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Holiday Village
Ranked #18 of 45 Hotels in Benalmadena
Reviewed October 18, 2012

I stayed at this hotel for a week with myself and my partner and my friend and her partner. I went all inclusive and got this hotel as a last minute deal in the travel agents who told me that it was amazing, however after reading some of the reviews I was concerned about going. The reps were very helpful from the moment we landed and we managed to get on the transfer bus fairly easily and it was about a 20minute bus journey where you fill in a form on the bus so its quicker to check in when you get there. We were in our rooms by 10pm and all the resturants to get food were closed which was rather dissapointing but there was a meal in the fridge from the hotel but if im honest it didnt look all that nice, so we left it and just got snacks from the vending machines. We woke up the next day and went down to breakfast and despite the reviews about the food, it was very nice and there was so much to choose from and it was the same for lunch and dinner always alot of choice and the food was nice! There is also a snack bar which is very useful if you want a snack, they do pizzas, hotdogs, toasties and so forth which was all good too. We went around the last week of september and the weather was amazing! it rained our first full day there but it certainly became hotter as the week past despite the hot weather, the pools were freezing, but the hot weather made up for it, the beach club is great! we also payed to go in the VIP zone which was a great day as you get drinks brought to you every 45 minutes and free bottle of champagne, we got a deal on it and it was 30euros for 4 of us for the hole day untill the beach club closed. The one thing about the beach club is that you have to take your room key with you everythime you want to get a drink, which is abit of a pain but they let people from spain pay to get in for the day so i guess it makes sense. The buses over there are cheap, however we used taxis the majority of the time and it cost about 11euors to get from the hotel to the belemadena marina! which i would definetley reccomned to anyone as its lovely there! The rooms were huge and were clean, the maid comes in everyday and put extra towels if we needed, toilet paper etc and made the bed, which was great! We did have a problem with our aircon however we alerted the hotel staff (who are amazing) and fixed it right away! The resort reps were amazing! with both adults and the children and were very helpful throughout our stay! any problems just go to them! We didnt go to the mexican resturant after reading the reviews but we went to the italian and the food was amazing! if your looking on going i would definetly go if you have children however if you dont and you dont want children running round then this hotel is not for you! Also if you were going to go i recommened you go all inclusive as you drink and eat so much and it is quite expensive if you have to pay, also another point is that all incluisve ends at midnight which is a bit of a pain as you would expect it untill later at least. Overall we had the best time and would defiently recommned it to anyone, the hotel is great and the staff are amazing! and we had the best time so dont be put off by the bad reviews!

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 17, 2012

weve just returned from a week at the holiday village, room was a bit dissapointing the settee which my son was meant to sleep on was threadbare, the bathroom wasnt very clean and we had to ask for clean towels and loo roll as we hadnt been left any, otherwise it was spacious two large beds in bedroom plenty of wardrobe space, and a kitchenette with fridge toaster and kettle, food ok, but coffe awful and milk for breakfast was not cold and tasted sweet so we bought our own milk from hotel supermarket each day 2.5 euros. outside was really lovely especially for young children, but if you go over the bridge to the pools, which is a lovely area (one area was set up for a wedding and looked beautiful) you can get drinks included but not food which we found unfair as there was food if you wanted to pay for it, i imaginge it to be really hectic at the height of summer. If you want to go into fengurola dont go on a sunday as all shops closed.
holiday village is not near anything so you need to get a taxi or a bus into belamadena, fengorola etc.

Room Tip: pay extra for pool view although this is unfair and you should just be able to request one if availa...
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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 16, 2012

We booked our holiday at the last minuite and had a brilliant time. We have two children 8 and 6 and they loved every minuite of their holiday. Kids clubs fantastic,i 5 live brilliant and Amy has so much energy she really gets the kids going. The swimming pools are cold but once your in not to bad. The rooms are okay nothing speacil but comfortable. The food wasnt that good for us but my husband is a chef by trade so we are fussy. The first choice team are amazing from the airport through to the entertainment. They were so organised and friendly. The only thing I would say to first choice is if they are going to do all inclusive holidays they need to explain to the bar staff we have pre-paid for our drinks and they are not free. I found the attitude of some of them very rude(not the beach club bar staff they were brilliant). All the other staff in the hotel were friendly always a hello and a smile. There was a bit of sickness on the second week but to be fair when you have a massive hotel and lots of children its going to happen.Over all we really did have a fantastic time and we would go again. thankyou to first choice and all the staff who made a family from cornwall very happy!!

Room Tip: pay extra and get a pool view we didnt and wish we had
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Reviewed October 15, 2012 via mobile

after reading loads off not so good reviews i wasn't looking forward to going but the kids couldnt wait so we arrived at night had to stop on the way to drop people off wasn't happy as my 2 young girls were tired so when we got to our hotel it was great check in was very quick our room was lovely so big had every thing we needed they even put fresh food in the fridge because we got there so late the first few days were great the pool it the best thing and the club across the bridge is good for older kids aswell it's a short walk over a bridge the food was fine loads to choose from am very fussy so stuck to things i no they had a snack bar that had food aswell from 11 -6 so that was good you will never go hungry at this hotel the only problem i had was its in the middle of no wear unless you get a bus witch was no more that €1.55 the hotel shop is a little expensive glad we packed some goodies it's defo good value for money and think we would go back the staff are great cleaned are room every day so enjoy if you are going :-)

  • Stayed: October 2012
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Reviewed October 14, 2012

