My wife and I (Mick & Julie Smith) stayed there for 2nd year on trot and it was better this time around. Last year we had the lovely Olexandra and Raquel, this year had brilliant Monica and Gi Gi who are outstandingly friendly and more than helpful ☺️and we stayed in room 10C brilliant view over Med and 100% perfect room. Can't wait book next year's trip and hope they still working there
We stayed at the Ambar Beach Apartments in October 2018 on a family holiday. We went for a week at a bargain price with TUI for a 2 bedroom apartment. There was a large lounge with sofa beds and dining table and chairs, a separate kitchen, main bathroom with toilet and bath with shower attachment, one bedroom with twin beds and a double bedroom with its own en-suite shower and toilet, which was a pleasant surprise. There were 4 of us but it would have easily slept 6, although the sofa beds were too hard for sleeping on. There were two balconies - one from the lounge with plastic table and chairs and another, smaller one through the kitchen on the other side of the building, so we could choose to sit in sun or shade most of the day. The kitchen was adequate with fridge/freezer, oven, hob, kettle, toaster and enough crockery and cutlery. There wasn’t much space but we did successfully cook a few meals. And we could close the door to keep out the cooking smells and noise from the rest of the apartment. Our biggest disappointment was that there was absolutely no cleaning or linen change. We even had to take out our own rubbish. Apparently there were bins in the grounds, but we never did find them and just used the public bins on our way out. It was a shame that we had to make our own beds and never get clean sheets or towels. There was a rusty washing machine on the kitchen balcony so at least we had the option of doing our own laundry.
There was free wifi but we kept getting disconnected. We think there might have been a limit on the number of devices and we all had 2 each (phone and tablet) so there was always one of us with no connection.
The apartments are in a separate block accessed through the Diamante hotel. Apparently there is a reception but it was closed for refurbishment and we only used reception in the Diamante, which was fine. There is a small pool with sunbeds (and not much else) and it was mostly in the shade by early afternoon. You could use the pool at the Diamante which was much bigger with all the hotel facilities right there. The Diamante also had a bar, restaurant and entertainment but we didn’t use them. There are 2 huge supermarkets literally on the other side of the road. One of them was closed with building work going on, but the noise didn’t disturb us. It’s a short walk to the Esmeralda hotel where there is a cash machine and small parade of shops, then a bit further to the beach with lots of bars, restaurants and shops. There is also a tourist road train and local buses that take you to the main town where there are lots more shops etc. Overall we were very happy as it was extremely cheap, but I’ve since paid a similar price for an apartment with a maid service. It would have been useful to know these things when we booked, but that’s down to TUI and their poor descriptions.
We booked these apartments with Tui.
We stayed in room 13b. Great size apartment, which even had a washing machine. The main rooms looked freshly painted, well furnished , large balcony with table and chairs. The kitchen has oven ,hob,microwave, kettle,toaster,fridge, which were all clean and worked. The utensils ,pots pans etc were a bit sparce but sufficed, although some of the cups and plates were a bit grubby so we washed the lot!!
The bathroom consisted of a bath with overhead shower and curtain, toilet and basin with storage, it was a bit tatty around the edges but ok. The washing machine and electric water heater were housed in bathroom and as such no shortage of hot water.
The bedroom was probably the worst point as I had never slept on such an old, thin rock hard mattress(I think the floor would have been softer).,so much so I immediately complained at the reception and to their GREAT credit they replaced this old sprung mattress with a brand new memory foam one!! This saved our holiday so THANKYOU.
The air conditioning in the room was the apartments own unit so could be easily controlled to your liking. The pool area was basic and great , you could use next door Hotels pool and facilities which we didn’t as our pool was nice and quiet and relaxing.
Outside the apartments are two massive supermarkets that are cheaper than UK in most cases (7€ for a bottle of pink gin!). Only 5-10min from beach and Calpe centre with all the bars and restaurants. We absolutely loved Calpe, beautiful resort, beach, ROCK, mountains views, transport etc etc and very family friendly.
We booked these apartments for a bargain price, and as such have very little to complain about. I would use again if assured of one of the newer softer mattresses!
