Holiday Village Hotel

, Benalmadena, Spain
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Holiday Village Hotel

, Benalmadena
4 star

Rooms: 360

Urb. Benal Beach Gardens, Manzana 10, Ctra. N-340, km 216 - Benalmadena - 29630 - Spain 34 952 57 97 57
715 Traveller

Reviews - Holiday Village Hotel

10/10
Outstanding
Submitted by: willl in 19/08/08
  • Age Group: Under 18
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Family Traveller
Outstanding, very good staff, nice buffet. Definitely go there again.
9/10
Great holiday
Submitted by: paula in 10/06/08
  • Age Group: 31 - 40
  • From: Ireland
  • Traveller type: Family Traveller
Great holiday. Very happy with reps and hotel food great. Evening entertainers brilliant especially natalie and pippa. We felt one other entertainer was very anti irish and we also felt she was only there for the wage that she was not very "child friendly". But over all this was a great holiday and thank you especially to pippa great holiday.
10/10
Fab relaxing break
Submitted by: kirsty in 05/05/08
  • Age Group: 26 - 30
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Honeymooners
Everything about the hotel was geat - we had a lovely honeymoon. The staff and reps were extremely helpful.
10/10
Fabulous in every respect
Submitted by: Susan in 10/11/06
  • Age Group: 31 - 40
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Family Traveller
We went to Holiday Village in October half term. Our two children age 3 and 7 had never been abroad before...feel like we couldn't go back to a typical resort hotel after this amazing place. Everything was fantastic, the pools, food, room, bars, entertainment, facilities on the complex and the reps were fantastic. The weather wasn't great, but there was always something to do indoors so we were never bored. Very easy to get to Benelmadena and marina...would highly recommend this hotel.
10/10
Brill Holiday
Submitted by: Elaine Hill in 20/07/05
  • Age Group: 26 - 30
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Family Traveller
Had gr8 time at this hotel, had everything for children and everything was about safety. Couldnt fault the food and believe my I'm very fussy! Plenty to do during the day with the kids club and entertainment at night was good, only fault I found is in bad weather there was nothing to do, so that needs to change. Rooms were fine although I would have liked a sea view.

Historical Traveller Reviews of Holiday Village Hotel

Not A Self Catering Complex

from hollyander
Just back from 2 weeks at this Hotel. The rooms are spaciious and well laid out and equipped with kettle and toaster etc. The balconys are very big and have nice furniture. Whilst the facilities for the Kids are fantastic and could not fault the Kids Clubs or pool facilities we discovered to our dismay that this is not suitable as a self catering facility.

From the minute you arrive you are bombarded with adverts to "upgrade" to all inclusive. All the hotel advertisements and publications advertise the resort as the compete all inclusive package. The hotel is part of a group providing all inclusive holidays and as you leave the hotel there are reps trying to encourage you o attend their sister hotel to purchase an apartment.

We were aware of the distance to the local resort of Benalmadena/ Torremolins etc but assumed that because of this that the hotel would adequately provide for the self catering guest. The small supermarket is so overpriced and is not sufficiently stocked to cater for self catering guests. A sliced pan cost €3.80, a tiny pack of sugar was €2.50 - these are just the basics to make a slice of toast and a cup of tea for breakfast.The only option was to get a bus or taxi to shops 5 km away.

The bar prices are equally overpriced with a childs juice costing €3.30, (using Lidl apple juice cartons) and a slice of bread € 1.10 (yes thats for one slice). As for the so called A la Carte restaurants the only word to use is MUCK. We were in a pary of 8 adults and 8 kids and not one of us had a good meal. We only tried it once and had to travel out of the resort to get any kind of decent food. The Buffet is fine but they charged €14.50 for my 2 year old . The Buffet lunch cost €25 per adult so for lunch for 2 adults and 2 children costs €79 !!!!!for lunch.

The pool bars and cafes had seperate Q's and every day there would be 3 people serving on the All inclusive line and if you were lucky one person serving the self catering people the reps confirmed that they had lots of complaints about this.

the lifts had no sensors and there were lots of incidents of kids and adults being trapped by closing doors so eventually after so many complaints the lifts were closed for 3 days and we were on the 5th floor.

This hotel is a total rip off for self catering guests- this premises should not be sold as a self catering holiday.

