The second night an alarm in the hotel began to go off around 2 am. I am a light-sleeper, but hey, if an alarm is going off, there's a problem, right? A big, unsafe problem at Hostal Cristina. I went to check the source of the alarm, right outside my room on the second floor. I went down to reception on the first floor, and rang the bell. Nothing. I knocked on the door. Nothing. I called out. Nothing. I rang the "emergency" number on the sign. Nada. I went down to the bar, and knocked: it was all closed and locked up. So I rang it three or four times more. It just rang off. I then rang the emergency alarm people. She said it wasn't their alarm, that was now echoing all around Avenida El Cid. She suggested I rang the emergency services. I asked for the number. I rang Spanish emergency services (Spanish 911). Within a few minutes, at 2:30 am, 5 policemen and two Bomberos (fire-men) arrived. I was greatly relieved that the alarm was not a fire-alarm - as my 7 yo son was still sleeping in our room. The police contacted the (Russian?) owner of the hotel, who arrived angry & aggressive at 3am.
What shocks me most about this incident, is that we were the only occupants in the hotel, and that after the bar downstairs shuts at 11 pm, that there is no-one on site at Hostal Cristina. No night security is present, and the owner (who had been drinking?) lives off-site. Thank God for the Spanish Guarda Civil, who were kind, civil, and responded immediately.
Think *very* carefully before you book yourself in this Hostal! what if it had been a real fire?
All is well & good upon arriving at Hostal Cristina in the Old town of lovely Denia. The room was clean, if the beds were a little hard. First night all was okay.