We visited this hotel a few years ago and enjoyed the shabby chic environment. We always had a lovely time, the hotel offered what we wanted - a quiet winter break, good food, good location and nice and clean with good customer service. We have had two previous visits but had not returned since the refurb.
We were pleased that, although now modern (and it is lovely) the hotel still offers everything we wanted. We have had three previous holidays this year, which were all a bit more livelier but this time we were looking for something quieter and we weren't disappointed.
To put this review in context we are not bothered either way about being entertained or lying in the sun. As far as the entertainment is concerned we have seen better but we have seen a lot worse. The resident duo are an amiable couple and pleasant to listen to and what's more they don't sing the same songs you hear all the time - they were eclectic in their singing and often sang songs you don't often hear. If you want to sit in a Brit bar with cheap plastic seats and a sports screen you will find plenty of them near the hotel, but we were just as happy sitting in the hotel buying drinks from the bar which were competitively priced being served by very pleasant staff.
The sun beds had the usual fans who reserved the best ones first thing in the morning but there were plenty for everyone. The hotel also has some very comfortable large, deep outdoor sofas and we preferred to use these.
The food was as good as we remembered with a good selection. If you aren't happy with the food you just aren't trying. The only criticism I have is the serving of coffee on a morning. The system just doesn't always work - you are escorted to your table, asked if you want tea or coffee then usually forgotten about!! There is a coffee machine so you might be better just helping yourself.
Our room was lovely with plenty of space and a jacuzzi. I could have used more hanging space for my longer clothes but this was a minor irritation.
This hotel does what it says on the tin. It is a Thomsons couples hotel. You won't get rowdy or bad behaviour. It's nice and quiet so if this not what you want you might be better choosing another hotel. If and when we return to Benalmadena, we'll come back here. We are still at he hotel and will leave in a couple of days. If there are any unexpected events in the next couple of days we will update the review.
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Riviera Benalmadena
- Sensimar Riviera By MedPlaya Benalmadena, Costa Del Sol