Not withstanding the above i have to say that the reps are very helpful and the kids clubs were brilliant. the pool with the pirate ship is fantastic-however it is situated over a bridge and you were only allowed consume food bought in this area. We were stopped with our cooler bag which had water. yoghurts and fruit for the kids and told that we could not bring it in. JUST DONT GO THERE IF YOU ENJOY GOOD FOOD- nobody minds paying for good quality, you wont find it here.

The Real Deal

from TONYKColwynBay
First of all,The room(we had a 1bed apt)it was very good,clean and tidy,neatly decorated and modern,the size was reasonable and a fairly large balcony.Kitchen a little small(but neat) and only stocked with the very basic of pots,pans etc.Our view(facing the mountians was not to bad apart from the hotel being built on the right,but we were not bothered by any sound from the building site(which was suprising).No sky on the telly,just bbc1 and itv2, so if your little ones need a daily telly fix(or god forbid its raining)I would take a portable dvd.
Second, the Hotel,the ameanities were second to none,pools to suit alll ages and was the biggest private sun and pool erea on the strip.Kids clubs were exellent,though over subscribed allready,in high season you will be queuing for at least an hr before they open to stand any chance of getting your kids in.Having said that once they get in they will have a great time with loads of different things to do for all ages(most of the kids club staff are british).
On to the food and drink,the food was faily good if not a bit limited,we went S/C but still ate in the diner a few times and i found after 3 meals there was not much else i liked and would have to start repeating meals,the choice of puddings(apart from fruit) were all very synthetic and full of sugar etc.I maybe would go fully inclusive if i was staying for just 1 week.
Here comes the rip off,if you do go S/c the food and drinks in the hotel are VERY expensive I.E. 200ml of coke 2.20 euros,evening meal in said diner 23 euros EACH,lunch in main diner 25 euros EACH,snacks from the snack bar, 6 euros for a basic hot dog and chips.
The trouble with this is you are stuck with the hotel for food and drink as you will have to get a bus to the nearest place that sells anything else.
Also the on site supermarket is very expensive, 2 euros for a paper(the sun)1.90 euros for a can of coke etc.
So if you do like a drink most days and do not want to leave the hotel to much go Fully inclusive it will be cheaper in the long run.
Having said that when you book check the difference in price between the S/C and the fully inclusive packages as ALL S/C guests can upgrade to fully inclusive when they arrive at the hotel for 38 euros each per day(cheaper for the kids).
The 2 main resteraunts in the hotel(Itialian and mexican) were ok but nothing special.
There are supermarkets in both towns that have a great choice and are much cheaper than the hotel.
If you want to go on any excursions DO NOT book them with the holiday rep in the hotel you can go to any travel agents in any town and get them at about HALF the price.The cheapest i found was in fungerola(take bus to terminal,turn left and its about 500yds on the right).Can recommend GIB,morrocco i could take or leave(to many street sellers right in your face).
Can highly recomment Benalmedena harbour(book boats for dolphins/fishing directly here,prices are about 15 euros per hr) i found this the best place to eat by far,loads of choice and top class food.My top tip is to try the Sakura for japanese (mad chief cooks food at your table,very funny).To eat at the harbour cost us between 50 and 80 euros(for 2 adults and 1 child)including wine.
For a cheap day out with the kids there is a park in benalmedena with animals just running about freely(chickens ,goats, peacocks,turtles,ducks,geese etc and some great playgrounds,its ideal for a picknic, to find it just turn left at the rounderbout with all the windmills on it(you willknow it when you see it).I personally much prefered Benalmedena than fungerola(A bit to many twenty somethings on stag do's for me and the kids,especially at night)
Buses run both ways about every 1/2 hr and are on time.I would recommend taking down the times as the time changes every hr.

To round up all in all a good holiday,hotel,room and ameanities 4*,Food in hotel 3* at best.

Hope this all helps and enjoy.

Overall nice family holiday!!

from clareg0707
We've just got back from a weeks stay all inclusive and we had a really nice time!! I really recommend all inclusive as this is a very isolated hotel and I didn't think the food was at all bad-it wasn't excellent but there was always something that looked ok and if not u can just stick to what u know and have pizza, chips and salad or something!! It was the first all inclusive I've ever done and it's very convienent with the kids!!

We did go out for one nice meal in Feingorola which is a bus ride away (although the bus wasn't very reliable at times) - it is nice down there and they have a market tuesdays until siesta sort of time if u like a bargain + a nice beach etc!!

Kids club was excellent and they were always doing loads of activities in the day for adults and kids if your like that sort of thing!!

The rooms were clean and spacious as was the whole complex!!

