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JM La Cala Benidorm Sun Apartments
Newcastle upon Tyne
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7 reviews
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“Had a fab holiday”
Reviewed 10 July 2012

I cannot believe the really negative reviews, there is simply no pleasing everyone. I did not stay in the hotel, but visitied it. I stayed in the privatley owned apartments in the middle block so it was like home from home, really cosy and it catered for our every needs. But we used the hotel often and found the staff really friendly, the hotel is spotless. The pool area is lovely and cleaned every day. The apartments are situated far back from the beach and cove of La Cala, but it is a lovley walk down to the beach, 10 min walk. My partner and I found it an ideal base to visit the surrounding towns such as Altea, Gaudelest, El Campello and Finstrat. It is a 15 minute walk into Old Benidorm or you can get a bus which is situated 5 minutes walk from apartments.This will take you into the New Town of Benidorm, whcih is really livley we can recommend the Micheal Buble show and the Take That show they are brillient. We prefer the tranquility of La Cala, the restaurants and Taverna's are really lovely and cater for everyones taste. I think these people have been to a different place to me hahaha.

Room Tip: As I say I did not stay in the hotel I went through holiday lettings and booked a private apartment.
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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Swansea, Wales, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 9 July 2012

reading the reviews on here i was dreading our 5 day holiday to these apartments. we arrived late and had to give a 20euro payment fee which only worked out 5euro each so that wasnt to bad. we did have to pay 100euro for the pool card but it is only a deposit, you get it back when the card is handed back....simple.... the man at reception was extremly helpful, attending to whatever needs we had. the pool didnt open until 11am which was a bit late and there is no bar there so def room for improvement. the rooms were spotless and well equipted. the beach is litterally around the corner with enough bars and shops to keep you satisfied if not the bus is 1.40euros into the main part of benidorm where you can shop, eat and drink until your heart is content. considering we were all so nervous after reading all these bad reviews we had a wonderful time and would def go again.......

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with friends
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Swansea, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 8 July 2012

was dreading my holiday after reading all the reviews but must say really enjoyed, the apartments were lovely n morden with everything you needed in them the receptionist who couldnt really understand english was lovely n attended to all our needs when even asking for exta pillow n sheets at 2am in the morning, the pool was lovely but was let down by the opening time which was at 11am n there was no bar there, there is a lovely beach just a 10 min walk round the corner which has lovely bars there for a quiet drink n for a mad drink benidorm is only a 10 min taxi away so over all very happy n would stay there again.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 1 July 2012

These apartments are a must "NOT GO". I strongly advise anybody not to stay here. Firstly you are a great distance from anywhere and it is a 10-15 euro taxi fare to the centre of benidor which adds up if you travel around. We arrived at the apartments at 9 o'clock only to find the reception was closed. Forty minutes later after standing on the street corner the receptionist finally arrived and demanded a 20 euro per room fine for been late even though he was the late arrival. Then there's the issue of keys. The key let's u into the complex, then the apartment block and then the apartment itself which if there's a group of you is very inconvenient as you are unable to get into the apartments if others have gone back early. (no extra keys). If you want to use the swimming pool you have to pay 100 euro deposit per room which is an absolute disgrace as when you book it's supposed to be a package deal. Staff are unhelpful and miserable and will fob you off with anything to get an easy life. I have been into the travel agents (first choice) since returning home and informed them they should be embarrassed and ashamed to have such a place on there books. Our entire group left these apartments and paid for alternative accommodation

  • Stayed June 2012
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ramsgate, kent
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 June 2012

