Don Salva - Benidorm
The Don Salva is a great base for young couples as it is right in the centre of the pubs just a few streets back. You walk down the yellow brick road and your right in the middle of the strip. We have stayed there twice both during new year. There is a great Chinese two doors down from the BBQ chicken place and the rock bar at the end of the yellow brick road has 1 euro. The hotel is very clean and has a small pool at the base of the hotel but it wasn't warm enough when we went to go out there. The apartments we had were lovely very modern with all new appliances. We stayed in a one bedroom apartment the first year and a two bedroom apartment this year. We had two bathrooms and a lovely big balcony. We were on the 11th floor so people scared of heights should warned it is very high. There are lots of shops close to the hotel where you can buy bread and milk etc.
I went abroad for the first time in my life last year with my boyfriend Paul. I had no idea what to expect from a country other than England and Wales, so I wasn’t sure what it would be like and I was scared that I might not adapt to the hot climate. Our chosen hotel was ‘Flamingo Playa Apartments’ located in central Benidorm. Well actually it wasn’t a case of choosing the hotel, as we had booked it online. We looked through some brochures of the resort and did a bit of touring on the computer and it looked very nice. Even the aparthotel looked nice, so I couldn’t wait to get there. Also, Benidorm is supposed to be one of the liveliest resorts in Spain. I was worried about the currency and the language over there, but other than that I was looking forward to it. I had never been on a plane before, so I didn’t know what to expect. The day I got the plane will perhaps shock some of you. It was 11th September 2001. Of all the days to go on holiday, that had to be the day we went. Luckily I didn’t know about the terroist attacks until I got to Benidorm. Though I am sure you can imagine how terrified I was to get a plane back home! Well anyway back onto the subject of my holiday. We soon arrived at Alicante Airport. This is the nearest airport to the resort of Benidorm. We next had to get a Thomson coach to Flamingo Playa, after we’d spent ages collecting our luggage. The coach arrived at our destination within an hour, which wasn’t too bad, though the coach was very hot. We got off the coach and the driver got our luggage for us. The rep walked into the Reception with us to introduce us to the receptionist, then she went back onto the bus. I had never been in a hotel before (not even in England), so I wasn’t too sure what to expect). I looked around the Reception. It was fairly large, air-conditioned and looked very clean. There were 3 people in Reception and n
ot a soul anywhere else, from what I could see. In Reception, I noticed 3 pay phones, 3 lifts, a sitting area made up of sofas and tables, a kiddies club room, notice boards and stairs. The Receptionist welcomed us to the hotel and gave us our key for the apartment. He was very friendly and helpful. We also had to pay a small deposit on our room. We were also told we could get a key for our safe in the morning. We made our way up to our room, via lift with all our luggage. We opened the door. The apartment looked very nice. There was a kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, main room and balcony. It looked very clean and tidy, with nothing out of place what so ever. There was a nice smell of humid-hot chocolate when we had first got off the plane in Alicante and I could also smell it in the apartment. I decided it was the smell of Spain Let me firstly start by describing our apartment. Bedroom: Our bedroom consisted of a seat, desk and loads of drawers next to 1 large mirror, a safe, loads of drawers, wardrobes with coat hangers in them, bed side cabinets and 2 single beds. Bathroom: Our bathroom consisted of a toilet (of course!), a foot bath, a sink, towel holders, a bath and there was also a window at the top, which could be opened. There were also 2 rolls of toilet roll awaiting us. Kitchen: The kitchen consisted of a fridge, a microwave, a cooker, cupboards, a bin and drawers with cutlery and cooking essentials in. Main room: The main room was made up of a sofa, a colour TV with Sky, loads of drawers, and a table and chairs. Balcony: The balcony had chairs and tables on it. We were on the 7th floor so there was a very lovely view of the surrounding area. Mountains, other hotels, bars and even the sea could be spotted. It was very lovely. We also had a view of the swimming pool too. Other information: The cleaner came once a
