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“Great Location and Great Apartment!”

Review of Benalmar Playa

The Pool with sloped entrance just like walking into the sea
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The Pool with sloped entrance just like walking into the sea
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The Pool with sloped entrance just like walking into the sea
Living Room, light and bright with polished marble floor
Living Room, open plan to dining and kitchen area
Living Room
Dining table for 4
Kitchen, newly installed in 2015
Kitchen
Kitchen
The Master Bedroom
The Master Bedroom
The Master Bedroom
The Master Bedroom
The Twin Bedroom
The Twin Bedroom
Bathroom
Terrace
Terrace
The Pool
The Pool
The Pool
View of terrace, with table and chairs, from the garden and pool area
Gated entrance to the pool and garden
Grounds
Entrance to apartement on ground floor, no steps or lifts to negotiate
Street view, this is where we will wait for you on arrival
View from balcony, pool is never crowded as complex is small. It is always open as long as its warm
Imagine breakfast here, 2 sun loungers provided for the garden..
Your terrace as seen from the garden/pool area
New open plan kitchen 2015. washing machine, fridge freezer, micorwave and electric hob
bright and airy lounge
dining and lounge area
WI-FI, BBC, ITV etc DVD and plenty of books to read
master bedroom, mirrored wardrobes with ample storage and drawers
2nd bedroom. mirrored wardrobes with ample storage and drawers
Security entrance door. ground floor, so no lifts or stairs to worry about
This is our meeting point, beside the Estate Agents Xcicex
Entrance to the complex set back from road, see the girl in blue about to enter
Local Beach, 2 minutes walk, passing shope, banks, restaurants etc etc
La Paloma Park nearby
Reflections in the lake
The park is full of animals running free
Famous Benalmadena Marina
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Condo/Apartment -
2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 4
Benalmadena, Costa del Sol, Province of Malaga, Andalucia

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YrTyOlaf
Rhondda, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
66 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Great Location and Great Apartment!”
Reviewed 6 January 2016 for a stay in September 2015

We spent 10 nights here for a post Summer relaxing break and we thoroughly enjoyed it. Christine, the owner was very efficient with joining instructions and was there to meet us outside the apartments. Although we had her phone number in case of difficulties it wasn't needed as the apartment was well furnished with all amenities and very clean.
The location is superb, on the flat with a short stroll to the seafront and with bars, restaurants and supermarkets at arms length, well almost!
I think the nicest thing about this place is the tranquility of the place even though it's situated on Avenida de Palmyra. It was wonderful to sit on the balcony at night overlooking the lit pool sipping a G&T or any time of day for that matter!
We will definitely return.

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Liked best: Location
Liked least: Nothing
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 50-64
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Matt S
Crawley, United Kingdom
1 review
“very clean and close to the beach”
Reviewed 19 October 2015 for a stay in September 2015

Nice apartment with well kept pool and garden, beach is at the end of the road, plenty of amenities around, great location!

Travelling group: Friends
Your age range 35-49
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itchyfeet...
Romford, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Excellent Family Holiday”
Reviewed 1 June 2015 for a stay in May 2015
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This apartment was like home from home. Everything you could possibly need. The location is extremely convenient. Short walk to beach, bars, restaurants,shops and Paloma Park. It has a particularly lovely garden/pool area. We enjoyed Benalmadena. There is so much to do and would defiantly visit again in the future. The public buses are very good to go explore. We went to Malaga for the day.
Christine was a pleasure to deal with. We didn't need it but we felt confident that anything we needed whilst in Spain and Christine would have happily assisted.

