My husband booked a trip to Porto Colom for my birthday at the end of April for 4 nights. He booked the El Vistamar but warned me that this wasn't going to be luxury accomodation as to what were usually accustomed but was standard, clean and in a lovely part of Menorca. I have to say I was extremely pleasantly surprised !! The accomodation although not luxurious served it's purpose, was clean, well located, a decent size bar with entertainment (although we ate out every night and only saw bits of the entertainment) and was well presented for what we paid.
The staff were all extremely efficient, accomodating and helpful which is always a bonus when wanting to know where to eat / hire a car etc. We were initially placed into a room which was next to the lift and when we mentioned that this was a little noisy, we were moved without question. We hired a car via reception which was also very painless. One form along with my driving license and the car was ready for me the next day (upgraded to a better model of vehicle as the one we wanted for the day was unavailable). If you pay for accomodation at these types of prices, what do people want - a palace ? I am quite a fussy person and I can honestly say that I enjoyed our stay and should we visit Porto Colom again, would definitely stay here again.
In terms of restaurants, I had the best meal I have EVER had in the Restaurant Colon along the main front (about 10 minutes walk from the hotel)...although expensive, (especially with the cost of the wines available), the food was FANTASTIC. Along with the beautiful ambience and the excellent service from the staff, it was an amazing meal which I would highly recommend going to if your staying in Porto Colom. They also have a bar next door - I can't remember the name but the comfy seating and the relaxed ambience was really nice and intimate.
Another restaurant which we would highly recommend if the SA Llotja (very contemporary) which is almost across from the Restaurant Colon. It has the optional attraction of outdoor terracing where you can sit overlooking the harbour (with outdoor heaters to take the chill off) which was really nice and a small but varied selection on the menu. The staff were very attentive and the food was again of a high standard.
Porto Colom itself is nice and quiet, especially around April time as the real tourists don't start until June time. There is no commercialism like there is with some of the other resorts we drove through and is nice and untouched in terms of traditional, quality eating establishments which I really enjoyed. If you like ENGLISH shops and bars, this isn't the place for you.
We got the bus one day to Palma and did the city tour bus day hopping through the city which was really nice. It took just over 2 hours from Porto Colom to Palma which was a bit of a trek but worth it. On our final evening we got a taxi to Cala D'Or which was full of restaurants and bars - again really nice for a change. Busier than Porto Colom but a lovely setting amongst the boats moored up. We ate in a lovely Italian (whose name escapes me) where they cooked some of the meats in front of you on hot plates - again lovely food and good service.
All in all I would highly recommend Porto Colom - if you want to see the real Menorca, untouched for a quiet few days away then this is the place to visit. A hidden gem !
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The OLA El Vistamar hotel enjoys a fabulous location in the bay of Porto Colom in Mallorca, with breathtaking views over the sea and this picturesque fishing village. Cala Marçal beach is about 800 metres from the hotel, nearby there are nice restaurants, bars, cafes and shops in the centre of Porto Colom.The rooms are elegantly decorated with Mediterranean style, all of which feature en-suite facilities, air conditioning in high season and a comfortably furnished balcony. . In addition to an inviting outdoor pool area there are also tennis courts, a fitness room, mini golf, a Jacuzzi, sauna and Turkish bath. All public areas are air conditioned and there is a free wi-fi area in the lobby. The restaurant offers a varied selection of buffet style meals for breakfast and dinner. You can enjoy snacks and drinks from the poolside bar whilst you relax on the sun terraces during the day. After the sun has gone down you can retire to the lounge bar for a few cocktails and occasional entertainment. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ola Hotel Porto Colom
- Ola El Vistamar
- Ola Hotel Vistamar
- OLA Hotel El Vistamar Porto Colom, Majorca