Stayed at the Son Baulo at the end of May/beginning of June 2012.
Reception staff were very pleasant and check-in was very fast. We had a top floor sea view room. The room was clean and bright with a superb view over the beach. The room door did look a bit unsecure as though it had previously had a break in but that is the only small negative that we had room wise. Beds were comfortable enough. The shower in the bathroom was really just like a hair wash type unit but, again, it did it's job and this is a three star establishment.
Food was very good and certainly just as good as or even better than some four star hotels we have stayed in. It was nice to see some thick chunky bacon for breakfast instead of the usual thin wisps of fat usually found in foreign hotels. Choice was not enormous but quite enough to cater for most, other than the really fussy people who should perhaps try a five star to meet their requirements.
Sunbeds were never a problem although some were rather old and uncomfortable so chose carefully. Quite noisy if you got near the pool with all the kids but you could always walk across to the beach if that worries you. The pool is relatively small.
You have to pay for everything in the hotel with cash. The waiters are mainly happy people and that was a pleasure in itself. No charging to the room though so you will need to budget for that. Prices within the hotel are quite reasonable however and if you really want some bargains just go outside to the Crazy Horse bar where you can get a pint of San Miguel for €1.50 or slightly further on try Scandals who also have good prices. If you go further into Ca'n Picafort you will find that prices do rise quite considerably.
Warning - this is very much a kids hotel. If you don't like kids then don't go. The Thomson kids reps seemed to work very hard during the day and mainly were still taking part in the kids disco at 8.30pm. After the disco there is the inevitable Bingo followed by a cabaret act. We saw two or three quite reasonable tribute acts during our 11 night stay but if you are hoping for any adult time for dancing etc then forget it as kids rule all night. You can always go to the Thomson Gold Hotel Picafort Park which is only a few streets away to get a bit more adult entertainment however. We escaped a few times to avoid, what appeared to be, some very weak offerings at the Son Baulo.
The hotel is right on the beach and on one side there is a river with a natural area on it’s opposite bank. We did go for a walk through the natural area but it was quite hard work as you are walking on sand most of the time. Nice to see the birds and butterflies if you like that sort of thing.
In conclusion we had a great holiday at an excellent price in a three star hotel that surpassed itself. Not sure that we would like to pay the peak rate prices but then you could say that about many hotels I suppose. If you've got kids then this is the hotel for you.
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