Booked here last minute as was looking for somewhere to stay near Benidorm that was all inclusive. Stayed between 9th-13th August. Requested a high floor, double bed and pool view and got all of these things. Check in was quick and meal times were explained but no other info was given such as where the gym was, what was included in all inclusive or what entertainment there was. No information pack in room just a leaflet with a few details on about meal times. Cleaners came I think twice whilst we were there and gave new towels and made the bed but bed sheets were not changed whilst we were there. Cleaners spoke no English which made it impossible to ask them anything and on returning to our room one day we found it stank of smoke and then found fag ash all over the balcony obviously the cleaner was smoking whilst cleaning our room as we are not smokers– not impressed! Shampoo, soap etc not replenished the whole stay. No hairdryer in room but you could hire one from reception. Air con free in room. Wifi chargeable although says there is free wifi in public parts of hotel but this barely worked whilst we were there. Room was basic but very clean, bed comfortable. Nice view from balcony over resort which is very big with lost of guests but room blocks are only 3 high and only have 3 rooms on each floor and blocks are spaced far apart so doesn't feel like one big hotel. Had a massage which was really good although lady spoke no English so didn’t get what I asked for which was just my back and got full body but as I said was really good. Snack bar open most of the day with fast food and often few left over bits for lunch which was fine. Didn’t have to queue for long for drinks at any time, also didn’t queue once for the restaurant and sometimes went as soon as it opened and other times later on and always found a table and got food straight away so not sure how other reviews from the same time say otherwise. Breakfast 8-10, Lunch 1-3 and Dinner 8-10. Think dinner should have started earlier as by the time you finish dinner it was getting late and you’re really full. Staff in restaurant work quickly clearing tables etc and all friendly. Always found something I liked to eat and I am a bit fussy. Food was much better quality than other all inclusives I have been to and clearly labelled. No info or menus at bars as to what drinks are available and what is included in all inclusive. Some drinks and all ice creams were not included in the all-inclusive which is a shame as it is not really then all inclusive is it. Entertainment in evening was all a bit rubbish and never anywhere to sit unless you got chair ready before 8pm and didn’t want to leave it to get any dinner. Sun bed situation was the worst ever at any hotel, chained up at night and not unchained until 9am. As usual people would get up first thing and put a chair or towels where they would want a sun bed and then queue up by the chained up sun beds and then everyone goes mad trying to lift off about 6 sunbeds at a time and then as usual don’t use them for most of the day. We did not bother with this and just lay on a towel on the grass. Pools were busy but not to the point where you couldn’t swim and it was August so not sure what people expect who complain about it being busy and full of kids. Bus stop next to hotel, got the bus once to Benidorm for 1Euro 50 each but I wouldn’t bother as took nearly an hour and a taxi will cost about 10 Euros and take 10 minutes, they pull up right next to the bus stop. Walk down to Albir beach is a 10-15 min walk, if it was hot would recommend just getting a taxi for 5 Euros. Beach is very pebbly and hard to walk on and you will need a sun lounger unless you like laying on rocks. Benidorm beach is sandy but packed at this time of year. There are a few restaurants and shops on the walk down and at the beach in Albir but all very quiet considering was August. Night market was along the path in front of the beach in the evenings with stalls of jewellery and bags etc and a big market on Sunday mornings on the walk down to the beach about half way down. Walked half way to the lighthouse as was too hot to continue but there are viewing points all the way along so you can go and just walk a shortish distance and still get amazing views without having to go all the way to the lighthouse. No toilets or food or drink available on the walk though. When you get to the slope on the road down to the beach in Albir you go up a road on the right as you look at the beach which is sign posted El Faro with a picture of the lighthouse and is clearly signposted all the way to the start of the walk at the nature park. As all inclusive didn’t really eat or drink out but look around as some places were doing English breakfast for 1 Euro 50 and a pint was about the same at some places. I would recommend the hotel as good value and good quality food and drinks were not watered down like at some all inclusives in fact measures were very generous but I am not sure I would return only because was more of a family resort and not a good atmosphere in the evenings for couples and younger people. Think it is offically a 3* hotel but i would say is a 4* as very clean and food is very good standard.
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- Albir Garden Apartments Hotel l`Alfas Del Pi
- Albir Garden Resort Costa Blanca, Spain