star standard but I can't say that for the food. The cooked breakfast was always cold and the choice not good, if there were veg over from the evening before this was put out for breakfast, even if there were chips the night before they were there too. We always stay in 4 star hotels and the most important part of our holiday is the food, this is why we choose a 4 star hotel.
The cold buffet for evening meal was fine but as I don't like salad I always like to enjoy the hot buffet but infact it was very difficult for me to eat anything as there wasn't much choice and the choices there was was not very good. Most nights I ended up with ham froim the cold buffet and chips. I'm not a fussy eater normally and I know food in other countries are different than in England but this was the worst food we have ever had. While we there a lot of people were eating out rather than staying in the hotel but as we were on a tight buget had to put up with it. I am glad we were only there for a week and that this holiday is not our main one.
Where the hotel is fine and also the cleanliness and friendly staff was fine it was just the food.
I did notice on the reviews that it seems last year the food was fine but this year most reviews feel the same as we do about the food. Maybe its because it is still early season but that should be no excuse.
My "edificio" block-of-flats for 6 months :D
My friend and I decided on renting a flat in Torremolinos for 6 months in 2009. We found this amazing place through Dreamtimeproperties for a very good price. This edificio is excellent, 8 years old and the only one of its kind in Torremolinos. There is a line of hotels by the beach and then this one privately owned block-of-flats/edificio. There are three identical buildings which form a semicircle with 2 excellent swimming pools in the middle, one kids' pool and one for everybody. There is a life-guard there and it is only open during the high-season, June-September.
We counted our blessings to have found a flat there as during the night there was a night-guard and the garden was beautifully lit up. And the view from our balcony was of Hotel Don Pablo where we watched the guests at the hotel play sport. It is a very lifely area and in one of the buildings there are line of restaurants on the ground-floor (see my tips on restaurants). When we arrived in March not many people had arrived - these flats are mainly owned by Spanish people and serve as their summer residence.
The garden was fantastic, like a botanical garden (my favourite) and there was a gardener and a maintenance man.
A female stray cat had just had 3 kittens when we arrived and we followed them growing up for 6 months.
The flat was small but very nice and I would again rent a similar flat at this fantastic place right by the beach.
If ever you get the chance to rent a flat there I highly recommend it.
All we need and much more
After 12 days at the Don Pablo Torremolinos with the family Andrew 14 and Jennifer 10 our first time to the Costa del Sol was just the tonic. The hotel is a large resort Spanish/International hotel with a central positon on the front about 500/700 metres uphill to the centre of Torremolinos town. In fact the hotel is the largest of three Sol hotels horseshoed around gardens pools and terraces directly across the the road from a fine beach. By grouping The Don Marco ( SPA Therapy centre)Don Pedro smaller more lowerkey and the Don Pablo (Resort/Convention centre)together you have seven pools(a large indoor)a variety of terraces outdoor bars and cafeterias and varied sport venues that one hotel could not have provided. Common access is available to all and you can eat in any one. We had two rooms 830 and 832(eighth of nine floors) both large and well /modern furnished with a large balcony which was always quiet and gave a beautiful view across the Malaga Bay.(odd numbers would overlook two large outdoor lawn bowls greens. Entertainment every night was professional with Magican, dancers, flamenco, shows started 10pm live in the two hotels Don Pablo and Don Pedro good family well delivered fun. A number of large salons and bars enabling the quiet drink, sun terraces if you want to be alone. Food was large International buffet style all you can eat. Breakfast
very good and dinner Spanish and International menu coverage always ample and satisfying. Wine start 6 euros bottles could be kept till following night. There was a full adult as well as good to young teen entertainment programme with competitive small competitions chances at archery tennis petanque volleyball shooting lawnbowls mini golf,dance class scuba diving and spanish lessons Mini club was a great hit with my daughter.
free beachchairs, choice of pools and shade always available. Torremolinos was far better and quietly mature than expected and very family. Spanish arrived for Easter break. Booked on the direct with hotel (Sol Melia) cheapest and easiest via website. internet special price then rang 0800 number advised best deal. Could get exactly 12 days or odd dates if wished. Pay on leaving hotel by credit card, could cancel upto 24 hrs before no charge. Easyjet good cheap flight sorted then, taxi from Malaga 15 euros. Plus Good central beach close town resort hotel of excellant value no need for car. 65 euro half board all you can eat food with more facilities always at hand. A family and mature crowd, children upto 16 (not disco orientated)mix with Spanish and European mix as well as Brits small amount of tour groups not noticable.
For Location, Range of Entertainment facilities, and good standard of accommodation with real A plus value+12days of sun
Against Torremolinos up steep hill to town, need own kettle for tea on balcony although there is a minibar to keep your own drinks in.
Much better than expected
Just returned from a short stay at the Hotel Don Pablo - enjoyed it so much we booked an extra night! Room very comfortable, spotlessly clean and adequately equipped for 4 star rating. Probably the most comfortable hotel beds we have ever slept on with spare pillows in wardrobe that were much appreciated - also spare blankets but these not needed as room lovely and warm.
Without exception we found the hotel staff to be welcoming, friendly and helpful.
