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“Stay away from the grey haired barman”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Hotel San Fermin

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Hotel San Fermin
Ranked #29 of 45 Hotels in Benalmadena
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“Stay away from the grey haired barman”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2012 via mobile

Me and my partner stayed here from the 2nd to the 9th of October , we know benalmadena very well having stayed there quite a few times and the area is looking a bit tired due to the amount of bars that have shut down but we still love it . The San fermin is very clean and check in is very prompt , we paid 219 quid for the week half board and I must say it was excellent value for money . A couple of bad points this hotel is very Spanish / French orientated which didn't bother us much until we went to the bar for a drink the barman that served us was an absolute waste of space waited 20 minutes to be served as he was serving everybody else bar the English and it happened to other Brits who stayed there, and this happened all week he is a total let down for the hotel as the other staff who were brilliant ( this barman had grey hair and glasses you'll know who I mean when you see him, jumped up little hitler ) the food is ok for what you pay, you'll find something to eat . Breakfast was same again except they don't do sausages which I find strange . The hotel is looking a bit tired and in need of decoration and the entertainment is crap all geared up for Spanish , top prize at bingo is a cup of coffee you get my drift . All in all excellent for what you pay , just stay away from the crank barman with the grey hair he will try and ruin your holiday , up the Brits lol .

  • Stayed October 2012
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2012

Just returned from San Fermin, 3 days half board. Hotel great location, hill not a problem, 15min walk to lovely marina, short walk to beach.
Room not huge or very modern, but spotless clean. I asked for a south facing balcony on booking and got one! Beds made each day and fresh towels if required (put towels in the bath)
Food was the only let down, not great, although we always found something, it just wasnt the best, defo only 3 star food.
Drink very cheap in bar, and overall a nice atmosphere in hotel.
Will be back.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 9, 2012

just returned on sun the 7th nov really enjoyed are stay the hotel staff,rooms,pool area ,food all very acceptable always something for every body to select from buffet selection,very good value for money that we payed,would use this hotel again

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with friends
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Pontefract, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 1, 2012

this hotel is very good value for money.stayed for nine nights found the food too be o/k for the money paid for H/B.You have to pay for sun beds in some ways it was good idea has you can get one at any time with out getting up early to but your towel on the bed the price is two euro.there was a lot off Spanish and french arriving in .coaches making the dinning room a bit noise The bed room was clean and tide have stayed at this hotel before and found it a good value hotel,

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 21, 2012

Found this Hotel exceptionally good value, room wasd basic but very clean with free air conditioning, public areas were also very clean, we found the staff pleasent and helpful, we were on a half board basis and food was both varied and plentifull with a good choice of both salads and hot food, pool area was very nice and yes you do pay 2 euros a day for a sunbed but by doing this you were guaranteed one, they did not all have towels on by 8am in the morning and remain unused for most of the day !!!!!. Overall we were very impressed with the quality of this Hotel for the price we paid and I would deffinately stay there again and recommend it, it is not luxurious but both comfortable and clean.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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New Delhi, India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2012

we took a flight from barcelona to Malaga and then took a bus from outside the airport. The bus drops you right outside the road leading up to the hotel. Please beware that you need to climb up about 100 mtrs up a steep hill to reach the hotel.

the best part about the hotel is its proximity to a lot of eateries on the main road. all types of cuisines can be found on the road. the beach is literally 10 mins walk and is pretty clean. the cable car is also a walkable distance away- about 15-20 mins. the cable car was the best thing we experienced in benalmadena.

the hotel pool was also nice and clean.

all in all we would recommend this hotel for families and couples. nice quiet clean place!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2012

Stayed at the hotel for 2 weeks with my wife, and anything we requested from our travel agent was fulfilled by the hotel, including sea views and top floor.
On the second day, we asked if we can upgrade the bed and breakfast to bed and lunch, and we were asked to pay a very small price difference for the 2 weeks duration. A price that we were more than happy to pay, for the variety of food that was on offer, in the form of a buffet.
The room was very clean, towels changed 7 days a week, staff were very helpful and friendly, and the entertainment was enjoyable.
The adults swimming pool was large, there is also a childrens swimming pool, and the garden was mostly grass, nicely decorated and big. There were plenty of activities for the adults, including, Tennis, Footbal, Shooting, Archery, Table tennis and water polo (on the shallow end).
Brian the entertainment manager, in particular, worked very hard, to get all visitors to participate in all the activities that the hotel offered, and was very popular. He spoke perfect English too. When Brian was not around, Marie, his helper, did her best to cover.
The evening shows, arranged by Brian and Marie, were very entertaining , we particularly enjoyed the comedy sketches and Flamenco show.
There were also plenty of activities for the children, including evening shows, such as magic and parrot shows.
The hotel is only 10-15 minutes walk from the marina, and less than 5 minutes from the beach, with a lovely walk by the sea all the way to the marina.
Some negative points, the hotel is located on a rather steep hill, but only for a very short duration. The beds, though seem to be new and firm, are very squeaky, but did not bother us too much, as we were comfortable in the room.
This year, our kids were on their own holiday , next year however, we have decided to bring them with us, to stay in this hotel ,now that we know , it is child accommodating for them as well.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Hotel San Fermin
Address: Calle San Fermin 11, 29630, Benalmadena, Spain
Location: Spain > Andalucia > Province of Malaga > Costa del Sol > Benalmadena
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#14 On the Beach Hotel in Benalmadena
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel San Fermin 3*
Number of rooms: 316
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