Hotel Esmeralda And Art
The pop art inspired Esmeralda Hotel is a funky gay friendly hideaway in the heart of Benidorm. Things are just as impressive on the location front with the hotel sits directly opposite Poniente Beach and overlooks Elche Park, so you’re just a stones throw from the sand. What’s more, Benidorm’s Old Town, the good looking epicentre of its gay scene, is just a couple of minutes’ walk away. Brimming with friendly watering holes and open air terraces, it’s a fabulous place for bar hopping. Head to Café Refuel where the terraced bar overlooking Poniente Beach, for sundowners. Or call in at the Lovers Pub if you’re after a real glitter ball fest later on in the evening.
Step inside this gay friendly seafront hotel and you know you’re in for something unique. Billing itself as a ‘living canvas, both inside and out’, it’s a riot of colour and contrasting styles. Take the 68 individually designed bedrooms, for starters. Based on a blend of classic Mediterranean style and contemporary pop art, each one offers up a mix of bold primary colours, modern wall prints and jazzy soft furnishings. Every comfort has been thought of, too, with things like air conditioning, mini fridges and TVs as standard. Private sea view balconies add the finishing touch.
In terms of where to dine, the hotel restaurant is just as playful as the bedrooms. Big blackboards chalked up with pictures of the tapas on offer cover one wall, so just point to what you fancy if your Spanish isn’t up to scratch. As for the ingredients used, the emphasis is on fresh, seasonal produce. Think seafood, locally grown vegetables and a regional wine list of fruity reds and crisp whites.
Anyone over the age of 16 can book this holiday but it’s worth pointing out this property is part of Thomson Freedom - a range of holidays designed with gay travellers in mind
- All rooms have a shower, air conditioning, phone, TV, and balcony
Standard rooms have twin beds and sleep up to 2 people
Sea view rooms available
No of rooms: 68
No of floors: 7
No of lifts: 2
- 30m to the beach and harbour
10m to the nearest restaurant
200m to the resort centre
Distance from airport: 1 hour to 1 hour 30 minutes