Just to set the context, my rating of Excellent is based on hotels in the 2 star category rather than all hotels. Were I putting it in the range of all hotels and pitting it against 5 star hotels, I would award it 3 out of 5 to represent the fact that the hotel is, as far as I am concerned, better than most 3 star hotels I have stayed in and certainly puts most UK budget hotels to shame. I am a co-pilot for one of the UK's leading budget airlines and have stayed in my share of hotels, so I am happy to say I can find nothing to complain about here as far as the hotel is concerned. HOWEVER, there is one proviso: the resort as a whole is not a party/nightlife resort - certainly, in the vicinity of the hotel (within 15 minutes walk, everything was closed by 11pm local). This was fine for me, as I was only there for a few days of chillout on the beach and to sample the local food and drink. I was told by one of the regulars (who do tend to have a little more than my 32 years of wisdom on the mileometer>;o)) that there is a night club within taxi distance that opens until 3 but didn't have a chance to see it for myself! If you don't want to pay for a taxi from the airport, you have to take a bus to Alicante town, then a bus from there to Guardamar (total cost about €6 total time about 2 hours max gate to door because of the connections etc). On the plus side in terms of location, the hotel is across the road from a large supermarket and 5 minutes walk from a nice beach.
On the subject of food, the hotel does a nice selection of homemade tapas in it's comfortable restaurant/bar at a very reasonable price. 3 euros for a pint of Cruzcampo (beer) and a €1.50 per glass of nice Rioja. At one point, I had a fanta, a wine, a coffee and some tapas and was amazed when the final bill of only €4 arrived! I had one evening meal in the hotel and this is the source of my only minor criticism. My burger was very nice, but the chips were a little lukewarm. At €4.50 for the lot, I really wasn't that bothered! The buffet breakfast in the hotel is entirely adequate for the €4 per day I paid for it. There is a good range of restaurants of all calibres in the area, but as I was on a budget, I tried Jaen Pension. I had read the reviews and wasn't disappointed. Fine dining it is not - more of a busy cafeteria type atmosphere, but €9 for 2 large and enjoyable courses and just about all the wine I could drink was fine by me!
In terms of facilities, there is a cluster of free of charge key operated safes at reception and reliable free wi-fi all over the building. There is a lift to all floors and a solarium and hydrotherapy jacuzzi on the roof for a charge per hour, which I didn't use.
The room itself was averagely sized and clean, with a nice bathroom including bath, bidet and hot shower. There were some sachets of shampoo etc but I had brought my own. Complete with small flat screen TV and a modern remote control operated air conditioning unit. My small balcony with clothes drying rack overlooked the street and an adjacent building and let in plenty of light. Everything I needed really.
The review wouldn't be complete without mentioning Carlos. I'm not sure if he is the owner or a manager of the hotel (my fault as I was in a quiet contemplative mood on the break and didn't engage him in much conversation), but he is a star. I did not meet him initially when checked in, but when I saw him the next morning to enquire about the safes, he immediately knew what my room number was with no introduction. He was friendly and extremely eager to help, to the extent that he would even recommend restaurants in the area despite having one in the hotel. He is a great example to his colleagues, who were also friendly and courteous.
Overall, for €26 per night (I paid 22 with crew discount), this hotel is an absolute steal and was ideal for my short, quiet and restful break. I highly recommend it to those looking for a similar type of holiday.
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- Eden Mar Hotel Guardamar Del Segura
- Eden Mar Guardamar Del Segura, Spain