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“Very disappointing stay at Las Banderas B&B, Formentera”

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El Paraiso Super Club
Ranked #28 of 29 Hotels in Formentera
Lichfield
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13 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Very disappointing stay at Las Banderas B&B, Formentera”
Reviewed 18 May 2011

When we arrived at Las Banderas on Playa Mitjorn, we were surprised to find that the B&B wasn't ready to receive guests although the website suggests they are open from April. We were told the bar and restaurant were closed for a least a week but were not told this in advance. We couldn't get so much as a cola. We had to go out to get a drink or something to eat and we didn't always want to. It felt like the extended Italian family were there, many of whom were drilling, hanging lanterns and drapes while we were there. We were not told in advance or offered a reduced rate. We still paid an excessive fee of 110 euros a night. Breakfast was terrible. The toast was cooked some time before been placed on the buffet table and was stone cold, despite going for breakfast as soon as it opened in an attempt to get warm toast. The same fruit tart was there for the whole 3 days. The staff also forgot to put juice out and plates one morning. I was not expecting a plush hotel as I knew it was a more rustic place (and I have camped in Africa so I am objective). However, our room felt like some kind of outhouse that had been made into a room. It felt like it never was originally intended to be a bedroom. There were several big spiders and a few medium ones in the room and 11 tiny ones running around the mirror suggesting a nest. Our bathroom also did not have a door or even a hanging so you had to shower and use the toilet in full view of your friend/partner. I wasn't expecting 5 star luxury but for the price, I would have expected a better room and the B&B to be ready. The room itself was ok and I like the general vibe and decor of the place but it is definitely not worth the money. The B&B is right on the beach which was nice & it was nice to hear the sea from our room and be in relative quiet but otherwise a disappointment. I also feel we should have been given a reduced rate on the room or they should not have booked us in. It was also difficult to get booked and several of our initial e-mails were not replied to.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled with friends
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6 Thank NatP1979
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  • Sleep Quality
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    3 of 5 bubbles
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    3 of 5 bubbles
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  • Cleanliness
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Brussels, Belgium
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 August 2010

We recently returned from a vacation in Las Banderas Formentera where we go almost every year. Las Banderas is not more the local hippie typically friendly and we had once known. Management Yvonne is not good nothing left. Since some years the local runs by Italians, but it seems to go worse and worse. We were treated very badly. The staff is unprepared and everything you ask snorts. We have also witnessed an unpleasant fight between the cook and manager. The prices are exaggerated. We had dinner once one time (the menu prices vary in relation mood manager). The restaurant has lost its charm and it seems only a place for lazy rich kids in search of noise. Nothing to do with the place of the soul advertised on their site. A sad spectacle of the degradation of modernity. Prices absurd. No more in life even if to invite us for free.

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled as a couple
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Madrid, Spain
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10 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 June 2010

This is the most confounding hotel I've ever stayed in. The location is stunning, the actual architecture of the place is amazing, the vibe as you hang around on the terraces is wonderful (except the volume of the music which is about double the level it should be). All the more tragic that the owners haven't got a clue how to run a hotel. The staff are surly, making it seem like they are doing you a favour every time you ask for something. The hygiene standards are very low, the rooms are miserable, the maids don't know how to clean a room properly, the breakfast is disgusting. And the prices are outrageous for the level of service and comfort. This place is a disaster and could be so amazing. My advice is to avoid until the current owners sell up.

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled as a couple
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2 Thank Goodmania
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sèvres
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 25 August 2009

The place has lost is soul since the Italian team got on board. Such a shame!
The management does not make any effort to keep this place clean and welcoming however beautiful the spot.
The smell is bad (the toilets being emptied in the morning during the breakfast time). Dirty cats are walking around.
The rates are very high.

Stayed August 2009, travelled with family
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1 Thank clemiea
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queb
1 review
Reviewed 7 November 2008

We stayed at El Paraiso for 7 nights in August. We had the suite which had a very nice view of the beach and ocean, and we had no complaints about the cleanliness of the room. The breakfast was a European breakfast (brioches, juice, hard boiled eggs, cheese, ect). We had dinner there twice and were very satisfied with what we ordered. The prices were in line with what you would expect to pay in high season almost anywhere.
Giorgia the manager was very flexible with our requests and always tried to accommodate our needs.
The new management still has some improvements to make but all in all it was an enjoyable experience. If you're looking for an American style hotel with AC, internet, huge buffets and a pool, this isn't the place for you. It's generally a (mostly!) quiet, quirky place to spend a relaxing holiday without the highest of expectations. Enjoy Formentera!

  • Liked — location
  • Stayed August 2008, travelled with friends
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Thank hkl068
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Berlin
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3 reviews
Reviewed 26 September 2008

We had booked their so called "super suite" by e-mail and arrived at 7pm. When we opened the room (more like an aparment) it was full of garbage, dirty towles, basically dirt everywhere, emty bottles a very dirty bathroom and an overall very untidy look. The manager Beatrice aplogised and we had to go to dinner without being able to change or shower.
When we came back two hours later and inspected the room we found that it was very superficially cleaned. There was dirt and dust everywhere. There was only one working lamp in the very run down bathroom, hair on the toilette and in the bed, the shower didnt work
and someones personal belongings were scattered all over the place.
Its basically the owners private home that's rented out in the summer for a lot of money and that owner is a very untidy person.
When we complained we were told we were free to leave. They helped us to find another hotel and we left Formentera the next morning. The whole hotel is very run down, very untidy and full of dirt and garbage. Don't go!

  • Liked — the view
  • Disliked — the room
  • Stayed September 2008, travelled as a couple
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Thank jkdeckers
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Argentat, France
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 20 September 2008

Place different from everyone else's. Culture and arts, romance and wealth. Good for meditation, mental health and for an escape of love. From advise those who want a vacation chaotic. Fantastic food (the Italian chef comes from a long experience in first class restaurants ... perhaps exaggerating a bit with the soja), fine wines. Right musical choices (one evening a singer Argentine beautiful songs sung). Young staff with little experience but very polite. Very clean. Beautiful views of the sea. Before leaving I was very puzzled by conflicting reviews on Tripadvisor and really do not understand why some negative reviews (maybe they were customers of the previous management accustomed to life "rastaman" and lunches to 5 euros. It 'true, unfortunately, with the change of gesione prices are higher but the service, quality and cleanliness are definitely improved. Belle sculptures and paintings on display. Summing up: the wonderful adventure of the heart.

  • Liked — the charming place
  • Disliked — tap water instead of salt
  • Stayed September 2008, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank pavepier
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Property: El Paraiso Super Club
Address: Platja Mitjorn, Formentera, Spain
Region: Spain > Balearic Islands > Formentera
Hotel Style:
Ranked #28 of 29 Hotels in Formentera
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Las Banderas is one of Formentera’s milestone, an oasis of peace and calm along the beach of Mitjorn. We offer 7 charming rooms with ocean views just reformed and decorated and a restaurant and a “chiringuito” on the beach to enjoy some of the most spectacular sunsets on the island. Las Banderas is not a hotel like any other, but a welcoming place for any guest who wishes to come: since your arrival to the departure, you will find the comfort of a hotel but enjoying the warmness and care of a private home ... ... more   less 
Also Known As:
El Paraiso Super Club Hotel Formentera
El Paraiso Super Hotel
Las Banderas Formentera
El Paraiso Super Formentera

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