112 independent reviews of the Bali Hotel
Address: Avenida de Telefónica, 7, 29630 Benalmádena, Spain
Bali Hotel
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Ranked #6 of 28 hotels in Benalmadena


4/5
Bali Hotel Bali Hotel is rated 4.12 out of 5 from 112 Reviews
87% of users recommend this property
Review Overview (112 reviews)

Cleanliness 4 stars
Entertainment 4 stars
Food 4 stars
Service 4 stars
Location 4 stars

Bali Hotel Reviews

4/5
4

Suzanne visited the Bali Hotel, Benalmadena, Spain in September 2006
Great Hotel, Enterainment for the Kids was spot on.

Booked this hotel as a last minute and could not have asked for more.

Really enjoyed it and the pool areas were great for my little girl.

The park is a must do, along with the train up to the cable cars.

Tour Operator: Thomson

Recommended: Yes
Review Rating

Cleanliness
5 stars
Entertainment
5 stars
Food
4 stars
Service
1 stars
Location
4 stars

5/5
5

Roy Ellaby had a holiday at Bali Hotel, Benalmadena in September 2006
Been to the Bali Five times in all.

We have had nothing less than a great holiday on each of our visits. We usually see at least one family who have returned for yet another great holiday.

Both Med and Playa buildings are comfortable although we prefer the Med as it has been fully refurbished.

ALL staff at the Bali are very friendly and helpful. Antonio, Paco, Juan, Cecilio and , up to last year, Constantino are more than capable bar staff who will happilly pass the time of day with guests. Happy hour is on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday when ALL drinks are two for one including tea and coffee!!

Thomson Reps are fine. Natalie the senior Rep runs a tight ship. Never been pestered to buy trips by any of them.

The choice and quality of food in the restaurant is excellent. It ...
is also run like clockwork. Maybe in high season you will have to queue but it is worth the wait.

A couple of things I don\'t like: First is the ratio of parasols to beds at pool side. There are more than enough beds but parasols are sadly lacking. Thus I had to rise at \"stupid o\'clock\" in order to make sure we had one for our baby. (And NO - We weren\'t one of the selfish people who claim a bed then don\'t use it!!)

Second is the lifts in the Med building. Slmall and sometimes unreliable. Pain in the bum when you have a room on the 7th (top) floor (which we always ask for as the views are fantastic)

Entertainment is first class given the facilities.
During our stays at Bali the Spanis Animacion team was run by the wonderful Olga and Fernando. They have been ably assisted by other enthusiastic staff. They are on site from 10am to be in charge of the Archery, Pistol/Rifle shooting etc and yet still put on a full evenings entertainment.Consequently they can be at Bali from 10am to 1am. Yet ALWAYS they smile :)

Sadly Olga no longer works at Bali and Fernando now works on reception at the Hotel. A sad loss for guests old and new.

We have tried to book a half term holiday in May 2008 but the half board option has already sold out. This is a reflection on the standard of this excellent FAMILY hotel.


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Tour Operator: Portland Direct

Recommended: Yes
Review Rating

Cleanliness
5 stars
Entertainment
5 stars
Food
5 stars
Service
5 stars
Location
4 stars

4/5
4

Gill Brian Louise Phil visited the Bali Hotel, Benalmadena in August 2006
Studios very clean and modern looking, lovely views from the higher floors. More wardrobe space here than in hotel rooms, and the bonus of fridge for drinks.

Kitchen equipment basic, enough to make a sandwich and breakfast.

Bed in upstairs part large and comfortable, however, the pull out beds (supposedly for adults?) very uncomfortable, the mattress is about 2 inches thick.

Plenty of eating places in resort, the best one at bonanza square, Bittos - always good food and service C J the waiter very pleasant.

Entertainment team excellent as always.

Booked again for next year.

Tour Operator: Thomson

Recommended: Yes
Review Rating

Cleanliness
5 stars
Entertainment
4 stars
Service
4 stars
Location
4 stars

5/5
5

andy & pauline had a holiday at Bali Hotel, Benalmadena in July 2006
Just arrived back from the Bali Hotel in Benalmadena, had a fantastic holiday. The hotel room was a bit shabby but very clean and spacious considering there were four of us in there.

