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Barcelo Illetas Albatros
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Paseo de Illetas 15, 07181 Calvia, Majorca, Spain   |  
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Ranked #17 of 177 hotels in Calvia
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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“Water water everywhere”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2013

Great Hotel in a fabulous position with a few minor buts.
Really enjoyed our 6 night stay. Make sure to book a front, sea view superior double room. Fantastic sea and pool views. Choose your most intimate partner to share with as the bathroom facilities are fairly open plan.
Pool area was good with plenty of sunbeds. Claiming a sunbed by planting your towel at some ungodly hour is strictly forbidden.
Food is first class with excellent variety at breakfast and the same standard at lunchtime and evening.
There is a spa which was a bit disappointing. The indoor pool and sauna can only be used if you book massage therapy. The sauna was out of order and the facility was closed on Mondays although the hotel publicity stated it was open 7 days.
Quiet location but close enough to other more lively resorts.
Very expensive hotel car parking at 14.50 Euros per day.
It felt a bit like a money pit as the safe was chargeable and coffee in the bedroom was about £3 a cup
The WIFi was at best, unreliable.
Overall, this was a very enjoyable break but the Hotel needs to smarten up on some of their communication skills.
I will definitely return to enjoy the many excellent things about this Hotel.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Barceloilletas, Gerente at Barcelo Illetas Albatros, responded to this review, September 24, 2013
Dear Guest.

First of all I want to thank you for taking the time to write your experience in our hotel.

Constructive comments from our customers help other customers get an idea of our hotel and its services while allowing us to identify potential opportunities to improve our services.

Thank you for you nice comments about our facilities. However, we would like to clarify that our spa circuit is opened and free of charge for all of our customers, and opened 7 days. We regret the inconveniences for the technical problem at our Sauna during your stay.

It was a pleasure to have you stay with us and we hope to see you soon in our Hotel in the near future,

Yours Sincerely,

Jacobo Álvarez
General Manager
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Paris, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2013

Recently renovated, the hotel is on the minimalist side. Very nice lobby, but rather small rooms with 1/3 of the space taken by in-room open bathroom, quite uncomfortable when not sharing with your partner. But don't count on amenities to travel light: they do not get replaced. There is not even a box of tissues. And be careful and don't come with too much to wear: it has been designed for just an overnight stay unless you don't mind keeping everything in your suitcase. And there's no place to put it, so be ready to have to duck into it on the floor. No drawers, shelves. Not even a table and a chair. Just an exceptionnally comfortable and very large bed. Side sea view means means a unique view of the public parking where all the large rubbish containers are. Everyday, you can hear bottles being thrown and especially those consumed by the hotel clients. And there are some... As for the pool be prepared to lay down like sardines in a can, side to side, among smokers, loud all-day drinkers, with no space between lounge chairs. You may prefer the rocks, which is a public path, where some some chairs are available very early in the morning or late in the afternoon. Access to the sea is difficult, and the ladder slippery. The little beach you see in the pictures is minuscule and in the shade most of the day. Very nice breakfast, on the terrace overlooking the sea and pool, with "live cooking" for fresh eggs and pancakes, and a tantalizing selection of food. Although it is quite surprising that in the country of oranges, you can only get a rather chemical juice. It would have been nice to be able to squeeze fresh ones.
The food is very good, at the buffet as well as at the "a la carte" restaurant. Fresh produce, refined recipes. Excellent selection of local wines. But what really deserves a special mention is all the people who work at the Hotel. They are all exceptionnally nice, warm, helpful, in a good mood, always ready to do something for you. There are no words to congratulate them all, from the charming ladies (and gents) at the reception, to the very nice cleaning ladies, without forgetting all the waiters and maitre d. at the restaurants, so helpful and professional, doing a great job. And the so efficient, joyful, friendly and sweet girls at the pool.
A great place to spend a few days if you don't mind minimalism, some noise and little space. Overlooking the bay of Palma. Very close to the city and the airport. A city escape by the sea.

Room Tip: Ask for a sea view for larger rooms, beautiful view and to avoid street noise. But there are just a...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Barceloilletas, Gerente at Barcelo Illetas Albatros, responded to this review, September 24, 2013
Dear Guest,

First of all we would like to thank you for taking the time to share with us your personal experience in Hotel Barcelo Illetas Albatros.

