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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 ...
... Volvo in Spain.
It is much harder to live here without a car, although there is a great tram system a few hundred meters from our home, it only travels the coastline so other destinations are difficult. And the bus system is less frequent and of course not as widespread as the Swedish system.
So...the "carless" Nilbrinks now own a Volvo. We were working with a broker to purchase a ...
... weeks prep and here we are touring Spain,Portugal and France for approx. 5months in our motorhome. We Took the ferry from Portsmouth to Santander, drove through The Rioja area and headed towards Barcelona and now heading South vaguely following the coast for now.
Thankfully not all of this coast is like Benidorm and we are currently in ...
... 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 ...
... pretty little town where Mike discovered that he would like to die buried in a pile of French food...and French pastries...and French wine. Weirdly although I was on a quest to eat my way through Europe I am not a fan of French food...I know right? What a weirdo. From there we were off to Miramas to start our first workstay in France. So far it has been fun but more on that in the next instalment haha. Later Spain! ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Gran Hotel Bali Benidorm
Ignorant staff who only serve the spanish and ignore the british completely. The food was awful and the service at reception appalling (it took 45 mins to check in!!!!) Room comfortable, and nice bathroom. Enterntainment only for spanish with loud salsa music (the same evry night) till 11pm, and no entertainment in english!!! stay away if u want a nice meal and good service!!
Half Term Holiday
Excellent Hotel, really good value for the time we went. Very comfortable spacious rooms. Good food & value for money/reasonably priced bar/drinks. Only downside was entertainment, not catering for children at all & mostly Spanish! Staff were also sometimes a bit 'brash'.
Liked the Gran Bali
Just arrived back from Gran Hotel Bali (Feb) weather ok, hotel fantastic, a visit to the top is a must! Food good but needs to have more variety daily instead of same food each day of each week. Hotel definitely 4*, very clean and staff were pleasant. Hotel deserves to be in a more luxurious place than Benidorm.
Well i never
Well i would have never have belived it. What a Hotel. This is on the standerds of many US hotels. We went shortly after it opened and again last year. Off again in few days. It is very easy to find ( think you can see it from the airport lol ) and its not one of these big ugly hotels it is well impressive. So clean you cant belive it. Rooms are big and well laid out If you are planning a trip to Benidorm this is the hotel to use. I have tried over 20 local hotels and not one comes close to the very high standerds set here. One last thing The staff are so so helpfull and very polite. Gary Coventry England
November 2003 The hotel was excellent with the staff willing to help in any way possible. I am not sure what people expect in a 4 star hotel, but you won't get any better. The hotel is new and modern and has become part of the tourist route. The outside lifts and rooftop views on the 45th floor were unbelievable. We stayed for one week full board.
Gran Bali was fantastic. Fabulous architecture, Rooms were spacious, interior lacks character but is good if you are into glass and chrome and marble. Comfortable beds, good service from bar, reception, restaurant staff. Varied entertainment of a fairly high standard and lots of fun entertainment for the kids through the day at the hotel itself. Would have been nice to have a "romantic" restaurant/bar, seemed a bit Butlinsy to us and very busy/noisy whatever time you went. Bus to Benidorm cheap and frequent with all night service also. Pools and beaches lovely and clean, rooms a bit dusty but otherwise clean. Give the wee beach to the left a miss this was a huge disappointment as it was very dirty. Levante and Poniente beaches are the best there. Hotel food was generally good but be prepared for a couple of nights of not so much variety. We had a fantastic week there and would recommend the Gran Bali, the lifts are great! Enjoy.
My holiday at Gran Hotel Bali
I went to Gran Hotel Bali for 1 week. The architecture and design was of a high standard and looked very nice(especially the glass lifts built outside on the hotel and the veiw from the roof!!!)but the entertainment and food was very poor and not of a 4* hotel standard.There was not much choice of food and there wasn't that much entertainment.
Myself and five girlfriend visited the Gran Bali in Benidorm for a long weekend for a "girly mini break". We had booked on the web site and when we arrived we were all so shocked at how poor the standard of the rooms were. The web site had totally misrepresented the standard we expected and after 2 hours of (polite) arguing we were given an extra room free so we could spread out a bit more. In additon to this I will also mention that the air conditioning was totally inadequate.The food was OK, but I was glad we were only dining there for breakfast and lunch - and believe me three days was enough of their food. The pool area, even though quite nice was so cramped. There just wasn't enough space for the number of rooms in the hotel. We ended up going down to the beach instead to get some elbow room. In the end the girls made the best of the holiday but I was relieved I hadn't arrived their with my fiance for our two week holiday together. The Lesson - DON'T BELIEVE ALL THE HOTEL DISPLAYS ON THE WEB SITE.
June 2003 holiday
Hotel a great experience. Above average food and very nice rooms. The dining rooms were very noisy with the Spanish family's. You must go up in the outer lifts to the 43rd floor and then go up the steps to the viewing area outside it is one fantastic sight! The pools were very busy with the Spanish familys but most of the area surrounding the 2 pools are used up with tables and chairs. Overall the hotel was very good and clean. Around the area was quiet and bars spotted here there and everywhere.....you have to find them ! Finestrat bay is very nice but in about 5 years will be very busy. as there is a lot of building going on. We only paid 250 pounds for the week at the hotel so we think it was worth every penny. Good luck .
Stayed at the Gran Hotel Bali, la Cala, nr Benidorm during the first week in June. Was a surprise holiday, organised by my husband. When I prised out the fact that our destination was Benidorm, my heart sank. I had visions of tatooed. beer bellied louts singing their ' 'ear we go, ear we go' anthems. Driving in our hired car from Alicante airport, the Gran Hotel Bali phallically dominates the Western sky line of Benidorm (thus easy to find). Outside is an impressive line up of international flags, and red carpeted steps. The reception area is a cleaning fanatics dream with acres of spotless glass and polished floors. A luggage room was useful and provided us with somewhere to ditch heavy cases whilst our room was prepared. The room had two double beds (bliss, for a decent nights sleep) and a pull out sofa (which would have sufficed for our two kids - if we hadn't dumped them at Granny's). It was cleaned quickly and efficiently daily. The food was excellent - table linen (a rarity these days) buffet style, with an incredible choice of salads, fish, meat, bread and mouthwatering deserts. There was a variety of sparkling, blue pools, with plenty of sun loungers. Drink prices were reasonable and staff were friendly and efficient. The spa suite was entertaining as I attemped to book us in for a relaxation package. As the receptionist spoke no English - I walked away unsure of what I had booked us in for (thought a bikini wax for the old man could be entertaining!) Evening entertainment provided a good variety of acts - we saw 'Michael Jackson' and 'Tom Jones' aka Niti Colsa - a born Crooner to delight the over 50's. A beautiful powdery sandy beach was 300m away, with plenty of nearby bars and restaurants if you fancied checking out the local district. We had a fantastic time - the hotel is an architectural piece of art and the service standards are impressively high. Loved the fact that the neon lights 43 floors up changed colour each night. It's the attention to detail that really makes this hotel. We e to maintain the standards. This place has transformed my view of Benidorm.