Riu Puerto Marina

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Address: Puerto Marina, Benalmadena, 29631, Spain

Star rating:
4 star hotel

4.1

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
4.5
90%
Eating/drinking
3.9
90%
Leisure facilities
3.7
90%
Service
4.3
90%
Value for money
4.2
90%
Bedrooms
4.1
90%
Public areas
4
90%

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.

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.

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.

Amenities

  • High-Speed Internet
  • Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Swimming Pool

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • Mature travellers
  • Nightlife
  • Relaxation
  • Shopping
  • Sightseeing
  • Chilling out

Pros & Cons

  • Good value for money
  • Location
  • Lack of facilities
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