A good place to stay. On a par with a good continental business hotel. We had a superior room on the 3rd floor (sea view but no balcony). Service was good, whether we were at reception, in the restaurant, or ordering a drink in the outside bar. No complaints at all on that front, in fact. Our stay there was scandalously lazy, and thoroughly enjoyable. Isn't it amazing how tired one can get doing nothing at all?
Our comfortable, air conditioned room had twin beds, a wardrobe, a desk, a tv (snowy picture on all channels. They reportedly have BBC1 & 2 though I couldn't decipher them). The bathroom had a bath (with shower head) and a separate shower, loo & sink. There was a safe that was free to use, and a minibar in which I stored my little tins of beer bought from the supermarket (over the road to the left from the main rear entrance).
Food - we ate breakfast on the deck overlooking the sea. It was really really pleasant there with views of the sea, the mountains, the boats - wonderful! It meant trotting back across the main pathway into the air conditioned dining room to collect our food from the breakfast buffet but it was a price well worth paying. Why some diners preferred to breakfast in the chilled dining room itself was unfathomable to me.
Breakfast featured a modest selection of cereals, plenty of fresh fruit (occasionally there appeared to be tinned fruit in amongst the choices), cooked breakfast, breads, sweet breads, preserves, cheese, meats, nuts and freshly squeezed orange juice (I know it was freshly squeezed because I saw the oranges going in!), and tea and coffee.
Dinner, served between 19.30 and 10.00 consisted of 3 courses followed by dessert (complementary bottle of wine&water on our first night).
The first course was usually a choice of soup or juice though one night I remember seeing ham&melon offered.
The second course was something along the lines of paella or a noodle dish.
The third was a choice of a fish, meat dish or carvery. You could substitute any of the first three courses with a visit to the salad bar (the usual core components plus a few nightly variations).
Dessert - a choice of 2, or ice cream.
As our stay was half board I wasn't able to compare the food with that of other restaurants in the area. My feeling is that breakfast, which kept us full all day, was good. The (certainly filling) evening meal was on a par with good canteen food (quite acceptable, but not really restaurant-quality).
Location - yes, you can walk from the entrance to the hotel to the clear, warm sea in about (ooh) 10 seconds, which was marvellous, of course, though you are somewhat off the beaten track. The hotel is situated close to the military base so you can't really stroll more than a few dozen metres north (We didn't find the base obtrusive - the three occasions we saw a sea plane take off offered quite a pleasant 15 minute distraction). Hence the only way to walk really is south, along the Pine Walk, into the main drag. But the main drag just seems that much tattier, noisier and more crowded than the northern part of the bay so we inevitably curtailed our visits there to retrace our steps to the sanctuary of the Illa D'Or.
Our trip was in the first week of the school holidays. The clientele was a mix of families and couples, with one or two single travellers. There was next to no grey hair on show.
Things I'd do differently next time - get a balcony. What, honestly, is the point of a sea view without one? I'd buy my newspaper from the supermarket too (the hotel was charging a 50 cent premium). And I'd go bed and breakfast only.
Would I go back? It was certainly relaxing, but apart from swimming and lazing, there's not a great deal else to do in the immediate vicinity. So probably not, no, though I certainly enjoyed the week very much.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Illa d’Or, founded in 1929, is a hotel which still maintains the authentic classical style from yonder. Situated in placid Puerto Pollença, where one can experience the sensation of beauty which has served as inspiration to a multitude of yesterday’s and todays’s artists and writers. At the Illa D’Or, the sky and the sea are a gentle carress, dusk is a symphony of colours and night, whilst on the terrace and contemplating the moon reflection in the sea, one realises that it is one of the most beautiful areas, not only in Mallorca, but possibly, in the world. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Illa D'Or Majorca/Port De Pollenca
- Illa d Or Hotel
- Illa Dor