Hotel Sidi San Juan
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Sidi San Juan Alicante
A great experience
This review is a bit late, but I just thought I'd contribute since we couldn't find much information on this hotel when we were looking. We weren't sure what we were getting into, but our apprehension disappeared when we drove up to the entrance. The grounds looked like a tropical paradise, and staff rushed out to greet us upon arrival. The hotel is in a beautiful setting--palm trees, flowers, and directly on a beautiful beach (San Juan). Every room has a balcony with ocean view and glass doors that you can leave open to listen to the waves at night. Rooms are bright, airy, whitewashed, and very clean. Staff is very friendly (excellent turndown service). Beach was superb (workers were out at 6 am to clear all the seaweed), and not too busy during the week, but be warned, it's packed on weekends. There is also a great lounge/bar at the hotel surrounded by full-length windows with comfy couches and a live piano player. We didn't venture out of the hotel too much (too busy lying on the beach), so the only complaint I have was the food--the selection was not great, especially for vegetarians. We did find a nice Italian restaurant just up the road though, so we ate there a couple of times. Overall, would definitely stay here again. And don't miss the sunrise on the beach--it's absolutely stunning.
5 Star Hidden Gem
Enjoyed a 3 day Spa break at this fantastic little gem of a 5 Star Hotel. The hotel spa offers a variety of treatments which are reasonably priced. The staff were friendly and very helpful and the food (breakfast, lunch and dinner) was also fantastic. In particular the manu and the service in the a la carte restaurant was exceptional, 1st class. Also wonderful cocktails are available from the bar. Alicante itself is fairly unattractive and unimpressive, and the resort of San Juan even more so. But to come here to the Sidi for a short break is a real treat. All rooms face the sea and the beach is easily accessible via a few steps. Would recommend and will definitely return again hopefully soon. During our break Penelope Cruz was also staying at the Sidi, need I say more......!
A relaxing break
A very relaxing break in a hotel with all rooms facing the beautiful white sand and the Mediterranean sea. Clean and tidy rooms. Excellent breakfast eaten on the terrace - from smoked salmon to english breakfast and jamon and queso! Small pool with limited space around it but not a necessity with the beach so close and other private lawned areas with beds and parasols. Bar and lunch time snacks great but some pricey!
The hotel is surrounded by a mass of concrete to the rear but this is typical of the area. A car is not esssential as there is a nearby tram service and a regular shuttle bus to Alicante. The port in Alicante and the old town is well worth a visit and the old town of Altea is a must - especially for views, Tapas and Sangria!
Weekend in Alicante
Stayed with my wife in the Sidi San Juan Hotel 7 miles north of Alicante from 3rd March to 6th March 2006. Beautiful 5 star hotel set in the concrete jungle of San Juan. Weather was poor during our stay so we did'nt get the chance to use the adjoining vast beach. Luckily the hotel had a heated indoor swimming pool. We had booked the hotel Spa treatments for two days. As the spa is being refurbished these treatments took place in another part of the hotel. We were ofered extra treatments as the whirlpool and sauna were unavailable. Staff were very kind and helpful, we got lots of attention as the hotel was almost empty. Alicante and San Juan have little to attract people - all the high rise that spoils Spain. Our feelings on the hotel - great service, friendly staff, nice room, lovely food, expensive bar prices (Remy Martin 12 Euro), unlovely surroundings. We would not visit this part of Spain again but enjoyed the hotel and internal facilities.
Nice hotel, beautiful view, boring environment
Stay there for a pre-spring weekend mid of february. Nice Hotel. All rooms have ocean view, the staff is friendly and the food ist delishes, the atmosphere is rather coldly, the waiters fast but impersonal. We had a non smoking room, this smelled nevertheless smoked.
On our room (4th floor), we have free WLAN Access. Not shure if is from the hotel or a neighbour with open network.
We was a little disappointed, because the spa was under construction without any notice on the time of booking. I recommend to reconfirm all the activities, which you would like to use.
The environment of the hotel is rather ugly. The are a lot of renovation-needily multistoried buildings, and we found no nice restaurants within walking distance. If you like fast food, there are a lot of restaurants on the beach.
All in all the stay was o.k., perhaps is more beautiful it in the summer-time.
