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Travel Blogs from Benidorm
We have finally arrived at our destination and are now enjoying an evening on the terrace in Casa Verde! So far we have settled in, unpacked, spotted some geckos and mountain goats and began to think about our exciting plans for the next fortnight! Tomorrow we are all looking forward to starting off our sun tans in the sun of ...
Final full day in Alicante region. A nice relaxed start to the day with a visit to Benidoleig municipal swimming pool, which was modern and had a sort of garden area with trees for shade. Ali, Sue and I spent a couple of hours there topping up our tans then we all drove South to Calpe for a seafood lunch. Calpe is a largish town with some pretty beaches a lots of high rise ...
Another hot sunny day started with the, by now, customary freshly squeezed orange juice to accompany a healthy breakfast of Greek yoghurt and cherries. Ok, plus a croissant or two. We headed in Xabia, a fairly large town with a long, deep beach that, as this is now high season, was pretty crowded. A few weeks ago it was more or less empty. After drinks at one of the many bars and restaurants along the promenade we headed off to the quieter 'private' beach we went to ...
Nice slow start to the day. Freshly squeezed orange juice made from local oranges with fresh mango and pineapple, with croissant, jam and coffee. Heaven! Shortly after we headed to a local bodega to taste some wine. Then had a coffee in the pretty vine covered garden of a local restaurant. I do like Spanish coffee. Back to Casa Cronk to pack a picnic then off to their 'private' beach ...
... and to the right was a hillside awash with villas and of course between these picturesque book ends was the large expanse of beach. The soft cream sand had a sprinkling of coloured umbrellas and looking down into the azur waters we could see that there may even be some opportunity for snorkelling. It really didn’t take us long to decide we should stay another night…, and then another. While we did have to return the car in Barcelona around midday we checked out ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Avenida Benidorm
Nos alojamos en el Avenida del 11/10/05 al 18/10/05. Nos recomendaron este hotel y tengo que decir que me sentí impresionado al llegar, muy impresionado por el personal y la limpieza del hotel, pero el bar de la piscina nunca estaba abierto, así que, si quería una bebida, había que bajar seis plantas hasta el bar principal. El bar principal era el mejor que he visto, con asientos cómodos y no demasiado caro. Mi principal queja sería el comedor, que no era ni de lejos lo suficientemente grande; teníamos que hacer cola para tener mesa y, después, volver a hacer cola para comer. Creemos que no es aceptable para un hotel de cuatro estrellas. La comida era buena, pero no había la variedad suficiente. Estábamos en la primera planta, con vistas a la carretera, y podía llegar a ser muy ruidosa, especialmente los fines de semana (viernes y sábado).
Si os gusta el caso antiguo, tiene una ubicación ideal, pero nosotros no pensamos volver.
Mixed Feelings !
Just returned a few hours ago from our 1 week stay at the hotel, so all views fresh on our minds. Overall a great location for enjoying the "Non Blackpool" element that "Spanish" Benidorm has to offer. The hotel is very clean, the food is as bland as you will find, my advice is go for B&B, Not half board/Bored ! The local Tapas Bars in the vacinity are too good to miss, simply tremendous. The food in the hotel is of similar standard to ok/good works canteen food, dont be thinking it is Four Star Hotel food, because it is'nt. To be fair our holiday cost £365 each, [inc] Flights and Half Board, so good value for money, but not 4 star food. Hence my previous advice.
The noise outside at night is just ridiculous, the street cleaners are bitter and twisted souls who insist that everybody else is awake at 5am, seeing as they are too.
Take earplugs or insist on a room on as higher floor as possible.
You cant get a cup of tea or coffee with your evening meal in the restaurant, not hot water facilties as their are at breakfast time.
I would stay here again B&B only, will try another Old town hotel on my next visit, the Avenida isnt a bad hotel, especially if you are over 70 hard of hearing and have a desire for canteen food at its blandest ! Still good value though, after all you generally get what you pay for in this life...........Les & Seena 20th to 27th April 2006 Forty somethings !
A GOOD HOTEL
It would be hard to find fault with this hotel.
Due to its location, street noises are noticible in the early hours. The plus side is that it is central to both beaches, the old town, the bus station, and a 4 euro taxi ride back from the clubs at 2am.
Like all hotels is Spain, there is a no smoking policy in force
we stayed at the avenida from 11/10/05 to 18/10/05, this hotel was recomended to us and I must say was very impressed on arrival, very impressed with the staff and clenliness of the hotel, but the pool bar was never open so if you wanted a drink you had to come down six floors to the main bar. The main bar was the best I have seen lovely comfy seating and not overpriced. My main complaint would be the dineing room which was nowhere big enough, we had to queue for tables then queue again for meals, we didnt think this was acceptable in a four star hotel. Food was good but not enough selection.We were on the first floor overlooking the road and could be very noisy especially at the weekends(fri-sat).
If you like the old town its idealy situated but we will not be returning again.
Worth every penny!
We have just returned from a week in Benidorm where we stayed in the Avenida Apartments.
We booked thru (---) and paid less than £200 each!
The apartment was spotlessly clean, lounge/kitchen, all utensils, twin bedded room, wc, bath/shower room. Fresh towels every two days, clean linen every three days. Staff were very friendly and helpfull and were available 24/7. We were also able to use the facilities in the Avenida Hotel across the road.
We were right in the middle of Old Benidorm and yet at night we hardly heard a sound even though the center thrives with people, plenty bars and restaurants/cafe's.
The only complaint we had was the airport transfer company we used, "resorthoppa".
When we arrived in Alicante we sat in the bus, at the airport, for over 45minutes. It would seem they were waiting for other flights to arrive.
We finally got going after I phoned the company to complain about the delay.
