26 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Good family fun at Los Patos, Benalmedena
"Just returned from Los Patos - holiday booked via Lowcostholidays.co.uk who were brilliant - and would recommend this place for families. Please note that the shuttle did not drive to the main entrance of the hotel as it was very busy - be prepared for a hilly 4 min walk to the main reception. Rooms are located across the gardens, again, bear this in mind if you have buggies and small children. Our room was very clean with a separate twin bedded room and a sofa bed for our son in the main living area. Kitchen well equiped with washing machine, dishwasher and 2-ring hob. Take your own teabags/sugar/powders as these were rather expensive at the local supermarket. Room was cleaned daily, beds were made and fresh towels in the bathroom. Bathroom is very small but with marble throughout, TAKE CARE on the wet floors! Rooms do not have a safe, but the hotel offer to keep valuables. They also store your luggage at no charge, until your departure shuttle arrives. Hotel offered nightly entertainment and children's discos. The two hotel pools were very clean and well maintained and ideal for those with young children. The hotel is located about 5 mins walk from the beach where you can hire sun loungers/umbrellas at around 10 Euros per day. Toilets and showers also on beach (free of charge). Plenty of kiosks and restaurants nearby for drinks/snacks from around 3 Euros for chips etc, and a MacDonalds is close by (very busy with children!). We opted for half board at the hotel but only ate there a few times. For breakfast, you need to arrive as the hotel begins service at 8am or you have to que for sometime. As there were many nationalities at the hotel, the food ranged from pizza and chips to paella and a range of meat dishes. You must pay for all drinks upon entry - including water, but the hotel will keep your wine for you for the next meal if you don't finish a bottle! Food well presented and edible, if a little bland. We had a large English breakfast at one of the many restaurants along the beach : at 6 Euros for the largest breakfast in history with free tea, we didn't need to eat again until dinner!(The Horizon Restaurant) Benalmedena is a great place for children of all ages, especially teens. My son is 15 and found that there was an abundance of water sports just along the beach all reasonably priced and well organised. We visited the Sea Life centre (about 15 mins stroll from the hotel) located at the Marina. This is a lovely area and I recomend a visit. We ate here most evenings - best restaurant is Pinocchio's Pizzeria. Plenty of shops to visit for all budgets including the 2 Euros store and a shop that sold plenty of beach wear from only 5 Euros per bikinki to the leather store and designer sunglasses store! The Yachts in the marina are for hire/boat trips and also for sale! Check out the Junk, a chinese restaurant where you can eat and sail along the bay. Other nearby attractions that we visited were the Benalmedena cable car - only 13 Euros each (adult fare) for the return journey which is simply stunning (not for the faint hearted!) Allow 10 Euros each way for cab fare. At the top of the cable car you will see falconry with owls and vultures. Another gret place for children is Crocodile World. Taxi fare was 8 Euros each way from the hotel. You view all sizes of crocs and alligators and then get to hold one!! The hotel has many leaflets to suit all tastes and budgets for days out. The staff speak brilliant English and are keen to help. Check out the lounge which has internet access (chargable) and directories for anything you need for your stay. The only downside of this resort (not the hotel) is the copious amount of hawkers. Whilst on the beach and eating out, you will be approached to buy fake Prada/Gucci. Also watch out for the timeshare reps ...
We had a wonderful week and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this location or indeed, return!"
- Travel date: Sun 1st of August 2010
I have visited this hotel before and it...
"I have visited this hotel before and it used to have huge magnificent gardens.
Unfortunately, the gardens have now been built on and the hotel grounds are surrounded by large blocks of flats. When I visited last, the flats were unoccupied, but I was told by the hotel staff the residents of the flats would be able to use the hotel facilities. Not sure about that though - if it does happen, I think there would be too many people.
The hotel and staff are great, more like a four star than a three. The food was good - basically all you can eat. It's not 5 star, but then you don't pay for 5 star, it is a good 3 star, perhaps more. It is not for the teenagers who go to live it up with lots of booze etc. This is more of a quiet family hotel with easy access to the beach. Note though that is at the top of a hill and after a day shoping or on the beach, it can be hard work getting back I and my wife are OAP's and we managed though. along athe beach road is every sort of shop you might need whilst on holiday.
I recommend it, and iwll retunr"
- Travel date: Tue 19th of August 2008
Just returned from a stay at the Hotel L...
