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i stayed here along with 6 other people and thought it was a really nice hotel. the price was good £250 per room for 4 nights including buffet style breakfast and evening meal the hotel its self was clean and had a maid service every day. everything was close to the hotel and found the staff helpful and friendly i would definitly use this hotel again.
Brilliant - Fantastic time
Ten of us stayed at the hotel for 4 nights from 22nd June 07. We were a hen party with ages ranging from 18-60 and every one of us had a fantastic time.
The food was lovely and so much to choose from, hotel was very clean and central to where we wanted to be, hotel staff were very friendly and helpful.
Several memebers of our group have already booked up to go again and I don't blame them it is such a nice hotel.
I would definitely recommend the Hotel.
Great Place to stay
Stayed at Riviera for one week from 19/07/07.
Rooms spotlessly clean, lovely balcony facing the sea, plenty of hanging space, safety deposit box (chargeable @ 2 euros per day), Tv, Hairdryer, lovely bathroom which is replenished with soap, bath gel and shampoo regularly. No noise from other rooms and the balcony is private which is nice , no going out there and seeing into next door.
Stayed half board and the choices were endless. If anyone says there was nothing there, dont believe them ! There is something for eveyone and we thoroughly enjoyed each meal. You just go up and choose what and how much you want of something. The only thing we didnt know before we got there was that men have to wear collar and long trousers for dinner - this isnt too much of a problem, my husband wore his smart jeans and polo shirts which is perfectly acceptable.
The pool was lovely, big and cleaned each day. The pool area again was spotless and has a snack bar and bar around the pool. There are lots of sparrows hopping all over the bar area which was quite nice as we fed them but if you dont like birds you may find this a problem. Plently of sunbeds/parasols to go round - BUT !! people still reserve sunbeds in the mornings which is really annoying and sometimes they dont go onto them until the afternoon as they have been to the beach all morning.
Hotel is located right on the promenade - you get in the lift down to the front or walk down the stairs. Its close to the marina aswell which is a really nice walk in the evening, plenty of shops, bars and boat trips there.
There are quite a lot of steps round the hotel which are steep so take care. When you come back at night to the hotel you cannot go back up in the lift from the promenade as it closes at 10pm. You have to go up a lot of steps at the side of the hotel which certainly tests your fitness !
Evening entertainment in the bar was pleasant - we only saw two shows there, the flamenco dancers and the singer - both very good.
Best thing for me is that there are no flying insects there - day or night - i dont like moths or anything like that so was fantastic. Didnt even get bitten ! Nice to sit on balcony in evening with the lights on and it attracts nothing :) If you go up to the mountains you get those secadas but not down on the front.
We booked to go to Gibraltar for the day with the travel agent opposite the hotel and it was a fantastic day and half the price that Thomsons wanted in the hotel.
We are both 37 and found that the majority of the people there were 50+ but everyone was really pleasant and we enjoyed their company. I would definitely return there.
Excellent 4* Hotel
The hotel Riviera was excellent.
Food was great, something different every night of our 2 week stay.
Room was huge and spotlessly clean. All of the staff go out of their way to ensure you an enjoyable and unforgetful stay.
Daytime and Evening entertainment was really good. Something for everyone on an evening from tribute singers/bands to Magic Shows.
We looked in other hotels nearby, the Las Arenas and the Palmasol and both were not a patch on the Riviera!
Steven 44, Mary 51 and Sean 16
First Class Service
Excellent hotel and facilities. Room very clean with every comfort needed for a fantastic holiday. Meals were first class and varied. Only one small complaint was the swimming pool which was not easy to reach for the disabled(My wife is blind) All other parts of Hotel show that they are disability friendly and keen to help. Thoroughly reccomended.
I stayed at the Hotel Riviera for four nights for a short break with my husband from the nineteenth to the twenty third of august,we were'nt sure what to expect and would'nt not have usually chosen somewhere like the Costa Del Sol for a hol but we only booked a week before and there was not a great deal of choice,but we were most pleasantly surprised firstly there were'nt any children staying at the hotel and whilst we love kids as we have four of our own it was bliss not to have the shrieking and general noise little people make when they are having fun,also the pace of the hotel generally seemed very relaxed no mad early morning rush for the sunbeds and no long queues for meals and reception, the rooms were very quiet we were not even aware we had any neighbours and I normally have to wear ear plugs to sleep on holiday!,also they were very clean and generous in size with lots of hanging space in the wardrobe the food was very good with a decent choice every night, and the staff were efficient.The position of the hotel was superb backing on to the promenade and the beach, and the marina is a pleasant stroll away and well worth a look, we would certainly return for another stay, only one downside the front of the hotel is on a main road and whilst we are used to traffic noise it did seem to bother some people as from both sides of the hotel you could hear the traffic with or without the balcony doors open.
