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Insotel Club Maryland
Ranked #11 of 31 Hotels in Formentera
Reviewed July 30, 2011

We spent 2 weeks in this hotel and enjoyed it very much. The hotel has a 3* rating, so do not expect luxury services. However, it has all you need to spend a nice holiday: comfortable bungalows (no air conditioning but fans), 2 swimming pools, excellent animation, good food selection in main restaurant, friendly staff, wonderful beach. Beware that the hotel stretches over a long strip of land so rooms can be very close to the reception but very far from the beach, main pool, restaurant. Consider also that access to the pool, restaurant and beach area is through a steep curvy trail (not so bad but tough if you are pulling a stroller!).
Good Miniclub activities. Kids can also play minigolf and other board games for free.
Adults can play tennis (rackets are available for no charge).
The hotel is very well served by local trasportation.
Wi-fi Internet connection is provided in the hotel lobby at a charge. Alternatively, you can use their computers for 1 euro every 10 mins.
I would definitely recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 13, 2011

Myself and a friend stayed here for 4 nights in early June. The accomadation is basic - but is very clean and set as a lovely village style amongst pine trees. Our board was bed + breakfast which was pleasant (the island offers so much good food, we wouldnt do anymore)...and the islands longest beach is on the door step. If your looking for luxury, then this probably isnt the hotel for you - but if you are someone who doesnt go on holiday to stay in the hotel room and just needs somewhere clean and pleasant to stay - i would definately recommend it...and wouldnt hesitate in booking here again in the future.

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed June 13, 2011

The service at reception was very good and the staff were friendly and helpful there. They did, however, not give us all of the information that we would have required at the start of our stay. One such piece of information was the fact that we could not buy drinks at the hotel's poolside bar! We were required to open an account or pay by credit card. Cash was no good! At the poolside bar when we tried to buy drinks they told us about the no cash policy but did not mention that we could use our credit card. All very confusing, and resulted in us walking over to the much nicer Riu Hotel and giving them our money instead. Seems like an unusual way to run a business?

The rooms are dated and basic, but we did find ours to be clean. The supermarket beside reception was well stocked and reasonably priced.

I can't really comment on the rest of the amenities as we hired a car for our stay and stayed away from the hotel as much as we could.

I wouldn't stay there again as I felt it was over priced for what you got and their policies on buying drinks was something that I found confusing and had never come across before.

  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank Agentkitten
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Reviewed August 18, 2010

We were with some friends and with childrens in Formentera during one week , This Club as a nevy nice location and beautifull gardens !!!
The Decoration on the rooms is very old , but very quiet - so you can rest !!!
The distance from the reception to the restaurant is about 800mtr , and if you have young child's could be dificult ....
Could be more secure , I've never seen security during my stay , and every one can enter on the Club .
Food is normal , since it is a All Inclusive Club .
The beach in the Hotel and swiming pool is ok , and the staff very nice

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled with family
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2  Thank didiLisbon
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Reviewed July 31, 2009

really good location, (playa mitjorn is the best in formentera).

370€ 2 nights with bfast included, very bad value, but the only Hotel available

Receptionist very kind and helpful

  • Stayed: July 2009, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank Alvaro1982
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Reviewed September 26, 2007

On our honeymoon, while visiting Barcelona, we decided to take an excursion to the highly recommended island of Formentera. We specifically requested a "muy Tranquilo" place where there weren't a lot of screaming kids - a romantic getaway...

When we arrived at our "All inclusive" Mar Y Land destination, and walked into our mildew smelling, bunk of a room, we were shocked to see two smaller than small twin beds with an ugly and old brown comforter. The room smelled like an old camp bunk.

Regardless, we ignored this awful fact- all we cared about was the beach. The one think that I will say - the water and the beach was beautiful - which was our only respite, because the rest was horrible.

1) Food - Let's Just say many of the buffet-style selections were unidentifiable. We are talking Camp mess hall stuff. Pure Crap. Gross, Gross, Gross. If you consider that you are in a vacation island off the coast of Spain, the least they could do would be to serve something other then raw french fries and fish sticks! There was no Jamon Iberica, more like old, brown cafeteria lunch meat.

