A 10-minute walk from Levante Beach and Old Benidorm
Some rooms renovated with fresh contemporary styling
Most rooms have balconies, some with sea views
Covered swimming pool and poolside bar
Varied buffet breakfast plus lunch and dinner buffets
Splash pool and playground for kids
Large gym, two saunas, and whirlpool tub
Free Wi-Fi throughout
Decor can be dated in rooms and common areas
Food has received mixed reviews
No electric kettles in rooms plus fees for mini-fridges and safes
Minimum stays for much of the year, especially high season
The Hotel Benidorm Plaza is a towering 228-room, resort-style hotel set in the center of Benidorm. Surrounded by hotels and tower blocks, this three-pearl property is a five- to 10-minute walk to Levante Beach and the cobbled streets of the old town. The decor throughout most of the property might feel garish to some and many rooms are outdated. More modern rooms do tone it down a bit, and some feature sea-view balconies. Fitness and child-friendly facilities are adequate without being outstanding, and food has garnered mixed reviews. The covered swimming pool is a highlight and stays open all year, though for a pool terrace with panoramic view of the Mediterranean, check out Hotel Avenida, which is also closer to the beach but less family friendly.
Distinctively colorful resort hotel with cheerful, well-kept interiors
With its soaring 15-story tower, toy-town architecture, and eye-catching mix of pastel tones with vibrant purples and blues, the Hotel Benidorm Plaza is certainly easy to spot. The quirky and colorful (some might say garish) color scheme continues in the reception area and through most of the hotel. This includes distinctly '80s-style satin pink columns and geometric shapes -- with the welcome addition of more calming sea and sky themes. Built in the sixties, the property was totally renovated at the end of the millennium, and more recently given this cheerful makeover in 2011, though the results don't look convincing. While this resort-style hotel lacks much in the way of gardens, a bright sun terrace is dotted with a few plants and palms, and includes a covered swimming pool, a popular feature for travelers looking to escape to the Mediterranean in the off season. Guests are a mix of largely Spanish and British couples at the more mature end of the spectrum, with just a few families with kids over the school breaks.
In central Benidorm, a 10-minute walk from the beach and old town
The hotel is located in the center of Benidorm, surrounded by other hotels, offices, and high-rise blocks. While set apart from much of the resort's buzzing nightspots, there are still plenty of restaurants and bars within easy walking distance. The more charming old town is a five- to 10-minute walk from the hotel. The property is also a five- to 10-minute stroll from the long stretch of sand at Levante Beach. The beach also has a seafront promenade lined with eateries, ice-cream parlors, and souvenir shops. Poniente Beach is just over a 10-minute walk away, as is the small Mal Pas Beach and its headland cliff with superb sea views. The nearest airport is on the outskirts of Alicante, a 45-minute drive away.
Most rooms open to furnished balconies with glimpses of the sea
The hotel has 228 rooms and suites, many of which look -- at least -- fresh and bright. These rooms include light wood-laminate floors and furnishings that combine with muted tones and splashes of color. Older rooms are more colorful, though feel quite dated in comparison -- expect sea-foam green wall panels in wavy patterns and cherry-veneer wood furniture, like headboards with moon-and-stars cutouts. Most rooms open to balconies with plastic seating and glimpses of the sea between buildings; top-floor rooms have better sea vistas. Tiled bathrooms are clean and relatively modern, with wall-mounted hose hairdryers, a basic selection of toiletries, and shower/tub combos or walk-in showers. Other amenities include air-conditioning, flat-screen TVs (with few English-language channels), and free and reliable Wi-Fi. Mini-fridges and safes are available for a fee, and there are no electric kettles.
Sun terrace with covered swimming pool, poolside bar, and splash pool
There are a decent number of features on offer at this hotel, though some are better than others. A buffet breakfast offers a wide choice of both hot and cold dishes dishes, served in the hotel's colorful restaurant. Half- and full-board options are also available, though the lunch and dinner buffets have received mixed reviews. A large and equally colorful bar provides evening entertainment, while a pool bar serves drinks on the sun terrace. The swimming pool is covered, which means that it can be used all year round (though it doesn't have much of a view). An outdoor splash pool and a covered playground keep kids entertained, while health facilities include a bright, roomy gym, saunas, and an old-school whirlpool tub. Wi-Fi is free throughout the hotel, and it's worth noting that minimum stays are required for much of the year, particularly in high season.
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