Just returned from a five-night break, courtesy of Secret Escapes, at this excellent hotel, situated in a "golf resort" (the course actually winds around the hotel and nearby villas and apartments), some 30 minutes drive from Alicante airport. Although neither my wife nor I are golfers, we did not feel in any way that we were in the "wrong place".
The hotel is classed, officially, as four-star but we had no complaints at all about its service, facilities or staff. Although our room was the hotel's "cheapest" type, known as a "Deluxe Double", it was spacious with a large king-size double bed, large en-suite (including two wash basins), safe (free), minibar and kettle. I had requested, by email, a room on a "high floor with a pool view", both of which were granted. We were in room 444. (The pool is at the rear of the hotel, rooms at the front have a rather less "interesting" view.)
The pool itself is of a very generous size and, perhaps because there were not many guests in the hotel whilst we were there, obtaining a sun-bed (complete with foam mattress) and plenty of space to actually "swim", was very easy.
The food was always served buffet-style, with good variety, well-cooked and, generally, hot, though some items could be a little cooler than "English" guests might have wished.
Staff on reception were always helpful, especially Sara, (who was, apparently, actually born in London) but whose knowledge of the area enabled us to take a trip inland (we had hired a car from the airport for the duration of our stay) visiting Alcoi and Xixona (the latter having a quite unique "Museo del Turron", dedicated to the history of this local delicacy, known to us as "nougat", including tasting opportunities!)
We were impressed by the small part of Alicante we were able to visit, though this was necessarily quite limited by time.
Although, like reviewer "Julie A", our booking was for Bed and Breakfast, we opted to pay at the hotel an additional 21 Euro per person per night to upgrade to Half-Board. We did not regret that decision, since the relative remoteness of the "resort" and the quite limited number of other places to eat nearby could have meant driving some distance each evening for a meal. However, the fact that the serving of dinner did not begin until 20:00 might be a deterrent to some. (But this is a "Spanish" hotel, though with many other nationalities there, which, so far as I can tell, does not feature on any of the major (or minor) Tour Operators lists!)
"Julie A" makes reference to early morning noise; we did not experience this (and the nearby "chemical plantation in nearby pods" is actually a large number of poly-tunnels inside which are grown tomatoes for the canning factory located some distance away, so no noise and no smells.)
All in all, an excellent short break and we shall, almost certainly, return in the near future.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- El moderno Hotel Bonalba se encuentra en una zona tranquila de Mutxamel, a 2,9 km de las playas de Campello y a 10 minutos en coche del centro y el puerto de Alicante. Dispone de spa y piscina al aire libre amplia rodeada de jardines tropicales.Las habitaciones del Hotel Bonalba Alicante son amplias y tienen terraza privada y colchones de latex. Todas cuentan con TV de pantalla plana con canales via satelite y conexion a internet por cable gratuita y wifi en plantas 3 y 4. La recepcion ofrece conexion Wi-Fi gratuita.Por un suplemento se puede acceder al spa del hotel, equipado con piscina cubierta, gimnasio y hammam. Tambien se ofrecen tratamientos de belleza y masajes.El Bonalba dispone de restaurante especializado en platos de arroz y pub de estilo ingles. Tambien cuenta con un club de playa en la playa de San Juan.Durante los meses de verano, el hotel sirve un bufe con cocina a la vista por las noches y ofrece la posibilidad de tomar el desayuno, el almuerzo o la cena junto a la piscina, en los jardines. Ademas, se organiza un programa diario de animacion infantil, espectaculos para todas las edades a las 22:30 algunas noches de verano, clases de aquagym para toda la familia y cenas bufe tematicas.El hotel esta situado a 15 minutos en coche de la playa de San Juan y esta bien comunicado con la autopista AP7. El aeropuerto de Alicante se encuentra a unos 20 minutos en coche. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Del Alba Hotel
- Del Alba Mutxamel
- Hotel Bonalba Province Of Alicante, Spain