Hotel Onasol Mar Blau
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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 ...
... us) right by the beach alongside a boardwalk. A great location slightly marred by the continual presence of the looky-looky men touting fake Ray Ban sunglasses and other stuff. These guys must have really bad memories because you'd say no to their offer and seconds later they'd ask again! Once again the weather was incredibly hot so it was a relief to finish lunch and get ...
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 ...
... range into the next, with the last of the snow still clinging to the highest peaks. These dramatic ranges were broken from time to time by large plains and arid stretches of landscape. We still marvelled at the white washed villages and the old forts that sit atop so many of the hills. We were so pleased that we had the freedom of a vehicle which enabled us to enjoy it.
Reaching the coast just north of Alicante we passed through the lovely villages of ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Onasol Mar Blau Benidorm
Great value for money
this is a wonderful hotel with a location that cannot be beaten.....we have stayed in five star hotels throughout europe and I can tell you that value for money this takes some beating......the staff are helpful and the room was excellent with a sea view. the food was very good and the dining room ambience good for this type of holiday hotel......we were the only british in the hotel which for us is a bonus. if you want a hotel in a great position with good staff and good food give this a try......if we had not bought a place whilst over in spain this time we would stay time and time again.......this is a three star hotel.
peter stebbings south wales uk
A hidden gem
A hidden gem, recommended for couples or older holidaymakers (not recommended for children).
Opposite Dove Park and the beach, a superb location.
Have stayed at the Mar Blau now for 3 years running and will be going back in September.
Always pay a little extra and get a sea view room as the view is stunning. Have been lucky enough to get room 701 which is a larger room than the rest and has 6 doors out onto the large balcony, have also stayed in 502 and 504 which have smaller balconies but still a great view. Ask for 5th floor or above on booking.
Food is adequate, sometimes really nice, sometimes bland but enough to suit most tastes. Have never had to wait for a table and drink prices very reasonable.
Staff very friendly and they remember you from previous bookings, especially the barman and 'John' on the front desk from 23:00 overnight (most nights) he lived in America so has an American Spanish accent.
The roadworks outside have returned in May and one night they had a permit to work through the night which was not fun (however you can't blame the hotel for this).
For the price and location this is a great place to stay, tends to be full of older Spanish holidaymakers but that is good as no horrible screaming kids running riot!!!
As this is in the old town it is very handy for all the gay bars in Benidorm as they are all within a 5-10 minute walk. I would also say that the hotel staff are gay friendly as we have never had any problems/comments staying there.
Would have been top marks just the food brings it down a mark.
What a little Gem
We stayed at the Mar Blau until 1st April and we were really delighted , the rooms were well decorated and equipped and the view was out of this world, the whole world passed by keeping everyone occupied.
The food was excellent, with plenty of choice there was something to please everyone. All the staff were warm and welcoming and nothing was too much trouble for them.
It is only a small hotel and to expect all that a larger hotel would provide is really not reasonable but there was always a drink and interesting conversation to be had in the small Lounge.
We cant wait to return even though there are at the moment some road works quite near. They did not spoil our enjoyment of this little Gem.
A great little hotel
My wife and I stayed at the Mar Blau from February 12-18 and read the previous review with disbelief. Yes, there were roadworks in front of the hotel and extensive renovation taking place at the property immediately next door, but this did not spoil our stay.
At £233 for six nights full board for two people in a room with balcony and a wonderful sea view, the hotel represented incredible value for money.
The food was excellent - an extensive cold buffet or hot breakfast with (variously) fried, boiled or scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, mushrooms, tomatoes, fried bread and baked beans; at lunch, three courses with four choices of hot main dish plus cold buffet; same story at dinner, but an entirely different menu. During our stay only two hot main courses appeared twice. There was everything from roast beef and pork cooked with apples, to moussaka, tagliatelle with oregano, tortellini, beefburgers with onions, roast chicken and turkey, steak and kidney pie, calves' liver, beef in red wine, Spanish omelette and fish of several varieties. And as for all those chips the previous reviewer had to endure, we must conclude that he or she bypassed the boiled, mashed and baked potatoes, the diced and fried potatoes, the wafer thin potatoes baked with parmesan, the Princess potatoes and other variations beyond recall. And there were sweets to die for, fresh fruit, cheese and biscuits. The house Rioja, at 6.5 Euros a bottle, would suit the most discerning palate.
The hotel has a great position - just across the road from the beach and a few minutes' walk from the old town with shops and bars to suit every taste and pocket. On the doorstep you could mix with the Brits at The Harbour View, Jarrow Lad or Coach and Horses, or wander a few hundred yards in the opposite direction to a truly old fashioned Spanish bar where no-one spoke English and the owner, or someone in his immediate family, appeared to have a long past playing connection with one of the nation's famous football clubs.
This was our first visit to Benidorm. The weather was great during the day - generally warm and sunny - but cold in the evening. It is a place with something for everyone and probably best seen at this time of year when it is at its most relaxed. For more hustle and bustle and plenty of nightlife choose the Levante side of the resort, for a quieter and altogether more Spanish feel, pick the Poniente. If we go back we would certainly return to the Mar Blau. It is a great little hotel which will suit anyone who appreciates simple style, efficient service, good food and a superb location - at a price which would be hard to beat anywhere.