On the way back was no better. We met a couple who had been waiting for the bus for over an hour! When it eventually turned up the driver said he only had 2 people to pick up at this stop! I think not.
Words in broken Spanish and English found another 3 couples on board.
Won't be using them again.
All said and done we really enjoyed our stay, the weather was excellent and the beer was good.
We'd recommend the Avenida Apertments to one and all.
On arrival at the Avenida apartments at 2am totally shattered the staff were very friendly the reception guy Paco was a nice man and helpful. When we got into our room we couldnt believe the size of it. 1 bed apartment you could swing a lion in it. seperate kitchen spotless. 1 problem the patio doors were left open and we had a vistor as Paco called him COCKAROACHIA. It freaked me out completely but it was sorted straight away and we got on with our holiday. You go aross the little road for the facilaties of the Avenida hotel roof top pool and juccuzi was fab veiws of beach and sea off the roof top terrace amazing and very close to beach too.
Lots of designer shops so take plenty money.The staff at the apartments were very nice and we got on with them all. Only problem I can say I really had was the fact of sunbeds werent enough of them or just too many germans who must of put the towels out the night before. all in all id definately go back and I promise any1 reading this review you will like it too.
8 Day stay In march 2005
This hotel is owned by the Ona Sol chain of hotels in Benidorm.
We had stayed at the Mar Blau hotel (also part of the Ona Sol chain) twice before. We have visited Benidorm over 14 times.
We booked for the Mar Balu only to be told 3 days before arrival that this hotel was closed for building works. From the look of it when we passed, it looked like very major works.
We were transferred to the Avenida in the very centre of very busy bustling old town Benidorm. It is a 4 star hotel, stars possibly gained from having a small roof top pool and jacuzzi. It also has a small sauna and an exercise room. These are all very nice if they are the facilities you require.
The reception, lounge and bar are all very well presented, modern and clean.
The dining room is large but very cramped and busy at meal times. It reminded me of a bee hive as all the guests and staff bussled for space. The buffet service food was very safe but also very bland. Probably done to cater for all Nationalities and ages. What a shame there wasnt an opportunity to try some proper Spanish traditional food.Some of the dining room staff seemed in need of further training, something unusual to find in Spain. The bar tenders also seemed to lack charisma and interest in their work.
On arrival we were offered a room with no balcony. We had specifically asked at the Mar Blau for a balcony with sea view and had paid an extra premium for this so insisted we had a room at the Avineda with balcony. We found the recepionist to be very polite and friendly.
The rooms are not as smart and stylish as the public areas in the hotel. Not what I would expect for 4 star hotels but within the remit of style and standard for Benidorm. ie small things but things that matter, like only one plug point, no coat hooks apart from hanging things in the wardrobe and poor quality pillows.
Some rooms are larger than others and also have larger balconys. On one side they face towards the sea which can be seen on higher floors between the other buildings adjacent to the hotel.
Our room was small but adequate. It faced out onto the road at the side of the hotel. The district the hotel is in is very busy so if you're looking for a tranquil holiday this is definitely not the one for you. Don't forget your earplugs to sleep at night as the loud noise from the street cleaners and very merry party people goes on continually 24 hours a day.
There is a TV in the room. This only had one American news channel and a European sports channel in English. Very surprising considering the number of British guests the hotel caters for and also that the hotel's publicity information says it has more, eg. Turner Classic Movies. Even the local Benidorm channel was of unwatchable reception.
In conclusion, we had a very good stay in Benidorm, as it really is a great resort, with something for everybody, but we don't think we'd stay at this particular hotel again, there are better hotels to choose from.
A good base for the old town
31/03/2005 went on last minute deal '7nights] hotel very clean .staff helpful,has rooftop pool /gym[allfree]over looks sea one block back.can be noisy as set in main streets [corner block]food very varied drinks average price only main faults .cleaning staff have room on each floor next to rooms and can be abit niosy early morning but do agood job .would not advise staying there2 weeks before easter as have fallis[easter festibal] cannons fireworks let off at 0630 every 2 days , reception willingly will exchange rooms if availabel .bar very small and can get hot wnen entertainment on .near the harbuor 5 minutes walk worth going to
Great little hotel and worth the price
I have stayed twice at this hotel - basically because it is in the Old Town of Benidorm.
This year I spent my two weeks holiday there again after a two year break. My stay was from the 13 - 27 July 2004. On this visit I did have the luxury of a balcony which overlooked the square outside.
I rate this hotel as small and very friendly and the English and Spanish people seemed to get on bery well indeed.
My room was adequate and the staff were excellent - even the maid was so friendly because I attempted to speak a little spanish - try it and see how the Spaniards re act when you try to speak only a little of their language.
If and when I go to Benidorm I shall definitely try and book in at the Avenida - even though you may hear street cleaning in the morning - there are no drunken brawls outside which can so easily happen in the New Town of Benidorm
The Hotel Avenida is well located for the beach and the old town in Benidorm, we stayed from 29/6th/04 -- 13/7th/04. It has a small rooftop pool and a nice sun terrace, which during our stay was under used, if you are fair skinned and need a sunshade, beware! The shades on the roof are automatic, and controlled by windspeed, they spend more time wrapped up than they do providing shade. The Hotel is very secure and clean and well run, the staff are very friendly and helpful, We found the restaurant choice small, but there is a good gala dinner on friday evenings, there was music in the bar every night during our stay.
The Hotel has a number of its own Apartments opposite it, and if you book one of them you can use all the facilities of the Avenida, I think because of the limitations of the Resturant, this would be my preference on a return trip. There is satellite T.V. but the english channels are both 24 hour news, there is only one plug socket in the room we occupied which made things a little difficult, but it was quite big, with a large terrace-- some of the rooms do not have a terrace so check this when booking--Happy Holidays !