My initial impression of the Voramar was one of disappointment. For a start my 'additional requests' had been ignored, or at least they could not be fulfilled. I only asked for a non-smoking, double not twin and higher floor room and received a smoking (judging by the ashtrays and smell) twin bed room on the first floor room.
Granted, there is a floor below but that was definitely the ground floor with rooms that open directly onto part of the outdoor patio area, so I imagine in Summer when the patio is filled with drinkers and diners enjoying a drink, chat, meal and cigarette just a few metres from the Mediterranean sea waves crashing gently onto the shore, it might be a bit noisy for anybody wishing to get some sleep before the early hours.
Apart from that. The reception was... er brusque, I guess would be the correct word!
In the course of the evening I was surprised by the lack of choice in the restaurant according to the menu that was on display at the seating station and a little surprised the team in the Cafe downstairs did not have a good grasp of English! Now I know that sounds a little old school colonial but I do not mean it that way. I was in Spain for the first time in twenty years and had decided to come just 36 hours earlier, else I would have at least found a phrase book and tried hard )))
Anyway... at the end of my first evening, I was of the opinion that, should I write a review, I would give one star... as you can see,, I have given more )))
My reasoning is this. The hotel does not even pretend to be a five star establishment. In my opinion, it could be with some investment, but heh, it isn't. It is a perfectly decent three star hotel though.
It is dated, the doors have to be slammed shut but then, this is not summer yet and the doors are made of wood. maybe they close more easily in the long dry summer.
Not to mention, the restaurant does actually have a better selection, but I did not see the two metre high poster until I was leaving the hotel. So... maybe it's just they are not too hot on marketing themselves. Certainly there was none of the usual hotel information in the room, I mean nothing, except something about charges for the telephone.
As you'll see from my photos, the rooms are wood heavy and it looks as though the sea air has taken its toll, but the room is still functional even if the mattresses are a little solid, good for the spine... right? and the LCD screen is a bit of an antique, but I was on holiday... in Spain... *next* to the Mediterranean sea... who needs a TV!! Although I was curious quite how part of the TV in my room had melted, but I just assumed some freak accident!
For a room with a minibar and a hammock I was a tad surprised to find the minibar contained just four bottles of water, one for each night of my stay I assumed, and the hammock was somewhat conspicuous by its absence. Given the size of the hammocks (when looking at neighbouring rooms) I would like to have seen the suitcase it left in!! But a replacement was quickly brought to my room, not as cool looking as the originals, but functional. The verbal instructions I was treated to were excellent, probably, but as they were delivered in Spanish I found it fun trying to follow, anyway, how hard could it be to get in a hammock )))
There is a safe in the room. Cool!
And when I left, the nice girl at reception was very helpful. She helped arrange a taxi for me and stored my luggage for later in the day, all with a wonderful warm and helpful demeanour.
But what really wins it for this hotel. What is really worth staying here for and worth ignoring any of the minor irritations is this... it is *on* the beach. You can step out of bed and be swimming in less than two minutes! And at night, the sea air and the sound of the waves lapping the beautiful sandy shore just outside the window are soporific in the extreme. It is incredible to have such beautiful sounds, sights and fresh air to enjoy and yet these very things send you into a deep a relaxed sleep! It was unfortunate that I had a number of neighbours that tried really hard to actually party all night, but even they were no match for these natural sleeping pills!
Couple of minor bugbears. It seems the housekeeping smokes during making up the room, either that or there is a serious plumbing problem in the hotel, I suspect the former is more likely.
The bath is only a bath for those around 1.5 metres, but the shower is fine. Mildew on the bottom of the shower curtain... I can even live with that because of the view!!
Breakfast was included and is fine. You might have to rush to get the bacon and eggs and peculiarly there are no potatoes available! And you'll need to get a crash course in working the coffee/tea machines and you might need to learn how the orange squeezer works but it is not rocket science )) And the toaster is cool, in a design way that is ))
Bottom line. I'd go back, certainly during low season the weather is great and the beaches empty.
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- Also Known As:
- Voramar Hotel Benicasim
- Voramar Hotel Spain/Benicasim