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“Beatiful hotel with wonderful pools and near the nicest town on the coast” 4 of 5 stars
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Hotel SH Villa Gadea
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Partida Villa Gadea s/n, 03590 Altea, Spain (Formerly SH Melia Villa Gadea Beach Hotel)   |  
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Ranked #4 of 7 Hotels in Altea
Cork, Ireland
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5 hotel reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Beatiful hotel with wonderful pools and near the nicest town on the coast”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2013

The hotel is beautiful and has some of the most helpful and friendly staff that I have ever met. While the location of the hotel is on the coast it is about 3 km from the town proper. There is a walk along the waterfront but it was not suitable for a buggy so we had to take the car in. However if you do not have a buggy, the walk is beautiful and you should stay here.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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shhoteles, Quality Department at Hotel SH Villa Gadea, responded to this review, December 17, 2013
Dear guest,
First of all thank you for your comments in Tripadvisor. It is a pleasure to express our gratitude for the positive comments, because we appreciate this very much.
It is very encouraging for all the staff to receive these positive appreciations, because this inspire us to make a bigger effort in order to make your next stay in Altea even more pleasant.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank again you for your choice.
Yours faithfully,
Quality Department
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Derby, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013

We returned yesterday from a 3week stay at this hotel,and we cannot fault it at all,from arrival till departure we were assisted and served by excellent staff at all times, The hotel is beautiful we had room 1201 which was next to the lift and we thought we might have noise problems but this was not the case just occasionally voices as people returned to their rooms,but if this bothers you there is a second door into the bedroom that can be closed but we never used it.This is the first hotel we have stayed in where we could lay in bed and watch the sun rise. The hotel itself is nicely furnished and the gardens and pool area are immaculate. The only downside for us was the playing of awful music around the pool area which was more disco type music rather than relaxing, but that is only a minor problem. The food was typical buffet meals but the quality was very good if not very hot and as I love fish I was spoilt for choice with at least 2 types of fish at lunch and dinner and nearly every day there were fresh prawns in the salad area, and what came as a big surprise was the desserts they were great not just cubes of cake with coloured jelly on top but cheese cakes,appleflans,tirimsu and much more. Once again this was a great holiday which was helped by the service of all the staff and we are sorry to read that some guests did not think this so. We enjoyed it so much that we are already making enquiries about booking for the same time next year . Just as an after thought yes this hotel is a walk to altea,but most of the walk in on the level we used the coastal and inland walk there and back which took us approx. 50mins each way.but we sat on the prom had coffee etc., and then walked back we are in our 70s so we do not stride out just amble.

Room Tip: t is worth paying the extra for a sea view as there is a main road at the front of the hotel
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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shhoteles, Quality Department at Hotel SH Villa Gadea, responded to this review, December 17, 2013
Dear guest,
First of all thank you for your three weeks stay in our establishment.
It is a pleasure to express our gratitude for the positive comments, because we appreciate this very much.
It is very encouraging for us to receive positive appreciations about our facilities, locarion, staff... because this inspire us to make a bigger effort.
We hope to see you again next year!.
Best regards,
Quality Department
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013

We chose this place having read a lot of good things about it and purely because it was away from Benidorm. I love a pub, kebabs and loud Brits as much as anyone, but I came here with my wife for a few days after we got married.

The hotel was so easy to drive to it's unreal. If you're familiar with the toll road system you'll be fine, but as a first timer, I set my phone sat nav to avoid the toll roads, and it's literally the equivalent of one A-road from Alicante airport, about an hour away. Stacks of parking too, but that said the hotel wasn't too busy when we were there.

Now the hotel itself was incredible, the reception staff were extremely helpful and polite after quite a journey. The room we got was lovely and pretty spacious, with a really nice, open balcony. The beds were pretty firm, but big and comfortable and the air con worked really well.

We had 1 dinner there, which was a buffet. Quite a lot of choice and a good standard, but nothing amazing really. Breakfast was really good, omelette lady (standard!) was a bit mental but the food was really nice, especially if you like your spanish meats!

The hotel itself was extremely clean and well kept. The pools were always nice (not heated) and the bars, if a bit pricey, were efficient and generous with the measures.

It's a half hour walk from Altea which has a lovely strip of restaurants, but there are a couple of nice places along the main road if you can't be bothered to walk so far.

Overall a lovely place to stay and one I would recommend!

