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“Imperial Park Resort Hotel Calpe...Just Superb!!”

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AR Imperial Park Spa Resort
Ranked #11 of 31 Hotels in Calpe
Reviewed 13 October 2011

Just recently returned from imperial Park hotel Calpe and had a truly superb holiday...3 adults 1 child, 1 teenager...Cant fault it....Superb ameneties 5 pools !! lots organised activities , Free minibus into Calpe and return running most of day from hotel (Hi Rodri !!) Food fantastic, numerous rang of banquet style food breakfast, lunch and evening !!....all inclusive...no need to take any money at all if you dont wish to take home souveniers!! Went for 4 nights stay and could have stayed 14 nights!! Bungalows spotlessly clean, serviced daily, each with own private roof terrace !! Calpe so lovely....not too touristy, superb beach, views outstanding, plenty little shops etc....The Hotel resort was up a hill but absolutely no need to leave Hotel at all as all provided there...full spa and health/beauty centre etc...but if you want to go to Calpe the free minibus takes you there and back!! Just fantastic.

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  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 9 September 2011

I am surprised that there are not more reviews about this resort. This resort is one of the best we have stayed in over the 13 years we have been holidaying with RCI. We are a family of six so we booked two bungalows. They were the two bedroom version. The rooms were very clean and tidy. Kitchen a bit dated but with the all inclusive deal there was no need for a kitchen anyway. The towels changed whenever we asked and the room was cleaned everyday. The two bed bungalows sleep no more than 4 comfortably otherwise you have to use the pull out sofa in the living room but there is not enough storage space in the bungalow for more than 4 peoples clothes etc. Most importantly, the air conditioning worked a treat to the point that I left it on 16 on the first night and woke up shivering.

The pools at the hotel were superb and cater for all age groups. The food in the hotel was excellent. There was plenty of variety. The salads were fresh and as a seafood lover the variety during the week was superb - prawns, mussels, squid, tuna steak and a whole variety of local fish (fried, boiled, stewed, grilled and so on). For the meat eaters again a great choice and over the week I had roast beef, pork, veal and chicken. We had to have the all inclusive option because of the time of year we were going but I must just say that it was worthwhile. 59 Euros per day for adults and half price for children. Under 2’s are free. I would be amazed if you could eat locally three times a day in restaurants etc to the same standard and variety for the same money. Additionally, my 20 year old son, drank at least 200 Euros of alcohol every day and could be found most afternoons pickled on Tequila Sunrises.

During the day there is a snack bar offering burgers, hot dogs, chicken nuggets, toasted sandwiches and so on. My children avoided the chicken nuggets because the meat was brownish in colour (maybe blast meat) but the hot dogs and other stuff we tried all tasted very good.

In the afternoons, my youngest daughter (2) would only eat hot dogs and chips from the snack bar and one day they ran out of hot dogs. The restaurant only opens at 7.30pm in the evening so if you have young ones then this can be an issue if like my daughter they will only eat certain items from the snack bar. She was falling asleep around 6pm so we could not wait for the restaurant to open and there were no hot dogs in the snack bar. I mention this because there has been some negative comments about the staff being abrupt and unhelpful on previous postings or on other review sites. I went to reception and explained my predicament. Their solution was to send one of their reception staff into town to buy some hot dogs. Not only did they do this but they then sent someone out to find me by one of the five swimming pools to let me know that they were all cooked and ready for us. First class service in my opinion. The catering and bar staff also never had any issues when we asked for milk for our daughter in the evening even though it was not on the all inclusive deal. They would happily fill up her beaker every time.

The bar service for alcohol was too slow but there was enough variety on the all inclusive option to cater for most tastes. We found the trick was just to order double drinks every time so that by the time the waiter got around to your table again (you cannot order at the bar in the evenings) you would be finishing the second of your drinks.

The hotel runs a free shuttle service in to and back from the town about 7 times everyday. Even when the bus was in the garage one day for its annual service the hotel carried on with the service by proving taxis instead which they paid for. The bus only seats 7 people so book your slots early. If you are the type that like to look around and visit places you will need a car as the hotel is up in the mountains. A walk to the town would take a good hour. Taxis cost around 10 to 15 Euros each way to the town. As soon as you jump into a taxi the meter is already set to 6 Euros.

Calpe beach is a beautiful sandy beach and we found the town very friendly with plenty of shops and restaurants (not that we ate in any of them).

The on site entertainment team were very active - archery, water polo, water aerobics, shooting, children's parties, evening shows like Chicago (forget the actual story line, check out the staff in their gold hot pants - kept most men interested for the whole show :-)

For those that like to stay connected the reception area has plenty of PC's which were about 3 Euros for 30 minutes. There was also free WiFi in the same area.

