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“A lovely relaxing holiday for both myself and my wife. The staff very helpful and courteous and the food delicious.”
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Playabonita Hotel
Ranked #17 of 45 Hotels in Benalmadena
Reviewed July 1, 2012

We stayed in the hotel and immediately noticed that we were the only UK residents but I found that their family values could teach us a few things. The children were well behaved and it made the holiday enjoyable. We will look forward to coming here again when we can. Thank you to all the staff who remained courteous and professional.

  • Stayed: September 2011
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1  Thank Thunderrook
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P-Stor, Gerente at Playabonita Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded August 1, 2012

Dear Guests,

It is a pleasure for us to know that your stay in our hotel as pleasant as you indicate. Your comment makes us feel proud of the work done on a daily basis, with the only aim of satisfying the needs of our guests.

We stay in your entire disposal and hope that you return to visit us in other occasions, meanwhile we will continue working in achieving our goal that is that our guests enjoy their stay along their holiday in our establishment.

Diego Aquaro
Gerente Playabonita Hotel

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Reviewed June 18, 2012

We have just returned from a weeks stay at 'The Playabonita' hotel. We travelled as a group of nine, consisting of 7 adults and 2 children, to celebrate my 50th birthday.
On booking this hotel we were a bit apprehensive due to the amount of negative reviews, however on arrival these concerns were soon forgotten.
It was just a 20-30 minute transfer from the airport and as we walked into reception it was clean and airey, and the sea views from the reception area were amazing.
Were had five rooms all allocated close together on the ninth floor. The rooms were clean and the views from the balcony were to die for.
The staff in both the restaurant and bars were very polite and efficent, and after getting to know us were great fun, especially Leo.
The hotel is situated a little bit out of Benalmadena, on the road to Fuengirola, but this isn't a problem as outside the hotel there is a bus stop with buses running every 20 minutes. There is also a taxi rank.
The hotel caters for a mixture of nationalities, british,german,spanish,french and russian.
The entertainment was a bit hit and miss, however as i went here to spend quality time with my family it didn't really matter. Although my 2 year old grandaughter really enjoyed the mini disco!
The food in the restaurant was varied and there was always lots of choice and was to a good standard.
A few minute walk along the promenade was the pool. The pool was clean, with two slides, great for kids. The pool itself is fenced and gated, so you need your room card to get in. And this a great idea as the pool doesn't open until 10am so there is no reserving of sunbeds. And there is always a lifeguard on duty.
The hotel has also got a beach which is always kept clean and at weekends you get alot of spanish families which is really nice.
We have been to costa del sol many times and love it. Spain is a great place for a family vacation and we will go back as soon as we can and stay at the playabonita.

Room Tip: high floors
  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with family
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8  Thank badtorro
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Management response:Responded June 25, 2012

Dear Guests,

First of all thank you for your comments, because it is the best way to learn about the experiences of our guests during your holiday.

We once again thank you and are looking forward welcoming you to any of our establishments

Diego Aquaro
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Reviewed June 10, 2012

did 10 nights all inclusive at start of June 12, with wife and kids aged 6 & 8. only 20 mins transfer from airport but not in flight paths so no nuisance noise, and hotel is wonderfully situated equidistant between fuengirola & benalmadena, so you are away from the gritty hustle & bustle of a city. more importantly, the hotel is on the beach and every room a sea view, we were on 11th (top floor) so view was breathtaking. hotel was spectacularly clean, and the waiters couldn't do more for you, and were extremely cheerful throughout our stay. the beaches were great, with clear sea, and the pool was brilliant. more than enough sunbeds so you wouldn't have to fret about getting one. also had an almost-deserted indoor pool, jacuzzi, and gym so it felt like it was exclusive to us! likewise the dining room always had more than enough tables to choose from. he food was really good and there was always something nice for all of us to choose. yes brits are probably the lesser nationality, the majority were spanish and then german, but that suits us down to the ground as the more brits there are, the worse your hol seems to be (coincidence?). entertainment was so-so but i got the feeling that was because the hotel was not yet at full capacity, but they still made an effort. brilliant bus and train links right next to the hotel should you wish to venture out, and an english-owned kwiksave round the corner for your home comforts! benalmadena has a gorgeous marina, and we got a boat from there across to fuengirola (1 hour, 28 euro for all 4) and then bus back to right outside the hotel. We've had a few family hols now, and this is the first hotel we said we would not hesitate to come back to - and that was by the 2nd night! as well as us adults loving it, the main thing was that the kids had a ball, so that made it complete for us. we also made good friends with others there, with like-minded families. couldn't find anything bad to say about the hotel or resort. the only negative thing was having to return home!

Room Tip: the higher floor the better, just for the great view
  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with family
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12  Thank Ste1978
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Management response:Responded June 25, 2012

Dear Guests,

Thank you so much for sharing your experience with us. Please Know that it is our aim that you spend the best days of your holidays with us and this is what we are working for and trying to improve every day.

