Sol Don Pedro by Melia
18 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
"Just returned from 9 nights at this hotel. As you will be aware it is on a complex with 2 other sol hotels which makes it very big with plenty going on.
Our room was for 3 adults which made it quite small but the room itself was spotless and cleaned what seemed to be every day. The room we had was facing the car park and when we asked if we could move to a pool view, it was not a problem and we were moved the next day. The room also had a TV which had 4 english channels to help keep in touch!!!
The restaurant was excellent with lots of tables and lots of choices of meals. It would be no good complaining about the choice of foods when you go HB as you know the choices are pretty much the same but they do vary some over the days. All that said it was lovely and there was something for everyone, you would have to be fussy not to like anything and HB is probably not for you.
The hotels shared pools with the other hotels so I think there was 7 or maybe more and also an indoor pool if you wanted it. Plenty of sunbeds for everyone although it was April so the demand was not the same as August but saying that we had 9 lovely sunny days.
As it was our first time here we hired a car. We had some good days out and would recommend Gibraltar and Puerto Banus."
- Travel date: Mon 1st of May 2006
Average 3 Star accommodation but great facilities
"We spent one night at the Don pedro last week after staying 3 nights at its sister hotel (same complex that also contains the Don Marco) the Don Pablo who couldnÂ´t accommodate us for a sudden decision extra night.
The downstairs lounge and bar areas were beautiful - well above 3 star standard - and both had log fires blazing that were more than welcome on a cold wet day in January! The bar and lounge was a lovely place to relax with a good book (small residents library of free books provided)on the only wet day of our stay. No pressure to buy drinks when sitting in bar lounge that was a welcome change from other hotels we have visited.
The bedroom was markedly more basically furnished than at the Don Pablo and the bed decidedly soft and lumpy! Furniture basic but the whole room spotlessly clean and en suite bathroom obviously very recently refurbished so maybe they intend to start on the bedrooms soon.
Great that you can use the facilities of all 3 hotels including heated indoor pool. Good entertainment in Don Pedro cabaret room each evening and no pressure to purchase drinks during the performance.
On a negative note, we found the food to be less inviting than at the Don Pedro (surprising as the restaurant was being shared with 4 star guests staying at the Don Marco) and restaurant staff service appalling. ALL our crockery - from Soup Bowls to Dessert Bowls - was still on our table at the end of our meal. Drinks prices in restaurant though surprisingly good value with a bottle of drinkable house wine less than â¬8 a bottle (same brand less than â¬2 in local shop but you expect to pay more in hotel restaurant).
We would return to the Don Pedro - but only if we couldnÂ´t get accommodated in Don Pablo or Don Marco, or if they offered us a considerable reduction on other 2 hotel prices."
- Travel date: Wed 25th of January 2006
"we stayed at the hotel for our honeymoon and found a high level of cleanliness and service,ample choice of food at both breakfast and dinner with laid on entertainment and ample pools and jaccussi, our parents are coming to the hotel next april to stay on our recommendation"
- Travel date: Fri 9th of December 2005
great value hotel
"We had a full family short break in this hotel beginning of November. We had previously been in the Don Pablo a couple o times so were well used to the haigh Sol-Melia standards of service. We were not let down by the Don Pedro even if it is one star lower in the pecking order. You gets what you pays for. We booked three double rooms and were offered a special rate for half board, which was just unbeatable. Right from reception we were amazed at the standard of service, so someone is giving staff training a high priority. With so much choice now available to us punters, service has to be the ruler we use to rate our stay in any place of entertainment or hospitality. We did find the rooms to be a bit small for two adults and the bathrooms likewise. But hey, we do not spend much time indoors when there is so much to pull us outdoors. The decor of the dining room is a bit dismal when compared to the sumptious splendour of the Don Pablo, but again horses for courses, different market segments are catered for by three vs four stars, and there is no one size fits all solution. Overall we were amazed at the value for money which we got and would recommend this package to anyone looking for a comfy and strategically well located base on the Costa. At this price we could go out to dinner in one of the countless resort restaurants without feeling we were being reckless by missing a hotel meal already paid for.
