Hotel Mac Puerto Marina Benalmadena
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Mac Puerto Marina Benalmadena
Nice clean hotel in great central location
Our first time at a Rui hotel and our general overview would be an extremely functional well located small hotel. Its fairly new so everything looks spick and span. There are no airs and graces about the place though nor some of the faciilities you would see in other four stars. The staff were very friendly and accommodating although be warned you are unable to have food by the pool after mid afternoon as the kitchen closes - they are also not set up as a family friendly hotel - it may have been the time of year but our 3 year old was one of only 3 kids there, the clientele were in the main middle aged Germans and English. Good rooms - very clean, although air-con not brilliant. Great location - near the the Marina and Sea Life Centre, on the beach also. We did ot experience any problems with noise though as mentioned in previous reviews. To summarise then nothing special apart from a cost effective place to stay. Oh and the buffet breakfast is very good!
I needed a stopover for a night before a meeting and paid about £25 for one night here - for which I got a twin room, dinner and breakfast. Quite how I got that rate I have no idea but it was sensational!
The room was spotless, spacious and very comfortable, with a small balcony overlooking a residential area.
The food was excellent. I had arrived late, but the kitchens had prepared a huge and delicious cold platter and pudding for me to eat when I wanted (as long as it was before 11:15 pm). There was a lively bar area too which I didn't venture into, but it seemed to be full of people themselves. Breakfast was sensational - vast chioce and all of it good. The manager was floating around talking to guests and spoke to people in English, Spanish, French and German.
The staff were very accomodating, very friendly and very helpful. This really is a 'best of class' place for this type of 'inclusive' hotel.
Not for the English
The hotel has a good location and the rooms are nice but that is as far as it goes.
There is nothing to do in the hotel apart from sit round the pool in the day and sit in the entertainment room at night, if the weathers bad its boring.
There was a mad rush for food at breakfast and in the evening, all cleared away within minutes of the times stated, the bar was closed also 12pm on the dot
Not many English people around, mainly Germans
OK for a base but you need to get out and about
A very relaxing hotel
This was the 4th Riu hotel I have stayed in. I like Riu chain of hotels because of the high standards they set, and the Puerto Marina was of the same standard as I have been used to. Staff very helpful, rooms very clean (no english tv stations to watch), food was plenty full and of high quality. This hotel is very central to the marina and with in easy reach for the beach.There might be problem if you need to go to the main street its either walking up a steep hill or some steps. A taxi from the airport to the hotel will cost about 20 euro's,I made mistake of hiring a car, because parking around this hotel is at a premium, so I didn't use the car at all. Overall I would give this hotel 4 stars plus, and its very disabled friendly.
We travelled with a disabled person and had requested a disabled room. Whilst the disabled room had more space to manoevre and a walk-in shower, there were no handles either in the shower or by the toilet - thus making it difficult for the person in our party to cope.
However, the hotel is superbly located. Food is fantastic in choice and quality and the staff are exceptionally friendly and helpful. The entertainment left a lot to be desired - mainly a man with an electric organ singing old songs out of tune.
Would definately recommend this hotel. It is nice to have a NEW quality hotel in such a great location in Benalmadena.
Great Hotel & Staff
Have just spent a wonderful week at this Hotel, rooms clean & spacious with balcony, fantastic choice of food in a well attended dining hall, lovely pleasant staff providing excellent service, great pool area and convenient to taxis and bus service. Thoroughly recommended.
Warm and Friendly
We stayed at this hotel 10-18 July 2005 a few weeks after this hotel opened with a disabled traveller. The staff were welcoming and always happy to help - from the waiting staff up to the General Manager! We stayed on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis with one child sharing our room. The food choices at both breakfast and dinner were excellent and always fresh, with chef's preparing various dishes at open cooking stations. We are regular travellers to 5* hotels and would highly recommend this Riu. Rooms were very clean with two beds, good sized bathroom, terrace, Sat TV, mini bar and feather pillows if required. It is centrally located next to the Benalmadena Marina, although when you are in the hotel you are cushioned from any noise from the nearby bars. (An Oasis from the hustle and bustle of the surrounding resort). When booking on the central reservations ensure you confirm directly with the hotel that you require a disabled room as this information is not passed on to the hotel until a few days before arrival and can cause problems. Also be aware that for disabled travellers the pool area is easily accessable however the pool itself only has ladder access, no built in steps. For those travelling by car from Malaga Airport the hotel is reached in approx 15 minutes and has underground parking for residents.
