We have just returned from a weeks stay at the Vista De Rey and really enjoyed it. Yes, the hotel is not in Benalmedena, but it does have other benefits.
We stayed in room 317 and it looked like it had recently been refurbished. This is the second and top floor. Had a large balcony and every room had a sea view. Kitchen was very modern with a double halogen hob, microwave, fridge, kettle and toaster. There is no corkscrew and the can opener was pre-historic and lethal, so take your own if needed. No draining board and no tea towel provided, but washing-up liquid and a scourer provided.
Bathroom had shower, bidet, toilet and sink. Water was very hot and you only need the bar at the middle point. Shower was excellent.
In the main room we had 2 single beds, a big wardrobe with plenty of hangers, safe (4 euro's a day with a 10 euro returnable deposit), air-conditioning, sofa bed, desk/chair, tv and cabinet. There was no extra charge for the TV or air-conditioning. Not many english speaking channels, mainly Paramont on channel 9 and Nitro. If you like football go to Marco TV on channel 20 as we picked up quite a number of spanish matches on it.
The main negative point is that there is only 1 restaurant (Lucena II), 1 bar (La Chica) and 1 supermarket (Supersave), which also had a cafe in it. The bar was great, english run, nicely decorated, had sky tv and very friendly. Lucena 11 is at the bottom of the hill which is a 5 minute walk under the bridge. Menu in english and was great.
The supermarket was also a few minutes walk down a slight slope, was well stocked with a mixture of english and continental goods and prices were good. The cafe in the supermarket seemed very popular and we saw quite a lot of spanish eating there. The hill is not that bad, and as mentioned in a previous review you can take some steps to the top and then its pretty flat as you walk to the front of the hotel.
Hotel reception was very clean, nicely decorated and everyone spoke good english and they were all really friendly. There is also a bar, book library and leaflets. There is no hairdryer in the room, but just ask at reception. Did say in the guest book in the room that a deposit was required, but I wasn't asked for one.
Big positive is that literally outside the hotel front door is the main train line from Malaga. You don't hear the trains in your room, they come every 20 minutes and cost 1.70 each way. It doesn't need to cost you a fortune to get around, if you plan well. Basically if we took the train we would be out for the day and eat before returning to the apartment.
We also did a trip to Gibralter which we booked in Benalmadena, and they picked us up on the main room at the bus stop opposite the Playa Bonita hotel, which took us under 10 minutes to walk to.
The cleaners come in every 3 days to change the towels and bedding, so you are quite self-sufficient but we preferred that and reception was always available if we needed anything.
Overall, we really enjoyed our stay. We had great accommodation, brilliant trips, a great train service on our doorstep and very friendly and helpful hotel staff.
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- Also Known As:
- Vista De Rey Benalmadena, Costa Del Sol, Spain