Hotel Mac Puerto Marina Benalmadena
17 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
"A fabulous hotel in the terrific small town of Benalmadena. It gives the appearance and feel of being a fairly small hotel but has quite a few rooms. Riu has excelled themselves again with this hotel. From the smooth check in, to the excellent room maid service to the faultless service in the restaurant, to the wonderful buffet and lunch food, it all feels rather five star. The only small disadvantage with the hotel is that it is not directly on the seafront, but it is very near."
- Travel date: Tue 9th of January 2007
"Booked through [--]
Stayed here 15-18 December 2006 in a group of 6 on a B&B basis for a golf trip. First time to Benalmadena for most of the troop so it was nice to stay in such a good quality hotel for the price, about Â£25 pppn B&B.
The staff were friendly, the buffet style breakfast was spot on and the rooms were immaculate. There is secure parking underneath the hotel but you have to drive right around the marina to get to the car park entrance as it is a one-way system.
The hotel is perfectly situated, with all of the marina nightlife (bars, restuarants, clubs) within 2 minutes walk. We ate twice at the Nachos Mexican restaurant in the marina and the food there was first class. A welcoming atmosphere too !!!
We also ate at the Jacks American diner which is also located in the marina. Again, a Tex-Mex type menu, this was extremely good food although a little pricey.
All in all we found the hotel to be an excellent base camp for our trip and would confirm to anyone looking to stay there that it is an excellent hotel, as you would expect rom riu."
- Travel date: Mon 8th of January 2007
"This was a truly wonderful stay, staff make you fell relaxed and are so friendly, the food is plentyful & fresh. Beautiful room. The location is second to none and as for the price........... how do they do it??.......... UNBELEIVABLE.!!! Going to book up again soon."
- Travel date: Sat 16th of December 2006
"Superb hotel. Spent a long weekend at start of December. Staff very friendly and helpful Food excellent, good choice and freshly prepared.
Entertainment ok by hotel standard Location V good in all repects bar one, close proximity to a couple of night clubs and noise is a problem at weekend especially on front rooms."
- Travel date: Tue 12th of December 2006
A Superb Hotel Benalmadena
"We returned home 19 November 2006 after a most enjoyable 7 night stay at Riu Marina. The hotel's position is second to none in this area, and the Marina is ideal for a gentle stroll, a drink, a meal or simply people watching. It must be ideal for parents with young children as much of the Marina is traffic free has an attractive sandy beach area and is very level for walking with pushchairs.
The bedroom was spacious, with a balcony overlooking the swimming pool. This was spotlessly clean, as was the whole hotel.
The staff could not have been more helpful and friendly and the food was of a high standard, the fish and sweet courses were particularly good.
At this time of year Benalmadena nightlife is limited, but we enjoyed the hotel's entertainment programme, although it may not be lively enough for young people in their 20s and 30s. We also enjoyed visiting other 4* hotels in the area, but we were always pleased to return to our hotel.
The price of drinks in the hotel was very reasonable. Carlos III brandy was about half the price of the most expensive brand, but, to me, it was equally as good.
We would recommend this hotel and advise anyone visiting Benalmadena to stay here."
- Travel date: Thu 30th of November 2006
Riu come up trumps once again
"Once again the Riu group came up trumps for us.
Following a fortnight at the Riu Algarve Palace last year we booked an early winter holiday at this hotel in Benalmadena on the Costa del Sol.
We certainly were not disappointed. Riu standards are very high. The hotel was spotless, our room pristine and the food was good.
True there were one or two differences between this hotel - a Riu Classic - and our experience in the Riu Algarve Palace.
In the Palace all breakfast juices were served in large glass jugs and sparkling wine was freely available to make up bucks fizz.
In Benalmadena the juice came out of a machine dispenser and there was no sparking wine at breakfast.
However, everything else operated to the same exacting standards and the staff were helpful, friendly and efficient.
The hotel was centrally situated beside Benalmadena Marina but we experienced very little night time noise.
The price of the holiday - booked direct on the Riu website - was very reasonable.
All in all we would recommend this hotel to anyone."
