Stayed at the Montemar for 2 weeks at the beginning of July 2009. With 16 & 17 year old daughters we wanted somewhere that was safe base for them to wander around on their own doing the things that teenage girls like to do (shop, sunbathe, eat, shop, eat , shop....). With this in mind we chose the Montemar because it was just across the road from the beach and 5 minutes walk from the shops in the old town.
We upgraded to the 5th floor Elite rooms, more space and a large beach facing balcony with plastic table and 4 chairs + 2 sun beds with cushions. very nice just sitting their with a glass of wine in the evening watching the world go by. Beds were twins not doubles and hardish but comfortable. The air conditioning just did not work so we slept with the patio doors open (still 27C). Great to listen to the waves on the beach. Not so great when you get woken up between 1.00am and 4.00am when the tractors arrive to rake and tidy the beach! TV is the usual with the only English channel being the US CNN news channel (you need a refundable deposit for the remote and the safe for which there is also a nominal daily rental charge). Rooms cleaned daily, usually when we were at breakfast between 9.00 - 10.00am.
The en-suite bathroom was a little cramped but functional (shower over bath, hairdryer on wall).
Chose full board as it seemed good value. Food was definitely aimed at the Spanish but we managed to find something suitable at every meal. Salad, Fish and Meat is always available, vegetables get murdered. Cereal, Toast (various weird Spanish breads), Fruit and Yoghurt available for breakfast. If you are a died in the wool Brit who thinks rice is an exotic food for foreigners you won't be happy. As a family we are quite adventurous in what we eat so I'd say the food was generally 'quite good'.
The Montemar is definitely set up to handle Spanish holiday makers. That being said the staff always managed deal with the fact that our knowledge of Spanish was zero. The receptionists and manager were helpful and polite. The waitresses were a bit of a mixed bunch but never rude.
The entertainment is ideal if you are a Spanish pensioner. If you a Brit just give it a miss!
The 6th floor sun area was empty every time we checked although we preferred to use our balcony to sunbathe. No pool.
Pay as you go (15 mins = 1 euro) internet access is available in the Hotel Foyer and in the basement via the bar area (locked at times but the manager opened it up when we asked).
For us the fact that the Montemar is aimed at the Spanish was a good thing. No UK teenagers coming back drunk at 5am in the morning for a start. The hotel was generally quiet and seemed relaxed. Very few small children. 75% of the guests are Spanish pensioners. The elderly Spanish women seem rude always pushing in at the food queues and staring at you with stern disapproving faces. Nothing hostile though, just a difference of cultures.
OK, fed up writing now, hope this helps!
- 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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- Also Known As:
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