Tryp Gran Sol
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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 ...
... round with his old but pretty good team. We again went to bed late and slept not before 2. 25th Today Renato and Corinne had to go for a meeting so after a lovely late breakfast he left for a couple of hours while Andrea and Zoë first went to the pool for an hour and than while it got a little cloudy, watched Rio 2 that I had on our hard disk. We all got spoiled again and Corinne brought us all kinds of things to eat. Around 4 Zoë and Andrea left to walk to ...
It's about a 20minute drive from our villa to the local beach of Arenal in Javea, once you arrive your greeted with lovely white golden sand, clear turquoise water and a beach front promenade full of small shops and restaurants. After being dropped down by bobby we found our way to a small stretch of the beach relatively clear ...
... guests including the hosts are involved to some degree in the drinks industry the fridges were always well stocked! We also enjoyed a dip in the rather nippy unheated pool, which was quite nice after an afternoon of baking in the sun. Later that evening, Duncan's wife Em had rather amusingly attempted to book a local restaurant using a mixture of english, french and spanish with a rather adamantly ...
I'll be the first to admit, sometimes you just need a break from it all. Tash and I have been working very hard lately and coupled with other life events, we really felt like we needed a break. Happily, Tash's father had invited us along with her brother away for a vacation in Spain, arranged for his birthday by his wife. The journey there was frankly a little arduous, Tash had the unenviable task of driving us up ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Tryp Gran Sol Alicante
Amazing views from the 9th floor and above - recommended!
You can't miss this place when you arrive in the city. It towers above most other buildings in Alicante and so the views are superb. Inside it is modern and perhaps feels a bit business-like but our room was excellent and more like a small apartment really. TV (well at least CNN was in English), air-con, hairdryer, safe were all included.
The restaurant was pretty good and has a viewing balcony (although it gets pretty windy up there and looking down is a heart in mouth experience!). We only went up there at night but I reckon the breakfast / daylight views would be better.
Great hotel central position
Friendly welcome and great location after having found our way round Alicante one way streets. Quiet on 13th floor, and superb views out to beach and castle. Room was a good standard with aircon that actually worked in one of the hottest periods this year.
Breakfast buffet is great. Wide selection of food and drink and the only downside is to have to watch the calories!!! Staff are very helpful and attentive. When we come back to Alicante, we will stay again.
Views, Views and More Views
The views were breath taking. I was on the 24th floor overlooking Santa Barbara Castle and the beach/marinas. Hotel lovely and accommodating. I don't think I would stay anywhere else in Alicante. The beach is a short, short walk (right across the street to the Esplanada.) Visited Alicante twice and love it.
Great Views, Great Location, Great Service....Just A Great Hotel!
If you want to stay in a hotel with the best views overlooking the beach and harbour in the centre of Alicante then this is the place to stay! Just make sure you ask for a room on floor 15 or above if you don't mind heights.
If you are lucky you will be given a room that also overlooks Santa Barbara Castle, which is beautifully lit up at night (also worth a visit during the day for wonderful views all over Alicante)
I have stayed at this hotel 4 times in the last year and a half and I have had a very pleasant stay each time. I would say its more of an adults hotel...great for couples and lone travellers. I am a single female and have always been made to feel welcome when I have stayed there alone.
The service is great, the rooms are clean and comfortable, except for one which I was allocated on the 5th floor on my second visit, which was small (no seperate sitting room and no view) but was immediately moved to a 'suite' type room on the 19th floor after a polite word with reception. I have a loyalty card so maybe this helped. All staff speak English and there is a small sauna in the basement and a small bar in the lobby.
Location-wise it is perfect. Literally 2 minutes' walk from all the restaurants and bars and of course the beach is just accross the road. The shops are also on your doorstep so no need for public transport, unless you want to venture further afield.
You can get to the hotel from the airport by taxi although I don't know how much this costs as I always take the C-6 bus which leaves from outside the arrivals hall and stops almost right outside the hotel. It costs just 0.90 cents - bargain! The bus should say 'Explanada de Espana' on the front. Just ask to go here (the bus terminates here) and the hotel is a 3 minute walk max. There is a stop just before this one which stops almost right outside the hotel, but if this is your first visit you may just want to get off at the last stop and enjoy the pleasant walk through the Explanada
I haven't eaten in the restaurant, as there are so many restaurants nearby, but the menu looks good and at reasonable prices. I have had breakfast here (not located in the restaurant, but in a seperate breakfast room) and I have to say I prefer the breakfast at their sister hotel Melia Alicante accross the road, as there is a lot more choice and the breakfast room at the Melia is on the ground floor with almost floor to celing windows right next to the sea. However, to stay at the Melia it is at least double the price but nevertheless another great hotel.
