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Hosteria del Mar
Ranked #17 of 50 Hotels in Peniscola
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 4 July 2013

We stayed here for 10 days in June after travelling around Spain by train. Peniscola shares a train station with the nearby town of Benicarlo and we had to travel by taxi to the hotel but there's a taxi rank outside the station so that wasn't a problem.
We had booked our room by email after discovering a recommendation for the hotel in a DK travel book for Spain and also after reading the reviews here and it was everything we'd hoped for.
Emails were responded to promptly and gave us useful advice. We requested a sea view room on an upper floor and our room - overlooking the pool - also had an excellent view of the castle, which was definitely a bonus. We struggled to find reviews of the food here so we could not decide whether to stay B&B or half-board but the staff happily agreed to let us choose when we arrived and could see a sample menu. Menus are available every afternoon and, during our stay at least they were written in English as well as Spanish. Each day there was a choice of 3 or 4 starters, main courses and desserts and food was of a very good quality. The difference in cost of staying B&B and half-board was the princely sum of 11Euros per person so we ate the evening meal throughout our stay. From about mid-June the restaurant offers a buffet instead of waiter service but the choice is still good and we never regretted our decision to stay half-board.
The breakfast selection was reasonable with the usual pastries, yoghurt, bread, cooked meats, cheeses, bacon, chorizo sausages and slices of tortilla, fresh fruit and cereal - though the cornflakes were tasteless and a bit like cardboard!
The pool and surrounding areas were well-maintained with sunbeds available most of the times we wanted to use them; on the rare occasions they were all taken we went over the road to the hotel-owned sunbeds on the beach which were available free of charge.
Our room was perhaps a little dark, with too much furniture in it so it seemed crowded although it was a decent size. It also had a mini-bar and a safe, which was free and the room was spotlessly clean - as were all of the other areas in the hotel. Each morning there were lots of cleaners working in the public areas and all around the reception desk. A good wi-fi signal was available throughout the hotel.
The staff on reception were always very helpful and because I speak a little Spanish always tried to make sure I understood them when they replied to my queries but they also understood me when I had to resort to speaking in English.
I wouldn't hesitate to stay here again and look forward to doing so at some point in the future.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 April 2013

The hotel is clean and tidy and has a nice pool and gardens and just across the road from the beach. It is about a 15 minute walk to the town centre. The room is Ok with comfy armchairs and the beds are fine, but they only have twin rooms no doubles. Our room and bathroom were fine but perhaps a little dark as the balcony was off to the side and gave the only natural light. The free wifi was good and there is well stocked Minibar. The staff are friendly and the place is kept very clean. Our only complaint was the breakfast. The coffee tasted of nothing, the cooked food did not look appealing and I think this is the only hotel I have been to where stale bread was put by the toaster. Both mornings I was there I spotted an ant walking across the food. We did not have any other meals there but you find in other reviews a couple I thought were good.

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank EXPATMAN
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Reviewed 2 November 2012

Stayed at this hotel for 2 nights commencing 31 October 2012. We had checked TA before booking and the reviews came up to scratch. Nice reasoanably sized room with views of the beach and easy walking distance to the old town and castle. 15 mins. Drinks in the bar were cheaper than some bars on the main strip. Shame no tea/coffee making facilities in the room and could have done with a little more hotel info in the room, but that said would definitely stay here again. Staff very pleasant. Buffet beakfast gave a good start to the day. Free car parking.
Well done

Room Tip: perhaps ask for a room with a view of the castle.
  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Chris P
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Reviewed 18 September 2012

The location of this well run Hotel - with friendly, helpful staff, a fantastic Buffet Breakfast and
comfortable rooms (with balconies, bar fridge & safe .... not forgetting free WiFi) was a great
find and we would wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone visiting the lovely town of Peniscola.
The availability of secure parking on site is an advantage and there is a bus stop right opposite the Hotel with cheap & regular service to the old town.

