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Gavimar Ariel Chico Club Resort
Ranked #18 of 46 Hotels in Cala d'Or
Reviewed 13 June 2014

Decided to book a last minute holiday due to work constraints , having booked last minute holidays before and had awful experience was not expecting much . The week was great , weather was fab ( always helps ) but the actual resort was great . Hotel very close to beach approx 2 min stroll . Our apartment over looked the mini golf we were told on arrival , what they didnt say was it had a lovely view of the beach !
I had booked AI as we had our 4 yr old with us and didn`t want the harassment of trailing a tired child around the resort in the evenings finding a suitable restaurant . I had read some of the trip advisor reviews concerning the food and decided to take a cross the board view as I work in a tourist based museum so have plenty of experience of some peoples exaggerated expectations
We found the restaurant had plenty of space there are three defined areas , the staff work very hard and very long hours but are always smiling and helpful . The food was always varied and plentiful I wont go into details as if your reading this you will read others who go into great detail but all three of us enjoyed the food , it was also great to be able to serve yourself with drinks .
There are three pool areas , we used the main pool that has the large outside bar and entertainment area . There ware always sun loungers available even if you had to move them from a different area of pool . The children`s pool was great although after the first day our little girl had mastered her armbands and was off exploring the main pool with her new friends.
Animation team also worked hard with all the activities on offer but they didn`t push it on to you and were all pleasant , we have been to other hotels and found them to intrusive and loud. There is a great children`s club and the animation team go out of there way to keep the children happy ie happy children happy parents . We spoke to many guest and even the ones without children all expressed their pleasure with the hotel,resort and food etc .
The evening entertainment was at times bizarre ( the 4 yr old loved it !!!! ) but didn`t detract from an all together great holiday .
The rooms probably could do with an upgrade but ours was basic and clean , had all we needed and as we only slept , washed and changed in it was more than adequate . You can pay much more for your accommodation in Cala d`or but i don`t think you would beat this hotel for value for money with lovely pools ,friendly staff ,accessibility to beach and resort with great food and self serve drinks ( alcohol included )
This is the first hotel we have ever considered booking again and we have stayed in some lovely hotels over the years but again as i`ve stated enjoyed the whole experience at this hotel and would return happily .
If your expectations are for 4* and above then you may get disappointed if your expectations and experience lend you towards 3* then you will be delighted .

Room Tip: The hotel is spread over 6 buildings, if you want quiet room request one in the building next to the...
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  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with family
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1  Thank katrina41
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Gavimar_Hotels, Guest Relations Manager at Gavimar Ariel Chico Club Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 14 June 2014

Dear Katrina,
thank you very much for having taken the opportunity to evaluate in such detail our hotel. We are very pleased to read that you and your family enjoyed your stay with us here and that you consider to visit us once again. Thanks for your very nice remarks about the resort, hotel, food, drinks, friendly staff and entertainers. We leave you with the hope to be able to welcome you here with us in the not too distant future.
our very best regards from Cala d' Or
your gavimar Ariel Chico team

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Reviewed 12 June 2014 via mobile

I'm not a fussy person and understood this hotel to be basic by reading the reviews however all the reviews implied there was something special about this place so maybe I was expecting more. It seems to me that people who booked this hotel AI and got a cheap price were more happy as they got good value. We only booked SC and there was limited resources for cooking food in our room so we ate out for all our meals. So I'll list the good and bad according to our experience as everybody's is always different.

Pros
Bathroom and towels changed frequently.
Aircon in rooms.
Large double bed.
Good size balcony.
Close by to all shops, restaurants, beach and marina.
Entertainment all day, parrot show, karaoke very good.
At least 4 swimming pools (that I saw).
Kids club and mini discos everyday (except sats). Mini disco was very good and our daughter loved it.
Cheap pool bar eg local beer less than 2€ and chips and hotdog or burger around 2€ each.
Evening meal buffet area spotlessly clean.
Had mini golf (3€ each and 10€ deposit), volleyball area, pingpong tables and indoor kids entertainment.

Cons
Bins, floors weren't cleaned until day before we left. Sheets never changed and bed only made once.

We rarely had the animation team encourage us to do activities and heard that people took part but we never knew they had.

Our balcony was onto the main road were the sofa bed was so it was very very noisy. People above us were very noisy however even when they used the shower or loo it sounded like an aeroplane was taking off. We did phone reception (3am) but he didn't understand English very much.

Rooms too basic, small and I know normally you don't spend time in them but with a young child you do esp between 11-3pm if you like to stay out of the sun. Tv had only 1 English Channel and no cartoons in English. Our fridge didn't work and we had to throw out the milk often.

