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“Maybe a good choice for stags and hens!” 3 of 5 stars
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Ola Club Panama
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Cl Paris 4, 07181 Palmanova, Calvia, Majorca, Spain   |  
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Ranked #30 of 39 Hotels in Palmanova
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“Maybe a good choice for stags and hens!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2009

Originally I was looking to return to C'an Pastilla for this holiday but the Hotel Leo became very expensive, so after a re-think we opted for the Ola Club Panama in Palma Nova. We booked through Alpharooms about three weeks in advance. It worked out for us £21 each per day All-Inclusive so we thought it a very good deal. I searched many hotel sites and alpharooms were definitely the cheapest for our duration, and not by a small margin.

Arriving at the hotel, it looks very dated and tired, compared to other hotels in the immediate vicinity which are of the same age, and look much better maintained. 18 steps from the street down into reception - no ramp for disabled guests, so DO NOT book if you are at all infirm. The reception area is quite dark during the day, due to it being below street level. The staff speak firstly to you in French but they get to know you and greet you in English after that. Check-In was quick. Reception were efficient and helpful and pointed out the all-inclusive features and gave us wrist-bands and our room keys. I had asked for a high floor, I was given the 1st floor. The 1st floor is actually the second floor, due to reception being below groun d and the next floor is B-floor, then 1st, 2nd, 3rd and so on. There are 6 steps up from reception to the lifts, again no ramps. A lot of previous reviews mention the steps around the hotel, however I'd like to point out also, a lot of the steps do not have hand-rails, including the main stairwells!

The room is large. They have had a bit of money spent on them, nice comfy double bed, and a sofa bed. We had a fridge, free of charge also. A lack of drawer space, but some shelving and plenty of hangers in the wardrobe do suffice. TV with CNN and BBC World, Air-Con (high season), would have been great to have. In May it got very close at night and it was hard to sleep. Bathroom is a bit on the small side but nicely tiled and a very powerful shower. Maids change your towels when you leave them in the shower tray, not on the towel rail. The Sliding balcony door did not look so secure, the locking mechanism barely latched. A safe is provided so you can protect your property. The balcony was quite large and the vast majority of the rooms face on the main road outside the hotel.Our room was directly above a bar called Pub Amigos, which seemed very loud at 2 am, to say only two tables were occupied . I found most of the guests on the lower floor were Brits, it seemed the higher floors and better views were reserved for the French

I would say that although in the past reviews have said this is a very French hotel, I found that maybe its half and half now. The Brits arrived in larger groups and really took advantage. Hens and Stags are just seeming to latch onto this hotel as a cheaper All-Inclusive option and still close enough to Magaluf for thier antics. Quite a few single sex groups, some just taking things to the extreme without consideration to others.

All of the activities were run by a French Animation team, but they do try to get you included, which seldom happened. The evening shows were in some cases quite odd. Someone wearing a nappy and spitting water at someone else, seemed to have the French in hysterics. The self-service bar was open from 10:00-23:00, They had quite and extensive range of spirits and mixers, it was possible to make your own cocktails. I would advise you to take your own re-usable plastic glass, as the hotel only provide tiny disposible ones. Sangria, white, red and rose wine is available on tap, along with beer on draught. There are also two slush machines. The snack bar consists of sliced bread, cheese slices, salami and tomatoes. Croissants, biscuits, donuts and two trays of crisps. You can also get small tubs of Ice cream from the freezer behind the snack bar.

Restaurant meals were good. Breakfast allowed for all tastes and fried eggs which were cooked properly were a bonus. The scrambled egg though was foul. There where charaf's available to fill with the wine of your choice for lunch and dinner. Food even for a picky eater like me was very good. We got our money back in food alone. Each sitting had a good choice, yes the dining room was a bit functional and canteen like but we did not pay 4* prices. It can be hard to get seated at most sittings, as I dont think the restaurant is really sized in line with the hotel. This seems to be the case with all of the public areas, which should have some money spent on them.

There is a min-golf course at the front of the hotel, but from a health and safety point of view it should be closed, no rails and its very easy for little kids to have an accident. The pool however did have a life-guard all day while the pool was open. The pool was clean but in need of some tiling in parts.

The location is excellent. only three minutes walk from the front of Palma Nova, passing one of the main bars - Banana Joes along the way. The beaches are beautifully clean and it made for a nice walk. We were there over Europa Day, when they closed a portion of the road off and had staffs set up and live music. It was probably the best day we had there. Went to Stadium bar but even though it says there are smoking and non-smoking areas, I still felt choked, and I found the manager rude as I was stood looking for a somewhere we could all sit together he asked me what I was drinking, I told him once I was seated I'd get something, his reply was, "well you could be stood there for half an hour!" A sign above the bar says all patrons must buy a drink, children included. The two acts we saw were Queen, very good and Abba Mia, hmmmmm! I would not go to the Stadium bar again.

Monroes bar, around the bay towards Magaluf was a bit better but mainly for the older clientel I felt.

Overall, I liked the location and the self-service All-Inclusive was good. The food was edible and fresh, so no complaints there. I just feel this is not a holiday hotel, it is a short-break single sex getaway hotel, with French familes on the side.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2009

just returned from 3 night stay ,could not fault hotel .The food was delicious each meal ,good choice hot and cold always veggie meal on.the staff were pleasant and helpful the french predominated the hotel but found them extremely friendly and they tried hard to socialise when taking part in hotel activities.Animation team di well to keep everything swinging along.The bar was great!!!! help yourself to everything no bar staff ,just topping up the bottles,but no one spoilt it by getting paraletic even the young lads and girls there,but could be different in the heart of summer,only one problem youngsters coming back in early hours being noisy,but you can get that any where.we are going back later in the year,so that says it all.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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newcastle
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2009

my wife and i stayed here 3 till 8 may 2009 staff did not even speak to us whole time mostly french it is a french hotel u coulndt find anyone to talk to they all just ignored u guests as well as staff food plenty hotel and rooms clean snacks crisps cheese slices bread and doghnuts when leaving no one said a word never had that before good bar next door would not stay here again

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2009

just got back, 7th May.
Location... oppisite Don Bigote hotel , 1 min walk from banana joe's bar, 15 min walk to Prince william bar & the main Magaluf Strip. 10 min walk to Golf Fantazia, 30 min walk to water parks (5min in cab), 1 min walk to beach 1 min walk to tabacos shop.

