Room cleaned every day and fresh towels. TV fine once you'd tuned it in yourself for English!
Food was very good but the menu somewhat limited if you were eating there every night. Very Good restaurant on the corner from hotel no more than 40yds.
12 Euros to centre (port) in a taxi, hotel a bit out in the sticks but very good for relaxing.
Not very busy when we were there so plenty of space round pool etc.
Train station a bit of a march, all up hill!
Entertainment very good, not your `club entertainers` Bar staff friendly (the ladies) one waiter we saw was a right misery, bit too keen to lock up when not very busy.
All in all we enjoyed the break, wouldn't stay for a fortnight as so far from main attractions but to relax for a week fine.
Travel operator: Own Booking
Travelled with my wife and sister-in-law into a 1 bedroom apartment on self catering. On going to our room on the 1st floor we found that there was no kettle, we had to go to reception to ask for one which they gave immediately. We found the room a little disappointing with regards to the facilities for self catering, only the basic utensils for cooking, no oven, only 2 rings on top hob, 2 fry pans where the Teflon coating had worn off, tin opener from pre 1st world war, microwave. All in all 4 people staying in this 1 bedroom would find it difficult to cook a meal. Only one electric point available on work bench top to try and cope with kettle, microwave, toaster.
Now for the accommodation facilities, TV only 1 English channel CNN news, even euro-sport was in German, we found this very difficult as we had 5 days of heavy rain and no TV to watch. Good air conditioning, very uncomfortable bed settee which the sister-in-law could not sleep on. Staff did put an extra bed in the lounge for her to sleep, when you sat on the bed settee you were sitting on the wooden frame, the foam was missing.
Massive balcony approx 20ft x 12ft, only 3 chairs and no table, again reception to the rescue, handyman went onto another balcony who had 2 tables to give us one. The table was another surprise 18 inches x 24 inches ingrained with muck, how does 4 people have a meal on a table this size and so filthy.
Enough said about room facilities, room cleanliness very good, we did eat out a lot due to the facilities available but did find the food in the hotel very good and reasonable in price.
Location was just a little out the way from Benalmadena or Fuengerola with the 1 local bus available being hit or miss on whether it turned up or was full when it got to us. Train station 400yds away all uphill.
Happy hour in bar was very good and at a reasonable time 6.30/7.30. Singer each night who were reasonable.
Restaurant closed on Tuesdays so you have to go to local one 50yds away, which again is reasonable.
If the basic amenities were improved at this hotel it would be 100% better.
All the staff were very good and helpful. I found this accommodation very disappointing and doubt if I would go again as I can find better accommodation in Benalmadena, Fuengarola, or Torremolinos.
Travel operator: independant
Nightly happy hour which is great value. Location is between Benalmadena and Fuengirola with great train/bus service serving both resorts.
Hotel located 300 metres from the beach,but has own swimming pool with free sunbeds! Staff are all superb,speak prefect english,and always willing to help.
Nightly entertainment in the bar,which is very good.reasonable bar prices.Hotel also has pool side snack bar open from 1000 hrs each day.We all enjoyed a hearty english breakfast each morning,with breakfast being served until 1030 hours.
Totally recommended to couples and families.
Travel operator: independant
beach 300yds away and supermarket 2 min from apt. bus and train sevice closeby for those who wish to go into town.excellent place to stay - home from home
Travel operator: independant
Had not stayed overnight in the Costa Marina before, so I was surprised and delighted when we had a look round our duplex room on the third floor. The living room/kitchen area was spotlessly clean and there was air conditioning in it as well as the downstairs bedroom. That area had a small terrace and chairs, but the piece de resistance came when we went upstairs to my son's room (again air conditioned), which had a door out to the terrace. Wow!
The views to the sea and the mountians were amazing, and the terrace could have held a dinner dance for 50. Yes, FIFTY!
What a success that turned out to when my guests arrived for some early-morning bubbly. They were mesmerised, and that was BEFORE the fizz!
