Sol Don Pablo
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The Sol Don Pablo is located on the sea front of Bajondillo beach, the famous promenade at Torremolinos and only a short stroll to the old town. Surrounded by green gardens and recently renovated, the hotel is only 7 km from the airport. All 443 rooms, over nine floors, have private bathroom and are equipped with air conditioning and safety deposit box (extra charge). The hotel has four outdoor swimming pools, sun beds and parasols. Additionally, there is an indoor adult swimming pool, which is heated as well as a Jacuzzi, table tennis and a multi sports court. There is complimentary Wi-Fi in the hotel bar area however Wi-Fi in guest bedrooms comes at an additional cost. Additionally there is an entertainment programme that functions all year round.
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SuperBreak Customer Rating
- Overall: SuperBreak Overall Rating: 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 review
- Sleep: SuperBreak Sleep Rating: 4.0 out of 5
- Breakfast: SuperBreak Breakfast Rating: 5.0 out of 5
- Staff: SuperBreak Staff Rating: 5.0 out of 5
- Location: SuperBreak Location Rating: 5.0 out of 5
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating
- Overall: based on 2571 reviews
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Stay Date: 02/11/2013, a customer aged 45-64 from Chester le Street who stayed in this hotel wrote this review.
Been to this hotel before. Always meets expectations. Very good hotel See more
Been to this hotel before. Always meets expectations. Very good hotel Collapse
Overall Hotel Rating: 5 out of 5
- Destination: 5 out of 5
- Sleep: 4 out of 5
- Breakfast: 5 out of 5
- Staff: 5 out of 5
Stay Date: 02/2018, EvetB wrote this review.
Good points: The overall feel and look of the property is one of cleanliness throughout. This is also true of the rooms. Breakfast choices are available although the food is not always hot. The shower is fantastic! The hotel is close to the beach wh… See more
Good points: The overall feel and look of the property is one of cleanliness throughout. This is also true of the rooms. Breakfast choices are available although the food is not always hot. The shower is fantastic! The hotel is close to the beach which is pleasant for a stroll even in February. The property is within easy access to the airport - cab from outside the hotel will cost about €16. Negatives: There are no robes provided which would be expected of a 4 star hotel. Though there is a mini-bar in the room there isn’t so much as a complimentary bottle of water or anything else therein - another expectation of a 4 star hotel The ongoing construction noise from the sister property didn’t allow for a lie-in as work seemed to start about 9am and continued all day! If you’re unfortunate enough as we were to be on that side of the hotel and paid for a sea view as we did forget about sitting on the balcony to enjoy the view as the construction noise will diminish your pleasure and leave you feeling short changed. Collapse
very austere hotel
Stay Date: 02/2018, josiejolly wrote this review.
lovely hotel but enormous works being down on the sister hotels so lots of noise and dust. we stayed in this hotel and to be honest it was cold and austere, clinical. I certainly would not staying here again
lovely hotel but enormous works being down on the sister hotels so lots of noise and dust. we stayed in this hotel and to be honest it was cold and austere, clinical. I certainly would not staying here again Collapse
A pleasant stay
Stay Date: 01/2018, 79Holidaymaker wrote this review.
The hotel has been recently renovated and that's true it has a corporate style. We upgraded for a corner suite which was a good idea: a big balcony overviewing a sunny side (odd numbers of the rooms), tea/coffee facilities, bathrobe, flip-flops and f… See more
The hotel has been recently renovated and that's true it has a corporate style. We upgraded for a corner suite which was a good idea: a big balcony overviewing a sunny side (odd numbers of the rooms), tea/coffee facilities, bathrobe, flip-flops and free drinks daily. The room was quiet and clean. Great location, 15 minutes away by taxi from the airport in Malaga (18 euros) A wide variety of food (including cava for breakfast), indoor pool (not the best but we used it anyway), good entertainment programme: Spanish lessons (special thanks to Maria and Alex), salsa dancing (Maria was the best salsa teacher we've ever had), flamenco evenings once a week, live music every evening. Collapse
THE NEW LOOK AT THE DON PABLO
Stay Date: 01/2018, MariaVienna wrote this review.
