In a narrow street in Alicante’s old town, close to the beach, town centre and all the historical points of interest.
From modern Japanese influences to belle epoque outrageous gilded mirrors, sparkling chandeliers, flouncy fabrics and bombe-fronted chests of drawers, the Monges Palace has almost every element of chi-chi antique you could wish for. I particular loved the room with the ancient Thai four-poster bed draped over in what appeared to be long embroidered table runners. The room also had an original hand-painted 19th-century Dutch wardrobe and a tiny French scroll-top desk. A number of rooms have four-posters (which for some reason people seem to find terribly romantic) and if you want one ask for a dorsel. A couple of the rooms have hydromassage/sauna cabins. You will need to ask for them and pay a supplement.
A cosy and attractive small dining room also doubles as a lounge once breakfast is cleared away.
Eating and drinking
A buffet breakfast at six euros is the only meal served, but Pedro can tell you all the best places to eat in the city at prices to suit all pockets.
Personal and helpful but not overly effisive.
Who stays there
Lovers of kitsch, camp, style and a warren of narrow passageways. Guests return time and time again to try the different rooms
The breakfast isn’t especially cheap when compared with cafes nearby, but the ambience helps make up for the couple of euros difference. The supplement of about forty euros for the hydromassage/sauna seems quite high. Various supplements for the rooms, but the basic forty-five euros during low season is pretty good for such a charming hotel.
- High-Speed Internet
- Business travellers
Pros & Cons
- Totally charming
- Well situated
- A selection of room styles
- Can be a bit of noisy from the side streets during summer