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Sandos Monaco Beach Hotel & Spa 3.5

Benidorm, Costa Blanca, Alicante Province

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Pros

  • Central location near the beach, Old Town, and nightlife 
  • Clean, sunny rooms with flat-screen TVs and furnished balconies
  • Select program guests get free lounge access and in-room extras
  • Small outdoor pool with a whirlpool, lots of loungers, and a bar
  • Buffet restaurant serves a varied spread for all three meals
  • Spa with a large hydrotherapy area, a sauna, and massages (fee)
  • Small fitness center with cardio and strength-training machines
  • Full daily entertainment program, and nightly shows
  • One meeting room with audiovisual equipment and catering services
  • On-site underground parking, and airport transfers (both for a fee)
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout

Cons

  • Fee for mini-fridges and safes in standard rooms
  • Pool is smallish and gets lots of shade
  • Food gets mixed reviews

Bottom Line

The Sandos Monaco Beach Hotel & Spa is an upper-middle-range, adults-only property with a central location between Old and New Towns, and a five-minute walk from the beach. Rooms at this all-inclusive are clean and sunny, and have nice bathrooms, furnished balconies, and free Wi-Fi. But decor is a little plain and dated, and non-premium guests should expect to pay for use of safes and mini-fridges. With a bar, a whirlpool, and lots of loungers, the pool deck is a pleasant sunny spot, though the pool itself is smallish and gets several hours of shade a day. A soothing spa provides a great hydrotherapy area (for a fee). The restaurant serves a varied buffet for all meals, but food gets mixed reviews. In this price range, Hotel RH Royal is another good option for couples, but it lacks a spa. 

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Scene

Quiet adults-only all-inclusive popular with older couples in the off-peak season

Part of a medium-sized hotel chain with properties in Mexico and Spain, the adults-only Sandos Monaco has a quiet vibe year-round. As at most hotels in Benidorm, there is daily entertainment and nightly shows, but the atmosphere here is mellower than at other all-inclusives, and bachelor and bachelorette parties are not allowed. The hotel is especially quiet in the off-peak season, when most guests here are middle-aged or older couples.  

The Monaco is housed in a 16-story skinny tower with glass balconies built at an angle, and generic interiors that are a tad more contemporary than at many other upper-middle-range hotels in town. Although not quite stylish or upscale, huge floor-to-ceiling windows make the lobby sunny and appealing, while chocolate-brown couches offer plenty of seating space. Dark green faux-marble finishes are a tad dated, but the overall feel is pleasant. Outside, the pool area is where the action takes place during the day. The deck is large and offers dozens of loungers, but the pool itself is smallish and gets lots of shade.

Location

Walking distance to Old and New Towns, the beach, and nightlife

The hotel is located on a quiet side street a block from the main thoroughfare leading to Levante Beach, which is just a five-minute walk away. Playa de Poniente, a sandy two-mile beach, can also be reached on foot in about 15 minutes. This hotel is right between New and Old Towns, each with its own vibe and style. New Town, the heart of which is a five-minute walk away, is mostly popular with international visitors and is home to dozens of bars, clubs, shops, and restaurants; Old Town, the heart of which is about a 15-minute walk away, has a more local feel, and is less party-oriented yet still lively. The nearest airport is located in Alicante, about a 45-minute drive away. The hotel offers airport transfer services for a fee.

Rooms

Clean and spacious, with free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, and furnished balconies

Guest rooms at the Sandos Monaco are clean and spacious, but decor is generic and a tad plain. Thin gray bedspreads flecked with white rectangles, simple dark-wood furniture, and beige tile floors give a bland backdrop. Tomato-red accent walls and chairs in swirl-print fabric attempt to add a little style. Bathrooms in tan-stone tile are a bit more elegant. They either have large walk-in showers or shower/tub combos, wall-mounted hairdryers, and heated towel racks. Standard amenities include flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi, but there are fees for use of safes and mini-fridges. Guests on the Select all-inclusive package get a few in-room extras -- including kettles, robes, and minibars stocked with water and sodas -- as well as access to a private lounge with free drinks and snacks throughout the day. 

Deluxe units are the standard category here, and Suites add separate living areas and jetted tubs in the bedrooms. All have large windows opening onto balconies furnished with two chairs and a small table, and most have panoramic city views. 

Features

Pool, restaurant, spa, fitness center, and on-site parking

Sandos Monaco has a solid lineup of features for its pearl category. The pool is a nice spot for socializing or just relaxing, although it's a tad small for a hotel this size and it sits in the shade for several hours a day. There is daily entertainment, a whirlpool, and tons of loungers here, but those looking to sit quietly in the sun can get a sunbed on a separate deck a little away from the pool. A poolside bar with indoor and outdoor seating serves drinks, salads, and fast food during the day, and at night Metropole Bar offers live music and shows. The hotel has one restaurant only, serving a varied buffet for all three meals, but food here gets mixed reviews.

For a fee, guests have access to the spa, which is one of the most appealing spaces at the Sandos Monaco. It has a large hydrotherapy area, a sauna, massage cabins, and salon services, and the vibe is soothing and quiet. The fitness center is small but well-equipped, with several cardio and strength-training machines, and a flat-screen TV. The hotel also features a meeting room, a few computers in the lobby, and on-site parking (for a fee). Wi-Fi is free throughout.

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Address

Avenida Periodista Emilio Romero 11, Benidorm, Costa Blanca 03503, Spain

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