My wife and I wanted a cheap getaway in the sun for 10 days and settled on the Monteverde as it was the cheapest holiday we came across. I didn't check tripadvisor prior to booking, only afterwards. If I had taken notice of all the bad reviews we would have missed out on a good holiday.
The hotel, I have been told, is 50+ years old and to be honest she is showing her age a bit, but the rooms were cleaned daily, sheets changed weekly (more often than ours are at home) but the rooms are adequate if not luxurious. Our room on the 5th floor overlooked the pool area so was a bit noisy on a night. However I have to say this only affected us on the first night when we went up early and only went on until midnight after which it was quiet.
The management have switched off the air conditioning units in the rooms, presumably to save money, and travellers going in high season might find this a problem on a night. Travelling when we did in June, it did not present too much of a problem and fans were available to be rented from reception.
The pool area was OK, the pool was cleaned every morning and my only criticism is that might have benefitted from a few more sunbeds. When we went the pool bar was not open and we had to go down to the main bar for drinks. No real problem for us. The kids play area and mini golf course could do with some refurbishment but again no problem for us as we weren't travelling with children.
On to the food for which we had to go to the Santa Maria (next door), we found it to be edible and there was plenty of it. I admit the menu was limited but there was always choices and I never went hungry. Plenty of fresh fruit and salads available and if there was one thing I would have wanted (apart from proper bacon on a morning) it would have been a bit of ice cream. Apart from meal times, there was no other food available during the day apart from some rather dubious sandwiches served between 4 and 5 in the afternoon. Again not a problem for us as we ate 3 meals on the days we spent in the hotel, more than we would at home.
The all inclusive drinks at the bar went from 10 in the morning until 11 at night after which you could get a drink but had to pay for it. This might seem for some to be a bit early and if you are looking for an all night party venue, this isn't the place. We weren't and I never went to bed sober - job done.
What made the holiday for us was the people we met while we were there. People with the same attitude as us, looking for a break in the sun at low cost and willing to make the best of the facilities available. Was this the best hotel I have ever stayed in? No. Did I thoroughly enjoy my holiday? Yes.
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- Also Known As:
- Monteverde Hotel Porto Cristo, Majorca
- Monteverde Porto Cristo