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“Good Hotel For A Weekend Break” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of AC Hotel Alicante

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AC Hotel Alicante
Ranked #7 of 49 Hotels in Alicante
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282 reviews
69 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 165 helpful votes
“Good Hotel For A Weekend Break”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 May 2014

Location / Getting There :

The AC is located on the main road coming into Alicante from the airport.

The location isn’t as good as other similar standard hotels (Spa Port Maris, Amerigo, etc.) but it’s generally at least half the price.

It’s a 20 minute walk to the Marina and the old town area.

There’s not much around the AC, and we opt to spend the day around the pool, and then venture into town in the evening.

A taxi from the airport will cost around 24 Euro, and takes around 15 minutes.

Alternatively, and our preferred option, you can get the C6 bus which takes around 20 minutes to the bus station which is just a couple of minutes from the AC (you can see it from the roof top pool of at the AC). The bus costs just 3.85 euro each, and has free Wi-Fi. The bus goes down to the Marina, a short walk from the other hotels mentioned above.
The C6 pick up and drop off at the airport is just outside the airport departure lounge, so on arrival go up the lifts from arrivals, walk out and go to the last bus stop on the right. One of my photos shows the bus stop map.
The bus is always on time and runs every 20 minutes from the airport.


Reception, Bar & Check-in :

As we always get an early flight, we couldn’t check in until 1 pm, unless we accepted a smoking room. Therefore we get changed in the toilets and leave our cases with reception, get a towel from reception and go up to the pool until we can check-in.
The reception staff are not very smiley, but they are efficient and will help with any of your needs.

The reception area and bar are quite large, though we didn’t use the bar itself. Wi-Fi is free in the reception area, and chargeable in the room. There’s no Wi-Fi signal up at the pool.


Rooms :

We had a standard double room. The room was clean, and a good size for a weekend break.
There’s a minibar (see photos), plenty of wardrobe space, air-con, though no room safe.
There’s space to put two small cases without tripping over them.

The bathroom is clean with plenty of towels. There’s an over bath shower, toilet, Bede and limited toiletries; soap, shampoo and body lotion, though no shower gel.
There’s a hairdryer in the bathroom which is a good professional powerful one.

The minibar in the suites is complimentary.


Breakfast :

Breakfast is served from 7-10 a.m. weekdays and 8-11 a.m. on weekends.

The breakfast selection is similar to the Amerigo, though the quality isn’t as good. The Spa Maris
has the best breakfast in my opinion for quality and selection.

At the AC there’s cold meat and cheeses, cereals, bread and a toaster (which works well!), coffee, fruit, yoghurt, and pastries. There isn’t a hot option of bacon, eggs, etc. at the AC.

The breakfast room is a reasonable size and was never too busy when we went down at 8 a.m. over the bank holiday weekend.

The breakfast staff are helpful, though as with the staff in general they could do with raising a smile once in a while.


Rooftop Pool :

The pool opens at 10 a.m. and you can’t get access prior to that time. The queue to get a sun lounger starts at 9:40 a.m. !!!

The pool area is fairly small with 8 sun loungers, and a little space down the back edge where people laid on the hardwood decking. It could probably fit another 4 sun loungers.

The pool area is clean and well maintained.

There’s a bar on a split level with seating and toilets, though the bar wasn’t opened whilst we were there. People tended to sit in the bar area if the sun loungers were all taken.

There’s a telephone to ring down to the restaurant/bar to order drinks or snacks and charge to your room. Service was hit and miss, sometime a minute or so, sometimes 15 minutes. We ordered a drink as early as 10:45 a.m. though I’m not sure when the service starts.

We ordered a Caesar salad, a jug of sangria, and beers during our stay. The salad which is enough for two was 12 euro, and just ok, nothing special.

The pool area is generally quiet and relaxing.


Gym / Spa :

This is located on the 6th Floor and is free, though you need a key card to get in, and your normal room key card doesn’t work unless you ask it to be activated.

There’s a small Sauna, a Jacuzzi and two loungers, a toilet and a single shower with a handful of lockers.

In the Gym there’s just one treadmill, and a handful of other equipment – see photos.


Check Out

Normal check out is 12 noon, though we asked for an extension which was free until 2 p.m.
We were given free access to the Gym with towels after this time. There are no toiletries in the shower.

We opted to walk down to the Marina for a drink, and catch the C6 from there, though there is a C6 bus stop at the side of the train station on Avenida Salamanca / Avenida Oscar Esplanada, second left from the AC.

The AC is a very nice hotel, not the best location but the price, the pool and the general standard of the hotel make up for this.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 April 2014

The hotel is situated in the heart of the business and tourist district. of Madrid. You are walking distance from many shops, bars and restaurants. The real madrid statium is 8 minutes walk away. A short and cheap bus right will take you around the most touristic areas such as the gardens, parks and museums.
The hotel is clean and has all the facilites and amenities you will need for a short stay while visiting for on business trips.
Zara is dead cheap BTW!!
The only the that makes the hotel fall short of being excellent is the room service menu. I order a Paella and it was not nice. for 30 Euros I should have walked somewhere and eaten for much cheaper and better quality.

