Hotel Corona del Mar
Avenida Jaime I, 3, Benidorm, Alicante, Spain, 03500
- Recommended for:
- Couples, Families with teenagers, Families with younger children, Mature travellers, Singles, Escaping the crowds, Live entertainment, Relaxation, Shopping, Sightseeing
Best for The Beach - Expert review of Hotel Corona del Mar
The Corona del Mar was the hotel I stayed in when I first visited Spain twelve years ago. I remembered it as a comfortable and friendly place to stay in the ‘Spanish’ end of Benidorm. I was interested to know if it had stayed the same, and thankfully it had.
Right on the sea front of Poiniente Beach, the quieter of Benidorm’s two main beaches, and away from the brashness of the Rincon de Loix, the main tourist area (although almost anywhere in Benidorm can be called ‘tourist area’). Only a few minutes walk to the busy shopping and entertainments of the old town.
All bedrooms were refurbished in 2010, most have twin beds (although the Spanish still refer to them as ‘double rooms’ and not ‘twin rooms’ as do the British) except, curiously enough, the single rooms which are smaller but have a double bed. Go figure, as the Americans have a way of saying. There is only on room with a double bed per floor (seven all told), which you need to ask for when you make your reservation. All rooms have a terrace, although you will have to pay a supplement for a sea view. The rooms are bright and airy and comfortably furnished and, in general, are pretty spacious, although some of the larger ones that have a sofa-bed and double as family rooms could be a bit cramped when the bed is unfolded.
A large lounge/bar forms part of the lobby, with a stage set up at one end for entertainment of all kinds.
All meals are served buffet style, with a changing menu and plenty of it. The Corona has its fair share of Spanish guests and well as those from northern Europe, so the catering ranges pretty wide in its choice, although there is always a paella or similar Spanish dish on offer.
Two external swimming pools, one of which is for children, (they also have a playground), and a pleasant pool area are ideal for passing the time if you don’t want to get sand between you toes. There is heated indoor pool with a Jacuzzi, and a well equipped gym with a sauna. Depending on the season, activities are specially provided for children to keep them entertained, as is the entertainment programme for adults. A salon on the seventh floor with splendid views of the Med acts as a library, mainly stocked with guests leftovers.
Very pleasant and attentive staff.
Mainly British, Dutch and German retirees during the winter months, with everyone from families, twenty-year-olds and upwards during the summer.
The extra 6€ a day for a sea view is well worth it, particularly as the rear-view rooms look over the car park and a busy road. Secure parking is a very well-priced 9€ per day
More information on Hotel Corona del Mar:
- Avenida Jaime I, 3, Benidorm, Alicante, Spain, 03500
- Fitness Centre, High-Speed Internet, Restaurant, Swimming Pool