Ca’l Bisbe Hotel Soller.
This was our second 5 day stay in Soller the first being in 2007. We had really enjoyed Soller previously and felt it was time to go back for a visit. After much deliberation we plumped for the Hotel Ca’l Bisbe.
Finding the hotel turned out to be more of a challenge than I expected, since our last visit the one way system around the centre of town had changed and I couldn’t find the way to where we wanted to go. I eventually parked on the main road and walked to the hotel. Although it was about 12.30 we were told we could not check in until after 2pm. We were told where the car park was and managed to find it and drop of the car before we headed off for some lunch.
We arrived back to check in and found the process very simple and quick with the check in staff being friendly enough if a bit reserved.
We headed off to our room and to be honest were a bit disappointed with it. There was nothing really wrong with it but it just didn’t live up to our expectations. The room itself was clean and tidy but very small and cramped and there was not much in the way of cupboard/wardrobe space .The bathroom was also on the small side . It had all the usual suspects i.e. air con, fridge/mini-bar, free safe & TV, the double room we booked ended up being 2 single beds shoved together. The bathroom door was very tight to open and close as the bottom of the door rubbed against the floor and it was almost impossible to close it completely. The room was very uninspiring and had been furnished with the sort of utilitarian hotel furniture/pictures you get in cheap chain hotels. Our Balcony was just big enough for 2 seats and a tiny table. One of my main gripes was that the hotel was very noisy there seemed always to be someone dragging a chair across the floor somewhere and it reverberated round the hotel.
One of the things the hotel advertise is free wireless Wi-Fi so I headed down to reception to get the wireless access code, I got this code but it didn’t work, on telling the staff it wasn’t working they just told me it was and there must be a problem with my netbook. I tried for 2 days to get a connection and was always told there was no problem with the wireless network but a few other guests were also having problems. There was a German guy who was an IT expert staying in the hotel he had a connection so I asked him if he had problems with getting connected. He told me that the network was faulty and he had told the reception staff so but he could work round it and get access which he did for me as well. On our last day there the receptionist gave us details of a new network and password as the old one wasn’t working. Now I had been telling them this for 4 days.
We were on a bed and breakfast basis and the breakfasts were decidedly average, the choices were very limited. There were rolls or baguettes, 2 cereals, small selection of meat and cheese, plain natural yoghurt, small choice of fruit, one a couple of fruit juices (the freshly squeezed orange was great) and a heated container with scrambled eggs and bacon which were both put out at 8am and were still there at 10am. The coffee was served at your table and was very poor, tea was self service from a water urn with tea bags.
There were also a few pastries but these tended run early on. One day they had my favourite, ensaimada, but only a few and by the time I got round to getting one they were all gone and there was no other pastries to be had.
We did not eat there in the evening so can’t comment on the dinner menu but we did have lunch a couple of times and found the food to be very good and reasonably priced.
The hotel itself was clean and well kept with the small reception and bar area being nice enough. We often had a nightcap in the bar after we got back to the hotel and enjoyed sitting outside in the quiet, the barman was very friendly and helpful.
The pool and gardens were a bit cramped for the number of rooms and the sunbeds had seen better days being a mixed selection of often broken or past their best loungers with no pads on them not even the solid wooden ones. There were only 3 parasols to be had as well so not much chance of getting a shady spot to get out of the sun. Some days the pool did get busy but there was always enough beds to go round. We did find that there were a lot of couples there with kids and it could get very noisy in the small walled pool/garden area. There is a school not far from the hotel and there is some noise from it at break times. Bizarrely on a couple of occasions in one of the neighboring houses there is a budding singer /musician who practiced the piano and singing for a couple of hours, maybe in 10 years time it will be nice to listen to but at present it was a real assault on the ears.
One other thing we found strange was that our room was always cleaned in late afternoon so if you were looking forward to a siesta before heading out for the evening you were in for a disappointment.
The hotel is in a central location a 5 minute stroll from the main square however its car park is a good 5 minutes walk uphill and it is very difficult to find your way to the front door to drop off or pick up your luggage.
As I said we were quite disappointed with the hotel it didn’t really live up to our expectations, it is in no way a bad hotel it is just pretty average and in no way memorable. The fact it was noisy inside and often bye the pool coupled with a poor breakfast and cramped room means we will not be going back. I would not really want to recommend it to others because of these points
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