Hotel Corona del Mar

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Address: Avenida Jaime I, 3, Benidorm, 03500, Spain

Star rating:
4 star hotel

4.3

Unobstructed views of the sparkling Mediterranean from this well-priced Benidorm hotel.

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.

Location
4.5
90%
Eating/drinking
4.5
90%
Leisure facilities
4.5
90%
Service
4.6
90%
Value for money
4.6
90%
Bedrooms
4.4
90%
Public areas
4.3
90%

Location

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.

Bedrooms

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.

Public areas

A large lounge/bar forms part of the lobby, with a stage set up at one end for entertainment of all kinds.

Eating and drinking

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.

Leisure facilities

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.

Service

Very pleasant and attentive staff.

Who stays there

Mainly British, Dutch and German retirees during the winter months, with everyone from families, twenty-year-olds and upwards during the summer.

Price advice

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

Amenities

  • Fitness Centre
  • High-Speed Internet
  • Restaurant
  • Swimming Pool

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • Families with teenagers
  • Families with younger children
  • Mature travellers
  • Singles
  • Escaping the crowds
  • Live entertainment
  • Relaxation
  • Shopping
  • Sightseeing

Pros & Cons

  • Right on top of the beach
  • Economical tourist orientated hotel
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