Benidorm, on Spain’s Costa Blanca, is a touristy beach town seemingly dominated by large all-inclusive resort complexes. Travelers seeking more intimate hotel experiences could consider these five hotels, all with around 100 hotel rooms (our number-one pick has only 25 rooms) — a fraction of the room count at most area resorts. A smaller size, plus a sense of style and solid features, make these our favorite boutique hotels in Benidorm.
Hidden behind a plain cream-colored facade, the luxury Villa Venecia offers an exclusive, personalized experience from the moment guests set foot in the lobby. All rooms offer striking sea views, high-end amenities, distinct decor, and glass-enclosed bathrooms with hydromassage showers and separate jetted tubs. The intimate and serene hotel’s design makes the most of its location right between two beaches, and all rooms and common spaces offer panoramic views of the Mediterranean.
Fully refurbished in mid-2011, the 99-room adult-only Riviera Beachotel is among the more stylish upper-middle-range hotels in Benidorm. The entire property has a chic, contemporary design with a white and lime green color scheme, clean lines, and lots of attention to detail. Its quiet atmosphere and fresh feel is a nice departure from the many dated mid-range properties in town, and its small size (by Benidorm standards) makes for personalized service.
The upscale 108-room Villa del Mar is a small boutique hotel with panoramic sea views and cute, beachy decor. Rooms have contemporary, white-and-blue decor, plus flat-screen TVs, mini-fridges, electric kettles, and air-conditioning. Sea View Rooms are the best units, with double-jetted tubs and floor-to-ceiling windows. Hotel features include a spa, small pool, basic gym, and Mediterranean restaurant, but the highlight is the rooftop deck, offering lounge chairs, a bar, and wonderful sea views.
This upscale adult-only boutique is a good pick for a quiet beach getaway. Located just north of sandy Levante Beach, the hotel offers easy walking access to both the Old and the New Town areas. Its 95 rooms are contemporary and bright, with cheerful decor, up-to-date amenities and furnished balconies -- but light sleepers may want to request a unit overlooking the pool, as street-facing rooms may get some noise. The hotel has a pleasant pool set with a whirlpool, loungers, and umbrellas. A stylish buffet restaurant provides meals and all-inclusive packages.
The four-story Gran Hotel Delfin is a modern, upscale hotel on the quieter side of Benidorm, removed from the thick crowds of the eastern beach. The hotel's 98 rooms have a simple decor that's a bit more daring than what you typically see. Speckled stone floors pair with purple accent walls, along with minimalist dark wood furnishings. Some rooms have more ornate molded ceilings and exposed wooden beams. Most have private balconies, but not all have sea views. The hotel's lovely garden grounds are surrounded by palm trees for privacy from the street. There are also outdoor tennis courts and a pool, plus a buffet restaurant with Mediterranean cuisine and free breakfast, and a sports bar and cocktail lounge.