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Gavimar Ariel Chico Club Resort
Ranked #18 of 46 Hotels in Cala d'Or
Reviewed 6 June 2014

arrived at ariel chico at approx. 2am 18/5/2014 apartment was street facing, next day asked to be moved to a quieter pool facing apartment no problem all staff were excellent .apartment was good for money paid,food was good and plenty could have done with more than 1 English tv channel .

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Gavimar_Hotels, Guest Relations Manager at Gavimar Ariel Chico Club Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 7 June 2014

Dear guests,
we thank you for the very nice remarks you have made about our hotel and especially about our staff. We are really very pleased 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 team

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Reviewed 6 June 2014

Ugh, just ugh. This place did not excite me in the slightest. Yes it’s cheap but a good hotel is good and a bad hotel is bad regardless of the cost. My summary therefore is based on the actual experience, we, as a party of 4 adults and 3 children had during our 7 night stay here during the May kids holidays:

Good:
Location – Couldn’t really be more central, shops & restaurants on the doorstep, beach 5 mins, marina 10 mins.

Drinks – lager, wine, sangria, spirits, cocktails and soft drinks – good variety and all very palatable

Mini Disco – kids loved the same 5 songs they played every night, in the same order


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Rooms – based in block A overlooking the back of another building whilst the staircase to our block overlooked the small pool – really badly designed, absolutely no point using the balcony except to dry clothes. Also stank of tobacco smoke, were extremely dated and basic is not the word – a one bedroom self catering apartment with no kettle? No way you could cater for yourself in those. Beds were like blocks of wood, ants often frequented the bathroom.

Cleaning – rooms were poorly cleaned, floors never mopped, sheets never changed, towels changed twice


Meh...

Main Pool area – very crowded, had no option but to get up early to put towels down or you’d never get a sunbed

Outdoor snack bar – very uninviting, functional and that was about it

Entertainment – limited programme that was badly advertised. On rainy days only the ping pong and mini golf to keep everyone occupied – 3 euros each to play kind of stuck in your throat when you saw the mini golf, completely un-kept and not to mention the most boring course you could ever have seen. Evening entertainment was hit and miss and sometimes a bit inappropriate for kids

Food – poorly labelled, sometimes not at all. Good luck if you’re a veggie or have nut allergies. Breakfast wasn’t bad except for cerials, lunch consisted of a lot of salad and chips and evening meals were hit and miss. The restaurant itself was quite small and more like a canteen – and like the outside bar, again a bit uninviting.

Again just our opinions and obviously in complete contradiction to most of the reviews on here so keep an open mind if you’ve already booked and if you haven’t – make damn sure Butlins is what you want.

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  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with family
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Gavimar_Hotels, Guest Relations Manager at Gavimar Ariel Chico Club Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 7 June 2014

Dear guests,
first of all we would like to thank you for your comment where you mention that our hotel can be booked at a very reasonable price. We are pleased to read that you appreciated the good location, the variety of the drinks and that your children loved the mini disco. All of the other suggestions in improving our hotel have been noted and have been communicated to the relevant departments.
kindest regards
your Gavimar Ariel Chico team

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Reviewed 5 June 2014

Been to Chico last year for 16 days and this year for 14.
It's a very good hotel that is clean and tidy.great staff,close to everything,food better than expected, unfortunately they have no concept of vegetation options as 95 percent of salad and most food has meat content without signs to let you know. Pools are good ( 9am rush for sun loungers chained up) and entertainment good fun for kids. I travel allot and have been around all of Majorca and can honestly say that this has been the best hotel I've stayed in for the money I have paid. It's always a running theme ( quality v budget ) but I think Chico have just about got it right.
Next year book me in !!!

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with family
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Gavimar_Hotels, Guest Relations Manager at Gavimar Ariel Chico Club Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 7 June 2014

Dear guests,
first of all we would like to thank you for your faithfulness. We are looking forward to seeing you a third time next year. We thank you for the very nice remarks you have made about our hotel and staff. Your suggestions in improving the food for vegetarians have been noted and have been communicated to the Chef of our kitchen. We are are really pleased to read that you once again enjoyed your stay with us here.
kindest regards from Cala d' Or
your Gavimar Ariel Chico team

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Reviewed 4 June 2014

We have just got home from our half term family holiday with two children aged 7 and 5. I don't normally write reviews however I had read quite a few before booking so felt I needed to reassure others. We stayed in a 1 bed apartment in block A. The room was lovely and clean, pretty basic but better than expected. We had a view over a small quiet pool - great! As we went all inclusive didn't cook in there etc. but we all slept really well, even missing a big thunder storm one night apparently!!!! The food was again a lot better than expected as I have only ever done 5* all inclusive (pre children!!) and we were very pleasantly surprised, even my very sceptical husband was pleased!! Plenty to chose from with fresh salad grilled fish, meat, sautéed potatoes fresh fruit & bread, cold meats/cheese everyday. Always beer, wine, soft drinks, juice & sangria on tap!!! The main pool did get busy but we prefer to spend the day on the beach which is a stones throw away and great for the kids, very safe. We quite often missed lunch and just nibbled on the beach from the nearby spar, but sometimes did return about 3/4pm to get a burger from the pool bar with a nice cold beer! and an ice cream for the kids!!!
Cala d'or is a lovely resort for family's, you do get the tacky bits but you get that everywhere. If you go and do your own thing you will have a lovely time and there are lots of places to eat & drink very nearby, things to do, beaches to visit & shops to browse.
The staff work very long hours and work really hard to make sure you have a good time. always helpful. The entertainment later on an evening 9pm onwards is good as well.... kids thought it was great they were up until at least 11pm every night!!
We are already looking at possibly booking again for next year - we had a great time!

