89 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
"The Rio Park hotel may only be a 3 star but the food is amazing the staff are so friendly and happy and the whole hotel is one big happy place!! Just 10 minutes from the levante beach down the yellow brick road! The nightlife is also only 10 minutes away with endless comic tribute bands etc! We had room 528 overlooking pool had sun on it allday and close to lifts please dont take notice of any bad reviews the Rio Park is a lovely hotel and always good value for money! Note from November 1st 2010 the hotel becomes all inclusive at present its fullboard"
- Travel date: Wed 14th of April 2010
"just got back and it was red hot, hotel fine,the staff very friendly,the food ok there is a bar about half a minuete from the hotel called the WELCOME INN they make you welcome and you will have a good laugh,and its cheap look out for mick wear tenna ladies cos youll laugh that much."
- Travel date: Sun 4th of April 2010
"Just returned from Benidorm. Stayed at The Rio Park & I must say everything about the hotel was brill, The food was the best we have ever had in a hotel in Spain, The staff extremely friendly, and everything was spotless The only fault I found was Sunbeds really uncomfortable. At the bottom of the yellow brick road we found a bar called churchills which had live entertaiment & Karaoke with Billy Rainbow every night FAB. "
- Travel date: Mon 2nd of November 2009
"Our first time to Benidorm and as it was a last minute holiday we did not expect to have the best time but we were wrong. We arrived on a Monday morning half term week, hotel was superb. Very clean and staff are very friendly and helpful. While we were there the hotel was presented with bvest winter hotel, in its class, in the world 2009 beating over 350 other hotels and all the guests were invited to a party at the hotle to celebrate this. All the food you could eat was free and delicious and the drink was free and flowing too. We would definatley come4 to the Rio Park again. Thank you for a great holiday Rio Park, Steve(35) & Naomi(29) S.Wales. PS Get the bus to the airport at 8 Euro each, the taxi costs 70 Euro and is only 30mins away from airport."
- Travel date: Sun 1st of November 2009
"Just returned from holiday at rio park, what can i say? The hotel was one of the best we have stayed in benidorm and i think it deserves more than a 2 star rating. The hotel was very clean, staff very friendly and helpfull english and spanish staff on reception, food was varied, hot and tastefull always plenty and you could have as much as you liked. the pool was quite large with plenty of sun beds it did not matter what time of the day you went to the pool there was plenty of beds and room. The food at the pool bar was quite cheep as was the drinks. the hotel bar was also reasonably priced and open late, the one bar called the pop in pub was open till 3 in the morning but was for people who just wanted a quiet drink. The hotel was in a very good location, not to far awy from the beech and livelier parts of benidorm. A good bar we found was just around the corner called the Wookey Hollow i would recomend this bar it was always liverly and drinks not to badley priced. I will definatley be returning to rio park in the near future. Many thanks to all the staff and managment for making our holoday so enjoyable and relaxing
Mrs D. Mcallister"
- Travel date: Tue 8th of September 2009
"Have just come back from a week in benidorm, a group of 6 stayed in the rio park hotel. The food was great,they have hand wipes that you have to use on your way in to eat, and there is loads of tables even when busy not a problem. rooms very clean, hotel very clean, pool was big enough even when very busy you could swim. the only let down for the hotel was the "shows/singers" in the evening, but there is so meny pubs/clubs to go to with in a short walk it wasnt much of a problem. bedroom walls are a little on the thin side but only there to sleep. Had a great week. went to terra natura book your tickets with hotel/reps and jump the very long ques, its up and down and very hot so take drinks, couldnt do camel rides as told they where pregnant, couldnt do zip slide as couldnt find the start. We did swim with the sharks for 12euros, was ok you float around the top of the tank and watch them swim under you and for the price was ok this is from 4pm+. you can swim with sea lions but at 1pm only and was about 30euros? but we missed it. Also went to Fotos Algar water falls, again booked with rep, was nice and take your swimming stuff, is very cold water but great after a day in the heat.
MUST say please watch your bags, do not go out alone, dont carry all your money or passports around with you, there is a path that runs in front of hotel all the way to sea front called the yellow brick road, so meny people had there bags snatched along this path."
- Travel date: Thu 23rd of July 2009
brilliant hotel, brilliant town!
"We have literally just landed back from our weeks holiday in Benidorm, and it was the first time we have stayed at the RIO PARK, we checked it out on here, and were a little pessimistic about going, but from the moment we landed at Alicante airport, through the transfer, right to checking in, we thought, this is very well planned, hotel was cool, and calm as we arrived, check in was swift, although a few of the more senior travellers were moaning that there was no tea laid on for them,(it was only about 96 degrees) but we took the lift up to our room, and was very impressed, the room was clean, well laid out, and the bedding were fresh, and clean.
