Sol Don Pedro
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Just returned from 3 weeks staying at this splendid hotel, you will see from my previous reviews that we have always stayed at the Don Pablo, but this is being refurbished so we went next door. We knew there would be building noise but it wasn't too bad. The rooms were smaller than at the Don Pablo but were adequate for our needs and we had a wonderful balcony room overlooking one of the pools, the new lighting system in the room was very good, a very good sized television with channels to suit everyone, beds were comfortable with a continental quilt. The food was of the usual high standard with a great selection at all meals. Entertainment was also of a good standard and the Activities team had done a great job in catering for everyone's needs with dancing before and after the shows.Staff were wonderful and made us most welcome, it was just like going home.
Another excellent stay at the Sol Don Hotel complex. Room, restaurant, reception, lounge and bars all continue the first class standard I have come to expect. The renovation work at Don Pablo did create some noise, but on earlier visits clients were all notified of this and were offered the choice of adjusting booking dates if they wanted.
A BIT OF BACKGROUNDMy wife and I stayed at the Sol Don Pablo last year for two weeks during January and thoroughly enjoyed our experience there. However, since the Don Pablo is currently undergoing a major renovation, we opted to spend our annual hiatus from the cold and snow of the Austrian winter at the Pablo’s sister hotel, the Don Pedro, this time for a whole month. (Parts of the Don Pedro were apparently renovated last winter season; and we understand that the other sister hotel, the Don Marco, is also scheduled for renovation eventually.)Towards the end of January, we flew down to Malaga direct from Vienna via the always friendly and efficient Fly Niki. (We found a very reasonable package deal from Neckermann/Thomas Cooke, which included the flight, half board, and the shuttle back and forth to the airport.)OUR RECEPTIONIn our travel agency’s request to the hotel, we asked for a quiet room on a higher floor (there are four floors) with at least a partial view of the sea. Of course, as we all know, such requests are not necessarily guarantees. When we arrived at the Don Pedro, the gentleman at the reception told us that that type of room wasn’t available at the moment. He then gave us the key card to a room on a lower floor and told us to check back with him again in the morning and he would “see what he could do.”When we checked back at the reception after breakfast, we were told that a room with a sea view had just been vacated on the third floor. We said, “Gracias, Senor,” we’ll take it. OUR ROOM (NEARLY) AT THE TOPThat room did in fact have a very nice view over the hotel grounds and the promenade to the sea from a large and sunny balcony. Although compared to the room we had last year in the Don Pablo, this one was a bit cramped. Nor was there much drawer space to lay clothes and only limited space for hanging clothes in the small cabinet. However, the room was spotless and boasted a long counter/desk area that proved to be perfect for keeping spare cosmetics, medications, eyeglass cases, water bottles, and various and sundry additional items that wouldn’t fit on the bathroom countertop. There was also a bidet; although it proved to be a tight squeeze between the toilet, that fixture and the sink. The TV was of the large flat-screen type and pulled in CNN, as well as several British stations; Unfortunately, the shower was of the dreaded bathtub/half door variety. This one swings in and out, so don’t accidentally brush against it too forcefully (as we did the first time we showered) or a semi-flooded bathroom floor awaits you when you step out of the tub. (For the duration of our stay, we were wishing we could have transplanted the nice big walk-in shower from our first room.) There is a small window at the back of the tub, though, which helps clear the air—and the bathroom mirror.There’s also a safe in the room, which, if you’re of a mind, you must pay for when you register. As we mentioned, our balcony was large and had a lot of sun during the day. It had two comfortable chairs and a small table. There was no clothes line, however, so if you have wash to hang up, you have to buy one in one of the stores in town. The beds were very comfortable, and our main cleaning lady supplied us with clean bedding every couple of days. (Thanks, Victoria, for keeping our room in tip-top shape during our entire stay! And muchisima gracias for putting up with my school Spanish.) The room turned out to be very quiet: We heard nary a sound from the floor above or from the room next to us, of which there was only one: There was an elevator on the other side, which was noiseless as far as we were concerned. THE DINING ROOM AND THE MEALSThe main cafeteria area is long, and there is a lot of additional seating slightly higher along the outside window. There was more than enough to choose from at breakfast, ranging from a large number of different types of cereals, to all sorts of egg dishes (omelets and fried eggs made while you watch), pancakes, bread and rolls, along with a good selection of fruits and the obligatory cheese and cold cuts. A nice feature was the variety of other types of milk that were available—such as soy and almond—for those who don’t drink the real thing.A word about drinks at supper: All of the drinks must be paid for either in cash or by credit card. However, note that you must first have your card verified by the reception if you choose to pay that way. After you do so, your key card holder will be stamped with the words “CON CREDITO.“ But don’t forget to bring it with you, as you’ll have to show it to your waiter in order for the drinks to go on your hotel bill. We had our credit card verified the first night; however, it turned out that the reception had forgotten to stamp it and we had to go back to the reception post haste to have it stamped as our waiter wouldn’t take our word for it that we’d had it done. In fact, he was quite adamant about it, and we got the feeling he was on the verge of calling the Credit Card Police and have us incarcerated.As for the food at dinner time, it turned out to be a mixed bag. I’m a vegetarian, so I can’t comment on any of the meat or fish dishes. The first thing I always checked out was the soup. There were always two huge steaming cauldrons of it next to the salad bar, and one was almost always of the vegetable variety. The salad bar itself consisted of the usual lettuce, tomatoes, grated carrots and beets, corn, and several types of creamy salads. However, it was sometimes hard to know all of the actual ingredients in these salads because they were not always fully identified. There were also several types of warm vegetable dishes, usually with potatoes, peas and carrots. At the end of the salad bar, there was