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Hotel Talamanca
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Reviewed 10 August 2011

The Hostal Talamanca is a great little basic hostal which is in the perfect location for all of the attractions within the sweet little resort of Cala D'Or. Only 2 mins walk to the Cala D'Or beach, and a 10 min walk to Cala Gran and the local (and very posh) marina, Cala Llonga.
I stayed in a single room for 7 nights. Lovely room, decor was a bit dated (but that wasn't a problem for me!), all room facilities were basic but worked well (shower, loo, sink), no TV or hairdryer, but that wasn't a problem. Balcony was lovely.
I stayed on a half-board basis, so breakfast and dinner were provided each day. Breakfasts consisted of 2 bread rolls, butter, jam, slices of ham and cheese, coffee and juice. There were some changes to this, such as croissants and only either ham or cheese, based on their supplies. Dinners were very sufficient, as I found out by accident! On my first night, I thought I was just getting a bowl of pasta bolognaise, but the waitress told me there were 2 more courses to come! They served a lot of chicken (!), and the food was basic (ie. a couple of scoops of ice cream for dessert), but it was all well-cooked and tasty. I always thought it was odd that Don Pepe, which is run by the same people as the hostal, was a pizza restaurant, but we never got any pizza! On the last night, I skipped my main course, as the starter of tuna lasagne was enormous! A highlight for me was the wonderfully light tiramisu.
The hostal was situated right in the heart of the 'restaurants and bars' district of Cal D'Or, so the evenings are extremely noisy. As my room was at the front of the hotel, right on the main street, it was very hard to sleep most nights. Music, people chatting, parrots from the local bar, and this bloke who rode around on his very loud motorcycle. Then there would be a lull at around 2am, where the peace descended. Early in the morning, though, the road sweepers and leaf blowers would come down the street and make lots more noise. It was hard to sleep with the doors closed, due to the heat, so I would recommend moving to a room at the rear of the hostal, or take ear plugs!
As I have just mentioned the road sweepers, it is fair to say that Cala D'Or was extremely well looked after, and very beautiful. The beaches did get busy, but if you get there early, you'll be fine. I found that Cala D'Or was the prettiest and most peaceful beach, with the use of the Hotel Cala D'Or bar and restaurant. Sun loungers were about E5 each, with an additional charge of E2 for the parasols. Cala Gran was much more suited to people who wanted to take part in watersports, and there were more families at this beach. The loungers were 50 cents more expensive at this beach, too.
Food outside the resort was quite pricey for what it was. I only really had lunch out once, which was at the Hotel Cala D'Or restaurant - A tomato and mozzarella salad, which was basic, but refreshing. It was about E8.50, though. This seemed to be the same everywhere - You paid quite a bit for not a lot. There were lots of shops and supermarkets nearby to purchase food, though, although the hostal did not have a fridge in the room.
I would recommend a trip to Cala Llonga to look at the posh yachts and let yourself feel like a millionaire for a day! There are a lot of bars and restaurants here, including seafood restaurants.
There are a lot of 'English' or 'Irish' bars and restaurants at Cala D'Or, but that's true of anywhere abroad nowadays. It's not a personal like of mine, but this is only my opinion. I did, however, come across a real find - Jumble, a second-hand charity shop run by a lovely English couple, which is great for picking up books, DVDs, and all sorts of clothes and nick-nacks. I donated some of my books when I left, as well as a couple of other things. This shop was only a short walk up the hill from the hostal.
To summarise, I think the only thing I wasn't happy with was the noise (which wasn't the fault of the hostal itself), and I think, next time, I would book a room in a hotel with a pool. I am funny about sand and going in the sea, though!!
The Hostal Talamanca was a friendly, sweet hostal with basic but functioning amenities, and a generally good location for all of the shops, restaurants and bars nearby. I would recommend this hostal to solo travellers, families and couples alike.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled solo
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Reviewed 27 October 2009

We have just returned from a last minute bargain break in Cala D'Or and had a wonderful (if more expensive than expected) time.
The area is very pretty and Cala D'Or, with it's many family friendly coves and beaches, was superb. We stayed at the Hostal Talamanca - very very basic - but clean. The food was terrible so we opted to eat out daily, easy to do as the hostal is in a perfect central location.
Our favourite restaurant was called Barlovento, mid price-range and a lovely menu and we found a bar called the Little Tavern, run by a super English couple called Deb and Steve who gave us all the info we needed about where to go and how to get there.
The 4hr trip to Porto Colom on the Starfish glass bottomed boat (20 euros) was a totally relaxing experience and Palma was fun on the bus for 15 euros return fare. There are several little trains to take you around the area, the best is the orange and white one which also gives you the longest ride.
We suffered, the same as all the visitors from England, with the fall of the pound to euro value, which made it more expensive than central London and arriving as we did, late in October, meant that several places were closed, or closing, but we had the best holiday for ages and I would highly recommend Cala D'Or.

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Reviewed 28 August 2017
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  • Stayed: August 2017, travelled with friends
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Stayed: August 2017, travelled with friends
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Stayed: July 2016, travelled as a couple
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