we found the playabonita a lovely hotel,very clean and not at all dated as some reviews have stated. the public area were spotless and the rooms cleaned daily to a very high standard.The bedrooms have 2 double beds,a bath and shower,and a balcony overlooking the sea.
the staff were all very pleasant and child friendly, especially the restaurant staff. they definately appreciate a few words of spanish,even if its only 'gracias'! no problem with the all inclusive service,yes you have to sign for each purchase but the waiters have a pen ready and its no trouble.
childrens club looked good-lots of different activities, but as the other children attending were all spanish, my son only attended a few times. the staff can all speak some english but he would have preferred to be able to talk to other children. parrot show and birds of prey show at lunchtime once a week which he enjoyed, and evening mini disco and entertainment was as good as you usually get but shows a bit late for our 5yr old, starting at 10.30.
food-huge choice and no problems with undercooked meat.we had one vegetarian in party and as he doesn't eat fish,there wasn't a huge choice but he managed to find something every day!
courtesy bus still runs a few times a day but local bus goes from directly outside hotel every half hour to fuengirola, torremolinos and benalmadena centre for just over 1 euro. very reliable service.
supermarket and a few bars within 5 mins walking distance but generally a quiet location - suited us fine.
recommend trip to fuengirola zoo-not huge but really well laid out. reception offer discounted tickets.
lots of different nationalities at hotel, no rowdiness at night, lovely family holiday.
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- 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