Torremolinos, Spain -The Sol Melia group here operates 10 Costa del
Sol hotels often used by U.S. operators: seven in Torremolinos, two
in Benalmadena and one in Marbella.
The largest of the group is the dual complex of the Sol Principe
(623 double rooms) and Sol Principito (170 apartments and studios)
on Playamar Beach in Torremolinos.
The walled and guarded compound encompasses a small resort apart
from the rest of town, complete with supermarket. Incremental
renovations are under way on the Principe. On a recent visit, we
found that maintenance standards were high and grounds were well
kept. The complex has extensive children's services.
Also serving the middle market in Torremolinos are the 295-room
Sol Don Pedro, one block back from Bajondillo Beach, and the vast,
391-apartment Sol Timor, with fewer services but a more desirable
location on Carihuela Beach, near the fishing port.
Two Sol Elite properties (a step up in amenities and
furnishings) in Torremolinos also contract extensively with tour
packagers: the Aloha Puerto, with 370 rooms and a lounge, and the
443-room Don Pablo. Both properties often host business groups as
well as recreational travelers.
The most impressive of the group's offerings is the beachside
Gran Melia Don Pepe, an executive getaway hotel with 184 double
rooms and 18 suites near the center of Marbella.
The director of Andalusia regional sales for Sol Melia is Enzo
Phone: (011) 34-95-238-4922
Fax: (011) 34-95-238-4923
Sol Melia also has a corporate office in Miami.