We had noticed this hotel from the road on previous visits to Altea: given its 5* rating, we had imagined it would be too expensive for us, so we were delighted this year to discover otherwise. Our room (with balcony and sea view) was perfect, with a beautiful bathroom and huge shower room; the 3 pools make a pleasant change from driving to a beach, and the buffet restaurant was fine for our needs (we didn't try the other ones). Service was efficient and attentive: e.g. the maid promptly converted the 2 twin beds to a double, the room was impeccably clean and well-serviced, and the front desk staff were genuinely friendly and very helpful. No silliness over 'reserving' poolside sunbeds.
The only detail we missed was the inability to make tea/coffee in the room, but we appreciate that this is an Anglo-Saxon peculiarity. Even the cocktails at the pool bar were world-class and very reasonably priced.
A previous reviewer has stated "not a genuine 5*", but I would rate this far better than any of the 5* Hiltons we've stayed in (such as Jumeirah Beach).
We'll definitely be returning.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Sh Melia Hotel Gadea Beach