Los Dalmatas Hotel
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Last few days here we really can't believe the week has gone so quickly.
We have enjoyed exploring the area; our mission here is to find a place to return for the whole winter next year.
Benicassim is high on our list although the nights are cold. the days have had their fair share of sun we would like another 5 degrees warmer.
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... 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 ...
... covers for the boat saloon. The blue ones are getting very tired looking and as I have covered the navigation desk seat with new fabric (and it looks great) thought I may as well continue with the scatter cushions. I bought fabric back in Eastbourne before we set off meaning to hand sew them during the winter months.
1230 we set off and left the harbour to find a very nice light breeze on our stern quarter that had us scurrying for the cruising ...
Today was a great day. It started out as normal, me doing school work. Then I went into town and met with a couple friends. Olivia lives in an apartment and she bought Christmas decorations! It was so fun and we had a great time. On my way to class I walked past the mercado, which was all light up! It is so beautiful! ...
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I have to speak as I find. I note that not everyone was that happy with the Dalmatas. My wife and myself Both 50 found the hotel was really good value and had what we paid for. The food was good. plenty of choice no matter what anyone say's.
Hotel staff were friendly enough and found the room very clean. Hotel was in a good position. We were on the 15th floor and had a great view. Never seen much of the pool,we went on the lovely beach every day. 3 Mins away. Being on a high floor and no kids may have helped an awful lot. We walked down the stairs most days even though we did not have much problem with the lifts. (I know some people did).
Like a lot of the reviewers we too have stayed at many hotels all over, all stars and as hotels go would go back to the Dalmatas. We had what we paid for. Just good value.
What a dump!!
Myself and my wife booked a seven day holiday including my daughter, partner and grandson in what was supposed to be a four star hotel , the problems started when we arrived at the hotel at 2.45 am on the Sunday morning, after about six hours of travelling from Glasgow airport, only to be told our rooms would not be available untill sunday about 1pm midday. The check in staff were very unaccommodating and on the verge of rude. We were told they had no alternative rooms as they were over booked, and we would just have to make ourselves comfortable in the lounge area, we eventually got into rooms at 2.30 and 3.05 sunday afternoon, although the maids were still in the process of trying to clean the rooms. The whole hotel is badly run down and tired, it constantly smelled of tobacco smoke, the plaster on most of the walls was crumbling, the toilet sinks did not run away properly, both the toilet sinks had large cracks in them, also there was a strong smell of excrement coming either through the air conditioning, or fron the toilet drains, it was very spanish orienated and did not really cater for british people, ie the entertainment was very spanish, the restaurant staff were fine and the food was ok, but not a great variety. My wife and myself have stayed at various star rated hotels all over the world we have been to Benidorm a few times, how this hotel got four stars ive no idea its got to be one of the worst we have eved stayed in . im 54yrs old my wife 45, my daughter is 27, and my grandson is 4and a half none of us would recomend this hotel to anyone.
Been twice loved the food and location
this hotel is one pf the best medium class hotels we have stayed. The food id second to none and the location is first class. We would have no hesitation to return for a third visit.
This was a last minute booking, we have never been to Benidorm before and were a little afraid of where we would end up. But as soon as we walked through the doors of the Los Dalmatas we felt very relieved. This is a well run hotel, very clean, plenty of changes of linen and towels. The food was very good with plenty to choose from. The restaraunt service was excellent no sooner had you finshed one course and your dirty plate was removed. The reception staff were very pleasent and helpful. I agree with other reviews regarding the lifts, we were on floor 1 and would not have liked to be much higher as we walked up and down most of the time as it took a while for the lifts to arrive. All in all a good hotel and would certainly return.
My wife & I have just returned from the hotel dalmatas in benadorm, we have stayed in all star rated hotels, how this one got 4stars is unknown! it is a very tired hotel, needs a total revamp, their is alway a lift or two out of 4 broke down, the rooms are small, old & worn out, cracked sinks, only liqiud soap, no rubber bath mat, shower caps, etc.
parts of our balconey had worn away! As for the food, mostly cold, old, reused, no fresh veg, all tinned, meat not cooked fully, pork running with blood! the salads are the only food fit to eat, but same choice everyday, only 2 choices of fruit, still one good thing we lost weight!
hotel mostly caters for the spanish or french! most staff dont speak english, some evening entertainment was o/k, but offen in spanish or french!
