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What do you want for your money ?
We booked the San Fermin Hotel for 5 nights 5th-10th July for a group of 12 people. First impression was that from outside was that it would be pretty basic. However the rooms were ok, had air-con, great showers and were kept very clean, daily by the maids.
The food wasn't as bad as it has been made out with a good choice of food at breakfast.
The hotel was kept extremely clean throughout by the staff and we found the staff to be polite and helpful. The manager was a top bloke.
The most impressive part for me was the pool area and facilities. Good sized pool with a baby pool, water polo (we were unbeatable), mini golf, tennis court, 5 a-side football (we were unbeatable), kids mini club and shaded areas where you could keep out of the sun with plenty of seating. Sunbeds were available for 2 euros a day which were available from 10.30, which is a great idea as it prevents people (Germans) from throwing their towels on them at day break and there were plenty of palm trees and parasols on the grass surrounding the pool if you wanted to be in the shade.
All in all, a good base with good facilities and a very clean hotel for a 3 star. We paid £170 per person half board for 5 nights including flights, which was excellent value.
I would recommend this hotel to anyone and it caters for all age groups.
Really Clean Hotel
We stayed at the San Fermin first week October. We found it to be really clean and very good value. On the second day I slipped in the shower and the Manager couldn't have been more helpful and we had to move to another room the next day. Found the pool view much nicer than the car-park side. The food was ok - we ate well all week - and I am one of those "almost veggie" people who eat very little meat. My husband is quite fussy and there was only one night he just ate veal and chips. The breakfasts were ok and after breakfast we used to take a drink out - tea, coffee or fruit juice out onto the patio which was nice - while the cleaners were doing the rooms. We thought the location was excellent - near all the great English bars - they all make you so welcome. As the hotel has a lot of different nationalities - it is nice to hear a few English accents. Couldn't comment on the entertainment - we went out every evening - did catch sight of some flamenco dancers one night - very good. Some people might find the hill a problem but there were lot of elderly people getting up there ok. Benalmedena Marina a must see how the other half live. Up a short walk the other way there is a lovely little park to walk in with rabbits, chickens, etc running around. All in all a really good value holiday
Would recommend it
Although its not very pretty, the hotel is very well looked after and the staff are excellent. The rooms are basic but have everything you need. Cleaned well every day and always a fresh smell. Bit noisy at night, firstly with people pool side and secondly doors banging. Food was very good with different meals every day. I was surprised that NO drinks were provides for lunch and dinner. Not even tap water. You have to buy at a bootle (small water 1 euro). Whole town is quiite hilly so you are bound to walk up a hill. No worse than most others. Would definitely stay there again
Excellent value for money!
Just come back from the San Fermin - for the price we paid we could not fault it at all - read some previous negative reviews about the food - don't know what the problem was - there is enough selection to please everyone - if you compare the cost of hotels in England they could not compete with the level of service. The bedrooms are a bit basic but very clean - the pool area is lovely plenty of grassed areas if you cannot get a sunbed - the only thing missing was some music! I didn't take a hairdryer as it stated on the 'features' that hairdryers were available - they were not in the room you have to ask at reception - not sure if they charge or not as there were non available when I asked - just bear this in mind. The hill is a bit steep up to the hotel but there are at least three stop off points (bars) if you need them! Found a good pub (turn right at the bottom of the hill- a few 100 yards on the right) called the Sportsman full of characters especially the owner Dave. We would recommend this hotel to any age group as it seems to be able to accomodate everybody. We had a fabulous 4 day break and would return again!
hello i am staying at the san fermin its a very good hotel the food is top dollar the staff are polite the rooms are basic but what you would expect at a 3 starr hotel, would come here again, more football comp needed us women want to shop we need to occupy the guys, nice mix of people from different countries old and young,
Not bad but noisy at nights
Had read mixed reviews about the San Fermin after booking (particularly in relation to the food) but on the whole thought the hotel was OK. Had been warned about this steep hill to the hotel from the main road and this no exaggeration!! The hotel and room was clean, food varied, fresh and fine. The only problem was the noise in the hotel at night - it was unbelievable! Didn't manage to get one good night's sleep out of a week - seemed like everyone in the hotel came back from between 11pm to 5am and every door in the hotel (including the lift) needs some sound-proofing!
