Having spent several years on cruise holidays we decided to try a 'Thomas Cook' eight-night B&B on 20 June in Majorca.
After a slight delay arriving, a 22 euro taxi ride took us to the hotel.
We were given a sea-view balcony room (no 15) on the ground floor. Reception advised rooms on higher floors were all occupied!. The room was spacious but very basic with laminate flooring, two chairs, one stained, an old Grundig tele with one English channel-Sky News, no telephone for contacting reception, a squeaky settee, no vanity mirror but a decent bathroom and air conditioning. The balcony had a lovely view of bay & Cathedral. This could not be classed as 'four star'. Hopefully the rooms on the floors above were better- equipped. The rooms on this level are near a service & bar area, the sound of slamming doors used by staff was constant. If you are a light sleeper avoid rooms 11-15 on this corridor.
Apart from the room all the public areas were very pleasant & well maintained & staff friendly & helpful.
Excellent buffet breakfast in the dining room with a good selection of hot & cold fare.
We enjoyed a snack/wine on the terrace overlooking the port & watching cruise ships come & go. Also tried the buffet dinner one night, very good,18 euros,(drinks extra).
The practice of reserving a sun-bed around the pool with a towel before breakfast still exists! although this happens on cruises as well.
There are plenty of buses into Palma, mainly the no 3. Buy your ticket from the Farmacia in Port Pi - 10 euros covers 10 trips (the tobacconist nearby doesnt sell them only the tourist-bus tickets).
A good shopping mall in Port Pi is worth a visit & browse around the many shops. You can also purchase your bottled water/wine from the Carrefour.
The area is not very attractive with some premises closed & in need of repair but it is certainly not intimidating.
You can spend many hours exploring the lovely city of Palma & when in need of refreshment try a lunch at Celler Sa Premsa,(a converted wine cellar) for a spanish atmosphere, good food & service or Born 8 for a coffee or glass of wine.The pastries & cakes are delicious.
We enjoyed our holiday stay at this hotel, however it is unlikely we will return as there are so many other places to visit. I think I can feel a cruise coming on.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Catalonia Majorica hotel is located in a privileged area on the maritime promenade of Palma Bay and just in front of Club del Mar. It is near the Porto Pi shopping centre and the Fundacio Joan Miro. The hotel, refurbished in 2000, combines an elegant style with modern features. It has a total of 168 rooms, all of them with beautiful views, and most of them also have a terrace. In the hotel you will find 3 swimming pools. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Catalonia Majorica Hotel Palma De Mallorca, Majorca