Surprisingly, aside from Benidorm the Costa Blanca has very few hotels, and to give you an example of this, the city of Torrevieja is roughly a third of the size of Benidorm and is home to less than a dozen hotels whereas Benidorm has a staggering 400 plus including over 500 unrated accommodation options. I can only surmise the reason for such a contrast is the fact that Benidorm is such a popular holiday destination for British, Irish and northern Europeans whereas cities like Torrevieja and Alicante are favoured by Spanish holidaymakers, many of which have huge extended families so there is always an uncle or cousin who owns a holiday home or apartment in Costa Blanca.
Costa Blanca Hotels
The range of hotels in Costa Blanca vary from basic unrated accommodation to luxurious five star resorts such as Barceló Asia Gardens & Thai Spa that is set in an outstanding area of stunning tropical gardens boasting no less than 7 swimming pools and rooms fit for a king. It is worth bearing in mind when looking at the lower end of the accommodation scale, what the Spanish call hostals (pensions) are usually not dormitories but rather small family run guest houses with basic private rooms, either with shared or private bathrooms.
A few of the noteworthy hotels in Costa Blanca include the three star Hotel Masa in Torrevieja that boasts one of the most picturesque settings in the area, perched on a clifftop with beautiful views over the Mediterranean. The four star Hotel Servigroup La Zenia lies right on Orihuela Costa's seafront and is nestled between two excellent beaches. Located near the peninsula of Cape Palos on the border of Costa Blanca, La Manga Club is recognised as the best sports and leisure resort in Europe and its five star hotel & spa include the use of 3 international standard 18 hole golf courses and a 28 court tennis centre, just to name a few.
The above figures for Benidorm show that the vast majority of visitors to the city choose to stay in rated and unrated holiday apartments followed by three star hotels, many of which are close to the beaches and attractions and can be booked as a complete package deal including airfare and airport transfers at very competitive prices.
Be aware though, if you want to get these competitive deals you need to shop around, be flexible on dates and facilities, and above all expect to be told the exact deal you saw advertised is no longer available. At this stage the package holiday rep will offer you a ‘slightly' more expensive option in an establishment they are targeting to sell, so just politely end the conversation and call or e-mail the next one on your list before the hard sales pitch starts 🙂