We went in May and the outside entertainment wasn't on which was a shame and the weather wasn't great for 2 of the days but on the plus sideI think in the high season it would get very busy at the bars and for sunbeds!!

Great for kids clubs

from bblace
Just got back last night after a fairly relaxing 2 weeks all inclusive with hubby & 2 daughters (4 + 2). Resort is large with a lot of amenities on site. Rooms very clean with large bathroom (separate shower) and separate small kitchenette with free soft drinks daily (coke, water and fruit juice). Hotel staff are generally excellent at their jobs if not overly friendly. My bed collapsed one evening and a new one was installed within 15 minutes. On another occassion the reception had wrongly confirmed our Mexican reservation and we therefore arrived after all the restaurants had officialy closed their kitchens for the evening. They very helpfully though arranged for us to receive a take-away from the Italian next door which we then ate on our balcony (with both kids in club/creche it was actually quite romantic).

Although the beach club is great for kids with pirate ship, water fountains etc., the pool at the ship tends to be colder as it is smaller and deeper so we tended to remain at the hotel pool. Loads of sun-loungers available, although I think in high season a few more shaded areas would be welcome.

Meal wise this is the best all inc we have been to, although that isn't saying it couldn't be a lot better. Breakfast and lunch I think are the best meals as there is a lot of choice for both & you can always have a snack lunch if fed up with the restautants. Also, you can order a packed lunch for day trips - no choice with these but are v.g. containing bread, butter, pate, tin of tuna, babybel, small choc cake, orange and water. Quality of food at dinner time isn't great with raw chicken being served one evening, and potatoes almost always under done. We found that if you just chose one thing for dinner every night from the range available then you didn't suffer too badly from boredom. Kids choices though are the same at every lunch & dinner - chicken nuggets, chips, burgers, hot-dogs, pizza and pasta.

If you do have kids though I thoroughly recommend the swimming lessons. The teachers (Lee and another whose name escapes me currently) are phenomenal. They taught my eldest to swim without arm bands in 9 x 30 min lessons!!

All in all it was a great holiday but possibly about 4 days too long!

Loved the Beach club

from woodyNFFC
I stayed in this Hotel with my sister and my 3 yr old son. We stayed for a week in May.
The hotel itself was brilliant and I couldn't fault it in anyway! My son loved the kids clubs but as others have said in busy seasons they do get full pretty quick so my advice would be to get there 20-30 mins earlier if your child really wants to attend certain sessions!
The food was ok there was different food available everyday as well as the usual snacks. The only problem I had was that alot of things where swimming in oil. We arrived quite late on the friday and the food they left in the fridge for us was not what i would call edible.
The best thing about this hotel was the amazing beach club! The swimming pools where absoultly brilliant and they were building another one too (this didnt disturb us in anyway).
The staff were helpful and polite the only downside is the actual location of the hotel. It is quite far from shops, restaurants etc although there is a reliable bus service that stops right outside the hotels and there is usually at least 1 taxi parked up to!
There was entertainment at night but it really wasn't our thing, so we went back to the room most nights and watched a dvd. All in all we really enjoyed our stay and if you would like anymore info photos etc please contact me and I will help in anyway I can.

fantastic holiday for your children

from sungodSevenoaks
We stayed there in July 2006,two adults and two children aged 5 and 7....We're going back in July 2007 aswell,as we felt the children enjoyed themselves so much here that it would be worth a revisit.
Having read some of the reports on here,I'm surprised as to the extent of some peoples moaning and whining about the place.
Are these the sort of people who are serial moaners??

I believe so.

It's simple really,if your holiday revolves around your children and as an adult you can more or less settle anywhere as long as the food is good,(which I believe it was very good)the sun shines,and most importantly the children are not bored....there is so much for the children to do they cannot be bored.

As one whinger was moaning about the price of internet access,I just wondered why he/she went on holiday in the first place if they felt the need to surf the net whilst away.

First class hotel,gated secuity entry/exit.

