Riu Ferrara Hotel

, Torrox, Spain
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Riu Ferrara Hotel

, Torrox
4 star

Rooms: 319

Paseo Marítimo de Ferrara, s/n - Torrox - 29793 - Spain 952531803
95 Traveller

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Great service and staff
Submitted by: James in 23/02/07
  • Age Group: 31 - 40
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Young & Single
The hotel room was very comfortable and the food was good also, and the service from the staff was good also.

Historical Traveller Reviews of Riu Ferrara Hotel

Beautiful Hotel

from Stevev
Have just returned form this excellent hotel having enjoyed an 8 night stay there.
First impressions are very good, beautiful lobby/reception and glass of champagne/orange juice on check-in.
Room was lovely, we booked a high/sea view room via hotel's own web site and probably got one of the best room's in the hotel. Right in the centre of the hotel on the 5th floor!

They operate a policy of assigning you to one of the 2 restaurant times for dinner, either 6:30pm or 8:30pm. They tried to put us on the later but we simply said we had a 3 year old with us and they swapped us to the earlier. Even better is that you are given a table that is yours for the entire stay so no mad rushes to get a table for dinner. A simple and very effective idea.

Don't understand previous posting, the dinners were superb.
Every night we had a choice of 2 soups, pasta with bolognese or carbonara sauces, freshly made pizzas, paella full of fish, carved while you waited pork or chicken & show cooking in the middle for beef, veal, fried fish etc.... Vegetarian choices, chips, boiled potatoes and tons of beautiful salads in the middle of the restaurant. Fresh bread aplenty as well and usual choices of ice creams and cold puddings you get in Med hotels. Simply outstanding and staff always were friendly wishing us a nice meal and very chatty. Wonderful!

The hotel Asst Manager even came round halfway through the week with a clipboard asking us if we were enjoying our stay and for feedback!! This hotel really takes its standards seriously. The cleaners were checked on as well and all said hello every morning.

The beds were very comfortable although I will say we like slightly firmer mattresses. We slept very well though as did my father and his wife in the room next door.
What helps enormously is that all the rooms and corridors are carpeted so the whole hotel is very quiet.

The evening entertainment was much enjoyed on the whole, we had a brilliant Abba night, Magician and a Flemenco show which was superb. There was a keyboard and singer evening a couple of times which was probably only average and aimed at the “older generation” judging by the songs they were covering but a lot of the more elderly got up to dance which was good to see.
There are only 2 hotel supplied entertainers and they did a couple of excellent shows on their own. One of them does the normal 8pm kiddies disco which our 3 year old loved and was a reason we chose this over the Riu Monica in Nerja,

Lastly, location. We chose this hotel in Torrox based entirely on the reviews here because we wanted a quieter location especially over the Easter break. I have included a picture of the promenade in my review which was fine and adjacent to a nice beach. We have been on better beaches in the Med but it was very nice all the same. The hotel grounds are beautiful as is the whole architecture of the place, much nicer than the usual bland white high rise.

In all honesty though I would not take my teenage kids to this hotel since there is next to nothing for children of that age. In fact I probably wouldn’t take kids above 11 since there are no games rooms and only 1 Internet connected pc for them to MSN their friends!! Also Torrox itself is a basic Promenade with only a few shops and restaurants.
By the way, as mentioned before, we had a car hire from Malaga airport and parked in the “scrubland” car park next to the hotel rather than pay to use the hotel’s underground car park. Also you get a mini bar in the rooms so we bought a carton of milk from the supermarket up the road, stuck it in the mini bar, took our travel kettle with us and so had tea with fresh milk every morning. Very British I know but important all the same!!

So whilst it was perfect for our families and our 3 year old, if you like lots of lively late night entertainment (it finishes about 10:30pm in this hotel) and lots of lively pubs and shops then the Riu Ferrara and Torrox is not for you. If however you want a plush hotel with good food, excellent rooms and friendly staff in a quiet location and haven’t got kids above 11 then I would highly recommend this hotel.

Weather was a bit “iffy” at end of March – early April but we loved it here. When it was cloudy we simply drove to Nerja/caves or down to the big shopping centre down the road which has a huge Dunnes or up in to the mountains and had a nice lunch in Frigliana.

Lastly we booked via Hotel’s own website with cheap BA flights and car hire so package was half the Thompson’s advertised price so it’s worth as always doing your homework beforehand.