We’ve been back in the snow and cold of our home in Austria for a week now, and not a day has gone by when we haven’t longed to be back in Torremolinos and the Sol Don Pablo. This was our second stay at the Don Pablo. We stayed three weeks the first … See more
We’ve been back in the snow and cold of our home in Austria for a week now, and not a day has gone by when we haven’t longed to be back in Torremolinos and the Sol Don Pablo. This was our second stay at the Don Pablo. We stayed three weeks the first time two years ago and four weeks this time (beginning Jan. to beginning Feb.). We stayed at sister hotel Don Pedro last year while the Pablo was closed for a thoroughgoing renovation. That renovation has changed the former character of the place somewhat; however, all in all, it was done in style and has given the hotel a new look and the kind of sparkle it didn’t quite have before the redo. The long lounge area down the hall from the reception is still pretty much the same, although the furnishings look new, as they seem to be much plusher and more comfy than they were. Should you have nothing else in particular to do, you can watch a variety of sporting events on several large TV monitors there. There are the same number of elevators next to the reception; however, they’re brand new and, I think, quicker. They also have a tiny monitor inside on the wall that shows small news flashes, along with the weather forecast for the week. THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT! The entertainment/animation area also has a new look. There is now a long narrow bar with stools, from which you can sip your favorite libation while listening to the various hotel DJ’s. There are also comfy chairs with tables just outside the actual theater seats, from which you can order a drink. On the stage, there’s also an occasional flamenco night or a show like “Mama Mia.” We also enjoyed watching the artistry of some of the very talented hotel-guest dancers. However, one request Don Pablo: Please, oh please, turn down the volume at show time. We were not the only ones who had to seek sanctuary in the peace and quiet of the lounge area due to the excessive decibel level. OUR ROOM NEAR THE TOP As for the rooms, they’re quite a bit larger than the ones we remember from the Don Pedro. There’s a lot more room for “hangables” in the smoothly sliding mirrored closet, which also contains a number of shelves and drawers for your “layables.” In addition, there’s another small clothes closet above the small fridge. Also, the nightstands have a drawer and a cubbyhole below to store small items. We’ve said this before about the Don Pedro and the old Don Pablo, and we’ll say it again here: The rooms are spotless and the maid service top-notch. So to our friendly cleaning lady, whose name we unfortunately failed to get: “Otra vez mas, senora. Gracias por el buen servicio! Y gracias por el cisne.” The cisne (“swan” in Spanish) refers to the graceful towel swan she fashioned and left in our room just before we departed. (Hopefully, our high school Spanish didn’t let us down too much here.) Our sunny-side room was on the eighth floor (of nine). We had a great side view of the sea and a nice birds-eye view of the bowling green below. It was a fine feeling to sit out here on the balcony after a long day on the promenade or in the surrounding area and watch the ever-changing panorama of sea and clouds. Although the twin beds were very comfortable, we did, however, have a problem with the standard pillow. After a few nights with it, our neck and shoulders were crying out for a masseur. We finally had to go down to the reception and ask if there was another—softer—pillow. Fortunately, there was, and the nice young lady there saw to it that it was in our room that evening. The bathroom is large and the sink countertop has ample room to store most of the lotions and potions that one brings from home. (By the way, if you run out of any cosmetics, the large Mercadona market behind the promenade has a lot of the big-name brands like Nivea, along with many Spanish brands, and at a very reasonable price we might add.) Re the small fridge mentioned above: It was fine for storing water and other small “refrigerables.” The problem is that it gives off a lot of heat, and when the day was warm and the humidity high—which it often was—it made it pretty hard to get a good night’s sleep, even with the balcony door wide open. We were told that there’s no air conditioning at this time of the year, in spite of the many warm and humid days. So we finally had to pull the plug on it for the sake of a better night’s sleep. We didn’t really store that much in it anyway. Our main complaint, however, was with the shower. Actually, it’s not a shower in that sense; rather, a normal bathtub with a clear half-door and a shower attachment—instead of a sliding door, which we felt would have been a better solution. We were, if you’ll excuse the mixed metaphor, walking on eggs the whole time we were in there, wondering what effect a possible slip and fall would have on our anatomy. Fortunately, we never found out. We were later told that stall showers were only installed in floors one to five, and that the remaining floors all have the bathtub setup described above. We still wonder why