I vacationed at El Faro for a family get away with my mum and sister. I chose this hotel for it's close proximity to the beach and cheap price.
Upon arrival, we were greeted by a young spanish woman who also spoke good English. She was pleasent and very helpful.
During our stay, we met 4 different staff members who were all quite friendly. There was only one member of staff that would be on reception and that person would also man the bar too. This never posed any problems for us as we were always attended to and it was never busy at the hotel, during our stay.
Our Apartment was clean with the basic needs such as a microwave, oven, pots and pans, plates and cutlery.
If you are like me and like to have a proper cup of tea, bring your own cups as the one's supplied were so small you'd be lucky to get three sips out of them. The kettle was an old styled heat on a hob one, so you'll be better off bringing your own travel kettle too.
The cleaners are friendly. They don't change your bed sheets whilst you're there, however, they do supply you with a set of clean sheets and towels anytime you want.
The tv in the rooms only show programmes in Spanish, but you could watch some programmes with teletext. There is also a widescreen tv on the ground floor in the dining area that has sky and there are some channels you can watch in English.
I understand fully what over people have said in their reviews about the lifts. The one on your right is especially rickety and made a horrible noise like it was gonna break down. We tried as much as possible to use the left one.
There is Wifi available at the hotel which is 1.50€ for 30 minutes, 2€ for 1 hr or 5€ for 24hrs. The only downside is that you can only connect to it on the ground floor.
As for the location, it was very convenient to get to local corner shops and eateries. Poniente beach is just a 5 minute walk from the hotel and has many restaurants along the strip. Buses run every 15-20 minutes to central Benidorm where you will have access to more eateries and shops. A bus journey is about 10 minutes and costs just 1.50€ If you like walking, it's about 25 minutes to walk from the hotel to central Benidorm.
The Supermarket (Mercadona) is about a 10 minute walk away from the hotel. You do however have to walk up a little steep hill. If your unfit, you may find yourself gasping when you get to the top but the groud levels out again so it's not too bad. The Supermarket offers a good range of fresh fruit and veg and all your necessities. I was expecially happy to find many allergen free foods, as I am gluten intolerant.
We dined at a lovely chinese restaurant not far from the supermarket called Shanghai Wok. They offer a buffet menu for under 10€ per person. The staff were very friendly and spoke good English. They offered over 20 dishes in their buffet, with a range of cooked and raw food, so if you wanted to have a mix of surf and turf cooked up, the chef can cook them on an open grill and add your choice of seasoning.
Overall, we had a lovely time and wouldn't mind staying at El Faro again.
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- Also Known As:
- El Faro Aparthotel Benidorm
- El Faro Aparthotel Hotel Benidorm