I had booked seven rooms in all for my guests, and everyone of them was delighted with their accommodation. So top marks all round.
Buffet breakfast was included, and again hit the spot. A full English "brekkers" was available (sausage, eggs, bacon...you know where I'm coming from). Eat as much as you want - and some did! Plenty of alternatives, mind you, with lots of fruit, yoghurts and such to satisfy those more health conscious than my motley crew. Again, top marks.
We ate outside every morning, and that al-fresco start to the day (including buck's fizz) set us up nicely for the lethargy that lay ahead.
The hotel's heated swimming pool, on the first floor, might have been considered a bit small, but I never found it too crowded (maybe because when we were there it was outwith the school holiday period). There were plenty of loungers and matresses available free to guests, and no scrambling for "pitches" you always seem to get in Tenerife and Lanzarote. Again, top marks.
The pool area has a franchised bar, owned by a friendly English couple who live opposite the aparthotel. They had Cruzcampo on draught (if I remember right) as well as another (John Smith's?). Good plain fare here (burgers and such) to help you through the day. And a nice seating area, with large brollies to shelter you from the rays. Top marks again!
The Costa Marina has a tapas bar, too, run by Antonio, who is a hoot. Not giving anything away as to why. Let him be the one to supply the clues!
There is set-price dinner menu (12 euros) as well as a-la-carte. Good choice, well cooked, never disappointed. You can eat in or out, but, like breakfast is was al fresco for us every time.
Before that, there is a one-hour happy hour at Antonio's starting at 6.30. Two drinks for the price of one and NO half measures! I'm starting to feel a bit giddy even thinking about it!
There was entertainment in the restaurant area every night at no extra charge, and the performers very talented indeed. Again, top marks.
Nearby (40 yards right exiting the hotel) there was a Spanish restaurant (can't remember the name) that served up excellent food each and every time we visited. The king prawns were gargantuan!
Down from there, and a real "find" for us is Paco's. The Spanish workmen use it at lunch-time in their droves (the first clue) and you won't get a table inside or out before 3.0pm. But head along then and let the friendly Paco (his picture is on the bottles of house wine) talk you through his "fishy" menu. This was a 10-out-of-10 discovery for us. But don't go on Mondays. No fresh fish that day!
The Costa Marina is in Torremuelle, maybe two miles from Benalmadena and as far from Fuengirola. So it is a bit in the middle, if you get my drift. The beach below is a steep climb down, and if you have mobility problems, it will be several 100 steps too far. There are several good chiringuitos on the beach for those who make it, all serving up decent chow.
There is a supermarket at the back of the Costa Marina, and although appearing small outside, it is something of a "tardis" when you enter. We used it for the full duration of our stay (16 days), although it must be said we did not eat in a single night (despite the self-catering facility available in our apartment).
The Torremuelle railway station is only 300 yards away, but that is a crow flies. To the wingless, it ia a severe hike onwards and upward around several hairpin bends. Again, a huge disadvantage to those with mobility problems.
However, there is a 15-minute bus service just a 100-yard walk away that will take you to Fuengirola or Torremolinos in no time at all.
Last, but by no stretch of the imagination least, I have to commend the staff at Costa Marina. I have been fortunate in my time to have stayed at hotels in Singapore, Cairns, Surfers's, Sydney, Waikiki and Las Vegas (among others), but have NEVER received a warmer welcome than the one received at Costa Marina. Owner John Peach must have cherry-picked his staff, for every one was a delight. Yes, Costa Marina is smiles better!
The aparthotel has only 51 rooms, but if ever a hotel and its staff went out of their way to prove that biggest is not best, that hotel is the Costa Marina!
Travel operator: Globespan
The cleanliness was superb, the rooms cleaned most days. The rooms also had air-conditioning which was nice after being out in the hot sun all day.
The pool was relatively small but was still big enough to swim in. The entertainment was good, especially Pierce the singer!!
The hotel staff were friendly and were always smiling! I would definetly revisit these apartments!
Travel operator: Airtours
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