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“This is a spanish hotel through and through”
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Sol y Sombra
Ranked #121 of 191 Hotels in Benidorm
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6 reviews
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“This is a spanish hotel through and through”
Reviewed July 9, 2013 via mobile

I have just returned from a long weekend at this hotel. The hotel itself was lovely and clean. Maid service every day who made our bed and cleaned the bathroom. Got fresh towels every day too. The hotel staff all seemed very friendly and helpful. The language barrier was a bit of a problem at times but got there in the end. The food was lovely with a very good variety. The only downside to staying at this hotel is i have never come across so many horrible nasty arrogant people in all my life. All of the guests staying there where spanish. 1 old spanish woman actually pushed me out of the way at the buffet bar cos seemingly i queued in the wrong direction. This hotel should not be available for english paying customers. We never got catered for in any way what so ever. The entertainment day and night was in spanish. Nothing in this hotel was done in english. I will certainly be returning back to benidorm but never again would i stay in the Hotel Sol Y Sombra

Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed July 7, 2013

wouldn't stay here again if it was for free dont get me wrong lovely modern hotel but the guests mainly rude old spanish oaps if looks could kill we would have been dead the first day there arrogant very rude and just dont like u being there its like the oap home of benidorm there was a few friendly staff in bar area and 1 nice lady on reception the rest couldnt spk english the area its self is very rough and ready beach was a 10 min walk the entertainment there was all spanish so we took a 5/10 min taxi ride to the new part for 6/7 euros there was always plenty of food to be gad at meal times but maily fish or garlic type based the pools were terrible the one on the roof was no bigger than a shoe box very cold and the hot tub was like a cold bath and as for the pool ACROSS the road we couldnt even get in as gate was always locked i wouldnt come here again and i deffo wouldnt bring my children here thats for sure save ure money and go else were

  • Stayed June 2013
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Manchester, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed July 26, 2012

worst hotel ever stay well away if your english first thing we were told on arrival dont walk round in the dark if english will be targeted by spanish yobs

the food was crap all the staff but one lady on reception did not want to know if you was english

the pool on the roof is as big as a match stick box /the pool across the road is awfull

also the spanish guest can have bottel beer when all inclusive but brits have to drinck draught

thanks for a top holiday which by the way was not cheap ?????

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Lee, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed September 27, 2011

Good enough Hotel and a couple of friendly staff but not all bar far.
The food was pretty good but a strange mixture to say the least.
The evening's entertainment was purely geared up for the Spanish and if you are anything other, I would suggest an early night or leave the Hotel for some life.
Pool on roof was small but a relief to flop into when hot. The jacuzzi was fun though.
The Bar was surprisingly not as dear as those half a mile down hill near the sea front.
Bathroom well equipped with bath, shower, sink loo and a bidet. Hair dryer too.
Beds firm but definitely comfortable. Small balcony but sufficient for sitting on with a few beers or Sangrias.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Blackpool
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6 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed November 27, 2010

On arrival.check in at reception was very good,,Receptionist was freindly and helpful.
Rooms were very clean and spotless so that was good.
Yes it is a spanish hotel in the spanish part of benidorm so the hotel hasnt many or hardly at all English people..but that didnt worry me as i was just there to eat and sleep and go out for entertainment.
The food was tastey ,but very repetitive at times..i mean at some breakfast times you were having some left overs from tea the night before,,like potato croquettes!!..Coffee was disgusting,,like a out of a cheap packet so i avoided that and also the red wine you get with your meal (as much as you want) stay away from as you wil be on the toilet all the time,,very cheap and nasty!...The last few days i ate out and didnt have breakfast or tea even though i was half board...as it was too repetitive on the 2nd week
Ok the bad points!!! I have never met so many Disgusting,,Selfish,Arrogant,Rude people in all my life....The spansish guests (all pensioners) were terrible,,pushing you out the way,ignoring and you and if looks could kill....I was at dinner one night serving onto my plate and one rude pensioner leaned right over my arm and nudged me out the way...so i gave him what for..just no manners at all.
So i wouldnt stay at this hotel again,,,it didnt spoil my hols as ive been to Benidorm 14 times and i love it so dont let this review put you off as there is loads is superb hotels and accomodation....just avoid this one
Old town is about 15 mins walk and new town about 30mins to 45 mins walk or 15 mins on bus so not too bad.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed October 24, 2010

DO NOT GO IF YOU'RE ENGLISH!!!!!!!
When we got to the hotel they had given our rooms away as we arrived late. We were given the smallest rooms ever. The receptionist who spoke little English was really nice and got us all into bigger rooms with a balcony. Not much of a view but better than what we began with.
We had asked for a English dominant hotel that was close to the newer part of Benidorm. It turned out to be further than what we were told, so it was either a taxi ride away or a decent walk.
The hotel was full of spanish pensioners. I have never met such IGNORANT, DISRESPECTFUL people in all my life!! They would constantly stare at you if they'd heard you were English, push in front of you whilst getting food etc. The barman was awful, he couldn't even understand us if we asked for a Cola.
Food and entertainment is catered only for the Spanish, somedays there'd be food that was ok others it was awful. The swimming pool was across the road. Stuck in the shade for most of the day.
There was only 4 other English people there throughout our stay and from what I've read thats alot.
The rooms were always clean and presentable though.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled with friends
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sussex
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed September 28, 2009

After reading previous reviews by Brits before we went, we were somewhat wary about our arrival at the Sol Y Sombra. These fears were most definitely unfounded. We arrived at 11.45pm and checked in with the very friendly and helpful girl behind the desk. She told us that if we were hungry they would open up the dining area for us, as they had saved a cold meal for us. This was completely unexpected but a lovely surprise. Of course the hotel had lots of Spanish staying there, it was a Spanish hotel on the Spanish side of Benidorm and in Spain!! Of course the food included a fair amount of fish, we were in a resort on the coast of SPAIN!!! And Benidorm actually started life as a fishing village!!! We found the staff friendly, the rooms spotless and the food excellent. The evening entertainment was enjoyable. All in all a thoroughly good time was had by us all, and we would return there again!!

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled with family
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Property: Sol y Sombra
Address: Calle Florida 7, 03502 Benidorm, Spain
Location: Spain > Valencian Country > Province of Alicante > Costa Blanca > Benidorm
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #121 of 191 Hotels in Benidorm
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Hotel Class:3 star — Sol y Sombra 3*
Number of rooms: 213
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