We would like to clarify that the hotel was renovated in 2010 offering to our guest attractive an functional rooms, we regret that we haven´t met your expectation.

We are happy to know that you have enjoyed our Restaurants, it is always a pleasure to see that our guests have enjoyed the service and food offered in our Hotel.

Thank you very much for your kind comments to our staff is very important for us to know that efforts are rewarded with these words.

It was a pleasure to have you stay with us and we would like to welcome you to our Hotel in the near future.

Yours sincerely,

Jacobo Álvarez
General Manager
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Twickenham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

Great 5 day stay in cool, chic hotel. Rooms are very comfortable - didn't think too small - and the beds - at least in our superior double were huge. All the staff were exceptionally friendly and very efficient. Superb location, great pool (with amazing floating beanbags) and a quaint, private beach. Worth renting the kayaks for a trip along the coast too. For a chic, people watching, sun-bathing, book reading slice of pampering this was a great 5 day break. We both felt looked after and totally refreshed after our stay.

Room Tip: Higher rooms have a better view of the sea. Try for rooms near sea rather than the road.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Barceloilletas, Gerente at Barcelo Illetas Albatros, responded to this review, September 6, 2013
Dear Guest,

First of all, we would like to thank you for the time spent writing your comments about our Hotel.

It´s great to know that our hotel was the perfect place to recharge batteries. We are very grateful for your opinions what makes our efforts to improve are recognized.

Yours sincerely,

Jacobo Álvarez
General Manager
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Swansea, United Kingdom
1 review
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2013

Lovely hotel. Good facilities in room. Had booked a side sea view room and what a lovely surprise to find a sea view room with Jacuzzi waiting for us. After a days sightseeing and shopping in Palma another thoughtful surprise awaited in our room with a card and cake for my wife's birthday set out in our room. Breakfast buffet lovely and staff in pool area very attentive as well as reception staff. Overall stay wonderful and would definitely recommend a visit.

Room Tip: No 3 bus to Palma every 15 minutes up to midnight 1.5 Euro per person. Excellent value. Get a sea vi...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Barceloilletas, Gerente at Barcelo Illetas Albatros, responded to this review, September 6, 2013
Dear Guest,

We are very happy to read your kind review about your experience in Barceló Illetas Albatros.

It is very important for us to know that your wife´s surprise has been a success and that you have enjoyed our rooms and facilities.

It was a pleasure to have you stay with us and we hope to see you soon in our Hotel in the near future.

Yours sincerely,

Jacobo Álvarez
General Manager
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Hale, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

We stayed at the Albatros as we were at a friends party in Mallorca
I would advise for any length of time to ask for a suite but definitely a sea view. The rooms are small otherwise. They are clean but clinical in appearance. Our suite had only 1 waste bin. Our sheets and towels had holes or rips in. There was wifi in the rooms but it was slow
I arrived in a foot cast and the hotel was able to lend me a wheelchair and I found the staff to be very helpful. The food......we sampled lunch and breakfast....was very good. Cooked to order and delicious. The pool and small beach area was also good
We have stayed in far more expensive hotels but didn't feel this merited the overall price tag

Room Tip: Suite have the sun and room
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Barceloilletas, Gerente at Barcelo Illetas Albatros, responded to this review, August 29, 2013
Dear Guest,

First of all, thank you very much for your kind comments about our hotel facilities.
We appreciate your constructive criticism as it is important to know what can we improve. We will take into consideration all your comments about the rooms and we would like to inform you, that the Housekeeper Manager has been informed about it in order to improve our service.

Regarding your remarks about the food, is always a pleasure to see that our guests have enjoyed our Restaurants, especially our show cooking.

Do not hesitate to contact us in order to book for a possible next stay with us. We will be very happy to assist you.

