Just returned from 2 weeks at Rio Park; we w
anted a good value holiday in the sun and we certainly got it. The absence of a gym, wide-screen tv's and laundry service earns this hotel a 2* rating but it's far cleaner and better run than a lit of 4* hotels.
The reception area is welcoming, with free wifi. The bar service is good and prices are very competitive, the food is served hot and will please most European palates- if you fancy something different Benidorm offers restaurants from all round the world and the recession has kept prices down.
The bedrooms and bathrooms are basic but functional and clean, there were over 20 hangers in our wardrobe, the air conditioning works well and the views from the upper floors are great. We requested (via email direct to the hotel) a poolside view on a high floor and we got it, together with a bottle of wine thanking us for "our kind comments and patronage". That's a nice touch.
The real jewel in the crown is the pool area: The pool is big compared to other hotels (The President, Riviera) and you can swim in it as it's 5ft at one end and 8ft at the other. There's also a shallower pool and a child pool. Although not heated, the balmy temperatures warned the water sufficiently and we never struggled to get a chair or sunbed, although in common with other hotels people rushed out at the crack of dawn to "reserve" a bed.
I must be honest, when we first arrived at 1am and we went for a walk my heart sank: Rowdy pubs full of stag do's, strip bars, live sex shows and people staggering round vomiting. I knew Benidorm was popular with stag do's and I'm no prude but it was all a bit much. However, the following day a nice long walk clearly indicated that we'd found the worst street the previous night. It makes sense to keep all these places together and it looks like that's what has happened. The hotel is about 5 blocks from the beachfront (roughly 5 minutes walk down the "yellow brick road" pedestrianised path or down the road past bars and shops). The beachfront is great; you turn right when you get to the sea and you can walk to the old town and then carry on to the newest part. Turn left and you can walk up the hill and through the country park, past 2 great pebble beaches (the first one is a nudist beach and the second is great for snorkeling) to a 16th century watchtower with views back along the seafront.
Great service from Thompson reps and good flights. Flying back at 2310 wasn't ideal but the hotel let us book a late checkout and stay for dinner so it wasn't as drawn out as it could have been.
Holiday tips? We really enjoyed the downhill bike trip, the Segway trip, the coach trip to Valencia, a bus ride to Altea (lovely views of Benidorm skyline on the horizon) and our journey to the 43rd floor of the Grand Bali hotel. The views are absolutely amazing and you really see the sheer scale of Benidorm: It's well worth doing.
Overall, a great hotel and a great holiday!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The many repeat customers could tell you why they come back to the Rio Park again and again- location, atmosphere, and friendly staff. The hotel is a short walk to the beach and resort centre, and offers you plenty of options inside the hotel too. With a fresh modern reception, a choice of bars to relax in, plenty of outdoor space and great food and entertainment, it's not hard to see why the Rio Park is such a popular hotel. The hotel is a lively place with plenty of atmosphere. It's a great hotel to make new friends, meet old ones, or just relax with your loved ones and enjoy all the fun. The staff at the Rio Park provide a friendly and welcoming service and everyone wants to make sure you have a good time. Free Wi-Fi available in all hotel bars. Benidorm offers a wonderful climate all year round, and with its sandy beaches, impressive promenade and lively resort facilities, it is a favourite destination with all ages. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Rio Park
- Rio Park Hotel Benidorm
- Rio Park Benidorm