Hotel Riu Ferrara

4 out of 5 stars4 Stars

Paseo Maritimo S/N, Torrox, 29793, Spain
Iberostar Malaga Playa
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Value Score Poor Value

Costs 258% more than similarly rated 4 star hotels

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  • Families82
  • Couples79
  • Solo77
  • Business100

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Fantastic Riu again!

by TripAdvisor Member RIB4371

Stayed at the Riu Ferrara from 1 - 8 July. Booked a Junior Suite which as usual met the Riu's expectations. Champagne on arrival and a bottle in the room. Food excellent, we were on the 7pm sitting and there was absolutely loads of freshly cooked fish, mussels, giant prawns, crab, squid, etc etc. As for the meat didn't know where to start! Staff extremely friendly and ready to please. Weather very hot. Sea was too rough to swim in but lovely to hear and watch.

Ball games in pool a bit annoying, not the children but the dads!

Entertainment was ok - the prize goes to the Animation Couple - energetic or what?

Top marks again Riu.

loved the grounds

by TripAdvisor Member albajen

just back from a fantasic stay in riu ferrara hotel in costa del sol.we went on honeymoon,on arrival we were astounded by how beautiful the hotel was.the hotel was definitely a 5* hotel,the staff were pleasant,the apartment was lovely with a balcony.the evening entertainment was fantastic!we went self catering so did not use the hotel for meals,it was cheap to eat out and we went to a fab chinese restaurant on the beach front.the beach was 5 mins away.

good hotel

by TripAdvisor Member DEEBY

We have just returned from a ten day stay at the riu ferrara hotel in torrox on the costa del sol. Our stay was very enjoyable, the rooms ,food and the staff are excellent. There were lots of families there with young children and the hotel seems to cater for their needs very well. Torrox its self has a lovely promenade
and a few decent shops but that is all. Nerja is a larger town about ten minutes away on the local bus-that is well worth a visit. Torrox old village is a short bus ride away and that is also interesting.

Fantastic Hotel

by TripAdvisor Member FamilyNewcastle

This hotel more than met our expectations. We spent one week here with our 21 month old daughter and the hotel was perfect for her. The pool had a large shallow area where she could play happily and the childrens entertainers are excellent. The resort itself has not much to offer but has a flat quiet promenade right outside the hotel where our daughter could run along with us safely with no cars. We debated staying in the Riu Monica in Nerja and gave this a visit while we were there. We definitely made the right choice, the Riu Ferrara is much more suited to children.

If you like a good hotel with good food and are looking for a hotel based holiday I would definitely recommend this one!

Need to change a few things

by TripAdvisor Member GeordieJulie

Stayed here at the end of may with hubby and teenage daughter for five nights.

The lobby very nice and the staff on reception were fine.

We had paid for two rooms and luckily we got a corner room which was much more spacious.

The other double was much smaller and the bathroom v.small. Althought
the rooms wer nice, loved the carpet, you felt they could have been better. The towels were so rough they took your skin off and hardly fit where they touched. New bigger towels required ! Toiletries basic
so ladies take your own. Shower curtain naff as well, just minor things but they did detract and our room smelt strongly of smoke.

Lots of money making things with the hotel too, no free internet or safe which seemed a bit much.

The staff were excellent and have obviously been briefed to communicate at all times.

Dining room, phew be prepared for lots and lots of people! Breakfast average, bacon deep-fried! bread not v. fresh some days and the coffee was rank.

Evening meals were so noisy it was difficult to relax. Food was only average again and we arent that fussy. It just needed that bit more, you know!

Pool was lovely but cold and we were lucky to have three good days sun.

Indoor pool had plasters floating in it and the outside water feature covered in green slime- needs to be looked at.

The gym, my god, the most archaic eqpt ever, sort it out!

The one thing I really didnt like about this hotel was the atmosphere
created by some other guests. We like to get dressed up, the daughter
and I, for evening meal and to be frank some people looked like they had just walked in of the beach. The blatant glares we got from the germans and dutch were unbeleivable. they were the same around the pool and i have to say that the large german contingent added nothing
to the ambience, they were quite surly, more than any other hotel i have been to, dont know why. And my partner is half german and he thought the same.

Torrox, nice promenade lots of german bars and not a lot else but have a day in Grenada it was fab!

To sum up, fair hotel, needs to look at a few things before they slip, and check your bill thoroughly as someone else had used our room number, naughty!

Lovely hotel

by TripAdvisor Member WalesSam

A lovely hotel we had a fantastic week, all the staff were very friendly, the food was always fresh and delicious and the hotel itself was immaculate. Would definitely recommend it and hope to return soon.

good 4 star hotel in average resort

by TripAdvisor Member exglobalagent

This is a good 4 star hotel, torrox is a resort for more experienced traveller, as a base for northern costa del sol,
for granada, nerja, etc,
not a great resort, big german influence,
hotel seemed to be mostly german, and spanish,
which was ok at least mealtimes werent like butlins,
nice pool, plenty sunbeds right on sea front, of grey but clean beach,
can imagine it getting to busy in july and august,
parking, either pay or on wasteground beside,
my room was only £28 for h/board direct from rui website, so really cheap, room was nice, quiet, no noise rule after 12,
in my opinion a reasonable 4 star which i think is rare in spain,
food was really good plenty of choice, at least for a few days that i was there,
gym is awful, a real let down,

Excellent Value -shame about the sunbeds.