Ps Free WiFi is Ok
We stayed at Ambar Beach Apartments for a week in July on our holiday to Calpe! It was our first time to Calpe and it is beautiful! I would definitely recommend it! Ambar Beach Apartments were fine for us! They are very basic apartments but on holiday what really do you need?! Somewhere to sleep,get ready, shower and to prepare breakfast! Well the apartment we stayed at was more than adequate! When we arrived there was no kettle or sheets on the sofa bed (there were 5 of us so we had to use it) and the reception happily just gave them to us! We were on the 2nd floor so only got a view of the pool rather than pool and sea as some people seem to have had! You do get two balcony’s though - one of the road and surrounding shops and hotels and one of the pool and other surrounding hotels! There are about 35-40 sunbeds so it’s not always easy to get one but Ambar could well have double the amount of sunbeds and still have lots of space which is a shame! The main reason I rated the apartments 4 is because after 3pm you get no sun on the pool area or back balcony (where the seating is) so if you go into the pool it can be quite cool! Unfortunately all the high rise buildings surrounding block the sun at that time as if you stand on the front balcony it is lovely sun filled and so warm! You however can use the next door hotels facilities of pool and watching the entertainment which is hotel diamanté! Ambar do not have their own bar or seating area which is a shame so we ended up sitting in our room for drinks in the evenings! The location of the apartments of fantastic though you are literally only 5 mins walk from the lovely beach, restaurants and bars! You are also 10 mins walk from the salt water nature reserve which has flamingos and 20/25mins walk away from the marina! There are literally two massive supermarkets 2 mins walk away! We preferred Consum and I would recommend going there as it was much less busy and cheaper and had a little more choice and a lot less queues! Not sure if the other supermarket was more for the locals! You may need to go to the supermarket to buy toilet roll as you only get one roll in each bathroom and if you need more you have to go and buy it! However you cannot buy separate rolls from reception or supermarket you have to buy a pack so just keep that in mind! The reception is only open from 9am-10pm but if you do need assistance between the closed time you can go and ask at hotel diamanté next door and they are happy to help! You can hire out a safety deposit box for €2 a day (+€10 deposit)! The safety deposits are however next to reception so can only be accessed at the times reception is open so make sure you keep that in mind! Ambar state that rooms are only cleaned once a week so during our week stay we didn’t have anyone come in to clean or anything but they do leave brushes etc that you can use yourself which we did! There is also a washing machine on the balcony apartment that you can use! WiFi is available and you get the code as you check in but it isn’t brilliant and when we were in our room which was only the 2nd floor we couldn’t really access it! We travelled with TUI and The rep Pamela was nice and gave us lots of information! She recommended visiting the Saturday markets which we did! It was much further walk that was made out and actually there wasn’t anything there so unless you want clothes shoes or jewellery I wouldn’t bother going! Definitely wouldn’t bother if you are looking for souvenirs like we were! We didn’t buy one thing! When we arrived at Ambar they asked us for a barcode that TUI should have sent us with our holiday information a bit like the boarding pass one but for the accommodation that we didn’t receive but it ended up fine as we didn’t have one but our info was stilll on the system for Ambar! There are no money exchange places around here so you need to change money before you go! Hotel Esmeralda is the only place that will change the pound but don’t give you a good rate at all! We got €0.95 a pound but the next day we changed money in Benidorm and got €1.10 a pound so keep that in mind! If traveling with a company I would definitely recommend a private transfer from the airport to hotel and vice versa as we were stuck on a bus luckily it was air conditioned and a nice cool bus but was 2 hours each way when it can be done in about 45mins! We were due to check out 10am on the day we were leaving but we asked if we could keep the room unfortunately we couldn’t keep it until we left at 3pm as another family were coming in that day but Ambar let us keep it til 12pm at no extra charge which was very kind of them and we appreciated it! It’s a nice basic apartment with 2 bathrooms one en suite for master and one general bathroom and was fine for what we needed it for! I would definitely recommend Calpe! It’s lovely! Good luck travellers! Hope this review helps!
It would be ideal if there was more entertainment at night time. Nice big apartment no complaint with it, lovely apartment with two bedrooms and two bath room plus big sitting room and two baloney with view of pool and sea