Hotel Spa Porta Maris & Suites del Mar
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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 ...
... restaurant. Upon heading out to said restaurant we quickly discovered that it was actually closed much to the confusion and bemusement of the group. Suddenly rather randomly a welshman driving a black bmw pulled up beside us and directed us to a spanish restaurant he highly recommended, hidden, just across the street. We took his advice and proceeded to this place and sat down to be served by a ...
... 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 ...
... be going next. I discovered that the post office was open on Saturdays until 1pm so as soon as Sverre came back with no luck with the dry cleaners, we went off to the post office. It took a while but with the friendly help of the post office worker who didn´t speak much English, we packed up our clothes, bags and souvenirs and sent them off home. Phew! Now I can make definite plans for my next step. I was originally planning to go to Barcelona, San Sebastian, then onto ...
... leads to a Romeo and Juliet style area. It was heaven! We walked up and down the steep roads to the supermarket and were amazed even more by the abundance of fresh food, meats, fruit and veggies, cheeses and of course bread! We got some things for lunch and dinner. When we for back to the villa I had the most amazing cheese and salad sandwich on the tastiest, softest bread. Sverre was really craving egg sandwiches but it turned out that we had no gas ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsHotel Spa Porta Maris & Suites del Mar Alicante
I stayed here for two nights for the orientation to my study abroad. It was perfect in every way!
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Spa Porta Maris & Suites del Mar Alicante
Could not falter this great Hotel
Firstly, I notice there are mixed views on this hotel, obviously you cant please some people at all they always want more! But after just arriving back after 5 nights at the Porta Maris, which I booked over the telephone and read peoples reviews I still thought I was making good choice - will go one better - made an excellent choice. Could not falter anything about the hotel. Reception staff extremely helpful, and always theres at anytime to assist, the bar/sea view from bar/breakfast area spectacular. The room was very clean, modern and comfortable. The room was cleaned daily with towels provided. My room overlooked the sea and the postiguet beach area, castle also sighted from balcony. I did not go in the pool, spa, jacuzzi - but if Id wanted to it was all FREE and pass provided at reception. I will most definately use the facilities next time. Hopefully, I do intend to return to this hotel with no hesitation whatsoever. I also have never done a review before, but thought this would be very helpful to any one considering staying at the Hotel, if they want a pleasant, clean hotel and friendly this is the one. This definately is, in my opinion, the quality of a 4-star not 3 star - without a doubt. I just didnt want my holiday to end, but I will be back.
Holiday maker - Greater Manchester - UK.
What more do you want?
I noted the recent reviews and some of them, I am afraid, reveal that some peoples expectations are sometimes set too high and that they may be looking for faults rather than looking to 'chill-out'.
We stayed three nights for a short break and we found the Reception Staff both helpful AND thoughtful. Every question was handled politely to the extent that they always asked if you were happy with the response plus the fact that they always made time to tell you a little bit more than they needed to. Our room was one of the bigger standard rooms but that was offered by the staff not requested by us. Yes, the balconies may appear to be small but what are the reviewers comparing it too because, over the years, we've seen 'tiny small' and 'reasonably small' but, depending on the temperature at the time, they all take a table, a couple of chairs and a glass of wine and that'll do for us!
The room, it's decor and it's cleanliness were faultless and, despite the ashtray, there was no smell of smoke which obviously can be an annoyance. The breakfast room / cafe bar were comfortable and the panoramic sea view would take some beating. I acknowledge that the stay was not in the high / summer season and the atmosphere in this area of the hotel was relaxed and tranquil with both the breakfast staff and the evening bar staff friendly and smiley bearing in mind that my grasp of THEIR language is limited to, 'Dos tortilla espanyol, uno ceverza grande y uno cafe con leche, POR FAVOR - GRACIAS'. "Smile and the world smiles with you but frown and you get what you deserve!"
All-in-all a hotel that could easily pass for a four star rating and this is the first ever review I've written in thirty years of travelling annually to Spain as I just wanted to put some balance in to the reviews as I dont think you could get a more mixed bag of reviews for such a good hotel.