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with family
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Gavimar_Hotels, Guest Relations Manager at Gavimar Ariel Chico Club Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 6 June 2014

Dear guests,
thanks for the very nice remarks you have made about our hotel and resort. We are happy to read that you enjoyed a fantastic family holiday and will be passing on your praises to all of our hotel staff and entertainment team . We would be delighted if you do decide to come back next year and are looking forward to seeing you again. In the meantime we remain with kindest regards from all of us
your Gavimar Ariel Chico team

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Reviewed 4 June 2014

Stayed here with my husband and son who is 15 years old.
The arrival at the hotel should have only taken 40 minutes but we spent over 2 hours on the transfer bus so beware!! Much better to pay the extra for a taxi transfer. We were given our apartment and told where abouts to find it. We were in the block over the road near the big pool. . These apprtments could definitely do with a re-vamp as they are very dated and smelt of stale tobacco/must which lasted the whole 4 days we were there. it was very quiet and peaceful and we all managed to sleep well.The staff were lovely and worked very hard to please.The food was very nice and there was a good variety at each meal. Lots of fresh vegetables and fruit.
The location was very good. 2 minutes from the beach and 2 minutes from the square where the main bars and restaurants where There are some lovely places to eat and we had some really nice evenings there. The beach was clean and very safe but the sea was freezing.The hotel side and bar were very clean and relaxing but the outside bar area was less inviting. There was always a swarm of wasps around the bar area and cheap plastic tables and chairs to sit on. The animation did various activities during the day but as most of the people staying were families with young children my 15 year old didn't want to join in.
But all in all it was well worth the money we paid. I would definitely visit the area again and would stay at Ariel but would have to request better accommodation

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with family
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Gavimar_Hotels, Guest Relations Manager at Gavimar Ariel Chico Club Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 6 June 2014

Dear guests,
thanks a lot for your opinion which is very important for us. We are happy to read that you enjoyed your stay with us and that you appreciated the friendliness of our staff. We would take great pleasure to be able to welcome you again at our hotel. We kindly ask you to contact us before arrival in order to reserve the accommodation desired (our Ariel Chico resort consists of several buildings)
kindest regards from Cala d' Or
your Gavimar Ariel Chico team

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Reviewed 3 June 2014

We (myself, my husband and 5 year old son) have just returned from a 9 night stay at the Gavimar Ariel. From the moment we stepped through the door in to Reception we knew that we were in for a great holiday. The Reception staff were fantastic and really helpful and always cheery! Our apartment was on the Reception side near to the Mini Golf - we found it to be basic but more than comfortable and exceptionally clean. Huge selection of food available for each course and meal - I just can't understand these people that have complained about the food ! You get what you pay for - if you want 5* then pay for it! Breakfast - there was so much choice you could have filled yourself up for the whole day. The Restaurant staff were ultra effiicient friendly and great with the children. My son absolutely loved the mini disco and couldn't wait for 8.30 every day so he could do his dance routines. Great pool if a little on the chilly side. Excellent location a stone's throw from the beach, bars and shops. Although we visited during half term it wasn't overly busy or noisy and overall we would rate the hotel as excellent - would certainly recommend for young families. We would definitely visit again! Steve, Katey & Finley

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Gavimar_Hotels, Guest Relations Manager at Gavimar Ariel Chico Club Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 4 June 2014

Dear Steve, Katey,Finley,
we thank you ever so much for the very kind remarks you have made about our hotel, location, food, cleanliness and friendliness of our staff. We are very happy that you enjoyed your stay with us and that your little son loved the mini-disco. We thank you for your recommendation and would be delighted if you do decide to come back and visit us again in the not too distant future.
Our very best regards from all of us
your Gavimar Ariel Chico team

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Reviewed 2 June 2014

Stayed for five nights at Arial Chico, we had a ground floor room over looking a small pool. It was very peaceful just what we wanted. All staff were friendly and polite at all times..
Food not too bad, a good choice (loved the puddings)
Location was good not far from beach, shops, bars and restaurants..Would recommend to all
Thanks to all
Debbie K

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with friends
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Gavimar_Hotels, Guest Relations Manager at Gavimar Ariel Chico Club Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 3 June 2014

Dear Debbie,
we thank you for your very kind report and your recommendation. We are pleased to read that you and your friends enjoyed your stay at the Ariel Chico and would take great pleasure to be able to welcome you once again with us on another occasion.
kindest regards from all of us
your Gavimar Ariel Chico team

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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:
#6 Spa Hotel in Cala d'Or
#15 On the Beach Hotel in Cala d'Or
#15 Family Hotel in Cala d'Or
#18 Romantic Hotel in Cala d'Or
Price Range: £49 - £442 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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