Nice Hotel, Terrible Food, Uncomfortable Beds and lied to

from tripk
The Hotel Riu Ferrara is impressive when you first arrive, and I thought I'd made an excellent choice (with the help of TripAdvisor, of course). The hotel's public areas are immaculate. The hotel lobby is spacious and well appointed. It looks out across an equally large and attractive pool area onto the Med.

The problem with this hotel is what lies beneath the shiney exterior.

Food -- The breakfast is really not bad at all. Lots of pastry (not the best, but there's lots of it), fruit, yoghurt, eggs, meat, etc. Really no complaints.

Dinner is another story -- It's fine if you want pasta or pizza, but the cooked dishes were not nice at all, with everying seemingly cooked atop a large flat grill. If you're expecting nice fresh, light Mediteranean food, you'll be disappointed.

Beds -- The rooms are nice. Well appointed and very clean. However, if you have a bad back at all AVOID this hotel at all costs. The mattresses are some of the most unconfortable I've ever slept (or not) on. My wife and I wound up taking the mattress off the platform (no box spring here), lining the mattress with extra blankets from housekeeping and sleeping on the floor!

To make matters worse, the front desk was unresponsive, rude and--in the end--lied to us about their efforts to deal with this situation. They claimed to have switched the mattress, but all they did was put a blanked under the sheets.

SO, Hotel Riu Ferrera -- delux on the outside, very budget where it counts IMHO.

Good to relax

from hols06
The hotel itself was very good, enough facilities to suit all adults with excellent service. I do not think it is a very child friendly place as there is not a lot to do, but if you are looking for a good hotel with good food and some entertainment then this is the place for you. The hotel is situated in a residential part of spain, not yet hit by mass tourism which is nice to a degree, but that means it lacks major activities and amenities outside of the hotel. But all in all a very satisfying and relazing stay.

Great for a quiet winter break

from Pete07
Riu Ferrara what can I say, the moment you walk in, its class hits you, from the reception to your room everthing is spotless.
We were given a sixth floor room looking out over the pool and a sea view to die for I could lie on my bed and watch the sun set. I can confirm what other reviews have said about this hotel is true and more. If any body is to at stay at this hotel in January please take a warm jacket its gets cold at night. We hired a car to get to the hotel and had no trouble in finding it either by the motorway or the coast road and there is plenty of parking spaces.
Back to the hotel coments if any one has a birthday tell the hotel reception they really spoil you at dinner, the only thing left for me to say and thats its the 4th Riu we have stayed at on the Costa Del Sol and the Riu Ferrara comes out on top in all departments

Lovely modern hotel

from ktduomo
Stayed here for one week over Christmas itself. A very relaxing stay and very impressed by food in general and the care with which our Christmas dinner buffet was served (on the 25th). The staff made it very special. An extremely confortable hotel with wonderful rooms on a very sunny part of the Andalucian Coast. Ideal for a relaxing break. Local buses a little unreliable by Andalucian standards (usually very good) although we managed to make our own way by bus from Malaga (about an hour and a half).

Nice hotel with a couple of flaws

from Hayzer
We booked this hotel through Thomson's as it was much cheaper than I could book on line myself. I had assumed we were in a room but found out on arrival we were booked into an apartment. While the apartment was fine I would have preferred a room. The bedroom in the apartment was quite small and the living area where the TV is was cramped with too much furniture. One other thing the sofa bed in the living area creaked so loudly every time you sat on it or moved it made it unusable out of respect for our neighbors peace and quiet, and being directly in front of the TV meant no TV. The bed in the bedroom was very uncomfortable very hard and ungiving. It was also a double bed not king size as I had expected, indeed it is a while since we stayed in a 4/5 star hotel that didn't have super king size beds. It was very quiet in the hotel and didn't have any noise problems at all.

As for the rest of the hotel it was great the pool and public areas were kept spotless as was the whole hotel. Most of the staff were very helpfully but I did find the barmen in the reception area bar a bit sultry and inefficient, on one occasion we waited about 25 minutes for a drink and eventually left without seeing it.

The food was OK as always after a week buffet meals all seem the same. Breakfast was fine with plenty of choice . The evening meals were in my opinion less varied and interesting. the starter/salad bar never seemed to vary much all the time we were there and the main courses could have been more varied. To wards the end of the week we found it hard to be interested in the meals.

