I stayed at the Hotel Castilla Alicante in mid October. The hotel is quite a distance from central Alicante but is easily accessible by bus (number 22) or tram. The journey into central Alicante is around 8km and takes about 30 minutes. There is a bus stop immediately outside the hotel and the tram stops aren’t too far away either.
The hotel is rather large and generally clean without being exceptional. The rooms are a standard size with television (and remote control), moderate size bathrooms with plenty of towels supplied and replaced daily. Shower gel sachets are supplied too but are hardly enough for a proper wash.
Free WiFi is supplied in three day blocks via a temporary username and password. Once it has expired reception will issue you another one on request. All the staff had at least an adequate understanding of English which is much better than my level of Spanish and they were always willing to assist. The WiFi reception covers the bedrooms too.
The hotel has a pool but this was rarely used as the San Juan beach is just across the road and is one of the best beaches I have seen in a built up area. The beach is a few miles long (longer than Alicante beach) and has an array of bars and restaurants along it. As it was low season quite a few of the bars/restaurants were closed but there were still enough to accommodate the amount of trade.
There are also more bars and shops along the main road but many of these were closed for their holidays too. If you’re looking for a lively cultured break then you’re probably better off staying closer to Alicante town centre, but if you're just after a relaxing sunshine break then the Castilla is fine.
A bus into Alicante cost €1.45, Tram €1.75 and Taxi €12
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Castilla Alicante is a three star hotel that has been certified with the "Q" of Quality trade mark. The hotel has been recently renovated. It is located in the city`s north and placed in a charming environment. Only 50 metres from the beach "San Juan Playa".Wich has been awanded a blue flag. A few minutes drive from the citycentre , the much filmed "Ciudad de la Luz" , the Airport "EL ALTET" , the Exhibition Centre ( IFA) ,The theme park "Terra Mitica" the ,"Terra Natura" off the A7 / A31,and 300 metres away is the Golf course " Alicante Golf ".Hotel Castilla Alicante has 155 rooms, all recently redecorated and are equiped with full marble bathroom, large balconies , satellite TV, telephone, internet connection, safety deposit box ( optional) and the majority have sea views. The rooms majority has free wi-fi connection under availability .All rooms have air conditioning and central heating .There are also non smoking rooms alarms.Hotel Castilla Alicante is a suitable location to combine business, sport and leisure, where relaxation and rest are guaranteed.Moreover, we have conference rooms and banqueting with suites varying capacities (350-25 people ) , a restaurant with a capacity of 300 people , swimming pool, childrens play area, undercover parking, a terrace with a cafe-bar, a Cafe lounge with a TV area, a limited room service, a laundry service, a florist, excursions, a ticket service, car-rental available at reception, Green Fees reservations and information about the golf courses . Close to the hotel, there is an office for local shows, Commercial Centres, restaurants, pubs and high speed wi-fi connection on the main floor. Full equipped kitchen of our own specialised in Home made and mediterranean cooking. ... more less
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