Riu Puerto Marina

Puerto Marina, Benalmadena, Costa del Sol, Spain, 29631

Pool with hotel in background

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#2 of 6
expert-rated hotels in Benalmadena
Expert overall rating:4.1 out of 5
Location:
4.5
4.5
Bedrooms:
4.1
4.1
Eating/drinking:
3.9
3.9
Public areas:
4
4.0
Leisure facilities:
3.7
3.7
Service:
4.3
4.3
Value for money:
4.2
4.2
Recommended for:
Couples, Mature travellers, Chilling out, Nightlife, Relaxation, Shopping, Sightseeing

Expert review of Riu Puerto Marina

A refreshingly inexpensive hotel in one of the world's most beautiful marinas.

Would I recommend this hotel to my best friends? Hell, yes! Would I choose to stay here myself? Definitely. For its location and size it wins hands down for me in Benalmadena, but it could do with more a few more facilities. It’s sleek without being cold, and manages to have charm and character you’d usually associate with a boutique, or more iconic, hotel.

Location: 

Set in the heart of the award-winning, and frankly beautiful, Puerto Marina harbour, I’ve been on a sun lounger on the beach in under two minutes from leaving my hotel room.

Bedrooms: 

Rooms are spotlessly clean and modern, but with fairly basic, unimaginative furniture and average beds, I doubt the interior will blow your mind. The room I stayed in overlooked the pool and was remarkably quiet and flooded by natural light.

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Public areas: 

The white marble and designer-imitation chairs in the reception area are welcoming, but it does feel a little dark. The bar is becoming increasingly popular for non-guests who go to see the live acts.

Eating and drinking: 

The restaurant operates two sittings which means there’s a lack for flexibility. The food is not Michelin standard, but tasty enough. If that doesn’t tickle your fancy, there are restaurants galore in the marina.

Leisure facilities: 

The bar next to one of the two pools is probably where you’d find me. There’s an obvious of lack of other facilities though, such as a gym.

Service: 

I have always found all the staff, from receptionists to chamber maids, to be incredibly attentive and cheery.

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Who stays there: 

Couples and those wanting to be in middle of the action without a huge price tag.

Price advice: 

Bearing in mind you’re in the quite-pricey port, this hotel is exceptionally good value for money.

Pros: 
Location
Good value for money
Cons: 
Lack of facilities

More information on Riu Puerto Marina:

Type:
Hotel
Address:
Puerto Marina, Benalmadena, Costa del Sol, Spain, 29631
Amenities:
High-Speed Internet, Parking, Restaurant, Swimming Pool

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