Hotel Kaktus Albir
22 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Very, very good at this price!
"Big fresh rooms with a couch and table. Good beds, wide, soft. Nice seaviews from all balconies. Located directly on the pebbly and quite beach (sunloungers and umbrellas available), only seperated by a small street. Restaurants all around, offering good price /quality.
Don't bother with breakfast in the hotel, (or other meals) this is substandard and way better around the corner.
All in all a very good hotel and absolutely recommended!"
- Travel date: Sun 13th of July 2008
Easter at the Kaktus Albir Hotel 2008 A 4 star Hotel with 2 star service
"Stayed at the Kaktus Albir Hotel from 20-25th March 2008 for a five night stay.Arrived quite late and was greeted by the reception staff.They were very helpful and friendly.The Hotel is extremely spacious and very clean.The bed rooms are large,clean and the bathroom is also large and well lit.
Now the negatives,
The restaurant staff are rude and ignorant .They talk about the Hotel customers behind their backs and lack basic English.(very hard to order a diet coke)The Food is varied but not tempting.All the hot food including Breakfast is swimming in oil.The breakfast Menu never changed with no choice of Eggs so stuck with fried eggs every day and mouldy bread.No vegetables were served during our stay unless you liked artichokes with your Main dish.We didnt enjoy the food at all!!!This hotel would be a very bad choice if you are vegetarian or vegan.
Our bedroom was over looked by the other side of the hotel and at night the noise from the main bar and lounge was very loud with no change of entertainment.The hotel is used by Saga and we were probably the youngest couple there.The in house T.V options were very poor and you have to pay for the fridge.On one day my wifes earing were placed under the bed and a can top smashed by the chamber maid on purpose.
The resort is about 10 minutes away by taxi from Benidorm where we went most of the week because Albir is boring but peaceful.Not many shops and just a few bars.We were in bed by Midnight most nights.The beach is stoney and windy.But very peaceful and pretty.
In summary a nice ,clean hotel but with rude service and a bad resort location.I would recommend the Hotel to the older traveller but not for families or young couples
As a well travelled couple we have stayed in many good Hotels but we wouldn't return back to the "Kaktus" I m afraid
Chris and Angie
- Travel date: Tue 1st of April 2008
Very good hotel
"After reading the last review,it was with some anxiety
that we left for a week in this hotel.
I am glad to say that our fears were unfounded ,indeed,
I wonder if the last reviewer stayed at the same hotel.
We checked in at 1-45am ,staff were brisk but polite.
The room we were given was large,with wide beds, a sitting
area and a decent size terrace/balcony.All rooms have a
sea view of sorts,some better than others. Tip 1,try and
get end rooms at front eg 419/414/.
All other areas of hotel were first class ,in fact what you
see on photos is what you get.
To deal with the so called unedible food,whilst its not
gourmet its perfectly acceptable for the price you pay.
Plenty to chose from including a very good salad and
fruit selection.Tip 2 ,avoid the vegetables, as in most hotels,
it wil be overcooked.
It is true to say that the same duo provide the entertainment
but we found them ok. There is an additional act on
Fri/Sat about 11pm, these were two flamenco dancers
and an Argentinian show act when we were there,
As for nobody being there, it was very busy from Thurs to
Sat ,in fact we could not find a seat on the Sat ,and the
lounge is huge.
It also has a large dance floor which seems to be popular
with the locals.
It is true to say that Albir is quiet,at least at this time of
year,but you can easily reach Benidorm/Calpea/Javea
etc by bus , and a 30 min stroll along the front will take you
to Altea .
All in all.a very enjoyable stay and would reccomend this
hotel to all but families with young children.
- Travel date: Thu 28th of February 2008
The youthful or young at heart avoid Albir
"The hotel itself as said in other reviews is clean with lovely staff and does have a great beach front location. However, we were looking for a break where it wasn't Benidorm but wasn't boredom central either - we got the latter. The hotel entertainment was dire with at any given time only a few toddlers running over the dance floor or a few pensioner doing the foxtrot! It consists of a male and female duo singing awful old songs. We ventured out but the bars were dull with no entertainment - at one point the highlight of our week was listening to the American Indians playing Abba tunes on flutes on the street opposite the bar we were in !!!! Seriously, a week in this town was way too long. But I'm not saying avoid the hotel because of just this cause you might think it would be ideal if you wanted to share nice conversation in a quiet bar - but the food was appalling. I cannot understand the reviews that say it is even palatable. If you have never tasted anything other than school dinners or prison food then maybe there is an exception but it can only be described as slop. Everything was over cooked, the fish was tough and whatever the meat was it was always in a some sort of indistinguishable sauce and I'm a bit of a foodie. We found a bar / restaurant that saved our rumbling tummies tho Coco Loco. The food is great and is so cheap you - we ate here 5 or 6 times for lunch or dinner. Be careful tho the bars /restaurants to the left of the hotel seem to be more expensive. All in all I plead with you only to come here if you intend to eat out and don't mind a very quiet location with nothing to do but laze in the sun and chat over a few drinks in the evening. Its a lovely hotel for only that otherwise you'll be bored stiff."
