If you’re looking for a well-connected haven in the heart of it all, the Ambassador Playa comes up trumps. With Levante Beach just a short walk away and plenty of shops, bars and restaurants on the doorstep, it’s an ideal base.
The pools are a real highlight here. You've got two pools, each with a children's section, bordered by a roomy sun terrace. There’s a laidback open-air bar in Summer too. And in the Winter, one of the pools is covered and heated.
As for the hotel itself, it’s a contemporary number – all clean lines and big windows. Head inside, however, and there’s a more traditional feel. Décor-wise, the bedrooms have a classic flavour. Beds dressed in blue cotton share space with simple wooden furniture. White walls and tiled floors complete the scene. Rooms all come with their own balcony or terrace, too.
Lastly, there’s the dining scene to consider. Meals here are buffet-style, so you can pick and choose from Spanish dishes and more well-known favourites. We’re talking authentic curries, colourful salads and fresh seafood. In terms of evening entertainment, the Ambassador offers up a programme of live music, line dancing and local folklore evenings held beneath the stars.
Based on 1092 reviews
- Official Rating
- Floors: 6 or 9
- Rooms: 240 in Ambassador I; 220 in Ambassador II
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Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner.
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There's plenty to choose from with a gym, sauna, Turkish bath, whirlpool bath, indoor plunge pool, ice patio, solarium, massage and beauty treatments. Benicaldea fitness centre is under separate management. You'll be entitled to a 50% discount on the entrance fee.
Between November and April the pool is covered and heated, and throughout the year it has sunbeds, a sun terrace and a children's section.
You can choose from Spanish and international dishes, and during July and August the children are catered for with their own selection. In the winter, lunch is served between 12.30pm - 3pm and dinner from 6.30pm - 9pm.
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If you like nightlife, this is the place to be!
Having previously stayed at its excellent sister hotel, the Presidente, we were expecting a similarity. We were not disappointed. Slightly less luxurious surroundings but that was traded in other respects. The indoor bar/club (Explorers) was far better than the Presidente and has one of the best settings I have ever seen in a hotel with window views from cubicles across the swimming pool and outdoor stage. The Ambassador does have full length mirrors in the rooms (which the Presidente lacked) to keep ladies happy and its location is even better - right next door to the Western Saloon, one of benidorms top nightspots, and almost opposite Morgans Tavern (where Benidorm sitcom is filmed) with a discount applicable at both venues if you show your room key. A great restaurant with backgound music - a larger variety of dishes could have been made available but it was really good food and replaced with freshly cooked even before the containers are empty so nothing is just warm. For night owls like my family , an option to have a coffee and croissant from the bar instead of breakfast would have been more convenient for us. The manager really runs the restaurant well even if he does greet everyone parrot fashion, 4 good mornings within 1 minute! Rooms kept spotlessly clean every day. Lots of spare electricity outlets all around the room was very convenient as was the free wifi in the room, not just in reception. The use of the hotel's Spa was one of the best 10 euros I have spent with spa, sauna, gym, plus, plus, plus! (Its gone up since last year but has been refurbished and now includes feet eating fish!). Good entertainment on the outdoor stage by the pool if you don't want to venture out but loads of superb entertainment locally within walking distance. It was a really good hotel and we will return.More
Malgoode, New Brighton, United Kingdom
Ten days in Benidorm
Just returned from the Ambassador Playa 1.We stayed in this hotel nineteen years ago,the hotel has had many improvements done,to the bars and reception areas and a lovely spa.Room 339 were we were located seem to be very much as it was years ago,very basic but clean.Entertainment in the hotel was very good,with a very talented resident Spanish gentleman.Because of its location you are very close to all you need in Benidorm,and the fantastic John and Joseph cafe opposite,with a jumbo breakfast at 2.75 euro and a pint of lager for 1 euro.One word of warning it's open 24 hrs,so book your room at the Riviera hotel side.There seem to be a problem with the lifts of the hotel in the 10 days we stayed,with many holidaymakers being stuck for periods of time.Our experience was 10 mins,and friends of ours were longer.Overall we did enjoy the hotel and the Benidorm experience and the sunshine.More
david r, Llanelli, United Kingdom
Ambassador playa 1 Benidorm.
