We really enjoyed our stay at the Valentin Star.
I've had a look at some of the negative reviews and can't relate to the bad experiences detailed there. For example, everything was well organised by the holiday company we travelled with and there were no glitches. I don't have any major complaints.
We have no obvious complaints about quality or variety of food for breakfast or the evening meals. Food is quite a subjective topic. I can be very fussy about what I eat; and I'm a competent cook, so I can be very critical of what others cook for me, but I always ate well at Valentin Star. The food was tasty. The desserts were tempting. I enjoyed sampling all sorts of different things.
Ambiance and amenities
It's a quiet, adult-oriented hotel. The environment is very relaxing and pleasant. It's kept in very good order and although it's a little dated in places, the decor and communal areas are neat and tidy. My mum, with whom I was travelling, has limited mobility but she managed her way around the hotel. There are ramps to get up and down to different parts of the hotel and generally, because we were there at the end of the season, we didn't have to wait for the lift. I wouldn't say it was the best hotel for those with limited mobility because it's rather large and spread out - but that's a minor quibble.
As is my quibble about the restaurant. It's not ideally situated because it's "outside" the hotel and by the pool, so you have to go out of the main building to get there but there's not much that can be done about the design and layout now (!).
The pool area is very nice and, once again, because it was the end of the season there wasn't any problem getting somewhere to sit and lounge.
The rooms are spacious and clean. The balconies/terraces aren't very big and don't all have good views (we were overlooking the road but some appeared to have just a hedge or not much of a view at all). The rooms have a small fridge, tea and coffee making facilities, plus robes, slippers and complimentary toiletries in the bathrooms (this is a big step up for me because I've stayed in a couple of hostels around Europe!). There is efficient air conditioning but we weren't interested because we can tolerate the heat. And boy, did we get some heat. The weather was first rate - which is exactly what we came for. Earlier in the season I imagine it was perhaps not so wonderful.
The daily programme of entertainment wasn't particularly inspiring and nor was the evening entertainment - but that's par for the course!
Staff and personnel
The staff, especially the restaurant staff and the manager, are lovely and very helpful.
Cala 'n' Bosch in October, the end of the season, is still a lovely place to visit. The hotel is close to the bus stop that will take you into the nearest major town, Ciutadella. There's also a small shopping complex, restaurants, bars and the marina within easy walking distance (less than 5 minutes). The beaches at Cala 'n' Bosch and San Xoriguer are easy walking distance away, very clean and very pretty.
To get further afield, there are lots of car hire companies with deals that are reasonably priced, close to the hotel. It's not a big island, so the hotel is quite a good base to use to travel anywhere (even at a relatively low maximum legal speed): it's easy and fairly quick to get around.
I know that there is a wide variation in quality in four star hotels on the continent but this is definitely one of the better four star hotels that I've stayed in.
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- Also Known As:
- Valentin Star Resort
- Hotel Valentin Star
- Valentin Star Menorca
- Valentin Star Hotel Minorca, Spain