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Review of Gavimar Ariel Chico Club Resort

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Gavimar Ariel Chico Club Resort
Ranked #16 of 47 Hotels in Cala d'Or
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“Excellent value”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2014

stayed for four nights all inclusive and couldn't fault it for the price we paid. Pool area's and grounds are kept clean. rooms are basic but clean. Excellent location, just a few minutes from Cala Gran beach and two minutes from the shops, restaurants and bar's. would stay again.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Gavimar_Hotels, Guest Relations Manager at Gavimar Ariel Chico Club Resort, responded to this review, 8 February 2014
Dear guests,
we thank you for your kind report and recommendation. We are very happy that you enjoyed your stay with us and that you consider to stay again.

We are glad that you got excellent value for the price paid and would take great pleasure to be able to welcome you here with us on another occasion.

Kindest regards from Cala d Or
your Gavimar Ariel Chico Club Resort
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Bradford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2014

Well, we went for 8 day all inclusive stay at ariel chico. At the arrival our room wasn't ready yet, so the receptionist allocated us in one of their apartments which wasn't a problem for us at all, as the correct room was ready the next morning. The rooms were very clean, plus we were lucky to get one of the modern re-done rooms on the ground floor with a swimming pool view, so absolutely no complaints! The food quality in the buffet was really outstanding with wide range of choices for breakfast, lunch and dinner (bare in mind I really value good food quality and rich tastes) and on top of that the serving times were perfect! Besides, the three meals during the day there were servings of burgers, chips, ice creams, cakes? (I think) straight after lunch time up to dinner time, so you could literally eat all day if you wanted :-) The drinks choices during the day were tea, coffees, juices, pops, beer, sangria, and red, rose and white wine, on a evening there were additional cocktail choices/champagne and spirits and the green stuff spirit (I don't recommend it! I was suffering the next day;)). The activities during the day were brilliant, from fitness to team games, I was regularly playing volleyball and water polo. The night entertainment was good quality, however one day it rained and they had to call off the night entertainment as the stage was too wet, which weren't their fault. The staff was really friendly and approaching; the receptionists, bar staff, hotel manager and the entertainment team. I think the most important thing about our stay was that the beach was literally two minutes away (not 10minutes as google maps tells you), which was so comfortable, as we could just leave our towels on the beach and walk back for lunch to the resort. Cala d'Or is a lovely place, small town but very beautiful with a lot of cafe's/bars/restaurants to enjoy:-) We've gone there to simply relax and enjoy ourselves and we really felt like it. The resort has a very nice atmosphere and it is nicely spread across many buildings with 5 swimming pools. I highly recommend it, I think if you want to enjoy beaches and pleasant relax that is definitely place to be! I would go back any time! P.S. Actually, one thing.. I have no opinion about the SPA, I don't feel like there was enough information about it in the reception area and each time I made my way to the SPA place it was locked up so I could not find out about any treatment choices or when it is open.

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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank PaulinaKJ
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Gavimar_Hotels, Public Relations Manager at Gavimar Ariel Chico Club Resort, responded to this review, 17 January 2014
Dear Paulina,
we are gratified that you have taken the opportunity to evaluate in such detail our hotel. we are extremely happy that you have enjoyed your stay with us and would take great pleasure to be able to welcome you here with us on another occasion. kindest regards from cala d or
your Hoteles Gavimar Team
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Chichester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2013 via mobile

We booked a few days beforehand having decided between Majorca, Tenerife and Greece based on the weather forecast. We could not have been happier. The food is perfectly adequate with plenty of choice, the hotel is clean and spacious with pleasant, friendly and efficient staff, and the location is great being a five minute walk from two lovely beaches.
Our all inclusive package entitled us to self-service beer, wine, soft drinks, coffee and tea at the bar, and a full buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner in the restaurant. We found the standard of the food and drink to be at the very least perfectly acceptable, and generally very good.
We'd happily return, and unhesitatingly recommend the Gavimar Ariel Chico.

Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Gavimar_Hotels, Public Relations Manager at Gavimar Ariel Chico Club Resort, responded to this review, 4 January 2014
Dear guests,
we are gratified that you have taken the opportunity to evaluate in such detail our hotel. We are very happy that you have enjoyed your stay with us and would take great pleasure to be able to welcome you here with us on another occasion. kindest regards from Cala d Or
your Gavimar Ariel Chico Club Resort
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Nottingham, England, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2013

Booked this hotel all inclusive with 4 other families for abargain last minute half term break. The location is perfect just a short walk to thestunning beach and right near the shops. The rooms are basic but very clean. The food was lovely, lots of choice with beer and wine on self serve. There were 4 pools, we just used the main one which was clean with plenty of sun loungers. The nearby bar was close by and served burgers etc in the afternoon. The kids loved the ice-creams too. The staff were all so friendly and helpful despite working very long hours. Suzi in the restaurant was very helpful and set up a table so all 14 of us could eat together. Claudio from the bar was also always helpful and smiling. There were lost of activities and eve entertainment despite it being out of season. We all had a great time and it was excellent value for money

Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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5 Thank Stephanie C
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Gavimar_Hotels, Public Relations Manager at Gavimar Ariel Chico Club Resort, responded to this review, 4 November 2013
Dear Stephanie,
thanks a lot for the very kind remarks you have made about our hotel and about our staff. We will be passing on your praises to all of them , especially to Suzi in the restaurant and Claudio in the bar. It makes us happy to read that you got excellent value for the money paid . We would be delighted to welcome you and your friends here with us on another occasion.
kindest regards from Cala d Or
your Gavimar Ariel Chico team
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Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2013

booked this hotel last min off travel republic...got a good deal for 5 days all inclusive ....on arrival we were offered a room off the ground floor ....my partner informed them i had walking difficulties and they had no problem offering us a ground floor room....room was basic but spacious ....only thing wrong the floor was not that clean...footprints all over...towels and bedding changed every other day...we went all inclusive and there was plenty to chose from in the restaurant...on the whole food was nice especially for the price we paid ....not much in the way of snacks around the pool bar just burgers and salad every day ...no problem getting a sun bed ...entertainment was ok ...bit boring ..but coped as it was only 5 days ...i found all the staff pleasant and helpful...and really enjoyed the break...i would go back to cala dor and i would use the same hotel .....

Room Tip: boat trip around the coves cost 18 euro for 2 hrs ...if u enjoy sight seeing well worth doing
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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4 Thank carol r
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Gavimar_Hotels, Public Relations Manager at Gavimar Ariel Chico Club Resort, responded to this review, 1 November 2013
Dear Carol,
We thank you for taking your valuable time in giving us your opinion on our hotel. It makes us happy to read that you enjoyed your nice little break and that you consider to go back. We would be delighted if you do decide to visit us again in the not too distant future.
our very best regards from Cala d Or,
your Gavimar Ariel Chico team
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Uxbridge
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37 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2013

This isnt a five star hotel, and if that's what you expect then you will be disappointed. However, it was a great 3 star. We booked for a last minute get away in September and because we were on a budget we chose all inclusive.
All inclusive wasn't my first choice as I usually prefer to eat at the local restaurants, and I really wasn't expecting much from the food based on some of the trip advisor reviews I had previously read. Having said that, the food was fantastic. I can't believe how people wouldn't like it. There was so much choice at each meal time, including breakfast, that I found it impossible to just have a light lunch and some days chose to stay away from the restaurant altogether, otherwise I would be unable to stop myself from over eating and feeling too full all afternoon. The downside was that the ambiance was more that of a canteen than a restaurant, but our plates were quickly cleared away by lovely friendly staff and we were never made to feel hurried to leave.
I didnt have any problem with the drinks either, lager, wine, sangria & soft drinks were on a self serve basis, all day and evening. Spirits and cocktails had to be ordered at the bar. Yes the cocktails were from a machine, and they weren't the best, but remember this is a 3 star not 5 star all inclusive.
Our room was basic, but comfy and clean. The maid came a few times during the week, as advertised, although our bins were emptied daily. We didnt use the kitchen facilities so no comment there. We had a street facing room, which was ok, but the windows aren't soundproof and we were woken early most mornings by the traffic.
I was disappointed that there was no free wi-fi and I thought the weekly charge of 20 euros was a bit steep. However there were plenty of local bars with free wi-fi which we were happy to use.
The main pool was nice, with a nearby pool bar. I enjoyed the daily aqua aerobics! However the pool was mostly in the shade by the end of the afternoon. The smaller pools looked like they weren't used at all that late in the season, and they also seemed to be very shaded, which may be appreciated more in mid August.