by TripAdvisor Member MancMan123

Following on from a visit to a Riu Hotel last year we decided to use the group again. We were not disappointed and the Ferrara is excellent value for money. Modern, spotlessly clean, friendly and helpful staff, good food and pleasant rooms. However for the first time in over 35 years of travelling abroad I found myself reserving a sunbed - if you haven't done this by 9.30 am then you are not likely to get one - in fairness to the hotel they recognise the problem and on the day we left a note had been put under all bedroom doors to remind guests not to reserve sunbeds - so things may improve. Another small gripe for us was the ball games arranged in the pool as part of the hotel activity programme. The pool is excellent - one end is shallow and for the kids, the middle deep for the good swimmers and the other third is the shallow end , about 1.3m for adults. Ideal for my partner and I who are neither tall or confident swimmers but water polo and volleyball activities were common - no problem if they had been restricted to the 30 minutes on the display board but they were started by the hotel staff who then disappeared and the games continued for upto 2-3 hours - so enjoyment for the few at the exclusion of many. However minor issues with the sunbeds and pool games should not detract from the fact we had a very enjoyable holiday at another very good Riu Hotel.

Gorgeous hotel

by TripAdvisor Member swissgirl_7

Our 5-day stay at the Rui Ferrara came at the end of our tour of Andalusia. The hotel is beautiful, the public areas are spacious and light. Everything is spotless and the personnel are just amazingly friendly and warm in ALL situations. The pool area is v. clean -. TO get to the public beach - you just have to cross the boardwalk, but the hotel has no loungers there so you have to rent one yourself. Our room was quite large with a small sitting area and a private terrace with a sea view - a welcome retreat at the end of the day. There are two sittings at dinner 7pm and 9pm - the staff are amazing - we sat down at the 9pm sitting and there was no trace of people having had dinner in the same area 30 minutes before. Our teenage boys were a little bored - not enough organised activities for them, and the quality of the entertainment was quite varied. The clients were predominantly Dutch and German while we were there, with a sprinkling of English, French and Spanish - all the staff speak excellent English.

We enjoyed our stay a lot and would definitely return to a Riu Hotel again - one "negative" point was the half-board dinner buffet. We found the choices quite run of the mill and repetitive, we would have definitely tired of it after a week - can only compare to Club Med buffets which are legendary for the quality and variety so maybe we're picky? Hardly any seafood and the highlights were Roast Ham, Roast chicken, etc. We ate qualitatively better meals for lunch at the little restaurants on the promenade.

Good 4*

by TripAdvisor Member TheSims4

Stayed here 7-21 July. Hotel is striking with nice carpeted rooms in small winged moorish corridors (ie not endless rows of noisy corridors). 6 of us went and we had 3 rooms, 2 rooms facing the pool which were excellent but unfortunately the other room was facing a side road with not such a great view and with the loading bay below. Each morning at 1.30 am the loading bay was busy for about an hour and it was noisy. Other than that the pool is very large and clean, on the beach and the food is good. The only other thing to watch for is there is two dinner sittings 7pm and 9pm (you choose). We were on the 7pm sitting and one evening turned up at 7.45 pm only to find the "main" course cooking closed down at 8.15 pm to allow for the turn around for the 9 pm sitting so we turned up thereafter as close to 7pm as we could. Second week was a bit more hectic (as you would expect this time of year). All in all very good 4*. We did meet a couple who had been there 6 times as they were having a property built close by and they recommended September as an excellent month to visit the hotel.

Well stocked supermarket close on the opposite side of the road 100 yds (turn right outside the hotel). Good market on a Monday.



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by Heavens-Mirror

i am thinking of going to Torrox on March 13th for 7 nights. Hopefully will be staying at the Riu Ferrara. Do you think it is better to do self catering or the half board option? I wondered if there were many bars or restaurants to eat out at?
Also the important thing is the weather? What is it like in March?

Thank you,
Stacey xxx

Re: Weather?

by EricTheViking

Hi there
Torrox area is in Malaga?? I guess your best bet would be to do the self catering option, at least thats what I often do, you eat when you're hungry and get up whenever you feel and are not subjected to a time table, are you going with children as this should also be taken into account?? I hate a holiday with a time table lol.
In Spain you will find plenty of supermarkets namely Prica, Mercadona, Continente etc etc,and or small family run businesses selling food etc.
Prices will obviously vary from restaurant to restaurant but cheap, clean and friendly services are the norm.
Gibraltar is where I live and Torrox should be about 1 and a half - two hours away so I guess weather will be pretty similar to ours....March is usually from cold to average temperature (3 celcius to 21 celcius), bring an umbrella too and we usually get rain during March to May but on the other hand I recall having gone to the beach as early as February
I hope I haven't spoilt your beach plans but nowadays with global warming the weather is erratic anyway lol.
Two days ago in Marbella they had hail stones the size of golf balls and here in Gib we received double the avge rainfall for Sept in a few hours but today the sun is out and the beaches full
Should you require any further help just give us a bell

Re: Weather?

by bluesardine

Hi Stacy

We moved to Torrox Dec 2006 so nearly done a year, so getting to know the weather and seasons. Being mad brits and still used to UK weather we have swam in the sea every month, Boxing day was spent on the beach and we were swimming, although the Spanish just shake their heads at us. Though now 1 year on the is too cold now lol. March would be lovely, loads of sunshine and Torrox is supposed to have the best climate in Europe. Torrox has loads of bars, cafes and restaurants plus you do not get the yobs or drunks it is a family area like the next town along Nerja. We have 6 children and we know loads of great places to dine at as we never go out unless we all go as a family. hope this helps any questions just ask. BS


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Address: Paseo Maritimo S/N, Torrox, 29793, Spain