10 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
This hotel is fantastic
"This hotel is the best in the town, hands down. The location is great, the food there is fabulous and the staff just absolutely fantastic! The rooms definitely were a treat. We had one that faced the marina so u could see all the way to the water. It wasnt a complete view but still good. At night its pretty lively in Alicante and all you need to do is walk downstairs and the action is there.
Do try some of the local restaurants there, the tapas in this town is the best ive had in all of spain. The corn fed jamon just melts in your mouth...yummm!!!"
- Travel date: Wed 16th of August 2006
Stunning hotel, but not much sleep unfortunately
"Stayed here for 6 nights mid august 07. The hotel is lovely looking, old yet modern, right next to the old town, and 2 streets back from the beach. The room was very spacious, the dvd was a great idea.... nice to relax for 1/2 hour of "Still Game " (which we took) when you come in from the pool! Mini bar stocked daily, 6 mini bottles of juice and some water. Toiletries sweet, but no conditioner. Bath robes, slippers etc. Air conditioning so good, we were sometimes cold at night.
We spoke to the reception staff a few times, always very polite & helpful. Quite often the pool area was missing towels though, which was a bit frustrating. Likewise the pool bar was unattended for long spells.... a disaster when you are desparate for a sangria (watch out as the prices seemed to change daily).
The thing that makes this hotel less than 5 stars is the noise and the outlook. Our room looked directly into a hostel, and the cafe below was busy until 2am (not a problem as you will be out!), but started again at 7am... so not much sleep. Very very noisey, the windows seemed to offer no sound-proofing. On top of this whilst lounging by the pool you are overlooked by builders, again very very noisey. It kinda tainted the hotel experience for us.
Alicante itself is wonderful, fantastic nightlife in the old town at the wkend, great cafe culture the rest of the week. Not much in the way of typical british pubs.... which for us was lovely, don't expect Benidorm. Brilliant food - Argentinian D'Gardle, the hotel tapas bar and the tapas bar in the wee square round the corner... to die for. San Juan worth a visit. The port area is very traditonal spanish (salsa music, latino dance) at night. People we spoke to didn't rate the food. Alicante... recommend it to anyone!"
- Travel date: Tue 15th of August 2006
NOt great, not bad
"Alicante, in my opinion is a city to leave off your tour in spain. This hotel, although not terrible, doesnt fit the bill of its 5 star rating. I would give it 3.5 stars. Room was terrible for a five star and not bad if it was a 3 star. Although, the staff was great and the lobby and pool on the roof was quite nice, it was still a bit dissapointing."
- Travel date: Sun 13th of August 2006
"Have been to Alicante twice before, staying at the Melia Alicante both times.
For this 3 night stay we decided to go for the Amerigo, as it looked great on the website.
It certainly did not disappoint. Fabulous hotel, attractive building, stylish interior, marvellous room, and spot on location.
The old town is literally on your doorstep, so a 1 minute walk and you are in the heart of the nightlife, 5 mins and you are on the beach or marina.
Room was a standard double, but was a good size. The openplan bathroom was perfect, the shower fantastic. Chuck in great toiletries, nice sofa, dvd player, free mini bar, and you begin to get a good idea of the standard of this place.
Roof top pool was great, though there is currently building work going on in a building next door, so there are workmen/crane in earshot and sight on weekdays.
However, totally peaceful on the weekend!
Alicante is in my opinion, the ideal destination fora weekend break, nightlife, beach, harbour, promenade etc, all within a compact area. Do not hesitate to visit Alicante, and if you can afford it, stay no where else other than the Amerigo."
- Travel date: Thu 22nd of June 2006
If they gave hotels 6 stars...
