Myself, my partner and my 5 year old son all stayed at the Gran Bali for a week in April 2009. We got a very good, last minute deal but having read previous reviews on here I was expecting the absolute worst.
On approach to Benidorm you can see the hotel for miles and it does look very impressive. The entrance is very grand and we felt lucky to be staying at that hotel compared to some of the ones we had passed!
We were given a room on the 12th floor of the smaller tower right at the very end of the corridor which meant we had an L shaped balcony that was larger then all the others. It had brilliant views over the mountains behind and La Cala seafront. I agree there isn't much privacy on the balconies but it was perfectly safe for my son and a handy place to sit and watch on an evening and store beach equipment.
Our room was compact but clean. The mattresses are extremely hard, we had to put blankets on top of my sons for him to be able to sleep on it, but you get used to it! The bathroom was very nice, marble surrounds, bath and separate shower cubicle, toilet and bidet. Towels were changed every day and plenty of toiletries were left.
The pools were FREEZING but I would imagine in the height of summer they would be lovely. There were 3 separate pools and my son ran between all 3 quite happily playing in the fountains. There weren't that many sun loungers but isn't bagsying your lounger before breakfast part of the fun of going on holiday?
Now onto the food. This seems to be most peoples biggest complaint about this hotel. We ate there every breakfast, most lunchtimes and every dinner. The food wasn't stunning but there was lots of it and it was always hot. Nobody ever went hungry and in the end it became quite good fun guessing what everything was made of. Lime flavour jelly? Nope, coconut. I guarantee you will find plenty of things to eat, but if you want typical Spanish cuisine then you may prefer to eat out!
My biggest fear was the noise on a night time, but it wasn't too much of an issue. Yes, you can hear people sliding wardrobe doors in the rooms above but no hotel is ever soundproof and on reflection, I dont see how you could have a hotel this size without having some degree of noise. There was the front door into the room and then a secondary door and once this was closed there was no noise from the coridoor.
For me the major downside was the price of the drinks. They were extremely expensive, but during the day we got around this by buying our own in the local supermarket (about 2 mins walk) and keeping a stash in the fridge in the room for an evening.
The location for us was briliant. It was quiet and fairly family oriented. It took us around 40 minutes to walk up the beach to the town and all the bus stops are located right outside the hotel. It was less than 5 euros to get the bus for 3 of us. We did get a taxi a couple of times and this cost about 12 euros.
In conclusion, we did not pay an awful lot to stay here, and I believe we got good value for money. Some people we spoke to had paid more and others less. It seems to me that people want 5* luxury on a self-catering budget and therefore leave disappointed.
I would quite happily go again, preferably in summer and would not hesitate in recommending this hotel to a friend.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Gran Hotel Bali is the most singular hotel on the Costa Blanca, being the highest hotel in Europe. It is situated in La Cala de Benidorm, very close to the sea and is made up of two buildings with impressives views of the Benidorm skyline and Poniente Beach, certified with Bandera Azul. Our highest tower, was built in 2002, measures 186 meters with 52 floors of which 43 are of use for guests, and the total is 776 rooms, where there are 12 suites. In-room amenities include with an additional cost: room service, laundry service, and wireless Internet access in rooms. Our emblematic hotel has a luxurious lobby with 18 lifts, two of which are panoramic, and the reception area is open 24 hours. Among the services offered by the reception, the rental of safes, courtesy rooms, our service of the wallet card where you can use the room key-card to pay for your drinks and food without money, recharging the same and enjoying a 15% discount, and currency exchange. It also has a TV room, our Club Cotton Club and a games room. Gran Hotel Bali has two air-conditioned restaurants where we have high chairs for families with children. Also, there are areas with show cooking and buffet. Regarding to the cafeterias are 4 areas for use and enjoyment of our guests. With respect to the offer of leisure and entertaintment, Gran Hotel Bali has an extensive complete and adapted program to all ages. As well as, the hotel has 3 swimming pools on our magnificent terrace: one for adults and children, a children's pool and the large lake with an outdoor jacuzzi, surrounded by a large solarium area with sunbeds and umbrellas. In the same area, children can enjoy on our mini playground. In addition, we have additional services with cost as the visit to our viewpoint for our clients or those who want to enjoy the heights of our hotel looking Benidorm. There is also a hairdressing salon, our Fitness Center (sauna, massage, beauty salon, gym) and garage for an additional payment, as well as a free Wi-Fi connection in public areas. Gran Hotel Bali also offers a several multifunctional lounges fully equipped to host any type of event or celebration, highlighting our magnificent and spacious Palacio de Cristal lounge with direct access from our garden. As well as, our business guests could use our conference room and Internet access. ... 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