always a huge pan of some type of paella. If you happen to be a vegetarian and you’re not sure what the ingredients are other than rice or tomatoes, one of the friendly food service personnel will be happy to enlighten you.At the end of the long dining room, up a little ramp, is an area one part of which is labeled “Vegetarian Corner.” The other part consisted of different types of pasta, i.e., spaghetti, penne, spirale, etc., along with pizza and a casserole or two. To tell the truth, most of it was pretty bland and often and way beyond al dente. Also, by the time you got It back to your table, it was barely lukewarm, although it helped a bit if you ladled a bit of the hot spaghetti sauce over it. The vegetarian corner part consisted mainly of mixed vegetable dishes and an occasional somewhat mushy casserole, usually smothered in cheese. However, one night there were some nice breaded baked mushrooms; and another night the same treatment was applied to broccoli. By the way, the chef in that area was always helpful when we asked about a certain dish: “Con carne?” “Sin carne?”In general, though, we felt that there were just too many food items out there; and with only a few exceptions, most of them did not look that appetizing. We would like to have seen fewer dishes, but ones that were a bit more palatable. Also, it’s a good idea to apply some type of disinfectant to your hands before entering the dining area. If you don’t have it with you, you can get it at the farmacia a little ways down to the right on the promenade. (Look for the flashing green sign.)The ladies there are very friendly, speak good English, and will go out of their way to help you find what you’re looking for.LOUNGING AROUNDThere’s a lot of room for lounging at the Don Pedro—both inside and outside. In the first larger room, there are comfy couches and easy chairs, as well as cozy little corners where you can read a book (Do people still do that?) or let your fingers do the walking on your “device” (which seemed to be the main occupation).However, we did actually see a lady reading the traditional way and pondered whether we should inform Ripley’s of the fact.The next bigger room also has more space to lounge around in or have a drink from the bar. The live music starts around 8:30. This is also the signal for the “dancing stars” to take the floor. We were constantly amazed by what good dancers this mostly senior citizen group were: rumba, rock and roll, cha cha cha, swing, waltz—even the twist. It didn’t seem to matter. They did it with style and rhythm. Some were so good that we often wondered if the hotel had snuck in a few professionals along with the regular hotel guests. Fred and Ginger would have approved.The only problem here was that—at least in our opinion—the volume of the music was way too high; so high, that we often had to retreat to the first lounge area to get some relief from it. A pity, as the entertainers were quite good, as was their selection of music.NOTE TO MANAGEMENT: Not all older people are hard of hearing. Would it be possible to turn the sound down to a more bearable decibel level?Anyway, the live music ended around 9:30 and the action then continued in the third room, which had a stage and theatre type seating. We saw an excellent flamenco troupe here, as well as an appearance by the by-now legendary entertainer Ricky Lavazza.We should point out that there is a very nice outside area to sit and chat and at the same time soak up a few of those warm Spanish rays. It’s just to the right as you go out the main entrance to the hotel. We often passed the time there watching the large colony of cats frolicking among the palm trees. Some of them never ceased trying to gain entrance to the huge bird cage just to the left of the entrance. These are not what you would call alley cats, however. They seem to well taken care of—by the hotel I imagine. A NOTE ABOUT THE CONSTRUCTION NOISEWe of course knew when we booked our stay at the Don Pedro that there would likely be a good deal of construction noise emanating from the nearby Don Pablo. However, to be honest, it didn’t really bother us that much. It usually didn’t start till 8:00 a.m. at the earliest, so unless you’re a late riser, you probably won’t particularly notice it. Most of the time, we were out and about on the promenade or in Torremolinos proper after breakfast and during the afternoon. Yes, it does get pretty loud sitting on the balcony in the afternoon. But we got used to it after a while. If you should want to take a nap in the room, the sliding balcony doors provide an excellent seal against the clanking and drilling at the Don Pablo.THE MOTIVATORSOur thanks to Johnny, Maria, and Mario for their enthusiasm and their ability to get us interested in the various activities they had planned for the guests during the day. There was lawn bowling, boccia on the beach, mini-golf, dance lessons, Spanish lessons, and tea parties, to name a few. We’d also like to thank Luisa Greig in the Management Office for her help in planning our trip. She was also nice enough to take time off from her duties at the Don Pablo construction site to chat with us on our arrival.A SNACK TIPIf you’re not on all-inclusive, and you’re looking for a place to have a quick snack at lunchtime, we highly recommend a little place called “The Bar.” When you go out to the promenade from the Don Pedro, it’s just a couple of store fronts down on the left. They have nice, reasonably priced wraps, bruschettas, and toasted sandwiches, and Pablo, the friendly proprietor, will make them up to order for you. Mila, the personable owner, takes over when Pablo has a well-deserved day off. Also on the menu are soups; and there are brownies and carrot cake for dessert, along with some of the best ice cream we’ve ever tasted. And if you want to practice your Spanish, as we did, Pablo and Mila will do their best to oblige you.In conclusion, we really enjoyed our stay at the Don Pedro and are looking forward to our next stay, when the Don Pablo is completed and resplendent in its new glory.
Hotel clean but food served in all inclusive restaurant is restricted, seen much better food choice. Hotel is completely redone, very nice. Good location to town center. Sea view, and on the Boardwalk.
We had paid for a sunny room, but on terrace we had about one hour of sun, we wanted another room with more sun, but that couldn`t be done so after a couple of days we gave up. Worse to come, a lady moved in beneath us and smoked so much we smell on the balcony was so awfull we complained and again the Receptioncouldn`t care and said that smoking on the balcony are allowed, we have stayed at the Don Hotels many times but this Reception takes the prize for being the worst we have ever met. Ann & Frede Sander
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Sol Don PedroTorremolinos,Spain
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Avenida Lido s/n, 29620 Torremolinos Spain
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