This is a really friendly hotel situated in the heart of Benidorm right next door to the very expensive Marina Hotel and opposite the Red Dog night club.
As soon as we walked in with our bags at about 3 am we were greeted with a very wide and genuine welcoming smile from the night manager. What a difference to other more expensive hotels in the town. We found out later that all the reception staff were just as friendly in their own ways.
The rooms were lovely and clean and the friendly maids cleaned them very thoroughly and changed the towels (if we wanted them) every day.
The breakfast was very good. I suppose you could say it was the usual hot and cold stuff but it went down well and you could fill your stomachs very well and, once again, the staff were very friendly.
One small criticism here is the size of the cups and glasses as it was slightly annoying to pick up your cup/glass for another slurp to find it empty and then have to get up for a fresh one. OK, this isn’t too annoying but when there’s a queue at the coffee/juice machines your hot food can cool down on your plate.
On the morning we left the same night manager ensured that we could go into the dining room early to make up rolls etc for our journey. The kitchen manager, as usual, was his very cheerful self and it was a pleasure to shake his and the night manager’s hand on leaving with our chosen packed breakfasts.
The only reason we can imagine for this being a 2 star hotel is because it doesn’t serve any meals apart from breakfast, unless you want something cooked from the bar menu. When we did that we found that the normal sized dinner plates were a little too small for the huge mountain of food that was on the plates. Whether the girl had miscalculated the amount of food we needed or had just put on the usual amounts we may never know. However, it was well cooked with only one small criticism of part of a half-chicken being cooler than the rest.
To sum up, if you want a quiet holiday then you wouldn't choose Benidorm, as drunken and noisy people can return to their hotels at any time of night. If you want a good, clean stopping off point in the centre of Benidorm with friendly and accommodating staff then the La Perla Hotel (Perla Hostal Residencia) is the place for you.
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