11 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Just back from a week in Hotel Don Marco...
"Just back from a week in Hotel Don Marco. Very pleased with the hotel. It was clean, spacious and modern. The facilities were great lots of pools, two jacuzzis, lots of sunbeds. The staff were very helpful and there was a wide selection of food available. The evening entertainment was not to our choice but my partner and I are under 25 .. just! and most the guests were a lot older. The activities in the day were great. The room was brilliant, a huge bathroom, excellent air con, nice balcony and great sea view (would recommend paying more for a sea view room).
My only gripe, and I have not been on half board basis before, was that you did not get a single complimentary drink with your evening meal and the prices were very high. Although we soon worked out that you could buy drinks at happy hour in the bar and take them in to the restaurant with you.
Highly recommended ... we would stay again."
- Travel date: Mon 24th of September 2007
"we requested a top floor room, and this was allocated. Huge balcony with sun loungers and tableand chairs,overlooking pool. We had our meals in the Don Pablo (a bit disappointing, as the restaurant in the Don Marco was closed ), but the food was as you would expect of a 4star hotel,and there was plenty choice.Not so for the New Year Gala Dinner.....fixed menu, take it or leave it..but plenty complimentary champagne cocktails, canapes, and wine with thedinner. The Don Marco has a very impressive lobby, having a Thai theme. Would certainly visit again, but wouldn't pay for the Gala Dinner Night again."
- Travel date: Thu 11th of January 2007
we loved this hotel chain!
"we lived in sol don marco which is the newest of 3 hotels (sol don pablo and don pedro). The service is perfect, stuff is very friendly and helpful. When we had a problem with an electricity in our room everything was fixed immediately on our request!! Breakfasts are wonderful: a big choice of dishes..The same i can tell about dinners. We usually had breakfast at sol don marco, but for dinner went to restaurant cordoba which is in sol don pedro as there are more main courses presented. So we think everything was perfect.We had a seaview room and were overpaying about a couple of euros per person per day. That's not too much i think:) We were lucky to get the hightest floor.There is a roof which serves like a terrace. and it is enormous for being a balcony!! So we engoyed there our evenings looking the night city. The only minus is (may be due to a not hight season) that it's a bit boring in Torremolinos. Each day there were shows in these hotels and we could attent them, but after the shows all cafes closed and shops either. But the hotel is good and i would hightly reccomend it!
By the way- we travelled to Marocco and Portugal and on our way back we had to spend one more night in Torremolinos. We desired to stay in sol don marco, but all 3 hotels were full. But we were offered a room in another hotel: Melia. (the same hotel chain is situated on the same street).That is also a very nice hotel.Moreover the rooms are placed in such way that almost all of them are seaview. There was a bit crowdy, but we still don't have any claims:reception and restaurant were working perfectly! The rooms are very huge and in spite of the fact the hotel looks already not new - the floor cover is perfectly clean, the bathroom is also very big and clean. And it looks like there were some renovations in rooms. We liked it very much and it is a bit cheaper thsn sol don marco."
- Travel date: Wed 4th of October 2006
Red Red Wine
"We stayed at the Sol Don Marco in July 2006, and arrived to find what can only be described as the best hotel I have ever stayed in. From the moment we stepped into the reception we knew we were on to a winner. The reception was beautiful, there was an oriental theme through out it and it was filled with various ornaments are tapestries on the walls. Upon finding our room, we were greeted with a spacious room with a double and a single bed - Not all shoved together as in previous hotels. Although, we did discover the balcony door was broken, it was fixed by the next day. We also found the bath room to be very upper class ,with a marble sink and a separate shower cubicle and bath.
Dining in the hotel was also an quite enjoyable experience apart from a few gripes. We found that the food in the don marco restaurant could be a bit repetitive and the spanish people tended to treat meal times like a free for all, lots of pushing and shoving was done. Most of the time though, we ate in the Don Pablo restaurant where we found the food varied and of a high quality.
Also, we liked the location of the hotel as it was directly accross from the beach, and the hotel shop wasnt too badly priced either for souviners, something which we've never experienced before.
If you're looking for any trips to go on, theres a very reasonably priced travel agents, turn left when you come out of the hotel and go straight along until you get to the roundabout. Cross the road and turn right, walk for a bit and then you'll be there.
The trip to Granada is great value for money, the Alhambra Palace is absolutely beautiful (8th wonder of the world) but it gets very hot in the summer months."
- Travel date: Thu 14th of September 2006
more of a 3 star, defiantely not 4 star
"We stayed in this hotel for 3 nights last weekend. I booked a room directly from the hotel website a few weeks before our stay. I paid the surcharge for a room with a sea view.
Upon our arrival, we found out that our room, although 'sea facing', did not have a sea view as it was on the first floor overlooking a sun-bathing terrace!! The balcony had direct access to this terrace which means we would have had to have the balcony doors closed at all times for security. Privacy would of course also be compromised due to people walking in front of our room.
I cannot understand why the hotel did not inform me of the unavailability of our chosen room, specially when I emailed them a few days before our arrival to confirm our room booking.