This was our fourth year in benidorm but our first time in the mar blau. Never again, we paid for a sea view to watch the three kings, only to find the road dug up outside with workmen there every day all day. The hotel did not warn us of this prior to arrival. We were in room 104 or 103, I cant remember now, but when upstairs had a bath the water came through to our bath via the ceiling!! I informed reception, however there was no other rooms available. Then after 4 mornings of the kitchen banging on the wall at 7am I could not take any more! I demanded to be moved, we were then put in a room at the rear of the hotel, which was quiet, and much better than the sea view front rooms. The food was very disappointing, I was very fed up with chips and fish. Also there isnt enough tables for all of the hotel therefore you have to sit in the bar and wait. We usually stay in the Torre Dorrada and that is where we will go in the future. It is further to travel, but the hotel is 100 % better than the mar blau. Be warned!
Small Hotel with a Big Heart
My husband and I have just returned from a week at the Hotel Mar Blau in Benidorm. We went with an open mind as to what the Mar Blau would be like, as it is only listed as a 2 star hotel. We were pleasantly surprised and in our opinion is worthy of more than its 2 star rating. Situated in an ideal position by the harbour, it is only a very short walk away from the old town and its many shops, bars etc., and there is no noise at night. It is well worth booking a sea view, as the views are magnificent, the harbour to one side and the stretch of Poniente beach to the other. We understood from other guests that the views from the rooms facing the back were pretty dismall. The food in the hotel was varied and really very good, although on the odd occasion it perhaps could have been a little warmer. If we didn't fancy the choices of hot food, there was always a good selection of salads. We never went away hungry. Quite the opposite, in fact. The rooms were clean and quite spacious and the staff, especially the barman, were very helpful,friendly,polite and altogether lovely people. Entertainment was very limited, probably because the bar area itself, although charming, was quite small. A few nights a week there would be bingo and also some nights a keyboard player.All in all, a nice place to sit and relax after a day of long walks.
We have booked to go back to the Mar Blau in April. To summarize, a lovely little hotel, first class situation, good and plentiful food and very welcoming and friendly staff - what more could you ask?
Room with a view
would definetly recommend paying for room with sea view couldn't get one last time we went and was put in room at back of hotel overlooking skips and rubbish bins the bins were emptied most nights about 1am. would love to return but only if had sea view otherwise would find somewhere else to stay.
Benidorm,s best kept secret
Four star rooms with a 2 star label. Super service - balcony sea view rooms worth the extra for terrific views and all day sun (Jan 2005). Only small bar but dining room and food quality good.Super staff. Handy for old town.
my husband and i stayed at the mar blau for a week in may 2004 after booking via the internet and flying with easyjet. the hotel was worth more than a 2*. we payed extra for a sea viewand were straight across the road from the beach. our room was cleaned every day and were given fresh towels. the staff were very friendly and because it was a small hotel you got to know everyone. we were full board and enjoyed every meal which was buffet style. the clientel were mostly spanish or scandinavian,but were very friendly.we booked this hotel just outside of the old town on the poinent beach to be near my sister who had booked an all inclusive 3* hotel with 40 people from her village in ireland which was around the corner from us , needless to say she was dissapointed in her hotel the fenicia and jealous of our room and views we would definetly book there again and enjoyed staying in this part of benidorm.
Our first winter holiday
This was our first experience of a winter (2002) holiday abroad, and our also our first time in full board. We decided that a holiday was our best option after a family tragedy earlier in the year, and found this hotel while surfing for bargain holidays. Our first impression on arriving in Benidorm was one of trepidation on seeing all the high rise blocks, but we already knew the Mar Blau was only eight floors high. We were delighted to see on our arrival that we were just a few steps away from the beach, although we hadn't planned any beach activities considering it was only a week till Christmas
We were met at reception by smiling, friendly staff, given our keys and directed to our rooms. As we had arrived at lunchtime, and after a very early start to our day, we quickly secured our luggage in our rooms and headed down to the restaurant. There we were greeted by the waitresses, and shown to a table. The meals are self service hot and cold buffet style, with plenty of choice for everyone. The menu was never repeated during our 14 night stay, although similar foods were on offer, it was never exactly the same. Christmas dinner was amazing, eight courses, all served at the table by the helpful staff. Later that day, the evening meal was available even after such a hearty lunch. There is also a small bar situated in a large non-smoking sitting area with another sitting area to the side for those who wished to smoke.
Entertainment was arranged a few nights a week, mostly a Spanish singer during our stay. We sat and listened for a while on our first night, then ventured out to see what we could find.
The rooms couldn't be described as spacious although they are big enough, but as we consider our room as only a place to sleep, it didn't really matter. The beds were very comfortable, and extra blankets were available in the wardrobe if required. The bathroom was well equipped and roomy, and one point we noted was their policy of changing only the used towels which helped save energy and pollution I suppose. The bedroom consisted of two single beds, a built-in wardrobe and a dresser, on which sat the television. On the balcony a white plastic table and two chairs, and an excellent view of the beach.
The hotel itself is situated just a few hundred yards from the "old town" with it's many shops, cafe's and bars. We enjoyed exploring the narrow streets and every day brought a surprise as we found something new.
We are seriously considering returning this year now that we have an idea what to expect, and would recommend this hotel to all who wish a quiet holiday away from the main night life that Benidorm provides.