Albir PlayaHotel

, L' Alfaz del Pi, Spain
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Albir PlayaHotel

, L' Alfaz del Pi
4 star

Rooms: 202

Camino Viejo de Altea, 51 - L' Alfaz del Pi - 03581 - Spain 966864943
349 Traveller

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brill hotel

from Mick_Dunturk
The hotel was fantastic, simple as that. It is very modern and it couldnt be cleaner. There are 200 rooms in the hotel and it was booked out when i was there. Despite this there was loads of room at the pool with lots of free sun loungers and the restaurant always had free space.
The Breakfast was delicious at all times however the evening meal was not so good. More like canteen food. In one week I only ate twice in it. This may have been more to the fact that there are so many reasonably priced restauants very close, that offered great food. It is five minutes from the beach, one straight road( check google earth).
It is a quite area and a quiet town but if you want to go mad just hop on the number 10 bus and twenty minutes down the road is Benidorm, It only costs one euro.
About 70% of the guests were spanish and employees did not speak great english, although i'm not fantastic at it myself.
To finalise, if you've booked this hotel your in for a treat, and if you haven't I would recommend it to fanilies and couples alike.

Looked Good on the internet

from Dartsplayer
My husband went this year for a week and booked it because it was 4* and maybe we expected more. The rooms were quite large and clean. Only 1 english channel on the TV though, mainly spanish and german. We had a pool view which was very nice. The food was okay and plenty of it, we especially liked the night when all the different prawns, lobster etc were on the menu. Restaurant staff were very pleasant, except when I tried to speak to them in spanish they would only answer in english, guess they wanted to practice. We did think the restaurant was a bit dangerous as there were lots of children running about and there could have been an accident with hot food. The entertainment was terrible, wonder how much they paid their 2 entertainment staff. All of a sudden they moved it outside and there was never enough seats to sit on, so if you wanted to see a show, (limited) you had to stand. Albir is lovely, really laid back and not at all like Benidorm. Pebble beach is okay, no sand in your sandwiches, ha ha. Really liked the place, would go again but would not stay at Albir Playa. Only problem we could only find one newsagents in the whole resort. Of course things are expensive, like drinks etc., but then it is everywhere you go.

great hotel and quiter base than Benidorm

from Kayra
I booked this hotel direct via the XL website and got a great price. I wanted to go to this area so I could take my son to the Terra Mitica Theme park, but the thought of benidorm turned my blood cold. benidorm has always seemed too busy for me, and this hotel was nicely placed about 6k north.
We arrived very late (after midnight) and desperately needed a drink, so we were pleased to be told that the main bar was open till 3am! Don't worry, the main entertainment stops at 12 so it isn't noisy enough to disturb your sleep.
Some reviewers have said that you only get a pool view if you are Spanish, I can assure you this is not the case as we got one - the room was nicely furnished and was roomy for 2, but with the sofa bed set up for my son it was a bit cramped. The pool area was lovely. Again there have been complaints that there aren't enough parasols - there are about 6 massive ones, but the pool is surrounded by palm trees which give plenty of shade. The only draw back is that many of the other Europeans do get sun beds reserved before 8am so the best ones were always gone, but there were plenty and staff would always bring out more if you wanted to find a spot together. Towels are available to hire at reception just for the pool area so you don't need to take your own. Breakfasts were excellent with plenty of choice and a chef was cooking omelettes to order each day. There was the usual hot and cold biffets, cakes, bread and cheese, cereals, etc and the hot food varied each day.
This hotel is about 5 minutes walk from the beach (or 15 minutes if you don't know the short cut - I looked on Google earth!) and busses stop close by. Each journey costs 1 euro it seemed! - we took the bus in to benidorm and I was glad I hadn't booked there as it's not for me. In the other direction is a town called Altea which has a very pretty harbour and has a great market on a Tuesday.
I would recommend this hotel if you don't want the bustle of benidorm, and it's a very friendly hotel - the staff were always very polite and were happy to help - there aren't too many Brits in this hotel as we didn't have a rep so there was no info on trips, etc, but we managed very well with the local bus service. The rooms have a fridge in them for keeping drinks cool, and right outside there is a Lidle supermarket, with a Supermercado in the small shopping centre across the road. In Albir itself there are plenty of places to eat ranging from the best Chinese we have ever eaten in (buffet style - 3 people, as much as you can eat, 3 rounds of drinks for 39euros!), Argentinian steakhouses, Mexican and Spanish food, and pizza restaurants, although the nearer to the seafront you get, the pricier it becomes.

Wonderful hotel and resort. Miss it already!

from ANONANON
Having returned from the Albir Playa Hotel on 6th August I am shocked about the last couple of reviews. For people complain that the pool is too busy all I can say it – IT’S JULY/AUGUST! For those that complain that the beach is too far away - you must have gone the wrong way or walk very slowly because it took my boyfriend and I 7 minutes. I found this hotel to be excellent and I’d find it tough to complain about.