on the whole - not to bad
Well i have just returned from 10 days there with my partner & we found it to be OK for what we paid, wouldnt return there but thats mainly because we where staying in a room right above the restaurant which got very very noisey with crashes, smashes & bangs from 6am - 12pm which can be a bit much when all you want is a good sleep plus the whole hotel seemed to be very thin - you could hear everything all through the night & the doors slammed so loud it made us jump. Cleanliness was exceptional throughout the hotel but to the point where the maids would ignore the do not disturb sign & bang your door down till you got out of bed just so they could clean your room. Tried the breakfast twice while we were there & i have to say there was something for every1 but it got very samey & i would advise any1 staying to just go b & b as you wont be in the hotel at every meal time & it gets sooo samey that you'l want to go out & try different things, thats what we found. The pool area was nice plus when we got tired of lying around in the sun we got some tennis rackets & balls from reception & had a game to wear us out b4 jumping in the pool, plus they have a pool table, squash court & table tennis so there is something to do most of the time. Entertainment at night didnt look 2 good, think it was mainly spanish singing in a small room, would rather go to bed than watch that! The hill wasnt to much of a problem & i saw plenty of children walking up & down it but i did notice a few elderly struggling so i wouldnt advise it to them, theres plenty of bars dotted all the way down so if you get worn out just stop for a drink, my legs feel very toned thanks to that hill so i didnt mind it & its not that big took about 5 mins to walk its just steep coming up it. On the whole the hotel is fine for what you pay & to be honest i expected it to be worse but just make sure your not booked in2 a room above the restaurant because the noise will drive you mad!!!
Average at best...
Just back from the San Fermin and I have to say I was very disappointed. Rooms are desperately in need of upgrading bathroom was very dated and starting to fall apart, loose tiles on bedroom floor, balcony door didn't actually lock, room door had a habit of jumping open and air con had 2 settings, off and artic conditions. Rooms are very basic which was to be expected but it had obviously been some time since anything had been done with them. That said, they were very clean.
Our balcony looked over the road, and was next to a stairwell, very noisy and not a decent nights sleep in the time I was there.
Staff were a mixed bag, some were very friendly and helpful, others were verging on rude but seemed ok with the Spanish whom the hotel seems to be popular with. One of the barmen in particlar was terrible.
Bar was ok and it was quite nice sitting outside by the pool. Entertainments seemed to be on most nights by the pool but to be honest we didn't spend the nights in the hotel so can't comment on how good they were. Pool was busy by day but not overy so, seemed very clean as was all the public areas of the hotel.
Food was a joke. Luckily we only went B&B which was a relief. Didn't bother even going near breakfast again after the second day. Luckily the surrounding area has stacks of decent places to eat.
The hill up to the hotel looks daunting at first but really its not that bad. I'm far from the fittest person in the world and I managed it quite easily although it started to be a pain coming back knowing you had that still to go. There are a few decent bars half way up if you feel the need to stop.
If your going to Gibraltar, try the tour shop at the top of the hill, only €8 to go to Gibraltar and it was fine, cheapest we found.
Hotel was ok but there are a lot better in the same price range in the area and certainly wouldn't go back.
okay but not an gastronomical delight!
We have just come back, for the price we paid it was okay. the room was basic but clean. the hotel was very noisy at night with banging doors and there was little evidence of sound proof in the rooms! We went half board and would not recommend this, as the foods was poor and very little choice. We ended up eating out! If you want a cheap break, this hotel is okay but go room only!!!
Very nice hotel.
Although there have been mixed reviews about this hotel, I have to say it was great. The rooms were clean, albeit a bit small, and the balcony allowed easy access to dry towels/clothes from the beach. The staff was very easy to communicate with, and the pool area was in good use after a day at the beach. At night, the entertainment consisted of Spanish music and dancing, great for couples. The food was very good, except for the same breakfast every morning. Overall, very nice.
San Fermin Hotel
Hi have got a reasonable deal if I want for a week at the San Fermin Hotel. Can anybody tell me whats its like etc please. Also I can have bed and breakfast or half board, is it worth paying for half board or are there plenty of reasonabley priced restaurants around.
Re: San Fermin Hotel
nice little places,just up the hill in bonanza,loads of really cheap resteraunts,eduardos,millies,casa chim ,praiso,loads of chinese aswell,san fermin is well located for everwhere,go to the brass bell on sunday and book a coachtrip to gibralta for 10 euros ask for morriss.marina is lovely and paloma park is wonderful ,both 5 mins downhill walks..market friday.go to watch bunnies cabarett best on coast.
Does anybody know what time the last train is from malaga airport to benalmadena?.. Also my girlfriend and i are stopping at the san fermin hotel,is it ok?..Will it still be nice and hot late september?...Whatever,it will be a change from the wind and rain of grim northern england..Thanks...Must go now for a few hours sleep before setting off to amsterdam for a couple of days.
As long as it isn't a Sunday or Bank Holiday the last train seems to be at 22.30. I have the times from Arroyo and working them back I am confident that is right. The train actually goes to Arroyo which is quite a walk down to where you are staying. I wouldn't fancy it with suitcases so you would have to get a taxi or get on a bus. A taxi from there will probablly be about 6/8 euros. A taxi from the airport would cost in the region of 20 euros. Your hotel has some good reviews on www.tripadvisor.com so looks like a good choice there.It's very central. The weather should be sunny. We have been going there for about six years now and still enjoy the area. Happy to help with any tips -just email me.
Have a good holiday.
By the way we really like Aroyo. Well worth a visit. We get the train and bus all over - just never from or to the airport .