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Apartamentos Doramar
Ranked #35 of 45 Hotels in Benalmadena
Tewksbury, Massachusetts
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
“Good budget friendly option”
Reviewed 12 March 2014

Having read some of the reviews I was prepared for the worst. This was part of a very reasonable package deal. Yes the place is dated but it is clean. It is up a steep hill but everything is either up hill or on the beach. We had room 610 and as noted by other reviewers this is one of the best rooms. View is lovely. Handy to have a place with refrigerator, electric kettle and stove to make breakfast or lunch. The rooms are small by American standards but they were clean. We had an issue with the door on arrival and this was taken care of by the staff in a friendly and speedy manner. All of the staff were lovely. We booked two tours with the desk and Belaire was exceptionally helpful. Nadia and the staff in the bar downstairs were wonderful and welcoming. We were there 7 nights and on day 4 the towels were changed. For 5 euro we bought toilet paper, paper towels and supplies to wash up. Glamorous this is not, elegant this is not. If you are looking for a hotel experience this is not the right fit for you. We were here in the off season and it was quiet, clean, friendly and very inexpensive. Great access to all that the Costa has to offer. Used the public bus to get from Malaga airport with ease and to travel around the Costa. Tours pick up and drop off from the Hotel Tritton a 3 minute walk to the bottom of the hill. Lots of shops in the area to pick up food etc. Homey feel to the place but may be different in the peak season. We did not encounter any of the party crowd described in other reviews. One caveat TV has 4 very basic channels but with that view who wants telley.

Room Tip: As noted rooms with a 10 i.e. 610 have a nice view. Higher up even better. Funky hall lights are ope...
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
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Lancaster, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 17 February 2014 via mobile

I've stopped here before as it's a good location and the staff are friendly - the bar underneath is handy for when you come back at night the only quibble I have is I was there for four days they never change the towels and you only get one complimentary toilet roll!! Apart from that recommended :)

Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Londonderry
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Reviewed 16 January 2014

In late November we stayed for the third time in the Doramar. As before , we found it to be a good choice , friendly staff and near to all the amenities. Up a slight hill ( which might be a drawback for some) free WIFI in the reception areas and downstairs pool bar , next door to two good bar /restaurants also with free wifi! The main road , about 50 yards away , had bus stops going either to Malaga or Fuengerola direction with great links to other destinations. Temperatures at that time of the year suited us - 18 to 21 degrees and we had one rain shower in 2 weeks that hardly settled the dust! Brilliant ! The Marina was stunning ( although with the recession hitting badly in Spain lots of the boats were up for sale) and was votes the most beautiful in the world a few years ago! We will certainly be back again in the Doramar - the break there shortens the winter for us and the weather was lovely!

Room Tip: The top floors are the quietest - there is entertainment in the Pool Bar every night So I wouldn...
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 January 2014 via mobile

Stayed here last year with my partner, fantastic little place, we chose to stay here as it was cheap but we are going back this year! The pool area is well maintained, you can hire a sunbed for the day for €2 and it's a total sun trap so you can actually lie out all day.
The rooms are basic and simple all you really need on a budget holiday somewhere to sleep and wash yourself and make yourself something to eat, reception staff are very friendly as are bar staff.
All in all had a very pleasant stay at the doromar!

Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Bath, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 31 December 2013

When I was told the price we were paying for our 5 day room only stay at the Doramar Apartments I feared the worse.It was that cheap a room between 4 of us I didn't know what to expect.A few of my mates had been here before so knew the drill.20 of us in total went and we had 4 to a room.The Airport to the Doramar is about 30 Euros,when we arrived we were quickly checked in and had to hand over 40 Euros each has a deposit incase of any damage.the rooms were pretty basic with a bedroom with 2 singles and 2 single in the front room which you had to put together from a sofa bed.All the sheets were fresh clean and plenty to go round.You have got a small kitchen unit with a sink and a cupboard,there is no balconies but the sliding windows do fully open.At the bottom of the building is a karekoe bar which serves Pizzas,jackets,sandwiches,tea`s and alcohol.We only seen people actually singing on the Friday night but the have got Mtv playing most of the time inside and at pool side.The pool is very small with space for about 30 sunbeds.This is a great location with cafes and bars all around and the main drag of shops being about 25 yards down alittle slope.The beach is about 10 minutes walk and the main pub and clubs is about 5-10mins away.The marina area which is a must visit is about 15-20 mins walk.

Room Tip: From what I could see your room only looked out 2 sides of these apartments.1 side looks out over th...
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with friends
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Carmarthen, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 December 2013

stayed here for two weeks staff friendly and helpful the place was spotless in really good position for all amenities bus really handy for getting around to explore area apartment had everything you could want so would definitely recommend.Marie and Dudley from Wales

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Dunfermline, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 10 November 2013

stayed here april 13, staff very friendly, handy location for all amenities, got friendly with some scousers, great lads who pointed us in direction of bonanza square, just up the hill. an absolute gem of a place, great food, cheap beer and good entertainment at bonanza bar... been there several times since april, tho havent stayed there, have always popped into eldorado bar every day and i,m back stayin at excellent jolly pirate next door 12th nov and needless to say i will be visiting rafa etc et the eldorado, as well as the excellent bonanza square... tip, visit the orange tree, next to sunny beach apts for best food on the coast...advisable to book as theres always a queue..

Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Apartamentos Doramar
Address: Calle del Siroco 6, 29630, Benalmadena, Spain
Region: Spain > Andalucia > Province of Malaga > Costa del Sol > Benalmadena
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool
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Ranked #35 of 45 Hotels in Benalmadena
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Hotel Class:3 star — Apartamentos Doramar 3*
Number of rooms: 50
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