Overall a very good experience at the Talayot. Some called the rooms basic but to be honest I don't know what they wanted. You're in a reasonably priced 3 star hotel, and you have a telly (with a LOT more english channels than I was expecting! With BBC and all the rest, not like some places where you get like CNN news and that's it!) you have a lovely shower, a nice bathroom all round in fact, decent, comfortable beds, a ceiling fan that does a perfectly acceptable job. You have a fridge and tea & coffee making facilities, plenty of wardrobe space etc etc. The sea views were lovely! We didn't have a room on the front of the hotel, we were on the side, but since the hotel is literally the width of the average street from the sea, they're pretty much all sea view rooms, even though some people seem to find it impossible to turn to their left or right to actually get a sea view...
We both slept very well every night but one, when it was exceptionally hot and the humidity made sleeping very difficult. This can't be helped obviously and apart from this we found the beds to be very comfortable. However this is a very personal thing and so others might disagree with me.
And one other thing: Our room was absolutely spotless. I know it's a consideration for everyone, and some people can go way over the top on this issue, but I thought that the cleanliness of the Talayot was exceptional. Seriously, for the price we paid, and considering this hotel is 3*, we could not possibly have expected more from our room.
Now, other areas of the hotel:
What can I say, other than not bad at all! The bar I found to be very good. It was very reasonably priced compared to some hotel bars I have experienced before, and everything we got was very nice and a good standard. The guy who ran the bar (dead ringer for Manuel in Fawlty Towers) was a very friendly, outgoing but respectful; chatty and friendly but not overly so.
Our only real criticisms of the hotel (I can't even really call them criticisms, as they are purely a subject of tastes rather than anything else) was the entertainment on offer and the food.
I'll start with the food. We stayed on a half board basis, and had our tea in the hotel the first 2 nights of our stay. We just weren't that keen to be honest. We couldn't put our finger on why either. The staff in the dinging room were very good and very attentive, there was a decent selection, and things that were meant to be hot were hot, and things that were meant to be cold were cold. Again it was very clean. However after 2 nights of eating in the hotel, we just were not bothered about doing it again, and so we ate out the rest of the week. This is not an issue however, as you have a choice of various restaurants and bars serving food all day til and all evening, and when I say near the hotel, I mean literally a 2-3 minute walk from the hotel door, maximum. One other thing we were pleasantly surprised about was the prices and quality of these restaurants and bars. A particular favourite of ours was a little pizzeria with tables outside and a takeaway service called Carlo's. The pizzas here were among the best I've ever eaten and definitely worth having a go!!
A couple of doors along the promenade you have Brother Bears. This is a bar and restaurant where we stopped for a drink a few times (get their 2 for 1 offer, you won't be sorry, especially if you try their Pina Colada!) and they had unlimited ribs for only a few euro. As I said, both these places are a couple of minutes from the hotel.
The entertainment in the Talayot again wasn't really to our taste. We are in our mid-twenties, and the entertainment is aimed a little bit more at the older guests, with Bingo, dancing, and professional flamenco dancers brought in, so we would head off into Cala Millor to suit ourselves at one of the cocktail bars along the prom.
For those interested in pools, the one at Talayot is not a huge one like you may find at some hotels, but nor is it as small as many you see either. It is a perfectly adequate size for the amount of people who were using it while we were there, and they had plenty of space to swim. The whole pool area was spotless again, like the rest of the hotel, and kept in very good order. The sun loungers were in plentiful supply and in good condition, and the feel around the pool was relaxed and friendly, just like all the other public spaces in the hotel.
Location was also excellent. As I have already mentioned, you are the width of a street from the sea, and only a minute or so walk from bars and restaurants in either direction along the sea front.
All in all I recommend the Talayot very highly indeed. If you're looking for clubbing and action, steer well clear of this place and Cala Millor altogether, but if you're after a clean, decent hotel with an all round good vibe about the place at a very reasonable price, then you could do a LOT worse than to give Talayot a go. We were assured that they get a load of repeat custom, and that is generally a good sign for any hotel in my book. Barring the food, which I already said was a personal taste thing, not a comment on the hotel, I've not had a nicer hotel at this star rating and price.
As for the food, I'll let you make up your own mind.
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- Talayot Hotel Cala Millor
- Talayot Cala Millor
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