So many wasps at the main pool. None of us were stung but children were frightened and kept shooing them away which would encourage them to sting.

The hotel was on 2 sites. One side was the reception, restaurant, our room and the other side of the road was the main pool, childrens pool, entertainment stage and kids club.

Overall this hotel was practical for location and functional, we did have a good holiday but If I were to go back to Cala D'Or I wouldn't stay at this hotel again.

Stayed: June 2014
Thank Lynzni85
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Gavimar_Hotels, Guest Relations Manager at Gavimar Ariel Chico Club Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 13 June 2014

Dear guests,
we thank you for taking your valuable time in giving us your opinion on our hotel. We are glad to read that you enjoyed a good holiday and that your daughter loved the mini disco. Our entertainers are advised to be discreet and not to molest our guests. Some people love the games and activities and others do not want to participate . The frequency of the cleaning depends on the demand of the tour operator. Your suggestions in improving our hotel have been noted and have been communicated to the relevant departments.
We 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 12 June 2014

Stayed three nights end of May, three ladies, five children under 12. Rooms were basic but clean and spacious. My room did face the quiet road and entertainment area which you could here from inside, but for a few nights no real problem. May have asked to change if we were there longer. We stayed all inclusive. The food was excellent. Plenty of choice, well cooked and hot, and the children loved helping themselves. Drink available from the dispensers. The wine and sangria very palatable. Soft drinks and tea, coffee, always available. Plenty to entertain, though mainly aimed at our age children. Lovely main pool area, never had a problem getting sun beds. Lovely safe, pretty beach 5 min walk . Situated near many places to eat, drink and shop. Great value 3* complex, would definitely recommend for families and couples. No rowdy teenagers in sight! Very pleasant helpful staff. We had a really enjoyable stay.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with family
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1  Thank Debbie C
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Gavimar_Hotels, Guest Relations Manager at Gavimar Ariel Chico Club Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 13 June 2014

Dear Debbie,
we are gratified that you have taken the opportunity to evaluate in such detail our hotel. We are really very happy to read that you and your family enjoyed your stay with us here. You mention our helpful staff and friendly entertainers. We will be passing on your praises to all of them. We would be delighted if you do decide to come back and visit us once again.
our very best regards from Cala d ' Or
your Gavimar ariel Chico team

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Reviewed 11 June 2014 via mobile

Travel dates 2nd june 14 - 12th june 14 booked via lowcostholidays. 3 adults in our party. We got a great deal all inclusive and have to say we were very pleased all round. We had a hotel room (some have apartments). Our hotel balcony was street facing and at night we had the door open (there is aircon but we preferred fresh air) and it was fine not noisy at all. Maid service was excellent.

Food: I am fussy eater so was a little apprehensive going AI as usually go self catering but the food was fabulous. Something for everyone! Breakfast you could have fruit, yoghurt, cereal, smoothies, bacon, sausage, eggs (fried boiled scrambled), hash brown, mushrooms, tomatoes, beans, potatoes, toast, croissants, pastries, ham cheese... hot rolls ... sausages varied so not always my taste and scrambled very wet but nevertheless something for everyone. Lunch and dinner (had 1 eve that was a struggle but nothing wrong with food just personal taste) usually consists of rice dish eg paella or plain rice... pasta with choice of sauces bolognese carbonara etc... couple of meat dishes whether it be casserole or curry or chicken breast... always a roast meat to carve too ... a fish dish... potatoes... chips... salad...soup...vegetables again something for everyone. Wide range of desserts too from cake mousse jelly fruit ice cream.... AI drinks help yourself to soft drinks tea coffee... on pump then u have sangria, rose, red/white wine and lager up until 11pm. Spirits and cocktails are served by staff. Staff are fabulous in restaurant and at bar especially Manuel, Pepe, Oscar and Christina and the grinning little chef who appears sometimes.

Entertainment: It is varied from entertainment from animacion team to external shows..also karaoke and quiz. I have to say some of the programmes do not showcase their talents. They are friendly bunch ... great dancers, actors, comedians... got chatting to Sylvia and Jerome predominantly but all are lovely.

Daytime: choice of aquagym volleyball water polo rifle shooting archery zumba and mini golf onsite to name a few. Again staff are fab.

Reception: We had an issue at the start only small but reception staff quick to resolve. They are very professional polite and friendly. Cheryl and Francesca were amazing. Pedro hotel manager friendly too. They want your holiday to be perfect and there to help

Strongly recommend this hotel for professionalism, hospitality, standards and food.

