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“Only 10 minutes easy walk to the main beach in Calpe” 5 of 5 stars
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AR Galetamar
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   La Caleta 28 - A, 03710 Calpe, Spain   |  
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Ranked #8 of 30 hotels in Calpe
Nelson
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“Only 10 minutes easy walk to the main beach in Calpe”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2012

This is a large hotel with rooms and also apartments. We had a one bedroom apartment which had a large living room and kitchenette (with fridge, which we've rarely found in Portugal or Spain) and a large balcony. There is free parking, a restaurant and bar and a large swimming pool and garden area. There are cafes and bars within a 10 minute walk of the hotel (a few a lot less than that) and the Playa La Fossa-Levante is also a 10 minute paved and easy walk with loads of shops and restaurants. The hotel was quiet and very spacious and had everything we needed for an excellent price. There are 2 large supermarkets nearby (15 minute walk or 5 minute drive). If you want to be right in the thick of everything then there are plenty of other hotels right at the beach, but we preferred being a 10 minute walk away from it all, where it was quieter, cheaper and still had great views from the rooms that face (side-on) to the sea. Safe free parking is always a bonus for us.

Room Tip: If possible, get a one bedroom apartment and even if you only get a room, the ones facing the sea an...
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Dublin, Ireland
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2012

Nice location however this hotel was about a 40 minute walk from Calpe town.It's nice to walk along the beach to it but theres not many places to go out along the beach so went to town every night. A taxi back cost 10 euro which was fine.You can get a bus from 200 metres down the road from the hotel which only costs 1.40 and it takes about 10 mins.
We went half board for €296.00 (5nights) but the breakfast or dinner was'nt great. There is a microwave in the eating room and it's there for a reason as more than not you had to reheat the food before eating it! But at the end of the day we paid for what we got really so it was fine for us! The room was very clean and clean towels every day and beds made. Balcony with table and chairs was nice also. The pool out back was nice but was'nt as clean as could be. However the weather when we were there was cloudy most days so this may have been the reason.There was'nt many people staying in the hotel at the time. I'd say this is fine if your not fussy! The staff there are very friendly which is definately a bonus so hats off to them!
A hotel i would recommend though would be Gran Sol Y Mar (4 star) in Calpe and it's awesome (we missed out on booking it as we left it too late so it was too dear as it went up in price by €200) but you can get bed and breakfast there for €305 which is well worth it! (i went for a wedding and alot of the wedding party stayed here so i seen first hand what it's like ;-))

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Halifax
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18 hotel reviews
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2011

We are probably not typical visitors to this hotel as we were not interested in the sun, pool or beach. We were there in December using the hotel as a base for rock climbing in the area. It's a recommendation in itself that this is the third time we've used this hotel.
So, what can you expect.....Staff are friendly and helpful, Most speak good English, those that don't still speak enough to understand what we want. Rooms are comfortable, clean and spacious. Price is very good, best we can find in Calpe. Parking is free and plentiful in the covered hotel car park. Food is indifferent. All buffet style, self-service which is OK. Breakfast is typical for a european hotel. Dinner has extensive salads which are pretty good but the hot food is poor, bland and tasteless with little variety. There is however an excellent Chinese at the other end of Calpe which does an excellent set menu for 2 ( 4 courses) for as little as 16 euros (that's 8euros each!!). The guests during our stay were mainly aged 60+ and exclusively Spanish.
Overall I would recommed the Galetamar as a good value cheap hotel with the reservation that the food is iffy and we'll probably pay a bit more for something a bit better next time.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Almoradi, Spain
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2011

We stayed overnight at this Hotel on the 28th September 2011. We got a special deal of 40 Euros for a double room without breakfast. The Hotel itself is a little dated but very clean and with lovely balconies, many with a sea view. It also has ample free parking. To find the Hotel take the main road towards Moraira and as you pass Mercadona Supermarket on your left look for a little right turn with a sign to the Hotel. Breakfast was 6.9 Euros, but we preferred to get 'coffee and croissants' at one of the many bars nearby. The hotel has nice grounds and a pool, all overlooking the sea. There is a gate at the end of the gardens. Just turn left and you are down to a lovely little beach. You also find yourself at the Paseo Maritimo (seaside walkway) where you can take a lovely walk into the North beach of Calpe, passing bars and restaurants on your way. The hotel has a lovely location and the only downside for us were the incredibly hard beds. Hopefully, not all of the rooms have beds like that! The views across the north bay to the huge rock, the Penon de Ifach are superb. We would suggest going in May or June when the lighter evenings maintain the views. The Hotel is well worth a visit, just watch out for those beds.

