Having booked to stay at the Holiday Village for 2 weeks at the end of September 2010 (self catering) with my young family I made the fatal mistake of reading trip advisor in the days leading up to our holiday and the tangible excitement of our first holiday abroad as a family of 4 turned to dread after reading moan after moan. Thankfully our worst fears were not realised and I can honestly say we had a genuinely good holiday. After a smooth taxi transfer from Malaga Airport we were checked in and our 2 kids were in bed sleeping within an hour of landing. The 1 bedroom apartment on the 5th floor was lovely and spacious - yes some the furniture is probably nearing the end of it's life but I wasn't buying it!! The balcony was huge and had fantastice sea views, although I would urge the hotel to reconsider the use of plants that smell like stale urine for decoration. With 2 kids under 4 dettol is a permanent fixture in our kitchen at home and if I'm being honest my wife and I were probably not totally happy with the cleanliness of the kitchen and fridge untilwe had given it a clean ourselves but 15 minutes of elbow grease took care of that. I have no idea what the other posts on this site are on about with regard to paying for beach towels and remote controls. Yes you have to either leave your credit card details or a cash deposit for these items but this is returned on their safe return at check-out. There was a charge of 2.5 euros per day for the safe but this was clearly explained in the information sent to us by First Choice and is pretty standard for most of these types of Hotels. The "Village Shop" is a total rip off and if you're going self catering with young kids I would strongy recommend you take some home comforts with you (as we did) for the kids to eat for the first couple of days until you can get to one of the big Spanish supermarkets. We hired a car through carhire 3000 for £180 for 10 days and so didn't pay through the nose for trips to Gibtaltar and the Crocodile Park in nearby Torremelinos - which our kids loved. With the car we then had the added advantage of having the freedom to go to the local (15 minute drive) Carrefor (Tescos!!) for groceries when ever it suited us - I think we spent a total of around 300 euros on food and alcohol from the supermarket. The hotel itself is very nice and the local Spanish staff work very hard keeping the place clean and tidy which believe me is no mean feat when you see how some of the guests treat the place. I did think it was a bit odd when they moved the evening entertainment to an inside venue half way through our holiday when the weather was perfectly nice outside and so we ended up at the piano bar instead which was a shame. The pools are excellent and no matter what time of day we turned up the surrounding area was always clean and tidy and although the hotel was busy there were plenty of sunbeds to choose from. Make no mistake about it this is an all inclusive resort and if you dare to go self catering, like us, First Choice do try and remind you every day you have made a mistake by charging you small fortunes for things like mini-golf which are available to all inclusive guests at no extra cost but I did not think the price difference represented value for money and I'm glad we paid what we did. We paid £1300 for 2 weeks and was quoted £3000 for the equivalent all inclusive package and I to would probably would be extremely unhappy and moaning on this sit had I paid that sort of money. Is it the best hotel I've ever stayed in? No it's not. Will I be going bck next year? No I won't. Would I recommend it to friends an family? No I won't. Did we have a good holiday? yes we did.
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Village Benalmadena, Costa Del Sol, Spain
- Benalmadena Holiday Village