Hotel Riu Puerto Marina Benalmadena
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... meatballs, Spanish Omelet and potatoes with a spicy sauce. And of course, some lovely little liqueur at the end. I think work would be much better if we had a lunch like that and finished with the liqueur.
Planning a quiet night since we have to be on the bus for Granada at 0630.
... home.. we were walking everywhere knowing exactly where we had to go to find what we wanted/needed... and by that I mean.. SANGRIA.
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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.