When visiting the vibrant port city of Alicante, holidaymakers and business travellers have a good choice of accommodation in a range of hotels from those with no star rating to luxury five star resort hotels. As is the case when booking flights, for the best possible deal on hotels it is always a good idea to book as well in advance as possible, especially if you plan to be visiting Alicante during the peak summer period when the accommodation options can be rather limited. Booking in advance will also ensure you secure your preferred room choice.
Choosing Your Accommodation
Hotel prices and star ratings can get quite confusing and this can often be due to the area where you book your accommodation. For instance you may find a two star hotel front line to the sea or marina is not much cheaper than a four star hotel that is located outside the city centre. This can also be the case with hotels leisure facilities as the more desirable seaside and city centre property comes at a premium, and will often have less of the facilities most of us enjoy during a holiday such as a swimming pool, gymnasium or wellness centre.
This means that, generally speaking the further away from the city you are prepared to stay the more you are going to get for your money as land is drastically cheaper which allows hotels to be built on extensive grounds, often boasting several swimming pools, large sun terraces, tennis courts, children's playgrounds etc. Also when considering a city centre location and you are looking for a peaceful nights sleep, it's wise to check the hotel's room facilities to see if they offer soundproofing. For those choosing to spend quite a bit of time in their room during their stay, check if the room facilities include a fridge as hotel drink prices can be rather high.
Accommodation In Alicante
Wherever you choose to stay in Alicante, there is accommodation to suit all tastes and needs. Budget hotels with no star or one star ratings will usually only provide en-suite guest rooms with a small reception and seating area, and sometimes vending machines but not much else which is ideal for active visitors who are basically purely using their room to sleep. The mid range hotels will often have a bar and restaurant and, depending on the area, will sometimes have a swimming pool. Four and five star hotels can come with a superb range of leisure and entertainment facilities such as outdoor and indoor swimming pools, luxurious spa centres, several bars and restaurants, and fantastic guest rooms with fancy touches like a pillow menu.
For some, especially families with young children, camping is a fun way to spend a holiday and also provides a safe environment for the young ones, with strict speed limits within the grounds, 24 hour security and often entertainment staff to keep a watchful eye on the kids. Most have great leisure and entertainment facilities, on-site bars, shops and restaurants, laundry facilities, and a choice of camping plots as well as self contained bungalows.
For the more adventurous traveller there are two ways to enjoy exploring this lovely part of Spain without having to pay for accommodation. The concept of ‘Couchsurfing‘ has grown tremendously since it first started in 2004 and now boasts 14 million members in over 200,000 towns and cities worldwide. Basically once members have joined they can search towns and cities for other members who are offering a spare room or even just a couch for a couple of nights free of charge, and hopefully will do the same when another member is thinking of visiting their own town or city. Workaway has also grown drastically and is a simple concept of members who wish to travel the world and are prepared to do a bit of work in exchange for board & lodging from hosts who are looking for workers (a bit like the old Israeli kibbutz).