Hotel Kaktus Albir
22 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
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: 31st 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: 17th March 2010
"My family stayed at the hotel in February 2010. We really liked nearly everything about it. Location. It is really great. All the windows look over the beach and a beautiful avenue with palm trees growing along it. It is also a great starting point for going sightseeing. There is a bus stop nearby and the railway station is not far from the hotel so you can easily get to Benidorm, Altea, Denia and many other places from there. The food. It was delicious and the waitresses were really friendly and helpful. On Fridays they serve seafood for dinner. We enjoyed every minute of it! If you are into seafood, you will absolutely love it. Thereâs also an excellent sunbathing terrace on the roof. The view is stunning and spending time there is great fun. In the evening thereâs a show on. My husband and I werenât too interested but my 60 year old mum liked it a lot. The room was OK. As for me it was bit too dim, but the rooms on the other side of the hotel seemed to bit be full of sunlight all day. Tough luck. The only downside appeared to be ..THE MONEY STOLEN FROM OUR ROOM. We only discovered it went missing on the day of our departure so we couldnât really do anything. Some money was taken from my wallet, my mumâs bag and my zipped jacket pocket. They checked who entered our room during our stay and it appeared it had only been chambermaids. The room wasnât broken into and we didnât bring a soul there so who could it be? The manager wasnât very helpful. She seemed to turn a blind eye to our problem. Since she was absent that day we wrote her an e-mail from home. There was no reply. After a week we phoned her and she told us she hadnât taken any action. In her opinion we should have used the safe deposit box and suggested that we had either spent the money or lost it somewhere else. Can you believe it? Certainly we filed a police report. But it is only supposed to help you file a claim with your insurance company. That is all. We understand that the hotel staff is not responsible for the valuables left in the room. I donât blame the management for what happened. But think about it for a moment. Your key is given to somebody who can enter it at any time when you are absent. He or she can take your belongings and you will never get them back because: a) you donât have any proofs (are you supposed to hide under the bed and watch or install a camera or something?) b) the hotel takes no responsibility for your valuables. Thatâs it. It is a vicious circle. Very convenient for the thieves, isnât it? My friend who keeps a hotel said it was all our fault. He also said that we allowed ourselves to be robbed. Maybe so. But my husband and I have stayed in a range of places around the world (budget hostels, bungalows and fancy hotels) and nothing like this has ever happened to us before. Is feeling safe in the room that youâve payed for too much to ask? Iâm not going back to Kaktus Albir again. And it is not about the money. It is obvious that this time I would have put my money into a safe. I just can not stand the thought of someone going through my personal things. Can you? "
- Travel date: 20th February 2010
A disappointing holiday
"This promised to be a a great hotel from reviews we read. In the event we were very disappointed. The food was never better than mediocre, the two swimming pools are badly designed and the ancient TV had only a couple of English language programs. The staff work hard and do provide good service but you can see that their tight budget is a problem. If you expect a four star hotel you are being unrealistic. It's spacious and clean but in no way exceptional. Albir itself is starting to look a bit run down. The hotel has a good position on the front which provides a pleasant walk. There are plenty of bars and cafes along the sea front plus a good bus service. The hotel and resort are suited to those with mobility problems."
- Travel date: 7th December 2009
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: 13th 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 Newquay,U.K"
- Travel date: 1st 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. t"
- Travel date: 28th 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: 31st 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: 16th 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: 8th 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. Transfer: 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! Rooms: 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. Faclities: 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. Food: Ok. Me and my partner was on a Halfboard basis. Buffet style. Be expected to pay for your drinks on HB basis! Location: 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 Weather: 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: 8th September 2007
An excellent hotel, spotlessly clean, pr...
"An excellent hotel, spotlessly clean, providing top class accommodation. The staff are very courteous and professional in all service areas. I was dreading a 'Brits Abroad' holiday, as I have never been to this area of Spain before. There were couples and families from Italy, France, the Netherlands, Germany, Iceland, America and Spain staying at the Kaktus Albir - a really good mix of all nationalities. A proper family hotel, with entertainment for everyone most evenings in August, even the very young children were dancing until 8.30 / 9.00 as there is music and dancing especially for them. There were a couple of entertainment events too - flamenco dancers and a knife throwing / fire eating act. The beach is literally on the doorstep. It's a pebble beach, so take your jellybeans if you fancy a paddle! Be warned that the currents can be strong, but there were 3 lifeguards taking care of everyone on the beach - very reassuring. My 14 year old daughter and I went alone, and I was a little apprehensive about just the two of us going but we felt safe at all times - it's a lovely, quiet place to stay. Thanks to the review below which recommended the Cats Whiskers Cafe! We went there for lunch most days and the staff are lovely, friendly and full of information. They make a BLT on a warm baguette to die for and a smashing cup of tea - definitely worth a visit! I only regret missing the quiz night on Tuesday. (Perhaps next time!) I have no hesitation in recommending this hotel or this area of Spain to anyone. Go. Have a lovely time! "
- Travel date: 30th August 2007
Top traveller tips for Hotel Kaktus Albir
"Talk to the staff. They're lovely."
Hotel Kaktus Albir is also called
- Kaktus Hotel
- kaktus albir