Food was fantastic, we had an 8 and 9 year old with us and they found something for dinner every night. The breakfast was the same every morning but loads of choice and could be varied each day.

Very central to most things, bonanza square, the beach, paloma park and the marina, all with in 5 minutes stroll. Cardiac Hill not so scary after all.

All staff very friendly and able to speak good english but they seemed extra happy if you attempted a bit of spanish (even if it was just a please and thank you. Thomson kidzone staff all great with the kids. The hotel entertainment staff were ...
second to none and great with the kids, I wouldnt like to hazard a guess at how many hours per week they put in!!!

The hotel entertainment was very varied with mini disco for the kids and good shows after,wich the hotel entertainment staff performed.


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Tour Operator: thompson

Recommended: Yes
Review Rating

Cleanliness
5 stars
Entertainment
5 stars
Food
5 stars
Service
4 stars
Location
5 stars

4/5
4

Coekin Family had a holiday at Bali Hotel, Benalmadena, Spain in July 2006
Just returned from Hotel Bali and had a great time.
The hotel staff/maids etc were exceptional, cleaned the rooms every day and even returned later if not convenient.

The rooms were basic but the cleanliness made up for that.
The food was excellent on the whole although the choices a little poor for children if you had fussy eaters.

The down side to this hotel is that it was virtually impossible to get a sunbed or umbrella unless you got up a 6am (like people did!!)and this would probably deter us from visiting this hotel again.

The hotel entertainment team worked very hard and this hotel was excellent for children of all ages.





Tour Operator: Skytours

Recommended: Yes
Review Rating

Cleanliness
5 stars
Entertainment
4 stars
Food
4 stars
Service
5 stars
Location
4 stars

5/5
5

Louise stayed at Bali Hotel, Benalmadena, Spain in July 2006
I stayed in block 2 which is still to be refurbished. It was however spotlessly clean. Excellent shower. Maid left clean towels everyday. Safe was available to hire for 2 euros per day.

Reception staff speak good english. Service from Thompson staff was good but they mainly try to sell you their expensive excursions at the welcome meeting. They are regularly available at reception if you have any queries on anything and have good local knowledge. The animation team and kids club team are the hardest working I have seen and although the entertainment was not my taste I have to give them full marks for the effort put in.

The menu varied on a daily basis in the restaurant and included a few items suitable for vegetarians. It is certainly easy to put ...
on weight while staying here!!! If you are going on an early trip you can order an early breakfast. Also when we arrived at the hotel at around 10 pm a light supper had been prepared for us.

Hotel location was excellent - the hill is really very small. If you walk straight down you will come to the beach and can walk along to the marina. There is also a bus stop at the bottom of the hill. You can go to fuengirola, mijas and tivoli world from here.

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Tour Operator: Portland Direct

Recommended: Yes
Review Rating

Cleanliness
5 stars
Entertainment
5 stars
Food
5 stars
Service
5 stars
Location
5 stars

4/5
4

Noonan and Currans had a holiday at Bali Hotel, Benalmadena in July 2006
We stayed at the Bali Hotel in Benaldmadena.

The food was more than we expected.Very good.The cleanliness was great,even the stairway.

The hill is a pain in the rearend but the air-con when you arrive in the reception is heaven.And the staff and entertainment are more than helpfull and work very hard to keep everyone happy.Only one problem,the lifts dont seem big enough for the amount of people and luggage. We even got trapped in one for about 15 minutes.It was a little scarry and very hot.

The children were very well catered for.

To be honest we couldn`t complain about anything.

Tour Operator: Thomson

Recommended: Yes
Review Rating

Cleanliness
5 stars
Entertainment
4 stars
Food
5 stars
Service
5 stars
Location
3 stars

4/5
4

joanne seale visited the Bali Hotel, Benalmadena, Spain in June 2006
The hotel was very clean with maid service and fresh towels daily.

the food was fantastic with somthing on offer for everyone, even my fussy 7 year old was spoilt for choice.the hotel puts on a gala dinner once a week with a free glass of champayne for everyone and a flower for the ladies.

