Hotel Mar Blau
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How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel 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, recommended for couples or older holidaymakers (not recommended for children).
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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