Room Tip: Avoid a road facing room, or take ear plugs for the morning.
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank studynut
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Gavimar_Hotels, Public Relations Manager at Gavimar Ariel Chico Club Resort, responded to this review, 1 November 2013
Dear guests,
We are gratified that you have taken the opportunity to evaluate in such detail our hotel. It makes us happy to read that you enjoyed your stay with us and that you appreciated the good food and the friendliness of our staff. We thank you for your comment that you got great value for the money paid and leave you with the hope to be able to welcome you here with us on another occasion.
kindest regards from Cala d Or
your Gavimar Ariel Chico team
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2013 via mobile

Our first experience of this hotel was being told we had to have a print out to be allowed access to room, we book last min and ran out of ink so had it to show on phone, not good enough, they said they had to send it back to who we booked with which made no sense- been up since 3 in the morn just not what we needed, we had it to email to them in end

Room
Basic but looked clean, ok size
Bath was not cleaned daily but towels changed
We woke one morn to ants all over the bedside table, not the best wake up call i have had, problem reported, when we returned to room ants were gone and ant killing spray left, they did return daily though not as many as before

Hotel grounds
There was a few pools, we saw them clean big pool area daily as room close
Basic pools looking a bit old could do with update the smaller ones
Allinclusive
Wish we never chose this but only £20 more for two so can not moan
Food was nice, not much choice, I preferred lunch ate out for dinner a few times( food in area really nice tapas)
found breakfast very poor, toaster was a joke

I found the drinks to be very poor, you could pay more for plus all-inclusive but was told not available, if this was available would have changed my experience as I would have been able to enjoy a drink at the hotel, we went out most nights, u could pay for proper cocktails(not from machine) or branded spirits but we felt if paying we might as well go out, there are some great bars in area
Cala d'or
The area is so beautiful we loved it can not wait to return

We booked this holiday as a quick lastminute getaway, the price was cheap and you get what u pay for
We are not fussy and found the hotel ok but would never return, we have stayed in 5* to 3* hotels from Mexico to India
This hotel is 2/3 star hotel at most, not 4 as stated but for price we did not expect 4

  • Stayed October 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank Zoey87
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Gavimar_Hotels, Public Relations Manager at Gavimar Ariel Chico Club Resort, responded to this review, 25 October 2013
Dear Zoey,
thank you for taking your time to give us your opinion on our hotel. The Gavimar Ariel Chico Club Resort is officialy a 3 star hotel and we always strive to give the best possible service within our possibilities .therefore we are pleased to see that the efforts made by our staff are appreciated and we will be passing on your praises o them. We thank you for your comments where you mention that our hotel can be booked at a very reasonable price. We hope that you will one day return to the Ariel Chico hotel where we would be pleased to give you a warm welcome.
kindest regards from Cala d Or
your Gavimar Ariel Chico team
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Property: Gavimar Ariel Chico Club Resort
Address: Calle Ariel 1, 07660 Cala d'Or, Majorca, Spain
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Region: Spain > Balearic Islands > Majorca > Cala d'Or
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#4 Spa Hotel in Cala d'Or
#12 On the Beach Hotel in Cala d'Or
#15 Family Hotel in Cala d'Or
#18 Romantic Hotel in Cala d'Or
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Gavimar Ariel Chico Club Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 211
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Attractive three-star Club and Resort located in Cala d'Or, in a beautiful and peaceful area just 50 m from the beach. Fully air-conditioned. Large gardens. Reception open 24 hours, bar, pub, TV room, restaurant with buffet serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. 5 Swimming pools with children's area, sun loungers and parasols. Entertainment team with a daily programe for adults and children. Miniclub. Sauna, solarium, table tennis, squash, volleyball, billiards, boccia (some of the a.M. May have a surcharge). Free WiFi Internet access at the lounge. Wifi Internet access available all over the complex, both in public areas as in the rooms with a small surcharge. Comprehends Hotel double rooms as well as 1 bedroom Apartments, 2 bedroom Apartments and also Studios. The hotel rooms are nicely decorated with a bathroom, direct dial telephone*, air condition, central heating, safe*, Satelite TV, balcony or terrace (depending on the type of room). The Apartments and Studios, added to the room facilities, they all have an equiped kitchenette with electric rings, a toaster, a kettle and a fridge. A Microwave can also be provided under request. *Fee. ... more   less 
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Aparthotel Ariel Hotel Cala d`Or
Aparthotel Ariel Cala d Or
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