Just returned from 11 night stay at Mio Cid. The hotel is small and quiet in a quiet location a fair distance from the city centre(certainly not within walking distance as some reviewers have stated).
Staff pleasant and most understand some english, rooms adequate, not enough storage and surprisingly no safe in room (could use Hotel safe at reception). We were on the 2nd floor, the hotel only has 2 floors and had no problem with air con and hotel was busy while we were there.
Breakfast was nothing startling what you would expect, snack menu basic and tasty, had the set menu 3 courses for 15 euro each well worth it (only ate once as hubby is quite a plain eater and no other nights menu appealed). Rooms cleaned daily but they didn't seem to clean corridor floors. Terrace and pool areas small but cosy were never too crowded as most people
were away from hotel during the day, only problem we had was bar staff didn't/weren't keen to come out and ask if you wanted a refill or to clean the tables, especially round the pool area. Not a lot around the hotel to do or see went into Alicante most nights for evening meal, plenty to choose from as long as your not looking for British cuisene, lots of pasta and pizza.
Eating out was a experience as not much English spoken or understood, was part of the fun. We never had a bad meal or service from anyone. If your looking for something different the Mio Cid would suit. The 22 bus runs about every 20 mins and is only 1.40 euro each way, seems to be a set price as it doesn't matter where you get on the bus it's the same price.
Hotel bar reasonable for drinks.
The hotel is a quite strange medioeval like structure, that I personally didn't like a lot. There is nothing particularly bad. The room is big enough, the bathroom is complete with bidet and bath; there is also a balcony, but it's not a cute place. We only spent one night, so we didn't use the swimming pool. The hotel is not in the center so if you don't have a car you should take a bus to go out in the evening. Anyway there is a beach 5 minutes walking. To end my review, I would say that if you enjoy not feeling in a quite anonymous hotel, probably you will not like this place a lot.
The Hotel was your run of the mill hotel. Cozy, small pool, air con(not the best if you are on upper floors) Staff were friendly food was adequate. As a family of 5 we were split in to 2 rooms 1 on the ground floor and the other on the top Floor. (Not ideal).
How ever as for the location it is great for the traveler who goes abroad to get away from the brit mentality. Lot of Spanish visitors here and as the hotel is in the heart of New Alicante\ San Juan or Albufferta depending were you know it from it is central to many great locations.
I have the advantage of visiting my dad for years in this area but on this occasion took my partner and her 3 chlidren, They all enjoyed the trip.
As i have been here many times i have seen the place grow. Public transportation is great, beaches close by and many restaurants. La Gamba (Spanish ) and the Catay(All you can eat chinse) are but 2 of many.
Down side is language, Locals are very helpful but few speak english if you are on the adventerious side go for it as it is how i started. I now know 20-30 words in spanish and get by with difficulty but it is great fun.
For those of you who would miss the brits for a whole week Benidorm is 45 minutes on the tram at a cheap price.
HOT this time of year.
Selected this hotel due to the curiosity of the “Medieval” statements I have read and the fact that it is slightly outside of Alicante. Owing to the early flight and the efficient airport transfer we arrived at the Hotel too early to check in but the receptionist ensured we were looked after and the room made ready as soon as he could which was not expected at all.
The entrance and the layout of the hotel was pleasing to the eye and the rooms were perfectly adequate with all the facilities we needed and a decent sized balcony with a view over the bay. We only had the “bed and breakfast” tariff and there was plenty of choice of food to eat which sets us up for the day. The hotel had guests of varying nationalities and all of them seemed to have no complaints at all about anything. Even the pool was of a fine size for those that used it and not one sun bed had been “reserved” by the towel mentality tribe.
We hired a car for most of the duration as the hotel had parking and also there was street parking too. There is an excellent beach a mile or two walk away at St Juan which we did on a couple of occasions or you could catch the bus. To get into Alicante the 22 bus stops very close to the hotel or the hotel reception will ring for a taxi if you prefer.
All of the staff were friendly and very helpful and we had no difficulty in being understood even though some comments previously referred to the staff speaking little English.
All in all a very well run clean efficient hotel which I would recommend to all. Nearby in walking distance there are several restaurants shops bars and transport connections.
Just stayed at this hotel for 5nights,a good family oriented hotel.clean rooms and pool,bed a bit old would need too be changed and AC not powerful when hotel is at full capacity hard to get some in 40 degree heat,but still recommend since in quiet area,10 min by bus to city centre,ake thebus for 1,50 e across Burger King,and other direction go to the best beach san juan at 5 min by same bus no 22 in other direction.also in front nice small shopping center with great helados,coffee shop and do not miss small resto at back called la taperia del faro Christina makes great food and day,s special at 9'50 euros includind salad,entree which is a meal in itself and mane course with drink and dessert.enjoy! If you have time to travel in the area can go with marinablue travel ask for mireilla they are very good at good prices can go to guadalest,altea,elche and more.