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Travel Blogs from Benidorm
It is surprising how quickly the time flies by! We've been busy and finally it feels good to have some time to be at home and relax a bit. Even some time for blogging!
We've returned to our mountain hiking group. We feel so fortunate to have joined this lively group of walkers. Lead by Bill and Roger who organize the routes and meeting points ...
... model with warranty coverage. We even bid on one vehicle but it sold for more than our target price so on Friday we visited the local Volvo dealer to see what they had for resale.
I think we found a wonderful car. An XC60 2.4D. Large enough for comfortable road trips and airport pickups (room for luggage!) And of course good for any IKEA trips (hopefully not many more for us! LOL).
... place called Oliva parked up just behind the sand dunes and no high rise in sight. Flat enough for us to go on some good bike rides. This week we have experienced 25 degrees and 14 degrees which is at least better than the UK and the floods there!
not many photos but that will change once I've got used to this iPad thing and sorted out the map pin
... walked to a nearby restaurant for dinner. It was after 20:00 but true to Spanish habits we were the first diners through the door. It has been a long day for us and we were happy to have a simple dinner before returning home.
True to form the next morning we had a magnificent sunrise. We love waking to our seaside view.
In the next few days we will get settled, enjoy some walking and reconnecting with friends and neighbors. We're happy in ...
Alicante was a nice way to end our time in Spain. After we got a wheel chair sorted out we walked down to see the castle (I want to say it was called St. Helena but I'm not positive) and then hit the boardwalk near the sea. It was pretty cold and deserted down there but we did stumble on a huge pirate ship/bar that made Mike very happy (see picture of him on a throne). The trip to the castle also got us thinking that ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Dynastic Hotel Benidorm
10 of us went on a hen party weekend. Upon arriving at the hotel we were impressed by the cleanliness of the hotel and the rooms themselves. All very modern fittings. The entertainment was rubbish but we made our own! Staff in the bar worked very hard to serve you quickly but sometimes were a bit understaffed. Overall we enjoyed the weekend but would not recommend Benidorm as a holiday as the place is very dirty and extremely built up. Upon arriving at the airport on the way home to buy duty free we discovered that two our our party had all of their money taken from their purses (approx £120) having left their purse in the room on the last night. Would thoroughly recommend that you use a safe. Bit of a let down to the end of a great weekend.
Watch out for people stealing cash and items from your rooms
We went there on a hen weekend and we have appeared to have various items go missing from our rooms which seemed parculiar. Money stolen out our purses, various creams went missing. They appeared to rifle through our clothes to see what was in them. It also appeared that the reception could open your room door remotely. The man at reception was awful.
Not Up To Expectations Of A 4 Star Hotel
My husband a i stayed here for a week in Feb,an experience not to do again.The bar and hotel was full of noisy Northern folk who could only drink all day and make a considerable amount of noise.At the weekend you are invaded by the Spanish folk who take over and again make a lot of noise.It is not in a very good position and unless you drink a lot and swear as well i would give it a miss.Where it gets the 4 star rating i do not know,2 would be a bit nearer the mark.Holiday quite a lot but this is a no in our books.
We (my and husband and son aged 7) stayed here in the February half term. The hotel was very clean, staff were friendly and was very quiet considering. Our room was lovely and spacious although the English channels on the tv did not work, after speaking to the receptionist 3 times it was finally fixed and a bowl of fresh fruit was left in our room to say sorry. We went all inclusive and had no complaints about the food and drinks, although it must be a nightmare in the summer. The entertainment throughout the day consisted of skittles, rifle shooting (over 18 only), pool competitions and darts. The evening entertainment consisted of bingo, wild west party (for adults with drinking games)flamenco dancers and music until 12. I do agree with one comment about the indoor pool being closed in the afternoon 3-5pm especially when there is no entertainment on at these time, and also we were told that we had to wear swimming hats! (my husband has more hair on his body than on his head). The hotel was full of English people which was nice as the entertainment was in English.(they translate from spanish if there are any spanish holidaymakers) Our last day they opened the piano bar (there was a note on the door to say no children allowed)and the hotel became over run with Spanish who all thought they owned it!! Overall its a lovely hotel if you go at the right time of the year!!
We stayed at Dynastic for xmas 2005 the room was lovely (family room)although other people said twin rooms were small, the staff were also lovely but entertainment was terrible especially for xmas, bingo and reps playing games near every night. Nothing between 3pm and 5pm to do for the kids especially. Pool shut between this time while outside swimming club came in and used it, i was discusted by this and complained as some nights when it re-opened swimming club still using it and hotel guests were having to use one lane for kids and one lane for adults which is terrible when your paying alot of money for xmas period. The drinks at the hotel are also the weakest ive ever had in a hotel and people were complaining alot about this, one woman who asked for stronger local drink was told she had to pay, she ran a hotel herself and was disscusted so much so she had a meeting with depoty director but got no satisfaction. We found this hotel has nice rooms etc but guests do not get most from it, pool shutting at peak times when people want to use it and 8 year old daughter saying she was bored done it for us. Main entertainment area to small for amount of people there, piano bar was also shut over xmas period but had xmas party for spanish firm in there. We have stayed in many 4 star hotels and i would not stay here or reccomend it again, i would reccomend Flamingo oasis, did tell staff i was putting it on internet.
We stayed at the Dynastic for a week in Middle November 2005. Location is quite good being about 5-7 minutes walk from beach and very close to lots of shops, bars, etc.
Stayed at the Hotel Dynastic from the 16th to 23rd of July.
spotless hotel, rooms great, lovely meals and really nice resturant staff. a few teething problems but nothing that wasnt fixed quickly. i would definatly recomend this hotel and will hopefully return.
YOU CANT GO WRONG
The Dynastic had only been open for 3 weeks when we arrived but what a pleasure it was to stay there.Rooms were obviously spotless but plenty of room and the best shower i ever had in an hotel.There was a problem with the air con in our room but they found us another room.Food was good and plentiful and the occasional special request was no problem for the chefs. Pool area very good and staff very helpful. A couple of minor teething problems were soon resolved. Some discreet work going on while we were there to finish off bits and pieces but nothing to complain about.Entertainment was ok,but not brilliant. The Dynastic is an excellent hotel to stay in and close to the beach and we had a super weeks stay.
brand new hotel with teething problems(lifts breaking down, poor entertainment ie friday night BINGO!!!) food was okay, good location but not on par with rival hotels within a stone throw. Was clean and tidy but had to queue at the bar one person serving whilst it was 3 deep seemed to be the norm. as I say it was clean and handy but below par by a bit for a four star.