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“It won't win prizes for it's looks, but a bit like my ugly mate, I'll always stay friends.”
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MS Alay Apartments
Ranked #24 of 45 Hotels in Benalmadena
Reviewed 24 September 2013

Up at 4.30am for an early morning flight from Newcastle to Malaga, followed by a 20 minute taxi ride to arrive at 11am (ish) and when the taxi pulled up outside and although we'd only paid £75 for 3 nights bed only, I thought we 'd been ripped off. The door was squeezed beside a small tat shop and an Asian "Massage" parlour. No we didn't try it!The rest of the shops spread out either side so there is no grand marble entrance with a Bell Boy waiting for you. I can be accused of expecting a lot but this looked poor. I WAS WRONG. Inside the receptionist sorted us out a room for 8 middle aged (we still look good though!) men to get into shorts for a lunchtime beer (we had 6) whilst the rest of our 4 rooms were getting cleaned. And cleaned they were, every day for 3 days, you don't get that in some 4 star pads! The rooms at the back of the hotel overlook the pool and are quieter, ours had 2 balconies. The pool itself is a decent size and has a snack bar, but you do pay for your beds 1.8 euros a day. The rest of the hotel is of a similar standard and I CANNOT complain (& I DO like a moan) the staff were friendly, helpful & remembered my room number for me, which is handy at 3 in the morning after a 12 hour drinking session! The location is great as its 5 minutes from the Marina, Beach or Bars. The Marina is top class if you want to avoid the louder bars in the squares and very chill out. We went to Rena's Bar near 24 hour square (I think, I had a few beers by then so memory a bit hazy) which is the Sunderland FC supporters bar and was great watching SAFC (except the result was a defeat and Di Canio got sacked). We also went to the OLD Town (Peublo) which is very quaint and Spanishiy! All in All a great Trip and MS ALAY played its part, well worth staying.

Room Tip: Try and stay at the back as its quieter
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  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 6 September 2013

We arrived at the reception to be given the choice of two rooms pool or road; strange ?? no deposit box in room reception said the key was taken home with the last persons ??? they must have taken all the pictures off the walls and the toilet roll holder plus some of the skirting .all the coat hooks and mirrors the curtain across the bed. as well . no tin opener no iron the patio door did not lock had to repair the bolt to lock the front door marks all over wall and floor loose electrical fittings .and how the room 315 the Bermuda triangle stay well clear of this room .

Room Tip: do not have room 315
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  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 September 2013

Me and my wife and her sister and her husband had very nice stay here.It had very good price on the apartment.We did not hear much noise since we where poolside.There where very good pool bar with good food.and the rooms where clean and the ac very good.

Room Tip: Try to get poolside room since there may be noisy on the street side
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  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 August 2013 via mobile

We were a party of 12 family members who had booked for the weekend. When we arrived we were told by an exceptionally rude receptionist that there were no rooms available and our only option was to move to a nearby hotel for 2 of our 3 night stay and move back for the final night!This wasn't acceptable as we didnt want to start moving again midst our stay, especially as a member of our party had mobity issues. After a lot of

  • Stayed: June 2013
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Reviewed 27 August 2013

We have just returned from alay apartments after a 10 night stay,we couldnt wait to get home.My husband and i booked at these apartments in Jan 2013 after reading some of the reviews,all i can say is the people that wrote the reviews must of been staying somewhere other than at the Alay.i am 63 and he is 56 we requested an upper floor preferable at the back away from the road.we were allocated a first floor apt at the front above a supermarket,and were told this was all that was available needless to say we havnt had 1 good nights sleep.This is the only hotel where we have had to pay daily for a sunbed,the throw on the beds were dirty and all clicked the lock was brocken on the balcony door,and 2 days running we couldnt get into our room as workmen were in the bathroom in the loft,the toilet seat was also broken,the maid knocked a 6pm to clean.The whole place needs a full revamp,this is 1 place i would not recommend,the only thing going for it is thats its local to everything.

Room Tip: Dont go.higher floors at the back of the hotel,if you must
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  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 August 2013

I stayed in MS alay apartments in benalmadena for a week at the beginning of this august. We requested a mid floor room with a pool view, and that was what we got.
We were extremely pleased with the room, it was spacious and impeccably clean. The air conditioning was great- in fact if you left it on for too long the room got too cold.
The staff at reception were very helpful, and photocopied any bus timetables or maps we needed.
The pool was good- however you have to pay for the beds but you can easily put your towel down on the grass instead.
The location was perfect for us- the beach and the marina (full of great shops and restaurants) are a minutes walk away.

I would highly recommend these apartments to a young couple like ourselves who are considering a holiday in benalmadena.

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Reviewed 17 August 2013

We have just returned from these fab apartments and cannot fault a thing. The room we got was pool facing so it was quiet, it was a good size and the air con worked great. Small kitchen area with everything you need (microwave, toaster, hob, fridge with small freezer compartment, utensils etc). Pool was big and the perfect temperature, not too busy even for august which was fab.The staff were friendly and helpful. The best thing has to be the location, 2 minutes to the beach/bars/marina one way, 24 hr square and supersol tge other way. Minor things as mentioned by others, no wifi in room (which was actually good so I wasnt glued to my phone all the time) and you couldnt take your own food and drink to the pool but overall very good.

  • Stayed: August 2013
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Address: Avenida Alay 3, 29630, Benalmadena, Spain
Region: Spain > Andalucia > Province of Malaga > Costa del Sol > Benalmadena
Amenities:
Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #24 of 45 Hotels in Benalmadena
Price Range: £42 - £116 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — MS Alay Apartments 3*
Number of rooms: 60
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Apartments MS Alay, were completely refurbished in 2009 and are located by the sea in front of the Benalmádena Costa Marina and alongside the promenade. It is a unique enclave which lets you enjoy your holidays on the Costa del Sol , whilst being near tourist attractions. Benalmádena Marina has received the distinguish of “Best Marina in the World” twice, an award given by specialised international magazines, it also has the Blue Flag for Cleanest Seas in Europe, thanks to the quality of its amenities and its waters.Apartments MS Alay has one bedroom apartments with ample front rooms, internal telephone, international TV, air conditioning and heating, American kitchen totally equipped with a fridge, microwave, glass-ceramic hob and a full bathroom. The one bedroom apartments also have a sofa bed in the front room.All the apartments have terraces. Ask about the supplement for an additional bed to sleep 4 people. The MS Alay studios come equipped with internal telephone, international TV, air conditioning and heating, American kitchen totally equipped with a fridge, microwave, glass-ceramic hob and a full bathroom. All the studios have terraces.Ask about the supplement for an additional bed to sleep 3 people. Check in: 14:00Check out: 12:00 CHILDREN AND ADDITIONAL BEDChildren under 2 years of age are freeAdditional beds and cots are available only on request. The Hotel has to confirm availability.No animals allowed. ... more   less 
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