The weakening pound has caused holidays to Spain to become relatively more expensive, but cheap holidays to Benidorm and some of the other larger tourist-focused resorts are still very much in evidence. This is partly because towns like Benidorm don’t have a range of other industries to rely on, unlike, say Barcelona with its I.T. industry; and also because of the sheer volume of competition amongst hotels for a reduced number of paying customers.
So, how can you capitalise on this situation and find a true bargain as opposed to a holiday that’s cheap in quality as well as price? After all, it is no good saving a pile of cash if you have a miserable time. What you need to do is follow these tips and you won’t go far wrong:
- Look for a hotel that has genuine reductions. The hotel industry in Benidorm is massive compared to most Spanish resorts (most of Benidorm’s 345 sky-scrapers are hotels), and because of the competition, hoteliers react very quickly to changes in demand and will reduce prices for a very short time period if they need to boost occupancy. It is these temporary reductions that you are looking for as they usually offer the best quality for your money as opposed to those hotels that are always available at low rates.
- If you can bear a little disruption, one of the best ways of getting a cheap deal is to do it “on the ground” when you arrive in the resort. This is definitely not recommended for smaller resorts or in high season, but in Benidorm during off-peak periods you might just manage to get a real bargain. Book your flights and maybe one or two nights’ accommodation before you go, and then when you arrive go straight to one of Benidorm’s three tourist information offices and see if they know which hotels have deals on that day. These are the addresses of the Benidorm tourist offices:
- Benidorm Old Town Tourist Office (open all year): Avenida Martínez Alejos 16
- Benidorm Central Office (seasonal): Avenida Europa & Corner of Calle Ibiza
- Benidorm Rincon Office (seasonal): Avenida Derramador & corner of Calle Gerona
- Check out the reviews on-line. Unlike other smaller resorts, Benidorm has a wealth of reviews on sites like Trip Advisor and Holiday Watchdog. Your selected bargain hotel may turn out to have bad reviews, and whilst all reviews should be taken with a pinch of salt, they should certainly play a part in the decision-making process of anyone looking for cheap holidays to Benidorm, simply because the volume of reviews for this resort makes it more likely that the overall consensus will be accurate.
- Decide whether you can stomach one of the many night flights available to Alicante, the nearest airport, or whether that is a money-saving step too far, and budget accordingly. If you are off for a well-earned week’s holiday in Benidorm, you may not relish the thought of spending the first of your six full days here sleeping on the sun bed, exhausted.
- Look out for those Benidorm hotels that are on the edge of their class – for example the three star hotel that behaves and acts like a four star, but cannot be classified as one because of some technical reason. For example, in Benidorm, it is possible for a hotel to miss out on a four star rating simply because its bathroom dimensions are not big enough, even if everything else about the hotel meets the four-star standard.
- Don’t spend a single penny on anything that won’t pay its way in terms of adding value to your holiday. If you are happy going by bus from Alicante airport to the hotel, book your 20 euro bus seat in advance and then you won’t be tempted to get a taxi at a cost of some 120 euros when you emerge from the airport, hot and tired, and not knowing where to catch the bus.
Follow these tips and if there are any cheap holidays to Benidorm on offer, you will be well placed to make sure you get one of them.