Families will not be disappointed.(unless of course you are a chef,and expect to be eating in The Ivy type establishments while in an all inclusive hotel).

avoid at all cost

from spencer1471
went here for a week but we got sick of the place of a couple of days see the same and thing avoid booking excursion throw the reps as they are more deer cheaper going and paying you self
direct. There was also building work going on across at the beach club which we were not advice about be aware about going inclusive as they have the same old food every day and is reheated from the day before and when u get to it is luck warm better going self catering and eating out there are bus that run every 30 min to local town and restaurants the bus number is 120 don’t use taxi as they are far to deer

village people

from rhyn0
We have just spent a great week in the Holiday Village (4 adults 34,34,37,40, and 5 kids 2,10.11.12.14.) even though we were considering cancelling because Fisrt Choice sent us a letter saying that they were building a new pool on site. the construction mentioned is at the beach club between the main pool and the sports facilities so we wern't desturbed or bothered by this, but the new construction of another hotel at the back of the hotel did spoil the view and we were awoken 7.30 each morning with construction noise (see photos).
we were all inclusive and i would recommend this as the hotel is not set up for self catering, as it is to isolated so therefore expensive. the 3 meals were buffet style with quite a varied choice each day and the evenig meal being themed each night stopped it geting too samey ie Italian , indian oriental nights. The food itself though was not great quality 2-3 star . you also had the option to dine in the two a la carte resturaunts Italian or Mexican, the latter being my best night as i prefered to sit down as a family and be served instead of walking round looking for something i liked. The Mexican resteraunt has to be booked in the morning and was half full when we visited, the service and choice was quite good with the atmoshere bieng provided by two mexican style musicains who resembled the carracters from the 3 amigos. You were allowed 1 starter, main and dessert but we also ordered extra spicy potato wedges and onion rings to share without refusal. You could also get snacks ice creams all day at the pool bar which kids really enjoyed.
The entertainment team were excellent and really made the holiday as they kept you going day and night with activitives for adults and kids like archery, bowling, raft building tablet tennis, quiz's ect the only gripe is that they charged 2 euro's each to play football, why?. some lads turned up one day and were asked for the 2 euro they just laughed and carried on playing!
By night the entertainment consisted of an artist in the piano bar who played to about 11 pm or the show which while we were there was inside (too chilly outside at night) which is family based and can be a bit cheesy preluded by bingo.
after 11pm the irish bar opens till 2 am with karaoke or somtimes a band
all in all we had a great time, Butlins in the sun? YES it is but if you like this format its great plus have you seen the price for butlins these days and your never guaranted the weather!

fantastic family holiday

from JlhWales
Being a travel agent, I booked this holiday for myself and my family on reccomendation by colleagues and customers. The age group of the party varied from 2 years of age to 70 years of age and we found that the accomodation was suitable for all. We were on the All Inclusive board basis and one thing that I will say is that this is the definatley the best option. Due the quite secluded location you would need to take a taxi into the neighbouring resorts of Benalmadena or Fuengirola to eat. There are taxis available outside the hotel and also a regular, yet sometimes crowded bus service. The facilities at the hotel are second to none and have everything from souvineer shops to internet cafes. Food was excellent and varied and I would have paid to eat in the mexican restaunrant again as the food was excellent. The kids reps in resort were worth their weight in gold as they were non stop on the go. There were creche services there for younger children and the kids clubs fro the older ones. I would not recommend this hotel for self catering due to its lion butocat for all inclusive it is the perfect option. It focuses mainly on famlilies but during low season is ideal for all.

Avoid at all cost!

from Citricos
We booked our holiday through First Choice last year and one week prior to departure we were sent a letter explaining that building work was being carried out! After a total of 2hours and 40minutes on hold to customer services, we were informed it was now just painting. We asked for written confirmation which failed to materialise. We were told we had to continue with the holiday and low and behold when we arrived a huge crane and cement lorries were outside! These continued working for the next two weeks!
The rooms in the hotel weren't cleaned properly, plates were left on your table during dinner so when you finished you had starter, main course and dessert plates on the table!
The hotel is in the middle of no-where, and you have to catch a bus to the nearest towns.
The main costal road is right outside the hotel and has two busy and noisy lanes going in each direction.
I have been to two Holiday Villages before, Lanzarote and Majorca, and was pleased with them that I booked this one. Unfortunately this doesn't live up to it's four star rating and is best avoided if you want polite, efficient staff, a clean room and a quiet location!

Top Local Tips for Benalmadena

Use the public transport - it's great and easy Kids under 4 don't pay for the bus, and kid's under 6 don't pay for the train!!

Benalmadena Harbour Go early evening for dinner overlooking marina followed by shopping

taxis Make sure you agree a price on your taxi trip before getting in

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  • benalmadena holiday village
  • Address: Urb. Benal Beach Gardens, Manzana 10, Ctra. N-340, km 216 - Benalmadena - 29630 - Spain
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