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... the life style of the bourgeoisie of early last century.
It is not the bustling frenzy of some modern resorts, the pace is slower which is what we like, no seedy nightclubs and drunken youths in your face like the early days of ' the Spanish resort'!!!
It has a calm to it.
A lovely sunset on our last evening.
Farewell to Benicassim we could be back next ...
... s why this year I'd decided to "test the water" a bit by travelling alone to Chiang Mai, Thailand for two weeks in November 2012. Everyday I'd talk to people about their travelling experiences and get some advice from them. I don't know if I was surprised or not, or maybe I was not expecting it, but people are so willing to help a fellow traveller out. Even though I wasn't travelling anywhere myself.
So far ...
... not for much longer. You see, we're now very motivated to learn more. Lars and I are making an offer on an apartment here on Playa Muchavista.
Our hope is to spend a least six months in Europe, five here in Spain and one month in Sweden. In our search for a Spanish home we want to be near the sea. If all goes according to plan we will ...
... the doors to open to receive a number that allowed us to stand or sit in another area waiting for that number to give us access to the official who would either give us forms or look at the forms we had already filled in before they gave us another form which needs to be taken to a bank for payment of a fee and returned with a photo and copies of our passport before noon....so that we can then return the next day at 1 pm ...
... the 170 steps.
Elche's modern industry is the manufacturing of shoes.There are more than 1000 footware factories in the area. The city is 11 km from the sea and after our morning visit we drove to Santa Pola for lunch near the harbor.
It was a lovely day trip and one we will surely recommend to visitors!
Here are a few photos.
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Eurostars Lucentum Alicante
Very Good Hotel
We stayed 3 nights at this great hotel. Reasonably large modern room with huge bed and well fitted bathroom. Well located just yards from the bars, restaurants and nightlife of Alicante. We paid only 60 Euros per night without breakfast which was good value. Happy to recommend this good quality 4 star hotel.
Lovely weekend break
My husband and myself booked a cheap flight to Alicante from our local airport and after reading reviews decided on staying at the Hesperia Lucentum. The hotel reception staff were extremely friendly and helpful. We were given a high floor room, as we had requested on booking, and were not disappointed. The room was large with a comfortable bed and had a beautifully designed bathroom with a good powerful shower. The weather in Alicante that weekend was extremely pleasant (19 - 21 degrees) ,however, this did mean that the room was quite warm because the air condition was not working (It is winter in Alicante too even if the weather decided it wasn't) and we needed to open the window when we were in the room, which of course then resulted in us hearing quite a lot of noise from outside the hotel. The only other fault was that only coffee was kept hot and available at breakfast. They did have a pot of water on a heater for making tea but unfortnately decided not to turn it on for the 3 days we were there and they also decided no one would want the bread toaster on either. So my advice is if you like a cup of tea in the morning take a travel kettle. All in all this hotel was a good choice though and I would stay there again
The hotel was about 10 minutes walk from the Harbour and beach, which was lovely and we spent most of the weekend enjoying the sun and people watching, in fact, I came home after 3 days with a tan - bonus!
Stayed here last week of december with my family of 8. The location is excellent, about a 10-15 minute walk to the esplanade. Of course, in the Summer you might want to be closer to the beach, but it really is a nice walk through town, and you get to see all the restaurants and businesses,etc. It is across the street from the central market. We walked everywhere from this location easily. There is convenient parking in the underground public garage.
The hotel is modern and clean and the rooms are spacious with modern bathrooms. There is even a micro sized workout area on the 11th floor, with one treadmill, one weight machine, and a hot tub and sauna.
The buffet cost 12euro, and while it goes until 10:30 AM, they don't stock it as well toward the latter half, as things run out, so try to get there before 9:30. On our 3rd and final day there, the waitress had anticipated our arrival and had already pushed tables together for our large group. The service in the hotel is excellent. I would definitely stay here again.
Good business hotel
This is a smart upmarket business hotel. And heavily caters for such clientele.
But if you are a causal tourist, don't be put off. It will suit you too.
The Spanish are laid back, so there is little pretension, and the hotel is smoothly run, and obviously new with marble galour!
I too arrived by taxi a cheap 14 euros from the airport. I wouldn't get the bus after plane flight unless I had too. Nice taxis, and helpful drivers.
Alicante is a small, prosperous Spanish city. And is enjoyable to walk around, shop and eat in. It has the usual Ramblas typical of southern coastal spain ( and Barcelona of course!), coffee, seafood etc.
I stayed on the 7th floor, the check in was seamless, I found the room very easily.
The room was minimalist and modern. But very functional clean and nice.
Beds were comfy, my only problem was that the aircon is turned off in winter, and had the usual problem of dry warm air in the room ( with the aircon is would have been better). spain is still warm even in December, and the windows open only slighty, so the room got a little stuffy. Being in the centre of town the hotel does suffer noise. It was traffic heavy on the 7th floor, can't imagine what the 2nd floor facing the main road must be like.
