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TUI Sensimar Riviera by MedPlaya
Ranked #4 of 45 Hotels in Benalmadena
Certificate of Excellence
Lancashire, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“getting rather expensive”
Reviewed 2 August 2014

Been several times to this hotel both before and after renovation.Cannot fault it but prices have increased quite a lot and as mentioned in previous reviews, extortionate charges for a safe and refrigerator.Feel they will lose clients to Las Arenas the other popular adults only hotel in this resort.

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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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vandamed, Guest Relations at TUI Sensimar Riviera by MedPlaya, responded to this review, 4 August 2014
Dear Lovespain2014,

Thank you for choosing Medplaya Hotel Riviera and for leaving a comment on your general experience with us. We hope you had enjoyable time at the hotel despite the fact that you found the safety deposit and refrigerator fees high. We hope to welcome and serve you again on another occasion.

Kind regards,

Vanda
Guest Relations Medplaya Hotels
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Reviewed 2 August 2014

The hotel was absolutely stunning and in a perfect location for the beach. The marina is a 5min walk away and the local tourist train stops outside the hotel to the front. There are plenty of places to eat near by if you need however the food at the hotel was amazing so I didn't try them out. There are plenty of activities throughout the day at the hotel and all of the staff were very friendly. The room was modern and very clean. I am looking into booking again.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled solo
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England
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87 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 August 2014

We booked this hotel direct via the Medplaya website which was very easy. I'd recommend this if you want to make yours own holiday plans rather than sticking to package holiday dates/flights etc.

We chose Half Board as is wasn't much more than B&B. I'm so glad we didn't pay much more as after having dinner there 1 night we didn't bother again! This is the area that lets this hotel down. The food was poor, completely uninspiring and cold. Having said that, we weren't fussed as there were lots of restaurants to chose from nearby and we would rather eat out anyway. The breakfast was okay.

Apart from the food the hotel was quite nice. The location was great, right on the promenade and beach, not far from the Marina. The rooms were spacious and modern. The pool area was a bit small but with the beach on your doorstep this doesn't really matter. There's a handy little supermarket opposite the hotel to stock your fridge up with drinks.

I wouldn't go back but we only used it as a quick and easy holiday.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 August 2014

Just returned home after 2weeks it was our ninth stay at the riviera I must say we had a wonderful welcome as usual from the great staff as well as christina the thomson rep who was very helpful we met a lot people who we have become friends with over the years will definitly return

  • Stayed July 2014
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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 29 July 2014

First time at this hotel but it came highly recommended. It was all we had expected. Excellent room and shower with balcony overlooking pool and on a good day could see the lights of Malaga. Entertainment both during the day and evening was enjoyable led by Danny and Laura who inspired you to take part in the various activities. The entrance and lift to the promenade was a bonus - saved on the walk up hill!. Nothing was a problem for the staff. Enjoyed the al la carte restaurant. Plenty of bars and restaurants both at the Marina and along the promenade. Would highly recommend this hotel.

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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with friends
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4 Thank Sheila S
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vandamed, Guest Relations at TUI Sensimar Riviera by MedPlaya, responded to this review, 30 July 2014
Dear Sheila S,

Thanks for taking the time to share your experience from your recent stay at the Medplaya Hotel Riviera. We are very pleased to receive your lovely comment. Your satisfaction with all the aspects of the hotel is our highest rewards. We very much appreciate your comment and look forward to welcoming you back to Hotel Riviera.

Best regards,

Vanda
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St Helens, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 July 2014 via mobile

From the moment I walked through the main doors I could tell I would love this hotel. White marble floors and very friendly reception staff, who were more than helpful.
The pool area is wonderful and I spent many an hour relaxing, drinking and reading in the gorgeous Spanish weather. The pool is beautiful and clean. The hotel is right on the beach and only ten mins away from the fabulous Marina where there are so many bars and restaurants it would take a year to try them all. Thoroughly enjoyable holiday. Have recommended this fab hotel already and hope to be back very soon.

Stayed July 2014
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vandamed, Guest Relations at TUI Sensimar Riviera by MedPlaya, responded to this review, 31 July 2014
Dear Wendy F,

Thanks a lot for choosing Hotel Riviera and for taking the time to share your comment on your recent stay at this venue. We are very pleased you enjoyed your holiday from the very first moment. We love to hear that you liked hotel's location, friendliness of our staff and efficient service.

We look forward to welcoming you again, hopefully very soon.

Kind regards,

Vanda
Guest Relations Medplaya Hotels
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Kent, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 July 2014 via mobile

First time at this hotel, seemed nice enough on first impressions. Lobby area spacious but dull, not much atmosphere to be had. Staff were friendly and helpful. The room for us was the best part, as it was very modern and suited our style. The bed was very large and very comfortable (missed it when we were home). Also the showroom was also up to very high standards, with a walk in shower and two sinks, we couldn't complain! The food however lacked inspiration, breakfast very standard continental offering. Dinner though didn't offer much variation in terms of main course, and the 'show cooking' was just cooking no surprises! The evening entertainment was targeted at the older generation, with tribute bands and quizzes, however we couldn't fault the drinks (try the piña colda) and especially the happy hour on specific days. A nice touch to the hotel was the lift that took you right outside the beach - very handy. We explored some of the local area but felt it wasn't for us as very quite and not many restaurants if wanting some lunch. We feel we would visit again if we were travelling to a different part of the Costa Del Sol.

Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: TUI Sensimar Riviera by MedPlaya
Address: Avda Antonio Machado 49, 29630, Benalmadena, Spain
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Region: Spain > Andalucia > Province of Malaga > Costa del Sol > Benalmadena
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Spa Hotel in Benalmadena
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Benalmadena
#4 Luxury Hotel in Benalmadena
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — TUI Sensimar Riviera by MedPlaya 4*
Number of rooms: 189
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