Just back from a 14 night stay in the Hotel Spa Porta Maris. We booked a standard double room on the harbour view side to avail of afternoon sun. Rooms with seaview get morning sun. If you want a seaview room with double bed (not 2 singles) then you have to book a premium room. All standard rooms with seaview have twin beds.
After a 15 minute taxi ride from the airport we were checking in. On check in we were advised that we could either pay 50% or 100% of the entire bill up front. As I have never encountered this before I was somewhat taken aback. There was no mention of this on my booking confirmation or on the web site. Seemingly this is a regular policy allowed by spanish hotel legislation. This is not in itself an issue but it would be nice to know in advance.
Although we had requested a room on a high floor we were a little disappointed to be allocated one on the 2nd floor (we were later able to move). The room itself was a good size with king bed. There was a flat screen tv, safety deposit box, pillow menu. The balcony overlooked the casino. No real view of the harbour. As others have said the music goes on until about 6.30am. Once the balcony doors are closed you don't hear it - you definitely could not have the doors open though. The bathroom was clean, with great shower and plenty toiletries replaced daily - shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, body lotion, toothbrush and toothpaste, vanity kit, comb.
The tea and coffee making facilities which we had requested were not in the room but this was quickly rectified when we mentioned it at reception. Milk, coffee, tea etc were seldom replaced - eventually we got tired of asking. We bought a jar of coffee. Such a small niggle which is annoying and could so easily be dealt with.
We had external spa circuit included in our package - this provides access to a small indoor pool, jacuzzi (luke warm) and foot bath. There were a lot of children there when we went in. There is also a little outside area with a few sun loungers. We did not feel it was anything great and only went once. The spa is confusing and there is little information provided. You need to get a voucher at reception to enter - you then have to ring a bell to get access. Once you get into the spa you take your voucher to the reception (near the Melia) to get towels and locker keys. It would appear that the spa forms part of the Melia as the reception area is located on their side. We were able to use the showers in the spa before leaving - they are not warm though - practically cold. Although not an issue for us as we loved the beach you should know that unless you book the suites you have no access to an outdoor pool ( I think there is an option to pay for access to suites pool but it is expensive). The hotel will keep your bags for you if you have a late departure.
As we were staying for 14 nights we requested to be moved to a higher level and got a lovely room on the 5th floor. This was still overlooking the casino but there were gorgeous views of the boats/yachts and the harbour, the city of Alicante itself and the Castle. You would still need to keep the balcony door closed at night. The room was brighter than the 2nd floor room. The bathroom did not appear to be as modern but had everything and a great shower. We were delighted with this room.
We managed to get Wifi in the room most of the time which was great - on smartphone, tablet and also to download books on kindle.
The breakfast is fabulous and served in a lovely bright room with sea views. There was freshly made orange juice and other juices, fresh fruit - melon, pineapple, apples, oranges, kiwis etc - selection of cold meats, cheeses, fish. The hot food was sausages, bacon, scrambled eggs, tomatoes, mushrooms. Nice selection of bread and pastries. Tea, coffee and sparkling champagne to drink. Also choices of cereal and yogurts. Staff were pleasant and helpful.
There is a bank machine in reception as well as some computers allowing internet access. There was also a number of newspapers available to read.
Beach towels can be got from reception - just leave a €10 deposit. Towels can be changed daily.
The hotel has a great location - the Spa Porta Maris and the Melia is one long building and situated just around the corner from the beach. The beach was busy but we got sunbeds and loungers and this was fine. If coming with your own chair and umbrella in peak season I would imagine it to be very crowded. The beds and umbrellas closest the hotel were €6 each (€18 for 2 loungers and 1 umbrella). Walk a little further and for €12 you get 2 sun loungers and 1 umbrella. You could also get a chair for €1.50 Just sit on a bed and the guy will come around to you to pay. Buses to San Juan were frequent and were close to the hotel - at the start of the beach. The tram stop near the hotel is not longer in operation.
Opposite the beach there is a 24 hour shop, pharmacy, tobacco shop. There is also a stall selling international newspapers - this is at the beginning of the beach.
There are some lovely restaurants and we enjoyed Taberna del Gourmet, Nou Manolin, Sento, Sal and Pepe, L' atalier, Ibericos- to name just a few.
The elevator to Castillo Santa Barbara is across the road from the beach and costs €2.50. The last elevator up is 7.20 pm and the last one down is 7.40pm. The hop on hop off bus is €10 and would give you your bearings - we had one day of rain and did this that day. The Volvo Ocean Museum is free and is worth a visit. Just come out of the hotel and go left.
We took a trip to the Island of Tabarca - just over an hour each way and costs €18. Sunbeds (2) and umbrella were €14. There are a few restaurants and little gift shops.
Once the inital small issues were resolved we had a great stay. We would recommend to friends and would go back.
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