we have visited this hotel in the evening many times but stayed there for the first time this year and had a fantastic time. The staff cannot do enough for you - the manager asked us every day how we were enjoying our holiday, the staff in the restaurant and reception are great - and Deni (animation), Jose and Raquel (both in the bar) go out of their way to help. It was my husband's 60th birthday when we were there and Deni decorated our table in the bar and he and Jose produced a birthday cake in the evening with everyone singing happy birthday (well, feliz cumpleanos!) There is a happy atmosphere amongst the staff and the manager seems to have a great relationship with them, often having a laugh with them even though he ensures that everything runs smoothly
The rooms are lovely - we upgraded to an elite room and it was well worth the extra as we had a double bed (made a big change from twin beds pushed together!) a fridge, a hairdryer and a massive balcony (18' x 12') complete with sun loungers and a table and 4 chairs plus a low table to use when on the loungers!. The front facing rooms have a fantastic view of the whole of the Poniente Beach - again well worth the extra for a sea view room - our bathroom also faced the front so we could open the window and admire the view whilst in the shower!
The whole place is spotless - the maids do a wonderful job - and they are always very friendly too.
The food in the restaurant is good - a good selection of hot meals, 2 soups (plus Gazpacho in the summer months at lunchtime),a selection of cold desserts, ice creams, yoghurts plus cold meats, salads, rolls, etc - and always a good selection of fresh fruit at all meals. It tends to cater more for Spanish tastes - but we never had to eat out as we always found plenty to eat. They also cater for dietary needs as a lot of bread, rolls, cakes etc were marked as salt free, sugar free or suitable for diabetics
The entertainment is also geared more to Spanish tastes - dancing every night bar Sunday with a singer twice a week. On our second week they had a comic dance duo act who were excellent, we thoroughly enjoyed it. We like dancing anyway so the entertainment was great for us - that is why we used to go there in the evenings before. Deni also does games in the afternoon at 3 and a line dance class at 4 - in the evenings he gets everyone up dancing - and some of the dances are hysterical. But there are loads of bars nearby so if dancing is not your thing then you won't be bored
There is no pool but as the hotel is right across from the beach you don't need one
There is free wifi in all the rooms and public areas - staff at reception give you the codes when you check in - great sitting on the solarium or your balcony looking at the view, checking emails or posting pictures onto Facebook! For those that have a back facing room and don’t like the beach then the solarium on the 6th floor has sun loungers, tables and chairs and a great view of the beach and marina. Downstairs from the bar there is another smaller room for watching tv
There are safes in the rooms payable at checkin - ample room for any valuables, passports etc
Most of the staff speak reasonable English, some better than others – just remember to speak slower and clearly so they have a chance of understanding you. They also appreciate it if you at least attempt to speak a little Spanish, like please, thankyou and good morning. It really bugs me when some Brits moan that the Spaniards are unfriendly – we have always found them very friendly – even a simple smile in the lift goes a long way!
The majority of the people staying in the hotel are Spanish and there are also a lot of Dutch too – makes a nice mix of nationalities.
There is a bus stop just across the road and down the steps. This is where the transfer buses drop you and pick you up so you either have to lug your cases up the stairs or walk towards the left of the hotel to the corner and up on the road that way – unfortunately coaches do not have access to the street the hotel is on. There are also a few steps inside the reception up to the main part of the hotel but there is a basic lift for wheelchair access
As I said before we had a wonderful holiday this year - one of our best and we will be booking next year! We have “liked” their Facebook page so we keep up to date with all that is happening in the Montemar the rest of the year!
- Also Known As:
- Montemar Hotel Benidorm
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hotel Montemar is a warm and inviting place, ideal to enjoy an unforgettable holiday in front of the Mediterranean Sea. We enjoy a privileged location: only 30 meters away from the Poniente Beach, at the first line of the beach and in front of the Elche Park, in one of the quietest areas of Benidorm, where you can enjoy stunning views of the Bay, the Castle, and the Island with its lovely harbour. Our hotel has 115 rooms on 7 floors (with and without sea view), which include 7 VIP and 3 ELITE rooms on the upper floors. All rooms have bathroom, telephone, TV with international channels, free Wifi internet access for our customers, safe, air conditioning and heating. ... more less
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