Rated 3.3 out of 5 by 65
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 Decepcionante
El hotel está bien situado y el personal es muy amable, nos dejaron usar las duchas del gimnasio a la vuelta de la playa a pesar de que ya habíamos dejado la habitación, un detalle que agradecemos especialmente. Sin embargo, la habitación daba al parking, no podíamos dormir sin tapones por el ruido de gente yendo y viniendo, y a pesar del calor tan alto que hacía teníamos que dormir con las cortinas echadas por privacidad, ya que si no cualquiera podía ver el interior de la habitación desde el aparcamiento. La nevera del minibar no funcionaba, por lo que no pudimos guardar el agua que comprábamos a pesar del calor que hacía. No había wifi en la habitación. La piscina es bastante pequeña, ni siquiera cubre en ninguna parte.
July 28, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by ECrespo The Hotel is great in value for the services received .
The big Problem : TV model is very old , an immediate change is required .
The great value : San Juan Beach is wonderful .
July 27, 2015
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by cadcaper IHG Rewards Recognition
MH Barker's excellent review below really resonated with me as I was also allocated room 306 on last my stay and it was not good.
I stayed at HI Playa San Juan twice this year. On my first stay, for 7 days, I had booked a room in the category known as double bed and sofa through IHG.com. I was allocated a room with 2 double beds and no sofa. I went to the front desk to say that I wanted the exact room type that I booked only to be told that they do not operate this way in Spain. I knew from vast experience of many other IHG hotels in Spain that this statement was not true. When I pressed the point hard, they reallocated me a room with a double bed and sofa and it was by far the nicest room I've had in 6 stays at this hotel over the past 3 years.
On the last stay, I was checked in by the same staff as the previous one and it was clear that they remembered me. I double checked that I was allocated a double bed and sofa as booked and which was confirmed. When I got to the room, I have to say it was very disappointing to find that it was not one of the better rooms in the category booked but I didn't want to complain on this occasion. On my previous stays, the room allocated was no better in decor and facilities.
Like MH Barker, I am one of IHG's most loyal guests - in my case I am one of the very first Spire Elite member the new status for members with over 75 nights/75000 elite points which I achieved in 6 months.
While I have long given up on any form of recognition conferred on me by my IHG membership, they seemingly allocate their very worse rooms to members which infers that they keep the better rooms to non members.
I am writing this review to highlight these shortcomings in the hope that someone from Head Office will advise the hotel of the appropriate treatment of IHG Rewards members. If they don't, I'm sorry to say that the entire concept of IHG Rewards will be undermined.
July 18, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by mhbarker Far below IHG standards
Mostly copy pasted from my review on 31.05.15 on a well known travel advice website.
This was a 4 night stay - following 3 nights in a decent HI Express in Barcelona and 3 nights in the really good HI in Valencia, the final leg of a 10 day trip to Spain.
This hotel has possibilities but looks like a combined lack of investment and lack of attention from management have caused things to degraded far below the standard and quality I expect of IHG.
On the plus side, breakfast is decent and the staff reasonably helpful. Abigail gave us a late checkout and organised the taxi for the airport. I feel a bit sorry for them it must be a demoralising job dealing with so many complaints.
But I won't discuss the location, local restaurants, the tram stop 10 minutes away or the supermarket as this place does not have the fundamental of decent accommodation, which means I cannot recommend staying here.
The external view, grounds and reception area are quite tidy and pleasant, and give you no idea of how bad the rooms will really be.
At check-in I was *not* greeted as a Platinum IHG member, there was no room upgrade as the hotel was full, but I was told we were getting a larger room than we had booked. OK. Not only did they miss my loyalty status, they never credited my IHG points, it took a month battle with IHG customer services, to get my reward nights and points credited.
We were given a subterranean room 005 - one floor below the front desk level. 005 faces onto the back of the hotel and the delivery area / entrance. These are presumably staff rooms or intended for overspill / late bookings ... we booked well in advance so should not have been given one, especially not as a Platinum Ambassador in IHG's loyalty scheme. It's underground so no WiFi (according to the front desk only half the rooms have WiFi) :-0
When we saw the state of the room 005.... Wow! It's supposed to be a non-smoking hotel, but the room stank of stale cigarette smoke and there was ash and dust all around the window frame. Why had the cleaner not vacuumed it away?