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Liked least: Nothing
Travelling group: Young Children
Your age range 35-49
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DonnieM
Saline, Fife
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30 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“Another Enjoyable Stay”
Reviewed 23 April 2015 for a stay in March 2015
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This is our 3rd visit to this apartment.
Following our last visit, I remarked on the temperamental washing machine although it didn't affect our enjoyment. It was immediately replaced, which reflects the commitment of the owners. This year they have also replaced the kitchen to make it much more user-friendly. Apart from the owners, the apartments plus points of great location, quietness, secure complex and wifi remain. Safe to say, we're booking for next year

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Liked best: excellent owners
Liked least: going back to UK
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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DonnieM
Saline, Fife
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30 reviews
16 hotel reviews
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“8 GREAT WEEKS”
Reviewed 10 September 2014 for a stay in March 2014
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person found this review helpful

We stayed here for one night last year, This and the fact that we had had a previous good relationship with the owners gave us the confidence to book for our annual winter trip to Benalmadena.
This apartment has a great location in a secure block that is a couple of minutes stroll from the beach on a street with a lot of reasonably priced restaurants. Despite being close to a couple of quite busy streets, it was very quiet. The neighbours were also quiet so relaxation was no problem. We were fortunate to have really good weather and found the balcony great to sit out on as it was sunny for most of the day. The gardens were really nice too. but buses have high steps on most
We have a friend in a wheelchair and I tend to mentally assess how she would cope. As the apartment is on the flat as is the coastal esplanades, the answer would be quite well. The "walk" to the centre is a different matter but might be ok with a mobility scooter. Trains are fine
The apartment was clean and comfortable. There was a very modest charge for aircon/heating but we never needed to use it . Apart from that everything else is included. The beds were comfortable ( we slept in both as the family visited for a bit) and there was plenty of wardrobe space. The bathroom was more than adequate as was the kitchen. Unlike other apartments we have rented, there were two sets of keys. A godsend if you have visitors. A bonus is wi-fi.
I must admit that I did a previous review that mentioned the temperamental washing machine although I did say that it didn't spoil our experience. I was contacted by Christine the owner who more or less immediately replaced it. Our experience is that the owners, Dave and Christine, are a great plus point. They left us to ourselves on the proviso that we would contact them with any problems, had no problem with family visiting and made us feel welcome. The importance of having owners that you can trust cannot be over-emphasised in picking holiday accommodation.
Benalmadena is a great place to spend out of season holidays. There is enough going on and places to visit and plenty of restaurants/pubs open. The flat itself is on the level and it is possible to walk nearly to the airport along the Benalmadena and Torremolinos esplanades. The main centre and station is a about a 20 minute walk uphill but the local bus has a stop close to the apartment and reasonable fares. It runs to Benalmadena Pueblo and the Estupa (Buddhist Temple) that is next to a decent Aldi.
Some advice on public transport
1. If you are going to use the trains and a pensioner, buy a tarjeta d'or, at the station. It costs 6 euros for a year and gives around 40% discounts, including the local line. Trips to places like Seville, Granada and Cordoba are easy and big savings can be made. The line to Seville has some spectacular views.
2. Buy a pre-paid pass for the local buses. These cost 2 euros but cover all members of a group. They operate like a London Oyster card and give a good discount. Any balance at the end of your stay will be refunded.
3. DON'T TAKE THE BUS TO FUENGIROLA MARKET. They are heaving by the time that they reach the stop nearest to the apartment. Better to take the train and, if you do, get off at Los Boliches, cross the road and turn left.
4. Bus times at the stop are usually the time it left the terminus and you need to calculate this. However, the Benalmadena web site gives more accurate information.
A big plus point for this apartment is that there is a good supermarket (Mercadona) one block away with most of what you are likely to need. If you must have UK goods, there are a couple of British supermarkets and plenty selling newspapers. One thing to watch out for is pickpockets who distract you in the supermarket and steal your purse. We found this out to our cost. Beware of a couple of dopey looking shoppers who ask you to get something off a high shelf for them.
One last tip is to use the ex-pat Benalmadena web site that gives a lot of really useful information of what to see and do.
We would certainly recommend this apartment and have already booked for 2015.

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How easy was key pickup/access to the property? Overall condition of the property
Bedding & mattresses Kitchen & utensils
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Liked best: Location
Liked least: nothing
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway People with disabilities
Older travelers Families with young children
  • Was the property as advertised?
  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
  • Did the property offer wi-fi/internet access?
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