Location of the hotel is very good - fairly central in resort and a short walk to all that Cala Millor has to offer which is fairly limited but great for a basic holiday in the sun. If you like a nice airy modern hotel then avoid the Bahia Del Este as the décor is very dated with some fusty old furniture in the saloon/bar area. Rooms are exceptionally clean but again, very dated. Our shower was little more powerful than a dripping tap which was frustrating - we asked that it be looked at and were told this was as much pressure as was possible (hmmm!).
Pool area was again very dated with a number of the flag stones surrounding the pool having become loose and uneasy. Pool itself is a reasonable size with a spa area for adults at one end. However, much of the spa area no longer works - the lay-down jets no longer function, the stand up corner jets are out of order and only two of the four decaying Jacuzzi buttons worked - still, nice to relax in never the less.
Food was good and the restaurant never seemed too crowded - plenty of selection and probably the best feature of the hotel. Evening entertainment was amusing only because it was so poor that it put a smile on your face! The only exception being the Kenya Boys who performed some pretty crazy acrobatics. One act, Testa Rossa(sp) where so awful the place emptied within minutes.
The one major gripe I have with the Bahia Del Este is that the hotel management seem more than happy to allow non-residents access to the pool area which was frustrating during the busy weeks we stayed there. A good number of people frequenting the nearby President Apartments made the hotel their own which meant a limited number of sunbeds in the best locations. One group of young women staying at the President would regularly place 5 towels down on beds at 9:00am only to return after a full day on the beech. We often saw other people from the President in the hotel restaurant which is annoying since we had paid good money for the pleasure. These particular people were being aided by a number of hotel guests who were clearly regular visitors to the Bahia Del Este and friends of the non-guests. I complained to the hotel management but they showed absolutely no interest whatsoever so I confronted one of the non-residents in the restaurant and asked him what the view was like from his balcony across at the President Apartments - he went very red and rushed his food selection before returning to his table and polishing off his free meal in record time. Strangely, I never saw him or his family in the restaurant again but he was happily stretched out by the pool the following day.
The reception staff were OK - not overly friendly and welcoming and their English was limited but sufficient to get by. Upon check-in we handed in our passports electing to leave them safe with reception until the day before our return. When we finally requested them back on our penultimate day but we were given two passports belonging to other guests. There seemed to be a panic and severe confusion and the Manageress explained that the problem was cause because a member of staff was off ill (???). Three hours later our passports where found thankfully but it did make for a fairly uncomfortable time, worrying whether we would be able to travel.
To summarise, the Bahia Del Este is very outdated but very clean and well located within the resort. Personally I wouldn’t return as I think there are far better hotels to choose from especially for the money. I am sure the hotel was a good 4* in it’s day but I’ve stayed in better 3* hotels in Mallorca for much less money. If there was one word to describe the Bahia Del Este then it is ‘Average’ which is not what I want from my well deserved holidays.
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