I stayed at Hotel Tropico from the 26/7/14 till the 2/8/14 with my mum and 7 year old sister.
During our stay, we did not see any problems regarding hygiene, however cleanliness (especially of the corridors, rooms and pool area) was an issue throughout our visit. When you come back from the beach, covered in sand, you would expect the maids to clean the floor? At a minimum give it a quick sweep, right? They cleaned the floor after our first visit to the beach, then never again for the rest of the week. We were using towels as stepping-stones in an attempt to keep our feet away from the sand.
Dinner is a typical, simple and repetitive buffet that we endured for the 7 nights we were there. However, once you are used to the sometimes cold chips and 4 meat/fish options, it does become bearable and you sometimes question if it is that bad. The kitchen and waiting staff are very polite and are all very, very good with young children. My younger sister had surges of excitement every mealtime as to what employee would clear our table - she usually longed to see Pedro. Pedro is the by far one of the best members of hotel staff; he loves every single 'prince' and 'princess'.
The pool area is somewhere we only managed to spend 45 minutes for our whole stay. It is relatively tidy although the pool is small and you will have a job to find a sunbed out of the shade - most of the loungers are directly below the looming shadow of the two hotel blocks. The 'snacks' are three different types of sandwiches, of which are soggy if they have salad cream in.
The entertainment doesn't live up to its name. Although some of the tribute acts are mildly amusing, most of the time you will find it difficult to stay watching until 11pm. One of the most dreadful 'performances' is from the 'DJ', where he plays bad quality music for an hour; dancing around like he's also on the dancefloor. We watched:
-ABBA tribute by two women
-'Claudia', a tribute to Diana Ross, ABBA, Adele and more.
-The 'DJ', two nights.
-A night where a man of Spanish descent came in and played the Wii with around 4/5 members of the audience.
The reception staff of the hotel are not the politest people nor the most helpful, however they are kind and considerate. They are good sellers of the WiFi (20 euros for the week) and a safe (18 euros for the week). If you are not willing to pay for WiFi, there is a McDonald's less than 100 yards from the hotel which I believe does offer WiFi.
If you booked your stay relatively late, it is very, very likely you will not have a sea-view room. Especially if you are given any room ending in 11-19. You will look out onto a brick wall, with a path running directly outside of your hotel room - you are stripped of feeling any security.
The location is stupendous. You are less than a minute's walk from the beach and you can get 3 sunbeds for 18 euros for the full day - a brilliant investment considering the temperature of the sand. There is a supermarket next door where you can get a big bottle of cold water for 1 euro, however the water will not stay cool as there is no fridge in your room. There is a British run cafe adjacent which does amazing food (especially bacon and cheese baguettes).
Overall, a good location with beach views from a standard hotel with basic yet clean facilities. Great souvenir and beach shops and even bars and clubs in walking distance. Not recomended for families, but would suit most needs for teens, adults and couples.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hotel Tropico is a fabulous waterfront family hotel for beach lovers. Its facilities and activities are specially designed to provide our guests with plenty of fun experiences. Gran Isla Hotels, the boutique hotel chain that operates this charming complex, is unique in giving the "personal" touch in their establishments that only a small chain can give. Our main objective is to provide our guests with an unforgettable summer holiday. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Tropico Playa Hotel
- Tropico Playa Palma Nova
- Hotel Tropico Playa Palmanova, Majorca