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“It does what it says on the box!” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Hotel San Fermin
Ranked #28 of 45 Hotels in Benalmadena
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“It does what it says on the box!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2013

Wasn't expecting the Hilton and on arrival the exterior looked a bit dated, but reception is clean and well kept, reception staff were friendly and helpful whenever enquiring with them. Room was ok, yes i'd agree with everyone else the beds creak and weren't the most comfortable but it was only here for a week. Bathroom was good standard and looked more modern than rest of room, cleaning service was very good, staff came in everyday and all parts of the hotel are cleaned continously. The pool area and gardens are also well maintained. Food was good with plenty of choice, my only grievance at meal times are the 'floor walkers' as soon as your plate is empty they are there to clear the table, however you can go back for more and extra cutlery is available.
Overall I enjoyed the place and wouldn't hesitate to return. There are also some good bars a short walk away, and the beach is close by and clean.

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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Galway, Ireland
2 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2013 via mobile

Came as a young couple and we had requested one double bed, found two camp beds pushed together in a small room! Beds were squeaky at the slightest move! Air con worked well and view from balcony was nice! Pool area was lovely but don't think the water was cleaned too often! Breakfast was typical Spanish buffet, chose some mornings to get up late and way close by! Location is great, very close to the marina and beach!! The hill is abit tough but to be honest benalmadena is a very hilly place! Hotel activities are focused on Spanish people, not really a lot of Irish/English! Staff were friendly

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2013 via mobile

Okay so I wasn't expecting absolutely amazing for the price I paid - but I loved this hotel.

I actually went for a week on my own to recoup and this little haven was my saviour.

Ignore the bits of shabby interior and yes it's a bit dated but overall it's a great hotel especially as only 3star.

I didn't like my first room (no view) so I asked to be changed and I got an amazing room (ask for high floor) the reception staff were surly and got agitated but just take it with a pinch of salt - they are lovely and friendly deep down.

Food absolutely fine, rooms spacious and clean. Yes on a hill but was nice bit of exercise - not suitable for old or disabled.

Definitely get a mojito from the bar!!! Lovely little cafe at bottom of hill on your left - can't remember the name something WHeel - but lovely couple run it.

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Belfast, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2013

Don't go here! After a week at Hotel San Fermin, I can honestly say, I will never return and don't recommend it to others.
Our holiday was brilliant, but it was nothing to do with this hotel. I have never had a disappointing hotel but this was the first. It is definiely not value for money. Uncomfortable beds, extremely tiny rooms and a noisy pool area were just some of the bad points in this hotel. My boyfriend and I only used it to sleep as we couldn't stand to stay in it during the day! It was shabby looking inside and out and in my opinion, not suitable for young couples or families who want to relax in a high standard facility.
Don't waste your time!

Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2013

Just returned from the San Fermin BENALMADENA.
The Hotel is very much for the Spanish,but I must say we where looked after extraordinary well. We where given a nice room with balcolny overlooking the sea and the countryside in the distance rather small but everything we needed,and CLEAN. there is a nice large pool and a large grassed aerea for sun bathing,(sun beds 2 euro per day) ,music was played most of the time and sometimes a little loud.Food ,I like food and here it was very good,mostly all spanish and I enjoyed it,my wife was not too keen.The staff in general where exceptionable and went out of their way for us,except for the staff on the reception!!.The hotel stands at the top of a hill and its hard going in the hot sun. Its only 10 min. to beech ( a little longer comming back)

Room Tip: Have a room in the high part of the hotel with balcony
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2013

Located up on the hill, sometimes in the heat it would make you very tired but its managable for old and young people. Close to Supermarkets/Tabacco shops/Bonanza square. I found no major faults with this hotel. The only thing that bugged me was the beds in the room. If you planned on having a decent nights sleep, there is no way you are getting it with the squeaky beds. Pool area was big and clean.

  • Stayed July 2013, 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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Nottingham
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2013

I would say that this is an above average 3 star hotel. The staff were polite and friendly, the food good and the rooms were nice too and kept clean. The only thing I would mark the hotel down for was the quality of the beds which were a little disappointing.

A large pool and lawn area are available for use, both were kept in good condition.

There was daily "entertainment" which may be to some folk's liking though we thought it was not the best.

Would we go back? Possibly. The hotel is well situated at only a 5 minute walk to the beach. There is a steep walk back up the hill to the hotel but unless you are completely unfit you should be ok.

The resort of Benalmadena is enormous! A 2 minute walk from the hotel there is a plaza situated near the church (iglesia) which at night gets busy but not roudy. No music is permitted from the bars so it was full of people eating, drinking and chatting away which gave a really good atmosphere. I would recommend going there especially to the two Nottingham-owned pubs The Robin Hood and Legends which face each other, but then I am from Notts :-) For those who prefer a more noisy night out Torremolinos is only a mile or so away.

If you hire a car prepare to be patient finding a parking space at busy times of the year as spaces were at a premium during our stay. There is a small free car park at the front of the hotel which as always full, and also a 5 euro a day car park which is for residents.

Room Tip: Rooms on lower floors would be preferable as the lifts were at times hard to get hold of.
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Hotel San Fermin
Address: Calle San Fermin 11, 29630, Benalmadena, Spain
Region: Spain > Andalucia > Province of Malaga > Costa del Sol > Benalmadena
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#13 On the Beach Hotel in Benalmadena
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel San Fermin 3*
Number of rooms: 316
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