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled with friends
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3  Thank Wakacje184
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Reviewed 10 September 2012

This hotel is opposite the beach along wth many others on the Papa Luna stip. We chose this one because of the interesting internal decor - dark period-style furniture, interesting items lining the corridors, wall decor depicting castles, saints, etc all set the mood for the visit to the castle. Car park is outdoor and adjacent to hotel.

Had an overnight stay with partner and friend so took the junior suite (the double rooms were booked out). The room is at the back, through a maze of corridors, and again had interesting features - the two rooms are set out linearly, with the bathroom facilities in between - not really a junior suite. Lots of shuttered windows, several balconies, including a huge one at the end, but this one had no furniture. The view of the beach for this room was from the side, so not perfect.

Beds were comfortable, bathroom adequate, everything clean. Both rooms have aircon, altho the one is the smaller room was dated and not as efficient. Smaller room was a little cramped - has a couple of armchairs and a single bed set in a small nook - would be fun for kids, but was also comfortable enough for our adult friend. Flat-screen TV in both rooms, but we didn't use either. Main bedroom is more spacious, also has small balcony with two chairs and side-on view to beach. Lots of storage space. No coffee facilities! Good internet in second room, non-existent in main room.

The hotel has a bar (open till 24:00), restaurant (around 11:00), and a lounge were you can sit all night. Decor is suits of armour, and such - loved it! I speak Spanish amd spoke to many of the staff in recepion, bar and restaurant and all were very friendly and helpful. We ate in the restaurant - lots of people having the buffet which seemed reasonably for 20e - selection of salads, including seafood salad, cold meats, cheese, desserts, chicken and fish dishes available. We chose a la carte and had a great selection of seafood dishes - bbq prawns, selection of grilled fish, plate of varied shellfish - highly recommended! Breakfast was the usual fair - pretty average - but reasonably good coffee!

The only downside for us was the internet connection - only 1 of our 4 units was able to connect in the bar, but the we later found the connection was good in the second bedroom - so may not be a problem in other rooms - not sure. Apart from that, would recommend this hotel, altho if you are staying longer you may want a room overlooking the beach - with that and a good internet connection, I'd give 5 /5!

Room Tip: Book early to get a room overlooking the beach.
  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled with friends
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1  Thank AussieOy
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Reviewed 28 July 2012

We stayed in this lovely hotel for a week in June.

Our room was very clean and comfortable, the hotel staff friendly and helpful. The pool area is very pleasant indeed and did not get too crowded when we were there - the beach is also very close.

Breakfast is a buffet and there is lots of choice and plentiful food. Our only complaint about it would be that the "hot" food was very rarely really hot.

We did not eat in the restaurant in the evenings so we cannot comment on that at all. We would suggest to the hotel that they make the restaurant menu more easily available to view before entering - perhaps information about the restaurant in the hotel rooms.

Peniscola itself is a lovely resort with beautiful beach and the picturesque castle. My husband and I like to walk and bird watch and Peniscola is well placed for this kind activity as there are several natural parks nearby including the famous Ebro Delta. We also enjoyed exploring the castle, the town of Tortosa and looking at cave paintings at nearby Museu de la Valltorta.

All in all a great holiday

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled with family
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1  Thank kath_online
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Reviewed 16 June 2012

We really are enjoying our stay her and have extended it as we so enjoy the Hotel and surroundings.The rooms are really nice and have fridges in them and air con.
The Hotel has a nice pool and it also faces a nice clean beach and is quite unspoilt for Spain.
The Hotel has free sunbeds which are right in front of the Hotel on the beach and this save a lot as we paid 11euro a day in SItges for 2 sunbeds.
The hotel is exceptionally clean and well kept and the clean staff are always busy.
The breakfast in the Hotel is very good.
The Hotel has a nice old Spanish feel to it and is more traditional than a lot in Spain.

Room Tip: Front facing rooms have the best views over the sea.
  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Hosteria del Mar

Address: Avenida Papa Luna 18, 12598 Peniscola, Spain
Region: Spain > Valencian Country > Province of Castellon > Peniscola
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #17 of 50 Hotels in Peniscola
Price Range: £88 - £203 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Hosteria del Mar 4.5*
Number of rooms: 86
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