I'd like to share a few brief comments on our visit to Benidorm last week.
First I have to state that my wife and I run a bar in Majorca, but since it's very quiet, we wanted a change of scenery, and decided on a week's break in Benidorm. We took our 12 year old so with us.
The first 4 days we spent at the Benidorm Plaza Hotel, and though overall we were happy with it (89 pounds sterling for 4 days for 3 people!) I didn't like their breakfasts at all. The place is also not very convenient for the night life, but it was such an amazing price we couldn't (and didn't) complain.
The Plaza couldn't accomodate us for the final 3 nights, so we booked at the Don Pancho (about 60 pounds a night) but although it was significantly more expensive, we definitely thought it was worth the extra. The food was superb, the room was more spacious, the service was better, and it was right on the doorstep of where we wanted to be.
The entertainment n the resort was also excellent - we saw a good variety, mostly comics, and if you'll forgive me, I'd like to give them a brief review.
We saw Tony Scott and thought he was good, not brilliant, but good, and then we went to see Rikki Stevens at Wheel Tappers. He seems to have a bad chest, but again he was good entertainment, without being outstanding. The following night we saw Abba-esque at Stardust, and thought they were excellent, followed by Jonathan James, also very good, but our definite favourite was Gary George. He barely told a joke, and was ad-libbing with the audience, but he was superb, and by far the best show we saw. We were disappointed with Albi Senior, who seemed annoyed to be playing to such a small audience, and seemed to have a chip on his shoulder, Tom Pepper was OK, but a bit dated with his gags, Mathew Fisher (without his Dad) was OK but his banter was a bit tired and amateurish, Emma Louise was good at Sinatra's but there was nobody in, and Sticky Vicky was overhyped - an aging woman pretending to pull things out of her various appendages - pl-ease.
I'm not PC, but all the comics were overplaying the racist card - jokes about people's colour just really aren't very funny any more, particularly with younger people - they need to work harder on their material.
Finally the crime situation. I live in Magalluf, and see a few things during the course of the year, but I'd heard about crime problems in Benidorm, and we were wary. We didn't suffer directly, but we were chatting to a couple - she was walking with crutches, and he's had a bit too much to drink, and they reckoned they'd been mugged twice that same night, although she'd fought them off with her sticks! We witnessed a couple of girls fighting in the street, and there did seem to be a fair bit of unease when you passed people in the street at night. We saw a few police cars on the streets, and we were never really bothered by the "Props" on the street, although not sure whether they're legal or not.
Overall we enjoyed our stay, and we'd go again.