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Hospes Amerigo 4.5

Alicante, Costa Blanca, Alicante Province

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Pros

  • Luxury, historic hotel in the city center
  • Rooms have views of Santa Barbara Castle and Cathedral of San Nicolas  
  • Indoor/outdoor rooftop pool with solarium 
  • Michelin-star restaurant is among the on-site dining options
  • Coffee shop, tapas bar, and rooftop bar-restaurant
  • Spa with natural-based treatments, plus hair salon and shops
  • Bright and sunny fitness center with sauna
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout hotel and portable Wi-Fi for guests
  • Free wine or coffee upon arrival and sweet treats at night
  • Valet parking, airport transfers, and car rentals
  • Meeting room for up to 200 people with audiovisual technology

Cons

  • Some of the furniture shows signs of wear and tear
  • Rooms on lower floors can pick up street noise

Bottom Line

Located in the historic center, the luxury Hospes Amerigo is housed in a 16th-century convent that has been renovated with modern style. It has a rooftop pool and bar-restaurant, and three other dining options, including a casual tapas spot with indoor and outdoor seating, and a more formal Michelin-star restaurant. There's also a rooftop spa, gym, an indoor and outdoor pool, and a hair salon. Its 81 spacious rooms, with dark-wood floors and high ceilings, include views of Santa Barbara Castle and Cathedral of San Nicolas, but some of the furniture shows wear and tear. The property is about a 10-minute walk from Playa del Postiguet. Those looking for a property directly on the beach might prefer the Hotel Montiboli.

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Scene

Former Dominican convent transformed into an intimate, modern hotel

Hospes Amerigo's origins as a Dominican convent are still on display in its gracious limestone facade, pointed windows, and etherial ambience that draws couples, families, groups of friends, and business travelers. The lobby, with its high ceilings and pristine marble floors, is airy with cozy seating niches. Guests are offered high-quality wine or coffee on arrival. At the heart of the hotel are its restaurants -- food-centric spaces that pay homage to local ingredients and draw international foodies, as the chef-signed photos attest -- the Fondillon Restaurant has a Michelin star. The tapas restaurant has a vintage decor of rough wood and chalkboard surfaces, and a narrow terrace with plantings next to large, natural stone-block walls. The rooftop pool, with its black-mesh-and-steel loungers and sleek bar, is a favorite gathering spot. 

Location

In the historic district, within walking distance of several sights

Centrally located, the Hospes Amerigo is surrounded by bars and restaurants, and is within walking distance of many old town sights. Several major attractions are within a short walk including the Cathedral of San Nicolas (two minutes away), the Paseo Explanada (three minutes away), and the Gravina Museum of Fine Arts and Alicante Museum of Contemporary Art (both a four-minute walk from the hotel). The Archaeological Museum of Alicante is a six-minute walk away, and Playa del Postiguet Beach is about a 10-minute walk. Castillo of Santa Barbara is a seven-minute drive or a 28-minute train ride, and the El Plantio Golf Resort is a 15-minute drive. Alicante Airport is a 17-minute drive or a 33-minute train ride.

Rooms

Slightly worn but luxuriously appointed with historic views

Hospes Amerigo's 81 rooms are spacious, with views that include Santa Barbara Castle and Cathedral of San Nicolas. Dark woods predominate -- in the floors and massive headboards -- with white walls and pops of red or orange on satin throws or pillows. Low-backed, modern sofas are paired with glass-and-chrome coffee tables. But wear and tear is evident in places, such as nicked veneers or stained upholstery. Superior Rooms might have Juliet balconies and separate seating areas. All rooms are air-conditioned, and include minibars, safes, flat-screen TVs, and coffeemakers. Trouser presses, robes and slippers, are also on hand, and bottled water is replenished daily. Bathrooms are roomy and include fresh flowers. They have bidets and magnifying mirrors. Bathtub and stall showers are in gray-veined marble and have glass doors. Beautifully packaged Olivia brand toiletries are provided. Some rooms, especially on lower floors, pick up street noise.

Features

Four restaurants, tapas bar, coffee shop, pools, spa, and gym

Hospes Amerigo doesn't stint on the amenities. There are four restaurants, including one with a Michelin-star, a tapas bar with an extensive wine selection, and a coffee shop. The hotel has an indoor pool, and an outdoor pool on the roof -- both heated -- and a rooftop bar. There's a breakfast buffet for a fee, which includes eggs cooked to order. The spa includes a sauna, and its treatments reflect several international holistic practices and ingredients. The small fitness center has a mix of cardio machines and free weights. Wi-Fi is free throughout, and there's a computer available for guests' use, and a business center. There are several meeting rooms that can accommodate up to 200 people. The front desk will arrange airport transfers and tickets, rental cars, and store luggage. The hotel also houses a few small shops. Laundry and dry cleaning services are available for a fee. Valet parking is available as well.

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Rafael Altamira 7 , Alicante, Costa Blanca 03002, Spain

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