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“Not What It Says” 2 of 5 bubbles
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Holiday Hydros
Ranked #13 of 45 Hotels in Benalmadena
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Maidstone, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Not What It Says”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2011

This hotel is a disappointment. The breakfast is poor beyond belief, with a lack of fresh fruit, yoghurts and if you ask for eggs expect a brusque answer that these will be charged. There were ants in the restaurant which we pointed out to the staff, moved tables, but they didn't stop other couples sitting at the infested tables. The location is unsatisfactory. They don't tell you it is on a gated all inclusive complex, with 3 large family orientated hotels. with loud childrens clubs early evening, nor that on one side there is a main road underneath the cliff edge, and on the other the train line - so expect to be woken up in the morning. We had upgraded to a suite and the room was lovely, but the tv should have picked up UK satellite and didn't nor could it be fixed in our 3 day stay. Unlike Uk hotels to use the spa it will cost you, if we remember correctly €30 each, the outside pool area ws good, but drinks very expensive. We actually got an earlier flight home, as we were so frustrated and disappointed. Only benefit we found an excellent fish restaurant a 20 minute walk away, who had our custom each night, as we didn't want to give this hotel any more of our money.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2011

Very relaxing hotel on the Costa del Sol. Small hotel but all rooms are large, modern and, best of all, have a jacuzzi on the terrace. Hotel is quiet, has good service and has an excellent pool area which is spacious and has big comfy beds to lie on. The only downside was that the outside bar was closed (maybe because it was October - but a pity as the weather was great). There's also a nice looking spa (although I didn't get a chance to use it).

Location is fine (about half way between Fuengirola and Benalmadena) and there's a decent beach only a short walk away. You'll need a car if you want to travel much and a taxi to Benalmadena's marina (for bars and restaurants) takes 10 minutes and costs €12. The hotel is part of the larger "Holiday World" complex but you only notice that when travelling in and out of the complex.

In summary, a quiet and relaxing hotel which is ideal for a romantic break. Will definitely return.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Waterford Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2011

My wife and I have just returned from a nine night stay in this hotel and all I can say is WOW! From the moment you enter, you are treated more as a friend than a guest by every member of the wonderful staff.We were upgraded to a 2 bedroom Levanda suite which meant dual aspect views of the Med and the pool. Rooms are superbly appointed, with everything one could need, including a fantastic rain head shower. The living area had flatscreen TV, sofa, table and 4 chairs, 2 armchairs, minibar, safe, marble floors and chic lighting. Bedroom 1 had an enormous bed, TV,loads of storage and opened out onto a large balcony, with 2 sun loungers and table and chairs. The other balcony, off the living area, had table, chairs and a hot tub, which was kept at an ambient temperature and was good fun! The hotel interior is very chic, lots of chrome, marble, cotemporary design and colours. The Restaurant boasts stunning views of the Med and the coastline and serves a bountiful, continental, breakfast. The pool area is a real winner. Because the hotel is boutique sized (28 rooms) the pool never gets over busy. The Balinese beds with luxurious leathrette matrasses and cushions are amazingly comfortable. There are lots of loungers and chairs also, as well as a poolside snack bar. The Spa is very well equipped and has wonderful sea views. Throughout the Hotel, the staff are a great asset. Warm, friendly and attentive, without being in any way obtrusive, particularly Patricia and her colleague on reception for whom nothing was too much trouble. Also they are ridiculously attractive! All in all this was a truly memorable stay in a truly wonderful hotel and one we can't wait to repeat, thank you Holiday Hydros

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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2011

i have just returned from a 5 day break at Holiday Hydro and thought it merited me putting a review on trip advisor. Our stay was so relaxed and the staff were really attentive. The pool area was wonderful with 8 cabanas situated at the left over looking a wonderful sea view. Very quiet and relaxing and was well worth the money. The hotl its self was so clean and very chic in appearance. The breakfast a contintenal but you couldnt fault it at all. The Hotel is sItuated a little way from town but only 10 euros in a taxi or a short bus ride away. Would highly recommend this hotel

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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UK Bedford
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2011