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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Banbury, United Kingdom
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22 hotel reviews
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2011 via mobile

Stayed at the galetemar in September for a week and booked a bungalow.
The property was suprisingly large with all creature comforts, the decor was a little dated but overall was clean and tidy with towels and toilet rolls replaced frequently.
The hotel it's self was very relaxed with a nice pool area and extremely helpful staff.
Overall surprisingly goodvalue for money and would definatley stay again.
Calpe it's self was refreshingly good value for money, with many beachfront restaurants offering three course dinner with a bottle of vino for between 8 and 13 euros!
Also don't pay for expensive transfers with your holiday provider,
We caught the bus to calpe from the airport, changing at benidorm for I think about 12 euros, saving at least £100!
Ten out of ten for a cheap value holiday.

  • Stayed September 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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York, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2011

We stayed here July 2011 for the forth time in 10 years. For the price, booked direct with the Hotel, it was great value for a twin room on the second floor.

Simple basic 3 star accomodation that was clean and well maintained. The beds were firm and the A/C a little noisey but the rest of he hotel made up for it. Situated to the north of the main beach, Galetamar is one of the original hotels in the resort, poised like an Ocean liner against the harbour her scalloped balconies are a joy to relax on. There are recenlty updated two person showers in the bathrooms and an overhall of the room furniture.
When we stayed in the second week in July 2011 it was before the hoards of Brits had arrived with their excited children. There were plenty of Spanish families who gave the place a relaxed feel.

Days by the pool were stress free and for those of you that venture a little further afield local eateries had plenty to offer.

Some of the previous reviews have mentioned noise from the entertainment. We sunbathed all day, ate lunch at the hotel bar, had the occaisional siesta and ate out every night bar one. We returned around 11 ish and found that some sort of entertainment was going on untill 11.30ish then all was quiet.
The hotel has a great resaurant withour GB rip off prices. The one night that we ate in we bought a roast chicken from the local super market for 10 Euros with fries.

Some guests in adjacent rooms came in at 4am and made the bed squeek for a while but that was it. A great family friendly well maintained hotel to be enjoyed by us on many future trips.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Pisa, Italy
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2011

We stayed for one night over the week-end to visit the surrounding areas (Penyal d'Ifach, Altea etc) and booked it on the day before arrival. We called before leaving home to say we would need a parking space, and the reservation seemed ok, however when we got there, the receptionist told us we were going to stay elsewhere, in a hotel owned by the same people, and he didn't seem to leave us a choice. Although he said the other hotel was 3 star superior, I said we didn't want to, as Galetamar had good reviews on tripadvisor, and we had already got all our luggage out of the car, so in the end he said ok, he would just offer it to someone else...The receptionists are very slow, moreover there was 1 girl who was doing nothing, no check-in no check-out, not even answering "how do we get to the beach?" which was 5 min walk away...so we didn't understand why she was there.
The room was ok, although very old-fashioned furniture and not recentely renovated (apart from the bathroom which was nice and newer), BUT beware, if you get a room over the restaurant area it's gonna be noisy at night! we were on the second floor in room 221, and that's not a good one in terms of noise.
Breakfast the next morning was so crowded it took ages to get what you wanted, you had to queue for everything, toast your bread, get juice, coffee etc. They need at least twice as many people working there. I had to wait 10 minutes to get a glass! Tables are also arranged in a way that makes it difficult to move around, making everything even slower, moreover the quality of the food was really not good. They have pleeenty of variety, for instance in juices, that's true, but what's the point if they're all equally bad? You also have to get your own napkins, cutlery etc, you won't find anything on the table...Ok, it's a three star and no luxury hotel, but it's very badly organized, and they should give you less choice but of better quality.
Overall it's ok to stay there provided you don't have high expectations. I must admit I am very surprised this hotel was rated this good...It was rather cheap, that is true, we payed 60€ for one night including breakfast.
Don't stay there if it's gonna be for a longer stay as you'll get tired of waiting and queuing for the reception and breakfast, and it's not one of the hotels closest to the beach either.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Address: La Caleta 28 - A, 03710 Calpe, Spain
Location: Spain > Valencian Country > Alicante Province > Costa Blanca > Calpe
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#2 Family Hotel in Calpe
#6 On the Beach Hotel in Calpe
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — AR Galetamar 3*
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