We were touring the Costa Blanca coast and chose this hotel as a base, mainly because it is one of the few with a carpark. Carpark cost 15 euro per night, but worth it for peace of mind as it's very secure.
Check-in was quick and straightforward with pleasant staff.
You pay a returnable fee for a remote control for the TV and for the use of a safe in your room.
If you want to be within walking distance of the nightlife, this is the place to be so bear this in mind if you want a quiet nights sleep.........you can't have everything!
Our room was on the 10th floor in Ambassador 2, overlooking the pool and, between other tower blocks, we got glimpses of the sea. We'd a twin room with balcony which was an average size for Spanish holiday hotels. The single beds were, without doubt, the most uncomfortable I have ever encountered. If you've ever had the misfortune to have been in a hospital bed you'll get the idea. Narrow, hard, minimal sized sheets and a thick rubbery mattress cover that if it goes into a wrinkle under you, is like lying on the shaft of a brush!
As I've mentioned before, the nightlife is very close and until 6.30am you'll hear passers by heading home singing their hearts out at the top of their voices. As I lay awake listening to them each night, I envied their sensibility to obviously stay in a quieter area than 'the strip'!!
There is a bar adjoining the hotel at the front door, directly below pool facing rooms, which has music nightly until late.
The room was clean but I felt that the bath and sink needed a really good scrub and polish. It was like a build up of invisible grime that you only felt when the water was in the bath or sink, then you could scrape it with your nail! On the plus side, there's no danger of slipping in the bath as you shower because it is quite grippy!!!
We booked half board but only had dinner on two nights.
Though there was plenty of choice and what was there would 'fill a hole' so to speak, we opted to eat out after the second night. All dishes and desserts are labelled clearly..ish even though some have titles like, chefs cake, chefs dessert or chefs surprise! The chefs surprise was the bread and butter pudding from the night before cut into individual squares.
There are so many cheap food options within a few hundred metres of the hotel, including a freshly cooked, full English breakfast and three course dinners that we wouldn't bother with half board if we stayed here again. John and Joseph's opposite the front door is open 24 hrs and do very nice coffee, tea and food cooked to order, with great service.
If you want Spanish food or tapas, you'll have to travel a little further.....maybe London??? Seriously though, Spanish food and tapas are available but not so much in this immediate area.
We didn't use the pool but it looked clean and around it was packed with sun bathers. The beach is only 5-10 minutes walk away anyway if you can't get a space.
The Old town is within walking distance and even if you can't walk, mobility scooters are for hire absolutely everywhere.
Morgans Tavern (TV show Benidorms Neptunes bar, is 50 metres away on the opposite side of the road).
All in all, this hotel will suit families, couples and groups of friends who want to be in the middle of everything that's going on and don't mind noise. Apparently the rooms at the back are quieter!
You could leave the hotel on foot and be entertained by numerous tribute bands, get offers on drinks EVERYWHERE, have a bite to eat and stagger back all within what felt like a very safe area to us.
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