Room Tip: We had room 1312. It was on the side so it didn't have a full sea view, but it did have a nice v...
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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shhoteles, Quality Department at Hotel SH Villa Gadea, responded to this review, December 17, 2013
Dear Guest,
Thank you for having chosen the SH Villa Gadea Hotel for your stay in Altea.
We greatly appreciate your comments about our staff, facilities and service, this encourage us to improve every day.
Rest assured that we will do our best to make your next stay thoroughly enjoyable.
Best regards,
Quality Department
SH Villa Gadea Hotel
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Skegness, United Kingdom
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12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013

I spent a week in the Villa Gadea with some friends. I found the hotel to be clean and well maintained. All the staff were really nice, polite and friendly. I find it strange that some reviews complained. Still it happens. The food was excellent but sometimes I found it only warm instead of hot. There was show cooking every day and the Asian night was nice but I found the dish to be very salty. There is the usual salads etc that you find in every hotel abroad but plenty of choice. I and my friends travelled with Saga. We did venture onto the beach a couple of times, it is pebbly and had a lot of seaweed on it. Not that brilliant and some pretty big stones in the water so watch your footing.
Unfortunately there were two holidays in the first few days so shops were shut in Altea. The hotel provided a taxi to the town free of charge at 10am return 1pm free of charge,book this the night before. This hotel is, in my opinion, a place to relax. If you are expecting a night life this is not for you. It is a little isolated and there are no shops or supermarkets in the vicinity. There is a small fashion shop in the hotel but it is very pricey. Kettles are NOT provided and they cannot be hired. The pools were superb and there is a pool bar, which was still open. Also an outside restaurant not included in the All Inclusive deal. The Manager/Director is a very hands on person with the hotel and was usually in the restaurant at meal times. On our first night we encountered a rather drunk gentleman who was quite rude to the older generation there. Not so pleasant. The entertainer on at the time handled it well. There was a flamenco night, which we missed, as we went to watch the new Nostalgia show at Benidorm Palace, this was excellent. There were a couple of evenings with no entertainment, we had a pianist one night and the 'sing along' a couple of nights. The spa was really good I think €22 for about 90 mins. Half price for Saga guests Monday to Thursday. If you want a really nice relaxing holiday this is ideal, the bedrooms were really nice with a jacuzzi bath and walk in shower, good size with sofa, table and chairs. If you want a lively holiday this is not for you. But recommend highly for an easy going time.

Room Tip: A room facing the Med is ideal as the sun comes up that way in the morning
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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shhoteles, Quality Department at Hotel SH Villa Gadea, responded to this review, October 28, 2013
Dear guest,
Allow me to thank you for having chosen us as your hosts during your stay in Altea with Saga.
It is a pleasure for us to read your comments in Tripadvisor and to know that you had an enjoyable stay in our hotel.
We hope to welcome you back during your next visit to Spain.
Sincerely,
Quality Department
SH Villa Gadea Hotel
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Kent
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40 reviews 40 reviews
28 hotel reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

Stayed here on a Saga inclusive holiday and found the Villa very good indeed. Not quite 5 star but getting there. Particularly appreciated the picturesque view from our balcony, overlooking the three pools and the sea. Room itself very large, comfortable, with plenty of storage space. Twin beds were fine. Bathroom amazingly large with jacuzzi bath, lovely 'wet-room shower, plus seperate toilet and bidet - both shower and toilet have glass doors if privacy desired. Everything was very clean and tidy. Reception area and bar/lounge create excellent impression and staff friendly, helpful, most English speaking. Did not experience any surliness from staff members whatever, although realise the few non-English speakers can give a misleading impression to those not speaking at least a modicum of Spanish. I found all staff a real pleasure to talk to even though my Spanish is less than fluent.Meals on a buffet basis and good quality. Interested to see chef did not like to put more than a few hot meat or fish portions on display but preferred to cook freshly, as portions taken. We also enjoyed the occasional theme night when specialist dishes were cooked, again virtually to order. There is no beach at this resort but this really does not matter. Altea is an 8 Euro taxi ride away but can also be accessed by the light railway (known as the tram) every hour running between Denia and Benidorm with connections elsewhere. The station is a short, slightly uphill walk and known as Olla Altea - alight at Garganes, next door to Town Hall. Tickets issued on the train. No.27 bus from Altea will stop right outside the hotel but not quite so easy on the journey into town as road is busy, no path and the stop quite a distance. Suggest taxi in to town and bus out is a good (and cheap) compromise. Enjoyed this holiday very much.

Room Tip: Seaview rooms worth paying for.
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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shhoteles, Quality Department at Hotel SH Villa Gadea, responded to this review, October 24, 2013
Dear guest,
Thank you for having chosen SH Villa Gadea for your recent stay in Altea with Saga.
It is very glad to check you had a nice experience during your stay, this is an indicator that we are in the right way.
We appreciate very much your comments regarding the facilities, the service and the staff, your feed-back encourage us to improve our service every day, we greatly appreciate your opinion.
We hope you choose to stay with us again.
Yours faithfully,
Quality Department
SH Villa Gadea Hotel
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Seaside
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32 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
109 helpful votes 109 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013

Quick recap - The landscaping, the pools and the long stretch of pine tree beachfront property are seriously breathtaking. The views from your private terrace overlooking the grounds and sea are remarkable. The rooms are more than adequate. The huge negative is that the service from the staff sadly ranges from outstanding to dreadful.

