We spent a week in the Villasol in May 2012. We flew into Malaga airport and got the Renfe from the airport to Benalmadena, we then took a taxi to the sea front as it is a steep hill down from the town centre. The hotel itself is situated on the promenade, so the beach is very easily accessible, via steps or a steep hill, so you have to be reasonably fit to get up and down in the Spanish heat. We played about £50 extra for a sea view, which we felt was worth it. There is WIFI but only in the public areas around the reception area and not in the rooms. We stayed bed and breakfast, the breakfast was a combination of english and continental with the usual, bread, croissants, yoghurts as well as sausages, bacon, eggs etc. It was served until 10.30 am so there was no rush to be up early. The beach itself is lovely and clean and was reasonably quiet when we were there. There is also some grassy areas, surrounded by trees if you prefer shade. There are lots of restaurants and cafes along the promenade. The harbour is about 10 minutes slow walk away, this is full of bars, cafes and restuarants, you pay a little more but the location is stunning overlooking the boats and luxury apartments in the marina. A short walk from the hotel is Parque La Paloma which is a huge park with a lake and many tame animals, there are also cafes if you just want to relax, if you feel more strenuous you can hire all manner of bikes to ride around the park. Mijas is also worth a visit. You can get a bus from outside of the hotel, the bus the day we went was extremely crowded and we had to stand for a lot of the journey. However, once there the panoramic views were amazing. We found a lovely tapas bar called Oscars which had the panoramic views of the Costa Del Sol coastline. All in all a good hotel in a good location if you are looking for a week on the beach with plenty of places to eat and drink. The hotel, whilst good, was your typical family holiday resort hotel.
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- Villasol Hotel Benalmadena
- MedPlaya Hotel Villasol Benalmadena, Costa Del Sol