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Hotel SH Villa Gadea
Ranked #2 of 8 Hotels in Altea
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed July 15, 2012

Me and my friends stayed here in Sept 2011 for a week. We got a great deal through easyJet holidays. Not really much to say - immaculately clean, friendly staff, great pool and grounds, and a nice walk into Altea along the promenade (30mins). Would definitely stay again and recommend to others!

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled with friends
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shhoteles, Quality Department at Hotel SH Villa Gadea, responded to this reviewResponded July 17, 2012

Dear Guest,
Thank you for having chosen the SH Villa Gadea Hotel for your stay in Spain.
Your comments encourage us to improve our service and facilities, we greatly appreciate your opinion.
We hope you choose to stay with us again and rest assured that we will do our best to make your stay thoroughly enjoyable.
Best regards,
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Reviewed July 10, 2012

We stayed here for two nights in July, celebrating our 31st wedding anniversary. Overall it was a great experience. On arrival our car was parked for us, a fabulous room with jacuzzi bath on the balcony, huge bed, everything you want except the TV is too small for the room. All the staff in this hotel were brilliant, nothing was too much trouble. Beautiful setting, 3 lovely pools and in the spa, the strongest jets I have ever experienced. Food wise, overall very good. The choice for cold items at breakfast was amazing, however the cooked breakfast was at best average, and could be seriously improved. Food in the Miramar restaurant was good especially the Foie Gras and the rack of lamb, the chef even made me some mint sauce. The food in the Palaba pool restaurant was somewhat disappointing, I had fabulous muscles and then octopus that was tough and cold, their second attempt was no better. This is a five star hotel so you expect to pay over the odds but the prices charged for drinks in the bars are somewhat excessive in my opinion. Location wise, the hotel is well outside Altea town and their is nothing else you can walk to and the beach is mostly large pebbles. A car or taxi is necessary if you want to eat out. We were also surprised how many children there was during our stay, but then it was high season. Great for a short break but 2 weeks at Villa Gadea would drive me mad and empty my bank account.

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  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Management response:Responded July 13, 2012

Dear Guest,
Thank you for having chosen the SH Villa Gadea Hotel for your stay in Spain.
We greatly appreciate your comments specially the ones related to Palapa Restaurant which will help us improve our standards and rich a higher level of satisfaction among our customers in the future.
Yours sincerely,
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Reviewed July 9, 2012

Just returned from a three night stay in hotel villa gadea in altea. As we were attending a friend's wedding we did not explore the area very much but found the hotel to be superb. The pool area was lovely and surprisingly quiet for July. Comfortable beds and towels. The breakfast buffet had a lot of choice with fruit, cooked foods, breads, cold meats, pastries and drinks. Best to get it included as think it is €30p.p. to pay for it separately. The staff were extremely helpful and friendly. The room was lovely and we got a sea view without requesting it. Would request a quiet room as i heard some people complain there was a lot of noise outside their room. It was a taxi ride approx. €8 into the town if you don't have a car. The beach beside the hotel was very stony but the pool was perfect for us. Would recommend it.

  • Stayed: July 2012
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Management response:Responded July 12, 2012

Dear Guest,
Thank you for having chosen the SH Villa Gadea Hotel for your stay in Altea.
We greatly appreciate your comments about the hotel and the staff. We strive to offer the best Breakfast Buffet. Just as a matter of clarification we would like to inform you that the price of the breakfast buffet is 16,00 € only. During your stay we had an offer for the dinner buffet at 30 € per person.
We hope you choose to stay with us again and rest assured that we will do our best to make your stay thoroughly enjoyable.
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Reviewed July 3, 2012

Just returned from this fabulous hotel, 5 star, top class., could not fault! From reading the reviews and seeing the pictures we expected a great hotel, it's great to go somewhere and be over whelmed with the service, staff, pools, rooms, location, just everything about this hotel is pure class!! Have stopped at many five star hotels around the world, and this hotel we just didn't want to leave, we are in fact re booking for later this year! The reviews say it all really about this hotel and the charming town of altea. The restaurants are superb, especially oustau in the old town. Again we have travelled to many long haul destinations that have been amazing, but for a two hour flight this place has it all. Weather, shops, restaurants, mountains! Perfect! We were a family of two adults with a 7 year old. She loved the pools and played with lots children, she prob only English child there but this did not matter. It's a 5 star hotel that caters for families, thank you villa gadea for a wonderful 5 night break!

  • Stayed: June 2012
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Management response:Responded July 5, 2012

Dear guest,
Thank you for having chosen the SH Villa Gadea Hotel for your holidays in Costa Blanca.
We wish you have a happy return to home.
We greatly appreciate your comments about the hotel, this encourage us to improve our service every day.
We hope to see you when you return to the hotel in your next visit to Altea.
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Reviewed June 30, 2012

Frankly there are very few top notch hotels in this part of Spain, but this hotel is up there with the best of them. It's modern, it's efficient, it's well tuned out and it's very convenient.

Situated on the main N-332 coast road and very close to an exit of the A-7 Alicante-Valencia autopista it is very easy to get to.

The hotel overlooks the beach at Olla de Altea and being a resort hotel has at least three swimming pools and lovely landscaped gardens to while away a lazy afternoon.

As this area has the best all-round climate of anywhere in Europe you'll find people from all parts enjoying a few days rest in the sun here.

What we particularly liked when we booked was that you had the choice of either B&B, half or full board. We chose half board as we had business to attend to during the day and it was great to have their sumptuous and very Spanish evening buffet to look forward to at the end of the day.