In the end, we decided to change our room. Unfortunately, there were no more sea view rooms left and we were given a room on the 3rd floor facing the pools.
This room was much smaller than the original one and it stank of stale cigarette smoke despite the fact that it was on a non smoking floor! The bedsheets and curtains stank of cigarettes.
There was also broken glass underneath the bed. I am guessing a previous guest broke a glass or bottle or something. We informed housekeeping about this and the sent a lady up to clean it up. She did not do a very good job as I found my 2 year old daughter with a shard of glass in her mouth on our last day. Thankfully, she did not cut herself!
On the plus side, the pools are ok if a bit crowded. But I guess this is expected in the peak summer months. The food was ok but a bit repetitive, specially if you are vegetarian like us. The spanish seem to have a fondness of sprinkling perfectly good vegetarian salads with ham or shellfish! A fact you don't realise until after a few mouthfulls!
In summary, I think this hotels lobby is definately 4 star, unfortunately, it is let down by the rooms, I would give the rooms a 3 star on quality and that is being generous. At 80 something euros per person per night, you expect a bit more pampering!
We have decided not to stay in Sol hotels anymore, they are expensive and their star ratings do not reflect an accurate picture. My advise is to always deduct a star or two when you contemplate a booking with this chain. From now on, we are giving these hotels a wide berth and we will book in either the Melia or Tryp hotels of this chain. They are much better, their star rating is accurate and they re much better value for money."
- Travel date: Mon 28th of August 2006
"We stayed three weeks in this lovely hotel and we will go back again and again. This hotel is for family, older couples and younger people.
It's a complex of 3 hotels Don Marco - Don Pablo and Don Pedro. The newest is Don Marco and this is were we stayed. Service is excellent, people are very knowledgable and helpful. There are 8 pools some for adults and some for children, you can pick any one. Since there are not enough ambrellas with the chairs people tend to reserve early but there is no need you can go around the other pools and you are going to find a good place in the shade. The beach is just across the street you can go to the beach by a side door from the pool area or by the main entrance to Don Marco. The beach ambrella and chairs cost 8 euros/day.
The restaurants are nice and each is a different style and decor. The food is almost the same in all and it is good. We noticed that the cost of the drinks are different from one restaurant to the other,. The food was good in all of them, some people complained in a previous reviews about the cold food, we did not experience any cold food served unless you leave your food on your table to go to get something else. They have everything in the buffet for breakfast eggs, cheeses, meat, vegetables and cereals and dried fruits and fresh fruits. You prepare your oun coffee, tea hot chocolate, milk hot or cold and any juice you like from many machines located in the restaurant. Lunch and supper buffet (if you have two meals with your package You can change the supper for lunch any day specially if you are going for excursions) in the lunch and dinner buffet they have all the time meat, chicken and fish made in a different way every day international and local. For the meat they change from beef to veal to lamb and chicken or turkey all freshely done in front of you. The pasta and pizza corner was very popular with kids and adults. Now let me give you the information on the entertainment, They have activities all day around the pools and on the Beach. They will takecare of your kids with full activities day and night. Aerobics, yoga, excersice for all. This hotel complex has the most entertaining shows for all ages. Starting with the kids show at 8:30 pm then the professional shows at 10 pm in the outside theatre and at 11:30 pm in the inside theatre. The shows are different even if they have the same name " professional show - flammenco - magic - latin - the 70's... you are going to like them have your cameras ready.
Excursions and car rental: we used our travel company representative and also the hotel service through the reception.
This hotel is part of Sol Melia hotels but it is far better run than Melia. I recommended to all if you would like to have a good vacation. In case you asked how could we stay three weeks, we rented a car and went around every day to visit a different place as Marbella, puerto banus, benelmadina, Malaga,Mijas (lots of donkeys)...next year we will stay 4 weeks we loved it.
- Travel date: Wed 23rd of August 2006
"Visited Sol Don Marco at the end of June 06. Hotel is new and in a perfect location just opposite the Beach and 5 mins walk from the centre of Torremolinos. Rooms were on the small side but kept very clean and decor was nice. Room was cleaned and towels changed every single day at a time that suited us.
Staff were very friendly and attended to our one and only problem ( air conditioning) very promptly. We were given late check out upon leaving when we asked for it and were also given a room to shower in at the end of the day as we had a night flight.
Breakfast was great. Plenty of choice - from full cooked breakfasts to breads, meats, cereals & fruit. Can be busy at breakfast time but we never had a problem getting a table.Didnt try the restaurants in the hotels as there was so much to try outside of the hotel.
The pool areas were nice. Busy also. Allowing people to reserve sunbeds with towels from early morning posed problems in trying to get a bed around the pool from 10am onwards.
Didnt try the Spa but it did look top notch and the treatments available seemed extensive.
The gym facilities were very poor. Two bikes, one cross trainer and a few weights. There was no treadmill and the room didnt seem well air conditioned.
Overall, was a pleasant hotel and staff made up for the facilities lacking. Probably would stay again."
