I had actually booked it in error and having read these reviews we were pretty much dreading staying here.
Shouldn't really have worried. Yes its pretty dated, probably hasnt had much done to it since the seventies. But Its cheap and if you want four star accomodation, then you will have to pay four star prices.
The location is very good , The rooms were fairly big, I'd say clean but old. The bathroom looked liked it needed replacing, as the bath and tiles had been painted a few times. The toilet was a bit loose and the light wiring wouldnt have passed UK safety regs. But the shower/ toilet worked and it didn't smell. The Kitchen again was old but clean and functional. Clean sheets, decent beds and a large balcony. We got a safe for €20 deposit which was returned to us when we left. We felt safer on the higher floors as we had heard that lower floors had, had some thefts from them the previous year, but no incidents to report this year.
The pool outside seemed pretty good and everyone we met was friendly.
There is no air con available in the rooms, which is a needed when its 35 degrees. We had known about this a took a 6" fan which helped, but we should have packed two of them. The TVs were also obsolete as Spain is now digital and the TVs have not been updated.
If the owner would spend a few quid on a new bathrom , TVs and optional air con, i'm sure they would get a lot more for the rooms which only work out at something like €20 a night.
John and Igor ran the bar during the day, which was also reception. Really nice chap from Rochdale, good low priced beer and Breakfasts.
At night the Bar is run by a Columbian woman who does not have the lower prices that John offers, but who stays in the bar at night anyway when theres so many other placese to go to in Benidorm.
Overall happy with what we got for the low price, what can you get for that price in the UK?
Benidorm itself seems very cheap this year compared to other Spanish destinations.
Beer was between €1.50 - .€2.50 a pint. Breakfasts were under a fiver and good meals were between €5 - €10 per person. Thousands of Spanish / Chinese owned gift shops which are really cheap.
Places to recomend? On the beach front Arenas was a good place to eat. We found a Chinese at the far end of the town which had a 5 course meal plus drink for €15 (FOR BOTH of us).
Some great live music at The guiness bar, Daytona and the Bikers bar between them is worth a visit or three.
Boat trip to the local island wasnt recomended, nothing there apparently so we went to Tabarca island which was well worth the money.
Overall dont be put off by the poor reviews, just dont expect 4* digs at 2* prices.
Bring a couple of small electric fans. Higher floors have good views and are cooler and quieter
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