The hotel is within easy acces to the beach and shops although cardiac hill is a killer you\'ll have buns of steel after a fortnight of walking up it.

The bar staff were very friendly and the kids entertaineres were good. the entertainment was a bit dull but I think this was due to the fact that you stuggled to see anything as the room was filled with polesthat resticted your view.

I'd visit this hotel again and wuld definatly recommend it to familys.

Tour Operator: portland direct

Recommended: Yes
Review Rating

Cleanliness
5 stars
Entertainment
3 stars
Food
5 stars
Service
4 stars
Location
4 stars

4/5
4

KERRY visited the Bali Hotel in June 2006
We have just returned from the bali today and I have to say I was dubious after reading such comments.

We had a fantastic time in the bali the rooms were spotless, cleaned daily and thoroughly.

We got beds everyday and a parasol to put my toddler under.pool was cleaned daily even had a life gaurd on duty !!

Entertainment for kids was brill it was repetetive but my daughter whose 4 was in awe.

The entertainers were excellent so friendly and I even joined a few activities which I never do as I love to sunbathe.

Free bingo and some funny shows were also good.

Food was fine some excellent nights and the desserts and fruit was fab. The nights we werent keen on the menu we ate out at the many places available.

Tour Operator: THOMSON

Recommended: Yes
Review Rating

Cleanliness
5 stars
Entertainment
4 stars
Food
4 stars
Service
4 stars
Location
4 stars

4/5
4

Julie had a holiday at Bali Hotel, Benalmadena, Spain in June 2006
Just returned from a fab 2 weeks holiday.Rooms were basic but very clean.

Towels changed every day.Never had a problem geting sunbeds,but watch out for sunbed hoggers especially from the apartments,some were jumping over there balconies and putting out towels at midnight,and not turning up till dinnertime.(hotel door to pool didn\'t open till 8am),my advice would be throw the towels off and give them to the lifeguard if they don\'t turn up after an hour.

Hotel entertainment staff were brill.Hotel run kids club,all the kids could all go together whatever ages.Thomson kids club was o.k but I had two kids in different age groups so if they wanted to join in they couldn\'t go together.

Food was O.K but gets a bit repetative after 2 weeks.

Would recommend this hotel to families.would def go back!!!

Tour Operator: Portland

Recommended: Yes
Review Rating

Cleanliness
5 stars
Entertainment
4 stars
Food
4 stars
Service
4 stars
Location
4 stars

4/5
4

Simone Killen had a holiday at Bali Hotel in June 2006
This was the third time we had been to the hotel - we met people who had been 9 or 10 times!

We have enjoyed it every time - the kids love it and are most disappointed that we have decided to try somewhere new next.

Rooms were clean, any problems were sorted within the day.

Entertainment for my two young children was second to none - they loved it.

The food suited me and my husband but we struggled for our fussy two children who weren\'t too happy with the choices!

Would definitely consider going again but they could do with removing the hill!

Tour Operator: Thomsons

Recommended: Yes
Review Rating

Cleanliness
5 stars
Entertainment
5 stars
Food
3 stars
Service
4 stars
Location
2 stars

3/5
3

pat stayed at Bali Hotel, Benalmadena, Spain in May 2006
We stayed in the Bali for two weeks and I have to disagree with quite a few earlier postings. Having just got back on 22 May 06 I found the rooms were kept exceptionally clean every day with clean towels/sheets and beds made etc.

There is now no smoking in the main bar so if you dont smoke you dont have to breath it in and if you do smoke there is a smoking room or just go out by the pool or you can smoke in your room.