after reading the reviews of "la cala hotel" and looking at the pictures and proximaty to the beach and facilities etc, we decided to book this hotel(.the pics advertised of the hotel on the beach are actually real] so imagine the shock we got when the shuttle bus dropped us off near 3 concrete towers!!
after finding the "shed" which was the reception..we checked in, the guy spent ages checking the details and didnt say anything till he handed over the keys.we were on the 14th floor which you could just see the sea from but deffinatly no beach! room was clean and tidy with basic cooking utensils but ok.so after dumping our bags we decided to go to the beach.. a 15 min walk down a slight hill... but a 20 min walk back up!! At this point we knew this wasnt the place in the pictures on the website.
On arriving at the beach which is a stunning little bay with bars restaurants and shops...and there it is on the corner..la cala hotel! so i went into the reception clutching our booking forms and asked the woman on reception if this is were we supposed to be..she checked and said no ..so she then pointed out that there is mistake on the website!! jm la cala appartments is a totaly seperate hotel to the beautiful one advertised on the website since arriving back i have re- checked the website and onthebeach.co.uk are advertising these 2 seperate hotels as one!! YOU WOULD THINK THAT THE DISCRIPTION IS ONE HOTEL...ITS NOT!!
It is in finstrat which is not in benidorm..its a 10+ euro cab ride into benidorm or a bus ride is only 1.40 euros but the last bus runs back @ 11pm.
the pools they advertise are at the 3 tower blocks but this was a 100 euro deposit and you had to pay to use it.so how much if anything youd get back is anyones guess. We were there for the week and never had a cleaner, bedding or towels changed.The rooms have safes so my partner went to reception to get a key and he was told it was 4euros a day!!
the ad also says sunbeds are available free..there wasnt any...the bar and restaurant looked like it had just been abandoned and were not open at all so a 15 min hike for breakfast in the morning was the order of the day..the Bayview do a lovely breakfast!
I will be getting in touch with Onthebeach,co,uk as this a bad misrepresentation of the holiday you think you are booking!
we would go back to finstrat as it is beautiful..but i will check the accomadation very closely...

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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 June 2012

Not In Benidorm! These apartments are in Finestrat, great for a room to get ready in and sleep in. Lovely clean beach just minutes away, the centre of Benidorm is 10 Euros in a taxi, we had a great time! When we arrived at the appartments we checked in, and asked for a room with a safe and got one. We stayed on the 17th floor, and the appartments were lovely, spacious, very clean, excellent air conditioning, secure shutters on all windows and the appartments had all we needed for our Hen Weekend with 37 girls! The pool isnt open before June and there isnt a bar on site but there is a gorgeous beach just a few minutes walk away, with a few bars and resturants along the way and a shop to get water and snacks and toilet roll (very cheap). The beach front has more bars and resturants and I can reccommend Molly Malones, lovely food breakfast til 1pm and very friendly staff. Taxi into Benidorm is approx 10 Euros and you can order taxis at reception. Yes, there are a couple of prostitutes around the corner from the appartments, but they never bother you. The appartments are gated and locked so only people with a key staying at the appartments have access. To be honest I was very worried about the appartments from the previous reviews on here before we arrived but I was very happy with the standard of room and how nice Finestrat was. Dont worry, its not that bad! I would stay here on a hen weekend again.

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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with friends
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England
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Reviewed 28 May 2012 via mobile

Didn't get off to a great start. We arrived just before midnight and checked in, but the guy said we had to pay €20 because they "closed" at 10pm. Friends arrived early and they tried to check us in but they wouldn't let them. We had our booking confirmation printed that said it was open until midnight but his response was "no money, no key". Every night when we were coming home at all hours he was always in reception so he doesn't close.

Rooms are actually quite good given how cheap but some things were obviously old and budget - towels were threadbare. We stayed 3 nights and didn't get change of towel and had to buy our own toilet rolls which was a bit annoying.

Location wise, you can easily walk to the beach at La Cala and it's a nice beach. You do have to pay €4 per bed and umbrellas which for a family for a week would add up.

If you want to go into Benidorm it will be €15 a go which again adds up.

Luckily none of our rooms were broken into but maybe we were the exception, there are safety deposit boxes.

Overall take it for what it is, budget and it is in La Cala, not Benidorm.

  • Stayed May 2012
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Property: JM La Cala Benidorm Sun Apartments
Address: Avenida Mariners de La Vila Joiosa 1, 03570 Villajoyosa, Spain
Region: Spain > Valencian Country > Province of Alicante > Costa Blanca > Villajoyosa
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Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #13 of 13 Speciality Lodging in Villajoyosa
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Hotel Class:2.5 star — JM La Cala Benidorm Sun Apartments 2.5*
Number of rooms: 100
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