The Magic Monika ApartHotel in Cala Finestrat is about 40 minutes drive away from Alicante Airport and about 6 minutes drive away from Benidorm. We got a last minute flight to Alicante and then had to quickly find somewhere to stay. We didn't want to go to Benidorm and I found Magic Monika ApartHotel with lowcostholidays and it looked fab. The pool looked great and the rooms looked liveable for a 7-night stay.
When we got there we were disappointed to say the least! The accommodation was appalling. We had chosen the self catering option but there was nothing in the room to assist us having a self catering holiday. There was one spoon and two large stock pans, a big ladle spoon, a microwave and fridge and two hob rings. We had no plates, cups, glasses, knives and forks, kettle or suitable pan to boil water.
We complained to reception and they left us 3 cups, 2 glasses, 2 knives and 3 forks and 3 plates for the four of us. This wasn't very good. We had no bowls and no toaster what was breakfast time going to be like? We didn't have to worry about that as we soon found out that they had given us free breakfast for the week!
The sleeping arrangements were a double bed in a bedroom and a double sofa bed in the living room/kitchen. Not really suitable for my 2 children, a boy and a girl but as my daughter is only 2 we managed to get a cot for her.
So to start with we felt a little bit unhappy with how we were going to live for the next week but as soon as we got to the pool this changed. The pool area is fantastic. There are plenty of sun beds and they don't let you in until 930ish so that stops people getting up really early and putting the towels down but people still queued up and when they opened the gates some guests would run to their favourite places and grab the sun beds and umbrellas - it was quite funny to watch.
There is a great climbing frame with slides for the younger children in a shallow part of the pool and a seesaw in another part of the pool so the youngsters are happy. The pool was so warm but after checking a video online I can see that the hotel and pool is in disrepair. There is a bar in the middle of the pool and a bridge walkway to a canopy area above the bar but this is in disrepair. It's just an empty shell - you can see what it used to be but now only the shell of the bridge remains and parts of the canopy roof are missing.
This resort was mainly occupied by Spanish holiday makers and they all smoke. There are also sections of the inside of the hotel where they all sat and smoked. The children's mini disco was 10pm - 12 midnight and our kids only managed to attend this once. I do appreciate that the Spanish have different schedules and this hotel totally catered for the Spanish.
There was a kids club, kids playground and soft play area which my kids enjoyed and there was some great entertainment shows in the evening. We only went to a couple of the shows because the other guests annoyed me. The evening would start well but the bar area would fill up and people would just get chairs and sit right in front of you so you'd be happily watching the entertainment and then a family of smokers would carry some chairs and place them between you and the next table and push against your seat. This didn't wind me up too much as my kids were falling asleep so I would just leave.
I did not have a problem with being in this Spanish Resort - why? Because everything was cheap. It was like it used to be when you went on holiday in the 80s. You go to a resort catered for the English and you get ripped off! We took £500 cash with us and expected to draw out another £500 whilst there. We spent £420 in the week! It was 3euros for a couple of beers - our meals out were about 35euros and the supermarket up the road was fantastic. We were buying bags of fresh prawns, skid and fish etc for a fraction of the price you would pay here.
Would I recommend this hotel? Yes and No. Yes if you are a couple with no kids. If you have kids then you would have to sort out the sleeping arrangements make sure you have twin beds, cot etc.
The pool is a great fun area and your kids will love it you just need to think that you are not going to spend much time in your apartment. The resort area is small but there's lots of trips and stuff to do. The beach nearby is small but really nice and there is a market on nearly every night. The Spanish cafes, restaurants are nice and we stayed away from the British ones. If you are used to exclusive 4/5 star perfect hotels then don't stay here.
We made the most of our holiday and had a really fun time.