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Esmeralda Beach Hotel
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Reviewed 20 March 2014

it's a 2*don't forget! but every one of the staff, from cleaner to boss, was pleasant and happy and very helpful. Food was quite varied and plentiful but if you get down late, it could be cool. Room walls were thin, maid was in every day, get a sea view, well worth it.

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank grottygreeny
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Reviewed 15 March 2014

You have to climb down to reception, no lift to street, so make sure you pack light. We were on a half board basis and the first evening for food we were told "eat the soup, it's the only thing hot". This we found was the main problem with the hotel. The food was cooked lovely but the hotel had trouble keeping the food warm, even when topping up trays from the kitchen the food was not warm. The frozen vegetables they served were sometimes still steaming but that was it. We ate out quite a lot, there are a good few places to eat warm, delicious, fresh food.
I have a habit of checking under beds when arriving at t new place and although the floor appeared clean it was so dusty under the bed I wondered if it had ever been cleaned.
On the plus side the maid was friendly and cleaned the bathroom every day changing towels and replenishing toilet roll, soap as necessary.
Don't go here if you like to stay out at night, door is locked by midnight and if you arrive back after this time you have to wait for security to unlock it for you (they do this quickly - but it's still a pain).
Traditional area, traditional values and you have to pay extra to get a room with a balcony that you can sit out on. Not a place I will be returning to even if I was paid.

Room Tip: Ask for a sea view but be advised you may have to pay up to 10 euros extra per night for it, as you have no balcony to sit on at back of hotel.
  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled with friends
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4  Thank CVM_C68
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Reviewed 15 March 2014

One of the cleanest hotels I have been in with towels changed every day. Sea view is worth every penny of the 10euros a day charge. Including the extra charge, 4 days full board including wine and water for lunch and dinner for 2 people came to £21pppn.
Yes the food choice is limited(the hotel is small) but the quality over the 4 days we were there was excellent eg grilled chicken breasts, beef, goulash, fresh fish cooked as it should with herbs and oil. Variety of vegetables and potatos, again of good quality. As opposed to some 4 star hotels if we wanted butter outwith breakfast, they would bring us portions to our table. If you are pleasant to the dining room staff, in return they are pleasant to you despite the language barrier.
Also because the dining room is smaller than the larger hotels, eating here is more like eating in a restaurant, as is less stressful and the same staff get to know you.
Ok the rooms are basic but they are comfortable as are the beds. Bathroom had been refurbished and there was always plenty of hot water and a powerful shower.
Again do not know what some travellers expect for their money, but I would not fault this hotel and would not hesitate to stay here again as all staff are friendly and helpful.
Location is also excellent with bus stop just outside hotel, also easy walk to train station for visiting Altea and Calpe.

Room Tip: Go for a sea view - one of the best in Benidorm.
  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled with friends
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Thank graemesutherland
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Reviewed 8 March 2014

Just back after a 5 night stay at the Esmeralda Beach Hotel [ 1st to 6th March 2014 ] , where to start, well, firstly, to get to reception you have to go down 12 steps and with luggage it can be a task, someone with walking problems would find this very difficult to cope, to be fair the girl behind reception was friendly and efficient, and check in was very quick, she asked if I wished to use either the tv or the air con I would require the remote controls for them, and a 10 euro deposit would be required for each of them, I opted for the tv remote, my room was on the 3rd floor [ room 304 ] and at the back of the hotel, which looked on to the back street, to say the room was basic is an understatement, twin beds, a wardrobe which had a very funny smell in it, and I left the doors open the whole of my stay, the bathroom had a loo, bath/shower over , wash hand basin, yes the room was clean, but as I said was very basic, with some weird wooden art on one of the walls, well some of it was missing, and you could see the glue that had held the missing pieces, there was a balcony, no balcony furniture, and the depth was about a foot, just enough room to step on to it,
I was staying on a half board bases, so lets start with breakfast, there was no hot food options, just cereal, 2 machines to make your own toast, rolls and other bread products, and a machine for coffee , tea etc, the staff in the dining room was not friendly , well, they seemed only interested in talking to the Spanish guests, which there was a lot of, the evening meal was an experience, in the 5 nights there I tried it twice, but ended up going out and eating somewhere else, as other reviewers have said some staff was excellent and friendly, including reception and the staff who cleaned the rooms.
I was having breakfast on morning , and over heard 2 English guests talking about their stay / experience of the hotel, and one comment said it all, '' this hotel is not a very disabled friendly hotel, to which the other replied, it's not a very friendly hotel at all ''
I was staying as part of a package deal with Jet 2 holidays, and have already passed on my comments re the hotel to them, I have been in Benidorm many times over the past 15 years, and have to say have never stayed in a place like the Esmeralda, my advice is to stay somewhere else, as there are plenty of hotels in the area, better quality and value.

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled solo
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1  Thank GrahamCleveleys
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Reviewed 1 March 2014

on the first night we had the most revolting painting on the wall full lenght from floor to ceilling it was just veins in red and blue of a man but the top of his head was missing. the room was poor no table a broken set of drawers. we was not told we needed about the tv remote and no english . the food for breakfast was poor dinner was worse and evening meal well thank for the soup. the cleaning @ serving staff was very good and helpfull that is the only good point

Room Tip: shame some of staff not as good as others as some was 10 + must have sea views but you pay extra for it cafes down road good
  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank marguerita148
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