We once again thank you and are looking forward welcoming you to any of our establishments.

Diego Aquaro
Gerente Playabonita Hotel

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Reviewed May 29, 2012

Just returned from two weeks stay at the playabonita, hotel situated so near the beach, I would open the balcony door and listen to the sea. quite pleasant. Food not to my taste, but the hotel caters mainly for german and spanish tourists. room cleaned every day to a very high standard. cleaning staff very helpful and friendly. Most of the guests being either german or spanish, and the location, did become a bit of a drawback, for a solo holiday, not the best idea, but that was my fault. There did not seem to be much in the way of entertainment,in the evening, so most nights it was a case of walking or catching a bus into benalmandena,last one around 11pm. I would not stay at this hotel again, as being on my own and the location, made for a fairly isolated holiday. but generally the hotel was fine.

Room Tip: I was situated on the top floor, at the end of the corridor, made for a very quite and peaceful stay...
  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled solo
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Management response:Responded June 25, 2012

Dear Guests,

First of all thank you for your comments, because it is the best way to learn about the experiences of our guests during your holiday.

The hotel is not located in the Centre of Benalmádena, but we have a great accessibility and transport facilities.

We will have very much in mind your impressions and we will work to improve these points marked so that in the next visit your perception of the product received is entirely satisfactory.

Diego Aquaro
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Reviewed May 12, 2012

Excellent view to the Mediterranean from all the rooms. Very quiet place, near Between Benalmadena and FUENJIROLA.. No another tourisits. I like the hotel. it would be better if they cook more different desserts, cakes and so on. Good choice for breakfast, tasty pancakes. the perfect place for people from noisy cities and towns. would be back sometime.

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled with family
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Management response:Responded June 25, 2012

Dear Guests,

Thank you so much for sharing your experience with us. Please Know that it is our aim that you spend the best days of your holidays with us and this is what we are working for and trying to improve every day.

We will have very much in mind your impressions and we will work to improve these points marked so that in the next visit your perception of the product received is entirely satisfactory.

Diego Aquaro
Gerente Playabonita Hotel

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Reviewed February 22, 2012

We have just come back after staying at the PlayaBonita, my husband and myself were the only UK residents, the majority were German, some French and Spanish. There was no provision for English speaking guests, all the notices (i.e. welcome board, safety notices etc) were in either Spanish or German. The hotel was very clean, our room quite small, dominated by two double beds, lea ving little room to walk round. You need to time your visit to the dinning room very carefully as it can be very busy, you will have to wall around to try and find a table. The food was plentiful, but, not to our taste and not too warm. Breakfast was the same for the seven days. We found the staff very helpful and some did speak english. The hotel is very well situated right on a very pleasant small beach, it could be very busy in the warmer seasons. As we several holidays a year in Belamadena we know the area well and usually enjoy the experience, this holiday was not one of the best.

Room Tip: If you want to see the area hire a car, as the hotel is situated on a busy road. although nthere nis...
  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled as a couple
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P-Stor, Gerente at Playabonita Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded March 15, 2012

Dear Guests,

Thank you for taking the time to provide your feedback regarding our hotel. I am certainly disappointed that your stay was not all what it could have been.

The hotel is contracted mostly by a Tour operator with German and French guests, reason why your information her published in those languages, but the rest of information published by the hotel is located in several languages, including English.

We will have very much in mind your impressions and we will work to improve these points marked so that in the next visit your perception of the product received is entirely satisfactory.

Diego Aquaro
Gerente Playabonita Hotel

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Reviewed November 1, 2011

The hotel is suited for masses of tourists and if you are looking for some personal space to enjoy your holiday then this is not the place. The buffet is simple and tasteless and it is aimed at mass production and consumption. The hotel is simply too far from any amenities and even though there is a bus stop close by which takes one to the nearby Torremolimos and the many shops and restaurants it is inconvenient.
Staff have limited English comprehension so not easy to convey a message.
Rooms are okay and they do have sea views that are awesome but to enjoy this one has to endure the noisy neighbours.
Not the place for us.

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled as a couple
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P-Stor, Gerente at Playabonita Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded November 11, 2011

Dear Guests,

First of all thank you for your comments, because it is the best way to learn about the experiences of our guests during your holiday.

We regret not covering your expectations and we will be delighted if you offer us the opportunity to return to have you back in any of our establishments.

Diego Aquaro
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Address: Crta. N-340 Km. 217 - Urbanizacion Torremuelle, 29639, Benalmadena, Spain
Location: Spain > Andalucia > Province of Malaga > Costa del Sol > Benalmadena
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#10 On the Beach Hotel in Benalmadena
#14 Luxury Hotel in Benalmadena
Price Range: $78 - $313 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Playabonita Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 334
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Playabonita Hotel enjoys a beachfront location, next to the pedestrianised seafront and 600 metres from Benalmadena train station. ... more   less 
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