Whether you’re a beach bunny, nature lover, history buff, or a bit of each, we’ve checked out Alicante’s top hotels to help you find the perfect stay.
Tucked away on the Costa Brava in Spain, Alicante has long ranked among Europe’s most popular holiday hubs. With its long sandy beaches, visitor-friendly eateries and legendary nightlife, it’s perfect for sunseekers in search of a classic Spanish getaway. But that’s not all – there’s a picturesque old town, plus vibrant festivals and a medieval castle to add a helping of culture and history to your trip. Make the most of your stay by checking in to one of the coolest hotels in Alicante, handpicked by Culture Trip.
Although this hotel’s location puts you a short drive away from the nearest beach, there’s plenty of space to soak up the Spanish sun in the extensive gardens of the Huerto Del Cura. Set amongst swaying palms and tropical flora, the dreamy outdoor pool is the perfect place to cool off. You don’t just get a room here: guests are given their own bungalow to stay in, and are welcome any time they like in the serene spa housed in a straw-roofed pergola.
Occupying a 400-year-old palatial building in the heart of old town Alicante, this adults-only boutique hotel combines historic charm with contemporary appeal. Ancient stone walls and exposed beams evoke the building’s origins, while the 17 guest rooms offer modern comforts such as pillow menus and loaner iPads. The hotel’s central location also puts you within a short stroll of local restaurants and cafés, and just minutes from Postiguet Beach.
Named after its small island home of Tabarca, this boutique hotel dates back to the 18th-century when it was built to be the governor’s house. A modern update has revived interiors with quirky design features and snippets of poetry by Spanish writer Salvador Rueda adorning the walls of its bright guest rooms. Various vantage points provide sweeping views out over the surrounding Mediterranean marine reserve, and the crystal-clear waters of the island’s main beach are just five minutes away. Access to Tabarca is by ferry, and once you’re there, take to the water for great diving, or enjoy the island’s historic buildings if you prefer to stay on dry land.
For apartment-style accommodation in the heart of Alicante’s historic quarter, Luces de Catedral combines home comforts with plush interiors. Make your own meals using the in-room kitchenette, or head to the hotel’s café for freshly brewed coffee and a Spanish-style breakfast made with produce from the Alicante countryside. To see the sights, you need only step outside for access to historical landmarks like the Cara del Moro and Santa Barbara Castle. Meanwhile, the bustling waterfront with its swanky marina and sandy beach is also just a casual meander away.
If you’re looking for a five star stay, this beautifully restored 16th-century Dominican convent won’t disappoint. Behind its stately Gothic facade, understated luxury fills every corner, from Egyptian cotton bed sheets to a rooftop terrace with a heated pool and castle views. You can also dine on market-fresh fish or aged tenderloin in the refined Fondillón restaurant, or unwind at their legendary Sunday brunch accompanied by live jazz.
If you’d rather spend your time taking in mountain views while surrounded by unspoilt nature, book in to Vivood Landscape Hotel, a rural retreat away from Alicante’s hustle and bustle. This wellness-focused property scores high on minimalist design, while integrating seamlessly into the rugged beauty of its setting. As the sun sets, watch the sky fill with stars from the comfort of your suite or villa, then enjoy an organic menu of farm-to-table cuisine in the hotel’s Panoramic restaurant. Views included, of course.
Opened back in 1958, La Milagrosa is certainly one of the most relaxed places to stay in Alicante. The crowning feature of this friendly B&B is its sunny rooftop terrace, open year-round and a great spot to enjoy breakfast or an evening drink under the watch of the nearby Santa Barbara Castle. Unfussy yet effortlessly cool rooms suit everyone from solo travellers to families with their apartment-style facilities. What’s more, it’s all just a short stroll from the nearest beach.
Built on the broad jetty between Alicante’s marina and long sandy beach, Meliá Alicante boasts one of the best settings in town. Thanks to its position, you can soak up sea views from practically every room, or one of its two luxurious swimming pools. If you want to go all out, then upgrade to the Level – you’ll get a sophisticated suite with unbeatable views of the Med. And if you’ve little ones in tow, you can always take a break thanks to the seasonal kids’ club.
Hotel La Serena is amongst the traditional terracotta rooftops and whitewashed walls of Altea, a small coastal town to the north of Alicante. The former mansion has been elegantly converted into an adults-only boutique property where – as the name suggests – peace and tranquility reign supreme. You can unwind with a soak in the sunny terrace pool or bubble-bathe in the low-lit spa, before dining on fresh grilled seafood out on the terrace.
These recommendations were updated on December 23, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.