Have just returned from ta 5 day stay at this hotel and I feel some of the negative criticism is unfair. Our room was large and comfortable with a wonderful view over the port towards the Cathedral in the distance. I would suggest a sea view room is a must.
The pool is a reasonable size and loungers were always available. There is some building work going on near by but we didn't find it intrusive.
The breakfast buffet had a great choice of hot and cold food with a chef cooking eggs and pancakes as requested. There was never a problem getting a table and the staff worked hard to keep the tables cleared and the buffet items replenished. The pool bar at lunch time was extremely reasonable with a decent menu selection although service was sometimes slow at busy periods.
The hotel is located up a fairly steep hill and the funicular to the street below wasn't working which I believe is a regular occurence but we didn't mind the walk although it wouldn't suit anyone with even slight mobility issues. At the bottom of the hill is Porto Pi a large new shopping centre with all the usual Spanish brands plus a huge Carrefour supermarket and a really useful convenience store called Mullers which sells almost everything from premium cosmetic brands to cleaning materials.
There are few if any nice restaurants nearby which is the only negative for me about the location, it's probably about a 15-20 min walk along the Paseo Maritime to reach a good selection. Palma itself is quite a walk but there is always the number 3 bus.
The staff at reception seem to get a lot of flak but I always found them polite and helpful if asked. The only thing I would suggest is a little more tourist info on attractions e.g.the city tour bus which stops outside Porto Pi, areas of interest in the city itself such as the old town, La Lonja and the Cathedral and Almudaina Palace.
I would definitely stay here again especially now that I've got my bearings maybe it isn't quite 4 star more a good 3 but then I think the prices reflect that.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Catalonia Majorica hotel is located in a privileged area on the maritime promenade of Palma Bay and just in front of Club del Mar. It is near the Porto Pi shopping centre and the Fundacio Joan Miro. The hotel, refurbished in 2000, combines an elegant style with modern features. It has a total of 168 rooms, all of them with beautiful views, and most of them also have a terrace. In the hotel you will find 3 swimming pools. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Catalonia Majorica Hotel Palma De Mallorca, Majorca