Great Hotel - Not Adults Only As Advertised By Thomson!
Positive things first - this hotel is lovely and clean, the staff are very friendly and efficient. The rooms were big and carpeted which is unusual in Spain. The food was great, there were different main dishes every night and nothing was repeated. This was the best hotel food I have had in the Med!
The hotel deserves its 4* status.
In winter this hotel caters for the elderly - whom make up most of the clientele! If you are looking for nightlife, there isn't any in the winter - go somewhere else.
Thomson advertise this hotel as adults only, it isn't, we were kept up 2 nights running by a small child crying all night. When we complained to Thomson that there were children in the hotel when they specifically say its for adults, they said that under spanish law the hotel must sell rooms to anyone who wishes to book!!!! They had no answer to our question are to why Thomson are lying about it being adults only!! They weren't interested in helping with our lack of sleep, we spoke to reception ourselves who were very helpful and we had a new room immediately.
Top tip - don't book excursions with Thomsons, they are 3 times the price of tours by local companies and include all the same things. There is a little tour operator across from the hotel and we went to Gibralta for the day for 9 euros each express - Thomson were charging 30+ euros.
I cannot comment on the facilities as the weather was so bad we couldn't use the swimming pool etc.
I loved this hotel (apart for crying child), I wouldn't recommend it for anyone looking for fun, this hotel is all about relaxing in the winter.
Overall a great hotel
We stayed at the Riviera for 28 nights from mid Jan to mid Feb, and had a great time.
The hotel is run exclusively for Thomson bookings and is therefore 100% British. An added bonus was that there were no children allowed in the hotel. Most of the guests were of the 55+-age range, so I’m not sure it would have suited younger people, particularly if they do not like ballroom dancing, which is done on some afternoons and some evenings during the winter months.
The Hotel has a great location about 5 minutes walk from the Marina. It is situated on a busy road, which is great for shops, bus stops etc, but does mean that there is some road noise at the front of the hotel.
All rooms have a sea view. One side of the hotel gets morning sun, with views over the pool & marina. The other side of the hotel has sun from about 11am and looks out towards the west.
The rooms are fine, typically Spanish hotel type, but have everything you need. Another bonus with the guests being all-British is that the TV has a good selection of English channels, including BBC1 & ITV3.
There is an internal lift from the reception down to the outside promenade, which makes it very easy for anyone less mobile to get down onto the long flat promenade on the sea front.
Food in the hotel was excellent, again probably because they are catering for an all-british clientele, and ran on a two-week cycle, with a gala dinner once a week…as good as anywhere we have ever stayed, and has something to suit everyone. We did not hear anyone complaining about the food for the whole time of our stay.
Entertainment was also good by Spanish standards. Sure, there is the usual flamenco show once a week, but generally the entertainment was above average with some good singers & comedians. I good indication of the quality of the entertainment was the fact that lots of people came in from outside, because ours was better than the stuff going on in their hotel. The management try to stop this, and on several nights stopped outsiders coming in before 9pm, particularly on the 3 nights a week when there was a happy hour between 7.30 – 8.30.
We have read in some reports that the staff were not helpful or polite, but from our experience everyone was fine, and very friendly.
To sum up:
Food….great!, could not be faulted.
Entertainment….very good, compared to the usual Spanish hotel.
Rooms…Again good, but you need to decide it you want sun in the morning or afternoon.
Position….good, although some guests might not like the fact that there is some traffic noise.
Would we go again….defiantly yes!!
Good spot for a quiet break
If you like to see elderly people enjoying themselves, this is for you! Seriously, the rather tired exterior of this hotel is not the best introduction: the food is very good and the service excellent. The room was, unusually, carpeted but the carpet had seen better days. Although the room was double-glazed, it didn't keep out the noise of the traffic on the nearby road: rooms nearer the sea would be better in this respect.
At this time of year, there was no problem getting a sunbed on the terrace or in the terraced gardens leading down to the pedestrian promenade along the beach, which was all but deserted. If the weather is less than perfect, a walk to the yacht marina passes the time - there you will find shops and eating places.
All in all, this was a pleasant enough spot for an early break, but I would prefer a week in Mallorca, which is a shorter flight.
Booked this through Portland which stated it was a 4 star hotel, in our opinion this hotel was more like a 2 star, the restaurant was not clean, more often then not the cutlery, glasses and tablecloths were dirty.
Most of the rooms were on the side and the back of the hotel, if you do get a room on the back of the hotel, this faces on to a very busy road. We was lucky because we had a sea view room, but thats the only good thing we can say about it, the room was basic.
This hotel is in need of a total refurb.
An elevator to the top.
Feria de Benalmádena - Recinto Ferial.
I soaking wet at the front of the boat.
The train at the marina.