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“Perfect and Brilliant” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Santandria Playa Hotel
Ranked #8 of 57 Hotels in Ciutadella
Certificate of Excellence
Coventry, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Perfect and Brilliant”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2014

Our fourth visit to this wonderful establishment revealed little surprises other than there is now free wifi in every room. In fact, the hotel wifi could even be picked up on the beach outside. Full marks for this. On the other hand though, I have to report that the TV service has been changed and is not very satisfactory to us Brits who like to follow their favourite progs whilst on holiday. There are four English speaking channels available, BBC News, Sky News, CNN and a part English part Spanish Discovery Max. Fine if like to see the same news progs broadcast time and time again, or are into US produced documentaries. However, given the ratio of Spanish and German channels available in relation to the number of British visitors I would urge Gabriel to get at least BBC 1 and ITV for those who like to see some telly on their hols.
Other than that, the place is absolutely superb. Clean, linen and towels changed with superb regularity and a view to die for from every room, especially the sunsets. The food is superbly cooked and presented even if the menus still need interpretation...Nordic Frost Cake is in fact Vienetta...The staff are wonderfully friendly and have a we can do anything attitude. Headed by Gabriel the manager who welcomes you like a long lost relative and never seems to sleep, Tony, who handles the reception and admin duties, Raoul who, with a brilliant sense of humour serves you your meals and is also ever present, and Magda, who cooks the most delightful food you could ever wish for.
Travel around the hotel area is easy with some very pleasant and easy strolls into Cala Blanca and Sa Caletta, even the walk to Ciutadella is not overtaxing. There are two local supermarkets within a few hundred yards. In fact everything I've said in previous reviews still applies.
Local buses are cheap, reliable and very frequent. Two new services now pass the road at the top of the hotel and as a tip, to get the bus into Ciutadella, walk up the road against the one way system to the half built Cabana Restaurant, cross over to the bus stop on the other side of the road where there are more buses than at the stop by the Andria complex.
Don't get conned into Thomson trips either, the fare to Ciutadella is 3 euros one way. From Ciutadella to Mahon is 5.10 euros one way, which is incredibly cheap for a very pleasant journey of just on an hour, you get to see a lot of the island as well.
We met some lovely people on our trip, special mention to Barbara, who has written a review, John and Jenny, the ladies who tiptoed throughout the hotel and Dale and his wife. Sorry if I have missed any out.
Overall, this is a superb place to stay, it's not your five star palace, it doesn't have uniformed maître d type waiting staff. What it does have is a very small and friendly attitude where if you ask you will get prevails. A great base for either lying on the beach, frying pan above the restaurant, or by the pool sunbathing, going for gentle walks or exploring the island and everything it has to offer. If you like quiet and peaceful, then this is the place for you. Highly recommended.

Room Tip: All rooms face the sea to some degree. Room on the higher floors 3-6 have wonderful views, but those...
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank marmight
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Stalybridge, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2014

Second time at this hotel. Spent seven nights half board there in June. The young lads who run this hotel are exceptional in their customer service, The rooms are clean and tidy with views of the sea and beach. The location is excellent, nice and quiet with beach side bars on either side of the bay. Cala Blanca is a 15 mins. walk around the coast and the bus service to Ciutadella is excellent. Overall the Santandrai Playa Hotel is excellent for people who want a relaxing, quiet holiday.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Bedfordshire, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2014

This small hotel is on the beach. The perfect place to stay for a relaxing holiday. No nightclubs nearby, just the hotel bar and one other. The staff were so friendly and helpful, the food amazing, just perfect.

Room Tip: I stayed in an end room on the 2nd floor overlooking the beach. I believe all the rooms are on the f...
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Christine P
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Chepstow, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2014

The Hotel Santandria is unique it is so special in so many ways, the hotel has it's own character set in a stunning cove it is so beautiful. It can be many things to many people it must be a joy to experience the different seasons it's like a picture of peace and tranquility it is magical. The welcome at the hotel was great Gabriel, Paul, Tony, and staff are the most kind, genuine, people you will ever come across and so cheerful and hard working. The town of Ciutudella was a joy to visit and the people where so friendly. I had the most wonderful 2 week holiday the guests were exceptional, the laughter and the atmosphere was contagious.
Marlena

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 June 2014

This hotel was such a little gem. It does not have the hustle and bustle of the larger facilities around the island but what it lacks in size it makes up for in hospitality and location. The beach is literally on your doorstep and after 2 cracking storms this week that could have been very true. We loved the hotel it was clean, tidy with very friendly staff who always went the extra mile. The 2 brothers worked so hard to cater to all their customers needs sometimes things went a little awry but people just shrugged and smiled. I would highly recommend this to anyone who wants a chill out holiday with no hassle in a great location. There was always 3 choices of starter, main and dessert on the menu for half board so plenty to choose from. Several bars and restaurants around if you wanted a change but if like us you just wanted a paella they happily put the cost already paid towards it .

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank Jookoo
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 June 2014 via mobile

Me and my girlfriend went here for out lunch one day , service was quite poor , we ordered food which both of us had hamburgers and they were both are not cooked , was very disappointed and explained to them it wasn't cooked and they put it down to bring to busy poor excuse , would never return to this place as it put us off totally !

Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 June 2014

Just returned from a wonderful week at the Santandria Beach Hotel in the tiny, quiet cove of Santandria.
If you want a lively venue and opportunity to easily visit the island on public transport, this is not the place for you. If you want a place to chill out, generally potter about and be spoiled then we cannot recommend this hotel highly enough.
Having booked online with Thomsons their website would not allow us to upgrade our room, however on arrival we were offered an upgrade and consequently had a lovely large room with terrace, which included 2 sunbeds and an excellent view over the cove.
Amongst the delights were:
a) the family of ducks who roamed the beach for the first time this season. They never failed to make people smile.
b) the two other local restaurants, both of which served excellent food at a reasonable price.
We would recommend booking B & B, enabling the choice of eating in the hotel restaurant or beach cafe bar, the local restaurants or hopping on the local bus to the town of Ciutadella (10 mins) or Calan Bosh (20 mins) to enjoy one of the many restaurants around the harbour.
c) the hotel, which although very laid-back was brilliant.
d) Gabriel & Paul who couldn't do enough to make our stay everything we wished.

We really hope that we are able to return before too long.

Room Tip: Rooms on floors 1 & 2 have terraces. Other have small balconies. All have views over the sea or...
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank Bluem00ncity
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Additional Information about Santandria Playa Hotel

Property: Santandria Playa Hotel
Address: | Urb. Cala Santandría, s/n, 07760 Ciutadella, Minorca, Spain
Region: Spain > Balearic Islands > Minorca > Ciutadella
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#4 Romantic Hotel in Ciutadella
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Ciutadella
#6 Family Hotel in Ciutadella
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Santandria Playa Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 41
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Enjoy the paradaise island of Menorca from your beach hotel. In the Hotel Playa Santandria, whether you are travelling with friends or like a couple, you will excite the privileged views of the sea from a hotel for only adults. Some of the extras you'll find 2U Hotel Playa Santandria: swimming pool solarium gym Massage room Balinese beds or the beach restaurant....and much more to enjoy! ... more   less 
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