Just returned from a 10 day stay at this hotel. We have stayed in the Benalmadena area several times in the past, but decided to try a different hotel as a base for our holiday.
We intended to go out and re-visit local sights and attractions (marina, park, cable car etc) during the day, and our favourite bar (Buddy's) at night; but because the hotel had so much to offer, we ended up just popping out for lunch, and staying in at night to watch the hotel entertainment!
That probably makes us sound very boring and 'sad', but the hotel had everything we needed for a great holiday.
I understand it was refurbished last year and the result is a very clean, modern look with spacious rooms, all with at least side sea view.
Our room had a huge double bed, walk in shower, twin wash basins, wooden floors and flat screen TV. Fridge/Mini Bar and safe could be hired at 3 euros a day each if required. The lighting was good and an added bonus was the large double sided make up/shaving mirror in the bathroom.
We were on the 5th floor overlooking the pool as well as the sea, and although in our opinion a better view than the rooms on the other side, we only got the sun during the earlier part of the day, but we spent so little time in the room, it didn't matter.
The gardens and terraces were beautiful, and although the hotel was almost full, plenty of space, sunbeds and parasols. On some of the garden levels there were also luxury, double sunbeds with thick, adjustable mattresses and their own canopies. We felt very spoilt and relaxed and it was hard to tear ourselves away for a light lunch, especially after the big breakfast!
For a reasonable cost, lunches were available at the pool bar, but just to make sure we got a little exercise some days we walked a few minutes along the sea front to one of the many cafes/restaurants, which serve meals to suit all palates, appetites and budgets. Especially good value is Palm 5, a few minutes walk to the right of the hotel.
The hotel food was excellent. At both breakfast and dinner, there was so much choice. I won't go into great detail, because there was so much on offer, so if you couldn't find something to eat here, then I don't think you would be satisfied anywhere.
In the main dining room it was buffet service, plus the 'show' cooking with the usual meat/fish/vegetable choices, and also a Tapas Corner at dinner, which made a great change from the normal starters available.
Guests were also able to dine once a week in the a la carte restaurant, which has to be booked in advance, but we didn't bother as we were more than happy with the buffet.
The wine with the evening meal was quite cheap @ 7.50 euros for a reasonable bottle of house wine. The bar has a 'Happy Hour' 3 evenings a week starting at 7.30pm, but the drinks are sensibly priced anyway.
During the day there were activities available such as aqua gym, pilates, yoga, darts, mini golf, pool and an afternoon quiz. None of these were intrusive and guests were never badgered into joining in but those that did had a good time.
The evening entertainment started with another quiz and a daily 'Riviera Riddle'. Both were optional but were good fun. This was followed by some sort of live music and/or singing during which guests could dance, followed by a cabaret at 10.00pm. During the 10 days we were there, it differed every night, but we enjoyed them all, especially the Argentinian Gauchos, Il Divo tribute act and the obligatory Flamenco dancers.
All the staff at the hotel were friendly, efficient, hard working and helpful, especially the entertainment 'team'.
There were two people organising day and night time entertainment and they worked so hard.
When we arrived Josh was just finishing his contract and we only saw him for a couple of days but he was very good and had a lovely singing voice.
He was replaced by the lovely Laura who is equally as good, very friendly and delightful company.
Last but not least - a special mention has to go to Danny who is a superstar! He has so much talent and energy, and is a natural entertainer. Thank you Danny for all the laughs, it was great meeting you and Laura during our stay.
I can't think of anything that would put us off going back to this hotel, in fact we are already thinking about it!
I've just noticed the length of this review, and for those of you that stayed until the end, if I've missed out anything, feel free to message me!
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Riviera Benalmadena
- TUI Sensimar Riviera By MedPlaya Benalmadena, Costa Del Sol