Good 4 star Hotel in a Central Location
After moving from the Terrible Torrequebrada we were very pleased at getting to stay at this new hotel. It openede June 2005. Having stayed at Riu Hotels several times before we knew we would be happy here.
On checking in the Receptionist went out of his way to be friendly and even told us to wait a few hours to get a Sea View Room.
On arrival to our room we were very happy with the space and cleanliness. Bathroom wasn't enormous but adequate. Twin Beds (are there no double rooms anymore) nice simple furnishings and with everything being new we were quite happy.
The hotel is close to everything in Benalmadena with only a road between the hotel and the beach.
BEWARE THOUGH!!!Across the road is an Open Air Bar which has discos every weekend and the noise is terrible. On our last night we had to check out at 5am so went to bed early only to be kept awake all night by the racket. It was like a Rave!! and everyone was drumming away to the horrendous music and flashing lights. Quite a few of our neighbours were sitting on their balconies as I expect they couldnt sleep either. When we left the hotel at 5 am the Disco Go-ers were walking up the streets banging their drums.
Apart from the noise on the two nights we enjoyed our stay here and all the staff were very pleasant.
Entertainment was not good but then we never expect it to be!! Food was OK. Breakfast being the better of the two. We found Dinner mainly geared to the Spanish and German, but we got enough to do.
It's situation is good and there are many nice bars around the marina.
I think when a hotel is new and clean that makes a difference and we noticed people cleaning around the pool and public areas all the time.
If you are looking for a good four star hotel in the Marina Area then I suggest you give this one a try as many of the others are Old and Outdated.
Wonderful, typical Riu Hotel
Having been to the Costa Del Sol some years ago we decided a return trip to a "decent" hotel was a good idea and as we are Riu enthusiasts we chose this newly opened (June 2005) centrally located Riu - we were not at all disappointed.
The hotel is located adjacent to Benalmadena Marina and a short walk along the promenade to Torremolinos, Malaga airport is only 15 minutes away and the local bus services which are excellent are only a 5 minute walk away.
The standards at Riu hotels are superb - spotlessly clean, great facilities and exceptional staff, this Riu is no exception. OK it was newly opened but the desire of the Manager and his team to satisfy was overwhelming. The food as you would expect was very good with a huge buffet at both breakfast and dinner, the only minor criticism would be that a slow leisurely meal is out of the question as your empty plate (and sometimes not always empty plate) is whipped away!
Sunbeds and umbrellas are in abundance, the pool and pool bar great, rooms are perfect although we would think that the rooms that overlook the marina square might be noisey - ours overlooked a small residential area with the mountains beyond and was superb.
Evening entertainment is the usual offering to suit a European audience but with so much on the doorstep and so much people watching to do we didnt bother with it!
Overall this hotel is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED - If you can be bothered to book your flights, airport transfers and the hotel direct you will save an awful lot on the travel company prices - we actually paid the equivalent of 2 people for the price of 1 in comparison!
Great Beach Small Beach Hotel
The hotel has only been open for 6 weeks and the staff is working overtime to make the experience great for it's customers. They have a few things working against them.
1) they aren't on the beach, but are only separated by a street and a burger king
2) they are right across from clubs and discos which make the rooms facing them very loud - each morning at 7 am there is a loud exodus when the bars close and the drunk ones leave finally to catch the bus home .
3) The entertainment was poor quality and only one show per night, if at all.
That said, the hotel service was great. The rooms were spacious and very clean, as was the hotel. The staff was super friendly and helpful. The pool was smal.lish but very clean. The buffet was average to above average with numerous seafood choices. The guests in the hotel were mainly Spainish with German and English next, so the food catered to their tastes.
The location was not great for a quiet spot, but the hotel did manage to find us a quiet room so we could sleep. The marina area itself was nice but not charming. We could easily walk to Torremolinous, which is okay but again not charming. I was hoping for something more in the lines of a small Spainish village, but I don't think that exists on the coast anymore. Stilll it was a nice area with a great beach where we could lay out with locals and tourists alike.
We would definately reccommend this hotel to anyone looking for a smallish hotel with lots of personal service. I hope they keep up the high standards in the future. (example, each day we saw a supervisor checking out the pool, rooms, hallways ect. after they were cleaned to ensure the high standards)
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