We stayed in this resort last Week (February half-term) with our two teenage children.
Having compared the exact same holiday with two major UK tour operators (except airlines), we decided to plan and book everything ourselves, saving over £600 in the process:
Flights via Easyjet
Airport car park via APH
Hotel via ASDA Travel
Airport transfers via Resort Hopper
We stayed in room 7102 on the 1st floor in annex 7. The main building is where the hotel entrance is. There are several annex buildings around the pool areas, all within minutes from reception.
As there were four in our party, we were allocated two adjoining rooms. These were of average size with two single beds in either room, joined via a hall way. Each room had plenty of built-in wardrobe space, so much so that we didn't use it all. There was a wall mounted small movable lamp above each bed that could be operated from the bed or via a switch near the door. A portable TV was provided in each room also and the TV remote was included free of charge, despite a sign in reception stating a 10 euro hire charge. A sofa was provided in one of the rooms, although it did not make into a bed, not that we needed it.
The bathroom had a proper bath with integrated shower cubicle, twin sinks, bide, and toilet. No wall mounted hair dryer is provided, so bring your own, unless you want to hire one from reception for 10 euros. Satchets of shampoo and bath oils, etc and provided every day, along with fresh towels. We found that leave a Euro or two on a pillow as a tip increased the quality of cleaning and freebies in our rooms.
An electronic safe is provided in one of the bedroom wardrobe cupboards for a few euros per day. You are provided with a small key and padlock.
A purple coloured room key with the ServiGroup logo on it was provided per person. This is a credit type card, which you slot into the entrance door to gain access. The same type of card is also required to place into a gadget on the wall inside the room to activate the electricity, lights, etc.
An iron and ironing board is available to hire charge from reception upon request, although we brought our own.
Food & Drink
We had the Full Board option and upon arrival you are allocated a small folded cardboard credit-card size ID card for your party stating check-in, check-out date/times and timings for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
There is one restaurant serving buffet food. Breakfast every day is from 07:30 - 09:30. The options were the same every day and as with all food ranged from healthy to unhealthy. Scrambled & fried eggs, english sausages, baked beans, crispy streaky bacon, etc.
There was also an omlette station where you could order at no extra charge. This station is often over looked by guests as it is in the far side of the restaurant. Fresh fruit is available, along with traditional spanish breakfast (e.g. cold meats and cheese) and pastries. Toast can be cooked by yourself with white or wholemeal bread. Drinks are self-service via a machine (orange squash, water, tea and coffee). Apple juice and milk was also available, as was hot chocolate (near the omlette station). On some Mornings, champagne was made available. Breakfast was the only sitting where drinks was included as part of your meal.
For Lunch (13:00 - 15:00) and Dinner (19:00 - 21:00) , various hot and cold buffet options are available. There was a potato option (mash, chips, boiled, etc). Chips was available at most sittings, as was pizza. Two options of soup were available. Desserts were a creation in themselves and available in numerous options, including an ice-cream and fresh cream machine.
Menus for the day are advertised in the Morning, so you can quite easily choose whether to eat-in or out for that sitting.
For fussy eaters, you have your staple junk food (burgers, hot dogs, fries, chicken nuggets, etc), but there are at least three choices per day of vegtables and again you can eat as healthy, unhealthy as you choose. There was always at least one pasta options, along with pizza and paella (via a large pan).
Parents with fussy eating children or vegetarians may find themselves restricted to the one or two options.
Overall we found the food to be superior considering the masses that we being served. Nothing was allowed to sit for too long before being replaced even if there was a large amount still left.
Lunch and Evening buffet drinks were table served and charged. We tipped a few euros per sitting which you can either leave at the table or in the basket by the entrance, the latter being shared amongst all the restaurant staff equally. A small peice of paper is provided at the restaurant entrance for lunch and dinner with your room number on. Once seated, a waiter/waitress will take your drinks order from a menu on the table. As you leave the restaurant, you pay for your drinks. Note: drinks taken with food are NOT part of the 2 for 1 deal ServiGroup are offering. Hence, we restricted ourselves to bottled water out of principal. Wine and champagne can be purchased with your meal. Any unused bottles can be corked and identified for use with later meals throughout your stay.
The hotel must offer deals for the older Spanish as upon our arrival on Saturday, it was like feeding the 5000 at lunch and very hard to move around. They were mostly gone by the Sunday though and the restaurant seating area was reduced to half the room size. It was Valentines Weekend, but the same thing happened the following Saturday Morning.
Snacks are available from the bar area every day The choice was burger, hot dog, fries, pizza, desserts and ham/cheese toasties.
Picnics for lunch and breakfast can be ordered the day before via reception .
A bar is available right next to the main pool, but was closed during our visit as it was low season.
Drinks are branded or non-branded local produce, the choice yours, you are paying. ServiGroup reintroduced the 2 for 1 offer throughout the hotel during our stay. For every drink you buy (except tea and coffee) another one exactly yhe same is provided free of charge. Prices were reasonable.
The was another bar in the room opposite where the nightly entertainment was, although this was closed most nights.
There were TVs in both bars, including a projector screen which showed all the major sports, especially football. The bar appeared to be more crowded during the football, I guess as it can also be accessed by those staying outside the hotel, the 2 for 1 offer brought them in.
There was an outside theatre opposite the main pool, but this was not in use as it was off-season.