Hotel

I couldn’t fault it! It surpassed my expectations. All facilities are modern and stylish. The room was spacious with a king size bed, music, tv, sofa, double wardrobe etc. Large bathroom with mosaic tiles, powerful shower over the bath and a bidet!

The pool was very picturesque, surrounded by palm trees, flowers and a small waterfall. There is a large swimming pool, kids pool and Jacuzzi. The pool area did get busy during the day but no more than you would expect for peak season!

Food

The dining room was very large, cool and airy. The food was exceptional and served buffet style! I couldn’t stop eating. There was so much choice. Breakfast – Danish pastries, coissants, bread, jams, the usual cooked breakfast (eggs, sausage etc), omlettes, fruit, cereals, coffee juices. Dinner – in my opinion was fantasic. Lots of fish, meat, vegetables, salads etc. During my stay there was crab, seabass, mussels, monkfish, steak, rabbit, turkey, veal, chicken……. The list was endless. Plenty of olives, cheeses, mixed salads, breads, pototoes. For the fussy eaters there was the childrens section with pizza, chips, fishfingers etc There was so much choice and it changed daily. Lots of deserts too!

Drink

The drink was pretty cheap if you were drinking beers and wines about 1-2 Euros each. Cocktails and spirts were around 6 Euros though. The beach bar did get busy and there was a long wait at times. I found it better to use the bar inside and take the drink out with me.

Entertainment

Evening entertainment varied – some live music, magic show, flamenco dancing, quiz, bingo etc The quality wasn’t fantastic but was comical at times. The singing duo were good, bit cheesy but they had a charm.

Location

Beach – less than 10 minutes
Bus stop – 2 minutes
Nearest bars & restaurants – 2 minutes
Supermarket – 1 minute

Albir
There was plenty to do in Albir. Lots of bars, restaurants and cafes from the hotel down to the beach. The ones on the beach front are best – try coco loco. I was worried that there wouldn’t be much nightlife but there was plenty, it was more laid back and exactly what I wanted.

The beach is less than 10 minutes walk and it’s a pretty walk too. Check that you’re going the right way because I’ve heard people moan that it’s 15-20 minutes walk. The hotel also offers a free taxi service to the beach. Simply ask at the desk – they drop you off and pick you up. The beach was very attractive. It is a pebble beach, but this didn’t bother me as sand gets everywhere. I’d recommend getting shoes for the sea if you don’t like standing on rocks.

Albir is located very close to Altea, which is also a wonderful place. We visited twice. It’s very traditional and quite chic. Great bars, restaurants and shops. There’s an evening market and a lovely beach (also pebble). The marina, together with the mountainous backdrop make it a very picturesque area. Altea is easily reached by the number 10 bus which runs regularly and stops near the hotel, takes approx 10 minutes.

Benidorm can also be reached (if you’re brave enough) by the same bus heading in the opposite direction. It takes about 20 minutes. All journeys cost 1 Euro.

Overall it was an excellent – ten out of ten. I’d go back tomorrow and definitely recommend it. Good for families, couples and friends that aren’t looking for a boystrous holiday.

lovely hotel

from nightlight
i have just returned from my hoilday staying at this hotel and i can not fault it in any way, the location was good not far from any where (not long on buses to travel) i enjoyed my stay and would recomend it to anyone

Good Hotel, not a great location

from CarlosFandango
I booked this Hotel because it was 4 star at a price that only self catering apartments or 2 star could compare. The website of the hotel looked promising enough, so lets start with the positives about this hotel, and Albir in general.

POSITIVE - The hotel is modern, clean and has some good facilities. The rooms are all clean and modern with a wooden floor and air conditioning although the stated mini bar is just an empty fridge (handy for storing water never the less!). We requested a low floor (with children) and indeed we were given one, with a poolside view. More on that later. The breakfasts were plentiful and there was always somewhere to sit, even at the busiest times. The poolside bar was handy for drinks and ice creams and the pool itself, although not as big as it looks in the pictures, was very clean. The staff were extremely helpful in the main, and the hotel was about 80% spanish clients, 15% Dutch and 5% English.

Albir itself is a little town, joining Altea on the northern peninsula above Benidorm. It has an east facing coastline to the med and our first shock and disappointment was to find that the beach is not sand but huge pebbles. Not great for kids who like making sand castles. Bear this in mind if you want to keep the kids occupied long enough for you to sunbathe in peace! We found a suitable alternative in a packet of felt tips so that they could decorate the stones! My daughter even tried to set up a stall to sell them back to the locals (Alan Sugar watch out).

The nighttimes in Albir during July and August are excellent with a quant little artists market on the beach front selling handmade wares (fans/clocks/paintings/jewellry etc.) - added to the feel of a cosmopolitan resort. The best part for us is that locals involve their children and many small children could be seen out late at night playing and enjoying the sights and sounds. This would never happen in the UK where there is a "lock them away" or "palm them off to babysitter" mentallity.

