I just returned from a two week stay at the Talayot. It was my 6th visit there in 8 years. The decor reflects the 1960'a era in which the hotel was built, but it has its own charm and the guests, many of whom return year after year, are obviously not put off by it's slightly dated style. Indeed, refurbishing/updating it might well spoilt it's unique ambience. As always the staff, most of whom are still the same ones as when I first went there 8 years ago, are friendly and obliging, the public rooms are clean, comfortable and airy and the food is good quality and there is enough choice of dishes that even the fussiest eater should be able to find something they like. The great thing about this hotel is that you are allocated a dining table for the whole of your stay so there's no fighting over who sits where or worrying about whether there will be a table free when you go down for breakfast/dinner. The bedrooms are a decent size and have plenty of storage although the size and shape of the bathrooms vary from room to room and I've had massive bathrooms in some rooms and ones barely big enough to squeeze through the door on others. Hair dryers are fitted in each bathroom but you have to keep your hand tightly on the gripper handle to maintain the connection which makes your hand hurt if it takes a long time to dry your hair and could be prohibitive for anyone suffering from any type of arthritic condition to use.
The hotel is in an ideal spot on a little rocky promonotory midway between Cala Millor and Cala Bona, literally 40 paces from the sea wall. Cala Millor's long sandy beach is just a couple of hundred yards away. The front facing bedrooms all have wonderful views out over Cala Millor and the bay, and even the side facing rooms still give you a view of the sea. I and my party had rooms 218 and 217]. Rooms 118, 218, 318, 418 and 518 are all on the front north east facing corner of the building and our room - 218 - had two patio windows and extra floor space which comprised a round coffee table and two armchairs rather than a bench type seat against the wall which some of the other front facing rooms have, so well worth requesting one of those corner rooms for a sense of spaciousness. The rear facing rooms look out over the pool area but the pool area and the surrounding streets have plenty of trees and so despite not having a sea view the aspect from the rear facing rooms is still pleasant and these rooms get the sun well into the evening for those who like to catch the last few sunrays of the day from their balconies. The tv's are a number of years old and you only get two or three English channels and sometimes reception can be poor depending on atmospheric conditions. Rooms have fridges to hire but personally I think the cost should be incorporated into the holiday price and not charged for on arrival. I didn't pay to hire mine, if I wanted to deep any drinks chilled I just filled the bidet with cold water and left them standing in it. There is a computer in the downstairs bar and two in the upstairs lounge for those who don't carry a laptop with them on holiday but at 1 Euro for 10 minutes access aren't cheap to use.
This year I did notice a slip in the standard of the room cleaning. The furniture in my room wasn't dusted regularly, the floor was only given a cursory sweep as some of the bits remained there for the duration of my stay, and my sheets didn't get changed for several days and then only when I left a note asking the maid to change them. Maintenance also staff don't seem to be on top of issues as they used to be. I reported a noisy circuit breaker panel in my room which made a buzzing noise loud enough to keep me awake at night, but nothing was done about it and in the end I resorted to sleeping with the ceiling fan on to drown out the noise. One of the bedside light bulbs wasn't working and the airconditioning, which is generally quite efficient, didn't seem to want to work properly in my room and of the 3 power settings available, numbers 1 and 2 gave out no air and even on number 3 it wasn't powerful enough to feel much benefit. Possibly the airconditioning system is overdue for an overhaul. The new entertainment manager does his best to get guests involved in various daytime activities but the evening entertainment, which has never been great at this hotel and is the one thing that lets it down, was worse this year than ever, although, that said, a lot of the other hotels in the resort had also trimmed down their entertainment provision this year, presumably due to the economic situation. Several nights there was no evening entertainment at The Talayot at all other than a couple of games of bingo, and the entertainment that was provided was repeated several times during the two weeks of my stay - the same flamenco show twice in two weeks, the same, rather dull, d.j. four times, and one particular singer at least twice, rather than spreading them out over three weeks so that guests don't get to see the same thing repeatedly. We went out to seek entertainment elsewhere at night as, judging by the lack of people in the bar each night, did most of the other guests. The Talayot needs to invest in better and more varied entertainment to encourage more guests to stay in [and for non-residents to come in to see] which would increase their bar takings which in turn would fund better quality acts. But, despite these minor criticisms, The Talayot is still a great place for a family holiday - cosy and quaint, lovely location, friendly atmosphere - and I plan to return again before too long.
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