- Travel date: Thu 31st of January 2008
Good Hotel, Bad Beach
"We have just come back from Kaktus Albir and must say that a hotel is indeed nice while the beach all across Albir is not that good. The main problem is WAVES, which we have not seen on any of the Benidorm beaches. The waves make it rather difficult to go into the sea, you must always strive them. The other thing is pebble (small and big), which is OK if you know about it in advance.
The Hotel is great, rather quiet, as well as the area itself. We had a room on the top floor, it was quiet and nice. Be prepared to pay extra for using minibar (10 euro), safe (15 euro per week + 5 euro key deposit) + 10 euro deposit for a beach towel. The staff is polite and helpful. We also enjoyed the food, we were on HB. I liked a variety of fruits (melon, pine, watermelon, pears, plums, etc every day). On Friday nights there is a special seafood dinner with a special ice-cream cake, we did like it!
The Hotel is overall very good. We were probably the youngest there as the most guests are of mature age, which did not bother us at all. Most guests are from UK and Spain.
Please note that while Benidorm is rather close to Albir (3-5 kms), it takes more than half an hour to get there by bus as it goes all around Alfaz del Pi village. From Benidorm (Avenigda de Europa) it is possible to take a bus to Alicante (1hr, 4 euro p/p), Valencia (2-2.5 hours, 13 euro p/p) and other cities."
- Travel date: Sun 16th of September 2007
great beach front hotel
"We have just returned from the kaktus albia, we was a little worried as could not really find many english reviews on this hotel but as soon as we got to the hotel there we had nothing to worrie about.
The staff were very helpful and alway had a smile for you, The hotel was very very clean and everyday we saw people cleaining widows,wall etc.
The food was also good - lots of things to choose from and something differnt each night!
The drinks were a good price to!
The pools was nice to laze aroung all day and you never had to worrie about getting a sunbed as they do not open the pools untill 10am.
The evening entertainment was caterd for the older guest but there are a few nice little bars just a few min walk from the hotel.
The room was lovely we had a great sea veiw and had the sun untill about 7pm on our balcony room 336
overall - i would say if you are looking for good location nice hotel for a family or couple in a lovley town then go to the kaktus albia
Would go back."
- Travel date: Sat 8th of September 2007
"I stayed here with my partner for a week at the end of august 2007. Just going to make this short and sweet and striaght tio the point!
Booked with on Teletext holidays with company called Fleetway Travel, recieved a good deal and adequate service compared to others.
On Arrival we got a taxi to the hotel. The transfer took approx 1hour from the airport to the hotel. Price we was charged for two, 70 euros. Pricey!
The room Ok, the bathroom spacious and clean!! The rooms were cleaned on a daily basis. The only down point was the decor of the rooms, a tad bit old fashioned.
There are two pools which were poor. Compared to other hotels, both of the pools are small. One is located on the roof where gym and hairdresser is located. Plenty of space to sunbathe although at times it may get too hot! (note no parasols) but the view here is amazing.
The other pool is located at the back entrance of the hotel, again small.
The bar area is extremely spacious with not much happening there, just a pool table.
Ok. Me and my partner was on a Halfboard basis. Buffet style.
Be expected to pay for your drinks on HB basis!
Very quiet area with alot of the locals visiting, so no english hooligans to spoil your holiday!
Hotel is only a stone throw away from the pebbled beach. The beach charged 3euros for a sunbed. This would last until the 19.00. The water is full of seaweed but dont let that stop you from going!
We also took a bus (number 10 and air-conditioned!) to benidorm. Took approx 30 mins to reach. Price only 1euro. Here plenty of shopping!! Also the sand beach here is better .
The area is much more busy than alicante and filled with plenty of tourists!
Plenty of bars and restaurants in benidorm and alicante that served a variety of cuisines
windy and cold at first but then improved by the third day! nice and hot! 35c!