week to change the bed linen, change the towels, give us toilet roll, and hoover the floor. Even the cleaner seemed very friendly. Flamingo Playa has over 20 floors, each with a balcony. The walls are very thin as everyone could hear everyone very well, especially at night when chairs were scraped across the floor, and the shutting of apartment doors. Kids could also be heard screaming and crying through the walls, but what do you expect. The hotel has 2 swimming pools. One is for the kiddies and the other is for the adults. They are both shallow at the edge and deeper towards the middle, although they are quite small. Why is it that large hotels always have small pools? If swimming doesn’t interest you, you could aways sit on one of the chairs and tables situated around the pool. There is also a bar in the basement with a range of drinks and also a restaurant for a mixture of different food. In Reception you will find notice boards with details about your Rep and entertainment provided by the hotel. Paul and I never went to any entertainment in the hotel so I can’t say what it’s like. We were always enjoying the nightlife. There is a lot of nightlife there, entertainment that will suit every one. If any help is needed within the hotel, you can either speak to one of the many friendly Receptionists, speak to your Rep or phone your tour operator. Flamingo Playa has only 3 stars, even though it’s very clean and lovely. Flamingo Playa is part of Thomson holidays. It is about a 100/200 metre walk to the beach. It’s about a 400m walk to Mundomar or Aqualandia (a zoo and a water park). It is quite close to the English bars and is about a 600m walk to the old town of Benidorm. Please see my opinion on Benidorm for more information about Benidorm and Mundomar and Aqualandia etc. Thanks for reading my opinion. I hope this has been helpful for anyone wanting to visit Benidorm!
Early last summer we decided to book a late deal from teletext and all that seemed to be on offer for the week we could get away was Benidorm, we had never been before so we thought we would give it a try, we found a good price on named full board accommodation and made enquires about it. We were told the holiday was at the three star Rialto hotel, which had re-opened four months earlier after major refurbishment and we could find details about it in the Portland Holiday Brochure; well we already had the brochure at home so we took a look, we normally like to go self-catering to an aparthotel and sample all the local restaurants but the price was too good to turn down, we could always miss some meals in the hotel if we wanted, it looked like a decent hotel so we booked the holiday. Our first impressions as we drove through Benidorm and looked up at all the huge tower blocks was one of dismay, it looked like New York, nothing but skyscrapers and neither of us have a head for height, we didn’t fancy being stuck on the eleventh or twelfth floor of a hotel and not being able to enjoy a couple of drinks on the balcony. Our coach stopped at one hotel after another until eventually there were only a few of us left on the coach, we pulled up outside another hotel and the rep shouted our names, we were at the Rialto. As we stood waiting to collect our luggage we were rather pleased with what we saw, a lovely walk way with small flowering shrubs on one side and a rocky waterfall feature on the other leading up to the automatic doors into the hotel foyer, we looked up to see how tall the Rialto was and were very relieved to find it only had seven floors, we could both cope with that even if we were on the top floor. The hotel reception was fairly large, very clean and airy, there were three pay phones, a small display cabinet with souvenirs for sale, a notice board listing what was going on in the hotel and out and about and information about o
ur holiday rep. The receptionist spoke very good English and checking in was very efficient. Our room was on the fourth floor and there were two lifts opposite the reception desk. The Bedrooms There are only one hundred and three bedrooms in the Rialto, half of the bedrooms look out onto the hotel pool and the other half onto a large private house with gardens and a pool. Most of the rooms sleep two people and have twin beds but there are a few single rooms and larger rooms to accommodate three people and these rooms have twin beds plus a bed settee. All rooms have air-conditioning for the summer months and radiators for the winter months. Our room overlooked the large private house, which was being renovated at the time so the view wasn’t great but I would imagine when the work was completed it would be a pleasant view. The room had twin beds, although they were two-foot-six wide and not three-foot, fitted wardrobe, ample drawers, a couple of chairs, bedside rug, telephone, safety deposit box and satellite television; you had to pay a small deposit for the remote control for the television, we didn’t bother with