The night we arrived at the 4-star Portals Palace, in the first hour of our visit, I just knew I would be writing a review on this hotel; and I knew that review would be dreadful! However, I was so taken aback with this place, it has taken me 3 weeks to work out how to even make a start. So much is wrong with the Portals Palace.
Let's start with the 4-star rating. FOUR STARS! Just how on Earth can this place display and advertise a 4-star rating? I assume there's no regulated system of control that administers ratings. If there is then someone with a briefcase and clip-board needs to pay a visit and issue a cease and desist notice. To be clear, this is NOT a 4-star hotel. It is a very poor 2-star… at best!
We booked a 4-star hotel. Shame on Travel Republic for advertising it as a 4-star hotel. That's who we booked it with. That said, EVERY other booking website lists the same rating and the same false description. Shame on them all.
You might say, well, look at the hotel's website photos, they don't look so clever, what did you expect? Well, when I made the booking those pictures didn't exist. In fact the various booking websites all listed some very nice photos of what appeared to be modern and stylish rooms. I've posted some examples… these were all lies. Shame on everyone involved in this misdirection.
So… where do I really start this review? Here goes:
Our party was five people - my wife, teenage son and I in one room - our daughter and her fiancé in another.
Got to our room - keycard would not work.
So I went back to reception - got a new keycard.
Returned to room - keycard still did not work.
Went back to reception - called for Porter.
Returned to room - Porter used his master keycard to open the door.
We entered our room.
I, my wife and our teenage son found ourselves staring at just the one bed.
So I went back to reception - "We only have one bed!"
Receptionist: "Are you sure?"
"A-ha, pretty sure."
Due to the time of day (after 11pm) the Receptionist and Porter decided to allocate us an alternative room.
So I returned upstairs once again with the Porter and we moved our luggage to a new room - this was a suite with 2 bedrooms and 3 beds.
We were happy with this, we thanked the Porter and breathed our relief. We'd arrived.
We then started to make little discoveries…
We had lamps arranged around the room. So we tried to switch them on.
The first thing to notice is that they don't all have bulbs - this seems a bit of an oversight. Until, that is, you notice the lamp isn't plugged in and, in fact, is situated nowhere near a mains socket.
The bathroom was large, but very badly lit. In the ceiling, besides the one functional spotlight there is another lamp glass which appears to be painted red - it's intended function remains a mystery.
The plug-hole in the bath was corroded, the room number is still visibly written large in pencil on the sink basin, the bath shower-screen didn't quite fit flush to the top of the bath and produced a dangerous puddle on the tiled floor each time someone had a shower.
Into the bedroom. The rail in the wardrobe was fitted far too close to the rear which meant nothing could be hung without it having to be twisted almost sideways. Laughably there was a coat-hook screwed upside down to the inside of the wardrobe door - useless!
The bed was rock-hard, but as it happens wasn't too uncomfortable to sleep in. The pillow was odd though. In fact it wasn't a pillow, it was a huge long single bed-divider with a pillowcase on each end. Ingenious, I've never seen that before.
Our daughter's room experience was equally shambolic. They enjoyed one single working mains power socket in the entire room. The plumbing in the bathroom was installed incorrectly - hot taps ran cold, cold taps ran hot. Tolerable, of course, once you work it out, but… when you flush the toilet and it literally steams… well… yes!
So to the rest of the hotel. Comically it seems the hotel actually has an obsession with occasional lamps even in the public areas. These are arranged in exactly the same fashion as those in the bedrooms. Few fitted with bulbs and even fewer actually positioned anywhere near a plug socket. Often you could see the mains cables of the lamps coiled neatly around the base or the stand of the lamp.
The lift looks like it is close to breaking down. The LED number indicator for the floors is faulty and the service certificate affixed to the wall clearly shows that it hasn't been inspected for years!
Have I mentioned that this establishment is advertised proudly as a FOUR STAR hotel!?
We had booked half-board. I wouldn't say the food was horrendous in the hotel, but I would categorise it as sadly disappointing. We gave up eating there after a few occasions and paid to eat elsewhere. We had no real hygiene concerns, but again, comically, issues such as holes in the dining room ceiling and the dessert specials all laid out on display in front of all the electricity circuit-breaker boxes really didn't tempt you to keep coming back.
All the hotel staff were in fact very pleasant and friendly, even the omelette chef, who looked like he'd just stepped out of the galley on Bluto's ship, was actually a nice friendly guy.
The pool area is an odd place; not really very inviting - a strange graveyard collection of (I think) ice machines stacked in the corner of the grounds.
The windows in the stairwell also don't add any grandeur to the place. Rather they indicate the rather true tired state of what is only a partially and very poorly refurbished building.
I have some worrying safety concerns too. The doors to the stairwell appear, to me, to be fire safety doors - the sort that should be closed to prevent the spread of fire. In the Portals Palace they are wedged open wide with little blocks of wood. Maybe this is fine, maybe they're not fire doors. That might be the case, but why these same doors are fitted with automated release catches (also obviously non-functional) does raise questions. Whatever - like much of the hotel, it certainly doesn't look good.
I'm not sure what could be done with the Portals Palace. Clearly the new owner/proprietor has had to spend money to get this hotel open, but what is more clear is that their budget for this fell woefully short of what was really required. The stars on the sign outside the building and especially those carried on all the booking websites need urgent revision. I am not overstating the fact that this is seriously misleading, dishonest and corrupt advertising! Shame on the Portals Palace!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hotel Is Ideal For People Looking To Relax And Enjoy A Relaxing Holiday, During The Day At The Pool And Solarium Hotel Night And Visit The Environment Of Puerto Portals. By Its Location In The Hotel Grounds Are Short And Golf, Tennis And Paddle, Water Sports, Shops, Supermarkets, Bars / Restaurants And A Football Field With Natural Grass. THE HOTEL IS LOCATED ONLY 200 M FROM PUERTO PORTALS. Directions TO reach the hotel from the airport of Palma, should follow the motorway towards PLAMA-ANDRAITX. PALMA HAPPENING IN THE SAME DIRECTION TOWARDS about 4 miles ANDRAITX ARE signaling (BENDINAT-PORTALS NOUS) must leave the highway and follow the direction through a tunnel until you reach a roundabout. RIGHT ALONG COME TO THE PLAZA Portals Nous. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Portals Palace Hotel Palma De Mallorca, Majorca