If you are laid-back and easy to please then this hotel will suit you but if you looking to be over-critical and easily dis-pleased then pick your hotels using a blind-fold and a pin!
After studying TripAdvisor comments I had felt this was the perfect hotel for a 3 night stay in Alicante with my daughter. I booked directly with the hotel and made them aware I knew there was better rates available on the Internet, but negotiated a good room which I felt was more important. If this was a good room, I would hate to see a bad one! The hotel is designed (70's style) to maximise rooms, and not light or space, and we were put in a sea view room, that had a very limited view of the sea and a very large view of the ugliest building next door ( the Melia ). At no stage in the day did the tiny balcony get any direct sunlight. The room was small, albeit clean and fairly comfortable. However, there was a terrible smell of tobacco - the hotel does not apparently have any no smoking rooms.
The staff at the Front Desk were about the least friendly and most unhelpful employees I have ever come across - one or two exceptions, but on the whole it was quite unpleasant to ask them anything.
The exterior grounds of the hotel are virtually non existant - no outside bar, eating area or pool. The indoor pool is very warm with a dirty plastic roof and not at all luxurious.
On the plus side, the hotel is very well situated near the beach, the Marina and the Old Town. The breakfast room is very nice with a big picture windown overlooking the sea- at last! We were able to 'rent' beach towels, and the toiletries were better than average.
If our room had had a full sea view, I probably would have felt the hotel very adequate for a short break.
We did check out The Amerigo, which was really lovely and the staff there were exceptionally helpful. We would have moved hotel but as I was travelling with my daughter we needed twin beds and they could only offer us a double. The Internet rate for this hotel was only 25euro more than the rack rate I paid for the Spa Porta Maris and would definately be worth every single cent.
A Very Good Choice
My wife and I stayed in this hotel for two weeks in September.The location is very good, with views of the lovely city beach and the backdrop of the
Citadel from east facing rooms.
We upgraded to a Junior Suite which gave us an extremely large balcony with amazing beach and sea views. It was more expensive[34euro/day], but the improvement over the standard rooms which have small rather
claustrophobic balconies is significant.
All the significant areas of what is a very interesting city are within easy walking distance.
We ate in a number of tapas restaurants which is an excellent way to sample a range of Spanish food.
The beach in front of the hotel is very good and is used extensively by the locals, which makes it more interesting. It is possible to take a tram to the more highly recommended beach at Playa San Juan but we found it too large and somewhat barren.
It is much better to have a room on the East facing wing - the other side overlooks the Marina and the main entrance to the ferry port which can be
busy and noisy.
We would certainly use this hotel again.
Second stay - still highly recommended
This is my second stay this year in the hotel... this time at high season. I had a regular room with a view of the beach and found this to be much quieter than a portside view room... although no sun on the balcony in the evening which you do get on the other side.
I did have a problem with a malfunction in my air conditioning, but this was quickly and professionally handled by the desk staff. The desk staff did seem a little overstretched at times - with long queues at check-out time.
Although it was high season, I still thought everything was spotlessly clean, breakfast was well stocked and the spa was not at all busy... I had the pool almost to myself on several mornings!
This hotel is excellent value - and easily as good as a 4 star - and the free spa makes it a complete winner. I will definitely return.
Great value, top location in good resort
I visited Alicante in June for the first time, seeking a short weekend break in the sunshine. I booked at the last minute (Weds to leave on Fri) and found the hotel on a number of sites via this website.
I would echo all previous reviews about the Spa Porta Maris being excellent value and way better than your average 3 star. It is in a top location - with the marina on one side and the white sandy beach on the other. From right nearby you can catch the little tram that runs along the coast to get to some other beaches. The town is pleasant and has lots of shops and restaurants - and is lacking the neon so sadly evident in many other Spanish resorts.
I paid around £80 per night and was upgraded to a suite with a bedroom, 2 bathrooms AND a sitting room on arrival, even though I prepaid through a consolidator. I had a huge balcony all the way around my room, lots of free toiletries and big fluffy towels and bathrobes - all in a 3 star! I ate at the snack bar and the food was good value, freshly cooked and well presented. All the public areas are well maintained and have good decor.
