‘We can’t wait to go back,’ say Hotel Abaco’s guests
It’s not just owners Adelina and Thomas who are keen to welcome their friends back to Hotel Abaco in Altea. Since we published a feature about the hotel’s expansion, Spain Life Exclusive has been contacted
It’s not just owners Adelina and Thomas who are keen to welcome their friends back to Hotel Abaco in Altea. Since we published a feature about the hotel’s expansion, Spain Life Exclusive has been contacted by many guests who are keen to return to this small but perfect hotel in Altea’s Bellaguarda district of the beautiful Old Town.
June-Anne and her husband Allen have made the 90 minute journey from their home near Guardamar several times, once for a birthday trip, when they were welcomed with strawberries and cava. They were hoping to be there for June-Anne’s Next Big Birthday in June, and are still hoping the hotel may be open in time, so they can check into one of the new, Mediterranean-themed rooms. They love everything about Abaco, but what stands out most is this:
You feel like you are being welcomed by old friends, not just checking into an hotel. The personal service and attention to detail is remarkable. They even polish the boiled eggs for breakfast!
The couple also loved the hotel’s situation, in the heart of Altea’s Old Town, and within easy access of the many attractions of the town. And the sense of ‘coming home’ was underlined by the leisurely check in, comfortable furnishings and general atmosphere of relaxation.
For Gilly and Ralph, Abaco literally was ‘home from home,’ as they stayed there while they were overseeing renovations on their holiday home in Altea. Even when bad weather delayed their arrival until the middle of the night, they were welcomed with a drink, and Thomas was in no hurry to get to his bed. It’s the little touches like that which set Abaco apart from other, similar establishments. It really is a small, family-run hotel, and the guests become part of the family too.
Abaco and Altea represent authentic Spain, rather than tourist trail Spain, and this is why Gilly and Ralph bought their second home there. They are looking forward to spending more time in Altea now they are retired, although as Gilly says:
We miss staying there – especially the delicious breakfasts and the afternoon teas.
Maybe they need to make an inspection trip to check out the renovations, once the hotel opens again! Gilly also noted that, although the hotel is situated close to the road, there is very little traffic noise. Abaco is close enough to the amenities of Altea that you don’t need a car, yet peaceful enough for an excellent night’s sleep in the hotel’s comfortable beds.
Jane from Kidderminster, England was bowled over by her stay there, and described her departure as:
Like leaving old friends, even after a week. The staff were so interested in everything we did, and were happy to arrange things we wanted to do too. We just loved the roof terrace, where we enjoyed a welcome drink, and often went to enjoy the peace and quiet during our time there.
One thing several guests comment on is the handwritten notes in the rooms, and little treats on arrival. It all adds to the personal touches the Abaco is famed for.
Staff members are always delighted to recommend good local restaurants and places to visit, to enhance your visit to Altea.
For Adelina, Thomas and their team, their main aim is that you enjoy your time at the Hotel Abaco. Their many returning guests – who they describe as ‘friends’ – would agree that they achieve that aim wonderfully. Why not contact Hotel Abaco to book your post-lockdown break? Don’t leave it too long though – there are many people waiting to do exactly the same, so get your provisional booking in as soon as possible.
Calle Salva 13
Telephone: 966 88 25 00