Two minutres to the beach,5 minutes to the airport as well, , what more could you want ?"
- Travel date: Thu 3rd of November 2005
What a dump! Run Away As Fast As You Can!
"Checked into this hotel onthe basis that most Melia properties are decent. Boy was I wrong. This place is run down, dirty and poorly run. Rooms are tiny, bathrooms are adequate, AC in our room did not work property are the remote control to regulate was not available. When we requested one to be sent up, we were told they didn't have any and we should climb up on a chair or the desk to reach the controls. Also, upon check in we were given a room with 2 twin beds. We reserved a room with one large bed. After arguing with the staff, they moved us. The room that we were moved to was a "downgrade". The hotel refused to charge us the lower rate for the new room. Staff treats the guests no better than monkeys in the zoo. Take note that this is a NO SERVICE HOTEL. I guess you get what you pay for when you stay in a hotel that attracts a "certain type" of holiday maker. Swimming pools are small, crowded and don't resemble the photos on Melia's web site. I think they posted photos from another hotel instead of this hotels pools. Stay away from this place at all costs. If you are intent on going to Tormollenos and this is the only place available, don't go."
- Travel date: Tue 23rd of August 2005
"Just returned from this hotel, the food was terrible, how many times can they reinvent cold rice pudding, and veal was dished up in every disguise, we began to see the pattern, one day reasonable the next was leftovers!
Room was for three people so cramped that we had to climb over the beds to reach the balcony, and no kettle first hotel i have visited that was without?
The staff were wavy nice and the place was spotless, but hey folks try and improve the food, remember there are not only germans to feed!"
- Travel date: Mon 4th of July 2005
We loved it here
"We've just returned from don pedro, where we had two weeks. We booked late and there weren't a lot of hotels with vacancies. We went for don pedro after reading the reviews on here. The majority were good with a couple of bad ones. I can only echo what most people say about the cleanliness and nice surroundings, it is set in very nice gardens, and it is kept spotless. You get full access to don pablo and don marco, which means you have access to 9 pools in all, and 2 jacuzzi's. There is evening entertainment in pedro which is indoor, and pablo outdoors. We tended to go for the outdoor option in the hot weather! There was a kids club, which the kids really enjoyed, and the staff were really enthusiastic. There were also other activities such as water polo, football, shooting, etc.There was not loads for the kids in the evening, there is a mini disco for them at 9 in don pedro which my 2 went to every night! One of the criticism's in previous reviews was the food. I could'nt fault it, there was plenty of variety, and not cold like some people had said. My 2 are fussy eaters, but had no trouble finding food they liked from the buffet. I would thoroughly recommend don pedro, and was very surprised it was 3 star and not 4, it seems worthy of 4 to me."
- Travel date: Fri 24th of June 2005
A first rate Hotel
"My wife ad I stayed in the Sol Don Pedro for a week in May and both of us thought it was an excellent value for money hotel. We were on a half board basis and found the food at both breakfast and dinner to be plentiful and varied. It was also of excellent standard.
The hotel is very clean and the staff are all helpful. The pool areas were good and never overcrowded. Our bedroom was smallish but adequately furnished and clean. The beds were made up every day and the towels changed similarly.
Reception area and bars are large and airy so there is plenty of space for everyone to rest their feet and relax after a day on the beach or returning from a trip.
Our opinion is that this hotel cannot be far short of a four star rating and we would highly recommend it. Hopefully we will ourselves return to sometime soon."
