Stayed in AGR for 1 week all inclusive from 12th August 2 adults 1 child (age 4). Overall the holiday was brilliant value - we booked last minute for a great price - and if it weren't for the lack of English speaking entertainment I would have starred it as excellent. Overall would def. recommend this place its great value
The rooms were basic but faultlessly clean - all beds comfortable and in good condition with proper mattress protectors and linen changed twice a week. Room cleaned very nicely everyday with new towels everyday (despite hanging ours up to use again!!). No problems in our room. (we were in H block)
The pools (all 4!) were very clean and well maintained (bit of sand in the big paddling pool but hey - not surprising as the play park is in a sand pit and wasn’t an issue at all) Life guards throughout the pool opening times who were very good and observant. I saw someone checking the chlorine levels 3 times during my stay and clearing the filters daily.
The restaurant - well, I was really impressed at how well the hectic service times were managed and how hard all the F&B and kitchen staff worked to keep the tables and plates cleared and new plates cutlery just kept coming like magic, the food was constantly replenished all hot and well prepared and cooked. Literally something for everyone (it did get a bit samey but cannot fault the quality and service - brilliant)
On the other hand the only downside in the restaurant was the guests behaviour and grumpiness in their quest to get food- it was sometimes very busy and I did experience an awful lot of rudeness, pushing and shoving not any one nationality, everyone was a bad as each other - it’s a shame because the food was so well replenished, there really was no need!! but with a really good snack bar with a constant supply of bread rolls (soft ones) hot dogs burgers chips sausages and sometimes bacon, and sandwich toasting friendly bar staff - this really wasn't a problem!
The entertainment was or would have been fantastic if they had been able to get more English speaking entertainers - there were more than enough English speaking guests to justify it and It’s the only thing I can think of that could be improved. The ents team worked really hard and I think were a bit put off as guests didn’t seem to appreciate it all – but I think that was all due to the language barrier….
There was a free Wi-Fi in the hotel bar and on the terrace by the bar - it was a bit slow but it did work to update emails and check FB *(if you want to on holiday!!) - you just had to ask reception for the password when you check in – it’s not brilliant and sometimes took a long time to load anything but if you do want to (not sure why you would - i loved escaping the internet) you can buy very reasonable fast Wi-Fi that works all over the hotel complex for very reasonable prices from reception either the desk or the machine - both fair speeds.
Our room was by the play park - which was a bit quieter than those by the main block or round the pool but all rooms are air-conditioned (very good in our room) so once doors are shut at night you can’t hear anything anyway! I love that the hotel is spread around several blocks only 3 story high and not a high rise monstrosity. The grounds are extremely well kept and really lovely.
The play park - My daughter loved it! it was really good! Couldn’t rave about it enough!
The pool sun loungers! Very funny to observe - we just aren’t the sort to join in the morning battle for a spot and reserving loungers- if you want to join in tho – you have to get up and out before 8am and put a couple of chairs with your towels out where you want your loungers then be ready for the off at 9-9.30 when they unlock the loungers (yes, unlock – they chain them up at night! – I don’t blame them people can be funny!) If you are like us there is plenty of soft grass and garden space to sit lay on around the pool and actually, it’s more comfortable ;)
The kids club ???? well due to lack of English speaking entertainers my daughter (bit shy anyway, she is only 4!) was too scared to join in anything she preferred to play with the friends she had made in the paddling pool, and was so tired out after dinner she was happy to sit and listen. Although I did see that older kids loved the activities they looked fun and older kids seemed to really enjoy it so hope that helps.
If you are wondering what the noise in the trees is – cicadas, look them up - fascinating!!
The location is really lovely – L’Albir is a really lovely place with a friendly feel it has obviously suffered a little from the recession and the fact that all the major hotels in the town/village have everything their guests need on site… – but I found it really welcoming and all shops great – there is a fab place down on the seafront at Albir to visit in the evenings with fair rides etc. and shops, bars ,cafes worth a walk down there. There is great market on Sunday mornings about halfway down the main road to the beach would recommend a wander to that. Regular Buses to Benidorm if that’s your thing?! although taxi is much quicker and not too pricey. Top tip check shop closing times – it’s not Benidorm, real people live here, so it’s not 24/7 or open into the night and they don’t appreciate a supermarket dash at closing time – oops!
The transfer time from the airport is quite long if you buy your transfer from the standard coach type company as you have to weave through the labyrinth of streets of Benidorm first for all other drop offs – don’t be surprised if you are last drop off and first pick up – having said that it’s the best value (if money isn’t an issue get a cab ;) but it really wasn’t awful!
If you can avoid flying R**n air, then do! But again it was good value (if you weigh your case carefully!) and no delays etc. read all the reviews on them before you travel!
Only slight grumble was our room wasn’t ready until 5pm on our arrival day we arrived at 1pm and the travel company had told us check in from midday but had a look at the hotels website and check in is from 5pm – not a lasting problem they issues our all-inclusive wrist bands and as I’d packed swimming stuff in the hand luggage so after a huff and a puff and a dig in the case for the sun cream we enjoyed the afternoon anyway! Anyway as said when we did see our room we were delighted so no biggie – oh any yes there is not an electric kettle but the hob kettle worked fine! If you are going self-catering it is very basic in the kitchen but it’s all clean and functional.
Yes there are a lot of Spanish people holidaying here ( it’s in Spain!?)– but in general everyone was friendly, you always get the odd nightmare family everywhere and they can be any nationality.
Staff are Brilliant and resort is fantastic value for money (but don’t expect the Ritz) its basic but it does basic very very well! I think it’s classed as quite a low star officially but I think for that classification it more than exceeds expectations. We would go again
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- Also Known As:
- Albir Garden Apartments Hotel l`Alfas Del Pi
- Albir Garden Resort Spain/Province Of Alicante - Costa Blanca