Albir and Altea are largely undiscovered by Brits, which is great - non of the football shirts and lager lout mentality that is found just down the coast in Benidorm. It actually felt like I was in Spain, not Blackpool, which I was dreading.

Now for the negatives:

The hotel is on a busy main junction, and about a 10-15 minute walk from the "beach". The beach is large pebbles not sand. The restaurants are mainly in the beachside area. Once we discovered the beach, we found the Albir Kaktus Hotel was literally on the beach, surely this should have the Albir Playa title ?

Our room overlooking the pool, was actually overlooking the restaurant extension, so we could see very little of the pool. But worse was to come - we arrived on the first day after a very long days travelling (up at 3am to catch the flight to Spain) only to have entertainment blasted in our room from the poolside area from 9pm to midnight. This happened every night and was so loud it prevented anyone with a poolside room getting to sleep before midnight, even if they wanted to. After the first night we decided to stay up till then just avoid as much of it as possible,

We were offered the chance to move rooms, to the hotels credit, but they warned us a roadside view room would mean traffic noise may wake us up in the early hours.... we decided to stay put.

Overall - would i stay there again? I would say yes, as we did have a great time in Albir. Perhaps next time I would look into the Hotel Kaktus first, as it is more in the centre of where you want to be in Albir.

good hotel in a nice place

from peteyandhelen
I stayed there with my girlfriend for ten days and found everything very good. The staff are okay and the surroundings/rooms are good.

Local beach is pebbley which is not too great but the beaches of Benidorm are 15 mins on the number 10 bus and they are very nice.

This same bus in the other direction goes to nearby Altea, which is up in the mountains. It is lovely there with lots of excellent restaurants and fantastic views.

We thought breakfast was very good (we stayed B & B) and maid service excellent.

On the way to albir beach is a corner with 3 restaurants, 2 of which we tried and were very good.

The pool is good but busy. We did manage to get loungers together whenever we needed to and it was pleasant.

Overall we would recommend the place for a relaxing family break or for couples wanting to do day trips and eat out in the evenings.

Good hotel badly let down by pool area

from LA.CO.ANTRIM
The positives of this hotel,in my opinion are spacious clean rooms,very good breakfast (except bring your own tea bags!), and its good location with lots of restuarants nearby .But the pool area is far too small and by the afternoon it was impossible to get a sunbed unless you reserve it from early morning which we refuse to do.I counted only 6 umbrellas (one had broken before we came home)for all the sunbeds.It was very hot when we were there,and there were lots of people with small children who should have had shade.There is a free shuttle to the beach where you can pay 11euros for 2 sunbeds and an umbrella which we gladly did.I have never been in a hotel before that had no information in the room about the hotel.I thought it was a mistake but when I asked in reception they just asked me what I wanted to know! I found out from english guests about the shuttle bus,and that you can hire hotel towels for 20euros deposit .We were just bed and breakfast and had some really good meals in Albir,we also took taxis up to the square in Altea where there are amazing restuarants and quaint shops .We did have a good holiday,but the cramped pool area pool would put us off returning.

Great Hotel

from Frenchbird
I was pleasantely surprised by this lovely hotel. i went there with 12 other girls for a hen week end and was really pleased to find it away from horrible Benidorm! The area is very quiet and you have all you need: a few restaurants, cash point, a few shops and supermarkets.
The beach is about 10-15 minutes walk and is very nice and quiet (there is a free shuttle from the hotel twice a day if you get lazy...)
The hotel is good, the rooms are spacious, clean, with good air conditionning and if you get the best side, you have a pretty nice view of the mountains.
The pool is particulary great although they seemed a bit understaffed at the pool bar and we had to wait a bit to get served.
The breakfast is also very good with an amazing choice of food, though it is only served between 8 and 10 so it was a bit hard to get a lie in and breakfast..
the only thing I was a bit annoyed about was the lifts.. for some reason, they were incredebly slow and if you are on floor 1 or 2, it's quicker to use the stairs!!

Modern, clean and friendly.

from Devoncouple25
My girlfriend and i stayed at this hotel in June 2006. We are a younger couple but appreciate a more relaxed and peaceful holiday. Rather than waffling on like most people do in these reviews i'll just type our opinions in bullet form.

Location: Just off a busy road, but set back from the noise. 10 mins walk to the beach, next to two small supermarkets.

Hotel: Looks pleasant and modern, staff very friendly.

Room: Very clean, laminate flooring mini bar etc..

Pool: Lovely pool, not a great size but there is also a heated pool with a large hot tub inside the main building, which is great.

Food: Nice morning buffet, didnt have lunch so cant comment, good selection in the evening but would recommend trying one of the local places.

Beach: A bit of a walk, but no more than 10 minuites with a few bars along the way to enjoy during the evening. The beech itself had a well kept front with various bars and a great view of the surrounding bay.

This Hotel wasnt the Ritz, but me and my girlfriend really enjoyed our week here. In the future we would probably go again.
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  • Address: Camino Viejo de Altea, 51 - L' Alfaz del Pi - 03581 - Spain
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