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Gavimar Ariel Chico Club Resort
Ranked #18 of 46 Hotels in Cala d'Or
Reviewed 6 July 2009

dirty pools. this is a german orientated apartment block. go elsewhere. it is overpriced.

  • Stayed: May 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 June 2009

We stayed with a toddler and were all inclusive. The hotel is essentially a german hotel, therefore signs, information, entertainment etc are all German. Having travelled with a toddler it was a little disappointed that he could not join in on a night time but we tried our best !
Having a choice of pools was fantastic, there is a large pool over the road that gets busiest and has a bar and there are 3 more quiet ones.
Food was good quality, hot when it was needed. Toddler was kept happy as there was always a pasta option every night.
Rooms quite basic but served their function and were exceptionally clean.
Staff were so disintrested at the pool bar but everywhere else lovely, especially the lady on reception. Manager always onsite as well which was nice.
Location is excellent cala gran beach a stones throw away and you are very close to shops and restaurants. I would say that we didn't really find much in cala d'or, it's all just souviner shops and restaurants, the harbour is a nice walk.

  • Stayed: June 2009, travelled with family
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Reviewed 29 July 2008

We have just returned from a week at this resort and it was great. The hotel is clean and the staff friendly, the beach at Cala Gran is just at the bottom of the street (no distance). The food was plentiful, varied and hot where necessary. Yes entertainment is run by a german tour operator but the germans also speak very good english just make friends and they translate. We took older children with us and they also had a great time and made loads of friends. We would go back.

  • Stayed: July 2008, travelled with family
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Reviewed 21 July 2008

Hi

Just got back, Apartment was really nice and clean, however I had read the reviews before leaving and was only worried about not having a kettle or toaster, not an issue there was a new toaster and kettle waiting in our room.

The aparthotel food is all German, geared for all inclusive, we confused the bar people everytime we tried to pay for our drinks and we were being serviced the all inclusive muck they called a cocktail out of a machine.
The Spa information was all in German too and the notices around the common area's not making us feel welcome. If I had wanted to visit Germany I would booked to go to germany. Co-op Travel had not pointed this out and the reviews were not clear as to how German it all was.

All the evening entertainment was german. However a fabulous Bar/Restaurant down the alley was opposite Called Tropical Gardens was brilliant.

But was very clean and the reception staff were exceptional. And the food purchasing in the area was really expensive Spar shops, you need to get a short taxi ride to the Eroski Supermarket on the edge of Cala d'or to save some money.

The only issue I had was that in such a huge complex we were one of two english families in the whole complex, we had not been warned. Cosmos was who we booked with the Rep was useless, Becky came one day then she said she would be there at a certain time the next day if you wanted to book trips, she had been and gone and changed her times to come in, next day we arrived on the time stated she was not there telling us next day she was on a half day, in which case put it in the book which is supposed to be our info. Also she was late for the one trip we did book and gave different people different excuses as to why they were late, and drove past some of the people waiting to board we had to go back round the one way system to collect them. Nothing to do with the aparthotel but I would be wary.

  • Stayed: July 2008, travelled with family
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Reviewed 31 July 2007

These apartments where right in the middle of Cala d'or. Handy for getting the bus to other resorts or the little train which takes you around Cala d'or. The reception area/bar is very modern and they have a variety of pools. The main pool across the road from reception is a lovely big pool which has lots of sunbeds & parasols. There is a lot of Germans at these apartments & we found they reserved their sunbeds early in the morning so if you want a fews bed you are forced to do the same. The beach is only 5 mins from the apartments and also the same to the centre of Cala d'or where all the restaurants/bars are located. There are plenty of shops in Cala d'or and also a lovely Marina 10/15 mins down the road which has nice restaurants overlooking the lovely boats. The apartments where fine, plenty of clean towels. Would have been better if a kettle & toaster were provided which you would expect when your self catering.

  • Stayed: July 2007, travelled with family
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Reviewed 12 February 2007

We love cala dor and this was our 4th visit to calador we have never been in such a horrible place. Our appartment was on the 2nd floor with great big doors that look like church doors once inside very dark and gloomy did not look clean and the floor felt greasy so i cleaned it myself with bleach we stayed here for 2 weeks with four children age 3 , 9, 13, and 14, they did not enjoy the hotel with only one pool table and 1 or 2 machines the swimming pools were dirty p[aint peeling of the sides of the baby pool with lots of flies so we hardly used the pools at all we ate only once around the swimming pool and two members of my family got very sick upset tummies so basically we ate elsewhere from then on and never drank in this place after calador is beautiful but this place was a nightmare never again ..

Stayed: June 2006
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Reviewed 13 November 2006

Second floor was a bit daunting as partner had injured back just before holiday but it meant we had lovely breezes through the apartment. Big and clean with a splendid balcony amongst the pine tree branches. Cooking facilities a little limited but it was possible with 2 electric rings. Would have liked an airer to dry clothes but jury-rigged a washing line to the trees which worked well.

Bar service was fun late at night with plenty of banter. Garden was lovely to look at and walk through. Staff generally pleasant and helpful.

Really convenient for shops and restaurants. Sometimes diffiicult to find a parking space nearby.

  • Stayed: September 2006, travelled as a couple
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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: £54 - £242 (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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Also Known As:
Aparthotel Ariel Hotel Cala d`Or
Aparthotel Ariel Cala d Or
Gavimar Ariel Chico Club Resort Cala D'Or, Majorca

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