First impressions on arriving at reception were that this was quite a nice hotel. The architecture was quite modern with an innovative design. Large reception and we were quickly given our room and key. One wall of the lift was glass so we could see the length of the hotel looking out to sea.
Large room and bathroom but like previous reports I thought they could do with a refresher. The room was very green! Pale green walls, green bedspreads, green curtains and green furniture. There was a kitchen sink unit with two hobs and a microwave on a shelf above. There is a fridge which cost min of 10 Euros to fill. But no tea or coffee facilities which was a disappointment as most people expect that these days. Luckily we took a small kettle and tea with us. There is a small supermarket at the end of the road for any needed supplies. The bathroom was large with two showers, one over the bath and a separate one with two glass doors that formed a cubicle or left open as a wet room. There was shower gel etc. provided but there was nowhere to put your own toiletries in the wet room except on the floor. There was also a hairdryer. Very clean all the time.
We were half board but we were allowed to eat at lunchtime if we didn't want to eat in the evening on notification to reception. Dinner in the evening is 8.00-10.00 which was a bit late for us. Food was very good with a lot of variation to suit everyone. Lovely lot of salad food and the desserts were rather nice too. We did find a bit of pushing and shoving around the hot food with people pushing in the queue that had formed and the only other downside in the dining room was the queue for the tea and coffee machine at breakfast as it was stuck in a corner and there was no room to move. Like other visitors we found the Spanish were favoured in the dining room as they had tables reserved just for them. Unfortunately the staff didn't always put the reserve sign on their table and other people sat there and were asked to move ... including us!!
Safety deposit boxes in the room cost 15 Euros per week plus 5 Euros for the key which is refunded when you take the key back to reception.
We took our own pool towels as well as we weren't sure if there was a charge for them.
We hired a car from reception which was delivered the next day as requested. There is a garage underneath chargeable at 12 Euros per day but there was a compound at the end of the street to park in and some space in the side road of the hotel so we didn't bother with that.
The beach is in front of the hotel across a small one way road (hardly any cars) and there was plenty of beds and parasols. (4 beds and 1 parasol = 28 Euros) The beach is pebbles so beach shoes are recommended. The hotel pool is fronted by grass with beds and there are showers and W.C.s under the bridge for convenience. The roof pool is quite nice and again there are beds but no parasols and it does get quite hot up there, but it is nice and quiet.
There are some good bars and restaurants all around the hotel if you wish to eat out and we can recommend Zero Zero on the front.
There is music in the evening and this hotel caters for ballroom dancers and line dancers if that interests you. There is a big bar and loads of tables, chairs and sofas to sit on inside and also on the outside terrace overlooking the beach.
Wifi leaves a lot to be desired. Free wifi or pay 10 Euros to get it in your room but only on one device. Cant say we noticed the difference at all!! Our door key had to be re-jigged three times in one week so we could get into our room. Our friends had to have theirs done once so I don't reckon much on their computer system.
So all in all not too bad ... just need to get rid of all the green colour rooms and add tea and coffee facilities in all rooms. Plus the air con could do with being a bit colder too.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Kaktus Albir Kaktus Albir Hotel has been inaugurated in summer of 2003 and is situated just in front of the Albir Pebble Beach, in Alfaz del Pi, at only 8 kms of Benidorm, touristic capital of Costa Blanca, and 60 kms of the Airport of Alicante. It's only 10 meters from the beach, and in the old town you'll find a lot of shops, restaurants and bars. It's 10 kms from Benidorm bus station, which connects with Alicante, the airport and the rest of the coastal area, it's the perfect place for relaxing and exploring the area. We've an exterior pool for adults and children. In our roof terrace we have a second pool, that not only has wonderful views, in the winter season it is heated and covered. In the roof terrace you can also find sunbeds. The hotel has also bar service, four lifts, air conditioning, heating, and private parking. In our hotel you'll find a nice and helpful staff.Restaurant with Buffet all services: Breakfast , Lunch and Dinner . We have a Sailor's Buffet : Seafood and Fish, British Buffet and also a Special Spanish Tapas Buffet every Saturday evening. In our night Club we have Live Music 5 nights a week and several International shows. ... more less
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