Room Tip: If you need a large room it is best to go for a superior or Kind Suit.
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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63 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 March 2014

We found this hotel easy to get to from the airport as the bus (C6 runs every 20 minutes and takes 20 minutes to the hotel (Cost 2.90Euro per person per trip)) stops at the bus station which is a 5 minute walk to the hotel (you pass the hotel on the way to the bus station)
We found this a very pleasant hotel with helpful staff and were allowed to check in early which was a plus.
The room was spacious and modern and the bath was very deep and large with plenty of very hot water.
The hotel has free wifi in the lobby and a slower free wifi was accessible in the room (but not by the pool)
The swimming pool deck was a nice place to relax with a good view, but the pool is unheated and there are limited sunbeds
the location is not in a tourist area but buses stop outside and the train station is a 10 minute walk with major shops near the train station.
It is a 20 minute pleasant walk to the tourist area.
On the down side the stylist bathroom door was not much use as a door and you can hear noises from the corridor whilst in the room, neither of these are major issues.
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank GGT_traveller
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London, United Kingdom
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5 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2013

This was definitely a surprise. I chose the AC Hotel Alicante over other hotels in the region partly because it is part of the Marriott family, partly for location but also on price. Whenever I choose the cheaper option, I always brace myself for the quality or amenities to dip with the rate. This really wasn't the case here.

The décor of the whole facility was nice, the room was modern and functional and I couldn't fault it on the features. It may have been what the designer thought was 'mood lighting' but a few extra bulbs in the corridor wouldn't have gone amiss.

The staff throughout - and particularly Jaime on reception - could not have been more friendly and helpful.

You are not spoilt for choice with restaurants in the immediate vicinity so I would recommend eating in. Food was excellent and the menu was varied enough for a stay of a couple of nights. Any more than that and I may have been struggling for different options. Even with a few glasses of the house wine, the total cost of an evening meal was very reasonable.

If there are criticisms, they are largely for matters that are outside the hotel's control. it is not located in a great part of town. Very industrialised and, as I alluded too, not much choice nearby. Having said that, Alicante is not huge and there are restaurants in the town centre and by the harbour that are a short walk away.

Good luck with the parking. There are a couple of underground parking decks but space is really tight and the single ramp for heading in and out must cause problems at times.

If you are travelling anywhere along that Costa, I would recommend the AC Hotel Alicante especially as it is so close to the airport. Great value for a short stay.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Heber City, Utah
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226 reviews
52 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2013

We stayed three nights in this hotel on a recent visit to Alicante. We picked it because I could use Marriott points, but the rates at this hotel are very reasonable. Sleek and modern are the words I would use to describe it. Our room was very small. Think cruise ship small. And it was reasonably clean, although I noticed some fingernail cuttings that under one of the cabinets. There is also no room safe, but you can get an individual lock box in a room adjacent to the main desk to hold your valuables. Mattresses are very firm. The bathroom was small also but the shower was great.

The breakfast offerings are not worth the price if you have to pay for it. Ours came with the room, so we were okay with it but skipped it on occasion. There is free Wi-Fi in the lobby and underground parking is available for a fee. If you park a car, you will want to have a very small car. Spaces and maneuvering room is very, very tight.

Don't be put off by the location. Yes, it is more of an industrial setting, but it is a very short walk to the parks and paseos, day or night.

My only real complaint was the view from our room (see picture), but I'm guessing I got this room because I paid with points. We had already unpacked before I opened the curtains, and it wasn't worth the fuss to complain.

Staff was friendly and we would certainly return again.

Room Tip: Check the view of your room before you unpack.
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank balanceok
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2013

As last year, looking for hotel with easy access to Alicante airport at the end of a holiday and like last year, selected the Marriott. Very glad we did. It's such an easy connection with the airport bus just round the corner if you cannot walk the 3/4 mins to the bus station.
A very pleasant walk into the centre for dinner and back. (I wouldn't have felt too comfortable doing that alone if it had been late - same as in any town centre). Usual high standard re cleanliness and with good noise insulation between rooms. Sign of the economic times that there was no complimentary water/soft drinks in the room and the selection of tea, rolls and fruit at breakfast was still good but not the luxury range there had been in April 2012.
Also, good to do a room check as the air conditioning grid in the ceiling was out of place so you could see the pipes etc and when we switched on the ac there was a funny smell. Didn't bother us as we usually don't use it. Rooms set to 19 so couldn't be any cooler........again....sign of economic times I guess. All in all, recommend it and will be happy to go back knowing we can sleep well the last night of our holiday.

Room Tip: We asked for a room to the back, not bothered about view just didn't want traffic noise from fro...
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Alteria D
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London, England, United Kingdom
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34 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2013

Location isn't the best but that can be beaten by doing a little extra walking.... Service was good, breakfast was good, they let us do late checkout and staff were very friendly and always there to assist with any queries. I would have no qualms booking this hotel again considering the price was very economical.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Gul D
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Property: AC Hotel Alicante
Address: Avenida Elche 3, 03008 Alicante, Spain
Region: Spain > Valencian Country > Province of Alicante > Costa Blanca > Alicante
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#6 Business Hotel in Alicante
#6 Romantic Hotel in Alicante
#7 Luxury Hotel in Alicante
#7 Family Hotel in Alicante
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — AC Hotel Alicante 4*
Number of rooms: 187
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