Stayed here from 25th Feb till 4th march. Great location for beach and nightlife but due to our room overlooking the main St it could become noisey in the early hours. The hotel itself was clean and fresh and the room service was excellent. Food was hot plentiful and varied. Thomsons reps were very helpful when we had a problem with our boarding passes. Would I stay here again ? Yes ,definitely great value and friendly. PS make sure you keep your receipt for the TV remote or you will not get your deposit refundedMore
Tam P, Paisley, United Kingdom
Just returned from a long weekend in Benidorm, this hotel in a brilliant location for bars with very good entertainment. Hotel spotless food very good very varied menu we were full board always something to tempt you. Western bar attached to hotel lively with live entertainment all acts extremely good. Neptune's just a short walk away was fantastic as was talk of the town. If your going to benidorm stay here you will have a great timeMore
DENISE P, Great Yarmouth, United Kingdom
Nice Central Hotel..
We stayed here for a week's break in Feb 2014. Our room was spotless and although I felt it was quite basic it had everything that you would need, hairdryer, plenty of towels and wardrobe space. Beds weren't overly comfy but were adequate. Cleaning was done to a very high standard in the communal areas throughout the hotel and in our room and I had no complaints. There is a TV in the room, but you need to pay a deposit to hire the remote control to use it - this is refunded at the end of your stay. Likewise, you can hire the safety deposit box and get your money back at the end of your stay - I'd recommend this for peace of mind. There is Wi-Fi available, but it wasn't too great in our experience - sometimes it worked and other times it didn't. Our room was facing the street so we got the sun on our balcony in the morning - if you are a sun worshipper you'd want a balcony over-looking the pool, although I think this could be quite busy and noisy at peak times, so bear that in mind. We were mostly happy with the food choices but towards the end of our week-long stay we felt it was getting a bit repetitive so opted to eat out a couple of times. This is normal for a big hotel like this one in our experience, and to be fair the meals were different for the lunchtime and evening menus which was a bonus. There was always quite a bit of choice- at least two meat options and usually a fish too, and always pasta with at least two sauce options and usually a pizza option too - we felt there was something for everyone. Vegetarians are well catered for as there was always a veggie option - although this was usually pasta, but sometimes it was a vegetable pie or vegetable bake. The buffet selection has a cold selection too and this includes lots of different salads, cheese, meat etc. The breakfasts are really good, and usually a choice of egg options. Drinks are provided free of charge with breakfast, but for other meal times you will need to purchase them at the bar in the restaurant, although we didn't find the prices were too excessive - 90cents for a bottle of water which provided two small glasses. The desserts were mostly quite basic, but I really recommend the chocolate love hearts if they have them during your stay - little heart shaped 'blocks' that are made of chocolate mousse and have a red jelly on top - they are yummy! The rest of the cakes were a bit of a let-down, but I couldn't fault the choice. The hotel's location is great - five minutes from the town and shops, and only five minutes from the beach. I'd recommend at least one trip up to the old town in Benidorm - great views, and lots of nice shops up there. If mobility is an issue, you'd struggle to walk from this hotel to the old town, but you can catch a bus for only €1.50 each way. We occasionally took a taxi from the old town back to the hotel and it cost around €5 - so, cheaper than the bus as there were four of us. We enjoyed the Explorer Bar which is part of the hotel - lots of entertainment on which included various bands/singers- most were great. Drink prices in the hotel weren't the cheapest around - but certainly were affordable and we didn't feel ripped off. We were happy with all aspects of our stay and would probably stay again.More
Dippy99, Scarborough, United Kingdom
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