Booked a very good last minute deal. E mailed Hotel for a room with Balc. on high floor. On arrival given room 104 on first floor, not a fantastic view, bathroom a bit small and noise from fan below a bit off putting. Stayed two nights then decided to ask for a change of room, no problem, moved up to room 303 which had a slightly bigger bathroom and although the view was the same, being on a high floor we looked over the roofs of adjacent buildings to the hills of Formentor and also a restricted side sea view from the balcony. Room request sorted thank you.
The impression I get from other guests is that there is big difference between the best rooms at the front of the hotel and some of the standard rooms at the rear, so if you are particular have an upgrade when you book, it is more expensive to upgrade direct from the Hotel.
The breakfast is just perfect, everything anyone could possibly want, we enjoyed taking our time over a leisurely meal and never wanted a lunch.
The evening dinner was also perfect, the same menu for three days...... but with 8 starters of salad, pasta, rice, soup and Specialties; with 6 main courses of fish or meat; also a buffet side salad; finishing with 8 different deserts to choose from we always had something different. The presentation and quality was excellent.
The unexpected highlight of our holiday was the invitation to the 85th Anniversary Gala Dinner on Saturday night. The evening started with a Cocktail party for all the guests, the owners family members and Hotel Management. The Gala Dinner Menu was inspired by the Inauguration Banquet which was served on 5th March 1929.
Lobster salad Belle Vue.
Braised partridge Flamande.
Minced fillet of beef "Henry 4th" with Tapenade of artichokes, served on Anne potatoes.
Creme Marie Brizard with candied fresh fruits.
Each course served with an appropriate specially chosen wine and all followed by Coffee
We thank the Management for including us to your most enjoyable evening.
Between meals our time was spent walking the hills behind the Hotel. There are two lovely walks one to Cala Sant Vicenc where you can get a coffee and apple cake, the other to Cala Boquer take a picnic on this one. Its also easy to get the bus to Pollenca where we did three of the five walks suggested on the "Hiking in Pollenca map" obtained from the tourist office. A word of warning the map, estimated time, Distance covered, Level of difficulty and route directions leave a lot to be desired, so maybe it would be better to look for and buy better map or walking book. We didn't get lost just went the wrong way making the walk a lot longer. Another day we went to S'Albufera de Mallorca Natural Park by bus about 30 minutes, lots of unusual birds, and long walks so take the early bus.
When we booked our Thomson A LA CARTE Holiday we expected a service that was special and hassle-free, My hand luggage was questioned being just over 6kg, with an allowance of 7kg one would have thought this should be on the boarding pass. On arrival at Palma Airport, we were told, go to Thomson desk, we were given a taxi, actually a mini bus, but no welcome pack, nothing from Thomson at the Hotel and didn't hear from them all week, you might say that was a bonus but no information given on time of transfer. We did get a pick up time from the Hotel but this was 30 minutes before it needed to be, so I texted the 24/7 holidayline, for a charge, OK they did change it which just gave us time to have a proper breakfast.
Not an A LA CARTE service from Thomson.
- 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