The arcade was of average quality. It can be accessed from inside and outside the hotel, although the inside door only works one way. Once you are in, you have to leave the hotel via two sets of steps and back in via reception or the bar.
NOTE: Parents please note the above, especially if you have young children.
A gool deal of the games machines could do with an update (Time Crisis 2, etc), but there were two air hockey machines, several pool tables and a good sized internet cafe. There are several bowl-lingo lanes, but these need to be updated and it took us three attempts before we could find a lane that worked.
Daytime entertainment is arranged by a very pleasant Guy called Jose. It was advertsed for every day (see the board outside both bars which show you whats on for the Week ahead). It may be an off-season thing, but nothing is arranged for Wednesday (and Sunday I think?), then Thursday and Friday were suddenly blanked out without warning. I guess this decision was made due to the low client numbers staying in the hotel, but a shame all the same.
Evening entertainment was confined to an inside bar area and ran from various times, generally 09:00pm until late. Magic John was on Saturday (a good magic show). Other entertainment was of average quality and geared towards the older Spanish residents, but hey, let's face it, Benidorm is the place to come for cabaret, so go outside the hotel for that!
The main pool is in a good location and central to the main building and the surrounding annexs. It was far too cold to use during our stay (not that it stopped my Son and I foolishly trying it out!) Next to the pool is a smaller pool and spa pool, although after the trying the main pool we didn't dare try them.
The saving grace and one of the reasons why we booked this hotel is the provision of an indoor heated pool. This was accessible right next door to annex 7 and is open from 08:30 - 20:30 every day. The pool temperature is kept between 75 - 82F, although on some days it felt colder. Size of the pool is average, but we would have been lost without it. Changing and toilet factilities are provided with the indoor pool room (Male and Female), along with sun loungers and chairs. There were patio doors enclosing the indoor pool, so I guess these can be opened during the warmer months.
There was a small childrens splash area next to the outdoor pool
A ping-pong table is next to outside pool and theatre. Bats and a ball available from reception, but you need to leave a 10 euro deposit. There were also a couple of pool tables in the same place, but these were soaked due to the rain we had.
English newspapers and magazine can be purchased from a machine next to reception. The is also a cash machine next to it.
Out and about
We went to the local market (open on Sunday and Wednesday) which is within minutes of the Hotel itself. As you come out of the main entrance, turn right and the market is literally behind the hotel . The infamous potato men where on the pavement doing their tricks (complete with a Rodney Trotter type look out), but we simply crossed the road and that was that. The market itself is what you'd expect (tat, hand bags, scarves, men giving demos on cleaning products, etc). Nothing special, but killed few hours.
Valor Chocolate factory is a good day out. It was advertised by the Thomson rep in the hotel at 14.90 euro per adult and 8.90 euro per Children, so for us it would have cost almost 60 euros. We walked into town and got the bus to the train station, then the tram into Villa Joyosa (get off the stop before Cruela?), for the total cost of 18 euros for the whole Family. Entry into the chocolate factory is free of charge. As you leave the station, keep the local police station on your right and the factory is five minutes walk on the left-hand side.
We wanted to visit Benidorm Island, but the boat trips were cancelled due to rain.
Benidorm is shopping-tat paridise and my kids were in their element. Most shops seemed to carry the same "gifts" though, but there were some good deals to be had if you looked.
This is THE place for evening entertainment every day of the Week, year round. We saw comics, dancers, singers, with even the smallest venue providing entertainment. Most of it starts at 21:30, some later after bingo. Things must be bad in Benidorm as the streets are littered with people touting for business, 2 for 1 drink deals, Happy Hours, set menus, etc. It's a tourists dream if you shop around.
One last item of note is that Benidorm suffers from not having ANY public toilets (although some are supposed to be opening in June), so don't get caught short ;)
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- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in a lively area of Benidorm, just 300m. Away from Levante Beach. Facilities and services:Last improvements made in 2010.Sun terrace with two swimming pools for adults and one for children. Covered heated swimming pool. Mediterranean Cafe, Lounge-bar "Atlantic" and pool bar.Other facilities include ping pong, petanque, billiards, shuffleboard and computers with internet access (supplement). For the youngest members of the family: children's playground provided with slides, toys and swimming pool, miniclub area (in high season) with children's films and games. Delfi children's club (high season) with its own mascot, workshops and activities.Wide range of day-time and evening entertainment programmes for children and adults, including shows and live music.Servigroup boutique with souvenirs, gifts and accessories.Free wifi connection throughout the hotel, including outdoor areas.Internet connection in Atlantic lounge (supplement).Hairdresser (at H. Servigroup Venus, supplement).Panoramic lift.Hotel-owned covered parking spaces (supplement): 82Rooms:539 recently refurbished comfortable rooms, including one junior suite, distributed across a central building and 5 smaller blocks with 4 floors each, located in the pool area and surrounded by Mediterranean gardens.All include balcony, bathroom, air-conditioning and heating by fan coil system, flat screen TV, direct dial telephone, safe deposit box (supplement) and intelligent locking system.The flat screen TVs provide a new digital system with 60 national and international channels and 15 music channels.Restaurant:Restaurant with buffet service and show cooking. A selected and varied assortment of dishes including themed dishes, vegetarian choices and delicious desserts. Celiac menu available on request. ... more less
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