The guests at the hotel were mainly Spanish, French and Italian. There were other English families but we were in the minority. We liked it this way because at times English holidaymakers can be painful (time to wake up and smell the roses that we are no longer an empire but a drafty bankrupt island in the middle of nowhere). The Spanish were very family orientated and very friendly. Some of their manners may at first seem abrupt but it is not intentional and is part of their culture. The hotel staff all speak excellent English and some of them were fluent in 3 or 4 languages.

That’s about it I think. This is great place to stay and I would thoroughly recommend it to any family. We would definitely go back again. Overall 9/10.

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled with family
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13  Thank davidlondon2
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Reviewed 25 June 2011

just returned from a 4 day stay at imperial resort, food great ,lovely fresh salads, meats grillled in front of you, if you like chips you wil be ok too,stayed all inclusive,might have got a bit repetetive if we had gone for longer though,waiter service good with plenty choice think it might be different in height of season though,rooms spotless and cleaned daily, calpe is lovely but if you want something other than the hotel you will need a car as it is at least a 35min walk to beach,nothing nearby not even a shop, hotel mainly occupied with spanish and french families while we were there,

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank kevinburns
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Reviewed 20 May 2011

We was in Calpe and Imperial Park one week, frim 6.5.11-13.5.11.
We was lucky with the weather, everyday was sunny (or sunny most of the day) except one day.I heard later that it was exceptional good weather during this time of year. Tempereture was about +25-+33 celsius during our wisit. I liked most that at least this time of year, there wasn't lot of tourists, mostly local people having their weekend escapes. All the people was very friendly, the Calpe town is so nive and beautiful. But this is not a place for party lovers! We wasn't even looking to party too much,so it was fine for us, but if you wan't to party, go to Benidorm.
Ofcourse in high-holiday months this might change.
But I recommend this place for everyone who want to chill out, walk around, see the beautiful town and landscapes and eat good,fresh food and maybe have one drink here and another one there.
About the hotel, one of the best ones I've been as a tourist.
They clean youre room nicely everyday, you have youre own balcony and terrace.
Imperial Park also offers you good food,friendly service (especially want to thank Sammy!)and good pools with a lots of area. You're also able to play ping-pong,billiard,darts,minigolf and petanque. Remember to tip!
Hotel it self is a about 3km from the centre, but there is a hotel's free minibus which will take you to city many times during day. And we walked in to the city and back manytimes, about 30-35minutes to walk and sametime see nice landscapes.
I felt in love with Calpe,and surely shall come back someday!
Regards, Henri from Finland

  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled as a couple
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6  Thank Greatone99
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Reviewed 7 October 2010

The Imperial Park Resort is located up hill in Calpe and had the most amazing view over the ocean the the rock Ilfach.
The area was clean and sober, the outdoors and pools were cleaned every day before pool hours (from 10 - 8) and there were life guards.
There were 5 pools and at the time we went, plenty of sun lounges.
There was much activity, such as dart games, pistol shooting, water aerobic etc and in the evening the winners were announced and after that new entertainment.
The staff was friendly, however, their English could wish for a little more, but they tried to help when asked.
The spa area down stairs is worth a visit.
Free parking places lacked, and it can be a problem in peak season.
A car is necessary in order to get around.
The day after we arrived they low season for the locals started, which meant that the snack bar closed and the snacks included in All Inclusive in the afternoon consisted of chips and peanuts. I think they should have lowered the price a little then.
But a great place for families.

  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled with family
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5  Thank Danmarklhj
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Reviewed 21 June 2010

good and clean hotel with mostly young families or older people. Food is very good, people are really nice and the pools are excellent! Just be fast with throwing your towel at the pool for a place in the shade....

Stayed: July 2009, travelled as a couple
1  Thank LonnekeW
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Reviewed 4 January 2010

The place was resonably easy to find with a rental car. The receptionist anounced that the restaurant and spa etc. will be closed all but the last two days of our stay.

The room was cold so we put the heater on max power, which ended up being the only postion it went after that. The balcony door lock didn't work but the metal shutter that you could roll up and down could "lock" the balcony entrance. The shutter broke down halfway of the week and though promises, it wasn't repaired during our stay.

Good side was that we had a rental car and enough to do, so we just slept at the hotel. You could find a cheaper place for just sleep than this hotel. Just book your fligths and find the hotel after you arrive...

Stayed: December 2009, travelled as a couple
3  Thank mohla
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Address: Tossal de la Cometa 1-H, 03710 Calpe, Spain
Region: Spain > Valencian Country > Province of Alicante > Costa Blanca > Calpe
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#4 Spa Hotel in Calpe
#8 On the Beach Hotel in Calpe
Price Range: £69 - £138 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — AR Imperial Park Spa Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 170
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