The 3-star Sol Pelicanos Ocas Hotel, famously known as the Solana Hotel in the hit TV comedy series Benidorm, is made up of two buildings, the Pelicanos building and the Ocas building, offering double rooms, family rooms and interconnecting rooms for larger groups, and is an ideal place to enjoy a holiday in Benidorm in 2023/2024.
With five pools, including the iconic pool from the TV programme, there's plenty of space to be chilling in the sunshine, and whether you're looking at room only, half board or all inclusive, you've got buffet restaurants and a snack bar to keep you full.
What's more, you're on Benidorm's doorstep, with plenty of shops, bars and restaurants in the local area as well as Llevant Beach being just a 5 minute walk away.
All the top tour operators and travel agents, including easyjet Holidays, TUI, On The Beach and Jet2holidays, offer some fantastic holiday deals to the Sol Pelicanos/Ocas hotel, ideal no matter where abouts in the country you are flying from.
Sol Pelicanos Ocas Rooms
Being a Melia hotel, the Sol Pelicanos and Ocas hotel rooms are a far cry from the rooms you might be used to seeing at the Solana hotel on the Benidorm TV show. Instead, very clean, modern and comfortable rooms offer space for up to 4 people, extra rooms for families and pool view too.
Room amenities include an LCD TV, full length mirror, free WiFi, safe and mini fridge (both chargeable), together with air conditioning/heating, plus the ability to have wake up calls, access to the 24 hour reception and the hotel laundry and ironing service (at an extra charge.) Interconnecting rooms may also be available upon request. Late check out may also be available, however, this is subject to availability and may incur an additional charge. Please contact the hotel directly or ask at reception when you arrive. An iron can be requested from reception with a refundable deposit of €25. Kettles are not available in all rooms so you may want to check which room to upgrade to, to ensure you have a kettle in your room.
Please note: The Sol Pelicanos Ocas does not except bookings for stag do and hen do parties, and a refundable deposit of €50 per person will be charged at check in for group bookings.
Check-in time: 4pm
Check-out time: 12pm
Sol rooms are located in the Ocas building of the hotel, featuring two single beds which can be pushed together to make a double. Other in-room facilties include an LCD TV, wardrobes with a full length mirror, air conditioning, mini fridge, plus private bathroom with either a bath or shower. Soap is provided complimentary and there is also a hair dryer in the room. Sol rooms are the lead in room type.
Superior rooms at the Sol Pelicanos have all the same features and fittings as the Sol rooms, but are slightly larger, along with featuring a larger 42" LCD TV. With mini fridge for those bits you need to keep chilled, as well as a balcony or terrace to enjoy, superior rooms offer a little extra space, especially if you've requested a cot.
Family rooms can sleep up to four people, with two single beds, plus a pull out sofa bed which can sleep two. These rooms offer 28m sq of space for families on a budget wanting to share a room. They have city views but don't have the luxury of a balcony or terrace to sit outside. As with all rooms, family rooms have free WiFi, LCD TV, small fridge and air conditioning/heating.
The Sol room pool view rooms sleep two adults comfortably with two single beds (pushed together as a double, as well as a terrace or balcony with views of the Pelicanos lagoon pool. There is space for a cot or small extra bed if required in the pool view Sol rooms, along with the usual full bathroom, fridge, full length mirror, air conditioning, WiFi and safe (*for an extra charge).
The family room with balcony offers the same as a standard family room, but (unsurprisingly) enjoys the luxury of having a balcony or terrace to sit on. Family rooms with a balcony can sleep up to 4 people (two adults/two children or three adults/one child) with twin beds plus a sofa bed, as well as air conditioning, desk, mini fridge and hairdryer.
Xtra rooms in the Sol Pelicanos building enjoy a few added extras to your hotel stay. Twin beds and sofa bed can sleep up to three adults in the room, but upgrading to the Xtra room will allow you to take advantage of a welcome gift, pool towel service and use of the in-room Nespresso coffee maker. These rooms also have the standard air conditioning, kettle, free WiFi and mini-fridge.
Xtra Sol Family Rooms at the Sol Pelicanos/Ocas are the ultimate upgrade for those wanting extra space. Located in the Ocas building of the hotel, Xtra Sol family rooms feature 50m sq of space with a separate bedroom (with two single beds) and living area (with pull out sofa bed), accommodating up to two adults and two children (plus infant in a crib). With a welcome gift for adults and a special children's welcome gift for kids, plus pool towel service, bathrobe service, Xtra amenities kit and a free mini bar drink when you arrival, this really is the perfect way to upgrade your holiday at the Sol Pelicanos Ocas.
The smallest room at the Sol Pelicanos/Ocas, single rooms are compact, yet modern with a double bed, bathroom, LCD TV, terrace or balcony, as well as air conditioning, WiFi and desk. A safe and mini-fridge are also available in single rooms but are at an additional charge.
