The Best Hotels in Benidorm

Enjoy the Spanish sunshine and exciting nightlife on a trip to Benidorm
Enjoy the Spanish sunshine and exciting nightlife on a trip to Benidorm | © Mick Flynn / Alamy Stock Photo
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5 January 2021

It might get a bad rap – and find itself the butt of endless British sitcom jokes – but the Spanish resort of Benidorm, centrepiece of the Costa Blanca, deserves so much more respect, not least for its buzzy nightlife and vast sweep of sandy beach. Fun-filled and excellent value for money, it’s no surprise that the destination has ridden high in the holiday hit parade all these decades. So read on, pick one of the best places to stay in Benidorm, then get on down and join the party.

Hotel Villa del Mar

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Across the promenade from Poniente Beach, a few minutes’ stroll from the tapas bars and restaurants in the Old Town, Hotel Villa del Mar has a trio of bars and a buffet restaurant serving fresh seafood. The contemporary rooms are bedecked with calming blues – and you can even splurge on a jacuzzi sea view room. Cool off in the outdoor pool, on one of its sunken sun loungers, or saunter to the spa with its indoor pool and impressive massage menu. As the sun goes down, make a toast on the rooftop terrace and bar, admiring the sea views.

Hotel Poniente

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Fronting Poniente Beach is this boutique-style newcomer, with a rooftop pool affording views of both sea and mountain. It’s just a five-minute stroll to the terracotta-topped Old Town. You’ll stay in style here, in elegant rooms with pale wood and nautical blue-and-white striped headboards. Guests can dine on international cuisine in the Tortuga Restaurant or the Marea Alta Rooftop Bar, with its sea views. Start each day as fresh as a daisy after an invigorating spell in the Despacio Spa Centre, which has a heated adults-only swimming pool and a decent gym.
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Villa Venezia

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Centrally located on Malpas Beach, this is an inviting hotel of stylish rooms with sea-facing floor-to-ceiling windows. The theme is pared-back, in a palette of cream and chocolate, while the vibe is boutique-luxe, with pillow menus and bathrobes. There are great views throughout, whether you’re pounding the gym, blissing out in the rooftop spa or gently lapping the secluded indoor pool. Two restaurants include an all-day à la carte menu, and one features a terrace – but this close to the Old Town square, you’re spoilt for lively bars come sundowner time.

Hotel Marconi

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Guests love this seafront-facing hotel, steps from the golden sands of Poniente Beach, for its traditionally styled rooms, accented in blue and gold. Some come with Med-facing balconies, while some have a courtyard view. Unwind in the wellness area, hitting the solarium then the rooftop terrace. Here, a turquoise pool presents views across the town and the bay – enjoy a drink at the poolside bar, grazing the all-day buffet restaurant before going off to explore the city sights.

Port Benidorm Hotel and Spa

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The focus here is on coaxing maximum Mediterranean light into the good-looking modern rooms – accomplished with glass walls and bathroom doors, as well as balconies overlooking Levante Beach. Here with the family? You’ll all love the big kidney-shaped pool, lined with loungers and stylish umbrellas. Sip an ice-rattled cocktail while the young ones rehydrate with fruit-flavoured lollies. You’re a mere five minutes’ drive from a world-class waterpark, plus the best of Benidorm’s nightlife is on your doorstep.

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  • Hotel Colón

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    The 37 rooms at this small, family-owned hotel are simply styled, with blue bedspreads and Mediterranean views from most balconies. Here, it’s all about the location – you’re moments from the harbour, facing the perennially popular sandy curve of Poniente Beach on the edge of the Parque de Elche. Get stuck into a perfect paella in the hotel’s all-day restaurant before enjoying a refreshing sangria in the bar – taken on the terrace, for maximum people-watching points.

    Hotel Nadal

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    Every room’s a winner at this seafront hotel in the quiet Rincon de Loix neighbourhood, busy with bars, shops and an indoor market. Rooms – there are twins and triples – have balconies overlooking the sea, and a glass-walled restaurant rolls out additional dreamy vistas. Set on Levante Beach, it does such specialities as rice with lobster and fideuà (noodle paella). Cool off in the indoor pool before a siesta in the sunbed-lined, sea-facing solarium.

    Hotel Cimbel

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    You couldn’t wish for a better position than Hotel Cimbel, on Levante Beach, and just minutes from Benidorm’s charming Old Town. It’s a cinch to slip from dips in the sea to splashing in the hotel’s beachfront pool and hot tub – or exploring the cobbled streets in historic Benidorm. Pose for selfies on the balcony of your neutrally styled room, waves twinkling behind – then descend for dinner at the in-house restaurant. If you don’t fancy a blowout, the poolside cafe-bar does tapas with a side order of fantastic views.

    Hotel Sofía

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    You can’t miss it: a striking mural of a woman with flowing hair snakes up the side of this stylish contemporary apartment complex with hotel facilities, right by Poniente Beach. Each well-styled apartment has a zingy canvas of blue-and-white walls and fabrics with prettily detailed bedheads. Balconies are ubiquitous, as are kitchens – whip up breakfast to eat al fresco, unless you’re feeling lazy, in which case just order room service. You must give the in-house restaurant a whirl at least once, for fresh tropical fruit and Spanish charcuterie during indolent evenings on its celestial rooftop terrace.
    These recommendations were updated on January 5, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.