13 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
great place to stay
"Had a lovely stay at the Mar blau. staff are all very nice & helpful. rooms were clean & towels changed everyday. although not a great deal of choice for the food,It was always good. The hotel only has a 2* rating but, deserves to be a 3. The location is was perfect. Definitely will go back again ...."
- Travel date: Tue 15th of November 2011
Lovely Little Hotel
"My hubby and i have stayed at the Mar Blau numerous times over the last 8 years.We have always found everybody very friendly from reception, dining room bar, cleaners and the night porters.
I find the food lovely hit and miss with my hubby. (Typical English). Whether you stay in a 2/3/4/5star the food won,t always be to every-bodies taste.For a 2 star hotel you can,t go wrong. I always book a seaveiw room, you get a 5 star view.
The location is unbeatable and it,s only a 5 min walk into the old town. The hotel is facing the poniente beach (50m.)Theirs plenty of nice bars nearby, our favorite a cocktail bar called San-Remo just turn right when you come out of the hotel and walk along to the marconi hotel and it,s next door. They make you very welcome, and it,s nice and relaxing in the evening sitting facing the beach, listening to the music with a cocktail or 2. Great atmosphere. Back again the end of september."
- Travel date: Mon 29th of August 2011
great seafront hotel close to centre
"only a small hotel but very friendly fantastic seaview rooms at the front 602 ours.Food very good for a 2star hotel water and wine icluded with lunch and dinner. All staff very friendly and helpfull and the hotel is kept spotlessly clean through out.Just a couple mins walk in to centre old benidorm and a further 10 mins to all the bars in new part so best of both worlds realy enjoyed our stay we would definatly return to this hotel."
- Travel date: Mon 7th of March 2011
cracking little 2 str
"Cracking little 2 star hotel with lovely views over Dove park and the sea.
It's minutes away from the old town and the food is good!
Stay here if you're happy amongst the Spanish and don't want chips with everything!
Mar Blau doesn't have a pool or gardens but I can recommend it for a winter break. Sea view room is a must!
Entertainment is geared towards the Spanish but I went out every evening into the old town!
This hotel is clean as a new pin, in a perfect setting and I will deffinately return!"
- Travel date: Tue 4th of December 2007
Best Value Hotel in Benidorm
"Great small hotel in the best setting in Benidorm, no pool or fancy gyms but good honest clean well run value for money.
Food was plentiful and well presented, great choice at every meal nothing to much trouble for the friendly staff. Small bar lounge area very relaxed atmosphere. Prices very fair bottle red wine at meal times only 3Euros, we stayed a week full board at a cost of Â£130 each and where well satisfied. 1 minute to the beach 3 minutes to Old town centre. Would recommend for couples in the 55plus age group not enough going on for kids."
- Travel date: Wed 24th of October 2007
Fantastic Hotel - well above expectation
"My husband and I are in our late 30's and we booked this hotel for a weekend break.
The hotel is situated in the old town and is on the lovely clean promenade and opposite the beach, the views are great for the sea and people watching.
The hotel has 8 floors, ask for as high as possible and a sea view.
At night the patio doors were open on the balcony and you could hear the sea - bliss!
The staff were very friendly and although the hotel was predominantly spanish guests, everyone was very friendly.
Would highly recommend hotel, plenty of lovely places to eat and drink around the hotel."
- Travel date: Mon 7th of May 2007
"just magic cant be faulted stayed on full board great food great staff we had trouble with a noisy fan they had fixed it within a couple of hours . we sat on the balcony and watched the boats in the harbour . friendly bars 50 metres up the road dove park say hi to jeff only trouble i cant find a travel agent who does this hotel in may any help would be appreciated"
- Travel date: Fri 6th of April 2007
2* hotel on the seafront at Poniente Beach
"Stayed for one week on a half board basis. Hotel very pleasant, rooms clean, food good, staff friendly. Only a few minutes walk to the old down and the beach is just across the road. Only minus point was that our room was at the back of the hotel so didn't have much of a view. Definitely would go back but would pay the extra to have a seaview room. Real good value for money."
- Travel date: Thu 1st of March 2007
Hard to believe it is 2 star!
"We are by no means pretentious but we like our comfort on holiday and have not stayed in a 2 star hotel since our student days. On this occasion however we decided that as we were on a walking holiday and would spend little time in the hotel we simply needed a clean and comfortable place to sleep. We selected the Mar Blau on its location alone and this was our first good decision -on the quieter Poniente beach & a stone's throw away from the harbour and the old town it could not be bettered! A small (50 room) hotel it is a far cry indeed from the concrete high rise monstrosities which make up the rest of the resort. We awoke each morning to the sound of the waves lapping on the beach. I would certainly recommend paying a little extra for a sea view as these get the sun on the balcony all day long. The surrounding area is clean and tidy and again in total contrast to the brasher parts of the resort which we noted on driving through each morning were strewn with litter from the night before. The clientele were about half English and half Spanish. Everyone was very friendly and appeared to get on well.
The food was very good indeed - plenty of choice and nicely presented. The wine list was excellent as were the prices. The staff were pleasant and friendly and went out of their way to be helpful. The rooms though uncarpeted were adequately furnished. The shower in the bathroom was good. We discovered that the only reason the Mar Blau cannot be rated more highly than 2 star is that there is only one small lift and queues form occasionally. This wasn't a problem for us even though we were on the 6th floor - we needed the exercise to get rid of all of the extra dishes we had been tempted to try. Incidentally other keen walkers may be interested in the possibility of guided walking on the Costa Blanca. The terrain is absolutely stunning. We were picked up each day by minibus and taken to a different area each day. The walks were led by a really nice English couple called Neil and Vanessa Simpson who now reside in Spain and the outings were excellent value for money. We discovered their website following a recommendation by a fellow walker."
- Travel date: Sat 24th of February 2007
Location is everything
"Returned yesterday from a 5 day break at the Mar Blau - you must have a sea view room the higher up the better (it's only 7 floors). Some reveiwers have indicated this is a top quality hotel, the location could not be better however, it is a 2 star hotel with 2 star quality food and rooms.
It can be noisy (other guests not the location) and you may wait a while for the single small lift if you don't do stairs, but you get what you pay for and if you want a cheap and cheerful place to stay it's fine but I would suggest you make do with breakfast and eat out at proper Spanish places for lunch / dinner."
- Travel date: Fri 16th of February 2007
"We had a wonderful 9 days stay in Mar Blau in October 2006. The position of the hotel was excellent and it lived up to all the reviews and more. We arrived late and there was a meal for us in the dining room... very unexpected but appreciated. The staff were friendly and helpful at all times. The hotel though small was clean and the food good. We hope to go back this year."
- Travel date: Thu 18th of January 2007
"We stayed at the Mar Blau during the Benidorm Fiesta and had a close up view of the daytime beach fireworks `not for the faint hearted!!` Make sure you book a sea view worth every euro. This hotel is much better than its 2 star rating. Rog & Bez Leics."
- Travel date: Tue 5th of December 2006