Booked the Hotel Betania for a 5 night stay as a treat for my 11 year old niece. There was just the two of us and it was her first time abroad so I was really nervous about what I had got us both in to after reading the reviews on here but, I have to say, I breathed a HUGE sigh of relief when I walked in and saw that Basil Fawlty wasn't behind reception, Manuel was nowhere to be seen and that the place looked, well, fine!!
The location is excellent and the view from most of the patios/balconies is of the sea. It literally is a 5 minute walk to the nearest beach. Luckily we discovered the marina on our first night and am so glad we did otherwise our options for evening meals and drinks would have been pretty limited so make it a must to find that! It is about a 20 minute walk but there are so many restaurants and bars on the way that you don't really notice the walk.
The staff on reception were friendly but not overly helpful. One didn't even know how we could get to aqualand using public transport, despite displaying leaflets for it which said 'ask at your hotel for details'. It wasn't too much of a problem as she did call a taxi for us which cost €11 which wasn't too bad.
We stayed room only which I was pleased about as there are so many cafe's/restaurants nearby where you can get great food from.
Our main issues with the room itself was the fact that it was so hot and had no air con. It made it unbearable some nights! There is a ceiling fan in the rooms but unless we slept with the balcony door open, it didn't offer much relief from the heat. We seemed to get used to it tho! The second issue was the fact that everytime one of us had a shower, the bathroom would flood which would flood into the bedroom. After 2 showers we would have to use the bath mat and a towel to mop the floor up!
Having said all this, it was better than what I was expecting! At the end of the day, it's not a luxury hotel and it therefore doesn't charge luxury prices. It was cheap and cheerful and, for the amount of time we spent in it, ideal!! The location is the best thing about this hotel and, for that reason alone, I would rate it a 3 out of 5.
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- Also Known As:
- Betania Hotel Benalmadena
- Hotel Betania Benalmadena, Costa Del Sol, Spain