- Travel date: Mon 20th of November 2006
Lovely hotel, friendly staff
"This is the best hotel that I have stayed in for friendly staff and a lovely atmosphere. The food is wonderful and plenty of choice, always prepared and presented beautifully. The staff are so polite and helpful you could not faulter anything at all."
- Travel date: Tue 14th of November 2006
"We stayed here for eight nights at the beginning of August and had a great time. The staff are very friendly and helpful. We booked via the Riu website -the taxi from malaga airport was 22 Euros. The food was very good with a good selection of meats and fish every night - try and get a table in the courtyard.
The shows are a bit cheesy but are a good laugh - our seven year old daughter loved them all. The only thing that she did moan about was the lack of English speaking kids to play with around the pool. Most of the other guests seemed to be Spanish, German or Dutch. At night we would go for a walk around the marina or along the beach which are right across the road.
The hotel is a gem in a costa concrete jungle.
One more thing - watch out for the mozzies !!!"
- Travel date: Wed 16th of August 2006
What a hotel!
"This really is a fantastic hotel with exceptionally friendly staff. The location is second to none and if standards are maintained then I'll certainly be back. Food is brilliant with a vast selection. I'm a bit of a fusspot and certainly not easily pleased but from the moment I set foot in this hotel I just knew it was right for me and my family.It's only a year old and can still improve in certain departments especially the entertainment which is not the best and could probably described as boring at best. Also, if you're heading there with teenagers then I don't think it's ideal for them as it's fairly quiet around the pool. More often than not we go to Majorca on holiday and this is where I found the biggest difference! Majorca in my experience is mostly British whereas here there are loads and loads of Spanish holiday makers which may account for the different entertainment as we didn't have the usual Mr and Mrs competions and water polo and stuff. So, overall I'd give the rooms and maid service ten out of ten, food nine out of ten location ten out of ten staff ten out of ten. Minor improvements would be a pool table or table tennis table for the kids, more activities around the pool and a few British style international acts for the entertainment which was pretty dire."
- Travel date: Fri 21st of July 2006
"I stayed here 9 - 12 june and loved the place, staff were excellent and happy, food was very good(stayed on a bed breakfast and evening meal basis.)
Its right in the marina and with 70 metres of the beach and even closer to the entertainment parts of the marina."
- Travel date: Tue 13th of June 2006
"i recently visited the riu puerto hotel with my four year old son, this hotel has a fab position, convenient for shops, restaurants, the marina, sealife, bus stops, train stops, we pretty much visited everywhere whilst we were there for a week..The hotel itself is very clean and the staff are all very professional, we went in april, easter, the weather was great not too hot, but still managed to get a great tan without trying. we had a low floor room just behind reception, we did get some noise from the disco over the road when people were leaving this was on a friday and saturday night, but nothing too terrible. On the whole the hotel was excellent and i would have no hesitation in recommending it, the baby pool and large pool were both heated and had a fantastic lady lifeguard, who was excellent with my son when he had a splinter in his foot, she couldnt do enough. The hotel was clean, good food, (no runs) and you felt safe (as i was a woman travelling alone with a four year old)"
- Travel date: Sun 18th of April 2010
My wife and I have just spent a wonderfu...
"My wife and I have just spent a wonderful 2 weeks at your Riu Puerto Marina Hotel. Everything was spot-on. We even enjoyed sharing in the celebrations following the success of Spain in Euro 2008, even though it always went on long into the night. But this contributed to the overall enjoyment of the holiday. The rooms were immaculately clean and a credit to your staff. The dining area and food presentations were always so thoughtfully set out, with meals to suit all tastes and cultures and beautifully prepared; a credit to your chefs, etc. The staff in general were so happy and friendly at all times, and always willing to help, no matter how small the problem. I wish to single out your reception staff, especially Anna Marie, who was absolutely delightful to talk to and to whom nothing was too much trouble; and, we noticed, was the same with many different nationalities, but all with the same friendly, efficient and charming manner. She warranted 20, let alone 10, and deserves to go far in the business.
We look forward to visiting you again in the not-too-distant future. Thank you."
- Travel date: Thu 3rd of July 2008