Hotel Riu Puerto Marina Benalmadena
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... de agradethemiento).
Imogen and I had also purchased a football (soccer) guernsey for the Barcelona team which we noted along the trip that he wanted. To source the correct size we had told him in Barcelona that I would be buying one for my brother who was a similar size to him ;).
All packed up i was feeling a mix of excitement and nostalgia, it would be strange to travel on without Ruben and Mette who I had been with for 3.5 weeks.
... she ran off again but because she hadn't started the braiding she just stayed with her family. We were watching her do re-enactments of what the woman was doing to her hair, it was so good. The poor kid. I thought she might give up since it looked like it was hurting her heaps but nope, once it was all clear they all came back, the 3yr old boy carrying the stool and the girl got back on with getting her hair done. Pretty entertaining ;)
Home to have another hot sleep..
... filth of feria had even spread to Malaga's waters. I also tried Taco Bell for the first time in my life. Proved to be very cleansing for the bowels. One afternoon I explored around the Alcazaba – the 800 year old Moorish fort – that overlooks the town. That was pretty cool. Other than that just talked **** with the guys, criticised Malaga/feria/Gabriel at every ...
... kind of way. Parts of me are slightly envious of this way of life. In another life I could have been a hippy..... as it is, I lead a normal existence with a nomadic hippy slant on occasion.The Garganta del Chorro with Rio Guadelhorce flowing below is an awesome sight. The gorge itself it 4 km long, up to 400m deep and as little as 10 metres wide. The gorge is famous for the Camino del Rey, a 1 metre wide boardwalk built into the cliff edges. It closed in 2000 after a ...
... modern sculptures… Winding through the tortured alleyways down stairs and up stairs… up on the higher points you get an interesting view of houses crammed together, almost on top of each other on the steep slopes of the town… a tiring but fascinating place to explore.
Here there are more historical tile plaques—one of them telling the story of a legend that claims that when ...
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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.