We were a little concerned about some revirewers comments about the food and found it depended very much on which of the complexes retaurants you dined in. Ate 2 nights in Don Pablo restaurant and once in other restaurant linking its 2 sister hotels (Don Pedro and Don Pablo). Without double the Don Pablo restaurant was by far the best - both in food choice and staff service; at the Don pablo the staff were friendly, attentive and very efficient with pots cleared away as soon as finished with. Unfortunately can´t say the same for service at the other restaurant as ALL our crockery from Soup Bowls to Dessert Bowls was still on the table at the end of our meal. Food choice also far superior at Don Pablo and - despite problems experienced by previous reviewers - everything was lovely and hot.
Must second previous reviewers comments about nighttime entertainment - first class and far superior to any we have had in a hotel before.
We didn´t join in any of the daytime activities but made excellent use of the heated indoor pool.
We will certainly return.
nice hotel, shame about the food
This is a nice hotel in a good situation for walking to Carihuela or the pavement cafés of the town centre, or for strolling along the excellent prom. I found the Don Pablo welcoming, comfortable and well-appointed. But I and my wife were soon glad we were there for only a week. That was enough time to get really fed up with the food. Every day the buffet — from the breakfast bacon to the evening joints, fish and paella — looked good but was never any better than slightly warm. We told the management what a pity this was but absolutely nothing happened. And we met a few people who have been going to the Don Pablo every year for some time but who have decided this year will be the last, for exactly that reason. This might indicate that the food used to be good but it's up to you if you want to take the chance!
Got a last minute deal, and was allocated this hotel on arrival. It is definately worth it's 4 star rating, both for the standard of accommodation, and the staff. The entertainment provided in the spacious lounge was of a very high standard in the main, with some acts that were better than that seen in the finals of X factor (Ricky Lavazza and tribute to Kool and the Gang).
The hotel was possibly 2/3 full, and had a mixture of guests from various parts of the world. Interestingly, there were Spanish guests here too.
I did not sample the activities on offer, but noted that they were well run, and seemed to offer plenty for everyone.
The only negative comment I could make is that some of the food could have been a bit warmer, but was of a good standard and catered for most tastes.
In conclusion, I would not hesitate to return in the future, but would only go at the same time of year to avoid the busy season.
Clean hotel - but food is terrible
We have recently come back from staying in this hotel and I must say I was disappointed. The rooms were very clean however the hotel smelt of fusty cigarette smoke particularly the on the ground floor. There were designated smoking rooms - but this did not help at all. As a non smoker, this was very noticeable. The main issue with us and the hotel though was the food - i have never experienced anything like it in my life - it was worse than terrible. Generally the same dish day after day and to top that it was cold too - the salad was like plastic salad, i didnt know what i was eating but could see the lettuce was going off and was turning brown. It made us feel sick. We would see what there was to eat and then go off outside the hotel to get a meal generally to get something we would at least want to eat.
The cleaners appeared very friendly but the majority of reception staff weren't so welcoming. One particular instance where my partner was very ill and collapsed on the ground in front of the reception, they would not help him and just walked off - and so did some of the guests too. I was so shocked - obviously must have thought 'another British drunken lout' but fortunately this was not the case at all. So this upset us a great deal and when advised the reception my partner was ill, they just stared at me and said nothing.
The resort itself is ok and the hotel is within good reach of the beach, restaurants and the town centre which is full of shops and bars.
Overall though - with the service we received and the food we will not be returning to this hotel at all, and would not recommend it to anyone.
To say that Sol hotels are meant to be very good - we were extremely disappointed.
shame about the food choice
a very pleasant hotel to stay in with excellent rooms, grounds and facilities. unfortunately the standard of the meals was not up to standard, but on speaking with the manager, we were informed we could use the facility at the sister hotels, the don pedro and don marco, what a difference here, good food and service. the hotel is about 100 mts from the beach in an ideal position for the local pubs etc and about 1 mile from the main resort centre, the only drawback being, you have to walk uphill which is quite tiring. there are several very good bars close by, two being "bar maddison" and "the irish affair", with Pascal and "Pat" being the hosts. believe me you will get very warm welcomes in both and a great evening. all in all, a very pleasant stay in this hotel in a nice part of torremolinos.
Paseo Martimo Playa De La Carihuela
Supermarket at the bus station
Matahambre Taberna - The Bathroom Winky Grin!
Where is the train station in torremolinos from the sol don pablo hotel?
Re: Train Station
It's on avenida Jesus Santos Rein, and looks as if it's aound 5/600 metres on the Google map.
Re: Train Station
From Don Pablo walk west a couple of blocks to the alley(where the shops are) which brings you to the stairs. Walk up the many stairs which will bring you to Calle San Miguel, the main shopping area of town. Walk a bit more until you come to Paseo de la Nogalera. Turn left (west) there is an exchange booth at the corner. You will then see the Train station sign. The station is underground, so take the stairs down. The trains go either to Fuengirola or to Malaga, be sure to be on the right side to where you are going.
Re: Train Station
Here is a link to my Torremolinos page which shows a picture of the train station and what to look for.
Just copy & paste and enter it into your search engine.
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Is the station wheelchair accessible?
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"Is the station wheelchair accessible?"
Oh dear, I'm not sure. I've only seen stairs going down to the underground station.
There is an elevator "Ascensor" going up to San Miguel though. But you still need to climb stairs to get to the elevator. Not very wheelchair friendly I'm afraid. When we were in Torremolinos in February, they were working on the train station entrance, so perhaps making it more accessible. Sorry, I don't know how to find out for you.
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Thanksfor the help guys