I stayed two nights in Residencia Alicante in late Feb. 2008 for a conference. I was not expecting a high-class hotel but this was not a nice experience.
1- The room and bathroom were ok clean but the bathroom stinked terribly all the time i stayed. Besides there were not hot water the second morning and the water going out was brown. Accidents may happen but that was not very pleasant.
2- My room was opening on the street and the traffic noise was pretty loud the whole night, even with window and shutter close. I am not very sensitive to this but if you are, make your point when you are booking!
3- The whole place looked pretty crampy and would have needed a good renovation. I felt like i stayed in my grandma's attic with the same mouldy/dusty smell all over.
4- No internet. Ok this is not so important but they actually state they have internet connection in rooms. The attendant discouraged me of buying it as she said it was "bad and very expensive".
5- Staff overall helpful and nice. They spoke English and were really trying to help if you needed.
6- Breakfast was really not good. Orange juice was made out of some powder stuff (hello! we are in Portugal where orange trees are just growing all over the place), the choice was poor, tasteless and absolutly not inviting.
7- As a female single traveller i found it a bit disturbing to meet all the time the same group of men hanging around and inside the hotel. I am not sure who they were, they did not look like working there, they were just hanging around, joking with the staff and smoking cigarettes all day long. They were not threatening but it did not make me feel comfortable to run into them each time i was going out from my room.
All together i really did not enjoy my stay in Residencia Alicante. I had a special conference price (42e per night) so i could not complain for the value but i would definitely not stay there again. I have been in youth hostels who charge double less than this and it was a much nicer experience.
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