Travel Blogs from Alicante
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 ...
... last evening together. 29th It was time to leave, which was pretty hard for us, and Renato and I got quite emotional. We have such a strong bond and it seems to get even stronger. Lucky enough we'll see each other soon when we're back in Antwerp and than on the cruise a week together end of August. So we drove of, not to far as we wanted to go to visit Cartagena, another old Roman town. We drove for about 2 hours and found a nice camping about 20 km from Cartagena and installed ...
... and locals and set our towels down ready to soak up more sun, with a promise of a quick dip in the sea. I, unfortunately wasn't quite liberal enough with the suntan lotion and burnt a little across my stomach, arms and back. I decided, after much deliberation to get in the sea which turned out to be a little chilly, ...
... 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 ...
... straight after work to stay at a TravelLodge to catch the early flight the next morning (requiring a 3:40am wakeup call) after the stay and a short hop to the terminal we met up with the rest of the family and caught the flight direct into Alicante airport. Once there we waited a while for luggage and met up with other members of the party, Tash's dad's friend Des was already waiting at the airport cafe, joined a ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Melia Alicante
8 days in a buisnes hotel for Holidays.....
It's a great Hotel for business and not bad for Holidays.
The buffet in the morning ist outstanding.
The Rooms are nice but a little bit dark...
The view was one side on the beach other side on the harbor.
The staff is very friendly and competent
All inall we will come back again
We spent five days at the Melia Alicante, five days I hope never to repeat. It seems to be primarily a business hotel with the occasional holiday maker thrown in for good measure. We like a quiet life and are fond of a wander, and Alicante in itself was superb for that, we found a couple of superb reasonably priced Restaurants tucked away in side streets. the big mistake we did make was to attempt to eat in the Melia Restuarant one evening. We were seated, and promptly ignored although two other tables came in after us. Everywhere we tried to go, there seemed to be a security guard in hot pusuit, who obviously seemed to think we were up to no good. The room was average with evidence that maybe once upon a time it had been quite nice. The only thing I cannot fault was the Housekeeping staff..... polite, friendly and supremely efficient, I have never stayed in a cleaner hotel! So in summary, the Melia Alicante is a one star hotel with illusions of grandour (Saying that, I have stayed in one star hotels with better service and nicer rooms), the staff in general are downright rude, the prices extortionate and the rooms are naff. Would I visit again? Alicante yes. Melia? That would be a big fat no!
Don't stay here!!!!
The only reason I gave this 2 stars is because of the large and varied buffet breakfast, and the location. The hotel had a fire recently and lost power to one of its generators which meant the rooms had no air conditioning. Can you imagine it being 100 degrees in Spain with no ac? Well, they never bothered to tell their guests and we had to find out the hard way. We told them our air conditioning didn't work and they moved us to a sea view room thinking that would shut us up, but when the ac didn't work in that room they had to confess about the fire and that there was no ac in any of the rooms. What a scam!
And to make matters worse they did not have any English speaking channels on TV as they advertise. We tried to warn guests who were checking in and the reception desk told them that there was air conditioning, then a minute later turned to us and apologized for the lack of air conditioning and that they would give us a discount and find us another hotel.
They are liars! They're English is very poor and they have no sense of customer service. They promised us a technician would be coming the next day and of course, no one ever came. They said that things are different in Spain and its been one month already without air conditioning and the Spanish guests didn't seem to mind..only the ones from northern Europe or English speaking guests (i.e. from America or the UK).
The hotel is not directly on the beach as we were lead to believe. You have to walk a 1/4 of a mile to go around the hotel to get to the beach. Behind the hotel are big rocks that are off of the ocean. The beach is dirty because the Spanish people are slobs. There are cigarettes everywhere along with empty drink containers.
There is no promenade on the beach either. Just a small stand for ice cream and drinks and one small restaurant. On the other side of the hotel across the two lane street there is an Esplanda which is full of restaurants that are only open at night. There is a plethora to choose from but none are great...only the views are looking over the marina.
The food in this area is extremely salty so beware for those with high blood pressure. The shops are only open for a few hours in the AM, and then everything closes until 5 PM...be prepared for this.
