OK so this year we decided to stay again at the Torre Dorada but we took my partner's children with us - at 18 and 20 they are hardly children but it did change our opinion of the hotel somewhat.
We took two rooms, one for us and one for the kids and both were requested on a high floor with a sea view - this request was fulfilled and we had two adjacent rooms on the side of the hotel facing the sea - cracking views, couldn't have been happier with room choice.The rooms were kept clean and clean towels provided every day with a nice clean room when we returned from the beach.
The hotel food was of the same high standard as last year with something for everyone each day and a varied menu to a degree, we did get a bit bored by the last couple of days of our 10 night stay and chose to eat out instead of the evening meal (we were half board) but the kids had the lunch instead which was being served as they crawled out of bed - that's what you get for partying in Benidorm until 6am!
So on the whole a recommendation for the hotel again and we would definitely stay there again, however, as we had the kids with us this year we used some parts of the hotel that we didn't before and those weren't so good, so here are the points to be aware of:
The swimming pool has no shallow end, it goes from 1.55m to 1.35m so for those non swimmers 5' 1" and below you will be out of your depth anywhere in the pool - definitely not child friendly, yet the Delfi Kids Club leader holds children's activities in the pool - not much good if your kids are under 5 feet tall.
On the subject of the Kids Club Leader - she does not take no for an answer, she would not let us rest and insisted we joined in, the music was too loud to relax through anyway, so I was off to the beach which I prefer anyway.
The sunbeds around the pool are too few and packed in very tight, no smoking restrictions apply in the pool area and all Spanish smoke so you might want to bring your fog mask with you.
There's not much shade available around the pool until after 2pm and then it's still very hot as the surrounding buildings block the breeze.
The hotel games room is hot and contains a wonky table tennis table with a broken net and some sweat inducing fake leather chairs, we didn't see anyone use it at all!
The children's climbing frame is in my opinion dangerous, it is too close to the edge of the pool terrace with a big drop on 3 sides, also the sun is on the climbing frame all day, so plenty of sunblock for the kids.
One last noteworthy item is the Spanish holidaymakers, this year they were ruder than ever and pushed in front of us in the restaurant at every opportunity.
The only other gripe is the cost of drinks in the restaurant, way over the top at 1.25 euro for a bottle of water - take note Torre Dorada water should come with your meal or at least be reasonably priced. If you don't buy a drink in the restaurant the waiters take your glasses away - I kid you not!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 200 M. From Benidorm's Poniente Beach, in a quiet residential area.Privileged views to sea, mountain and the Terra Mitica theme park.Facilities and services:Hotel recommended for families.Large swimming pool for adults and another one for children, sun terrace equipped with sunbeds and parasols. Garden area, bar-terrace and children's playground. Delfi children's club (high season) with its own mascot, workshops and activities. Elegant bar-lounge overlooking the pool area. Games room.New Servigroup boutique with souvenirs, gifts and accessories.For the youngest members of the family (in high season), the hotel has a miniclub with blackboards, desks, paintings, handicraft workshops, music and children's films, all supervised by qualified staff.Entertainment programme in high season and live music at night.Free wifi connection throughout the hotel, including outoor areas.Internet connection at reception (supplement).Hotel-owned covered/outdoor parking spaces (supplement): 134.Rooms:243 rooms with superb views: air conditioning, heating, full bathroom, balcony, direct dial telephone, flat screen TV, mini fridge, safe (supplement) and electronic safety locks.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. Special celiac menu available on request. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Servigroup Torre Dorada Hotel Benidorm
- Torre Dorada Benidorm