We are a young couple in our twenties and have just arrived back from a fantastic week at the Hotel Levante Club.
I was a little wary prior to arrival as I'd read some mixed reviews about the hotel but I really can not recommend it highly enough to anyone wanted a relaxing break in a great, modern hotel!
The only issue we had during our stay was on our arrival. We arrived at the hotel at around 11.45am and it took us over 2 and a half hours to be allowed into our room. Checkout is 12 noon at the Levante but in all honesty, it was a bit dis-organised and we kept being told to come back in half an hour, and each time our room still wasn't ready. However, in their credit we were allowed to go up for lunch whilst we waited and when I finally got so frustrated that I asked for another room, they did so immediately. This delay was particularly frustrating as we'd been on the go since 2am and were still in jeans and hoodies when the sun was shining outside. If you are about to go to this hotel and can't get straight in your room I'd highly recommend you simply ask for another room straight away to avoid unnecessary delays!
Once this was sorted, our stay was fantastic and I can't recommend the hotel highly enough. The room was really spacious with a large pool-facing balcony (incidentally, all rooms are pool-facing which is great). The bathroom was large too and had a seperate shower cubicle, a bath with an attached shower, a bidet and a toilet as well as a huge sink area and large mirror. The built in hair dryer is also fantastic and not like some of the hopeless ones you sometimes find in hotels! There was plenty of wardrobe space and a safe that can be used if you pay a 7,50 deposit. We asked to borrow an iron on the first day and there is no charge or deposit for this, and we got to keep it all week.
I am a vegetarian and probably a bit of a fussy one at that and the food was absolutely amazing. There was at least one vegetarian main option available every day as well as a chef on an island who will cook you omlettes, steaks etc to order and will happily omit/add any ingredients you like. My partner is a meat eater and had something different every day. Everything we ate was absolutely fabulous and had great flavour and the standards in the restaurant were exemplary. I am a restaurant manager myself and was impressed by the high cleanliness standards as well as great food preparation and storage standards. There really was something for everyone at each meal and the restaurant also serves 'snacks' in between meal times, which generally included chips, burgers, hot dogs, pizzas, salad, fruit etc. Also, you can ask at the reception for a 'picnic box' any day if you're heading to the beach etc and won't be around for lunch. These are included in the all-inclusive package and are really tasty. We also received a 'picnic' on the morning of our departure as we were being picked up at 7.20am and it was too early for breakfast. I think this was a really great touch and a nice note to leave the hotel on. The picnic included water, OJ, a cake bar, cheese sandwiches, pate and fruit.
You could upgrade your drinks package to premium brands for 8 euros per day per person but really, unless you are a hard core Bacardi drinker there is absolutely no need. The local brands are great - maybe slightly weaker than ours but the barmen will make your drinks as strong as you like so there really isn't an issue. We would highly recommend the sangria, which they do by the glass and is completely delicious! You are also allowed to take your drinks up to your room if you like.
Incidentally, I noticed prior to going that there were lots of comments about the main areas of the hotel being really cold. If this was an issue in the past then it has certainly been resolved now as the temperature was perfect!
The spa below the hotel is definitely worth a visit. We won a free pass in a quiz and spent a fantastic afternoon down there. For 12 euros you can have use of the saunas, steam rooms, Scottish Showers, Aromatherapy showers, jacuzzi, hot tub, hot stone chairs etc and there is no time limit on your visit so you don't feel rushed in any way. In addition to this, you can pay extra and treat yourself to massages, manicures etc.
No one really went into the pool during our stay as it's still a little bit chilly but there were a few hard-core guests who went in for a quick dip. However, the pool looks fab and there's also a pool bar which is open during the summer season.
The hotel is in a great location, only a stone's throw from Benidorm Circus and Benidorm Palace, both of which are definitely worth a visit. There are a few bars across the road from the hotel. We spent an evening in Bar Tropical, where there was some great free entertainment and tribute bands such as The Eagles & Abba.
The hotel is a 5-10 min walk from the beach and you can catch a bus from just outside if you're feeling particularly lazy. The buses in Benidorm are really modern and clean and wherever you get off, the fare is always 1,30 per person. The bus drivers like you to have the correct change when you get on though. We took the number 12 out past the 2 main beaches to a great little cove which was much more secluded, and then walked all the way back along the coastline to our hotel. It's a great way to spend a leisurely day.
We also went to Terra Natura for the day, which is a local 'zoo' where you can get a lot closer to the animals than you normally would. The admission into Terra Natura isn't particularly cheap (around 25 euros each) but you can sometimes get a good deal and it's definately good value for money as it's a full day out. We went to the bird display whilst we were there and it was amazing. There were vultures, hawks, owls and kites and many of them would land on our heads as part of the show!!
We had a really great holiday at the Levante and if you are considering booking up there then you should definitely go for it!! There are no children under 16 allowed and the age range of the guests varied greatly although we were probably amongst the youngest there. The Thomson & First Choice Rep, Suzy, is absolutely brilliant and can recommend lots of great days out for you. She also let the hotel know that it was my partner's birthday whilst we were visiting and they left a bottle of champagne in our room for us which was a lovely touch!
I have already recommended this hotel to my boss who is planning a trip to Benidorm in a few months time!!
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Levante Club And Spa
- Levante Club Benidorm
- Levante Hotel Benidorm
- Levante Club Hotel
- Levante Benidorm
- Club Levante Hotel Benidorm