We have stayed in Benalmadena a few times and last year we spent a week in the Aleysa on the coast. It does have a fine spa but apart from that, there is little to chose from La Fonda which is half the price. Both have unheated pools which are useless at this time of year and both do a comprehensive buffet breakfast. After this the similarities end. La Fonda has excellent hill top views over the coast, especially from the excellent all glass breakfast room. Here the staff are extremely helpful and friendly. The bedrooms are very warm and comfortable (average temperature during the week we stayed here was about 8ºC!) There is a good bar for late night coffee and large brandy (about €7) The restaurant does not do dinner but as the hotel is part of the Commune's catering and hotel school, it is open for an excellent popular lunch. For a treat go for one of the daily fixed price three course lunches (€31) and a bottle of fine and reasonably priced local wine. A great way to spend a couple of hours on a wet and windy day being served by lovely and enthusiastic trainees. This is top of the range cooking at "normal" prices - the added little surprise amuses bouches and tid bits are a bonus too.
The hotel is just off Plaza Espana with good nearby restaurants - La Nina and La Fuente as featured on Trip Advisor as well as cafes and bars near the bus stop. We did try the Long Horn steak restaurant too and see my review - a bit pricey compared to these others.
This is a really nice hotel in an elevated but easily accessible position in the Pueblo.