I booked a three night stay at this hotel as a surprise trip for my husband’s 30th birthday 17th – 20th July 2014.
It was literally a 10-15 max minute transfer from the airport so I would recommend taking a taxi rather than booking a transfer as I think that it would be a lot faster (As we waited over an hour on the coach before it actually set off).
When we arrived it was exactly how it is presented on the website, bright white modern looking building and it did look well maintained, not tired at all. Inside it was very nice, clean and fresh – it was so quiet! Not one other person to be seen other than the lady at reception who was helpful and checked us in swiftly and explained on a map where everything was in the area.
The area itself is very quiet. Very residential with a couple of small shops. It was about a 15-20 minute walk into the main part of the city.
Our room was quite small although very clean and well maintained. We could have done with a little more storage – there was enough room to hang our clothes although it wasn’t long enough for trousers/long dresses. There were little baskets at the bottom of this space for other items however the curtain that covered the rail was far too long and was always in the way of the toilet door. The bed was very comfy though!
There was safe for our valuables and a mini bar which we didn’t use. The air con was good but the wifi was really hit and miss – signal dropping in certain parts of the room and having to re login everytime you picked up a device.
We used the roof terrace for an hour on our first day and then spent our last day up there sunbathing and relaxing. I had read that it can get very busy and finding a space is hard work. Although it is small we didn’t have a problem at all and found it a lovely space to chill out after two full days of walking and sightseeing.
I just felt that it was missing somewhere to eat in the hotel. It confused me how there was such an extensive room service menu but yet there was no bar/restaurant within the hotel. I have since found out that room service is bought in from an external café. This lack of restaurant and bar was more noticed when we chose to spend the day on the roof terrace… at lunch time we got changed and walked to the end of the street and there was a kebab house (very nice though!)
At breakfast I was unsure what I was going to think as the reviews were really one extent to another. We were both more than happy with what was offered. There was a selection of three hot items – Spanish sausage, scrambled eggs and bacon. There was a number of teas, coffees, juices and cava if you wanted, there was fresh fruit salad, yogurts, selection of breads, croissants and chocolate croissants and cereals – certainly enough to start the day! There really isn’t a problem with the breakfast that they served!
The only thing to bear in mind is that we were checking out at 7.30am and found that it took until 7.30am for everything to be placed out on the buffet but we didn’t go hungry!
I had contacted the hotel in advance to let them know that it was my husband’s birthday and they left a bottle of cava on ice in our bedroom on the evening of his birthday which was a lovely touch!
I would recommend this hotel to anyone looking for a relaxing break in a modern feel hotel and if you don’t mind a little walk into town then it’s perfect. I would have liked to have been a bit more central but it wasn’t an issue. On our second and third nights we actually caught a taxi back to the hotel from the town which was only 5 euro ish.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The HM Balanguera Hotel is an urban 4-star hotel built in 2012. Its Mediterranean character and special design make it an attractive option for those seeking accommodation in the city of Palma de Mallorca. Its exceptional location, close to the city center, allows guests to reach the main attractions in a few minutes walk. Museums, historic buildings and shopping areas are easily reached without the need of a car. ... more less
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- HM Balanguera Palma De Mallorca, Majorca