here is elvis still singing in benalmadena..
The Vistamar Hotel Benalmadena. This is probably one of the best hotels on the coast, its top notch of standard and well kept. What i liked was it was none intrusive. On arrival we was checked in fast and found our apartment with the best views and so much room.
Four Star Hotel Lovely balcony with massive bedroom and lovely bathroom / shower – lots of room in bathroom. All cooking essentials and fridge and microwave and even a table to eat it on! Nice chill out area with two setees and a tv with multilingual channels which was great when chilling. Air con was spot and worked as a heater on the colder xmas nights!. When we arrived we noticed our balcony door was broke and this was fixed straight away.
Plenty of towels and soaps/toiletries. Ive seen reviews of bad location and entry is hard as its steep. These are wrong the location is great and very close to lots of pubs and restaurants and 10 mins to the main drag with bars all the way! disabled access is no problem as you can access the building at the bottom of the hill with not having to walk up any hill just pop our card in which opens the gate and you get a lift to the floor you want! The bar has happy hour from 5 – 6 which is great as the pints are only 2.50 which is very fair priced! had some karaoke on but as a entertainer didnt rate, didnt really ask people to get up and he just sang all night! slot machines, swimming pool – pool tables – cracking.
Free secure underground parking with secure gates.
Have to finish of with one negative feedback – the wireless access points are all over the hotel but the uplink is broke, if you ask for wifi then i was told you can get this in the lobby? i connected to the others around the hotel and they are available and connect but not internet access. As a IT engineer this is evident the uplink to the access points is broke which isnt hard to fix. For such a amazing hotel to be let down by not fixing and supplying internet to all the building is such ashame – when the wifi is working ill 100% return – or give me a room and ill come back and fix them for you and ill sing in the hotel and give the customers some decent entertainment – this is 99% the best hotel for sure just these little niggles .
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the places we visited in 7 days in spain..
The flight we took the cheaper option with ryan air and i have to say going out was a joke and i will be making a complaint as is was like being in a nightclub full of drunk english idiots. One girl was dancing round so pissed she could stand up and they kept serving her drinks and she was sick. She made the girl who served the drinks cry! i couldn’t wait to get of the plane. On the way back it was a lot better although i wasn’t happy when i spotted the silly cow was coming back on the flight but she looked tired out which doesn’t surprise as she was being a slapper on the plane on the way out so i wouldn’t like to think how many guys she went through on her visit in spain – dog.
we got a car from hertz on the airport on the flights deal this time – this was a very good procedure compared to some of the lousy car hire staff at some of the other places. They took a 200 deposit and wanted another 55 insurance otherwise i have to pay the first 700 of any damage which i didnt take which could have been dodgy because i had a blank moment and drove on the right hand side and nearly took a car out! which i swerved and missed and got shouted at by some crazy spanish guy! i dont blame him! it came full which they charge me 60 euro if they fill it which i had to because i was running late on return. The car was very clean as new and was a skoda which i haven’t drove before so decided to choose this over for ka which i don’t like anyway – i wouldn’t drive a skoda ever again as they handle pretty crap and they simply have no balls which you need in spain specially when your driving in and out of mountains!!
the first hotel we used for 4 days.
benalmadena we stayed in the dorramar, i got us a full apartment of booking.com at a great price its a great hotel with a bar and pool and great live music and karaoke every night. The hotel is located just of the main coastal road and with a ten minute walk to the marina and 5 minutes from bonanza square or 24 hour square. Great facilities in the room and kept very clean. The deposit for the tv remote and air con remote was like 40 euro which aint bad they also borrowed me a iron to fix up my shirts that got creased in my case and let me keep it till i checked out. No parking but you can get parked near for free the lady behind reception suggested some free places. There wasnt any food or breakfast but you can cook in the the room if required, they have a 24 hour shop which you can buy most groceries. I give the place a 7 out of 10 – as they didnt give us regular clean towels and they didnt stock up the loo roll we had to buy some!!
while in benalmadena we decided on a trip to gibraltar to get a watch for my birthday which we got at a good price and some cigarettes. Your looking at a hour to get in and a hour and half to get out if you drive in, which i wont do again because of some crazy stuff going on with the spanish fishermen being awkward, infact ill probably never go to gib again i thought it was a shit hole and personally dont like the place.