Yours sincerely,

Jacobo Álvarez
General Manager
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Frankfurt, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013

hotel is located south-west of palma, approx a 10min drive from palma's cathedral or 20mins drive via the motorway from the airport. Its located directly on the coast in a small village named illetas. rooms are newly renovated but very small, thus with a minimalistic design only, saying this the interior is reduced to an absolutely minimum without any furniture except of the beds. make sure to book a room with a balcony and full seaview, otherwise you'll get a room without a balcony facing the next building. rooms are badly soundproofed towards the hallway.
the hotel offers an indoor swimming&whirlpool, aswell as a large outdoor pool surrounded by many sundbeds. there's also a chance to comfortably access the ocean. its great that it is not allowed to block sunbeds at all. if staff realizes that sunbeds are blocked, they'll remove towels after some time...at least they say so. its also great, that this hotel is adults only!!so no noisdy kids are allowed, which is great for an releaxing atmosphere. staff is very attentive and also serves the pool area so that you could order drinks and/or food directly from your sunbed.
there's an extensive breakfast bufeet offering all kinds of food from various types of bread, a live cooking for scrambled eggs or similar, different juices, many types of coffee and tea etc.
its a great 4-star hotel in a perfect location and a good value for money.

Room Tip: make sure you have a reservation for a view with direct seaview incl. balcony.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Barceloilletas, Gerente at Barcelo Illetas Albatros, responded to this review, August 29, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you for publishing your feedback regarding your experience in our hotel.
We will pass along your praise to the hotel’s entire staff. That you had a good experience at our hotel is our greatest pleasure, and it’s the reason why we work so hard every day.

We hope to see you again in the near future.

Yours sincerely,

Jacobo Álvarez
General Manager
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Stockholm, Sweden
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72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013

First of all - the staff is great! Friendly, helpful and fast.

The hotel is situated in Illetas, a bit of the more luxury side of Palma. Still the area is not my favorite in Palma. Not so many good restaurants ant if you want good sand beaches you have to walk a bit or take the bus. WIth this said the area is calm and the hotel has a great pool and you can swim in the ocean from cliffs on a private part at the hotel. The adults only is a blessing when you are at the pool - so quite and peaceful!

The hotel restaurant has a good breakfast and okay lunch.

The rooms are big and "trendy" which means bright white lamps, not enough table space and shower leaking into the room. Good and comfortable beds and spotless cleaning. Could use a better AC.

Bus 3 takes you to Palma in approx 30 minutes and it leaves just outside the hotels every 10 minutes.

Over all we had a good stay but I would expect a bit more for that prize as I have had at other hotels in the area.

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Barceloilletas, Gerente at Barcelo Illetas Albatros, responded to this review, August 16, 2013
Dear Guest,

First of all, we would like to thank you for the time spent writing your comments about our Staff, who are given the best service, even though the high volume of work during this high season.

We are very happy to see that you have enjoyed the Breakfast, our variety of fruit, assorted bakery and a show cooking with personal ready to prepared hot dishes as your choice, make our Mediterranean Restaurant one of the most attractive places at the Hotel.

Regarding your comments about our prices, we consider that are suitable for a 4 stars Hotel at the Coast of Palma, in any case, we will take note of all your comments and suggestions.

It was a pleasure to have you with us and we hope to see you soon in our Hotel in the near future.

Kind regards,

Jacobo Álvarez
General Manager
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Additional Information about Barcelo Illetas Albatros

Address: Paseo de Illetas 15, 07181 Calvia, Majorca, Spain
Location: Spain > Balearic Islands > Majorca > Calvia
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#6 Spa Hotel in Calvia
#9 Romantic Hotel in Calvia
#11 On the Beach Hotel in Calvia
#12 Luxury Hotel in Calvia
#17 Family Hotel in Calvia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Barcelo Illetas Albatros 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The hotel is an avant-garde only for adults only, located in Palma Bay, in the quiet coastal area of ​​Illetas and the city centre, and only 14 km from the airpor and has direct access to a natural cove.Is the perfect choice for couples or business trips. It is also ideal for golf lovers, as the nearest course is just 1.2 km away. The hotel offers a new concept in rooms, the B-Room, which is characterised by its design, comfort and cutting-edge technology. In addition, guests can enjoy free Wi-Fi connection in the communal areas as well as in their rooms. The hotel has a stunning terrace with views of the bay. The gardens have panoramic views, offering a unique setting for your stay and celebrations. The hotel offers fantastic facilities: 2 outdoor pools and an open-air Jacuzzi, a Spa with swimming pool and heated saltwater Jacuzzi. Also on offer is a Turkish bath, relaxation area, pressure shower, beauty treatment room and massage room with sea views, as well as a fully-equipped fitness room. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Barcelo Albatros Hotel Calvia
Barcelo Hotel Albatros
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