(Calpe (Costa Blanca))
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The Roca Esmeralda is a modern hotel situated just off the Levante Beach and only 2.5 km from Calpe. Both the port area and the town centre can be reached along the nearby Paseo Maritimo Promenade via the frequent bus service. The hotel has a total of 212 bedrooms all of which are air conditioned and equipped with television, radio, direct dial telephone, safety deposit box, fridge and terrace. Facilities at the hotel include a buffet restaurant, an a la carte Grill Restaurant and a snack bar. Leisure facilities include three outdoor swimming pools, a heated indoor swimming pool and a fitness centre.
Hotel Facilities & Services
- Lift to all Floors
- Air Conditioned Public Areas
- Air Conditioning
- Room Service Not 24hr: Yes
- Direct Dial Telephone
- Cleaned Per Week: 7
- Towel Changes Per Week: 7
- Bed Linen Changes Per Week: 3
- Indoor Pool Free: Yes
- Outdoor Pool Free: Yes
- Treatment Rooms
- Jacuzzi Free: No
- Sauna Free: No
- Solarium Free: Yes
- Steam Room Free: No
- Gym Free: No
- Name: CALPE
- Distance: 3 kilometres
- Name: ALICANTE EL ALTET
- Distance: 72 kilometres
- Cots/Cribs Free: No
- Baby Sitting
Bar and Restaurant
- Bar in Hotel
- Restaurant in hotel
- Nearest Rail Name: Calpe Distance: 3 kilometres
- Nearest Airport Name: Alicante El Altet Distance: 72 kilometres
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TripAdvisor Traveller Rating
- Overall: based on 259 reviews
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"Esmeralda Apartments" in front of the hotel
Stay Date: 10/2016, James D wrote this review.
My wife & l are at present enjoying a 14 days self catering holiday in the Apartments in front of the hotel (not the suites). The apartments are basic but very clean and are front line to the wonderful beach. Our apartment is on the 11th floor with… See more
My wife & l are at present enjoying a 14 days self catering holiday in the Apartments in front of the hotel (not the suites). The apartments are basic but very clean and are front line to the wonderful beach. Our apartment is on the 11th floor with stunning views from both balconies. Each one has a table and chairs to enjoy elfreso meals plus sun beds. There is also a washing machine on the back balcony. There are two bedrooms and two bathrooms. Two supermarkets across the road and numerous inexpensive restaurants on the prom. A little train runs every hour taking you to the port and the beautiful old town and back for 4 Euros. Don't take any notice of the bad reports and take it from me it's great value for money with an excellent location. Collapse
A good all rounder for a 3 star hotel
Stay Date: 09/2016, PeppermintDreams wrote this review.
We stayed here recently on a dance holiday, and as the original 4 star hotel was full, we were accommodated in the Esmeralda. Initially I was disappointed as the Esmeralda is a 3 star property but I've got to say I was pleasantly surprised. Good poin… See more
We stayed here recently on a dance holiday, and as the original 4 star hotel was full, we were accommodated in the Esmeralda. Initially I was disappointed as the Esmeralda is a 3 star property but I've got to say I was pleasantly surprised. Good points: * Great location, just a few steps from a lovely, soft sandy beach. * Good size rooms with large balconies, fridges and separate lounge area * Plenty of sun beds (note we visited in September not peak season) * Evening entertainment * Good food, with an extensive salad bar and usually a choice of 5-6 main courses. *Excellent service - the waiters and waitresses were friendly and welcoming, not always something you find in a Spanish hotel Not so good points: * The hotel could do with a little tlc, it's a little tired in places. Would I return ? Although I tend to prefer 4 star, I've got to say this is a great little hotel with good food and views and I'd probably make an exception for it. I'd definitely recommend it. Collapse
Fantastic hotel in a gorgeous resort!
Stay Date: 09/2016, Matthew L wrote this review.