On balance though I would choose Tryp Gran Sol over the Melia Alicante for the views and I think it's great value for money (rooms start at Euro 56.00 per night - Euro 60 with taxes)
Best to book directly with the hotel ((-)solmelia(-)) as I have found it is always cheaper to book with them directly - this seems to be the case for all three of their hotels in the City Centre (Tryp Gran Sol, Melia Alicante and Tryp Ciudad de Alicante). Incidentally, they are all only 2 minutes' walk away from each other and consequently all very well located.
Great value and excellent location
Just returned from my 4th visit to this hotel in the last 3 years.
Unbelievable value: I paid 60 euros a night for a room without breakfast but what other correspondents do not point out is that almost all the rooms are in fact mini-suites with a separate lounge and a lobby.
Although I usually travel alone, if you are accompanied that prevents the problem of one person wanting to sleep and the other watch tv or read etc.
The 26th floor restaurant is indeed very good but does tend to cater more for local businessmen and families and I have found the head waiter to be a bit dismissive when it comes to a solitary hotel guest.
For a 4 star hotel, the public areas are minimal with a tiny bar in the lobby area and a smallish seating area.
My only real complaint is that the bed linen is not changed daily which I would expect in a hotel of this class.
The location is unrivalled if you want to be in the city centre and, as stated above, the value is absolutely unbeatable. The rack rate may be considerably more but I have never paid more than 70 euros.
Perfect couldnt find any faults
My friend and myself stayed for 3 days at the Tryp Gran Sol Alicante. We did our research and caught the bus from outside the airport which dropped us off outside the hotel and cost us one euro each. How anyone couldnt find the biggest and brightest hotel in Alicante is beyond me. This is a first class hotel with excellent service and the views are to die for. I have stayed in many hotels in europe and never seen a view like the one from our window. Food was excellent rooms cleaned everyday and Alicante night life ...buzzing. All in all as two females we recommend Tryp Gran Sol.
What a view...
Overall we had a decent stay at the Tryp Gran Sol. Our room was on the 16th floor, and the room and balcony had a fantastic view of the Mediteranean, the palm lined promenade, and the marina filled with fancy yachts.
Driving to this hotel was a mistake. Not only was it extremely difficult to find, but there was NOWHERE for a hotel guest to pull up and unload luggage within the block. Parking was reasonable, but 2 blocks away.
The room was more hallway than room in terms of space - the amenities were reasonable in a 1970s sort of way, and the bathroom nice enough.
My biggest issue with the hotel was noise. We were next to the elevator, and you could hear it shuddering by all the time. Also it constantly sounded like someone was crashing something into the floor above us - couldn't quite figure that one out.
Finally, the staff were reasonably friendly, but there was a horrible smell of cheap cologne in the lobby at all times.
Would I stay there again? I am a very 'View' oriented person, so probably :-) It's the best view in town...
Average, very friendly and helpful reception staff
Ive just got back from a four day stay at the Tryp
I thought everything about the hotel was ok - great views across the harbour, ample choice for breakfast, friendly reception staff, adequate rooms etc
my only gripe would be that all the tv channels were in Spanish!
Id only use this hotel as 'business trip' hotel rather than a holiday though as it had that feel about it
Avoid the horrible rooms higher up!
I stayed there last weekend, during the heatwave.
I had a room on the 25th floor. Superb view over the marina and bay, but my room was a disgrace for a so-called 4* hotel. (My punishment for getting an internet 'bargain'?)
The lower floors had been renovated, but not the upper ones. Mine had plain, scruffy painted walls, with marks and scratches; scratched furniture; TV socket hanging out of the wall; air-con so rattly it disturbed my sleep; an internal door was missing; the back of the large fridge/minibar gave off a lot of heat into the room, so the air-con barely coped.
Other guests I spoke to, even on the 'posher' floors, criticised the small rooms, tiny bathrooms and noisy air conditioning.
Great location; good breakfast; helpful staff. Spoilt by such a lousy room. I will not go back.
Alicantes needle in a haystack!
The hotel is in a great location if you want to make the most of the vibrant Alicante Marina night life.
It is not in the best location if you wish to park a car.
The rooms are adequate for the price and the air conditioning is extremely effective.
The 26th floor restaurant and bar, offer exceptional views of the whole of Alicante being one of the tallest buildings in the town.