On the way back we stopped of at estapona which was another waste of time it was all shut down and nothing much is going down in the place, we stopped at one bar at the end of the strip and they had the cheek to charge us ten euro for two pints of lager!!! what a joke never again. That goes for the bar and estapona.
It was my 40th birthday while in spain and i chose to have my birthday meal in mijas pueblo one of the places i love to spend time and having a steak in the best scenic restaurant in mijas looking over the mountain seemed the perfect idea. The food and wine was amazing and we couldnt have picked a better night they had a fiesta music festival below the restaurant so we watched all the kids dancing to the music while we dined and then we went down to join in the celebrations before we left the mountain to meet friends for beers into the night…..
We spent lots of time in torromolinos this time and found some great places in the centro and costa, we will be spending lots more time here in the future. Some great bars and the place is great.
We left benalmadena and drove the opposite way towards velez malaga which takes about 1 and 15 minutes were we drive up in to the mountain to a place called competa. Again i got us a bungalow on a deal on booking.com at the hotel balcon competa. Now ive stopped here before in the hotel and have to say its probably the best hotel ive stopped in, in my life! aswell as the place itself being amazing and the people are lovely. Ok it takes 20/30 mins to drive into competa through a crazy windy mountain road which is a bit daunting! but what a place its got everything you need this is the place if you want to come unwind, walk, drink wine and dine in luxury places, when i say luxury as well as that cheaper than eating in some of the places on the coast for top quality food and beverages. The wooden bungalow had secure parking and access and straight views from the private balcony to the hills and mountains like you never have seen before, and a 30 second walk to the luxury pool and sun loungers! the room had a settee, TV, bedroom with two single beds and a lamp, air con in the front room and bedroom, a dining table, fridge and cooking facilities, a great bathroom with power shower. The towels were changed daily and we got toilet rolls supplied daily and the bins were emptied daily. The hotel has a bar and you get a great continental breakfast from 8-11 and free wifi!! The staff are lovely and the scenery and location is just the best ever. Even the residents were lovely, we chatted away to other residents and they even have free tennis courts! the hotel is situated at the top of competa and has great access to all the town. I had a small accident while pulling some orange peel out of a cactus i dropped and the cactus tip needle entered one of the veins on my wrist which ballooned with blood which i legged it to the hospital over the road in a panic were they looked at it cleaned it up and assured me i wasn’t going to loose my hand!! very helpful people though.
We visited the wine museum daily which had a great prices and great wine, we had a meal in the restaurant which we fully enjoyed and the price and service was amazing. We also ate ate oscars twice as this was the best service, best variation and best prices what a guy! Also if you visit try the tapas bar in the square the lady who runs it is very friendly and the tapas she cooks up is amazing and very good prices. Lovely to see our friends in the mountain and cant wait to return. They advised us on a walk to the next village on a special track made into the mountain, the walk takes just over a hour. You start by seeing some rather large emus! which were laying eggs. We carried on into the mountain with un explainable views and came across two horses which wanted petting! then we carried on a while longer and crossed a natural spring shooting water out from the mountain peak. Also spanish men harvesting there plots for there own fresh food. We entered the village and couldnt believe how lovely it was. We found a small bar and had a mixed tapas which contained quite a lot of fish and I had my usual gambas pil pil which was perfect. Probably the first place ive been to that just has a hole in the floor to have a wee! but hey ho this is real spain. We enjoyed the walk back and was surprised to over ten porches pass all in sequence they must have been enjoying the porsche run out through the mountains. Also if you visit competa make sure you visit the charity shop they have all sorts including some real good CD’s for a euro!!!
we also visited torrox pueblo which we didnt think much of but the costa was worth a look, lovely place and again very welled priced bars and nice people.