this and there was a small charge for the key for the safety deposit box, which is well worth paying for peace of mind. The en-suite bathroom had a bath with over-bath shower, bidet, toilet and hand basin and towels were changed daily. Our balcony was not large but big enough to sit and enjoy the evening sun, it had two chairs, a small table and a fold down clothes drier, the fence around the balcony seemed to be adequate to ensure a child’s safety. The bedrooms were cleaned daily and bed linen was changed every third day, cots are available if required. Dining Room and Meals The non-smoking dining room is light and airy with buffet service, all tables were covered with crisp white tablecloths and proper cloth napkins, the tables were ready laid so no need to collect cutlery when you selected y
our food. There was waiter service for alcoholic drinks and there are ample high chairs for children. Breakfast, which was served between 8.00am and 10.00am, consisted of a choice of cereals, a selection of breads, cold meats and cheeses, a selection of cooked foods including a full English breakfast, selection of fruit juices, milk, tea and coffee. Lunch was served between 12.00noon and 2.00pm and consisted of fruit juices, soup of the day, a varied and comprehensive salad bar, chips, choice of three cooked meals for the main course, choice of three deserts one of which was always something hot with custard, a choice of ice cream and tea or coffee. Evening meals were served between 6.00pm and 9.00pm. The evening meal again was a selection of fruit juices, soup, salad bar, paella, chips, choice of three main courses, selection of deserts, ice cream, tea and coffee. The standard of food was very good and no main meal was served twice in one day, the only fault I have about the menu is there was no specific vegetarian meals, my wife is a vegetarian and always found ample to eat but mainly made up from the salad bar. Hotel Bar and Lounge The lounge is large with a selection of armchairs and sofas around coffee tables in one half and bar tables and chairs in the other. There is a small library, television and cupboard with board games at the bottom of the lounge. The only bar in the hotel is found in the lounge, it is a well stocked bar and open from about 10.00am to 1.00pm. Each afternoon an English video is shown and three evenings a week entertainment provided in the lounge and this proved quite popular with most of the guests. One wall of the lounge has floor to ceiling windows and patio doors leading out onto the sun terrace and pool area. Afternoon tea and biscuits are served free of charge at 4.00pm in the lounge. Sun Terrace and Pool The sun terrace is clean and spacious with ample
free sun beds, patio chairs, tables and parasols. There is a medium size pool and separate children’s pool and children’s play area geared for three to twelve year olds, however there is no poolside bar but drinks are served from the lounge. Location of Hotel The Rialto is approximately three hundred metres walk down hill from the beginning of the north side of Lavente beach, which was for me about a five-minute stroll. It is located in the Rincon de Loix area of Benidorm, a lively area with plenty of bars, piano-bars and cafes but not an area of outlandish nightclubs, it is two-hundred-and-fifty metres walk down hill to the centre where the indoor market, busy shopping areas and real nightlife are found. The hill slopes gently down to the beach but is a little steep down to the centre. It is about two kilometres walk into the Old Town and you can walk along the promenade or Avenida del Mediterraneo, the main street. We asked for a packed lunch one day at the hotel and walked into the Old Town along Avenida del Mediterraneo taking in all the shops, had an hour or so looking around the Old Town then went onto the Promenade and had our packed lunch looking out over the Med before walking back along the Promenade to the Hotel. To Sum Up We really enjoyed our stay at the Rialto is a fairly small, very clean hotel in a not over the top area of Benidorm but near enough to get to everywhere within the town. The food is of a high standard and the service is excellent; the staff are friendly and attentive, I had a postcard to send to Korea and made enquires with the receptionist about where I could buy the correct value stamp, the receptionist took my postcard to the post office for me and later that day told me how much I owed him for the stamp. Most of the guests I spoke to at the hotel return year after year and although I booked this holiday as a late deal through Portland it is possible to book direct with the hotel. If I
ever return to Benidorm I most certainly would book into the Rialto Hotel and would probably book direct. The Rialto telephone number is 00 34 658 53450