We stayed here for Easter weekend and paid quite a lot because of the time of year. We opted for all-inclusive as it wasn't that much more. First off, the main positive aspects are the very helpful and friendly staff, particularly if you put a tip in the jars on the bar, but even without that they are extremely friendly. The rooms, certainly for Benidorm, are pleasantly modern, of a reasonable size, large comfy beds and a sofa but no balconies (none of the rooms have balconies). Rooms were good. We were on the back as the hotel was busy but it still had a pleasant enough view. Rooms on the front would ave fabulous views. The roof top sunbathing terrace was fabulous, particularly at this time of year but I would guess it gets VERY hot in the summer. The location of the hotel is great although parking is difficult (and expensive at the hotel). The spa is pleasant but not worth €13 for an hour. All inclusive get a free session.
The negatives: The pool is pretty small for the size of the hotel, you couldn't really exercise in it and it is in a strange location at the rear of the hotel along a corridor up more stairs etc etc However it is covered in the winter so you could swim all round. The main negative is the quality of the food and wine. The wine was only just drinkable - ridiculous when you can get a fantastic bottle of wine for around €2.50 in a supermarket - and the food lacked creativity, quality and presentation. Breakfast was dreadful in our opinion. The restaurant isn't really big enough for the hotel so you get mad peaks where you can't get a table (unless you are just a couple).
We would stay here again but would probably go for room only. There are fantastic restaurants in the Old Town and they're as cheap as chips. Avoid the all inclusive option.
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