This hotel is in the middle of nowhere. It is located at the top of a hill and is accessed via a gated entrance at the bottom of the hill. There are two other hotels on the complex and these are massive. There is no entertainment at the Hydros but don't be fooled into thinking it is quiet at night! Both the other hotels have their outdoor entertainment either side of the front of the Hydros and the music, karaoke etc goes on until midnight every night and can be heard loudly in your room.
Location - You approach the hotel over a railway bridge which is right at the front of the hotel. Trains run throughout the day but are electric and are therefore not too noisy. As the hotel is a long way from the front gate, a courtesy bus will run you down to the front gate and back BUT it stops working at 6.00pm, 8.00pm I think on Saturdays only. This means that if you leave the noise of the resort to go out for dinner you have to walk 15 minutes uphill to get back to the hotel upon your return - unless you get a taxi. The nearest towns take approximately 15 -20mins on the local buses. These are cheap 1.30 Euro per trip, the taxi fare is 10 Euro's each way.
Breakfast - typical continental. Have to ask for granulated sugar if you want it on your cereal, we had to have sugar cubes on the first morning as they had no other sugar! Milk for cereal comes out luke warm unless you ask for cold milk. Orange marmalade is not always available.
Rooms - nice to have lounge area. Bathroom and bedroom are nice. The view from our room consisted of a side sea view, the railway track and overhead cables and a main road. Balcony area was private and the jacuzzi was OK, water is already in it when you arrive but not sure if it is clean water!
Swimming Pool - lovely and clean and very quiet, only a few people use it. I think that guests from the other two hotels can also use it if they want.
Reception areas - very bright and clean, pleasing on the eye. Reception staff are helpful and try their best to address any problems that you may have. Not all staff can speak English.
Hotel restaurant - we did not use it for our evening meals as it was expensive and the food choice was limited to mainly fish. Lovely view from restaurant which we enjoyed at breakfast.
Spa - 30 Euro for 1.5hours. Looked nice but at the price we did not use it.
If you enjoy lots of noise, waiting around for the local buses, paying for taxis each way to go into town, steep walks and having nothing to do at the resort except swim or paying to use the spa, then this is the hotel for you.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2011

Fantastic Spa hotel, been open since April 2010 apparently. Great facilities, clean, of good quality, nice pool, excellent rooms, private jacuzzi on balcony, lovely staff, personable and customer focussed. Restaurant very nice, great service, and food of good quality.

If you happen to be there at the full moom, try the "Full Moon Spa experience" - 15 euros is great value and a lovely way to spend a nice evening in luxurious fun.

We will definately visit again.

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  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 June 2010

Stayed at the Hydros for a 3 night break to celebrate our wedding anniversary. The place just opened 2 weeks before we went, so was having a few 'teething' opening issues. The place is decorated Boutique style, very modern art decor. The service is friendly and personable. The reception desk is merely a table and 2 chairs! We met the director Frank who is very helpful, kind and lovely, hello Frank! There is a jacuzzi in every bedroom balcony terrace but not all were working/heating up. However once highlighted someone promptly came up to fix it, or if there were rooms available request a change. There are only 28 bedrooms here, so a peaceful quiet break if that's what you're looking for. Some rooms have 2 bedrooms with balconies on both, the best rooms are the middle ones sea facing front with side-view to the pool. The top floor has 4 Penthouse suites and the only difference is it has a larger balcony with full frontal seaview and a bottle of bubbly daily and the lounge is incorporated with the bedroom, so I would go with the standard rooms unless you were thinking of staying in your bedroom everyday and sunbathing on your own balcony. There is a Spa downstairs (with sea views and natural light) and it's amazing; leaves you feeling totally relaxed. Costs 30 euros per person for 1 and half hours per day. Other treatments like massages etc are available though overpriced I think. The couples massage cost over 200 euros! However we slept like a log on the long comfy pillows and never woke once during the night, so the well-being factor is excellent! We were the only Brits there, busier at weekends where some people came for a Spa circuit and they can use the sun loungers/pool too. But saying that, it was only about 10 people max at any one time; we had the outdoor terrace to ourselves on our last day! maybe because the hotel is new and no-one knows about it yet. Breakfast is Continental style (croissants, pastries, cereal etc), hot breakfasts are charged! so beware. around 5 euros for a hot english breakfast (sausages, eggs etc). They don't have room service yet which was strange but could order drinks at the bar and take it to your room. There is a mini bar in the room, his & hers wash basins, separate power shower cubicle, bath and bidet. Large sofa settee, plasma TV, relaxing music was played in the bedrooms too! The outdoor pool was freezing (we went in May) it's not heated however once you're in, it's fine and does the circulation wonders! The outdoor terrace sunbeds are balinese style with a 'cool' white comfy mattress. You also get large blue cushions on the floor to sunbathe; very relaxing catching the sun rays and overlooking the sea. The hotel is on a hill, and in my opinion much better to catch the sun and stunning seaviews. We hired a car and explored the surrounding towns, even going down to Puerto Banus & Marbella which only took half an hour. Puerto Banus is a must visit! Very beautiful small town. Car hire is advised as the hotel is not near the town centre, you would need to walk half an hour at least down hills etc. Hiring a car at the airport is easy and cheap and only half an hours drive to the hotel. We ventured out every evening for dinner, you must try the classic beach barbecued sardines and the seafood paellas and tapas are amazing. Benalmedena marina is beautiful, lots to do, shops, food places. All in all we had a wonderful memorable relaxing break. If a quiet chill out spa break in Spain is what you're looking for, and you have a car to explore, book here without regrets.

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Holiday Hydros
Address: Avenida Sol 6, 29630, Benalmadena, Spain
Region: Spain > Andalucia > Province of Malaga > Costa del Sol > Benalmadena
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#8 On the Beach Hotel in Benalmadena
#10 Luxury Hotel in Benalmadena
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Holiday Hydros 4*
Number of rooms: 28
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