The Playabonita is a nice hotel situated within meters of the beach and so ideal for families. The beach is divided in to 2 small coves and therefore safe, however, it is advisable to wear shoes as in some areas there are sharp rocks and sea anemones. The beaches are sandy and even at the height of the season not too busy, however, there is very little shade. The Spanish come to the beach equipped with tents and parasols.
The pool area has more shade as there are palm trees and sun bed with umbrellas, but to get a place you need to be there before 10.00. However, it is less busy from around 14.00 onwards.
The hotel is clean and the rooms a reasonable size and all have a terrace over looking the sea, however, the air conditioning doesn't work very well, instead there is a ceiling fan that is reasonably effective as long as the door to the terrace is open, which is fine during the day, but from early evening until midnight the entertainment is so loud that it is impossible to even attempt sleep unless all the windows and doors are closed.
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Unless you have an 'all inclusive' package you have to pay for all drinks, including water, at dinner.
The hour free wifi in the reception area doesn't work well. Wifi is available in rooms at a cost of €6 for 24hrs or €30 per week.
Trips can be organised from the hotel reception, surrounding cities, Gibraltar and Tangiers, and are reasonably priced, but must be paid in cash and there is no ATM in the hotel.
There are very few shops within walking distance of the hotel, however, there is a very good bus service to both Fuengirola and Benalmadina, and taxis are also a reasonable price. €10 from Benalmadina back to the hotel
The overall standard of food in the hotel is very good, there are excellent selections for both breakfast and dinner and you would have to be incredibly fussy not to find anything that you liked. The service in the dinning area is also very good, a little tip though; if you are going for a late breakfast or dinner it will be very busy as the Spanish tend to eat very late for both meals.
Overall we all really enjoyed our holiday at this hotel and I would recommend it to anyone going with a family or older couples, it is not for the 18-30 revellers, which I am more than happy with.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Playabonita Hotel Benalmadena, Costa Del Sol, Spain
- Hotel Playabonita