Me and mum (27 & 57) travelled here for a cheap 5 night break on 10th May.
This is my second trip to Benalmadena (also travelled last April to the Benalmadena Palace). We paid £440 all in via onthebeach from Edinburgh with ryan air, on a half board basis. This was my ''cheap getaway'' from Scottish weather before a nicer holiday later in the year with the hubby - I would definitely return. This time we didn't buy transfers as the flight arrives late and we wanted to get to hotel in time for dinner. Paid 2 euros each for a train from airport to Benalmadena station (20 mins) and then a taxi was 7 euros from benalmadena station to the hotel (10 minutes).
The hotel itself is situated up a short (2 minutes), but steep hilly street from the main road. There are 2 supermarkets on this street on way upto hotel. It's a 15- 30 minute stroll to Marina and 5 minutes from the beach front. There is a good Scottish bar (Barnone) immediately at bottom of the street that does 1 euro san Miguel, with various other eating places and bars along end of main road and a tobacco shop up the top of the street further up the hill - all tobacco shops were the same price for most brands if you want to take cigarettes and tobacco home so don't waste time searching elsewhere.
Don't forget this a 3 star hotel and for what we paid (220 each) it was great - better than some 4 star hotels I've stayed in. It was clean, spacious reception with lots of seating, free wifi in reception (you need to ask at reception for a password). There are 3 blocks - Bali 1, 2 & 3 and 2 separate pool areas. There are only 2 lifts which wasn't ideal as busy times meant a small wait but this didn't really bother us. Toilets in reception area were clean but really smelled of urine. Downstairs next to resturaunt were fine. The whole place seemed to be filled with Spanish pensioners!! But I guessed this meant if it was good enough for them, the hotel cant be that bad. They are pushy, sometimes rude and will skip queues for lift and dinner - but we don't bother we just had a chuckle at them.
Room 1703 was on the top floor (7th) in block 1 in main building. I requested a sunny balcony by emailing hotel before hand, although not receiving a response I got my request - sun from afternoon to sunset with a nice view of the ocean, beach, and along the coast. Nice to sit in evening - although none of the balconies had an outside light which meant sitting in the dark!!!! Room had 2 single beds, a sofa, TV, built in wardrobe and bathroom. The room was in good condition and really clean - defo had been painted not too long ago. It cost 5 euro per day to hire a fridge but we didn't bother. The front door was really thin as could hear everything in the corridor! Only 2 british tv channels - news and something else but you don't go on holiday to watch TV. Beds and pillows were comfy, air con wasn't the best as it wanst adjustable machine just a vent in the wall. Our showerhead was broken and spurted water out from all angles - presuure good though and we were only there for a few nights and good view etc so we didn't want to change rooms, so didn't complain. Check out was 12pm - our flight was late at night and they stored our cases while we sat at pool then gave us a room to shower in later.
We only sat at pool in Bali 1 - it was really clean and good size pool - I was in it twice and there were no bugs or grime that normally lingers around edge of pool water! Seen it being tested every day. Plenty of sunbeds although it was getting busier as our week went on so not sure if this could be a problem when busier - it's a really large hotel. There was also a large seating area with tables and chairs and a few umbrellas if you were there quick enough to get one.
Food and drink
Being half board, we had to pay for drinks. It was 1.50 for small beer and 1.90 for small wine - you could buy a bottle though for 6.90 so we done this at dinner and it was nice for a house wine. Quality of food was really good. Breakfast - real sausages, scrambled, fried and boiled eggs, beans, bacon, pastries, toast, cereal, fruit, hams and cheeses. Evening buffet - different every night. Not very child friendly though so beware. Salad bar, and then the puddings - not a lot of choice given the standard and choice of hot food. The tables are really close together - my only bugbear. Good service and like I said, never had a bad meal.
Overall, I would return - but would grudge paying £700 summer prices. Good location, good food and good accommodation.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hotel Bali is a three-star hotel located on the Costa del Sol, made up of three attached buildings that form a modern and welcoming vacation complex ideal for families and couples of all ages. It is located in Benalmadena-Costa, only 250 meters from the beach and close to the famous Puerto Marina, the Tivoli amusement park and the 'La Paloma' park. All Inclusive The All Inclusive, from Medplaya Hotels offers family fun whilst at the same time making your holiday money go further. The hotel has rooms, studios, apartments and studio-apartments. The accommodations are all outward-facing with balconies, air conditioning and heating.There are two swimming pools for adults with lawn areas, bar service and large terraces with sun-loungers and sunshades. There is also a lawn area and a playground for children. The buffet-style restaurant offers a wide variety of national and international dishes as well as thematic dinners that provide the most outstanding service to the guests. We offer a complete range of board options to suit our customers' tastes and pocket. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bali Hotel And Studios
- Hotel Bali Benalmadena
- Bali Hotel Benalmadena
- Bali Hotel Costa Del Sol
- MedPlaya Hotel Bali Benalmadena, Costa Del Sol