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First Flatotel Internacional 3.5

Benalmadena, Costa del Sol, Andalucia

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Pros

  • Quiet setting across road from rocky beach
  • Contemporary rooms have AC, microwaves, and rainfall showers
  • Some units have full kitchens, living areas, and sea-view balconies
  • Outdoor pool surrounded by loungers and umbrellas 
  • On-site restaurant with half-board packages available
  • Spacious fitness center
  • Game room and tiny outdoor play area for kids
  • Free parking and Wi-Fi

Cons

  • Removed setting with little in the area
  • Complaints of poor food
  • Pool is a bit small and no kids' pool
  • Reports of maintenance issues 
  • Not all rooms have balconies
  • Frequent bachelor and bachelorette groups may be noisy
  • Cleaning isn't provided daily

Bottom Line

Located a 10-minute drive from the center of Benalmadena, the upper-middle-range First Flatotel Internacional has a quiet, removed location across the street from a small rocky beach. The 108 rooms are modern, outfitted with attractive marble bathrooms, conditioning, and free Wi-Fi, but microwaves, and kettles, but not all have balconies. Mini-fridges, microwaves, and kettles are in lower-category rooms, while upgrades include full kitchens. An outdoor pool is surrounded by palapa-shaded loungers, plus there are a game room and fitness center. A restaurant is available but food receives consistently poor reviews. Note that bachelor and bachelorette parties frequent here, which may lead to unwanted noise, and travelers have complained of maintenance issues. It's worth considering Sahara Sunset Club, which is closer to town and has additional amenities such as a spa, kids' club, and multiple pools.

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Scene

Contemporary, minimalist hotel with generally quiet atmosphere

The First Flatotel Internacional is a contemporary, affordable property in a quiet location outside central Benalmadena. The modern, minimalist look incorporates a black, red, and white color scheme, with lots of polished marble, clean-lined furniture, and silver accents. Many guests use the property as a base for exploring the region, but while on-site, they're generally found lounging next to the relatively small pool. The atmosphere is largely subdued, although bachelor and bachelorette groups often come here and can add noise. Views of the sea are excellent from several areas, but maintenance issues and poor-quality food weakens the value of the First Flatotel Internacional. 

Location

Removed setting a 10-minute drive from Benalmadena proper

The hotel's removed setting may be a pro or con for some. While it's location a 10-minute drive from Benalmadena proper affords tranquility, there's almost nothing of interest within walking distance and transportation is required to reach sights. There is, however, a small and rocky beach just across the street, reached via a long set of stairs. Some guests prefer to walk about 15 minutes to Luna Beach Club for sand and drinks. There is a bus stop just outside of the hotel, making traveling to nearby cities easy: Fuengirola is a 30-minute ride; Torremolinos is a 40-minute bus journey; and Malaga is just over an hour. Malaga Airport is 20 minutes away by taxi.

Rooms

Spacious and modern rooms, all with AC, microwaves, and flat-screen TVs

Guest rooms are modern and minimalist, done in a mostly grayscale color scheme with pops of either red or navy blue in throw pillows and small artwork. Some decorations vary, but expect white marble flooring, simple Ikea-style wood furniture, white walls, and leather seating. Triptych photos of the hotel's view or pillows with photos of buses add some character. While many rooms have balconies with dining sets and sea views, some lack terraces. All rooms have air-conditioning, closets with safes, flat-screen TVs, and free Wi-Fi. Lower-category rooms have mini-fridges, microwaves, and electric kettles, while others have full kitchens with stovetops, coffeemakers, and cookware. Sleek marble or slate-gray bathrooms have rainfall showers, free toiletries, and hairdryers. Note that some travelers have complained of maintenance issues and evident wear. Also be aware that cleaning is only provided every three days. 

Features

Outdoor pool, gym, and game room

The main feature at the First Flatotel Internacional is its medium-sized outdoor pool set in a well-maintained deck. There are loungers under palapa-style umbrellas, but they're a bit limited for the size of the hotel. Also out here are a tiny kids' play area, table games, and a bar for snacks and drinks.The hotel does have a full restaurant serving buffet-style meals, but food receives poor reviews for both quality and temperature. An indoor game room and spacious fitness are also available, though equipment is a bit old. Wi-Fi and on-site parking are both free.

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Address

Calle Ronda del Golf Oeste 75, Urbanizacion Torrequebrada, Benalmadena 29630, Spain

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  • Flatotel Internacional

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