Terrific location we would definately stay again
Have just returned from a one week stay at this hotel. The location, some 10 - 15 minutes drive from Alicante centre, was perfect as far as we were concerned. The room had a sea view (as I believe they all do)and we were lucky enough to be on the top floor. The hotel is situated right on the beach. Although it's not the cheapest hotel, for us the location made it a perfect choice. We didn't eat in, apart from the included breakfast buffet, which had an enormous choice. The hotel provided a shuttle service every hour or so (breaking for siesta time of course) to Alicante from 8.30 am until 10 pm. The garage parking is expensive 9 euros a day (I thought it was free when we booked as there was no mention of charges that I could see on their web site)so be prepared for that if you have a car with you. The time of year meant that there were not many restaurants open. There is an Italian restaurant just up the road, and a walk along the beach leads to a couple more. Not a lot of English spoken, but try a bit of Spanish and everyone is as helpful as they can be.
We loved it here, and would certainly return again.
Alicante is in itself neither the most beautiful nor interesting place to go but if you have to stay here, Sidi San Juan is a good place, especially considering the price you get away with. The Hotel feels modern and tidy from reception to rooms an public areas. The breakfast buffet is really good and dining in the restaurant is ok although not spectacular (beware, it is hard to eat very good in Alicante).
The staff was generally friendly but they don't speak English, apart from the concierge. One bartender was not familiar with the word "beer"...
The outdoor swimming pool is much too small but they have an indoor as well. You can get massage and manicure cheap.
All-in-all, considering the price paid I give it a 4.
Lucky Grapes Discovery!
Arrived at the Sidi San Juan for New year's Eve. Wonderful hotel with amazing views over the sea and few steps from the beach. Facilities like barbecue etc terrrace not open but probably amazing during summer months would like to visit this hotel then. Lovely indoor and outdoor pool very select location. Staff very friendly and very prompt.
Shuttle bus to Alicante (about 10mins) reliable where some are NOT!
10 course New Year's Eve Meal, different wine with each course. We were not familiar with the Spanish custom of lucky grapes so were a bit bemused when 12o'clock came and all the residents (mainly Spanish) started to consume the casket of 'lucky grapes' that were on each table.
A new custom discovered for us - I badly wanted to sing auld lang syne!
but did not want to offend. Wonderful meal, great hotel, 10/10.
This is a very friendly and relaxed hotel. The views over the sea are fantastic and there is plenty of space to relax in the garden or by the pool. The beach is also on your doorstep. The cafe is great for lunch and there are a few bars nearby. To get into town you need to get a taxi but they're easy to get and quite cheap.
Unbeatable location overlooking the sea.
Great views overlooking the sea. Unbeatable quiet location but close to the city center. Excellent food, very friendly service. Tennis, Beauty Farm, etc., etc.
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... sea front was very nice with a fountain with doves swimming in it.
On Sunday morning we went to a market in the morning and I got some tasty fresh nuts, we also got some bread and eggs. After that we had a traditional English Sunday lunch with Yorkshire puddings at a local restaurant with our other relatives.
On Monday we had a relaxing morning and organised a few things, later we went to Lo Pegan for a walk along the sea front. There are mud ...
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Had a wonderful afternoon exploring Castillo de Sant Barbara (hugecastle/fort at the top of hill in Alicante) and listening to some of the 3 Reyes (3 Kings/Wisemen) festivities from the top of the castle. Tonight the 3 Kings (Wisemen) arrive! There were huge celebrations here in Spain. We could hear a marching band and see signs of a parade and huge crowds from the top of the castle. Later we saw on TV lots of celebrations all over Spain with kings and beautifully dressed women ...
... that day. We met Ian and Jo again, had a great walk with the dogs eventually to the beach and a light refreshment, beer..! All good here, we have been out today, Monday, had a coffee, bought some fresh bread and Giles got his haircut. Beautiful weather late teens and YES the shorts are back ...
... and we always seem to come away with smiles on our faces.
Our hiking group has also rewarded us with many wonderful walks and friendships as well as some much needed exercise.
Our trip to Paris was truly fantastic and deserves it's own entry so I will try to add that next.
I'll also try to be more faithful in writing when we return to Sweden...the Christmas season there is so beautiful and I'd love to share it with you, so stay tuned!