Nonetheless, a lovely hotel, modern, right in the centre of town, handy for all shops public transport, and 10 mins downhill to the seafront, which is awash with yachts and sandy beaches.
rambling a bit myself here, but have to say that the buffet is staggeringly good. A lot of care and love is put into this buffet by the chef and kitchen staff. You could eat till you pop ( 9 euros for all you want). Bacon, scrambled eggs, sausages, vegetables cooked in olive oil, cheeses, fresh breads, endless coffee, lots of fresh juices, cakes, cereals, all is massive supply ( well Iarrived just after it opened). wow what a breakfast buffet! I can't stress how good it is, do what I did. Arrive early, and enjoy!
Anyway, good hotel.
Next time I am going to go for a sea-view hotel next tot he beach for a change.
But I did really like this hotel.
Just returned yesterday from a quick one night trip to Alicante.
I`ve booked the Hesperia Lucentum by the hotels website, 72,83 EUR B&B after reading some positive reviews here and saw pix of the property.
First of all, if you arrive by plane, the public transport between the airport and the city is not well managed.
A local bus with stops at nearly every corner, travel time around 45 minutes, departure every 40 minutes, that means, first time in a new city, worst case two hours.
Therefore I go by taxi, no problem with the driver, 14 EURO´s,
ok so far, around 15 minutes to go.
The hotel is located in the city center between the main shopping area and the old town, not far from the beach and also not far from the main attractions.
Check in at 11.30 am was no problem, I had a well designed, clean room on the 8th floor.
The bathroom was fitted with a bathtub/shower combination,
large enough for my needs.
I had view to the seafront, the rear side of the entrance, quiet and no noise from the room beneath, had a good sleep there.
Breakfast was buffet style, also ok.
The staff overall real friendly.
A good decision for my stay in Alicante.
Enjoyed the Hesperia Lucentum
This was a really pleasant hotel... modern, clean and stylish. The breakfast was great and the location was good. It's bit farther away from the beach than many of the other Alicante hotels (maybe 10-15 min), but the walk is enjoyable... right through town. At first I was disappointed not to be on the beach, but after a couple days appreciated this more central location. Overall, an excellent deal.
Well situated, modern and affordable. We stayed for 5 nights and had a very enjoyable stay. The rooms were spacious. The bathrooms were well fitted out with nice thick cut dark slate vanity unit tops, limestone wall tiles and nice dark porcelain tiled floors.
The air con was superb and this hotel actually has FREE WiFi. Yes FREE. We stayed in two other hotels in Valencia and they advertised FREE WiFi when in fact it was €14+ per 24hrs to use... I would advise you using your laptop in the hotel lobby as the signal fades(we were on the 4th floor), alternatively; pack a RG 45 lead and
directly link into the supply beside the TV (Im sure this would give a better signal).
Staff spoke English and were very helpful. Air Con was excellent. Pillow menu they advertise does not exist anymore.
Perfect location for getting the 90 cent each way bus to San Joan bach (25 mins away - bus numbers 21 and 22) - Drive to the end of the line - excellent brach with decent beach side resaurants for lunch.
I would go again to this Hotel. Thumbs up, book with confidence!
Super Hotel im Zentrum
Super Hotel im Zentrum von Alicante. Zu Fuss sind alle interessanten Plätze der Stadt in wenigen Minuten erreichbar. Sehr schöne, neue Ausstattung der Zimmer, sehr auber, drahtloses Internet gratis im ganzen Hotel, freundliches Personal. Top!
Great location, exceptionally good breakfast
Hesperia lucentum is one of the latest additions to Alicante's top-end hotel scene, and not a bad choice for a long weekend break.
Location is brilliant, everything is within walking distance; museums, bars and restaurants, shopping streets, and even the beach and the lovely harbour area.
The hotel is very design oriented, sometimes at the expense of practicality but also very spacious and comfortable. The breakfast is incredible and well worth the money !!!
The common areas (coffee bar, lounge) were a bit lifeless when we visited and there is no restaurant or room service as such. Luckily there's plenty of places around the corner for eating and drinking!
All and all a great base for exploring Alicante and the surrounding areas.
Great Hotel, Staff and Location
Spent 3 nights at the Hesperia Lucentum with my husband and 10 month old daughter while visiting friends in Alicante at the end of June 2006.
Location: Opposite Market and close to shops and restaurants. Short walk to club/disco area (sadly only got to see them in the daytime). Approx 10 minute walk to seafront and (busy) beach.
Rooms: Fairly spacious, well-decorated with a contemporary finish. Marvellous arctic-like aircon (much needed when outside temperatures are over 30C!). Bathroom had expensive-looking tiles in beige (walls) and deep grey slate (floor). Immaculately cleaned and provided with new linen every day (I think!). Lovely touch was the travel cot being made for our daughter with her toys carefully arranged at the top - very sweet!
Staff: Wonderfully friendly, even helped carry our cases from reception to the taxi at the end of our stay. Very quick to resolve the minor problem of the tv not working (mentioned it on the way out, sorted by the time we returned a few hours later)
Overall: Great, modern hotel - probably more suited to the business traveller than families (but perfect for us!) Could do with a bar but plenty nearby to make up for it.