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A small cheap hotel with comfortable rooms to stay close to Puerto Marina, the summer resort nightlife centre.
The hotel is located in Benalmadena Costa, on Marbella road, 2 miles from Torremolinos downtown and 4 miles from Benalmadena village. Puerto Marina, the resort nightlife centre, is located 655 feet from here. Coming from the airport, you will spend about 20 to 35 minutes driving, depending on the traffic (8 miles).
Since the hotel is located on the verge of freeway, we recommend you to stay away from the rooms closer to the street if you want to be saved from the traffic noise. The rooms ending in 07 and those from 507 to 512 offer a lateral view of the sea. The rooms 112 to 119 and 211 to 219 offer a frontal view of the sea and the pool.
Built in the 60s and renovated in 2001-2002, the Puerto Banalmadena hotel is composed of a modern 6-storey building, prolonged by an 2-storey outbuilding. The lobby is small, sad-looking and summarily furnished. On the lower level, you will find the restaurant, a small living room and the bar. The bar is quite large but is somehow cold-looking and it quickly becomes smoke-filled. This is where musical animations take place in the evening. The patio bar opens toward the pool around which there are a few wooden tables. The pool (1,345 feet˛), strictly rectangular, is surrounded by a solarium equipped with a shower, a few sunshades and about twenty beach chairs. Right aside, a small square grass area, bordered by large pine sunshades, hosts the kids pool. This is all you will find here for vegetation!
The last renovations become visible once you go toward the rooms: the hallways are clean and the painting has recently been re-done. The same applies for the 76 double rooms. In return, the decoration was not replaced, do not look at the really bad taste mohogany and copper headboard, the wall lamps and the few floral paintings. The rooms are equipped with air-conditioning operated by remote control, satellite TV, a telephone with direct international access and a safe (paying). The bathrooms are narrow: bathtub, washbasin, bidet and toilets are grouped in a pocket handkerchief. All the rooms offer a balcony but the view has nothing special.
The hotel restaurant is decorated in a very conventional style with columns covered by mirros and a few green plants. The small buffet, set up for all the three meals offers a quite few choices: a few entrées (row vegetables, mixed salads, soup), 2 or 3 dishes and barely more desserts. As for the drinks, you can choose between wine, beer and water. The breakfast is also pretty scanty: cereals, eggs, beans, bread and cooked meats. A vending machine allows you to have coffee, milk, chocholate or industrial fruit juice.
Torre Barmeja public beach is the closest beach to the hotel (985 feet). It is a town beach, bordered by the coastal road, with highly urbanised surroundings. In high season, the beach is quite packed out (noise and strong promiscuity). The sand is grey and pretty fine. The sea is a little choppy because this place is not protected against the wind. In high season, the beach is supervised by municipal teams (there is also a flag). You will find showers, sunshades for rent and beach chairs as well as ''chiriguitos (beach snacks) and a small boat club. If you want a wider range of water sports, you should go to ''Puerto deportivo'' at Benalmandera (985 feet away from the hotel).