We went to Balmoral in June/July 2012. At the beginning of our holiday it was a little bit cold, about half of our stay (we stayed 10 days) we haven´t go to the sea because of the wind and coldness. On the other hand, as the weather became warmer, lots of jellyfish came to the beach, so it was impossible to swim in the sea either.
The hotel itself is OK. We stayed in the last floor in a room with seaview. From the balcony we also saw the pool and mountains, so I loved the view. The rooms were nice and clean, and seemed to be reconstructed recently. The balconies were OK, except of the fact that we could look into the room of our neighbours and vice versa. The rooms have been cleaned every day.
The location of the hotel is good - the sea and beatiful beach is right across the street and nice restaurants, shops and caffes are also nearby. Unfortunately, the centre of the night life - puerto marina - is quite far away, I would say like 2 kilometres, but on the other hand, the promenade to puerto marina is nice, with a lot of restaurants and next to the sea.
We were half board. The food was not bad, nor great - I would say average. You have to pay fot the beverages. In the hotel there also were lots of children (school trips), so it was sometimes really noisy and overcrowded, that was really annoying. It was better to go to the dinning room earlier.
The pool is nice, although quite cold. There is a bar and deckchairs and during our stay, the pool area was rarely full. I didn´t like the fact that there were people who kept an eye on the hygiene - once they even told an older woman, that she has to get a shower before going to the pool. Right, they have to provide a clean pool, but this was quite unpolite and uncomfortable.
All in all, the hotel was OK, modern but small rooms, beautiful view out of the balcony, nice but quite small pool, average meal. But it was good for the price. We were content.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hotel Balmoral is located in Benalmadena on the Costa del Sol, just 50 metres from the beach and a short distance away from the Port of Benalmadena , which is a fantastic complex of bars, shops and restaurants surrounding the marina . Nearby is also the Paloma Park which is a wonderful green large park ideal for strolling through or relaxing in the lovely climate of the Costa del Sol. The hotel is ideal for both families , friends and couples, and has 210 rooms distributed over 7 floors , with the vast majority of the rooms having excellent views of the Mediterranean sea. The Hotel Balmoral has two swimming pools, one for children and the other for adults. The attractive swimming pool area has sun beds for guests along with tables with umbrellas for relaxing by the pool and enjoying the bar service available. Free Wi-Fi is available in public areas of the hotel. The hotel's restaurant offers buffet style dining with a wide range of regional, Spanish and international dishes. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- MedPlaya Hotel Balmoral Benalmadena, Costa Del Sol, Spain