I would say the Bali is very clean all round just a pity about the people who are so selfish and arrogant by placing towels on sunbeds as early as 7 in the morning hogging them for hours with no intention of using them till late afternoon. (I ...
think the hotel should bar this selfish attitude as these people obviously have no respect for anyone else except themselves). The pool areas are cleaned every night(there is also small plastic ashtrays available in the cafe part to bring out (of course the towel morons are probably the ones who couldnt be bothered to get an ashtray as they have no respect for others-see above about sunbed hogging)and the sunbeds placed in an orderly fashion till the towel morons get there in the early hours.

My advice is if you go to find a sunbed and no one comes to their towel within a hour or so just throw it on the floor.

Whilst the food offered a good choice I dont know how people on here can say it was excellent (god knows what they eat at home because it was in my view very undercooked and disgusting to eat making you feel sickly every time you ate in the morning (I ended up having just boiled egg on toast every day and got fed up of it). The bacon and fried eggs were swimming with oil as well as the bacon being raw pink (maybe its just the way they like it). The beans were cold all the time and my daughter is 10 years old and she would usually eat anything but even she hated going down for breakfast or evening meals (we only ate in two nights out of fourteen eating out all the other nights). My daughter only ate cereals really yet if you got to the Sunnyview cafe the food you pay for in there is quite good (would advise you just to have cereal then go to the cafe when it opens for a bacon and cheese roll-bacon is nice in there or burger and chips etc).

The hotel location is excellent and it is only a couple of minutes up the hill so quite easy to do after a couple of times. Central to beach, marina, pubs and shops. Hotel staff are excellent friendly and very helpful and the entertainment was ok in the day with games and activities by the pool though the kids clubs are at stupid times in the afternoon usually meaning that if your kids go to them you are stuck in the hotel nearly all of the day (which is ok if you have your towel on a bed for the late afternoon-idiots)but at night it is rubbish.

Mini disco (same songs in same order every night at 8.30) then very cheaply done entertainment mainly by the same staff who do the games in the day which never starts till 10.30pm and silly things like big brother?

Reps are sometimes helpful but I tend to think that if you havent booked any of their expensive days out they are not interested in you.

We were told our bus would arrive to collect us between 6.30pm and 7.15pm so we were in the hotel reception area till about 6.55 then went outside to see if there was any sign of it, but at 7.20 it hadnt turned up so I went in and asked the rep,who said we must of missed it, no one came to tell us it was here and the rep was very unhelpful saying we would have to make our own way by taxi (which we did) so reps are really very ignorant and unhelpful.

Would visit the area again in a couple of years but never stay at this place again.

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Tour Operator: thomson
Review Rating

Cleanliness
4 stars
Entertainment
1 stars
Food
1 stars
Service
4 stars
Location
4 stars

4/5
4

Morrison stayed at Bali Hotel, Benalmadena, Spain in May 2006
Hi we have just returned from another great week in the Bali this is the 2nd year running we have had a fantastic time there the hotel staff were very helpful, rooms cleaned and towels changed every day.

Food was excellent cannot understand how people can complain. Thomson reps were also great help weather hit 90 a couple of days whilst we were there so we were very greatful of the pool, would recommend a trip to the marina especially at night its like a city all on its own we will definitely be booking this hotel for next year.

Tour Operator: Thomson

Recommended: Yes
Review Rating

Cleanliness
5 stars
Entertainment
3 stars
Food
5 stars
Service
4 stars
Location
4 stars

4/5
4

Gillian, Louise, Phil stayed at Bali Hotel, Benalmadena in May 2006
Just returned from 2 week break. Room and hotel areas all very clean.

Food very good, plenty of choice for evening meals, always well cooked and hot. Occasional queues at busy times to get in restaurant, but never more than 2 minutes.

Daytime entertainment excellent for kids and adults, about 5/6 different activities each day. Evening entertainment started at 8.30 with mini disco - same songs every night, then bingo and show at 10 for an hour, then dancing. Entertainment team - Alvaro, George, Liz, Beya, Juan, Rosa and Fernando are excellent, really friendly and great with kids.

Bar prices are cheap in hotel! E2.40 for a pint, E1.25 for a coke.

Hill isn't too bad. Plenty of small bars around serving food. Beach a 5 min walk downhill and steps.

Would recommend for families with all ages kids, but not for couples only.