"I simply cannot rate this hotel highly enough. We arrived from 5 days in Barcelona to spend our next 5 in Alicante. I was quite apprehensive given how difficult it had been to locate decent information about the area. None of my Spain books contained more than a paragraph or two. How pleasantly surprised we were to arrive in this wonderful city full of history and fantastic energy. Upon reaching the hotel, I fully expected it could in no way exceed our experiences in Barcelona at two 5 star hotels, Majestic and La Florida. Boy was I wrong. The Amerigo is incredible. Cool and stylish interior yet warm and welcoming staff. Our room was huge with about 12 foot ceilings and a floor to ceiling room divider which buffered hallway noise. The free juice, cokes and water in the minibar was a nice touch as were the impressive line of Korres toiletries (I have never seen a more complete offering in my life!). The view from our room (with two balconies) was of a quaint centuries old street full of restaurants (such as you'll only find in Europe). To be honest, Saturday night was a tad loud down on the street as the city comes to life and stays alive well into the 3-4 am hour. Although the room does have electric shades, you do still hear the noise and I was glad I did retain the airline ear plugs. The noise was only an issue on the one night though. As for the rooftop pool and deck, the view to Santa Barbara mountain is awe-inspiring and the patio sofas are very comfy. The food was fantastic in both restaurants. You cannot go wrong with this hotel. We will be back. As an aside, the hotel is close to the marina but if you are looking for a nice quiet beach nearby, I highly recommed catching the Alicante tram two blocks from the hotel and taking it the ten minutes to San Juan Beach. You can pick up a cheap (9 euros) beach umbrella at any of the small stores and camp out in the sand for the day. There is a great restaurant on this beach, Julio's, which you must make reservations for lunch early in the day as it is VERY popular. Safe travels!"
- Travel date: Mon 12th of June 2006
Even better than expected
"We were looking forward to our stay in Alicante having had a few days walking in the mountains.
We'd never been to the city before and it was wonderful - reminded us of Barcelona but on a smaller scale.
The Amerigo was spot on - we had a large room which was worth every penny.
It's a beautiful building - a true 'boutique' hotel - but what will probably stand out was the friendliness of the staff.
Can't really fault it."
- Travel date: Sat 3rd of June 2006
Worth every Euro!
"Recently returned from staying at the Amerigo, a first class hotel, well deserving of it's 5 star rating.
Once you step into the lobby you begin to feel a sense of calm that the hotel is aspiring to instill.
It's uber-chic cool and the staff were warm and welcoming, attentive and professional.
Our room was one of the best hotel rooms we've ever stayed in. A large changing/bathing area and a spacious bedroom with great facilities (flat screen TV, DVD (free DVDs at reception), electronic window blinds, free mini-bar).
We didn't use the pool/jacuzzi but it looked impressive and will definately be used when we return in June. The pool is small - ideal for just cooling off rather than for swimming.
Nice sized bar - great cocktails and breakfast was excellent with a wide range of yummy delights."
- Travel date: Mon 24th of April 2006
"I stayed in the Hospes Amerigo for 5 nights on a business trip and I really thought it was a charming hotel.
The service is great, people are friendly, had a dinner in the restaurant where the food was fantastic.
The Rooms are comfortable, simply decorated. You get a lot of options included in your stay. They offer you a list of DVDs you can view at night in your bedroom, charge free and juices and water from the minibar, charge free. Alcohol is of course not free.
When you go to the top floor, where the pool is, the view is great towards the small hills and holds a lot of Spanish feel.
I would recommend this hotel to business people as well as for leisure."
- Travel date: Mon 24th of April 2006
"Stayed in this lovely hotel over the Easter period. Beaufully furnished, staff very friendly and couldn't do enough to help you. Nice little touches like soft bathrobes and slippers and lovely shampoos, soaps etc. Ate in both the hotel's tapas bar and restaurant. The restaurant Senzone serves fantastic food a little bit on the expensive side but def. worth every penny. Can't fault the hotel in any way. Nicely situated in the middle of the town close to the beach (very overcrowded) but there are nicer beaches further up the coast. If you are planning to stay in Alicante this is most def. the best hotel in the area."
- Travel date: Fri 21st of April 2006
Excellent Stay at Hospes Amerigo
"Stayed here in mid-April for two nights and had an excellent stay. The rooms are well-designed, very comfortable, and fully equipped - included nice small touches like flat screen tv, dvd player and free mini-bar. The staff is very helpful and friendly. The location is very good. The hotel restaurant, Senzone, serves amazing food! Would definitely recommend this hotel. During my stay, which was Semana Santa (Holy Week), there were several processions in the city and some of them passed in front or at the back of the hotel, which was very convenient."
- Travel date: Tue 18th of April 2006