Few people speak English well but a lot of menus are in English so that's a plus. The hotel itself is old and needs to be refurbished. The carpet on the stairs is coming off, the walls are dirty, and the halls did not have air conditioning either.
The pool is small but has lots of chairs and umbrellas. the breakfast is very large and varied with just about everything for everyone.
I wouldn't call this a four star in my wildest dreams. It's a two star with a great breakfast. Go next store to the Hotel Spa Maris...which was recently renovated and is great!!!
Just arrived back from a fantastic 3 night break in alicante. The hotel melia cost about 14 euros in a taxi from the airport and was about a ten minute drive. When we arrived you could not ask for a better location. The hotel had beautiful views and the room itself was large and catered for all our needs. Across from the hotel were some lovely bars and restaurants, whilst the over side you where directly on the beach. We walked into the old town where the best tapas were and follow the promenade to the main shopping area. Had a wonderful time, the weather was perfect and so was the destination for a short break, will definately be returning and will bring the kids next time.
I took my husband her to celebrate his 40th birthday, we wanted somewhere that was easy to get to and had all the amenities close at hand. This hotel has a fantastic location, you can walk out the door and be in the thick of it immediately. The beach is on one side and the harbour on the other. There are lots of nice restaurants to choose from and the service is great. The hotel is clean and the breakfast is excellent for choice and variety. Staff are friendly if you make an effort to speak to them. We could not find fault with this hotel, excellent value for money and will definately be returning again this year!
Great location, thin walls
We're just back from 4 nights in the Melia. The location of the hotel is great, within walking distance of most attractions, but slightly away from the noisiness of the old quarter.
The hotel itself was fine, but poor sound insulation meant that a light sleeper could very easily be disturbed.
What a disaster this place was for us! It wasn't bad on arrival, has 60's decor, but with all the smoking allowed throughout the hotel, it has a slightly dingey feel about it. The rooms were decent and spacious....and the breakfast that was included was pleasing the first day, with a great selection of hot and cold foods. Only complaint yet again is that people are allowed to smoke in here, not the best to have smoke billowing in your face when u are tucking into your bowl of fresh fruit salad and yoghurt first thing in the morning. The HUGE disappointment came the next day when there was a power cut. All the air-cons went off, there were no lights and no tv. This carried on well into the next day. People were checking out in their droves, and we overheard the receptionist staff giving discounts on the bills. However, because we had prepaid, (as we booked on lastminute), they refused to give us any discount, and even refused to let us have a free drink out of the minibar! No explanations or apologies were offered, and customer service was non-existent in this regard. These things do happen, but you would think that the hotel would try and placate its guests somehow, or offer them some kind of conciliatory gift....a bit risky in this regard, as I got the feeling that this was not an out-of-the-ordinary occurrence.
Mmmm! Yummy brekkie!
Great hotel... unbelievable breakfast! Close to restaurants, bars, etc. Had lovely room overlooking the sea - an incredible view. Will definitely go back again. This is ideal for shorter breaks. Not sure I would fancy a week here with kids, but for a short get-away it is perfect! No complaints.
On the beach!/Great location
Enjoyed staying at the Melia Hotel Alicante last October en route to India. The hotel is rather modest and unpretentious. The rooms are small but clean and the staff does a good job. Breakfast is included in the daily room tariff and should be enjoyed. Amazingly fresh Valencia orange juice, great coffee and delicious breakfast foods. The hotel is adjacent to a great public beach and is also close to the downtown areas of Alicante. I work out when I'm on the road (this was a business trip) and was very pleased with the hotel's fitness facilities. I typically stay at Starwood or Marriott properties so came to the Melia with lowered expectations. Be that as it may, I really think that it is the best choice in the city of Alicante.
Hotel Melia is in a brilliant location - the Port full of restaurants and bars 50 metres on one side and the beach 50 metres on the other.
The breakfast buffet was great and the rooms well furnished and clean.
The pool was small and crowded, but with the beach that close we didn't bother using it! I would recommend this hotel and will be coming back.