Rooms are large, TV + fridge + hairdryer, thick curtains to block sun, lots of spare blankets, shower nice and powerfull, cleaned daily, swipe keys for doors so no hassel if loose keys.

food, breakfast 8-10 lunch 12.30 - 2.30 eve meal 7-9 not a large selection, but enough not to moan about it, 1st bar a typical all inclusive salad bar, 2nd bar is bread/soup 3rd bar main meals always a pasta dish, fish dish, chips, and a meal dish, 4th bar is deserts always a few cakes, cheese, fruit, jelly, and you help your self to drinks in resturant.

All inclusive bar, this is great idea just help your self all bottles are on the side 1 member of bar team just putting new bottles out when empty, lots of choice also + lots of soft drinks... longest que i had was 20 seconds "fantastic"

entertainment was ok, magic shows, Duo's, and normal hotel reps doing the kiddys club etc. beware all inclusive finishes at 11pm. and not a big seating area.

snack bar was poor :-( only item on table every day was bread and u put in your choice of salami or cheese!!! had a few cakes on it also, but lots of crisps and nuts which was a bonus.

Pool area, dont always expect a sunbed but like any all inclusive place, just get there early and you will get one, pool decent size with good slide but lots of tables there.

Internet available 1 euro 10 mins,

overall it was nice and clean very friendly staff, when i was there 50% brits 50 % french no problems at all though. i would recomeend this hotel for any age as it had a large mix.
not to much to do for kiddys though.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2009

We have just returned from a 6 night stay, not too bad but I dont think I would want to go back. To start the week was quiet apart from the two lould women in the next room who were told in no uncertain terms on the second night at 1am to shut up, but as the week went on and the hotel begain to fill up we found that we didnt want to be around the hotel during the day. If you wanted a sun bed you had to be up very early! On the Thursday a stag party arived, say no more. The food was quite good really, you wouldnt starve put it that way. We left on May 2nd just as a lot of very loud British arrived much to the dismay of the French I think, and I agree, it was time to go home!
Would I go back there? No I dont think so, shame really its a nice enough hotel, shame about the way some of the guests (BRITISH) conduct themselves.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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northumberland
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2008

Have just returned from a 5 night suposedly relaxing break,ha ha very noisy .The hotel itself is fine,food excellent .Only a couple of problems,firstly we were delighted to have room overlooking the pool area ,ahha what adisaster that was from 11pm onwards .Been british ourselves was an embarrasment ,the allinclusive drinks finnish at 11pm,you are only supposed to get 2 drinks at a time but every night just before 11 you would see the same ones go to the bar to fill their drinks up which most of the time meant one person filling 60 drinks on 2 trays.Then you got the noise swearing and loud chants ,the so called fun team even joined in one night which ended up with them jumping in the pool .We complained to the night time receptionest who was an older man he told us that they will not take any notice of me when i ask them to come inside to finnish off their drinks.It was so bad on at least 3 nights he phoned the police to come and see to them .We aslo spoke to the hotel manager who shrugged his shoulders and said he would sort it but it still the same the next night and no appologies or even a sorry off him .The noise went on most nights till 130 and later .SO BEWARE IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR A REALXING BREAK THIS IS NOT THE PLACE TO STAY AND DEFINATELY NOT IN A ROOM OVERLOOKING THE POOL AREA NO WAY .OH the french people are very nice even if they do not understand you

  • Liked — the jacuzi
  • Disliked — the noise at night
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2008

We were a party of four seniors ,had two lovely rooms overlooking pool ,rooms very spacious with large balcony , we had fridge ,TV , hairdryer nice bath & shower ,cleaned daily .
All inclusive with bar and snacks 10-30 am until 11-00 pm ,help yourself to all local spirits & beers & wines ,empty bottles replaced almost at once ,OK it was plastic glasses to drink out of , a free bar could never work if you had to use glass for safety reasons. restaurant had a great choice of hot & cold food all three meal times , nice pool with water chute for kids ,fun team to organise the during day , shooting , archery , bowls etc for adults ,fitness centre for the athletic ,Staff very friendly ,don,t be put off by it being mostly French residents , we and others mixed in quite well , entertainment at night could be a lot better ,lets the hotel down a bit , one point is that due to steps into the hotel and out to the pool , I would not recommend it for wheelchair users and people with walking problems . we enjoyed it !!!

Stayed September 2008
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Address: Cl Paris 4, 07181 Palmanova, Calvia, Majorca, Spain
Location: Spain > Balearic Islands > Majorca > Calvia > Palmanova
Amenities:
Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #30 of 39 Hotels in Palmanova
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Ola Club Panama 3*
Number of rooms: 190
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Ola Club Panama is an All Inclusive hotel, located in Palmanova, not faraway from a beautiful Beach, where you can rest by the sea and play nautical sports..Palmanova is a tourist resort with lots of leisure facilities, like a water park, the dolphins show at Marineland, tennis clubs, go-carting and much more. At night, a wide choice of restaurants, shops, bars and discos let you to enjoy a lively atmosphere ... more   less 
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