The food was of a well cooked standard, and they have a show cooking area, where you can watch the chefs cook your dinner, we tried as much of the local menu as we could, but a lot of it was obviously of an british nature, we tried paella one night, and some woman looked at us, as if we were eating her young, but you always encounter small minded people.
entertainment was a bit flimsy, the staff try there best, but with benidorm, as it is, we never staqyed at the hotel mor than twice.
I would recommend that if your traveling to benidorm, please be extra vigilent about pick pockets, and muggings, we witnessed a mugging on the road that follows levante beach, listen to your reps advice, and and dont switch off, just because your abroad.
all in all and truly brilliant holiiday, and have booked to stay at the rio again!!!!"
- Travel date: Sat 11th of July 2009
"I have stayed at this hotel over 25 times, going to request a granny flat to be built for me!
Staff are very friendly and always make you feel welcome.
Entertainment is fantastic with the members of staff (including the Manager) getting involved.
Rooms are well furnished.
Food is very good, cater for all.
No other hotel to beat it. "
- Travel date: Fri 10th of July 2009
"we stayed at this hotel in june 09 there were 4 of us alltogether and my 2 year old son the hotel is very clean the staff are very friendly and the food was really really good there was always something for every one,and most of the food was home made. The rooms are small but clean they had 3 english channels on the tv in your room so if u do fancy an early night you could watch some telly, but i doubt you will cos the hotels bar is open untill 3 in the morning where i spent most of my evenings lol. The swimming pool is heated and very big there is a bar next to it so if u want a top up in the day you can lol they sell food so if you get a bit peckish in the afternoon they do lite bites. Overall i had the best holiday here i have had in ages. The only proble i had was that i had booked for a week and not two lol but i will be going back next year "
- Travel date: Wed 8th of July 2009
Please Read, This Is a Realistic Review!
"On the day of the arrival;
We got to the Rio Park Hotel and the atmosphere was very relaxed and tranquil. The head of our family informed the receptionist about out entrance, and we were soon escorted to our rooms.
The majority of the staff were lovely and were happy to help, but the minority of the staff were slightly arrogant and could't really be bothered.
The rooms wer adequate, and they had some lovely views of the ongoing relevation of the pool. Although some repair work was under construction, the sounds coming from the site were loud and disturbing.
There was a good selection of foods, although lots of the main courses contained pork, ham or bacon in some form, which would not be suitable for religious groups. Although there was a wide variety of foods to choose from, there wasn't a good selection for vegetarians, young children or fussy eaters. Myself, I lived off chips for breakfast, dinner and tea for the week we were there, which didn't appeal to me.
Entertainment for children and young teenagers needs to be vastly improved, as the entertainment was at the target audeince of the older generation, for example: 'The Full Monty'. Even if some family members were to watch the adult entertainment, and the audience were to leave their kids in the pool or computer room, you would still be able to see the entertainment going on between the glass doors. On the other hand, the adult entertainment was performed at a later time, and there were daily quizes that took place and staff shows that the whole family could enjoy, for example: 'Goldilocks and the 3 bears'. In the hotel, there was a computer room, which held about 20 computers and was ran by euros. There was also a pool table, which again was ran by money, 1 euro a game. There were 3 phone booths located in the reception/lounge to save walking down to the street and so you didn't have to leave the hotel.
Having said all this, we are going back for another week in April 2009, and we are looking forward it."
- Travel date: Tue 10th of March 2009
"we went to this hotel in march 2007 for the first time abroad there was 2 couples the other couple were very worried about going abroad as she is very nervous traveler.but once there we found this hotel very nice and relaxing the staff were really good not a great lot to do in hotel but early in year so didnt expect much we enjoyed it so much we went in march 2008 and had a really good time again. out for all the time we were there both years we only had 1 day when the food was not that good but plenty of cheeap places to eat at anyway. we are back again this year in april but this time there are 3 couples going so even more fun. i could not fault this hotel and in my opion is worth more than 2 star "
- Travel date: Wed 4th of March 2009
"if you go on a trip the only thing in the bag any use is a bottle of water,you get 2 packs rock hard toast,2 packs biscuits.limp cheese with a tom ,tin of tuna,some kind of milkshake,a bit of jam,and abit of cake.No fruit,no sandwiches nothing i would like to eat.the food in hotel is not to bad plenty to choose from ,but the packed lunch is CRAP"
- Travel date: Tue 24th of February 2009