We recently returned from a three week stay in February at the Riviera, so here is my review:
The position of the hotel is absolutely excellent!....right on the seafront, overlooking the lovely long and flat promenade, where you can walk for several miles either way. There is also a lift from the main reception straight down to the promenade for those guests who are less mobile.
The only down side to the hotel’s location is the fact that it is situated alongside a busy main road, which can be quite noisy at night if you want to sleep with the balcony door open
The sunbathing areas are around the pool or in the terraced gardens which also have good sea views and are well maintained. We did not try the outdoor pool as it was February, but the inside pool is heated, albeit not very much!....and needs upgrading. There is also an inside Jacuzzi which was nice and warm, and a Gym which looked more than adequate with about 6 different pieces of equipment.
Anyone interested in dancing will be very happy here, as Tea-Dances are arranged on several afternoons a week, together with professional dance classes twice a week, and evening dancing before the entertainment acts start at 9.45.
The rooms are either facing the pool with views towards the marina and these rooms have early morning sun. The other side of the hotel has uninterrupted sea views and have sun all afternoon. There are also two rooms at the front of the hotel on each floor, which are described as superior rooms and have full sea view and corner balconies as well as more interior space. I have to say the rooms, although a decent size, are a bit of a disappointment in as much as they look a bit tired and dated. The rooms are gradually being upgraded to replace the stained carpets, which seemed to be the main complaint from guests, with a wood laminate floor which does look a bit better. However in a four star hotel we would have expected the rooms to have a fridge and tea/coffee making facilites these days, as most four star hotels we stay in these days seem to include this.
We found the buffet style food to be very good. Lots of variety with something to suit every taste. The hotel is occupied by almost 100% British guests, so things like porridge are available for breakfast, as well as all the usual things you would expect. Evening meals also had loads of choice and we never struggled to find something we liked
Because the hotel caters for almost totally Britsh guests, and no children are allowed in the hotel, the entertainment was reasonably good, with English entertainers 3-4 times a week. The other nights were Spanish entertainers singing British songs which were not quite as enjoyable for us. All entertainment started at 9.45 pm which seemed a little late for many of the guests.
The bar had a happy hour from 7.30-8.30 on three nights a week, and drinks seemed reasonably priced for a hotel….e.g a pint a beer for about £3.
Like all hotels, there are things which need improvement, but overall we had a nice comfortable stay at the Riviera, and we would probably stay there again.
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Riviera Benalmadena
- TUI Sensimar Riviera By MedPlaya Benalmadena, Costa Del Sol