Reading the reviews helped is to re-adjust our expectations and we were therefore prepared for this not being what we might have assumed 4 star should be. Going with realistic expectations makes a big difference and saves disappointment.
We therefore took earplugs to sleep with and hardly heard any noise from the 4am revelers.
We expected the food to be pretty ordinary and it was but it wasn't horrible, just standard holiday class fare, i.e. reasonable salad bar, lots of chips, some fried stuff, but plenty of it and it was hot and fairly tasty. Breakfasts were good. There are plenty of restaurants and you don't have to stay in la Cala, it's only 10 minutes walk down hill into Benidorm and the restaurant BuenoSol (probably not spelled like that - sorry!) was fabulous - really good quality pizzas and pasta.
We were expecting staff to be unfriendly but they weren't - they were all very helpful and friendly.
We expected queues at the bars and, yes, there were a few of these but we tended to go out in the evening.
The rooms were functional but clean and the shower was fabulous - roomy, hot and fast flowing. We had a balcony as our room overlooked the back of the hotel and this was a real bonus.
All in all excellent value for money, not four star but not as bad as everyone says. Take earplugs and you'll be fine!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Enjoy Benidorm in the tallest hotel in EuropeSituated at the Cala de Benidorm close to the sea and with magnificent view not far from Terra Mitica, the most unique hotel on the Costa Blanca is distributed over two buildings, one of which at 186 metres is the tallest hotel in Spain. This beach hotel, which was built in 2002, has 52 storeys and a total of 776 rooms, 12 of which are suites. Our luxury hotel has an entrance hall with a reception area open 24 hours per day, which offers a safe deposit box and currency exchange services. It also has a hairdressing salon, a games room, a television room and a nightclub. The restaurant is air conditioned and equipped with high chairs for small children. Guests travelling on business can use the conference room and wireless Internet. You can make the most of room service, a laundrette and use the medical service. The complex has 18 lifts two of which are panoramic and a garage. Gran Hotel Bali provides a full range of leisure and entertainment activities suited to all tastes and ages:The Hotel has 3 swimming pools, one for adults and children, a children's pool and an originally designed "great lake" as well as an open air Jacuzzi bordered by an extensive sun bathing area equipped with hammocks and sun shadesRecreational games room, mini-children's playground, children's games room.Day time and evening entertainment programme for adults and children.The hotel has two restaurants with show cooking, along with a magnificent buffet service and four bars-cafeterias.The services on offer are complemented with a "Fitness Center" (sauna, Jacuzzi, gymnasium, massages etc.), Hairdresser and beauty salon.The hotel also provides several all purpose salons fully equipped and suitable for any kind of event, such as business meetings, conventions, seminars, incentive trips, banquets, and large scale events. The "Crystal Palace" in particular, which is unique on the Costa Blanca, has sufficient capacity for 1000 persons and direct access from the garden.This modern beachside hotel is located in the cala or bay of Benidorm close to the poniente beach and 50 metres away from a number of bars and restaurants. The nearest golf course is five kilometres away and closer still, Terra Mitica and Terra Natura theme parks are only three kilometres away. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Gran Hotel Benidorm
- Gran Hotel Bali Benidorm
- Gran Bali Benidorm
- Gran Bali Hotel Benidorm
- Hotel Bali Benidorm
- Hotel Gran Bali Benidorm
- Bali Hotel Benidorm