Tour Operator: Thomson

Recommended: Yes
Review Rating

Cleanliness
5 stars
Entertainment
5 stars
Food
4 stars
Service
5 stars
Location
3 stars

3/5
3

gerrard visited the Bali Hotel, Benalmadena, Spain in April 2006
Well the first impressions about the hotel was \" it seems like a nice hotel\" food very nice, didnt make any thing to the entetainment, not fo people in there 20\'smore like 60\'s. they was also doing building work which I didn't like, other than that it was ok.

Tour Operator: thomsons
Review Rating

Cleanliness
2 stars
Entertainment
1 stars
Food
4 stars
Service
2 stars
Location
4 stars

4/5
4

Paula had a holiday at Bali Hotel in April 2006
Was fully satisfied with the hotel - on arrival reception staff were extremely friendly & helpful. The food was very good on the whole with good selection of dishes - plenty of fresh fruit at breakfast & evening meal - soups were excellent. Ideally located short walk to promenade/beach and short walk to cable car/Tivoli World etc - the walk back up the hill on the way back was sometimes a killer.

Found all the staff very friendly and more than helpful - the entertainment staff were brilliant. I am a single parent and travelled with a 5 year old and we had a super time - 3 swimming pools & games a couple of times a day for both adults & kids - will definitely go back.

Tour Operator: Skytours

Recommended: Yes
Review Rating

Cleanliness
4 stars
Entertainment
3 stars
Food
4 stars
Service
4 stars
Location
4 stars

4/5
4

Ward stayed at Bali Hotel, Benalmadena, Spain in March 2006
The hotel was ideally situated. I visited with my mum who is 73 and we did not find the short hill an impediment.

The hotel offered great value for money and the meals were superb. Next to the hotel is Murphy\'s Bar where we had a great welcome, it was St Patrick\'s night while we were there, and their friendliness was boundless.

We would definitely go to this resort again.

Tour Operator: Portland

Recommended: Yes
Review Rating

Cleanliness
4 stars
Entertainment
4 stars
Food
4 stars
Service
4 stars
Location
5 stars

4/5
4

Rose visited the Bali Hotel, Benalmadena, Spain in March 2006
This hotel is now 3 star, room furniture was adequate, rooms appeared shabby - but clean, rooms freshly painted [but over damp bits], they are obviously trying to make the rooms and hotel better. rooms clean, towels changed every day,staff friendly but not creepy.

Food good [especially for those with a sweet tooth.

Cardiac hill...rubbish only a small hill!! I would go back again,this is a good basic hotel. Visit Bar-non....out of hotel...turn right..bottom at lights turn left lunch time food excellent.

Tour Operator: Thompson

Recommended: Yes
Review Rating

Cleanliness
4 stars
Entertainment
3 stars
Food
5 stars
Service
4 stars
Location
5 stars

4/5
4

pamela elson had a holiday at Bali Hotel, Benalmadena in January 2006
I have stayed at the Bali loads of times and never once did I come away without feeling yes I've had a good holiday.

The room this time was a studio and it was everything we needed and was nice and clean the staff were very helpfull down to just taking a short while to fetch me extra pillows I will be going back to the Bali in two weeks that will be twice this year and will be back there again in Oct.

Tour Operator: thomsons

Recommended: Yes
Review Rating

Cleanliness
5 stars
Entertainment
3 stars
Food
4 stars
Service
5 stars
Location
4 stars

2/5
2

Smith visited the Bali Hotel, Benalmadena in December 2005
Hotel Bali (Hotel BURGLARY) We are one of 9 couples who stayed in this hotel and were burgled.

We hired a safety deposit box on the advise of the hotel reception and the Thomson Rep, but this was a waste of time and the thieves just ripped it open. Thomson knew this had occurred many times before, but omitted to tell us at the time.

We will definitely not be staying at the Bali again, and would advise all other British people to avoid.

Tour Operator: Thomson
Review Rating

Cleanliness
2 stars
Entertainment
1 stars
Service
1 stars
Location
4 stars
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