Hotel Don Pancho

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Address: Avenida Mediterraneo 39, Benidorm, 03500, Spain

Star rating:
4 star hotel

4.2

An aging Don with lots of ardent admirers.

Hotel Don Pancho opened its doors almost forty years ago, and has been attracting the children and grandchildren of those original visitors year after year. It’s said that some of the originals still come back for their annual fortnight in the sun and the hotel staff are even informed when the now-pensioners pass away. That must say something about the hotel! It has been the Grande Dame of Benidorm’s hotels since the day it opened (that’s if a Don can be a Grande Dame) and seems likely to continue that way for some time to come.

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

Location

A five-minute walk to the beach, and in the centre of the ‘English’ area of shops, cafes, restaurants and entertainment.

Bedrooms

In the main, spacious and comfortably furnished, if a little old-fashioned at times, but in a cosy sort of way. Almost all of them have a view of the sea from their private terrace, which has a table and chairs. Ask for a corner room if you want something a bit more spacious. Apparently the British don’t like tiled or parquet floors, or so the housekeeper told me, so you can ask for a room with a carpet if you wish. Not all rooms have a bath, but if you like a soak you can ask for one which has both bath and shower.

Public areas

An enormous entrance lobby with a curious Aztec-style décor is also a lounge area of deep sofas and comfy armchairs. There is a ballroom (one of the favourite pastimes of winter pensioner visitors is ballroom dancing), which is also used for a wide range of free entertainments. (Closed on Mondays.) A small library has a decent collection of books which you can swap for the one you brought on holiday and finished. There is also internet connection. WiFi is also available throughout the hotel.

Eating and drinking

You won’t go hungry with the enormous buffets offered for breakfast, lunch and dinner, (drinks not included). You can have as many refills as you wish. A good variety of well prepared dishes on a regularly changing menu. (A comment on tripadvisor said that the ‘porridge is to die for’, which doesn’t seem like scaling the gastronomic heights but at least made someone happy.)

Leisure facilities

Dancing and shows six nights a week during the season. Two swimming pools, one covered and heated during the winter months, tennis, and a sauna.

Service

Very pleasant, helpful and courteous, the staff seem happy to go out of their way to help.

Who stays there

Mainly fifty-plus-year-olds during the low season, ten years younger than that and families during the high season.

Price advice

WiFi is available throughout the hotel, but there is a charge of 4€ a day, 20€ for a week, and 30€ for two weeks. A bottle of house wine with your meal will cost you a modest 7€, a bottle of water, 1.50€.

Amenities

  • High-Speed Internet
  • Restaurant
  • Swimming Pool

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • Families with teenagers
  • Families with younger children
  • Mature travellers
  • Singles
  • Live entertainment
  • Relaxation

Pros & Cons

  • Very popular year after year
  • Close to beach and other amenities
  • Mainly targeted at older clientele
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