Pros -
Amazing beachfront property with spectacular views
Several pools, including one with a swim up bar!
Large, comfortable rooms with free high speed wi-fi, massive walk in showers and wonderfully comfortable air-conditioning.
Well appointed lobby bar, with outdoor terrace, open day and night
Some of the staff understand what "five star" means (not just "Spanish five star" but REAL five star)

Cons -
Some of the staff are dreadful. Some of them are obnoxious, rude, far too many do not speak English even though all the guests in the hotel are English (or English speakers).
The restaurants are mainly based on all inclusive buffet type and the food is mediocre at best.
Most rooms have two twin beds instead of a king or two queen

Full review

There are five star hotels, then there is what many people refer to as "Spanish five star" which is nothing like what you would expect from a normal five star hotel. This hotel is a bizarre mix of both. Some of the staff members, in all departments, from front desk to restaurant to housekeeping, clearly have service in their DNA and provide remarkable, true five star service. Others, offer the generic Spanish five star service which means they don't really have a clue what five star service is. Then, amazingly, and also in all departments from front desk to restaurants to spa, there are some staff members here who regularly seem annoyed at anything they are asked to do.

The woman working at the spa a few days ago was particularly obnoxious, maybe the most obnoxious person in the service industry I've ever met. She rattled something off in Spanish and when I said "I understand what you're saying" she laughed and turned around. Shocking!

The only way to improve the service of this hotel is if the general manager hires several English speaking guests to stay here anonymously and report back to him who specifically are these terrible staff members because those few really bring the entire hotel down.

There is nothing you can fault though with the grounds of the hotel, everything is beautiful and takes up a large portion of the coast so most rooms have a terrace with a great sea view.

The rooms as already described, with the exception of the stupid twin beds, are some of the best you'll find in Spain, especially this area (since most Spanish rooms have dreadful air-conditioning and slow wi-fi with no showers). Sadly they don't have down duvet covers, not sure how hotels get a five star rating without things like that.

With better food and better hiring/training of the staff this could be a much better hotel, but I would recommend it anyway based on all the positives it has already

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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shhoteles, Quality Department at Hotel SH Villa Gadea, responded to this review, October 25, 2013
Dear Guest,
Thank you for having chosen the SH Villa Gadea for your stay in Altea.
Although our top priority is offering our guests quality service all the time, I have read your letter and I see that you were upset about some incidents that occurred during your stay.
The SH Villa Gadea staff would like to apologise for the inconveniences caused and we would like to emphasise that guest satisfaction is of the utmost importance to us. Although all our front line staff speak English we recognize that some need to improve it for a better communication with our guests.
We greatly appreciate your suggestions to improve our service in the future.
Yours sincerely
Quality Department
SH Villa Gadea Hotel
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Valencia, Spain
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31 reviews 31 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

We stayed at this hotel and had an amazing time. The room was big and spacious, huge King size bed and great seaview overlooking Altea pueblo. The spa is wonderful, lots of different massage fountains but treatments are expensive. The garden and pool are is gorgeous and it has plenty of deckchairs and 2 pool bars that serves food and drinks all day long. The breakfast buffet is plentiful and the interior of the hotel is wonderful and very clean.

Room Tip: we had room 2205 - amazing King size bed, bathtub with jacuzzi for one person, and great views of th...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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shhoteles, Quality Department at Hotel SH Villa Gadea, responded to this review, October 4, 2013
Dear Guest,
Thank you for having chosen the SH Villa Gadea Hotel for your stay in Spain.
We greatly appreciate your comments about our facilities and service, this encourage us to improve every day.
Rest assured that we will do our best to make your next stay thoroughly enjoyable.
Best regards,
Quality Department
SH Villa Gadea Hotel
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Address: Partida Villa Gadea s/n, 03590 Altea, Spain (Formerly SH Melia Villa Gadea Beach Hotel)
Location: Spain > Valencian Country > Alicante Province > Costa Blanca > Altea
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 7 Hotels in Altea
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:5 star — Hotel SH Villa Gadea 5*
Number of rooms: 206
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The SH Villa Gadea Hotel enjoys a privileged location, on a platform-like enclave looking out over the Mediterranean Sea in the picturesque village of Altea. Its spacious public areas and carefully chosen decor guarantee comfort and relaxation. The hotel was opened in 2005 and is completely integrated architecturally with its surroundings, faithfully reflecting the traditional style of the nearby village of Altea, whose historical quarter is a mere 3 km from the hotel. The SH Villa Gadea Hotel offers a great choice of dining options. The Thalasso Spa Centre and Thermal Club provide almost 2,000 m² of health, beauty and wellbeing (2 thermo-leisure swimming pools with sea water, counterflow river, relaxing geysers, swan-necks, bubble seats). There are also aromatic showers, Turkish baths, Roman baths, Finnish sauna and a relaxation area. ... more   less 
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