Sol y Mar is just about the best hotel we've stayed at in Spain. This was our first time here having always been put off by anywhere bordering Benidorm. But Calpe for us was a real find.
The hotel is well appointed with a huge lobby area, our 3rd floor sea view room was spacious with a huge comfortable bed, brilliant shower and wonderful view from the balcony. And should you want to chill out in your room before going out for the evening they have that rare treat - English telly stations! All the staff were courteous, friendly and helpful. My birthday happened to fall on our third day there and we came back from the pool in the evening to find a complimentary bottle of cava in the fridge.
We booked B&B and the breakfast was superb with a huge variety of food on offer. There are two dining rooms and we always ate downstairs on the terrace which is right by the beach.
The only drawback to this hotel is the pool area. Both pool and surrounds are disappointingly small with the sunbeds crammed close together. As the hotel is popular with Spanish families (which we liked) it does mean the pool is heaving with bodies virtually all day long and if you did want to actually have a swim you would have to do so in the sea. Not a problem should you choose to do this as the beach shelves very gently and evenly into the sea so even if you're not a strong swimmer you can swim parallel to the shore and stay in your depth.
We had lunch every day at one of the many sea front restaurants along the promenade from the hotel but had dinner in the Old Town which is a maze of narrow streets. Amazing food everywhere and cheaper than in other parts of Spain. Favourite restaurants were Los Dos Canones, El Posit and Casa Mola Mola.
I've given this review a rating of 4 because of the small crowded pool area but it should really be 4.7 and despite that downside we would still come back .
- Also Known As:
- Gran Hotel Calpe
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A new concept thought for leisure, rest and pleasure moments. Services and details of first quality. Elegant decoration and the most exquisite restaurant service in addition you will be able to enjoy the spa fitness area with a large and exclusive treatments Style, distinction, character, and an exclusive location beside the seaside overlooking the Mediterranean sea and the impressionant Penyn de Ifach. We want to give you unforgettable moments. Feel how sweet can be this life. ... more less
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