005 had a lot of broken equipment (aircon, mirror) or missing equipment (minibar, remote control batteries, drawer handle, electrical socket cover). The towels ranged from old to threadbare ... really bad (see photo)
We went straight back to reception to request another room. We were told that due to the hotel being full, they could not change our room until the next day.
As the temperature was stifling with the aircon seemingly broken it was necessary to keep the window open and listen to the vans parking up outside our window with engines idling (there is a limit of 6 photos, but you can see the selection of photos on my tr1padvisor review 31 May 2015) bringing stuff to the deliver bay.
That was the stuffiest, most airless night I have ever spent in a hotel. No aircon meant sleeping with the window open, and no insect meshes on the windows meant several mosquitoes. We woke several times because it was so HOT! We were finally properly awoken by the dawn chorus of delivery vans just before 8 a.m. After month of complaining to IHG customer services, there is still no sign of compensation for that AWFUL night.
After breakfast we were assigned room 306, I went to inspect it before moving... incredibly the room was actually dirtier and in worse condition than toom 005, but was 4 floors higher so further away from the noisy delivery trucks and vitally had a working aircon and a minibar... though the room had a funky smell because the minibar was full of mould ... see the photo. YUK!
I returned to the reception and told them room 306 was not good, but I would take it as the lack of aircon in 005 was such an ordeal; at least we would be able to sleep, and could they please clean the mouldy minibar?
On returning that evening, the minibar had been cleaned, but was not cold - seemed to be broken (which is why it had been mouldy), and in-spite of a request to fix it, we had no fridge for the whole stay, and a fridge is pretty much vital in Spain when it's 28-30 outside.
By the way, the ice machine mentioned on their IHG webpage doesn't exist, according to reception you need to buy ice at the bar - though the lady in the bar didn't charge me.
We also received a fruit bowl - as they missed my IHG Platinum card status, I assume it was an apology for the mouldy fridge? Well I was supposed to get a fruit bowl on arrival for the Platinum card status ... so it evened out :-/.
After the second night (now in 306) I noticed I'd slept awkwardly because the bed sagged at the side; I had a look and saw the bed was split open along one edge (see photo).
According to the IHG page "You can stay in touch via complimentary wireless Internet and cable channels on the flat-screen TV". According to the front desk only half the rooms have WiFi, and both 005 and 306 had ancient CRT TVs *NOT* flat-screens.
The hotel needs a *LOT* of attention and investment. My guess is that they can sell out purely because of proximity to the beach and don't need repeat business. truly AWFUL. We shall not be returning.
And WHERE IS MY COMPENSATION FOR 26.05 IN ROOM 005??
July 8, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Pedrostr Poor quality room
On a very hot day: carrying suitcase over stairs to the room, a very warm room with a fixed, very simple airco also no minibar in the room. On top "pay the bill at arrival pls" and no recognition of IHG membership. Sorry, a bad experience.
July 6, 2015
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Tnag Comfortable hotel
Comfortable hotel with a nice pool and terrace.
Dinner was very good but the service was extremely slow.
Staff need to be more friendly.
Too far from airport.
June 19, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by HJKundMK Preiswert
Wir hatten dieses Hotel auf Grund des Preises gewaehlt. Wir wurden nicht enttaeuscht. Die Lage ist sehr gut. Der Strand ist sehr schoen und die oeffentlichen Verkehrsmittel in Richtung Alicante Stadt sind nah. Das Personal war sehr freundlich. Das Fruehstueck gut und reichlich genug und das Restaurant ist ebenfalls gut. Die Hotelanlage war sauber, aber man sieht, sie ist in die Jahre gekommen.
June 5, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by carolpaddy6 staff excellence & fantastic gluten free catering
I couldn't find any better service & really helpful staff anywhere! Sorry we only realised the beautician was available on our last day!
The gluten free food was the best we ever had! The staff were always going the extra mile to help everyone.
The area was just perfect v.quite & a short distance from the beach and tram which was a great service, only €1.45 into Alicante centre.
Thanx for a wonderful relaxing holiday!
June 2, 2015