Returned today from 6nts at the Siroco Hotel, Have stayed various times in Benalmadena and this was one of the best locations we have stayed in.
Caught the train from the airport to save some euros as arrived at 9.30am into AGP, very easy to find the new train station and only about 1.50euro per person (buy your tickets from machine at top and press the english symbol button) and took about 20mins, from Benalmadena station head downhill and after about a 30min walk you will find the Sirocco.
Arrived at the hotel at 11.30am and the room wasn't ready but was shown to the luggage room and asked to come back in an hour, this is perfectly normal practice in any hotel in Spain where check in is dinner time.
Hotel staff at reception very friendly and helpful, as were all of the staff we encountered, did have a small problem with a load of spanish students turning up on the last day and running up and down the corridor and banging on each others doors, when i spoke to reception they advised to call down if they were any trouble at night and it would be sorted by security, as it happened we were woken at about 20 past midnight to banging on doors and running around so I called 500 as advised and security was sent up and within 15 mins all was quiet (must admit did get my own back on them at 6.30am when we were up to return to the airport with abit of banging myself!!!)
Food was amazing I have stayed at various 3* hotels in Torremolinos/Benalmadena and have never had food so good, it beats the Don pablo, Barricuda, Vistamar and Benalmadena palace by along way. I would say a lot of the complaints on other reviews could be down to people going down too late, we were always in breakfast by 9am and I had fresh cooked omlette and pancakes every day, my partner had full english and everything was lovely, even the toasted worked with just 1 go through!! What could of been a problem would be if you arrived for breakfast after 9 you would probably end up in a large que.
Evening meal was just as good, large choice of food and dishes available and again a chef cooking fresh burgers, fish, chops and various other things, we again always turned up at 7pm to get in 1st and it was definitely a good choice as again they were queing after about 8.15. Water was pretty cheap too at 1.70 for a large 1lt bottle.
All the staff we encountered in the restaurant were helpful and friendly.
We had superior room in the hotel on 4th floor and I would recommend pay the extra and go for these, view amazing, 2 double beds, large bathroom, fridge and hairdryer... My parents stayed in a standard room on the 1st floor which again had a lovely view of the gardens but was quite alot smaller and had a 3/4 bath.
Pool was clean and tidy but as it rained for 4 days while we were there didn't spent much time there. Instead we visited lots of other places, Malage easy to get to by bus or train , fuengirola we went on the bus, the stop was just outside on the road to the right number 120 and about 2euros each way. We also caught the bus to torremolinos 1.25e and walked back down the hill and along the lovely seafront all the way to Benalmadena harbour a lovely 2mile walk!!!.
Booked accommodation only through Thomas Cook and wasn't expecting a rep service on this, got a great price the best we found on the net, the bonus was the rep invited us to the welcome meeting, sent us up information and even gave us a leaflet on the free blanket tours.
Entertainment was the only thing that lets the hotel down but then that is probably why its a 3 and not a 4* the usual Spanish rubbish Kids disco/Bingo then an act at about 10pm which we didn't hang around for, but as this is so close to the lovely marina we spent our evenings out walking around and visited a few local bars.
The hotel does have steps but don't be put off by them, my father has had a stroke and also a knee op but he managed fine, as advised in an earlier review we got there key upgraded to open the garage on level -2 and this was excellent he then managed the 5 min walk up and down to the beach/promenade. There is also another short cut by the pool down a few steps and onto the street below that everyone can use.
Now as for the mossies I was dreading going after reading various other reviews because they seem to love me, but I can honestly say I have 1 bite and yes I did see a few by the gardens and within the hotel but I took my Mossie milk with me and that worked fine, My daughter has 4 bites and she got them the night she forgot to put the stuff on but not even in the Hotel it was in the Wolves bar up the road so is not just the hotel.
Would I go again Yes defiantly the Location, Food, Room and Staff made it for me....Thank you
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- The Best Siroco hotel is located at the tourist center of Benalmadena, at 200m from the beach (which is accessible through an underground tunnel) and the marina. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Siroco Benalmadena
- Siroco Benalmadena
- Siroco Hotel Benalmadena
- Hotel Best Siroco Benalmadena, Costa Del Sol