Despite directions from the tourist office and some dubious directions on the GPS, this place took some finding. On arrival the reception desk supported an abandoned pair of spectacles, and a nearby workman stared at me and mournfully advised "there is no reception" as if commenting on a defunct television. So we drove down to the seafront and had a late lunch on the seafront before returning and checking in, and then enjoying the pool (set beyond a little garden of pomegranate trees and baby palms) for a couple of hours. The hotel has more the mood of a restaurant with rooms, or a guesthouse rather than a hotel, and is very pleasant whichever way you look at it. I say this as those expecting the benefits of a full blooded four-star hotel are likely to feel a little disgruntled, but if you are happy to feel a guest in a lovely hillside villa you will have little to complain about. The rooms are well appointed and there are some fine views, and in the morning a generous breakfast with fresh orange juice is available (don't miss the first class almond cake). We had room 104 which has dual aspect with fine views. The walk into town is a mixed experience, with some guard dogs belonging to a villa at the end of a track that would do well in a Stephen King horror movie. The walk is longer than other contributors have said, unless their goal was to reach the nearest bar. But the old town and seafront are not too far and Altea is a great spot for a few days. Warmly recommended and great value.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located on the heights of the town of Altea, just 300 metres away from the Palau Altea Centre d'Arts, or Altea Concert Hall, and a stone’s throw from the Old Quarter, the Hotel Tossal d’Altea was built on the site of a traditional olive oil mill which for over 300 years was used to produce olive oil. The hotel, whose design is reminiscent of Altean tradition while incorporating modern amenities and luxuries, caters mainly for guests seeking relaxation and wellbeing in a warm and welcoming environment in the heart of nature. The structure and decorative style of the hotel, whose rural design is typical of Altean country houses, blend in harmoniously with its restful setting, and it has sweeping views of the countryside, mountains and sea. What sets the hotel apart and endows it with its own personality is its core philosophy to provide attentive and personal services and a quality product for the highest guest satisfaction. Inside the hotel there is a restaurant which has two air-conditioned dining rooms which are open to the general public, where guests can enjoy Mediterranean cuisine as well as typical regional dishes. The "Menjador Almàssera" has a cylindrical stone mill and some presses in the centre, and a fireplace, while the "Saló Altea" is a more intimate area that is set apart from the main dining room. There is also a coffee lounge for guests wishing to have a coffee, which also serves the open air terrace. Hotel and outside guests may use all the restaurant facilities. The hotel has 15 rooms on the first floor and 7 rooms on the second floor. The spacious double rooms (which can also be used as single rooms) have balconies with panoramic views, mini-bar, television, telephone, internet, a safe, air-conditioning, heating, exquisite bathrooms etc. We can also highly recommend our charming Double room with canopy bed, and the uniquely elegant Special Suite which has a private sauna and hydromassage bath in an adjoining room. Whatever your tastes and interests are, we guarantee that your stay will be as pleasant and restful as possible. The hotel’s outdoor grounds include two large outdoor car parks right next to the hotel which have security surveillance, landscaped areas for enjoyable strolls, and an extensive terrace where you can sunbathe and enjoy the gentle breeze. There is also a swimming pool and gym for those who wish to use them. There is no extra charge for using these facilities, which have all been designed to provide easy access for disabled people. You are our number one priority. Visit us and relax in a restful and peaceful setting. ... more less
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