We visited nerja to visit the caves but we just missed them so we will re-visit for the caves, I headed down to the coast to find a bar that would do me a full english breakfast were i found one that probably served me up the best english i ever had!!! He pointed out were the market was which we though we had missed and we went on it and got us some bargains i bought some oranges to for 20 cent! i ate one walking round and could not believe how amazing they was so we went back and bought ten and at a few a day they certainly are worlds apart from the ones imported into the UK!!
The weather was amazing no rain and between 35 and 40 every day i did the usual stint of burning myself on the second day nursing a hangover, i fell asleep on the beach for two hours and woke up with a burnt back!! ouch ha 🙂
I have to say this is the birthday ive had in my life – spain is amazing 🙂
its on a street called camino – del saltillo – the woman who owns it is called victoria judge – i don’t know the mans name as he is rude.
We stopped in this villa in october 2011 in benalmadena – please beware if you have booked it was last minute as we usually stay in los cisnes which is great – we was waiting till last minute as our friends might have been there and would have stopped at there villa for a few days then booked in a nice hotel…. so last minute infact the night before we flew i booked this – says near marina (apparently 6 minutes to it!!) and looked kind of traditional and very cosy and @ 150 for six days sounds reasonable…
Well what a nightmare the place smelt old all the floor was raising and had a very musky smell to the place. The electrics were unsafe and the furniture was filthy. None of the external lights worked and most of the inside lights never worked either. There was a gas bottle connected to the filthy oven that never worked – we spent three hours cleaning the place the day we got the there. The toilet stunk and the sink and bath was full of hair and the floors were filthy and never been cleaned. The bedding was awfully dirty and we slept on towels. You can see on the photos it had false partitions fitted and the paint was black. The fridge kettle and toaster were stinking and filthy. The locks were all unsafe and there was no smoke detectors and bars on the windows if there was a fire because of electrical faults you would be burnt alive. The electric wire was mainly made up of what i describe as speaker wire. On the first day i was getting on my under ware when i became aware of some guy watching me and he said -> oi have uve left a light on in the bathroom – i was fairly startled and i said my partner was getting ready and i was going to use the bathroom then turn it off – he replied good and walked off?… so i wondered how he knew this went into the bathroom and attempted to open the window in the bathroom only to be attacked and barked at by a dog, but i caught a glimpse of what i could only see to be like a dumping ground of filth and rubbish. I noticed my health start to deteriorate over the 1st few days from the damp and musky air in the place plus no air con didn’t help to the point were i couldn’t breath and coughing very badly. The second day the floor has no mats in the bathroom i fell out of the shower and landed on my back and was hurt when i hit the floor loads of filth and dirt fell out of the bath and i noticed all the fungi on the bottom of the old shower curtain. We was out the night after and bumped into a couple who was staying in the other side of the building and apparently the were upgraded to what they called the villa so we said we would compare villas and have a bottle of wine. No theres was more expensive by ten pounds and it seemed better than ours although it was dangerous to get to and seemed to be in like out building like a garage they were really upset. So we said we show them our apartment and they really couldn’t believe it!! they was in total shock. So we had a couple of bottles of wine to make the most of it and had a good chat and exchanged details incase we was in spain again and hit the sack or should i say the towel… I woke to shouting and heard the rude man speaking to my partner asking her why we was arguing and she said we wasn’t and he said we was and he had just got out of hospital and could do with out the noise and we had to be quite – when my partner told him to go and ask the other people and told him he was damn rude for not introducing himself and asking us what was going on last night instead of just shouting like that, she said i refuse to talk to you anymore and dint appreciate his manner on our holiday. She came to tell me as i was wiping the sleep from my eyes as i replied he was at the window again and said I’m here!!! he was listening to our private conversation – he said i have talked to next door your right you wasn’t arguing but to keep it down!!!!!
A few things they told me they have a recycle facility were the water out the washing machine waters there grape tree? would you et the grapes? the safe in the wardrobe you can just walk off with!… the windows are rotten and the walk to the marina is roughly just over 20 minutes not the six minutes advertised – stay away from this place not only is it filthy its dangerous, smelly and I’m not sure if the landlord peeps through the holes in the walls….. beware its a 1st class dump.
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