"Just returned from a stay at the Hotel Los Patos. This hotel has been recently refurbished and is in excellent condition. There has been considerable building work around the hotel constructing two apartment blocks which are in the final stages of completion. There is no problem in and around the hotel from noise. There does look to be building work planned at the front approach of the hotel as there is a huge site being cleared. The hotel is at the end of the resort of Benalmadena and the approach to the hotel is up a slight hill of 150 metres. There is a problem walking on the pavement due to parked cars. There are enough local bars and shops close to the hotel to keep the thirst at bay. The reception of the hotel is very smart and we found the desk staff to be very courteous although limited in speaking English. A few spanish words and some Lionel Blair gestures always got my message over and they were always helpful. The room was fine for three of us and we had a balcony with a good view over the back of the hotel which is where the pool and garden area is and the new apartment blocks which look immaculate. Rooms were cleaned every day and new towels/soap/shower gel and toilet paper supplied every day. The food was of a very good standard but at the weekend it is more aimed at the Spanish holiday makers. There was a good choice every night but nothing was named so you had to guess what everything was. The entertainment was of the usual bingo / parrot show / reptile show / flamenco etc etc that you see in most Spanish hotels. The daytime activities were good with rifle shooting / archery / table tennis / water polo all included. The staff were always re-organising according to demand so everyone was happy. This hotel attracts mainly Spanish. There were hardly any Brittish in the hotel. It was friendly enough though and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay. All in, I would recommend the Los Patos Hotel for a holiday in Benalmadena."
- Travel date: Sat 28th of June 2008
Last minute bargain through a tour opera...
"Last minute bargain through a tour operator. Very impressed from stepping in to stepping out. Bit of a hike (150 meters ish) up a hill from where we were dropped off with our cases (which was on the sea front) to the hotel door.
Beautiful marble lobby, friendly reception, 3 (small) lifts. Downstairs to a large dining room. Room was spotless and modern and cleaned every day with fresh towels, linen changed once during the week.
Food was a little repetitive, but was well cooked and tasty. Always a choice of 4 or 5 mains, plenty of starters, salads, desserts etc...
Friendly staff, happy to help. Happy hour in the well priced bar, clean pool.
Entertainment every night though is geared toward the mainly Spanish clientele. This wasnât a problem for us; our 4 year old son even won one of the nightly competitions, even though he never understood a word of what was going on!
Building work next door was nearly finished when we were there, though it wasnât noisy anyway.
Only SLIGHT downside and this is after racking my brains to find one, was that it was at the end of the resort, and a bit of a walk away from the marina - 20 mins."
- Travel date: Mon 31st of December 2007
3 Star Superior
"I stayed at the Los Patos as a single traveller for a week in September and could not find fault. I understand the hotel has undergone a recent refurbishment because it gave the appearance of a brand new hotel. The reception area was very smart and the staff courteous and professional. The room was very spacious and had a large and modern bathroom. The balcony overlooked the pool area and although there was a lot of development work going on around I did not find this off putting and most of the work should be near completion in a couple of months. There was a TV in the room but only one channel in English (Eurosport) and there was a maid service every day. The dining room was very large and clean and I thought the food was excellent better than most 4 star establishments in the area. There is no drinks service, but there is a bar where you can purchase drinks with your meal, and the staff are polite and helpful. The hotel pool area was very large as was the pool and there did not seem to be the usual frantic competition for loungers and there was also a large landscaped garden area. There is a poolside bar serving the usual snacks and drinks and the pool area is open 9am - 8pm. The bar in the hotel is open until midnight and entertainment is provided every evening. The hotel is located about a 5 - 10 minute walk to the beach and is surrounded by many bars and restaurants. All in all this was a very pleasant experience and I would not hesitate to recommend the Los Patos to my family and friends and I would most certainly stay here again."
- Travel date: Thu 27th of September 2007
Myself and my partner Jim (both in our 4...
"Myself and my partner Jim (both in our 40s) had booked another hotel in Benalmadena for 7 days but on arrival at hotel were told we were being transferred to another hotel as booked hotel was rowdy and noisy. We were sent to Los Patos and on arrival it looked lovely with lovely reception area. Better than the hotel previously booked.