- Travel date: Tue 14th of June 2005
Super Don Pedro
"Have just returned from three days from the superbly sunny Costal del Sol staying at the Sol Don Pedro with FlyGlobespan. Very comfortable hotel with pleasant staff. I don't understand some previous reviewers who didn't rate the food. We had super food, great choices at breakfast and dinner. Salads, soups, meat, fish, lovely veg, and great desserts. Ideally situated for the beach and wonderful chiringuito (beachside) restaurants where we had some marvellous lunches. The bar was very relaxing and friendly and there is a happy hour where you get two for the price of one. Also hotel very clean. We couldn't have wished for more."
- Travel date: Wed 27th of April 2005
Good, but could so easily be great
"This hotel had so many good points, but they let themselves down with a some areas which for very little cost or effort could have been rectified. A pity, as it woluld otherwiise have been outstandingly good.
Firstly the good points:
a/ food excellent, although a little repetitive for 2 weeks. I really cant understand the Continentals fixation with veal though. Proper red mature beef wins every time for me. Wine prices in restaurant incredibly cheap.
b/ Don Pedro is actully one of a complex of 3 hotels, with it's sister hotels the Don Marco and (4 star) Don Pablo. All the facilities are free to use for all hotel users, which mean that you get 4 start facilities at 3 star prices. e.g. 9 swimming/toddler pools, plus one indoor and heated, bowling greens, gymnasium, poolside Jacuzzi's. Outdoor pools were not advertised as heated, but were certainly less chilly than others I've seen.
c/ Location right on beach front
d/ staff very, very friendly and helpful
Now the bad points
a/ Rooms were cramped for any more than 2 people. (we were a family of 3) and could certainly do with some modern furnitiure, bedding etc.
b/ No specific kids menu at restaurant. So if your kids are fussy eaters beware.
c/ Animations team put on some hilarious (if not always intentionally!) acts in evening and sporting type events duiring the day. However, was a severe lack of anything specifically for younger kids. For example, early evening slots of party games, dancing etc would have made a huge difference. Also, although the animation teams own evening shows were good, some of the outside acts brought in were utterly and completely dire.
d/ No kettle in room!! I've never stayed at another hotel anywhere who failed to provide this. We went out and bought one.
e/ Torremelinos itself is a bit of a dump.
So, overall good, but not better than that. I would recommend the neighbouring resort of Benalmedina. And stay away from Tivoli world theme park. It's decrepit, overpriced, outdated and downright dangerous."
- Travel date: Sun 10th of April 2005
"Just back on the 5th July after two weeks in don pedro.Paid a bit extra for the superior room which overlooked the pool,well worth it.Rooms not large but adequate.very quite at night, the only thing you could hear was the frogs croaking in the garden pond.No problem getting a sun lounger beside the pool,everything very clean,the staff was very helpful and friendly.food was very good,great variety,the only thing I did not like was the sausages in the morning.gardens are beautiful,entertainment every night to suit all.Will definitely be going back again,really fab holiday."
- Travel date: Sun 22nd of July 2012
we have just come back from the pedro fr...
"we have just come back from the pedro from the monent we arrived it was a total nitemare they didnt have any rooms for us there was 20 familys that we know about they said it was because of a cancelled flight we all later found out it was because there had been a spanish festival we got sent to alhoa porta which is said to be a 4 star NEVER we got back to the pedro the next day we were given a room on the bottom floor all the view we had was a brick wall. the room my daughter got with my 7 month grandson the air condition brokr down they kept saying that it had been fixed at 10 oclock at night we got the nite shift enginer he said she would need to go out the room as it was to warm she got moved it hadnt been looked at all day next day they had to get an outside firm in to repair it it lasted 5 days then broke again the food was terrible we had 3 meals we enjoyed from the 2 weeks we were there we didnt find the reception staff any help wot so ever it was ok if u were spainsh they got a doctor for my grandson but didnt inform us we would need to pay 80 euros for him to come out they then said they would get the police it was just a total shambles for the whole 2 weeks we were never as glad that a holiday had come to an end we certainly wont be back and wouldnt recomend it to anyone
- Travel date: Sat 12th of July 2008