You might recognise these twin hotels - they star in ITV's Benidorm series, take into account that ITV's Benidorm series may be filming during your stay. You'll have access to both places, there's an array of pools, bars, and restaurants to skip between. Levante Beach is a 5-minute walk away, too.
Much of the TV comedy series, Benidorm, was filmed at these sister hotels. Complete with three adult pools, two children's pools, three whirlpool baths and plenty of entertainment, it’s no wonder this place caught the location scout’s eye.
And because it’s effectively two hotels in one, you get double the benefits. The restaurants, snack and pool bars all come in pairs. Menu-wise, expect buffets piled high with Spanish dishes and international favourites, while light bites and drinks are served at the bars.
As for the looks side of things, the hotels are modern and fuss-free. Bedrooms are a good size and come decorated in a palette of cream and white with injections of colour from deep red furniture, and modern art prints. They all have satellite TVs, too.
There’s quite a lot on offer in terms of activities here, too. With two pools solely dedicated to kids, and a hotel-run kids’ club, playground and children's climbing wall, it’s a great base for families. Adults, meanwhile, get their pick of pool games. Come sundown, professional shows and live music take the spotlight.
Lastly, there’s the location. It’s right in the heart of New Benidorm, so shops, bars and restaurants are all within easy reach. Plus, sandy Levante Beach is less than a five-minute walk away.
Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Beer, wine and soft drinks with lunch and dinner and locally produced alcoholic drinks, soft drinks, concentrated juices, hot and cold drinks.
Snacks 10.30-18.00 and 21.30-23.00.
The hotel-run Flintstones themed Bamm-Bamm club is for children aged 5 to 12 years with activities like arts and crafts, sports games, performances for shows and Fred's Party. The morning session is free, whilst there's an extra charge for the afternoons. There needs to be at least 10 children staying to play for the club to be open. Under 5s can come along too with an adult.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are all served here. There's plenty on offer from show cooking, salads, meats, fish and desserts. Children will love the Italian corner with its pizza and pasta dishes and there are themed evenings during the summer months. Highchairs are also available.
Superior twin rooms are in the Ocas building. They have a feature wall and matching soft furnishings giving it a stylish feel. They sleep up to three and have centrally controlled air-conditioning from July to September.
One of the best hotels we have ever stayed in. Facilities at the hotel are great bur the use of the hotel next door is an added bonus. Hotel managers 3 in total wandered around hotel daily making sure all was ok. Sun loungers were never an issue. It is a very large pool with lots of loungers but the pool staff monitor every hour to make sure people haven't kept loungers whilst they have gone shopping or to the beach. If after an hour the lounger isn't occupied then the towel is removed. Refreshing exercise and very worth while. The restaurant always had plenty of choice and even offer an array of seafood one night including sushi. The pool, staff, food, rooms were all excellent in our opinion and we will definately stay there again.More
Helen C, Chester-le-Street, United Kingdom
what no sunbeds
to get a sunbed you were allowed to go at 9am and put a towel on a bed so people queued at 7-45 outside then at 9 they were allowed to put out towels then they went for breakfast you could leave your bed but just for 1 hour then they would remove your towel but as most people were all inclusive they never left the beds so other guests never got a chance to get a bed. we were there for 17 days and never got a bed. also the bar service was so bed one barman on duty so queues for drinks were long I suppose it saved the inclusives from drinking to fast ?im afraid I would not recommend it unless you were all inclusives.More
lovetravel973, Birmingham, United Kingdom
Fine if you dont have any children who like the pool
Lovely hotel, food was ok some nice items at the snack bar. staff were friendly and worked really hard. down side was the pool, great size but if your children like playing with balls, water guns, inflatables etc then dont come to this hotel as they are not allowed.
another snag with the pool was it did not open until 9am yet we had to get up and wait outside in a queue from 7am otherwise you had no chance. people still ran and pushed past even when it opened to get 'their' spotMore
One of the best hotels i have stayed in
The hotel was great, i was put in the newly refurbished Ocas side of the hotel. To begin with the location of this hotel was very good, it was very near all the night life. The pool area was very spacious and comfortable, probably one of the best pool areas in Benidorm. The staff were very friendly and helpful. The rooms were very good, i don't understand why some people complained about the air conditioning if you had it on maximum you would get too cold.