I have just returned (4th October) from a weeks all-inclusive stay at the Roca Esmeralda with my family, (brother and parents). The holiday was excellent from start to finish, friendly and efficient reception staff greeted us on arrival, clean rooms … See more
I have just returned (4th October) from a weeks all-inclusive stay at the Roca Esmeralda with my family, (brother and parents). The holiday was excellent from start to finish, friendly and efficient reception staff greeted us on arrival, clean rooms with excellent views and all the amenities we needed. The pool area was spotlessly clean and the bar staff were really friendly and efficient throughout the week. The food was superb. I am baffled by previous reviews warning that the food is all cold, as we spotted 2 microwaves in the dining room. As the hotel is geared towards Spanish visitors, the food (as any rational person would expect when going on holiday to Spain!!!) is Spanish. A varied choice of meat and fish for every lunch and evening meal, and a massive selection of delicious fresh salads. Breakfast was excellent too, something for everyone. The entertainment again was mainly geared towards the Spanish guests but they did make an effort and translated the quiz into English, which we won! The little train which goes from 1 end of Calpe to the other every hour stops right outside the hotel so we got to see the whole of the resort, and loved it. The beach is a 30 second walk from the hotel and was never crowded. Plenty of choices of restaurants on the seafront as well for anyone who isn't staying all inclusive. If you're looking for a great value for money holiday in a beautiful, friendly, efficient hotel with lovely staff and excellent food, look no further. (If you're looking for English staff, English food, English beer, English entertainment and English guests, go to Blackpool. Or Benidorm!) Collapse
It wouldn't take much to make this hotel excellent.
Stay Date: 09/2016, Technosaurus wrote this review.
My husband, my adult son and I have just come back from a week in the AR Roca Esmeralda & SPA Hotel in Calpe. We travelled with Jet2. My husband and I are keen road cyclists; it was my son's first trip abroad and he explored the area on foot and took… See more
My husband, my adult son and I have just come back from a week in the AR Roca Esmeralda & SPA Hotel in Calpe. We travelled with Jet2. My husband and I are keen road cyclists; it was my son's first trip abroad and he explored the area on foot and took advantage of the hotel facilities while we were out on our bikes. Good things first. We found the staff to be polite and helpful and I didn't come across anyone whose English wasn't better than my Spanish. We were particularly impressed at how Alicia stayed calm and kept order when the entire population of Spain seemed to arrive at the same time wanting breakfast on a Sunday morning. The public areas of the hotel are spacious, clean and tidy, with plenty of information on display including a board showing the timetable of activities in the hotel, and a big screen television permanently tuned to ...well, the Spanish are passionate about their football, aren't they? There's a huge lounge on the ground floor away from the foyer; we didn't use it but it appeared to be equipped with books and games. There's a nice little cafe/bar, which we also didn't have cause to visit. There are four lifts and they all worked efficiently and were kept clean. There's a 16m laned indoor swimming pool, a tidy and well-equipped gym, and a little spa downstairs. My son swam in the pool several times and said it was clean and warm and never got crowded. The staff were proactive in asking if I needed any help when I went down to look around. When I asked about bicycle storage, I was told we could keep our bikes securely in the luggage room. We didn't need to take advantage of this, because we discovered that the lifts would accommodate two people and two upended bikes easily and we kept them on our balcony. We had the cheap rooms. We were on the seventh floor and overlooked the street; other rooms had a beach or pool view. There was a little street noise some nights, but the hotel is a little outside the town centre and the noise wasn't excessive. Besides, it could be blocked out, along with the light, by pulling down the metal shutter over the balcony window. The room itself was a good size, with more drawer space than in most places we've stayed, lots of plug sockets, a good bathroom, and a large balcony with a clothes airer and a table and chairs. The fridge worked; the area above, which I assume was a little food preparation area, was blocked off with a locked shutter. We had read the reviews and brought our own kettle, and borrowed cups and spoons from the dining room. Safe hire was relatively inexpensive - 2 Euros a day - and we had no problem getting a new room key coded when ours was (we think) stolen from my husband's rucksack along with his 'phone while we were walking along the sea front one day. The room was cleaned - WELL cleaned - and the towels changed every day we were there, and the little sachets of shampoo and bath gel were replaced if we'd used them. And there's free wi-fi all over the hotel, including in the bedrooms, and it works well, or at least we all found that it did. For three of us, that's a saving of around 75 Euros a week in comparison with some places we've stayed. There's air conditioning in the rooms. That works well too. As others have noted, a significant number of guests were Spanish and of a certain age and then some, but there was a good scattering of younger folk, including families with toddlers, and a mix of nationalities, D'you know what's really, really good about being among older folk? When they're at the dinner table, they're not jabbing away at their 'phones all the time. The pool area outside is pleasant and compact, with a good-sized pool (maximum length over 20 metres, 1.1 - 1.8 metres in depth, clean, just the right temperature to be delightful on a hot afternoon), a smaller spa pool, showers, and sunbeds. The hotel is right by a lovely white-sand beach with easy access to the restaurants and tat-shops on the promenade. There's a Consum and a Mercadona with good opening hours (including 10am-3pm on Sundays for the Consum) within a couple of minutes' walk. Calpe itself is quite built-up, but it's not Benidorm. It's very much not Benidorm. I'm sure there's nightlife, but you can go out in the evening and it's not thrust in your face at every turn. And you don't have to go very far inland to feel as if you've got Spain all to yourself, despite the evidence of active British ex-pat communities in several of the little towns. I hinted that not everything was perfect, didn't I? If your idea of a good holiday includes having your dainty palate tickled, this may not be the hotel for you. You would have to be very bloody-minded to find nothing at all that you could eat on the hotel buffet, but the kitchen is clearly operating on a budget and the food is unsophisticated. We took half-board because we don't want to have to think too much about food when we're on holiday. The cooked breakfasts were largely very good, give or take the occasional oddity like chopped artichoke hearts or courgette fritters (my son loved all that sort of stuff that he doesn't normally get at home). There were plenty of bread, cake and pastry options, though I felt the lack of fresh crusty baguettes. The coffee was drinkable. There was always fresh fruit and yogurt. It amused me that all the brown bread was corralled into an area labelled "healthy corner" with some biscuits and reduced sugar jam. One morning we came downstairs just before 9am and the breakfast buffet looked as if a plague of locusts had passed through. There was almost nothing left. When we went out soon after, we saw a crowd of people getting into coaches outside the hotel and guessed that they'd all made picnics for the journey. That experience was not repeated; there was always plenty of food each day after that. Dinner is likewise fine provided you don't mind the temperature of your food being hit and miss, don't need a lot of variety at each meal or from day to day, and don't live for pudding. Most of the puddings are cold semi-solids in little pots and tubs, like baby food. Once I had a few 100km cycling days under my belt, I ate them anyway, and didn't come to any harm. One other little thing that could have been better. We had a long coach transfer during which we were asked to refrain from eating and drinking, and arrived at 10pm on a Sunday night, just as the hotel dining room was closing. It would have been a nice touch if we could have been offered something to eat when we arrived - a sandwich and fruit, maybe - rather than having to wait till breakfast. Would we go back? To Calpe, yes. To the AR Roca Esmeralda and SPA Hotel, yes, without hesitation, if it remains such good value. Collapse
Stay Date: 09/2016, WendyandMike C wrote this review.
Staff were not helpful at all, the food was either luke warm or cold, but the rooms were clean but need upgrading. After 1 day of being there, we asked our tour operators to move us, which they did the next day, the reception staff never once asked u… See more
Staff were not helpful at all, the food was either luke warm or cold, but the rooms were clean but need upgrading. After 1 day of being there, we asked our tour operators to move us, which they did the next day, the reception staff never once asked us why we were leaving. Public transport was poor and for a taxi into Benidorm was 40 Euros. Collapse
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