We started our holiday at East Midlands Airport on one of the first flights operated by Monarch Airlines from the airport. When we got to the check-in desk we were told that we would be flying on Small Planet Airlines from Lithuania, which worried a few people after the recent reports of incidents involving aircraft registered in that country. The aircraft we had was a 24 year old Boeing 737 which looked a little bit on the tired side but it got us there and it got us back and in relative comfort.
We had read some of the reviews about this hotel on TripAdvisor and had been slightly disturbed by some of the things people had written but we decided to go with an open mind and we were pleasantly surprised. Yes, the rooms are a bit on the small side but, after all, they are just somewhere to keep your belongings and to sleep.
The food in the restaurant was of a standard that was more than acceptable and there was always something you could eat, even if it was only a salad.
There was entertainment in the bar most nights but the only thing that was against it was that the acts had to go through, sometimes up 5 languages, which made the night slightly on the long side, and quite boring at times.
Benalmadena itself is a very nice resort with, I think, something for everybody. The marina is one of the nicest marinas I think I have ever seen with apartments all around and some very nice, if slightly expensive, shops.
I thought the local bus services were exceptionally good and remarkably cheap. We went from Benalmadena to Mijas (a very beautiful little village which is well worth a visit), roughly 45 minutes journey, for a very reasonable €1.55 each way per person. No wonder the buses were always full.
We only did one excursion and that was to Gibraltar at a cost of €35 each. The coach, the driver and the tour guide were all excellent. Most of the passengers on the bus were German but that did not deduct from any enjoyment, sometimes it added because of the translations involved between German and English. Gibraltar itself is a really nice and quite quirky place but it is very expensive unless you are buying tobacco or alcohol, but then you are limited to the standard customs limits.
Overall summary of the holiday, including the four days that were interrupted by rain, a very enjoyable time in a very beautiful part of Spain and I can guarantee that we will be back in the area in the not too distant future.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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