Travel operator: hotels 4 u
Travel operator: independant
guests mainly german which means a mad dash for sunbeds of which there are only a few of the sit up type the majority are flat type, if only they would invest in more of the sit up ones everybody would be happy.entertainment consist of man on organ playing dull music.
food not bad but nothing special
all in all not a bad hotel but with a bit of tweaking it could be a whole lot better.
Travel operator: travel republic
Travel operator: diy
Information on arrival was basic, another guest had to tell us that we needed to ask for a remote for the TV and a separate card for the safety deposit box, not a promising start.
The best way to describe the room was basic, everything in it had 'seen better days'. It was dark and dreary, quite small and the old and worn plastic furniture on the balcony didn't improve things. Be warned, if you are taking anything electrical (we took a portable DVD player), there is only one point and that it is in the bathroom. Our first purchase was 3 extension leads so that we could watch a DVD.
Christmas eve dinner was a strange arrangement of what I think they would call tapas. What it really was, was the kitchen clearing out bits and bobs that they had left from other meals. There were things like soggy, barely warm cheese croquettes, a spoonful of potato salad, chicken drumsticks that you could barely get your teeth into. These were served one after the other, in record time, at the table by the waiters, who gave the distinct impression that they wanted you to eat as quickly as possible. When we went down to the bar later we realised why, most of the waiters were also working in the bar area!
We had specifically asked for what we consider to be a 'proper Xmas meal' and assured by Gandia Travel that the hotel would provide a 'Gala Xmas meal'. Oh really! We started with some sort of white meatball soup. It was actually served in cups and I was a little disappointed that my soup didn't cover my meatballs, this soon turned to delight when I tasted it. It was barely warm, tasted very strange and was full of grease. We then waited ages, and were served quite a large piece of salmon (cold of course), about half of a boiled potato and one asparagus spear. By this stage everyone was wondering what was going on, and indeed some people had already left the restaurant.
The piece de resistance was a thick (and I mean thick) slice of probably turkey, which had a stuffing centre and came with a spoon of gravy and 2 prunes. No potatoes and no vegetables at all, that was it. It was, to say the least, a very disappointing meal.
Puddings were an improvement, but most were pre-prepared, or ice cream or fresh fruit. Again it was a very rushed affair, with staff taking plates before you had even finished (although we didn't complain!).
Breakfast was a self service buffet. The bacon was hardly cooked and cold, eggs served in various ways, but also cold unless you were lucky to catch a fresh tray coming out. Sausages were frankfurters. On the plus side there were lots of cereals and some nice fresh fruit.
The bar staff were helpful and the service in the bar was good, the prices were also quite reasonable. There was some entertainment and an organist who played 'middle of the road' stuff so people could dance.
On our last day we sat on the outside terrace for coffee and moved a table slightly to catch some sun. A rather officious waiter came out and was quite rude, ordering us to put the table back. We took our swimwear hoping for a dip in the indoor, heated pool, only to find that it was rather small and was totally overlooked by the bar and restaurant, which was quite off putting.
We do understand that things are different in different countries, but given that at least 75% of the people in the Benikaktus last Xmas were British, we were rather surprised that we were not catered for better.
Would we go back to the Benikaktus, no we would not. We debated going to a 3 star hotel, because we know that the standard, certainly in Spain, is not consistent, but we were 'seduced' by the advice given by Gandia. We would go back to Benidorm, but would look for a more suitable hotel.
Travel operator: Gandia Tours
I knew the position of the hotel was 30 mtr from beach overlooking the ski tow on the corner of the Lavanti beach in the Rincon area.
The hotel is elevated 25ft to the first floor where you will find an outside/indoor swimming pool bar and entertainment area.
The pool area is in a perfect position for sun bathing and views across the bay. The beach can be accessed from pool down steps.
The second floor is the restaurant: food is of a better than average standard with plenty of choice e.g. bbq steaks, lamb chops, roast beef, lots of fresh fruit and deserts.
The third floor is the reception opening out on to the entrance and road down to town that is of quite steep incline. This is not a hotel for people with walking problems as after 12pm lower gates are locked and you will have to enter through recption.
I found staff friendly, rooms of good size, air conditioning very good, hotel tidy, yes I will come back to this hotel.
Travel operator: VOYGER TRAVEL
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