We chose this hotel, when my wife and I, travelled with her sister and husband,mainly on the reviews of TA. We have been to Majorca numerous times, but for the other two it was their first time. We wanted somewhere, not too far from Palma, and having stayed at other Riu hotels, we knew that there are of a good standard.
We booked directly with the hotel, as at the time, it was the same price as other sites. We requested early check in,sea view room as high as possible, and rooms close together. All requests were met.We were offered glasses of cava on arrival, whilst check in procedures were completed.
The rooms are fine, and the staff overall, are very good. Breakfasts are excellent. The only criticism is the toaster.One manual machine,which often presented queues of people, waiting to put their bread on the tray.Two ' conveyer ' toasters would be an improvement.
Dinners are good. Plenty of choice, one hot, one cold soup, salads with meat/fish, pastas, and hot plates of meats, fish etc. Ice creams and sweets to follow. Not as good as food being cooked to order, but to be fair, buffets rarely are, in my opinion. Again another criticism, the food was not always hot enough. After making the staff aware, things did improve, but there was still the instance of, eg chips 'burning ' your mouth, whereas ' new ' potatoes being luke warm, from the same hot plate area. It may be a case of not being able to please all people all of the time.Perhaps, local people, ie those cooking the food, as they live in a warmer climate than us, don't like their food as hot. Nevertheless, good choice, and you won't go hungry.
Two pools, neither very big, which at busy times, could well pose a problem for beds, and swimming in the pools. At the time we were there, it was fine. Pool snack bar ok as well.
No 3 bus stops outside hotel. We purchased 10 trip ticket for 8 euros from tobacconist, or ' Wine Palace ' supermrket, 100mtrs down the road. Ticket is definately worth it if you intend to make a few journeys. Buses are every 7 mins Mon-Fri, 10 mins, Sat/Sun. 40 mins into Palma.
Spar supermarket, down at bottom of hill at the traffic lights, has good choice of most items, and is cheaper than the ones on the doorstep.
Not a lot to do in this area. We normally enjoy having a walk after dinner, and although it is possible, it is only around the local streets. Generally very quiet, with not a great choice of bars/restaurants, so if that is what you are looking for, you would need to take the bus/taxi a little further afield.
Getting from the airport, is possible, using the buses, providing you do not have numerous suitcases!. No 1 airport bus, just outside arrivals hall, to Porto Pi. ( 2 euros ) Change to No 3, to outside hotel,1.25 euros. Approx 50-60 minutes in total. Ask driver for Porto Pi stop, as we went past, and had to have a short walk to No 3 bus stop. Return journey is no problem, as both buses stop at same place at Porto Pi.
When we were leaving, we received our bill in euros, but when presented with credit card terminal, the total had been converted into pounds. When I objected
, I was told that it was the machine that automatically did this. As we were on our way to the airport, and did not have time to take it further,we had to accept it. Under normal circumstances, we have always been offered the choice of currency, in which to pay, and even on the receipt of the credit card, we noticed when we were on our way to the airport, it stated that we had had the opportunity to pay in either currency, and had chosen pounds. Fortunately, the amount was not very much, but I will be writing to the manager after this review, ( who by the way is very pleasant and welcoming ) bringing this matter to her attention.
Overall, a very pleasant stay, and although unlikely to choose this area again, should we return to Majorca, we would recommend this hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Majorca Park Hotel located in the residential area of Iletas, very near to Palma, this comfortable hotel has extraordanary views over the bay. With its carefully designed facilities and attentive service, this is the perfect vantage point for you holiday. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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- Hotel Riu Bonanza Park Calvia, Majorca, Spain