I think I may just be getting too fussy with my expectations of a
hotel, a result of staying in some really nice hotels over the years and I felt that over all the hotel was worthy of its 4 stars a few things let it down but nothing to bad.

Would I go back ? a definite yes but to a room rather than an apartment and on B&B basis.

enjoyed it

from report88
I went with my husband in august and liked it so much we took our daughters 25 & 18 back in september. we loved the buffet breakfasts & supper, the tables outside were very nice but spoiled by smokers. When we went in august it was mostly Germans but when we went back there were a lot of heavy smoking a& drinking East Europeans. The in-hotel entertainment was awful. We hired a car from Lessaggro in Nerja (booked in advance by email both times)who had been recommended to us and i can't praise them more highly they were fantastic, they speak excellent english and make everything simple & stress free and a very reasonable price. There is a new shopping centre one stop down the motorway towards malaga which our daughters enjoyed.
the pool was a disaster area for us. People rush down and plonk towels on loungers even tho they are asked not to. I couldn't understand it - many people spent their whole holiday cooking themselves and flaunting their bodies and not even using the pool....and I can't imagine why as they were mostly oldies & mostly hugely obese. Not a pretty sight, worth avoiding. Quite interesting to walk along beach front at night - a very good portrait artist works there. Ronda (beautiful abbey/priory- don't miss it)& Granada (take your passport to Alhambra or they wont let you in - it's overrated anyway)& Frigliana (have a drink a the bar in the square up the top of the old bit)worth a trip. Overall not a cultural holiday but relaxing.
Hotel rooms very clean and pleasant. Only one english TV channel.

Best Hotel in Torrox

from DG
As mentioned above "Best Hotel in Torrox" mind you it seemed to be the only one there !!
But it certainly deserves its 4 stars.
Reception very friendly, rooms clean and spacious, very good maid service.
Also, never witnessed this before, but we had 2 separate spot checks on the rooms cleanliness by people with clip boards.
They evidently take this very seriously.
Very large pool area, spotlessly clean, normally plenty of beds and comfy pads.
The Hotel was not dominated by say, German guests, or English guests, there was truly a diverse group of nationalities, which was excellent.
Rear Hotel gates led straight out on to the Promenade which was clean and well kempt. Beach was fine up to the water line then very "pebbly"
Thus preventing the romantic hand in hand stroll along the water's edge.
Plenty of restaurants to choose from, we never had a bad meal.
Very large well stocked Supermarket across the busy road from the Hotel
Downside is there was little to do during the day. However, access to Malaga, Nerja, Granada was relatively simple, local buses, hire car etc.
Large market on Sunday morning starting right outside the Hotel.
Lots of building work off the main road, but not intrusive whether in the Hotel appartment or around the Pool.
Would definitely recommend this Hotel.

Good Value

from adejejon
Stayed for week beginning 21st October. Booked through Riu site some 4 months previously, and got better rate than any of the "usual" hotel reservation sites!
Echo most of the previous comments. One surprising reservation, we found beds very hard. Bed base not sprung, mattress directly on hard board, so woke in agony for first few nights. If you suffer from back problems, be warned!
Otherwise rooms nice size and very clean, shower excellent!
Food well cooked and good choice throughout week.
Pool area kept immaculate.
Do visit bars along sea-front promenade, in evening. Bar with pink scooter out front plays some mean blues in the evening!

Exceeded all expectations

from P.Beaumont
When we booked this fortnights holiday we felt slightly jittery because nobody seemed to have heard of Torrox, let alone stayed there. Our concerns turned out to be groundless, as we both loved Torrox ( the Hotel is in Torrox costa and the charming 11th century town is about 4kms away ), the Hotel itself was for us an absolute delight, we found all the staff extremely pleasant and very helpful, the room was spacious, comfortable, well appointed and was cleaned to a high standard every day. The swimming pool was excellent and we always managed to get a sun lounger. We greatly enjoyed the food which was always well prepared and we also thought the choice was excellent. All round we feel justified in recommending this hotel, especially to people like us whom are not keen on an overly busy resort with loads of nightclubs etc, Torrox is a nice peaceful sort of place, but by no means dead. We shall certainly return to this Hotel probably in three years time.

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Visit Nerja Take the bus to Nerja for 90cent - worth the trip.

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  • Address: Paseo Marítimo de Ferrara, s/n - Torrox - 29793 - Spain
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