Package holidays and hotel only offers can be booked through a variety of ABTA and/or ATOL protected travel agents and tour operators including Jet2, TUI, First Choice, easyJet holidays and On The Beach. When booking a package holiday to Sol Pelicanos Ocas Benidorm directly with TUI or Jet2holidays, you can expect check-in luggage and airport transfers to be included in the price of your trip. When booking through other third party agents like Love Holidays, Teletext Holidays or Ice Lolly, you should check to see what is and isn't included in your holiday. Hotel only deals are also available through respected accommodation provides such as Booking.com, Expedia and can book direct on the Sol Pelicanos hotel website.
All board bases are available, so whether you prefer to go room only so that you can take your pick of Benidorm's hundreds of restaurants, or would rather an all inclusive deal, the hotel can cater for this. Sol Pelicanos hotel only discount codes or deals may also be available through the Melia website. Each holiday company offers a different set of terms and conditions so make sure to check their changes and cancellation policy before you book. Free child place holidays are not usually available at the Sol Pelicanos Ocas Costa Blanca but there are plenty of other hotels in Benidorm with free child places. As one of the more popular hotels in Benidorm, booking last minute isn't generally recommended for the cheapest deals.
Sol Pelicano Ocas Facilities
With five pools to choose from and a kids club, the Sol Pelicano/Ocas hotel facilities cater to families really well. The main lagoon pool (recognisable from the hit TV show Benidorm) , is the main pool area, ideal for splashing about and chilling with the family, while the two children's pools (one at Pelicanos and one at Ocas), are great for the young ones. The activity pool is home to the various activities on offer at the hotel, including water bikes, aqua-aerobics and water volleyball.
The main lagoon pool also has a swim up pool bar which is open in July and August only. You can get drinks for the pool side during the day from the snack bar (free to all inclusive guests or chargeable for those on another board basis). All the pools are outside, there are no indoor pools at this hotel.
5 Swimming Pools
All Inclusive Available
As well as all the above, guests have access to a 24 hour reception and free WiFi, perfect for those that like to stay connected while on holiday. Car parking is available at the hotel on a first come first serve basis and is at an additional cost.
There isn't a gym at the Sol Pelicanos/Ocas, however, in the summer, the hotel does have a busy fitness programme including activities like yoga, pilates, aqua biking, and zumba. There are independent gyms in Benidorm you may be able to use on a pay as you go basis.
The Katmandu kids club is the perfect way for the kids to get out of your hair for a bit, meet new friends and have fun on holiday. Open from mid June to mid September, with a variety of activities on offer including sports, cooking classes and crafts, children will not want to leave. There's also an outdoor children's play area where some of the kids activities take place, and in the evening the mini disco is the perfect place for them to dance the evening away and tiring themselves out before bed.
As the sun goes down, evening entertainment at Sol Pelicanos Ocas ranges from live music to stage shows inspired by top west end musicals and famous performances. With the In & Out bar serving up drinks until 1am. For kids, the hotel staff host a variety of activities and entertainment throughout the day and in the evening to keep them occupied. This is also an international brand hotel so hotel staff speak English.
Food & Drink
Guests staying at the hotel can choose to enjoy a holiday on a room only, bed & breakfast, half board, full board or all inclusive basis, with two buffet restaurants to choose from (the Pelicanos Restaurant and the Ocas Restaurant), both serving up a mix of international and Spanish dishes, including fresh salads, and don't forget the dessert station!
The snack bar near is open from 10am until 6pm. Close to the pool, it has a good menu of hot and cold dishes and snacks including pizzas, burgers and sandwiches, as well as drinks as part of the all inclusive drinks menu.
There are four bars at the hotel, two of which are only open during the summer months of July and August. The Caribbean Bar, the swim up pool bar at the Pelicanos lagoon pool, is open from 12pm until 5pm in July and August, serving up a selection of refreshing soft drinks and cocktails. And in the evening during summer, the Wood Bar opens from 9pm until midnight and is the ideal way to enjoy a cocktail on a warm summer evening. The famous Neptune's bar is not actually part of the hotel, but is across the street.
Please note: the Caribbean Bar and the Wood Bar are not part of the all inclusive drinks package.
The Ocas pool bar opening times are from 10am until midnight and service a mix of refreshing local drinks. Snack and ice creams are also available at an additional charge (even if you have booked an all inclusive holiday in Benidorm). The In & Out Bars are the main hotel bars (one located in each building) and is open from 9am until 1am. This is where it gets lively after dinner and is great for having a few beers, wine or cocktails before hitting the town for an evening of dancing or karaoke.
The hotel caters for all board basis types. When booking all inclusive your day time drinks (not at the two bars previously mentioned) are included. For drinks prices, you can expect to pay around €4 for a beer. You can get cheaper drink prices outside of the hotel at local bars, so if your drinks aren't included (you've only booked half board or full board), you can save money by heading out to a local bar or taverna for a drink after dinner where it is likely to be cheaper.
The Sol Pelicanos Ocas All Inclusive
Many guests will choose to book all inclusive at the Sol Pelicanos Ocas Benidorm and this is a good idea if you don't want to have to worry about spending money when you arrive in Benidorm, simply put on your wristband when you arrive and you're sorted. You can book an all inclusive upgrade through your travel agent or with the hotel if you have booked directly with Melia.