The only complaints i had was that there were only two power points in my room, there was only one in the bathroom and the room. The lifts were also a little unreliable at times. However these were not major issues.
I will definitely be coming back to this place.More
stu246, Flint, United Kingdom
Family holiday return to Benidorm
The sol pelicanos for those of you that don't know is the hotel location used in the ITV series Benidorm, Well the exterior hotel shots and main pool are anyway, the interiors are nothing like the tv so don't be put off by the TV program.
The complex is actually two sister hotels, the Sol pelicanos and sol ocas. They are side by side and share facilities like the pools and pool bars, guests from either hotel can interchange restaurants etc.
Couples tend to get put in pelicanos, families in the ocas .
This was our second stay here, the first time being two years ago.
The hotel location is spot on, not right in the middle of clubland but close enough to walk to the bars etc. The beach is a few minutes walk away, again not too close but a nice walk.
These hotels are well kept with the ocas (where we stayed )having had a major refurbishment just before we visited last time. The family rooms are a nice size with two single beds pushed together and two single beds in the corner of the rooms. Don't expect a sea view in the ocas , standard rooms especially the lower floor ones face out onto a shopping centre and as such have no balconies. You can pay an upgrade to have a pool view but that just gets you a view of the small pool that joins the two hotels and also the small pool area is where the evening entertainment is held so don't expect and early night.
The only comment i can make about the pelicanos hotel is the restaurant and foyer areas which are both spotlessly clean, although throughout the foyer at times you do get the occasional whiff of the drains from outside, this is present in both hotels and on the street.
The restaurants in both hotels run the same style buffet food with themed days, i.e fish friday. The food is usual all inclusive type of food the meats are nicely cooked and the daily rices/paellas are nice. Choice can be limited for kids if like ours they are fussy eaters.
There are two swimming pool areas. One joining the two hotels ,which is a medium sized round pool for kids to play with inflatable lilos etc. The main pool as seen on Benidorm is round the back of the pelicanos, it is huge and almost all the same depth throughout. The swim up pool bar is a disappointment as it is not included in the all inclusive, again you have to pay an upgrade to gold inclusive to get drinks or pay as you drink.
The snack bar in the main pool area has a good selection for lunches again buffet style.
All inclusive drinks are as you would expect, the bar staff are friendly and polite, although there is a daft limit of 2 drinks per person per visit to the bar and they stick to it quite strictly which means one adult going up for drinks has to queue twice for drinks if you have kids.
cleaning staff work tirelessly to keep the rooms spotlessly clean.
Back to the main pool. The queue starts at 7.30 outside the pelicanos for the pool opening at 9am. If you want sun loungers you will be in the queue. There are a group of staff which we called pool police and fun police.
The pool police arrive at 8.45 and walk along the queue checking your all inclusive band or asking for your room number. They open the chain barrier only after they have set up their podium at the entrance to the pool area which they use to stop and question incoming users. At 9 am the chains are removed and the quiet rush for sunbeds begins.
you then have an hour to go and get breakfast as after an hour your towels will be taken away. This starts after 10am.
All fair enough to allow everyone to get a lounger but it run like a military operation hourly throughout the day. One man in particular takes his job very serously.
Now to the fun police/ lifeguards. They patrol the pool all day, you are not allowed lilos , inflatables unless they are for small children , no balls no snorkels or pretty much any kind of fun, otherwise you will be subject to the whistle, which is a constant and continual annoyance all day. Sometimes you may think you are at a 90s rave with the whisltes.
I understand the need to keep the pool safe and yob free but lilos,? Our kids were actually bored with the pool after a couple of days, the holiday cost a lot of money and no fun in the pool is allowed which ruins it a bit.
overall the sol pelicanos is a good hotel , not the cheapest and maybe not the best, I think a lot of custom comes from the tv program as did our first visit, we had 2 visits there but i dont think there will be a third mainly for the pool police reason , nearly Â£3000 for a holiday with a great pool in which you have bored children, i think any future return to Benidorm will be in a different hotel which is a shame as it really is a good hotelMore