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... the river Serpis so possible sightings of Kingfishers, Egrets etc. Bring a small torch if you have one as route takes us through two or three tunnels.
Of course after each walk we stop for a cold beverage to talk and get to know one another a little better. Walking and talking, a great way to make friends!
Here are a few photos:
We left Florida and automobile ownership behind a few months ago. We have never wanted to own a car in Sweden, their public transportation system is excellent and we are able to travel with little difficulty. On the rare occasion when we need a car Lotta or Lennart have been kind enough to loan us the use of one of theirs. In fact when we were driving Lennart's Volvo last month Lars started to think about ...
... weeks prep and here we are touring Spain,Portugal and France for approx. 5months in our motorhome. We Took the ferry from Portsmouth to Santander, drove through The Rioja area and headed towards Barcelona and now heading South vaguely following the coast for now.
Thankfully not all of this coast is like Benidorm and we are currently in ...
With all of our business done in Stockholm, we were able to go to El Campello for awhile! We were excited to return to our seaside apartment. The grey days in Stockholm were starting to take their toll.
Norwegian Air offers great schedules to Alicante and we were happy to fly out on Thursday morning. We had a 2 hour layover in Copenhagen and arrived at our destination at 15:30. A long wait for luggage and the slow service at the Hertz counter dulled ...
... gave us the wrong apartment or what but I am glad to have left the country before they could send the correct bill haha. The next day we had time for a nice lunch and then it was back on the train for Barcelona! We said goodbye to Harry and Sandy at that point and the next day we were on another train headed for Montpellier in France. We actually just stopped in Montpellier for a rest day but it turned out to be ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Marina Benidorm
Very nice central hotel
My family stayed at the Marine Hotel on a half board basis. I really enjoyed my stay at this hote. It is a very nice, central hotel, just a 5 minute walk from the bus station and right in the centre a Lavente Beach. I strongly recommend this hotel to your travellers.
If travelling from the airport by bus, you can walk to the hotel from the bus station.
Good Hotel and Bad Food
Good Hotel, Bad Food
Good hotel bad bad food
one of the best hotels in benidorm but the food defenetly one of the worst staff go out their way if their is a tip in it for them exchange rates in the hotel are a comlete rip of towels left out all night to get a sun lounger in the morning but when you go to the pool no one on them in one of the best positions right in the centre of levante get the food and the exchange rates right and we would stop their again but get the staff to smile once in a while without giving them a tip to do it ?
The hotel itself was very nice. We found the staff in general a bit stand offish. Oh my god The food it was worse than pigs slop. We found breakfast inedible. Dinner was a minefield trying to get anything to take away the hunger pangs. In desperation i took a slice of pizza from the kids section only to be humiliated by the kitchen manager marching across to my table and scolding me like a chils infront of the full dining room. I found myself unapolagetic for my crime. By the fifth night we ate out. There is no curtesy room for guests to use and the manager has a couldn't care less attitude. The best feature abouth this hotel was the location but i'd never re-visit unless they introdced self catering or drastically change their kitchen staff which has not happened according to other reviews.
Do you want electocuting?
I agree with "Do you like hospital food". The food is poor,the entertainment is poor and consists of people shouting at you with microphones and records to dance to.In the bathroom they have wired the electric hairdrier in permanently so that you can dry your hair over the sink and face the mirror.This means that if you spilled a little water on the marble floor while washing your hair you cold slip!! To save yourself you might grab hold of the taps , at the same time the hairdrier would drop into the water and you would FRY!!!......................... Try the hairdressing salon downstairs,the stylist seems to have had a personality bypass and is openly hostile to non Spanish
The hotel is a wonderful sight,rising marble pillars and marble floors everywhere. However,it takes more than that to gain a good reputation. We found the food TERIBLE,in the two weeks we were there this is what we found:-Breakfast..the bacon was strips of 1 inch streaky smoked bacon,the tomatoes were whole baked unseasoned and tarty to taste,(no tinned tomatoes)Lunch or Dinner..We tried Ribs ,they were so over cooked it was hard to tell the meat from the bone, Cooked turkey was so dehydrated we could barely cut it with a knife(could double as shoe leather). One dish loked particularly tastey..it was chunks of beef in gravy,after tasting the meat i couldnt swallow..IT WAS OFF my wife confirmed. The saving grace was the soups..these were exellent,as were the deserts.Salt doesnt seem to be have used in the cooking so if you like hospital food you will like it.Most days we never looked forward to meals and at times went to local bars for breakfast and other meals.Other points...one of the lifts was out of order all the time we were there.One night someone tried to get into our room at 1130 pm. We reported this in the morning to the reception but they showed no intrest.Later that day we noticed jemmy marks around the lock area of the door so we tried again to intrest the people at reception desk,only to find that people who previously answered our questions and changed our money were now unable to understand English.Regards all, Jim and family
The best in benidorm
We have stayed in the marina hotel several times and it never loses it's charm. It very clean and the food excellent. One of the great things i personally like about the Marina are it's rooms. There is a seperate door to the bedroom after the bathroom which means you can your "do not disturb" sign on your bedroom door but the maid can still clean the bathroom and change your towels without disturbing you. This means you can have a lay in after a late night out in the old town!!
i stayed at hotel marina years ago,1985.i had a brilliant time,i loved every minute.this is a very large hotel, clean large pool entertaiment was great.going to marmaris this year,but looking for cheap deals to benidorm for 2004.
Very helpful and caring staff
I fell ill with Gastro Enteritis on the last day of my holiday whilst staying at the Marina - nothing to do with the hotel. My wife was left by herself and was without any support from the (Cosmos) rep and the travel insurance compay was a waste of time. The hotel manager was extreemly good in organising accomodation and food for my wife until I came out of hospital. He too had enormouse problems getting anything but promises and lies out of the travel insurance company but accepted my wife's promises of getting the insurance company to get things organised. Use this hotel - repay their assistance please!
Perfect first visit
First visit to Benidorm was a resounding success. I have always shied away from Benidorm because of the reputation of lager louts. Depending on season not too many. Hotel Marina is very beautiful and clean. The food varied and tasty. The rooms are kept really clean and shiny. Any request made to reception dealt with immediately. Reception areas are very comfortable. Many wedding receptions held here so if on a low floor it could be a bit noisy in early hours. All in all a very pleasant holiday. Will definately be making a return visit.