We stayed at the Hotel Avenida from 1st July to 8th July 2012 through OnTheBeach holidays
After reading mixed reviews but a general consensus for a nice hotel, we decided to take the plunge for this hotel due to the location and not having been to Benidorm before.
Firstly, the transfer from the airport was OK (through Resort Care) but it dropped off quite a way from the hotel with no really clear instructions where the hotel was (basically a general 'over there' gesture in the middle of a busy town centre). We walked around for a good 15mins and had to ask multiple locals where the hotel was. It was a good thing I knew the hotel wasn't far from the beach due to photos I had seen.
Once found, I was pleasantly surprised at its location. Right in the heart of the town and VERY close to the beach on a side street which lots of restaurant/shops around.
The hotel looked a bit more 'classy' from the outside than many hotels I have stayed at over the years which filled me with hope. The check-in was straight forward as we arrived well after check-in time and the reception staff we very keen and friendly to ensure we got sorted quickly and up to our room.
I was a little disappointed with the location of our room as had one of the rooms that overlooked the inside courtyard so no balcony. I do utilise a balcony a lot on holidays when it gets too hot to sit in the sun. Though, if this had been a major impact on my stay I would have requested a room change if possible. As it was, the room still stayed cool and was very nice. Very clean, smelled very fresh on entry and spacious. I stayed with my sister so we had a twin with single beds and I did find the beds a little uncomfortable, mainly a personal issue as im used to a double. I also usually use lots of pillows but bless the housekeepers; I used the blankets as extra pillows and the next day they left me 2 extra pillows!
Choose this hotel in particular due to having the pool on the roof, which if you look around is quite unusual in this area. The pool is tiny though...not really a pool you can properly 'swim' in if you like doing lengths! Also, the amount of space for sunbeds is not large for the size of the hotel. By 11am if you haven't got a sunbed you you wont get one (both around the pool and on the terrace). The side terrace away from the pool is really great and has a fantastic view across to the sea. We spent most of the time sunbathing on the terrace. The pool bar is great too and also provided snacks which was good as we didn't have to go down for lunch and loose our sunbed!
This is one aspect I was very wary of to be honest. First time I have ever gone all inclusive and we can sometimes be a bit picky with food. Also prior to going I had read some mixed reviews so
really didn't know what to expect.
Really really surprised with the amount of variety and standards of food at each meal. Something for everyone. Dinner especially for me was a bonus as had different dishes each night which included fish, pasta, vegetables and also didn't just have chips every night (a range of different potatoes each night). Liked the buffet style concept which really look the stress out of what to eat. Excellent range of deserts too. Only one gripe - would have liked ability to refill soft drinks ourselves. The waiters asked when we initially sat down but never really came back during the meal for more drinks. I did have to ask a few times for refills (just Coca Cola) and it just felt it would have been easier with ability to refill your own (like coffee/orange at breakfast).
They do have a dress code for dinner which is casual but they do not allow shorts/vest tops, no bare chests etc which is understandable really. One night while we were there a Brit ruined everyone elses dinner by hurling abuse at the poor waiter/seater because he had been asked to change his top. I found this quite disturbing in the middle of a restaurant full of people enjoying their dinner!
As our first time in Benidorm, the location was perfect. Right in the heart of the town and not far from Levante Beach. The beach is great and plenty of room. They do hire out sunbeds/parasols for 4 Euros each (so 2 sunbeds and 1 parasol was 12 Euros) which I found quite reasonable. The sand does get hot though so make sure you take some shoes! Also loved the 'feet washes' which are located near to each beach exit which use sea water pumped up to wash the sand off.
Along the front there were lots of restaurants/bars. Our favourties were Penelopes which had some dancers later in the night.....the best BY FAR was Daytonas Bar (American Themed) on the Saturday Night. You MUST get there early to get a decent seat but the live music and atmosphere was electric....we only went here the night we were due to leave and I would loved to have gone a few more times.
Terra Mitica (Theme Park), Terra Natura (Zoo) and Terra Aquatica (Waterpark) can all be reached via very affordable and easy to use buses from bust stop opposite entrance to Mederia Centro Hotel (tall blue one!!), bus No.3...costs 1 Euro 40 for a single. We only went to Terra Natura (25 Euros but you can pick up some offer leaflets around) and we really enjoyed it
This hotel is great. It may not suit everyone, but for your first visit to Benidorm to get the 'fee' I would highly recommend. We thoroughly enjoyed our week here and already miss it :P
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Avenida The Avenida Hotel is located in the most central area of Benidorm and only 75m from the golden sands of the Levante beach. This modern designed Hotel offers you a great variety of choice in its buffet styled restaurant. On the roof top you will find the outdoor swimming pool, heated in winter, the Jacuzzi, gym, sauna (payable locally) and a snack bar open during the summer. Enjoy our entertainment team in the day and night activities prepared for all ages normally carried out in the big bar located to the restaurant. Rooms fully equipped. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Avenida Benidorm