Hotel Riu Puerto Marina Benalmadena
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... to the parking, getting our car and drive to Torremolinos which was on the way back to Malaga. In Torremolinos we parked our car in a underground parking and walked down to the boulevard which followed the beach for kilometers. It was nice cause there were all small shops and trendy bars build on and aside a beautiful beach. We had something to drink on a terrace and walked for about an hour, than we walked back through the old part of the ...
... Gaal with his magical touch decided to change a player at the most critical moment, this time the goalkeeper just at the last minute to have a penalties specialist called Tim Krul !And indeed he did his job, he stopped 2 penalties and Holland only missed one so they went through, wauwwww what a pressure !! And what a relieve ! We partied till two and than went to bed. 6th We wanted to visit Marbella today so after breakfast all together we left for the ...
... and spices (like a Swiss raclette), followed by a hot fish seafood soup. Back to the beach for siesta! At 7:30pm the beach cushions were being gathered up, so we had to move! We sat down for a drink outdoors at our hotel.
I nearly choked on my tea when the customer near me at the little boutique dropped his pants to try on different shorts on sale. This was ...
... take holidays but that’s usually in the nick, innit?
The old city of Marbella is magic, small streets, lots of cafes and bars and just great place to meander, lots of small restaurants with great value meals and drinkies, what more could ye want with perfect weather, friends and food...ok a wee glass of vino just topped it all off.
The nearest big city to Marbella is Malaga – birthplace of Pablo Picasso , did you know his ...
... the hills as we left the airport to the village (pueblo) of Mijas.
Using the map that the owners of our apartment had sent us, we found ourselves going round and round the old Mijas village. The stores looked so inviting and quaint, but we couldn't find our apartment. At one point, we even stopped to ask the local police how to find our spot, and they ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Riu Puerto Marina Benalmadena
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.