The room was of a decent size with a small vestibule and bathroom with a jacuzzi bath. They also provided us with bathrobes and slippers. The king size bed was very comfortable and our sleep quality was superb.

As we spent our days up in the mountains preparing our rather spartan mountain cottage for sale you can imagine what a delight it was to return to the relative opulance of the Villa Gadea at the end of the day and enjoy the suberb fare provided for us and the other guests at the hotel’s charming and very Spanish restaurant.

We usually started with Gazpacho Andaluz (a delicious cold tomato soup) followed by an assortment of seafood, hors d'oeuvres and salads. As well as having a good selection of already cooked dishes available you could also select meats and fish and have them cooked to order at no additional cost. Also there was a good selection of tempting desserts and lots of fresh fruit. Most delicious Spanish food both at breakfast and in the evening.

There is a gateway through to the public beach and it was quite idyllic to take a saunter along to Olla after dinner to enjoy a cup of coffee at one of the beachside cafés and enjoy the vista out to sea and to Altea itself down the coast.

The only drawback was that the hotel wi-fi service was quite expensive. Other than that if you enjoy living in luxury for a while, then this is a place for you. Highly reccommended.

Room Tip: Ask for a room overlooking the Mediterranean sea.
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  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled on business
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Management response:Responded July 5, 2012

Dear Guest,
We would like to thank you for having chosen the SH Villa Gadea Hotel for your stay.
We greatly appreciate your contribution in Tripadvisor web site due to it has been detailed, describing all our services. This encourage us to improve every day.
We hope you choose to stay with us again, rest assured that we will do our best to make your stay thoroughly enjoyable.
Yours sincerely,
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Reviewed June 26, 2012

Stayed here for 5 nights recently and I have to say at first all looked very good. Although for a 5 star no one to meet us at the door for our luggage etc. We had booked a junior suite and it was a lovely room with a jacuzzi on the terrace and great sea view, so all good so far. Then the problems start, I am not one to make complaints but feel it needed as so many good reviews below and our experience is more a true picture! We went to reception to ask for wi fi and informed we would have to pay by the hour or to get it free we could sit in the bar area and if we had a drink we could get 2 hours free! My partner and I have stayed in many hotels around the world and wi fi is now free to use as standard and especially if you stay in suite. We did decide to purchase five 1 hour tokens at 25 euros. We then 'tried' to use them for 2 days, we returned to reception and they told us that they had changed the codes and ours did not work anyway! No apology given, he gave us some new ones and no compensation either so we told him to refund us as now not needed. The service then just got worse, the pool restaurant got that busy they could not cope, the staff not friendly or helpful either, went once and that was enough. The breakfast was the the same, too busy too cope. We had to keep asking for things, no service and definitely not with a smile or any politeness. Around the pool also became too busy and could not find a space to sit, all beds with towels on and no one monitoring it and we were travelling with our 2 year old who wanted to play in the children's shallow pools. It was mainly the service and over crowdedness that was bad and I'm afraid that is what counts when you pay 5 star prices, you expect the service with a smile, well trained staff, good with kids for a child friendly hotel. But non of that here for my family. We would not stay here again due this.




Stayed: June 2012, traveled with family
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Management response:Responded June 30, 2012

Dear guest,
Thank you for having chosen the SH Villa Gadea Hotel for your stay in Altea.
Although our top priority is offering our guests quality service all the time, you were upset about some services during your stay.
We hope you choose to stay with us again and rest assured that we will do our best to make your stay thoroughly enjoyable.
Yours sincerely,
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Reviewed June 10, 2012

Had a wonderful four days here - lovely new hotel in a great location just outside Altea. Beautiful swimming pools, staff very helpful and the breakfast was the best I have had. It is more than a mile outside Altea so it is much easier if you have a car unless you are just enjoying the hotel. Room was excellent though the sea view was a bit restricted in our case. Would definitely recommend

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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shhoteles, Quality Department at Hotel SH Villa Gadea, responded to this reviewResponded June 12, 2012

Dear Guest,
Thank you for having chosen the SH Villa Gadea Hotel for your stay in Costa Blanca.
We appreciate your comments and we would like to emphasise that guest satisfaction is of the utmost importance to us.
We hope you choose to stay with us again during your next visit to Altea and rest assured that we will do our best to make your stay thoroughly enjoyable.
Yours sincerely,
Quality Department
SH Villa Gadea Hotel

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Address: Lugar urbanizacion Villa Gadea s/n, 03590 Altea, Spain (Formerly SH Melia Villa Gadea Beach Hotel)
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Location: Spain > Valencian Country > Province of Alicante > Costa Blanca > Altea
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #2 of 8 Hotels in Altea
Price Range: $105 - $214 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Hotel SH Villa Gadea 5*
Number of rooms: 206
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The SH Villa Gadea Hotel enjoys a privileged location, on a platform-like enclave looking out over the Mediterranean Sea in the picturesque village of Altea. Its spacious public areas and carefully chosen decor guarantee comfort and relaxation. The hotel was opened in 2005 and is completely integrated architecturally with its surroundings, faithfully reflecting the traditional style of the nearby village of Altea, whose historical quarter is a mere 3 km from the hotel. The SH Villa Gadea Hotel offers a great choice of dining options. The Thalasso Spa Centre and Thermal Club provide almost 2,000 m² of health, beauty and wellbeing (2 thermo-leisure swimming pools with sea water, counterflow river, relaxing geysers, swan-necks, bubble seats). There are also aromatic showers, Turkish baths, Roman baths, Finnish sauna and a relaxation area. ... more   less 
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