The spa is simply lovely - and you can visit for FREE if you stay in the hotel. There is a lovely pool, sun terrace, jaccuzzi and steam/sauna room. Lots of great treatments are available - at competitive prices. The list is only available in Spanish - so a phrase book may be useful! Reception staff speak good English though.
In summary, excellent value, nice hotel in a great location. It's not super plush - but more than adequate.
Much better than the Melia Alicante!
We checked into this hotel after suffering two nights at the Hotel Melia Alicante, which is next door. The Melia Alicante didn't have air conditioning in the rooms so we were so pleased that the ac worked brilliantly at the Spa Porta Maris. The entrance up the escalator to the hotel is very tropical and cool. The staff speak English well and are very friendly, and efficient.
They even have little sucking candies at the front desk and provide guests with a map of the area. Included in the room is free use of the heated pool, the jacuzzi, and the foot spa (where you walk on rocks with jets of water spray on you).
The view is fabulous overlooking the sea and the hotel was recently renovated giving it a very Scandinavian feel. They even had ice machines on every floor with plastic cups.
The rooms are very clean and comfortable with loads of drawer and closet space, and yes...they have an English speaking TV channel. The bathrooms are large and new with a bidet and toilet, and toiletries. They even give you large beach towels (you just need to give a 10 Euro deposit which you get back when you return the used towel).
The breakfast isn't great...dried fruit, kiwis, pears, cereal, coffee, tea, scrambled eggs, sausage, different types of ham (but no serrano surprisingly), cheese, mini baguettes, chicken, yogurt. But they do have a juicing machine that is great. You just hit 'press' and it crushes the oranges for you in seconds.
There is no pool which is a down side. Great location across from the Esplanade with the restaurants, close to everything in town, and a short walk to the beach...about two minutes. this hotel is rated three stars but some unknown reason but is the equivalent of a four star in the US.
Breakfast Room with a View
I am a single traveller who went to Alicante for a long weekend winter break, the hotel exceeded all my expectations with a wonderful large modern double room for single occupancy, regardless of where you are located in the hotel you have a balcony with sea views, one side overlooks the marina and the other the beach. The staff were extremely helpful and everything is spotless, the breakfast is sumptuous in a room that appears to hangs over the sea, the only downside is they do not have a restaurant but given that you are right next door to the newly refurbised marina area there are an abundance of excellent fish restaurants just across the road. The old part of Alicante is only a five minutes stroll away with all the atmospheric tapas bars cramming the narrow cobblestoned streets. Everyone has flown to Alicante at some time, you really should take time to stop there for a mini break, it has a lot to recommend it.
Quick sunny getaway ..
great 3* .. all amendities .. NO noise in room .. seaview, hairdryer, adsl connex, tv, minibar .. beds comfy, breakfast varied, staff VERY helpful .. only went to alicante coz easyjet flys there .. but got a tan and bathed in the sea end of april .. so go for it .. only downer was the hotel's café in the evening .. one lady staff doing resto service AND room service .. too much to cope with .. i complained .. and didnt pay for that evening's meal .. entrance to spa wellness inclusive in room price DON'T forget ur flip-flops .. i did (coz i wasnt told) and they wont let us in without .. otherwise u can buy them for Eur 3.- a pair .. we were 4 ppl so we didn't .. i would go again and HIGHLY recommend this hotel .. gave it a 4 and not 5 rating .. merely coz of the resto incident & flip-flop forget - lol .. hasta !!! pic is view from our room ..
We liked it!
We just came back from the Spa Porta Maris, in Alicante, which is classified as a 3 Star Superior. It's definitely very good value for money. Modern, clean and more like a 4 star standard. Location is perfect for beach and old town. Breakfast is good. The view from the breakfast room is stunning. All the bedrooms have a sea view and balcony. Staff is polite and helpful. Also there is a fantastic spa/treatment centre attached, at extra charge. If you consider Alicante as a holiday destination don't look any further! Just book the Spa P. Maris! Also you are right at the Harbour: plenty of restaurants and bars! We liked Alicante as a town: the castle and old town are a must and shopping is great too!