Having reviewed many hotels, the difference between independent, owner-managed hotels and much bigger brands is very apparent. It’s not that there is a right or wrong to either one, but depending on what you are looking for, one might fit the bill more than the other for certain types of trips.
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I admit, I never really thought of Alicante, Spain as anything other than an airport. Without the reputation of say Seville or Valencia, Alicante can be rather easy to dismiss. Which makes it feel even more of a gem as you get to know it.
It’s got its fair share of beauty and class, as well as more functional or run down areas, but in most cities you’ll take the rough and the smooth and where you stay will very much dictate what it primarily delivers. From the old part of town we found plenty to get excited about for a couple of days – even with a toddler in tow.