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Travel Blogs from Benidorm
It is surprising how quickly the time flies by! We've been busy and finally it feels good to have some time to be at home and relax a bit. Even some time for blogging!
We've returned to our mountain hiking group. We feel so fortunate to have joined this lively group of walkers. Lead by Bill and Roger who organize the routes and meeting points ...
... bit of paperwork (typical Spanish type) but we were able to take ownership of the car this afternoon. We returned our rental to the airport and took a taxi to the dealership.
It is now safely parked in our underground garage. Lars is busy thinking of a name for our wheels. I'm just excited to contemplate our next road trip. We may be headed for the south of France soon...Annelie and Jan, be warned!
... 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 ...
... walked to a nearby restaurant for dinner. It was after 20:00 but true to Spanish habits we were the first diners through the door. It has been a long day for us and we were happy to have a simple dinner before returning home.
True to form the next morning we had a magnificent sunrise. We love waking to our seaside view.
In the next few days we will get settled, enjoy some walking and reconnecting with friends and neighbors. We're happy in ...
Alicante was a nice way to end our time in Spain. After we got a wheel chair sorted out we walked down to see the castle (I want to say it was called St. Helena but I'm not positive) and then hit the boardwalk near the sea. It was pretty cold and deserted down there but we did stumble on a huge pirate ship/bar that made Mike very happy (see picture of him on a throne). The trip to the castle also got us thinking that ...
How has this resort rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Melia Villaitana Benidorm
On arrival we were greeted with a letter listing all the wonderful things we could expect and i quote
Westin real de faula, increible y exquisito
El hotel es exquisito, lástima contar solo con dos dias para disfrutarlo. La primera impresión fue excelente al contactar con el personal de recepción, nos consiguieron una buenisima habitación a las 12.00 para esa misma noche. La habitación muy bonita, con una cama de dos metros comodísima , una decoración elegante, un baño muy amplio ,con vestidor y una terraza gigante con vistas a una de las piscinas y al campo de golf. El hotel cuenta con varios restaurantes donde poder comer o cenar a la carta o de buffet. Volveremos, es un resort genial donde pasar unos días de relax en verano.
Hemos pasado un fin de semana en el Sheraton Real de Faula de Benidorm y la experiencia ha sido muy gratificante.
los españoles nos hemos vuelto muy exigentes,al final no nos van a aceptar en los hoteles,leo las criticas de los extranjeros y todo es wonderful,pues yo sobre todo valoro la relacion calidad-precio, y en este caso no esta equilibrada,el hotel digamos que esta en "fase de pruebas",pero cobrando sus buenos euros,dentro de unos años cuando ya esten rodados que me inviten y volvera a valorarlo ,pero a dia de hoy,solo bien.el wonderful de los extanjeros lo entiendo , con sus nominas para ellos la relacion precio/calidad es meravillosa,pero para el españolito medio no, adeu.
The Sheraton and adjoing Westin are new hotels which opened August 2006. The design of the hotels is superb and offers potential for a great stay. Located in the hills behind Benidorm and adjacent to the Terra Mitica entance it offers outstanding views and superb facilities to guests. Well it will do when its finished. Many of the facilities are yet to be completed and if the quality of the exisiting construction is anything to go by, the work will be never ending. Many paarts of the pool areas (magnificent outlook) are showing signs of breaking up which, with such limited use does not auger well for the future. The rooms are comfortable and well equipped and well serviced daily. However several ares of the hotel suffer with a lack of hot water, when we complained we were told if we leave the taps running for 10 minutes(more like 20) hot water will arrive.This in an area suffering from water shortage!! The hotel during our stay over Christmas was underoccupied with less than 60 or so guests. Despite this, or was it becuase of this, service in the bars and restuarants was the worst ever. Steaks arrived cold, presumably because the one waiter had allowed them to stand before being served to our table. In fairness they were changed and the replacemnts were fine. On another occassion with perhaps 20 guests in the bar we waited over 20 minutes for a drink. In the end we left and went to bed. I asked for a comment card at reception as clearly this is not five star, I was told they do not have any. I asked therefore to speak to the duty manager, but was told non were present until the following morning. Next day I asked again and it was with some delay and reluctance that Ispoke to him and explained our dissapointment with the poor facilities and service. In fairness they are working to rectify the building faults but I am not convinced they have a handle on what five star customer service should offer. We were given a discount from our bill which was a nice gesture. One final problem is that the entire complex is built on a Moorish village theme and hotel passageways are tiled (not carpeted) which makes a great roller board run for kids and even passing guests cannot avoid creating noise as they walk past bedrooms.
I stayed with my family in a golfsuite. Great suite although it took three tries before we got one that was up to par. The golfsuites were just finished and we were the first ones in our room so there were some things that had to be fixed, i.e. programming of the tv-channels, showerhook, microwave missing.
Stayed at this hotel last week and was moved to the Westin next door after a couple of days because there so many teething problems: poor breakfasts, rooms in need of final work - no curtains in bathroom/brackish water from the bathroom taps and shower - couldn't get a beer at the pool a couple of times because they had no plastic cups. I was amazed to see some of the lifeguards sleeping in full view of guests taking breaksfast (which I reported to the management).
We have just returned from a week at the Sheraton Real del Faula north of Benidorm. The hotel is very new and although some elements are not yet complete (SPA and a restaurant) it was a truly wonderful stay. The hotel is situated amongst an oasis of tranquility outside the less than inviting town of Benidorm. We didn't have to venture into Benidorm at all, not even for Diesil. The Sheraton and Westin Hotels (both 5 Star) are co-located and share many amenities.
Las instalaciones del hotel son una preciosidad: amplias habitaciones, campo de golf, preciosas piscinas ... pero nada más. La plantilla del hotel no está a la altura, son pocos y desconocen cuál es su función. En general, el servicio es caótico y pésimo, por no hablar de la cocina; se come mejor en un Burger King. Ejemplos de mal servicio y descoordinación: 1 hora en servir un room service y además de tarde, los platos no eran los pedidos. No reponen el minibar a diario, con lo que te encuentras en la habitación sin agua, cuando la pides te cobran 5 Eur + 3,50 Eur por una botella; el servicio de bar en la piscina es horrible, esperamos cerca de una hora desde que pedimos una cocacola hasta que la trajeron. Intentamos contactar con alguien responsable pero no había nadie, ni director ni subdirector, en fin, un lugar precioso pero caótico, carentes de los servicios que se le suponen a un cinco estrellas. Una lástima.
The Westin Real de Faula is a brand new resorts in Benidorm. I stayed there for four days at the end of July, just two week after the official opening. The location is great, and the hotel - surrounded by two golf courses - looks like a traditional Spanish village, with small houses, villas and even a church (which is the reception of the Sheraton hotel next door). The gardens and the swimming pools are gorgeous, the food at the buffet restaurant is delicious, and the rooms are large and comfortable. Although there is a good view of the Mediterranean sea from all the areas of the hotel, the famous Benidorm Levante and Ponente beaches are quite far (Ponente is a five minutes drive): if you don' have a car the, the hotel has a free shuttle to the beach which runs approximately every hour. There were a few technical problems during my stay, but this was probably due to the fact that there was some work still going on around the hotel. When I arrived, the air conditioning in the room I was given didn't work, and I had to go back many times to the reception before I was given another room. When I left there were some problems with my restaurant charges, and it took some time before the reception managed to sort the things out. They were all very friendly and helpful when these problems happened, and in general things were even too well organised for an hotel this new. I am already dreaming to go back to this hotel!