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Complejo Los Pintores
Ranked #43 of 45 Hotels in Benalmadena
Rainham, United Kingdom
1 review
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“Not as bad as everyone makes out!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2011

OK so yes the food was pretty dire, the air con was on a timer, the staff didnt speak much English and were not very visible around the bar but come on guys it wasn't that bad!!!!! After reading the reviews on here my two friends and I were dreading going!! We expected the very worst so as not to disappoint ourselves and were actually plesantly surprised. The main thing was the rooms were clean and the pool area was absolutely fine. I didn't see any dirt in the pool at all! I think everyone on here is being slightly dramatic. At the end of the day all you do there is sleep and get changed. The people who pay for all inclusive are a bit sad! I can understand doing that somewhere like the Maldives but not in Spain when they have so any great bars and restaurants to choose from. I am sorry but you get what you pay for and knowing how cheap it is you can't expect it to be that great! I would say it is probably better suited to a group of young girls/guys who just want to go out partying and need a place to sleep. if you have already booked please do not worry!! It really isn't as bad as the people on here make out! Although the staff don't speak much english they can get by and are extremely pleasant! I would say, do eat out though!!

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with friends
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Halifax, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2010

Take it from me do not book this Hotel .I could write a 50 page story about how bad this hotel is

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled as a couple
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London
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2009

This hotel was a complete dissapointment. We didnt research this enough to of changed our hotel. It was put 4 star on the advert, being totally honest, it was more like 1 star. It was FILTHY. The food was very dogy and my daughter was worried about getting food poisoning. The staff were alright, they did greet us when we came into the hotel however sometimes a bit rude. Internet use was 1 euro for 15 minutes and 2 euro's for half an hour!! They made so much money out of us. The bed's were rather uncomfortable. The maids did clean the room but the materials were very rough. The staff hardly knew how to speak a word of english and was difficult to communicate. I recomend Las Arenas Hotel in Benalamdena, near santa ana beach. It was beautiful, we really wanted to stay there but it was fully booked.

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled with family
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Chelmsford, Essex
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2009

Arrived at 2.30am to find we had drawn the short straw with the hotel - the Goya! Room on 3rd floor was very oppresive, tiny, worst smell ever in room, odd door leading to room and to balcony, would not have stayed one night in that hotel. Immediately asked to be changed to one of the other hotels. The man on reception was very helpful and phoned the Velazquez (higher up the hill) but also ran across to the El Greco to see if they had a room to save us walking up the hill with our suitcases. We ended up at the Velazquez, which we think was probably the best of the three hotels. We had a room on the 8th floor, lovely views with the sea to the left and mountains to the right, with lovely villas and apartments in front. Sun came round after 2.30pm so we were able to enjoy it until the evening. Room was nice and clean, beds very comfortable, bathroom clean, maid service every day with clean towels. Food in the hotel not so good, although there is always something for you to eat. They seemed to use the leftovers from breakfast in the pasta every night, i'm sure the boiled eggs were the same ones every day, the evening food was cold whatever time you got downstairs, soup was like dishwater, we joked it was one-mushroom soup! However, there were things such as salads, pickled onions, grated carrots, beetroot, lettuce, odd dishes which i still do not know what they were, one or two meat dishes, one or two fish dishes (tasted same), one veg, one chips, maybe some potatoes if you were lucky, rolls were available (to fill up on), fresh fruit for pudding and melon, so although not the best in the world you can always find something to eat. Breakfast was boiled and/or fried eggs, bacon or chizoro or frankfurters, fried french bread covered in sugar!, cold meats and cheese, bread for toast, rolls, jams etc, a few cereals, fruit and yogurts. Again, you can always find something to eat. The beach was very close at only 300 metres, much nicer going down the hill than up on the way back though, but good exercise! Lots of nice places to have a drink in the evening around, a small cafe just down from the Los Pintores complex was quite reasonable and friendly, then lots on the main road. Lovely walk to the Marina, although we found it best to go on the main road pavement rather than along the sea as they Spanish people walk sooooo slow!!!! All in all, a lovely lovely holiday (as long as you end up at Velazquez!!!)