A 3 star hotel price however 5 star quality!!!!

Stayed: June 2014, travelled with family
4  Thank Dawn F
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Gavimar_Hotels, Guest Relations Manager at Gavimar Ariel Chico Club Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 12 June 2014

Dear Dawn,
thank you ever so much for the very kind remarks you have made about our hotel, food, drinks and staff. We are really pleased that you and your family enjoyed your stay with us and will be passing on your praises to all of our hotel staff and entertainers. Thank you for your kind comment that you got " 5 star" quality in a 3 star hotel!!!
We leave you with the hope to be able to welcome you once again to our hotel in the not too distant future.
our very best regards from Cala ' Or
your Gavimar Ariel Chico team

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Reviewed 11 June 2014 via mobile

Just arrived back home on the 10 june 2014. Had a lovely time. In the centre of cala dor so perfect for eating out and shopping. Beach 2 mins away and marina 10 mins walk away which is lovely. The food selection and quality was excellent! For children I would recommend a pizza selection during meals and at the snack bar by the main pool but thats us been picky! Breakfast had a selection of pastries and big breakfast including hash browns. Lunch had a great selection of meats salad and dishes. Dinner had a great selection everynight including chicken chow main,piella, pork steak chicken turkey chips new potatoes. Always somethink different everyday!

Highly recommend to anyone. Great for families and couples. Cala dor is such a lovely place with no idiots around.

The hotel itself I would personally say is a 4 star and rooms a 3 star however your not their to stay in the room so the hotel staff and meals and drinks were excellent

If your looking for a great value holiday in cala dor majorca you will not be disappointed

Many thanks

Alex and amy

Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
2  Thank Alex L
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Gavimar_Hotels, Guest Relations Manager at Gavimar Ariel Chico Club Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 12 June 2014

Dear Alex and Amy,
thank you very much for the very nice remarks you have made about our hotel and Cala d' Or.
We are very happy that you enjoyed your stay with us here and would take great pleasure to welcome you once again to our hotel. Thank you for your recommendation.
kindest regards from all of us
your Gavimar Ariel Chico team

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Reviewed 10 June 2014

My partner and I stayed in a Studio apartment for one week on a self catering basis. We booked this hotel for its location, we did little more than wash and sleep there. 5 minutes to the beach, shops, bars and 10mins to the marina. Absolutely perfect. The room itself was pretty dated and basic but this is exactly what we expected with the price. The notable thing for us was our request to have a top floor with a pool or sea view and we got exactly that.
A truly 3 star hotel based on our room - the walls were like paper, you can hear everything. No idea what the facilities were like. Perfect if you aren't in to staying at the hotel all day and night.

Room Tip: 2nd floor studio - pool view
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Gavimar_Hotels, Guest Relations Manager at Gavimar Ariel Chico Club Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 11 June 2014

Dear guests,
thanks for giving us your opinion on our hotel. We are happy to read that you enjoyed your stay and that you mention the good location of our Gavimar Ariel Chico hotel. We leave you with the hope to be able to welcome you once again here with us.
kindest regards from Cala d ' Or
your Gavimar Ariel Chico team

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Reviewed 9 June 2014

I have just spent a most enjoyable week at the above hotel on a fully inclusive basis and can thoroughly recommend it. It is great for families or couples and offers great value for money. The staff are very friendly and helpful. The rooms are modern, clean and adequatley equipped. There is a great selection of food at all meal times with a chef cooking fresh pankakes and churros at breakfast and a special of the day in the evening. Remember it is not the food you would choose at an a la carte restaurant but for mass produced food it is good quality fresh and plaenty of it. The snacks at the pool bar all afternoon are better than average.The self serve drinks are most welcom. Overall this is a good 3 star hotel.

Room Tip: I had a hotelroom overlooking the pool which got sun until 2pm and was quiet
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1  Thank MalcolmPGreen
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Gavimar_Hotels, Guest Relations Manager at Gavimar Ariel Chico Club Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 11 June 2014

Dear guests,
we thank you for your very nice report and are really very pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us. We will be passing on your praises to all our staff. We 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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Additional Information about Gavimar Ariel Chico Club Resort

Address: Calle Ariel 1, 07660 Cala d'Or, Majorca, Spain
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
#12 Family Hotel in Cala d'Or
#15 On the Beach Hotel in Cala d'Or
#18 Romantic Hotel in Cala d'Or
Price Range: £55 - £250 (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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Aparthotel Ariel Hotel Cala d`Or
Aparthotel Ariel Cala d Or
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