Hotel RH Princesa
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Short and sweet..lovely hotel..close to everything..good food..lovely rooms..very peacefull..helpfull staff..the best gym i have ever seen in a hotel. would we go again..Yes Please.
It is a not too new tower hotel at 300m from Old-Benidorm and 700m from the beach, mostly visited by British people from 45+. Less suited for families due to lack of youth amusement. Standard rooms are small (25m2) and have a terrace. Elevator capacity is insufficient at peak moments. There is a small swimming pool with insufficient beach chairs, too close to each other. With payment one has thermal pool, whirlpool, sauna, big fitness (4€/2h) and internet (4€/h). We only had animation at evenings (singing, dancing, magician) in the bar and for older people.
All meals in the contemptible buffet form, with all known disadvantages: food quickly dried out, quickly negligent trays due to unmannered guests, always noisy. We had full board including water and cheap awful table wine. The kitchen is obviously British tinted, without inspiration, old fashioned and contains certainly no first rang products. Everything tastes the same whether it is lamb, veal or pork, always presented in big trays filled with sauce, fat or oil and often fried. Awful pastry and jelly in every color which British people apparently find delicious (bwa!) French fries are rubber. Certainly not suited for the healthy eater, bio fanatic or gastronome, but more for the average European. We, as culinary Flemish, expect something else from a ****hotel. After a week we were glad to eat elsewhere for once. As good points we remember the hygienic aspect and the very cheap prices for consumptions (bar, restaurant, mini bar).
Liked the Princesa
we are just back from a one week stay at the Princesa - hotel was ok clean and tidy. reception staff were pleasant and spoke good english. the food was just alright - catered more for the spanish, the entertainment was also geared towards the spanish amd for the older age group. the pool area was never that busy and there were plenty of sunbeds, however it is small and you have to go down steps to get to it. drinks including wine in the hotel were reasonably priced. just down from the hotel there are a few places where you can have a snack or drink at very good prices, my favourite was the pasty shop. the places we went to for nightly entertainment were the Wheeltappers and the Town - there is so much nightlife in Benidorm for all age groups you would never get bored. If we go back to Benidorm we wont stay at this hotel again even though its location is good. during out stay we had a look at other hotels and found the Don Pancho very nice and the entertainment was a lot better - if we can afford to we will stay here.
I went to Benidrom with a couple of friends for a week and booked the hotel on the internet. The Princesa was categorised as 4 star but I couldn't find any reviews so I wasn't too sure what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised.
The hotel is immaculately clean including the rooms, lobby, restaurant and even poolside toilets. We were always able to get a sun-lounger by the pool, despite the hotel being fully booked.
The food in the restaurant is OK, although not great. There is plenty of it and the quality is quite good, but the choice was not as extensive as I have seen in other 4 star hotels in Spain.
The location is excellent, because it is set down a quiet street slightly away from the main strip, so you do not get disturbed by the noise of the late night bars etc, but it is close enough to enjoy them. It is also only 7 min walk from the beach and the shops etc, although there is some local shops next door.
The service in the hotel was very good, for example on our first night we arrived late, 11pm, when we checked in the receptionist explained that despite the kitchen being closed they had prepared dinner for us in the restaurant. We went down to discover a table full of salads, meats, cheeses, breads and fruit. This was exactly what we needed and epitomises how helpful the staff were all week.
Only a couple of negative points, the triple rooms are very small and are actually double rooms with an extra camp bed squeezed in. I am sure they would be fine for two but are a bit cosy for three.
Secondly, if you are driving to the hotel, it is hard to find because the old part of Benidorm has lots of tiny one way streets. Call the hotel first and get directions. Also the hotel does not have parking, however we found a space to park our car right outside the hotel on the street.
Overall, I would recommend this hotel as a place to go for a relaxing holiday, which is close enough to the main bars, beach etc to enjoy them.
Our second stay
My wife and i stayed at the Hotel Princesa March 2005.This followed an earlier stay in November 2003.We booked our hotel because we liked it so much first time around.Hotel rooms are excellent.Chamber maids are ultra eficient.As are all the staff,Reception,Bar,and dinning room staff.The cleanliness of the hotel can also be described as excellent.The food is very good.The entertainment is quit adequate.We found the cost of drinks in the hotel cheaper than drinking in the English bars in the new town.To conclude we have stopped in many hotels in Benidorm but we intend to return here again.
I stayed at this hotel in June 2004. The reception staff were excellent .However, the bar staff tended to give priority to serving Spanish guests at the expense of guests from other countries. The evening entertainment, or what little of it there was, was aimed at a Spanish audiance. The catering was excellent as was the accomodation.
My wife and I are in our sixties but even we felt too young for the pace of life in this hotel. I would not recommend this hotel to guests who are not into bingo and flamenco dancing.
We have stayed in Benidorm for our autumn break for the last 3 years.
staying at the Princesa for the last 2 years the food, room, staff, location all absolutly superb. we were advised building work was being carried out nearby,despite being just across the road it didn,t cause us any problems at all.
The quality of entertainment in the bars in the evening is again second to none we particularly like Buddy Holly tribute and Words and music.
despite saying we will go somewhere else this autumn i,m sure we will be back at the Princesa in October.
another favorite is The Rich Bitch located in the old town this is so popular we always go down on our first evening to book ourselves seats for the wonderful show.
Excellent hotel, good food, excellent staff. Very close to the night life (new and old town). Stayed here in May 2004 and have booked again for May 2005
we took a chance last minute deal and we were very delighted with this hotel. Food is excellent with a great choice buffet style. Rooms large ish with a nice bathroom. Staff very polite and friendly. Only a short walk to beach and busy part of town. We would recommend it and we are the fussy type.
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