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Benidorm Accommodation

Benidorm's skyscraper hotels dominate the skyline for miles around. They offer all standards of accommodation from the ridiculously cheap to top of the range. Some hotels practically give away their rooms in low season in order to make money on bar and restaurant takings. This makes the town a popular winter resort for those who can't stand the heat (and the madness!) of the summer season.

The vast majority of tourists who come here bed down in the city's huge hoard of hotels but other types of holiday accommodation are available including plenty of self catering apartments in the city centre. You can rent private villas with swimming pools on the outskirts of the city and there are beachside campsites within easy reach of the town centre.

The best of the Benidorm hotels have the full works indoor and outdoor pools, satellite TV, limousine service, health and fitness centres etc. One of the most sumptuous hotels in town is the lavish new Melia, 500 metres from the main Levante beach and three kilometres from Terra Mitica theme park.

It's a haven of luxury in this holiday town which lets face it has more than its fair share of tacky tourist facilities. If the beaches get too frantic for you, bid a hasty retreat to the hotel gardens and palm fringed lagoon with its islands, waterfalls and bridges. If you're staying here in winter you'll have the benefit of the indoor heated pool and health suite where you can pamper yourself with a sauna, steam bath or hydro massage. Professional ballet dancers give dance classes and the hotel lays on a packed programme of daytime and evening entertainment for both children and adults.

Most visitors plump for the mid range hotels which line the beachfront and dominate the whole of the town. Benidorm is a relatively small and compact resort so no matter which hotel you choose you won't be far from the beach. If you're staying in a hotel near the beach and town centre in the summer expect noise all night long a lot of it! It comes with the package in Benidorm but that doesn't stop some visitors complaining about it.

Most of the middle market hotels have swimming pools, buffet meals included in the price and good in house entertainment programmes.

If you're travelling on a tight budget look out for hostals and residencias which usually (not always in Benidorm!) provide clean and comfortable accommodation at a very affordable price. You'll find plenty of them along the Poniente beachfront and in the old part of the town which joins Poniente and Levante beaches. It's a good idea to inspect the rooms before you commit yourself because hostal standards here vary enormously.

The same applies to self catering apartments. Some are dead cheap and downright grotty! whilst others provide excellent facilities including access to a communal pool.

The opening of the Terra Mitica theme park in 2000 spurred a manic construction boom and hundreds of self catering holiday villas now pepper the hillsides on the outskirts of the town. Most villas have private pools and often represent good value for money if you're holidaying in a group as you normally pay a set price for the villa rather than paying per person.

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