I have just returned from spending 4 nights in this wonderful hotel. I am a minimalist so this hotel suited me. If you like your old fashioned hotel with character this is not for you. I am from a hotel background myself so my expectations are high. DO pay the extra and get a suite, in my opinion there was a big difference in the standard room and junior suite. The suite has a bedroom with separate living area with sofa bed, 2 showers, 2 toilets, 2 plasma TVs. Most of their suites are duplex however I called the hotel and booked a suite on one floor (they have 4) as I have a toddler and did not want stairs. When I arrived I asked to see the Junior Class Suite which was €50 more expensive (if you are looking at photos - it has the large round sofa in the window. In my opinion the junior suites were nicer so I opted to stay where I was). The staff are all very friendly especially the tall blond lady on reception , David in the roof top bar, the restaurant staff were all lovely too.
After reading all the reviews we hired a car (absolutely a necessity - with GPS). I always use Marge from Terry’s rent a car (be careful there are two - this one is in Malaga). She may be a little more expensive but the car is waiting out side and when you arrive back at departures her son steps out and takes the car from you - so handy. We definitely needed the GPS coming in and out of Benalmadena via the small streets. There was the train which I would have availed off only for the weather was bad.
Where the hotel is based it falls under the Funengirola, the other side of the street (about 20 foot away) comes under Benalmadena. So if you are ordering a taxi for Benalmadena the hotel must call the firm in Funengirola (legally I think). We spend most of our time in Benalmadena. The Marina is beautiful, we had lunch in the Harbour Restaurant in the Marina, the food was delicious and very reasonable (they offered us a complimentary drink which was nice). Another day we ate in Jacks American Diner (upstairs in the Marina) however I found it to be quite pricey. There is an Italian next door to it that I ate in years ago and had the best lasagna ever – will try it again next time.
We went to sea world in Benalmadena and the following day travelled to the Zoo in Fuengirola. If you are going to the Zoo I wouldn’t bother with sea world as you get an opportunity to see the underwater world in the zoo (unless you are totally into sealife). I would definitely recommend the Zoo for children. We also spend some time in Malaga and Marbella (where I loved the children’s activities on the beach, bouncing castle etc).
When we were there, the weather was bad, you could hear the wind howling through the hotel but all areas were lovely and warm. Due to the time of year, the rain and the wind, one day we were in fleeces and the next day t-shirts. Thank goodness I brought a bit of everything.
I was in the Spa and would recommend it. We also used the indoor pool, it was ok but more suited to the lane swimmer than children, be careful you have to walk from the changing room down a hall to the pool (not far) but the floor gets very slippy so do wear slippers or flip flops. Because of the time of year we couldn't use the outdoor pools so that would be a bonus in the good weather.
The pool bar on the roof is out of this world and the beds the most comfortable I have been in.
Breakfast was great with a live cooking station making eggs, omelets etc to order. Great selection and something to suit everyone. I found dinner was disappointing however my partner was happy each night with his. Some of the food was only lukewarm so this is still an issue in the hotel. We always had a good lunch when we were out so dinner would only be light.
I loved the hotel but I would prefer to stay somewhere closer to the centre/ beach next time. The price of a taxi into Benalmadena (which is closer than Fuengirola) was €17 down (Fuengirola taxi that must be ordered from the hotel) and €15 home (Benalmadena taxi).
We did have one luggage bag with us and I should have remembered that the airport in Malaga on a Sunday morning is crazy. DO book speedy boarding back it is worth it. We queued for over 2 hours until our flight was announced and then they took us forward. We had to run to our gate which was closing. Too stressful for me!! Overall a lovely holiday and I was thankful I was in a beautiful hotel considering the bad weather.
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