Benidorm hotels

By Derek Workman, your Benidorm expert

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Best for Luxury -
Expert overall rating:4.9 (out of 5)

A temple of Thai indulgence overlooking the Mediterranean.

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Expert overall rating:4.6 (out of 5)

The place to take a Jacuzzi in the nude while gazing across the sparkling Mediterranean.

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Expert overall rating:4.5 (out of 5)

A sparkling little gem of a hotel hidden in a side street in Benidorm’s old town.

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Expert overall rating:4.4 (out of 5)

A pleasing tourist hotel with plenty of space.

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Best for Families -
Expert overall rating:4.3 (out of 5)

An exceptional family hotel perfectly placed for sun, sea and a saunter along the prom.

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Expert overall rating:4.3 (out of 5)

A high-rise hotel with the most fantastic view over Benidorm to the sea.

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Hotel Advice

The Cost Blanca has suffered from a bad press for the last couple of decades – and completely unfairly. Benidorm became the brunt of insulting comments from every journalist wanting to take a dig at Spain, most of whom had probably never even been to the town. But despite this, Benidorm, known since the late 19th century as la playa de Madrid, Madrid’s beach, because it was where the wealthy from the nation’s capital had their summer homes, has become the most popular resort in Europe, and has been for years. This popularity spread throughout the Costa Blanca, bringing with it people from all level of society, some wanting a simple bed and breakfast, others top-of-the-range luxury – and the Costa Blanca provides it all.

When people first visit the area they are often taken completely by surprise as to how close the beach is to the mountains, and the tranquillity of rustic life. This has led to a new breed of small hotel that caters for those who want both, but also offers those want a week by the Med to get a close-up idea of what rural Spain is like.

Benidorm in particular probably offers one of the widest ranges of high-quality, good value hotel accommodation to be had anywhere in the world, as well as some beautiful, small, personal b&b’s. It’s fair to say that region is overwhelmingly tourist orientated, but this has had a positive affect for the holidaymaker in that there are some superb deals available for those who want to take the winter sun or a holiday outside the usual high-occupancy seasons. Some of the larger hotels offer extraordinary deals for pensioners, who spend up to three months all-found in four-star hotels for less than they would at home in the UK.

I don’t mention if a hotel has a television, safe-deposit box, hairdryer or mini-bar for the simple reason that they all do, from the smallest hostel to the most exclusive five-star. I usually mention when they don’t have a TV, so that it doesn’t come as a surprise. Unfortunately, this obsession with ever-large flat-screen TVs has almost overwhelmed hotels and sometimes spoils what can be a charming room.

Things to consider before booking:

• Very few hotels have fully come to grips with the difference between the difference between being accessible for disabled people and adapted for disabled people, the latter meaning with fully adapted bathrooms and other services. Sometimes what it offered is what is basically a wet room, but this isn’t always acceptable to wheelchair users. Check that the bedroom is accessible para personas con discapacidad or adaptada para personas con discapacidad.

• The infamous Spanish puente can affect the price of your hotel and how busy it is. The puente occurs when there is a local or national saint’s day (like bank holidays in the UK) on a Friday or a Monday, creating a long weekend. Many people take off for the weekend and hotels up their prices because they know they will be busy. It can also make it difficult to get a room on those particular dates. The days change on an annual basis, but it’s sometimes worth checking if the dates you are booking are on a puente (mainly during spring and autumn) as you may find you can get a considerable saving by delaying your trip a few days.

• A full programme of entertainment; dances, cabaret, bands, shows, is offered by almost every large hotel, particularly in Benidorm, depending on the season. Most of it is very professional.

• Meals in the larger tourist orientated hotels tend to be buffet service, but good value if taken on half- or full-board terms. Ask if they do an ‘all-in price’, which includes all food and drink, although the latter tends to be of lower quality than you would get if you bought in a bar.

• If you want a sea view, ask for it, don’t assume you will automatically get one just because the hotel is beside the sea. Sometimes you will have to pay a supplement.

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I have no idea how many hotels I’ve stayed in in the area over the decade I’ve been writing about it, but as I include eighty in by book Small Hotels of Eastern Spain, and have been writing a monthly hotel column for the Costa Blanca News for the last eight years, I think it’s fair to say that I’ve seen some of the best and worst on offer.

Try as we might, rating a hotel is very much a personal affair. Guidelines to location, public areas etc are useful to focus on to give an idea of what a hotel has to offer, but even these can be quite subjective. A five-star hotel might have oceans of space and a dozen bars but be charmless, whereas a small hotel might only have a couple of cosy sofas and a small patio, but exudes warmth and charm. The final overall rating will inevitably come down to how I personally felt about the hotel and my experience of it.

When choosing the hotels I’ve tried to offer as wide a selection as possible, from luxury to almost bare-bones, and be as balanced as I could when rating each of the sections. I never look for perfection, and work on the premise that, just like us all, the staff and the hotel might just be having an ‘off day’; just because the service isn’t up to scratch on the day of a large convention doesn’t mean that it’s bad for the rest of the time. I try to take these factors into account, but you can soon spot when something isn’t right on a longer-term basis.

None of us are infallible, and I’d very much like to know if your experience differs from mine, and I’ll look into it. I’d also like to have your recommendations so that I can follow them up.
 

Simonseeks has given star ratings out of five for all accommodation recommendations. With hotels, these will tally with the hotel's official star rating where it exists. Where a hotel has no official star rating, and in the case of b & bs and hostels, the experts have made a judgment as to how many stars the accommodation deserves, in terms of comfort, level of facilities and so forth.