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.
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 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.
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.
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- Also Known As:
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