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By the market in the old town, this cordially run place is a standout. The five lovely rooms are subtly and beautifully decorated according to themes, with thoughtful details, objets d'art and pleasing handmade wooden furniture...
Cases Noves is set in the historic village of El Castell de Guadalest, 20 minutes’ drive from Benidorm. Each room includes a hydromassage shower, free Wi-Fi, 42" flat-screen satellite TV and an iPad...
Hotel Cabo Cervera
This is a full-on package-tour-style hotel but the spacious rooms, which come with little lounges and terraces, polished service and range of facilities make it a decent option for the night. You’ll need to book way in advance in high summer...
Huerto Del Cura
This is a sublime hotel, with stylish white rooms and antique wooden furnishings. The accommodation is in trim bungalows within lush, palm-shaded gardens. It’s a family-friendly place with a playground, large pool and babysitting service...
Hotel Fontana Plaza
This is a classic white minimalist-style, business-class hotel with king-sized doubles and balconies. Some interconnect for families. A few 'economy' rooms have smaller beds and no balcony...
Conveniently positioned where the Old Town meets Playa del Poniente, the Colón, with rooms as blue as the sea, is great value outside the high season. Half-board is only €4 more than B&B, though don’t expect fine cuisine...
Hotel El Raset
This modern designer hotel overlooks the port with spotlit rooms, colourful bedspreads and art on the walls. There's a buzzy vibe and very friendly service. A row of house restaurants alongside give you doorstep eating options.
Offering great value for its simple, pleasant rooms, this makes a top, central, budget base. In summer the price drops to €45 for a double if you stay more than one night...
Hotel Costa Blanca
Beside the train station, this is an excellent-value option except in high summer, when prices rise to €92. Rooms are comfortable and cosily furnished, there's a small, well-stocked bar and the port is but a few steps away.
The Madrid is a friendly, family-run option with 40 comfortable rooms, one equipped for travellers with disabilities. There’s also a top-floor Jacuzzi and, just across the road, the hotel’s swimming pool...
In the old town, this has comfortable rooms with excellent bathrooms above a friendly bar.
Parador De Jávea
Architecturally, Xàbia’s boxy, once-modern parador is unexciting but it enjoys a magnificent site, on a headland overlooking the bay of El Arenal, and has all the usual parador comforts.
Hostal Les Monges Palace
This agreeably quirky place in the nightlife zone is a treasure with its winding corridors, tiles, mosaics and antique furniture...
The genial boss here is rightly proud of this top hostal on the waterfront strip. Rooms are compact but new in feel, with colourful bedcovers, faultless bathrooms and not a speck of dust or dirt. Prices are very fair: a budget gem.
This friendly, family-run hotel has 27 spruce, well-maintained if smallish rooms. Although it doesn't offer breakfast, there's a coffee machine near reception that dispenses the real brew.
On a quiet street, a block back from the port, this is a recently renovated colourful pop-art hotel that offers good value for money. The rooms might be small but they’ve been laid out in such a way as to make the most of the available space...
At the northern limit of Playa Levante, the huge Esmeralda, as much leisure complex as hotel, is particularly suited to families with children...
Gran Hotel Bali
This mammoth complex, 186m high and as much space-age village as hotel, is Europe’s tallest...
Here’s a friendly English-run budget choice on a fairly quiet street. Rooms that don’t have air-con come with fans and most have a small balcony, too. There’s a cosy ground-floor bar with an internet terminal...
This French-run place just off Avenida Gabriel Miró has 13 well-maintained rooms with ceiling fans and shared bathrooms. Look out for the giant iguana…
La Santa Faz
This long-established hotel, sandwiched between two streets in the Old Town, is friendly and full of character. All rooms have a balcony, and there’s a well-stocked bar and a billiard table.
Set between Alicante Harbour and Postiguet Beach, Meliá Alicante offers an outdoor pool, spa and free Wi-Fi throughout. Each stylish room has a terrace with impressive sea views. All rooms at the Melia Alicante are air conditioned and spacious...