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“Great place 20 minutes from Alicante 'central'” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Hotel Castilla Alicante
Ranked #13 of 49 Hotels in Alicante
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“Great place 20 minutes from Alicante 'central'”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2013

The main draw for me going to this hotel was the San Juan Beach which was a 2 minute walk from the hotel. The beach is just miles and miles of beach with a wide walking/running/cycling area. When going on the beach the first 50 metres deep is volleyball, football, basketball, children areas – all free of course. Then the rest of the beach, as you get closer to the sea, is either plain sand for you to lay your towel on or pay 4 euro for a sunbed.

The hotel is in a late 70s tower block, one of many in that area which are predominantly residential. It has had a makeover with a very nice reception and all areas were spotlessly clean. Front desk staff spoke perfect English and were very helpful. Bar staff were very helpful but as you’d expect with a lesser command of English. No question of a 3 star standard and comparable to maybe a Premier Inn back home but with larger rooms.

We didn’t eat in the hotel as there was so much around, including a Mc Donalds I’m afraid to say on the beach front but apart from that you can have anything you like from traditional Spanish to Chinese or pizza. We usually ended our night in the hotel bar as a bottle of wine was 6 euros.
You are in the suburbs of Alicante which funny enough is very Spanish. You’ll get by with no Spanish but a little would help.

Getting there.
A taxi is always an option and as at April 2013 it was a fixed price of 27 euro from the airport to the hotel. However, if you follow the bus directions from inside the airport it takes you 2 floors up to the C6 bus. The bus 2.75 euros takes you in to Alicante town, where you get off at the stop Puerto Del Mar. The C6 has a digital display and voice announcements so you can get it wrong.

At the exact same bus stop where you get off the C6 you can catch the 21 or 22 bus which stop outside the hotel for another 1.40 euro. Alternatively if you walk 200 metres to the right you can get the C4 tram. BTW catch the C6 also at the same stop to go back to the airport.

We took the bus which took about 20 minutes. There is a digital sign at the bus stop to say when the next bus is arriving, take the 21 out of choice as it doesn’t go to as many back streets as the 22 bus. As with most journeys the last half mile is the most difficult so I looked for some markers to help. These buses don't have arrival information displayed.

As you are approaching the street parallel to your hotel you will see a Holiday Inn on the left, easy to spot day or night. At the end of the ‘Holiday Inn’ hotel street the bus will turn left and this is the street the hotel is on but it is a long street. Half way down on the right you’ll see a distinctive restaurant called The White Pepper (which has large green signage if travelling at night). Your hotel is 2 stops (about 300 metres) on the left hand side but the busses stop on request so be careful and the hotel main entrance is not facing this road and you can only see their conservatory facing this street which has the hotel name in white writing on glass so is difficult to spot.

So get off the bus 2 stops after the white pepper, look across the other side of the road about 5 degrees left and you see the face of the hotel with a large sign on it.

We spent 4 nights there and were very pleased with the hotel, defiantly a ‘go backer’ for a great hotel at a very reasonable price. When exiting the main entrance go left to some 24 hour shops for you water etc but also left is the lovely cafe 2000 which opens at 7.30 and the owner cannot do enough for you and as she lived in London for a while spoke perfect English.

Room Tip: A deluxe room for an extra few euros a night gives you a nice sea view.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 23, 2013

Nice hotel in very good location, very close to the sea and restaurants, but in same time is not noisy at all. Rooms are big and have some sea-view. Cleaning average, could be better. Breakfast simple, but sufficient. Staff is pleasant and helpful. l defiantly will stay there again, as budget traveler.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 18, 2013

Stayed here for a week in March. Staff could not have been more helpful with hotel staff getting special food for coeliac breakfast. Location is very good with tram /bus stops right next to it for both Alicante or Benidorm direction. Hotel basic but very clean with all staff very helpful.

Room Tip: Get front room with balcony as good value.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Herts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 28, 2013

My wife and I stayed here for 7 nights, we were looking for something reasonable but on a budget.
The hotel & rooms are all very clean. The reception is great and the staff were very helpful. They arranged taxi's, showed us where and how to use the busses and trams, suggested places to visit and gave direction. Couldn't have asked for more.
Weather was a little chilly so didn't use the pool, but it was clean and we would have given a bit more sun.
Breakfast was great, good selection of food.
Hotel is very close to San Jose beach. It's a 30 minute bus ride to town for a couple of euros or about 15 euros for a taxi.
Would definitely use this hotel again.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 3, 2012

We stayed in the Playa San Juan, in Castilla hotel just for one night. It was a quiet, resting night in spite of the fact that people were getting ready for Carnaval that week-end. There is a tram stop nearby and you can get to the center of Alicante in 12 mins.
The proximity to the beach is great and we'd love to come back again in summer.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank w4nd3rluster
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2012

We stayed at Hotel Castilla Alicante for one week at the start of October, We were not sure what to expect but were encouraged by the good reviews on trip advisor. I can honestly say we were very satisfied, lovely clean hotel, nice room with balcony and use of the room safe for Eur 2 per night, the friendly and accomodating staff made us feel very welcome, in particular the staff on reception were so helpful, If we have one small quibble it is that the AC in the room was not terribly good and made little impact, so we were glad to have a sliding balcony door which we could open as required. Breakfast was plentiful and all in all added up to very good value for money. Easy access to the beach as noted by others and a choice of restaurants in the immediate vicinity. We will be back.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Henlow
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 5, 2012

We stayed at this hotel for a week towards the end of September. The hotel itself is very clean - maid service every day and the staff are very friendly and speak good English. We didn't eat in the hotel so cannot comment on the food. The hotel is not too far from Alicante itself and the local area is nice. The beach is beautiful, very clean and impressive looking. Would 100% come back to stay at this hotel again if I were to re-visit the area.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Hotel Castilla Alicante
Address: Avenida Paises Escandinavos 7, 03540 Alicante, Spain
Location: Spain > Valencian Country > Province of Alicante > Costa Blanca > Alicante
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #13 of 49 Hotels in Alicante
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel Castilla Alicante 3.5*
Number of rooms: 155
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Castilla Alicante is a three star hotel that has been certified with the "Q" of Quality trade mark. The hotel has been recently renovated. It is located in the city`s north and placed in a charming environment. Only 50 metres from the beach "San Juan Playa".Wich has been awanded a blue flag. A few minutes drive from the citycentre , the much filmed "Ciudad de la Luz" , the Airport "EL ALTET" , the Exhibition Centre ( IFA) ,The theme park "Terra Mitica" the ,"Terra Natura" off the A7 / A31,and 300 metres away is the Golf course " Alicante Golf ".Hotel Castilla Alicante has 155 rooms, all recently redecorated and are equiped with full marble bathroom, large balconies , satellite TV, telephone, internet connection, safety deposit box ( optional) and the majority have sea views. The rooms majority has free wi-fi connection under availability .All rooms have air conditioning and central heating .There are also non smoking rooms alarms.Hotel Castilla Alicante is a suitable location to combine business, sport and leisure, where relaxation and rest are guaranteed.Moreover, we have conference rooms and banqueting with suites varying capacities (350-25 people ) , a restaurant with a capacity of 300 people , swimming pool, childrens play area, undercover parking, a terrace with a cafe-bar, a Cafe lounge with a TV area, a limited room service, a laundry service, a florist, excursions, a ticket service, car-rental available at reception, Green Fees reservations and information about the golf courses . Close to the hotel, there is an office for local shows, Commercial Centres, restaurants, pubs and high speed wi-fi connection on the main floor. Full equipped kitchen of our own specialised in Home made and mediterranean cooking. ... more   less 
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