the rebuild didn’t just include the stall showers on all floors. To us, this arrangement seems a bit safer, especially in the case of seniors who may not be quite as spry as they once were. FOOD FOR THOUGHT The dining room has actually undergone the most noticeable change as a result of the renovation. It’s now much larger and you’re no longer elbow to elbow with some of the other diners; however, in the process, I’m afraid it’s lost a bit of its coziness. However, it can’t be said that there is not enough food on offer. The choices are overwhelming. At breakfast, there is every imaginable type of dry cereal, along with a huge selection of fruit—canned and fresh— to decorate it with. We use soy milk on our cereal, but were amazed to see some types of milk we weren’t even aware of—like oat, almond, and hazelnut. In the warm food section in the back, there was the usual assortment of breakfast items, along with the occasional pancakes, which were unfortunately a bit rubbery. However, supper was a different matter altogether. The array of dishes was often dizzying. There is a separate pasta area in the back that features penne, spaghetti and the like, along with various casseroles. The problem for us, however, as vegetarians, was that most of the casseroles seemed to be meat-based, although it was often hard to know that, as they were not always labeled as such. We frequently had to ask the chef: “Sin carne?” “Con carne?” As for the salad and dessert choices, there were far too many for us to list here. There are also all kinds of vegetable dishes to the right of the pasta area, including different types of paella, and some excellent French fries (Sorry, Brits, to Americans, they’ll always be “chips”—meaning potato chips or taco chips.) And now and then, we opted for one of the soups in the huge steaming cauldrons in front of the vegetable offerings, although to our taste buds they were always a bit too salty. One thing we would like to mention: Since the Don Pablo is a 4-star hotel, it would be nice to have a table cloth at supper time. It would lend a touch of class to the whole dining experience. By the way, we want to thank our main waiters—Antonio and Oscar—for their friendly and efficient service, as well as the other Antonio, who was usually there at the entrance to greet us with a cheerful “Buenos dias” or “Buenas tardes.” Unfortunately, we understand that both Antonios will be retiring sometime this year. We’ll miss them. LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION Many reviewers have mentioned how strategically located the Don Pablo is, being right in the middle of the main promenade. And it’s true—whether you turn left or right as you reach the main street, you have access to all kinds of shops, cafes, and restaurants, as well as a pharmacy and the elevator that lets you off at the main shopping area above in Torremolinos itself. And speaking of cafes, there’s an excellent new one called Novobar just a few steps to the right as you leave the hotel. Both the outside and indoor tables give you a nice view of the action on the promenade; and the food and drink choices are very good. There’s also a huge selection of ice creams. And it’s all accompanied by friendly and efficient service. A FEW FINAL WORDS We felt that the renovation has brought a change for the better at the Don Pablo. This is the type of hotel where you want to stay as long as you possibly can, and return to as often as possible. The public areas, as well as the rooms, are maintained to a high standard. (Take a close look at the marble floor that runs from the entrance to the dining room to the end of the hallway. It has a mirror-like shine to it and is constantly being gone over with a buffer in order to maintain that shine.) This is only one example; you see it everywhere you look. And the cleaning staff is continually at work vacuuming and otherwise keeping all of the public areas sparkling clean. We also want to thank the staff at the reception, not only for putting up with our attempts at Spanish, but also for their helpfulness in general, in spite of the often very long lines at the registration desk. We want to thank Luisa, too, who worked behind the scenes to give us exactly the type of room we wanted. We hope to see you all again next year. . Collapse
Nice hotel but food left a lot to be desired.
Stay Date: 09/2017, MarilynandJohn2013 wrote this review.
Overall we enjoyed our stay last September. Hotel, staff and facilities were great but the food in the restaurant for a hotel of this standard left a lot to be desired. Let me say that whenever we go away we never have food issues and indeed have sta… See more
Overall we enjoyed our stay last September. Hotel, staff and facilities were great but the food in the restaurant for a hotel of this standard left a lot to be desired. Let me say that whenever we go away we never have food issues and indeed have stayed at sister hotel, Don Pedro over 15 times and never had any problems. The food was poor selection, wrongly described, warm, cold plates and it actually got to the stage where we were struggling to find something to eat. Breakfast was better but not brilliant. We will go back to to Don Pedro in future but not Don Pablo. Collapse
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