Guests can upgrade to All Inclusive Gold which includes premium brand drinks and drinks included at all bars during your stay. The all inclusive reviews are generally very positive, however, if you do like variety and the option to try local restaurants, you may find that bed & breakfast or half board options are more suitable.
Things to Do
If you're staying at the Sol Pelicanos, there's plenty to do in the local area as you really are in the heart of Benidorm. While you might want to spend all day, every day by the pool (especially if you've book an all inclusive holiday), it's well recommended to head out of the hotel and explore Benidorm or the local area of the Costa Blanca, no matter whether you're an active person or prefer a more chilled out holiday.
Benidorm's signature water park, Sol Pelicanos to Aqualandia will take around 5 minutes in a taxi or is about a 30 minute walk. Located next to Mundomar animal park, Aqualandia offers holidaymakers a variety of fun and entertaining water slides and activities, from the scary drop of Verti-Go to the more relaxing Amazon lazy river. It's definitely a fun day out for all the family.
Staying at the Sol Pelicanos Ocas, you're also near Llevant Beach, also known as Levante Beach, in fact it's just a 5 minute walk (about 400m) away, so a day building castles in the sand is a great way to get away from the pool and enjoy the turquoise sea off the coast of the Costa Blanca. There are plenty of sandy beaches along this stretch of the Spanish coast and you'll also find some great places to eat too.
Benidorm Old Town
If you want to explore a little, head to the Old Town of Benidorm (el viejo pueblo) for a bit of history, culture and some delicious tapas bars. It's also home to Benidorm's gay scene with plenty of friendly bars to enjoy.
Day Trips & Excursions
There are loads of day trips and excursions you can take from Benidorm and can be prebooked before you travel, or in resort once you arrive. From cultural shows and Spanish cooking classes, to discovering some of the quieter parts of the Costa Blanca, there's plenty to see and do. Why not try something new and exciting like kite surfing or paragliding.
Sol Pelicanos Ocas Contact Details & Location
If you have any questions or comments, you can contact the hotel directly via email or phone, or alternatively you can visit the Sol Pelicanos Ocas official website at melia.com for all the latest news, updates, more pictures, directions and videos. You can also check out their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram social media channels for more details too.
Calle Gerona, 4503503 Benidorm
If you are booking a package holiday, it is recommended to contact your travel agent first if you have any questions or issues, however, if you do need to speak to the hotel directly with any questions or comments, you can do so via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If, instead, you need to call the hotel, you can do so on their contact telephone number at +34 965 85 23 50. Please note this is a Spanish number and you should always check he costs of calling abroad with your network provider before you make any calls.
Being in one of the most popular parts of Spain, there are plenty of flights from UK airports to Alicante. From Alicante airport, there are number of ways to get to the Sol Pelicanos/Ocas. The most convenient and affordable is the prebooked coach transfer which can take between 60-90 minutes depending on the number of other hotels the coach stops at on the way to drop other holidaymakers off. If booking a package holiday with the likes of First Choice or Jet2, this airport transfer could already be included in the price of your holiday.
A private transfer or taxi from Alicante airport to Sol Pelicanos will take around 45-60 minutes, but this will naturally cost more as a private transfer. Public transport is also possible with a direct airport bus from Benidorm to Alicante regularly during the day and stops at Benidorm's Avenida Europa in the heart of the city centre. From there, it's about a 10-15 minute walk to the hotel. Mobility scooter hire is available at a number of locations around the area of the hotel. Mobility scooters are not allowed inside the hotel, however, manual and electric wheelchairs can be used throughout the complex.
Benidorm's Solana Hotel
If you've ever watched the comedy TV series 'Benidorm', you'll recognise that Benidorm's Solana Hotel in real life is the Sol Pelicanos Ocas Hotel. The Benidorm TV show made this hotel famous but the lagoon pool and the outside of the hotel are as far as the similarities go. Now part of the Melia brand, the Sol Pelicanos/Ocas in Benidorm is a far cry from the grotty rooms you might be used to seeing on the TV, having had a modern refurbishment a number of years ago. You can also visit Neptunes Bar (not actually part of the hote) across the road from the Sol Pelicanos. It's worth noting that in a number of TripAdvisor reviews, the hotel gets a lot of people coming in from outside the hotel to grab a snap for Instagram.
Sol Pelicanos Reviews
Although officially a three star hotel, the Sol Pelicanos Ocas reviews as of 2023 rate the hotel four out of five by guests reviewing on TripAdvisor. Most positive comments are about the cleanliness of the hotel and really friendly and courteous staff which is no suprise considering this is a Melia hotel. A couple of the negative comments did mention the food being a bit basic and boring, however, the main restaurants offer buffet style dining so you've got lots of options to choose from. The other comment was around the fact that the swim up pool bar is only open during July and August.
In a sense, yes. The Solana Hotel in Benidorm is the Sol Pelicanos Ocas hotel by Melia, so you can stay there and enjoy the pool and facilities, although the rooms at the real hotel are of a much nicer standard.