Centrally located hotel across from the Central Market
Rooms include flat-screen TVs, safes, minibars, and AC
Room views look out over the sea and a historic castle
Small gym with sauna, open 24 hours
Stylish lobby with free newspapers, car rentals, and ticketing
Breakfast buffet available (for a fee)
Free Wi-Fi, use of computer, and business center
Laundry and dry cleaning services (for a fee)
Smoking rooms available (con for some)
15-minute walk to the beaches
Smell of smoke drifts to nonsmoking areas
Street-facing rooms pick up noise
Furniture shows some signs of wear and tear
Housekeeping could be more thorough
The modern, mid-range Eurostars Lucentum sits opposite the beautiful Central Market on one of Alicante's main streets. It's near bars, restaurants, tapas spots, and shops, and is about a 15-minute walk to the beach. Its 169 beige-toned rooms, with some original artwork, have a simple elegance despite the IKEA-style furniture, with views that include the sea and the Castillo Santa Barbara. The hotel serves a reasonably priced buffet breakfast, and Wi-Fi is free throughout the property. It also has a small gym and sauna, and a business center. Travelers seeking a centrally located hotel with a pool might prefer the Melia Alicante, though rates are higher.
Starkly modern building set amid more classically styled buildings
The glass- and white-paneled facade of the Eurostars Lucentum rises starkly amid the more classically styled buildings on one of Alicante's busiest streets. Its lobby, with its marble floors, triple-floor ceiling and open first and second floors, lime-green, low-backed sofas and coffee tables, and drum pendant lights, is a lively hub of international guests coming and going. But the lobby bar, three aluminum mesh stools at a white counter, and some upholstered lounge seating, is bare bones. The breakfast buffet is served in a bright, yellow room with large, square columns decorated with enlarged pictures of pink and white starfish. Artwork from emerging artists adorns the walls. The hotel attracts mainly Europeans, including couples, families, friends vacationing together, and solo travelers.
The Eurostars Lucentum is conveniently located across from the Central Market, within walking distance of restaurants, bars, tapas spots, and several sights. It's less than a 10-minute walk to the Cathedral of San Nicolas, the Passeo de Explanada, and the Alicante Museum of Contemporary Art. Within about a 15-minute walk are the Gravina Museum of Fine Arts, the Archaeological Museum of Alicante, the main railway station, several beaches, and the marina. El Plantio Golf Resort is a 17-minute drive away. Alicante Airport is a 20-minute drive or about 40 minutes away by train.
Simple, modern rooms and suites with views that include the sea and a historic castle
The 169 rooms at Eurostars Lucentum have views that include the sea and the Castle of Santa Barbara. Decor is simple and serene, with beige and light wood predominating, and throws in blush and cream hues, and silk drapes. All rooms include air-conditioning, free Wi-Fi, safes, minibars, and flat-screen TVs; higher-end rooms include robes. Superior Rooms have sitting areas, and Junior Suites have living areas with sofa beds and dining and coffee tables separated from the sleeping areas by wood sliding doors. Beige-tile bathrooms have dark-stone countertops and white bowl sinks and bidets. The tub/shower combos are shielded by glass. Some of the furniture shows nicks and wear, and some of the bathtubs could use a heavy scrubbing. Toiletries are made on the island of Ibiza and include combs. Rooms facing the street pick up noise, and light sleepers may want to request rooms facing inward.
The Eurostars Lucentum offers most of the amenities expected of a mid-range hotel. It serves a reasonably priced buffet breakfast, which includes yogurt, ham, breads, and fresh juice, and it has a small gym -- with a few cardio machines, free weights, and views of the city -- plus a sauna. Wi-Fi is free throughout the hotel, and there's a computer for guests' use, along with a small business center and meeting rooms with audiovisual equipment. Laundry and dry cleaning services are available for a fee. The lobby offers free newspapers, and it has a car rental desk and free luggage storage.
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