Holiday Village Costa del Sol
Benalmadena, Costa Del Sol

As a mature couple, we booked this as a last minute October late deal - worth the pennies paid. Even though it wasn’t true All Inclusive as we have experienced elsewhere, we had a good break with some great weather.
After a late evening arrival, the hotel restaurant was closed for the day - instead, we had been left inedible microwave meals in our apartment fridge.
Apartment bathroom is large & includes two showers (water temperature can fluctuate) & a bath, two comfy double beds in bedroom and lots of storage, lounge /dining room, kitchen & balcony (some apartments overlook a well used train line. Two doors opening onto the balcony do not ‘lock’ so could be opened by little hands. Sofa bed in lounge was very tatty & faded).
Main restaurant had an excellent choice & quality of foods including two hot plates where additional meat etc. are cooked – my favourite place for breakfast as back bacon and eggs/omelettes cooked fresh!! Always lots of salads, breads and fruit available at each service; breakfast 0730 – 1000, lunch 1230 – 1430 & dinner 1830 - 2130. You can only use the restaurant once for each sitting as key card is scanned as you wait to be seated by staff. We rarely saw Antibacterial hand gel by restaurant door used by patrons or staff and a notice states no food to be taken out of restaurant :-(
Poolside snack bar outside, open 1100 - 1800 offering cold and hot foods (we often saw flies feasting on some of the cold food trays – food trays are replaced regularly so grab your snacks then!)
Coffee served at hotel & bars is very bitter. The only All Inclusive snacks available after 1800 are luncheon meat (?) or cheese sandwiches served from the main bar – they are made in bulk, covered on top of the bar. Some drinks (slush puppies, cappuccino etc.) have to be paid for.
As far as we could tell, Mexican and Italian restaurants serve same food as main restaurant .
Swimming pools of varying depths & kids clubs during day & evening.
Very little adult entertainment - 'crazy golf' is good fun though!!
Walk over the gated bridge (open 1000 – 1800, it crosses a dual carriageway separating hotel from additional pools, football pitches etc.) There is a bar but you need to show your hotel key card to obtain drinks – they serve a ‘Bob Marley’ cocktail here which is lush! (This bar does not serve snacks or ice-creams unless you want to pay for them. Large rubber rings for water slide etc. are also to be paid for. There are large speakers playing loud music, dotted around the many sun bed/seating areas so can be quite noisy).
All hotel & bar staff were very polite, helpful & friendly, speaking and understanding English. We found hotel and grounds were kept clean and tidy at all times with bar staff also clearing tables & bar areas promptly.
Picnic bags ordered the day before they are needed were adequate/good.
You have to wear swim hats to use indoor pool and Jacuzzi – take your own or pay 3 Euros each. Sauna etc. cost 6 Euros for each.

Local bus stop outside the village on the dual carriageway, just past the bigger of two 'elephant' roundabouts – local buses are clean, cheap and regular!
Bus to Fuengirola bus station (1.55 Euro each). Lovely beaches & a large supermarket near the bus station. FlandriaBus operate kiosk just inside bus station. Served by a friendly English couple they offer great value coach trips. Gibraltar for 14 Euros per adult. Once in Gib. walk to the cable cars & pay 9 Euro return to take the cable car to the top of the rock and see the monkeys and amazing views. Also from Fuengirola bus station u can take a local bus to the old town of Mijas(a few Euro each) – lots of walking, great snacks (try the warm sugar coated roasted almonds!) and scenery.

Room Tip: request a top floor - quieter
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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 14, 2012

Had a fantastic week here at the beginning of October. Rooms clean, staff friendly, nice food and great location. Our two girls loved it and so did we. First choice reps were great and entertainments team are amazing xxx

Room Tip: We paid for a pool view and it was well worth it x
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Reviewed October 13, 2012

We have returned from this Hotel yesterday and have to say the place is brilliant - large spacious rooms, balcony/terrace and eveyrthing you need to hand - 4* not sure (but in comparison to Sentido Punta Del Mar - then yes 4*)

Unfortunately as we travelled as a couple we were somewhat inconvenienced by the overwhelming amount of kids who dominated the entire holiday (on two occasions the same child was sick in front of us - on the floor - and this was left for someone else to clean up) not very nice - also the seating arragements for meals was bizarre as we were herded into the dining room and shown a seat in a corner - and usually amongst screaming, crying, coughing, noisy kids - until my partner requested on each occasion a seat away from all the bedlam, and the staff duly obliged.

The Hotel does cater as far as possible for all holiday makers but as with these type of holidays kids take priority - maybe an adults only section/entertainment area could be allocated to cater for the couples who do not have hoards of kids with them and would seek solace away from the chaos

And please First Choice sort the airport check in system - after queuing for what seemed like ages behind a couple chatting to a man in the queue and not moving forward, the man who was 1 away from check in duly waived across all his family from the next queue as he was at the front before them in our queue and they consisted of approximately 6 people, a child and a pram, we were understandably not impressed!!!

I would recommend the hotel for families and people who dont mind children screaming and generally misbehaving all day - but maybe the parents should take more notice of what their children are getting up to whilst on holiday instead of letting them run wild

All in all the hotel is good and facilities are adequate but as always there are down sides

Room Tip: higher rooms with pool/sea view are better ocated
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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Address: Avenida del Sol | P.k. 215,6, 29630, Benalmadena, Spain
Location: Spain > Andalucia > Province of Malaga > Costa del Sol > Benalmadena
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#6 Spa Hotel in Benalmadena
#15 Luxury Hotel in Benalmadena
Price Range: $56 - $104 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Holiday Village 4*
Number of rooms: 360
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