2) Kids - This place should be called Camp Screaming Kiddie land. Bring all 7 kids that you have and let them run around the dining room and bother all the guests. They have these Counselors that group the kids together and march them through different areas, screaming in all different languages. This goes on until about 11 at night.

3) Beach - The Water is clear, the beach is beautiful. But beware- All inclusive does NOT include beach chairs on the actual beach. I belive they were 7 Euros each.

This is NOT, I repeat, NOT, a place for couples. Only people who are out to schlep their kids to a vacation. And most cared little about the privacy of other guests. Or about how loud their children were. I cannot believe how much we payed for this trip. Thank got for the Beautiful ocean and clear water which made our days worth it.....

  • Stayed: September 2007, traveled as a couple
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6  Thank avantgal74
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Reviewed November 20, 2006

We had spent 3 days larging it in Ibiza town and staying in a not very nice budget hotel and the plan was to go to Formentera, get a bit of luxury and relax into the rest of the holiday before returning to the UK.

We arrived at Club Maryland and saw the lovely reception and thought to ourselves that it was going to be a great few days. We were given the key to our room and arranged to meet our friends by the pool immediately after dumping our bags. Walking through the hotel complex, we started to realise this wasn't going to be what we thought it was.

As we progressed along the path, we saw various signs for 'theatre', 'disco', 'kids club' and then saw an over enthusiastic lanky teenager in uniform and matching baseball cap leading a group of 20 kids with tennis rackets along the path. When he saw us and our suitcases, he immediately instructed the kids in Italian to greet us. The kids shouted 'Benvenuto!!' in unison and carried on along the path. Bemused, we thought this was probably a family resort and not one that a group of 8 twenty somethings were going to find a great deal of fun in.

We arrived at the apartment and were horrified to find that it was tiny, dark, cramped and stank of stale, fusty, mouldy air. There were ants running around all over the floor and the kitchen and bathroom were so 1970's throwback it was unbelievable (orange tiles, mouldy shower curtain, rusty fridge, get the picture?). Now, I don't mind if somewhere is a little bit old fashioned if you're not paying much for the privilege, but we had paid £678 for a 4 night stay and certainly didn't expect such an awful standard of accommodation. We immediately complained to the reception and they agreed to send someone down to clean the room. 20 mins later a maid knocked at the door with an industrial sized can of air freshener and a can of insect spray. My partner was showering at the time so I asked her to come back in 10 mins. She seemed a bit bothered but she left. 5 mins later she knocked again and I said we weren't ready yet - but she started shouting in Spanish so we let her in. She proceeded to spray the whole apartment (top to bottom) with both the air freshener and insect spray, sending us both running into the open air coughing fits and gulping for air.

We went to meet the others by the pool and everyone had the same feeling as us, annoyed that we'd been conned into paying almost £700 upfront for a hotel that was clearly not up to scratch let alone the 4* luxury experience they'd led us to believe on the website. We all agreed it didn't matter, as long as we could have some peace and quiet and relax by the pool. It even didn't matter that all of the sunbeds were broken in the middle. And then the club reps started their DJing slot over the PA system by the pool. So we couldn't even relax, we had to listen to the sounds of the Spanish version of a Butlins style redcoat encouraging everyone to the darts competition followed by the Limbo contest....

Awful. Simply awful.

  • Stayed: August 2006, traveled with friends
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13  Thank London56
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Address: Playa de Migjorn, 07860, Formentera, Spain
Location: Spain > Balearic Islands > Formentera
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#8 On the Beach Hotel in Formentera
Price Range: $138 - $427 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Insotel Club Maryland 3*
Number of rooms: 325
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in Playa de Migjorn Formentera, we offer you a splendid holiday club ideal to enjoy with family, friends or your partner.The Club has bungalows built in typical Mediterranean style, is in a wonderful pine forest of over 100,000 m2 and has comfortable facilities and great gastronomy. The bungalows are not renovated and like apartments with a seperate bedroom and a lounge with 2 sofa beds, fan, fridge and microwave, bathroom with shower in bathtub. ... more   less 
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