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Melia Benidorm 3.0

Benidorm, Costa Blanca, Alicante Province

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Pros

  • Walking distance to beaches, restaurants, and shops
  • 15 minutes' walk to Levante Beach and Aqualandia water park 
  • Contemporary rooms have private balconies and some sea views
  • Large outdoor pool with waterfalls, kiddy pool, and a sundeck 
  • Heated indoor pool and hot tub with loungers
  • Buffet restaurant, cocktail lounge, and bar with an outdoor terrace 
  • Great kids' club with an outdoor playground 
  • Game room for a pool table and air hockey 
  • Fitness center, spa, and sauna
  • 10 meeting rooms and a business center

Cons

  • Not directly on the beach 
  • Fee for Wi-Fi 
  • Breakfast not included in standard rates

Bottom Line

The mid-range Melia Benidorm is one of the larger hotels around, with a full range of features like a kids' club, indoor pool, spa, and a gorgeous outdoor pool surrounded by garden grounds. There are meeting rooms and a business center for the odd working holiday. Its 526 rooms are more contemporary than much of the competition, and upper floors glimpse the Mediterranean from their balconies. The all-inclusive buffet restaurant and bars have a vast amount of seating, much of which is on breezy outdoor terraces. Levante Beach, along with all the touristy dining and nightlife around it are within walking distance. It's worth comparing rates with the smaller Hotel Deloix Aqua Center, which ranks highly with guests, but is also much farther from the beach. 

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Scene

Self-contained hotel with broad appeal

The Melia Benidorm occupies two identical side-by-side towers that rise above a major avenue. Despite the traffic and the corporate look of the exterior, the atmosphere here is sedate and includes an abundance of green space. Isolated from the surrounding streets, the grounds are dominated by a pool area that's more typical of a beachfront resort, whose palm-lined gardens can make you forget you're in the middle of a city block. The inside is filled with natural light from banks of windows rising up several floors. Balconies here are draped with hanging gardens that breathe life into the center of the lobby. Blue carpeted lounges provide ample seating next to the windows; set with velvety navy couches and squat white lamps, around a baby grand piano. Guests are a mix of families and couples. 

Location

Walking distance to the beach, dining, and nightlife

The hotel is located on a major avenue that runs north from the beach. It's surrounded by other large hotels and a variety of fast food restaurants. Small shops and vendors line the sidewalks, and the surrounding area known as New Town is full of restaurants, bars, supermarkets, and dozens of other hotels. The popular Levante Beach is about a 15-minute walk away, and there are several other sandy beaches within a 10-minute drive from the hotel. The Aqualandia water park is also a 15-minute walk from the hotel (farther inland). Expect a 45-minute drive to Alicante Airport.

Rooms

Bright rooms with private balconies and traditional decor

The hotel's 526 rooms and suites come in beachy hues of light blue and sand with wood accents. Bedspreads bordered in blue piping, powder-blue armchairs, and swing-arm lamps give a traditional and almost old-fashioned look. Standard Rooms have sitting areas beside glass balcony doors with armchairs and tables, along with glass-topped desks. Somewhat small 32-inch flat-screen TVs come standard, along with mini-fridges, but Wi-Fi is an extra fee. Upgraded rooms have sofa beds, and a suite has a large outdoor terrace. Bathrooms in marble beige tile have shower/tub combos with glass shields; some have walk-in showers and separate soaking tubs. Toiletries include shaving and dental kits, along with shampoo and conditioner. 

All rooms have small private balconies with plastic furniture, and were designed to face the ocean from both towers, so that none of the rooms have inland views. Rooms on upper floors have partial sea views (with other tall buildings in the way), and the rest of the rooms overlook the gardens and pool. 

Features

Indoor and outdoor pools, restaurant and bars with outdoor terraces, and all-inclusive rates 

The hotel's centerpiece is its large lagoon-style pool that flows around plant-filled islands and walkways with imitation rocks and waterfalls, giving it the feel of a beachfront resort. Palm-lined gardens surround the sundeck, with plenty of loungers, and there's a kiddy pool with two small slides (though they're not waterslides). The large indoor heated pool and hot tub are housed in a space with attractive greenhouse windows. The spa has treatment rooms and a sauna. There's a fitness center filled with weight training equipment, but only a few cardio machines. The kids' club has games and activities, as well as an outdoor space and playground under its thatched-roof pavilion. An additional game room has arcade games, a pool table, and air hockey. Business facilities include 10 meeting rooms, a business center, and fees for Wi-Fi. There's a reading and TV lounge that doesn't get much use. 

For dining, a sprawling buffet restaurant serves Mediterranean and international dishes alongside a typical pizza and pasta station. There's also a snack bar with a huge outdoor terrace, set with tables and white shade umbrellas. A cocktail lounge has regular nightly entertainment, and there's a poolside bar with covered seating in the gardens. All-inclusive rates are available.

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Address

Avda. Doctor Severo Ochoa 1, Benidorm, Costa Blanca 03500, Spain

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