Avenida Doctor Severa Ochoa 1, Benidorm, Alicante, Spain, 03500
- Recommended for:
- Couples, Families with teenagers, Families with younger children, Mature travellers, Singles, Chilling out, Relaxation, Sightseeing
Expert review of Melia Benidorm
The Melia has been one of the most popular tourist hotels in Benidorm since it opened, and even though it is looking a bit tired in places it still measures up to a good holiday standard.
Ten minutes walk from the beach, cafes, shopping and entertainment of the Rincon de Loix.
If a view of the sea is important to you try to get as high as you can. The bedrooms are comfortable and well furnished, although for some people the beds are a bit to hard, but that’s how I like them, so they weren’t for me. Large flat-screen TVs are de rigeur these days, but I can happily live without them. They advertise a room adapted for disabled people, but wheelchair users might find it a bit cramped. The bathroom and toilet is a wet room.
You enter the hotel through a five-storey atrium, pocketed with indoor gardens full of palms and ferns, and the hanging gardens of Benidorm cascading from the balconies. An enormous lounge of sofas and low lighting makes you feel as if you are on a cruise ship, and there are pockets of seating areas scattered all around the hotel. The lawned gardens are beautifully laid out with olive trees and palms, and center around the sinuously shaped swimming pools.
A good choice of standard hotel fayre and plenty of it, with the occasional oddity such as pig’s trotters, which the Spanish love. The breakfast will set you up for the day if you are on half board, but be prepared for long food queues during the high season. There are occasional gastronomic slips such as including fish in the vegetarian menu. There is a large cafeteria that also serves a limited menu of snacks. During summer months a bar by the pool is open.
In anything but the coolest weather, life revolves around the swimming pools, with their thatched parasols providing shade for reclining on the sun loungers.
Well-mannered, helpful and friendly.
Almost everyone, including large groups of businessmen, as the hotel is very popular as a conference venue.
More information on Melia Benidorm:
- Avenida Doctor Severa Ochoa 1, Benidorm, Alicante, Spain, 03500
- Fitness Centre, High-Speed Internet, Restaurant, Swimming Pool