We made the booking last minute and were eager not to pay too expensive. We thought that the proposed price was reasonable compared to what we had seen on the internet.
The hotel from the outside when getting there by car looks rather scary. An enormous apartment complex stuck to a giant rock (the hotel seems to occupy a few floors only of this apartment building). In front of the hotel there is a one way street (partially without a pavement) on which you have to walk to the tram stop, which is not too far away. And you got the railway right behind that street.
We got to the hotel around midnight and were tired, but the receptionist was busy with a guest, complaining about an extra bed, and had us wait. It first did not bother us much but then we realized that this would be long and we had to insist he would hand us the key and that we would come back to take care of the administrative stuff.
So we did and were surprised that the receptionist wanted us to pay the entire stay in advance. We had booked through a booking system with no prepayment and when we said that his request was not normal he said that the entire stay would be quite some money and that he wanted us to pay all or at least half. We could have probably refused but we were too tired, but still had the spirit to only pay half because the room we had discovered quickly was not really to our liking.
dark, looked oldish (nothing like the one we saw on the net although I later passed in front of one that looked a bit like the internet picture), first floor (2 floors below the reception) with a view onto the garages, of which you could make abstraction if lifting your eyes a bit to see an abandoned looking hotel ground with tennis courts above the garages (and a glimpse of the sea). The little balcony was a good surprise - we could have had a room to the other side, which would have meant a rock in front of our nose.
The little entry hall was isolating the noise of people passing by. In case you feel like having kids and want some training ask for a room next to a family with a newborn and you can get used to their schedule - all this to say, walls were pretty thin and once in a while from the outside we heard a machine noise that seem to come from an automatic garage door.
Big cupboard and the bathroom was big too with a window onto the balcony, always good to let of steam.
There was no minibar in the room and the most surprising thing was the safe: You pay 1 EUR to lock your valuables...but in case you need anything during your stay and open the safe and want to lock it again you pay another EUR. I wonder who invented this and even more who uses it!?!?
Air-condition worked, but too cold and could not be regulated and was noisy. So once in a while at night you have to go and cut it before you freeze and turn it on again before melting away.
The hotel hall was weird, narrow, very long, very white with neo lights, it made me think of an asylum, perfect for a movie scene. The reception, lounge and bar part looked nice and welcoming with a nice sea view. The hotel in general is very clean and the reception staff, apart from the arrival part, was very friendly too.
The breakfast buffet was not really worth the getting up on time. Did not look very appetizing and the juice and coffee from the machine were not convincing.
The swimming pool is at a few minutes walk next to the tennis courts - on the internet the swimming pool looked nice, the magic of pictures, it was taken from above, so no wire fences were shown. The pool was small, but clean, perfectly suitable to cool down and have a little swim.
The situations of the hotel is fine, tram takes you to the center of Alicante (or to Benidorm/Denia if you go the other direction) in about 15 minutes, very reasonably priced and quick. Last tram back around 11pm, unless you fall on high season and weekend when time schedules are adapted to Spain's party life and seem to run a lot later.
The beach Albuferete looked nice (we only saw it at night time) and is a few meters further than the tram station. Some small creeks just down to the left of the hotel where you also find several restaurants, both well visited by local people living in the apartments in one of the buildings around the hotel or the hotel building itself. There is a nice family ambiance.
All in all I would say if you get a really good deal, if you are not a breakfast person and you don't mind taking the tram to get into town, you can book that hotel without hesitating. But ask for a seaside room, the rock could get you depressed.
We left the hotel after 3 nights as we got for the last 3 days for almost the same price a much better hotel in the middle of Alicante (probably because that was not including a weekend).
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