Overall the holiday was very peaceful and quiet, which was what we were after! Howvever if you are after the clubs then Benidorm is not that far away! So you get the best of both!"
- Travel date: Sat 8th of September 2007
Loved the Kaktus
"We returned from holiday last week and like the last reviewer thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Kaktus. Hotel opposite the beach and a long clean promenade. The bedrooms were quite spacious for a hotel and kept very clean. The food was very good and varied. The staff serving all areas of the hotel were excellent, friendly and obliging. There was entertainment most evenings. Altea was a very pleasant walk away. Benidorm was a short bus ride (1E each way), the bus stop was just around the corner from the hotel. The only downside to the hotel, as far we were concerned was there were no parasols, the roof garden was very pleasant with a number of sunbeds, but no shade at all which made it uncomfortable. Not everyone wants to fry!"
- Travel date: Thu 7th of June 2007
4 star hotel /5 star staff
"After reading the one and only reveiw on site before leaving for our holiday I was a little apprehencive to say the least. But I needent have worried we really enjoyed 2 relaxing weeks.
The hotel had only just reopened after the christmas break and although it was quiet the food was very good, the rooms well kept and all the staff pleasent and attentive. The hotel is situated right on the sea front with excellent veiws and a lovely clean promenade for walking staight into Altea.
We booked the hotel with Saga and got our own flights but it was no problem at all. We were also able to take advantage of the inclusive tours and the all inclusive tarriff [the one and only draw back being the local brandy they used!! hotel please note and change it! ) .We shall certainly return"
- Travel date: Thu 15th of February 2007
Great hotel but could do better.
"I stayed at the Kaktus Albir in August this year (2006).
This hotel is deserving of its four stars due to the facilities, location etc., however in my opinion, the service from staff would rate it as a 2 star.
On arrival it was impossible to find anywhere to park - you cannot pull up to the front door and expect vallet parking here! I attempted to get into the underground carpark but was informed via an intercom that I would have to park somewhere else first, then come to reception and pay for a card to get access (12euros per day, cash, with a cash deposit for the card) - not much fun when you are wanting to bring all your luggage in. Eventually I found a parking space on the street not too far away.
I checked into reception and asked if the concierge could get my luggage from the car - WHAT CONCIERGE?
The hotel does not have a concierge or a bell boy - you are expected to get your luggage yourself - although to be fair one of the men on reception helped eventually when he saw me struggling but beware!
If you want to use the safe in your room you have to pay for it and leave a cash deposit for the key.
If you want to use the fridge in your room you have to pay for it.
If you want to use the towels for the pool you have to pay for them and leave a cash deposit for them.
Are you sensing a pattern here?
I only discovered upon checking out that you can get a remote control for the TV in your room from reception if - you guessed it - you pay for it and leave a cash deposit!
The only problem with all of this is that no-one volunteers this information to you - you have to figure it out for yourself.
The hotel expects guests to pay cash for everything as they go along - unless, as I FINALLY discovered after MUCH asking - you open a credit account.
The hotel is ideally situated right opposite the beach ( be sure to bring water shoes as it is pebble).
There are lots of good resteraunts/cafes right on the door stop.
I had read reviews on other websites which stated that the food was not good - however I can honestly say that I thought the food was very good considering it is all buffert style.
The rooms are basic but clean and very comfortable.
If you are travelling with children this is a great resort as It has lots for little ones - playgrounds at the beach, amusements only 4 minutes walk.
I don't wish to bore so if anyone would like more information please feel free to email me and I'll answer specific questions that way.
- Travel date: Mon 25th of September 2006
Wonderful Hotel, Perfect Location, Superb Food
"My family and I stayed at the Hotel Kaktus for a month at the beginning of the year and everything about our stay was superb. Beautiful rooms, spectacular location right on the beach, a two minute walk into town, surrounded by incredible restaurants and three delicious (and enormous) buffet meals a day at the hotel.
Honestly, if you don't like this hotel, there's something severely wrong with you. We couldn't find anything wrong with it."
- Travel date: Wed 31st of August 2011
A Super Holiday Hotel
"Just returned from a week at this wonderful hotel. Bedrooms comfortable, bar and lounge inviting and a truly memorable variety and quality of food in their very pleasant and efficient buffet restaurant.
If you like proper ballroom and latin dancing the evening entertainment is for you particularly at weekends when the locals come in.
Playa de Albir is a quiet neat little resort with not much to do, super if you just want a quiet resrful sun seeking holiday. Shops disappointing, but some good little bars and cafes."
- Travel date: Wed 17th of March 2010