Las Arenas Hotel, Benalmadena Costa
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4* on a budget its a steal mate!!from astonmarion
I liked this hotel, I could be very picky about some things as some people have but recognise a bargain when I get one and Las Arenas offered a good holiday at a great price!!
Las Arenas - The best hotel in Benalmadenafrom BoltonCMac
Too noisyfrom mustgetaway
It was our first visit to Benalmadena and the Spanish Costa Del Sol and considering our experience at this hotel and the resort's plague of time-share touts and fake CD and DVD salesmen, it will probably be our last.
top class hotelfrom honestscotsreviewer
Got the lotfrom Qchik
I can thoroughly recommend this for a short recharge the batteries break as the flight and transfer times are reasonable. It felt like a real holiday as we had the full 3 days too. Great value with Flyglobespan.
The weather was a bonus. 26 degrees when we left on Monday. 2 degrees when we landed back in Glasgow....
There were singles, couples and people of all ages in the hotel, and the entertainment was pretty good too. I'd recommend it in a shot, and have already!. I'll definitely go back - probably take my Mum, as the promenade and walking surfaces are pretty good.
This is a smashing hotel in a good location. I guess the rooms at the front would get a lot of street noise as it is a busy road - but we were in 620 with side views of the sea, and nice and quiet. sun on the balcony for most of the afternoon too. Bliss - sun, sea and chilled Cava from the fridge! (don't miss it - it's hiding behind a cupboard) I'm sure you'll not be disappointed.
great hotelfrom DonnieM
Staff were far and away the most pleasant that we have encountered in Spain. Maids were very regular and Miki in the restaurant was really nice.
We didn't use the bars or the entertainment much but both were ok. The problem was that the huge number of Brit pensioners tended to book all the seats in the non smoking section. They were all very nice, mind.
The hotel was slightly further from the centre than we had realised but the walk into the marina was pleasant. Bus stops are close and costs were cheap. However, buses were heaving and the journey to Malaga seemed to take forever. We found that it was more convenient to use the train that was both quicker and cheaper. The station is about 20mins walk with a good section through an attractive park. (Watch out for the timeshare touts at the entrance) The station is also the best place to catch a bus to Mijas. Again, the fare is remarkably cheap while the journey itself is interesting.
Don't go on the tour company trips!! You can get them cheaper from the nearby travel agents. The one just past the Windmill roundabout was cheapest. Smokers should book the trip to Gibraltar at 11 euros, good value when you find that 200 British fags cost £9 (£23 in Spain) We also did the Ronda tour, again good value. Worth paying the extra for the guide if you've not been before.
The only, very minor, criticism is the restaurant. The seating area is reasonably spacious and it was pleasant to have proper table covers and cutlery set out on the tables. Even better was getting proper tea or coffee pots at breakfast. There was a wide variety of food that was well cooked and plentiful. However, the buffet area was on the small side and tended to get congested. Matters were not helped by the pensioners' ability to gossip in the queues. Bet they shop in Asda back home!!!
In conclusion, we would certainly recommend this hotel and, from looking at the other resorts, feel that this part of Benalmadena was the most pleasant of the touristy bits.
Fantastic foodfrom Jzed
The downside of the hotel was the pool - not the most attractive area and far too cold to stay in for very long. If you were in the height of summer I guess it would be fine, but I felt it was more like a 2/3star pool area. The entertainment within the hotel was low key - we didn't really make use of it, but plenty of people did so there was a nice atmosphere for a quiet drink.
There seemed to be more older visitors & young familes to the hotel - not a place for teenagers.
Benalmedena has a lovely marina - but drinks are expensive there. The resort as a whole didn't do much for me - I have visited much nicer places. It was quite a sprawled out town with lots of empty bars, and not much of an atmosphere or buzz. Again, I would imagine in summer its a very different place.
But if I was was to return again I would definately choose Las Arenas - the food in the hotel was better than that of any hotel I have visited before.
Ideal Locationfrom dawndk
it was a break from the normfrom carmelmaryl
The location is also excellent, over a busy road from the beach but there are traffic lifgts almost outsiide the hotel to gain easy access there. The beach is very rough shail and very hard going on the feet, probably thats why so many people chose to stay around the pool!. There are shops and bars very close by so you need not walk too far for the bustling life of the costa de sol.
Now the down side................. The swimming pool is ok, but not enough sunbeds for all ! The terrace area around the pool is clean but very 2 star rating, there is a small pool table and a small darts area and a small pond ! there is nothing on this terrace making it a 4 star, e.i. no bar, no snacks no bright colours it look very bland. In late afternoon some of ther the pool area is shaded, but you can move around the terrace as not all is in the shade.
The staff were friendly enough but I never got any service from the waiters in the lounge bar on an evening, as i had my son with me (my hubby could not get time off) , I was always ignored I presume they must have though I was awating for my partner so they chose to ignore me and had to go to the bar myself, this happened on several occasions.
The food was ok, nothing fancy filled an empty tummy.
Overall I would rate this as a 3 star and possibly would go back if I caould get a full week for £50
Great hotel for any occasionfrom A TripAdvisor Member
The staff were really lovely and extremely helpful. Overall the resort was perfect for a girly catching up on gossip holiday, but if you want culture and sightseeing then Benalmadena is not for you!! However it catered for our needs perfectly (although fewer English bars and restaurants would have been nice!) I would definately return to this hotel if i went back to Benalmadena.
Top Local Tips for Benalmadena Costa
Taxis Gibralta Dont panic about dodgy taxis...All fares are max at 20 Euro so you wont be ripped off. If you go to gibralta get the Taxi tour and not the cable car... Just as dear but 100 times better.. Dont feed the monkies no matter what people say.. They can be nasty.. I was bitten!
tour bus for 13 euros you can get the open top bus from the bus stop across the road and it takes you to the marina, marine life and tivoli world and is valid for 24 hours and is a great way to see about
carefull on who you book A taxi from benalmadena to the airport cost me 20 euros if the airport taxis are the same it will work out cheaper than booking most of the internet taxis advertising shuttle services, i paid 43 pounds to resorthoppa only to be let down on the return trip by their taxi failing to turn up after following their instructions on phoning day before homeward journey and being given a time to be picked up.
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- Address: Avda. Antonio Machado, 22 - Benalmadena Costa - 29639 - Spain
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