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It's about a 20minute drive from our villa to the local beach of Arenal in Javea, once you arrive your greeted with lovely white golden sand, clear turquoise water and a beach front promenade full of small shops and restaurants. After being dropped down by bobby we found our way to a small stretch of the beach relatively clear ...
... then trying to converse in spanish to Josh, in a creepy whisper in your ear kinda way. I don't think he was actually gay but he definitely succeeded in making the meal a little awkward. After the meal he also continued to fill up shots for bobby to drink, in what seemed like an attempt to get him to sleep. All very odd. Once the bill was paid we headed back and caught some much needed sleep ready for the next ...
... there after by his friends, a couple from Australia, Paul, known as Geezer and his wife Renee. We then walked down to where our slightly irate spanish bus driver was waiting. The journey to our villa in the 'nearby' town of Javea took about 45mins and we arrived to be warmly greeted by another couple, Duncan (Tash's dad)'s friends, Bobby and Sally. All in all, not too rough a journey but bed was very well received that ...
... though so I gave up on this spot pretty quickly. The next area was a small cove which had some interesting fish and a small cave with a water fall inside. I went into the cave and it sounded like a blow hole with the waves lifting so high that I was sure I was going to get my head knocked onto a rock. I retreated quickly. After adjusting my snorkel a bit it came off in my hand, detached from the mask. As I was reattaching it in the water, one of my flippers decided to come ...
... 180;s tank only to break the petrol tank lid. Damn. So we drove to the supermarket nearby and bought some gaffa tape.All fixed, well, temporarily fixed anyway. We got home at about 10pm and by then we were both famished, but thankfully I blasted our roast veggies and quickly cooked the crumbed chicken so we ended up eating at about 10..45pm. I have more to say but this blog has already gotten quite long. So much to catch up on. I will start another blog ...
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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!
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!
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.