I have been to Albir twice before but this was the first time I had stayed at the Hotel Kaktus. First impressions were quite good, although I was surprised and disappointed that although the Hotel was advertised as WI-Fi in all rooms, this was not free. There was a charge of 3 Euros a day, 5 Euros for 3 days, or 10 Euros for a week. The only free Wi-Fi was in the bar. Furthermore, whilst there was a mini-fridge in the room, it was found to be locked and a charge of 10 Euros made to have it unlocked. It turned out this charge did include the use of all its contents, which consisted of a large bottle of water, a can of beer and 3 cans of soft drinks, so not too bad. The Hotel is in an outstanding location, fronting on to the main promenade. Although vehicles are allowed along the promenade, it is one way only (other than for pedal cycles) and traffic is very light indeed, so it is quiet both day and night. Our room was on the side, but we still had a good view of the promenade and sea from an excellent veranda/balcony. The rooms were spacious, with a large bathroom, having a nice easily operated shower over a full sized bath, good sized sink in a marble vanity unit, matching WC and bidet. The buffet style restaurant was massive, with plenty of tables, so even when the hotel was full, singles or couples had no trouble having a table to themselves. As with a lot of Spanish hotels, the cereals were limited and relatively tasteless, but the cooked food was very good and it was hot. Fruit juice, tea and coffee were free and unlimited. I was not bowled over by the evening meals. There was a starter soup each day, sometimes excellent, sometimes less so, but that was the only starter if you do not include the salad bar. The main cooked meals and evening meals, even though a bit limited in choice, were well cooked and almost invariably hot. I would describe the desserts at best as adequate and were rather limited in choice. In general, the hotel was good, but there were a few areas where it could be a lot better.
- 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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