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled as a couple
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Wrexham
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5 reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2009

Having booked this trip 'on the cheap' we didn't have high expectations, thankfully, as this hotel did not wow us. We stayed at the Goya. On the first morning after our arrival we got up early for breakfast, and were very dissapointed, the food was awful and we did not bother going for the breakfast we had paid for again! That said, the rooms were clean and the maids came every day to replace towels and make the beds, the pool area was small but clean, and the pool warm, the Hotel was located a good ten minute walk from the sea front but this was not a problem, the only thing that put us off this Hotel/location was it catered mainly for spanish tourists, had no english bar staff even the drinks menu was all spanish, and no bar snacks. The region we stayed in was predominently spanish holiday makers and residents, IF we went back to this region we would seek a Hotel nearer to the Marina which was a good 40min walk from Los Pintores.

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled as a couple
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leeds30
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34 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2009

We booked a holiday at the Los Pintores Resort, on a half board , which comprise of 3 hotels, one is closed the Goya, The Greco and we were allocated to the Velazquez...
We are a couple of 50+ yrs of age we stayed for 16 days.
Over 35 years of holidays this is the 1st review I have ever left. I feel I had to
The hotel states it is 350mtrs from the beach, they do not say this is vertical. , You needed at least one stop to catch your breath
It was 30-45 min walk to the marina. The same distance in the opposite direction to the casino. .Not that we visited it, but we did walk past it on the very nice promenade
The hotel is Spanish, for Spanish people.
The hotel states it has a gymnasium we never saw this. Nor the billiards table.
It also says relax in the lounge, the chairs are knee high, suitable for a kindergarten
The meals were dreadful. I though the fried eggs had cucumber on,( new style) they were that green
Cauliflower that was burnt BLACK
We recommend the Blue Lamp in the next street over, run by Liz & Andy.
Or on the promenade, Brit Corner Sharvilles, were you can get a roast dinner for 9Euro (Super value)
To hire the safe was 58 Euros for the stay with 10 Euros back when you leave
They could buy 2 new ones each month at that rate.
They were approx 160 rooms, 11 sun beds (my husband counted them). 3 Parasols that were cemented into the ground one of these was over a sewage inspection grate.
There was a very strong smell of sewage at some time of the day
I do not think Spanish folk drink, as they were never any bar staff on, and had to ask at reception for him. But he was running the bar in the restaurant at the same time.
Bacardi & coke 7.50Euro in the bar, you did get a good measure, but no better than any were else at 4.50Euro
15Euro a bottle at the supermarkets
The TV is Spanish.
The Entertainment programmes are ok , if you are a spannish 7yr old .
My husband said “The best 2 things of this hotel was the boiled potatoes, which with plenty of salt on them made them taste of something, and the shower in our room “(which was in the bath )
I must admit we did eat out a lot
Would I recommend this hotel...? Yes to my worst enemy.
In 35 yrs this is the 2nd worst hotel EVER.


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  • Stayed July 2009, travelled as a couple
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Sheffield
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2009

Having read the reviews beforehand, we was a bit worried as to what we would expect. Although it was clean, the food was definately something to be desired and we chose to eat out in the evening rather than stay at the hotel! We arrived on a Friday evening after having landed at 19:45 and what should have been a 20 minute drive from Malaga airport, took us an extra hour before we found our hotel (even the taxi drivers didn't know where it was)! We finally arrived with 15 minutes left to have a meal and found the chips were cold and nothing much to make a meal out of! Breakfast wasn't kept stocked up and the eggs were rubbery, the power kept switching the drinks machines and lighting off at same time every morning and the last morning I only had bread and butter because of nothing left even though it didn't finish until an hour later!

Bar service in the evening was non-existent and/or slow. Air-conditioning units in the rooms were only switched on between the hours of 2pm and 1am, which were not satisfactory because you're not there in the day so would suggest they need to have them made available for you to use at anytime of day/night!

Overall, it's a good job we was only staying for 2 nights and treat it as a base and would not stay there for 7 nights or longer and would definately not recommend a stay here!

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled with friends
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Property: Complejo Los Pintores
Address: Urb.Torrealmadena - Paseo del Cortijo, s/n, 29630, Benalmadena, Spain
Region: Spain > Andalucia > Province of Malaga > Costa del Sol > Benalmadena
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Swimming Pool
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Ranked #43 of 45 Hotels in Benalmadena
Hotel Class:3 star — Complejo Los Pintores 3*
Number of rooms: 96
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