We stayed for 9 days at the Los Dalmatas Benidorm, (19th to 27th March ) this is a super place to stay. Very friendly, highly welcoming, a very good room, great friendly staff, good facilities,and excellent food, absolutely no need to go anywhere else when staying in the area.
A winning formula
Dalmatas is Excellent
Having just returned from the Dalmatas, I can honestly say i would go back there. I found the staff very helpfull and polite, the rooms were spotless and comfortable. The food was good although i thought the breakfast buffet was too oily i preferred going out for breakfast. The lifts are a bit of a bind though, they only hold 4 people, but as i say i enjoyed it and will go back.
Great holiday in Benidorm
Just spent a week in Benidorm 13 - 20 Feb. Dalmatas Hotel was one of the highlights. Food was good. Service was good. Entertainment wasnt really for us as a lot of it was in spanish but found loads of good night time entertaiment where kids where welcome close by. Staff were all very helpful. The only down side was the lifts!!!! only four people in a lift and only four lifts. Glad we were only on the sixth floor - walked down most times. Would definately go there again. All people on our trip who stayed in the Dalmatas enjoyed their stay.
A mediocre place for a 4 Star hotel
I have been to quite a view places in the world and this was my 2nd visit to Spain. Ive been to Barcelona 5 years ago and also stayed in 4star hotel there.
First of all the positive things: the hotel is nicely located (on the bottom of a hill, near to the public beach - there are no private beaches in Benidorm) and there are some markets, pubs and restaurants around the hotel area. The hotel is - for its age - well maintained and the service is quite good. The rooms are nice and small, very simple furbished and meet at least formaly the criteria of a 4 star hotel.
There is a big pool and the other facilites are OK as well.
The structure of the guests were: 80% elderly people the rest families.
Evening amusment is aimed at the elderly population.
Now to the more negative elements of this hotel:
You might have wonderd why the gastronomie was not mentioned in the positive territory. Simply beacause it is not. This was the big negative thing about this hotel. Worst of all was breakfast. If you looked for something trinkable forget it: the so called juices came direktly form the chemical waste - i was talled that spain hotels do not offer real jucies (and that in a country that grows billions of oranges) - the coffee and hot chocolate came directly out of a 'vending' machine and also tasted like that - the milk was one of that 'you can keep it forever' type of milks and therefore not drinkable.
the warm buffet was very fat, everything was swimming in layers of fat.
The saugages: well I have eaten much better elsewere and the choice of cheese: well if you call one sort of cheese a choice.
The dinner buffet was I admit better, but far away of beeing 4 stars.
No real spanish food. Noddles were always overcooked and not realy warm. All meat was presented in the same kind of canned sauce (even though the called it differently each day). Everythiong was prepared very fat and very basic. All preprepared salads were with lots of mayo.
The dessert buffet was colorful,very sweet and very fat. In my eyes the relay much to much on canned food and fat. I have to admit that the choice was OK and I could always find something that tasted OK, but never something that tasted great or 4 stars like.
I have been to Benidorm a few times now and this is by far the best
hotel I've stayed in. The location is ideal for the beach, only 100m
away.The busy night life 5 to 10 min walk.
The staff from the receptionist to the dining room, maids and bar staff were all very friendly and helpfull. The rooms were spotlessly cleaned every day and towels and linnen changed.
The dinning room is a good size and we had no problem waiting on tables. The food was varied and they had theme nights ie, Mexican, Chinese . (Although I find Spanish cooking a bit to greasy personally. )
Four lifts, with a max four persons per lift, some people found a bit to slow but we found them ok, especially being near the top of the hotel. The veiw from our balcony on the 16th floor on the front was excellent.
The pool area was a bit dissapointing with the usual towels on the sun beds early in the morning. Also no air beds or rubber rings in the pool, not much fun for the kids there. Although they did have a life gaurd and a period of water polo every day. Some other kids club activities going on but did'nt see or here much about them.
Drinks at the bars no more expensive than other hotels. Bar snacks available until 4:00pm.
Can't comment to much on the evening entertainment as we did'nt see very much of it as we had three kids all under ten who wanted the bright lights of the town.
All in all we found this a very clean and friendly hotel in a good location and the people who recomended it to us have been several times. We will also be back.