- Travel date: Mon 31st of July 2006
"We have now stayed at all 3 of the hotels making up the Don Hoteles complex - 3 star Don Pedro, 4 star Don Pablo and 4 star superior Don Marco. Without a doubt the Don Marco is worth its slightly higher price - it is quite frankly one of the best hotels we have ever stayed in.
Reception is stunning - beautifully decorated in Indonesian style and, without exception,. the reception staff were so courteous and friendly. There is an unobtrusive bar in one corner with half price Happy Hour drinks including Cocktails 6-7 p.m.
Our seafront room was really lovely and had a superb view over Bajondillo Beach; we were a bit concerned about noise but the room had excellent sound proofing and we never heard a sound from either neighbouring rooms, corridor or outside at night. The room was spacious and furnished to a very high standard with very comfortable twin double beds, more than ample storage space and - much welcomed - an empty fridge to store your own drinks in.
The bathroom was VERY spacious with a large full bath with shower plus separate 2 person shower cubicle. Towels were changed daily.
It was hubbys birthday during our stay and, as we hold a Sol Melia loyalty card, we found a complimentary bottle of Cava (Spanish Champers) on ice in our room when we returned the first evening.
The hotel shares facilities with its 2 sister hotels (including 5 pools - one heated indoor - + Jacuzzi) and has 2 pools of its own that never had more than 4 people in at any one time. It also benefits from the superb Delfinus Spa that currently has a first rate offer on where for Euro 15 you can use all its facilities.
You can eat in either the Casares Restaurant that links the Hotel with the Don Pedro or, as we preferred, in the Cordoba Restaurant at the Don Pablo.
All in all we cannot recommend the Don Marco highly enough and know where we will be staying in future."
- Travel date: Wed 19th of July 2006
Great value, very clean, well run hotel.
"Have just returned from spending a week at the Sol Don Marco. Our hotel room was great - top floor - Room 5002 - great views over the beach from a very private balcony. The grounds are well tended and in general the hotel is very clean and well run. Breakfast tends to be a little hectic, but one of avoiding this would be to breakfast early (served until 10.30) The reception desk staff were very helpful and friendly. The only snag is the bar directly opposite which plays loud music until 4am, which means no sleeping with the windows open! However, once the doors were closed, it didn't disturb our sleep at all. We found it great value for money and would definately stay there again"
- Travel date: Thu 22nd of June 2006
Lovely, but a horror to find by car!
"The hotel was just lovely, I think it is one of the better hotels in Torremolinos and the costa del sol. We booked a standard room by internet and we got a penthouse room with an enourmous terrace (+-20m2) and sea views, but we didn't pay any extras for it. The room is clean, with a very spacious bathroom with a seperate shower and bath. The location was nice, in los alamos, a more quiet region of torremolinos. There's lots of (free) parking space (don't bother to pay for the hotel garage) on the paseo maritimo but what a horror to find this hotel by car!!! We only had a street name (the hotel doens't have a number) and nowhere on the website they state that it is located in Los Alamos, so we ended up searching for over 2 hours! The street where it is located is several kilometers long so that didn't help a lot.
The hotel is located next to the sol don pedro and sol don pablo hotel, where you can take dinner and you can join the evening entertainment. Minor point: the evening entertainment of the sol don pablo was outside and it made a lot of noice, so we couldn't sleep until it had finished (24.00). Dinner at sol don marco was lovely.
If you have the time, try the spa, they have lovely massages..."
- Travel date: Mon 12th of June 2006
Fab Sol Hotel
"Before I set off to Torremolinos, I had to decide which hotel to stay in. I was going with globespan so had quite a choice of hotels. After reading the reviews on here, I knew it had to be the Don Marco.
This hotel is very modern, with a beautiful reception area, hotel staff are great, very friendly and helpful. Location is good, (although we only found three bars locally which were open). We soon discovered that a ten minute walk took us to the 'plaza'. Full of shops, pubs and restaurants - ladies, look out for a shop called 'Stradivarius' lovely clothes at high street prices!
We booked up on a half-board basis. We had the option to eat in the Don Marco and the Don Pablo Hotels. The choice of food was excellent - the unfortunate thing was, the food wasn't as hot as it could have been.
We ate out one night, we headed to a place called 'Onkle Willie's' - which looks like a dodgy German bar from the outside and was surprised when my boyfriend suggested we go in! We found a lot of local people eating/drinking there. The food is excellent! More of a selection of Greek/Turkish cuisine - we had falafel cakes, kebabs, saurcraut(sp!), homous and a lovely tuna salad. (Guy who runs it is great too)
Back to the hotel...We ventured to the indoor pool, which was really quite large and kept at a nice warm temperature. The down-side to the pool was the dirty floor, caused by people wearing outdoor footwear (as there is no seperate area for shoes) We also went to the gym, a few machines, weights - ample for a work out but nothing spectacular!
Overall, a great hotel in a good location. The weather was great too, on average it was 16 degrees, with one day even reaching 23 degrees! We certainly got our moneys worth!
(You can email me if you have any further questions!)"
- Travel date: Mon 13th of February 2006