Hotel was very clean, room was very clean and maid in every day. The hotel inside was quiet with just a couple of children. There was a lot of building work going on outside and the workers started about 7.30 every morning and finished about 7 every night. The first day was horrendous with all the noise as there were two apartment blocks on either side of pool being constructed, but after the second day you got used to the noise. Were put on the ninth floor and although the sun was restricted by the buildings after 5pm, our balcony was a sun haven.
We were half board and although breakfast was fine the meal at night was terrible. It was the same food for the whole 7 nights and catered mostly for the Spanish. A few couples we met were also complaining about the food. It seems that in September the Spanish pensioners get a holiday paid for them and hence the reason the hotels cater for spanish eating. We ate out at least 3 nights.
Rooms were cleaned every day with fresh towels every day. We were on the top floor and had no problem with the lifts and never really had to wait for a lift. The hotel is on a slight incline and in the heat can be a struggle for some people.
Hotel is at Casino end of Benalmadena and not a lot of shops close by. For shopping you need to go to Torremolinos or Fuengirola. Plenty of places to eat out with Irish and English pubs just two minutes walk from hotel.
Would definitely go back to this hotel but on a bed and breakfast basis or self catering.
Would definitely recommend this hotel and would have given it 10 out of 10 if food was better."
- Travel date: Wed 26th of September 2007
My boyfriend and I stayed at the Los Pat...
"My boyfriend and I stayed at the Los Patos in Benalmadena, although the hotel was quite nice, rooms basic but clean, food good, the big problem was all the building work that is going on around the hotel.
This must have been going on for some time now, we were woke up every morning at 8pm with the jcb's making a noise, also the views and sunlight was restricted because of the high rise buildings they are building.
Once all this is finished it will be quite nice, the hotel is on an incline."
- Travel date: Mon 24th of September 2007
"Having just returned from this hotel after a week I can only say dont book it till you are sure building work is done! It was hell. having diggers, drills and banging going on less than a 100 yard from the pool! You couldnt even here yourself speak!
The manager wasnt interested and reception staff very rude! So if your thinking of going to Benalmadena for a quiet relaxing holiday , then dont go there!"
- Travel date: Sun 23rd of September 2007
"We stayed here for 10 nights, the hotel has been newly refurbished and looks quite modern compared to alot of other spanish hotels. Rooms are cleaned and fresh towels provided everyday, however we found the airconditioning in the rooms to be poor. The staff are very efficient and we were particulary impressed with the barmen as they were very cheery and eager to provide excellent service. Pool is a nice size, able to get drinks and snacks from the bar to have outside. Slight problem with flies around the pool which was particulary annoying early morning. Lots of building work going on around the hotel, which spoilt the view and could get quite noisy. 5 minute walk to the beach, and plenty of restaurents and bars near to the hotel. We enjoyed our stay here, and had lots of beach days, took a trip to Gibralter and Malaga and got to see Benalmadena on the bus tour."
- Travel date: Sat 22nd of September 2007
hotel ok service some problems
"the hotel is clean,70%spanish .air con in the rooms works now and again we booked two rooms both the same we have told reception four times to no joy.food fine pool clean but the use of glass around the pool suspect."
- Travel date: Sat 11th of August 2007
Just returned from having a week at Los...
"Just returned from having a week at Los Patos.
Accommodation, clean, bright, fresh, and modern.
Food was excellent; in fact we never eat out at all!
Entertainment was first class.... fantastic shows!
Staff, courteous and professional.
Only downside.... stagnant stream to the side of hotel, so fair amount of mosquitoes! So take your cream and dab a few drops of tea tree oil on ankles to keep them away, and plug in mosquito repellent at night."
- Travel date: Sat 7th of July 2007
Just what was required......
"Went for a week with Globespan. 3rd time in benalmadena, first time at a hotel.
Hotel just newly refurbished and spotlessly clean. Pool very busy. Building site surrounds hotel but not noisy at all, and is away from the hotel access.
Food what you would expect, plenty of choice at both lunch and breakfast and always fresh on the buffet bar.
Hotel situated at the Torrequebrda end of Benalmadena and is on a slight hill. Beach just across the road.
Entertainment most nights, not our cup of tea. Plenty bars and restaurants nearby and Paloma Park only 15 mins walk away.
All in all pretty decent hotel and for the price you pay for half board well worth it.
If you get the time take a tour to Gibraltar, worth it for the shopping alone but be careful of your allowances!!"
- Travel date: Wed 4th of July 2007