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PrimaSol Cala d'Or Gardens
Ranked #34 of 46 Hotels in Cala d'Or
Isle of Wight, United Kingdom
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35 reviews
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“Clean hotel, nice food”
Reviewed June 15, 2013

This hotel was good value for money, it is fairly basic but has a lovely clean pool, all areas were kept exceptionally clean and the staff friendly and helpful. It has a good selection of food and an animation team who worked tirelessly. We are a mature couple but we enjoyed staying at this hotel. Our room as a little tired but was cleaned daily with regular towel changes. Appeared to be a good entertainment programme for the children and the team put on shows in the evening. The hotel is in Cala Egos and the town has a small selection of shops and restaurants. The taxi is cheap to town, less than 5 euros or the mini train, 2 euros each. You can walk to Cala Dor town centre through the marina. I would definitely recommend this hotel and would definitely return. Good for families and couples, good value for money.

Room Tip: No lifts so if stairs are an issue ask for a ground floor room.
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Reviewed June 15, 2013

My boyfriend and I stayed in Cala D’Or Gardens 3 nights half board at the beginning of June this year. It’s a huge complex which, in our opinion, is a great place for families with kids, but not young couples. Kids have lots of activities and entertainment, each night up till 9-10pm there was mini disco with loud music for the little ones, after which there was more music for adults. We hardly ever stayed in the hotel because there was really nothing for us to do there, and we couldn’t stand the kids music and the entertainment either.

Food: food is very basic, we only booked half board and thank God for that, because there was hardly anything we would enjoy at dinner time. Everything tasted like hospital or care home food – not spiced up, no flavours, very bland and flat taste. Each night we ended up having pizza and fries as these were the only enjoyable things there. As I said, we only stayed 3 nights so maybe we were a bit unlucky with food, but what we encountered was really poor. No complaints about breakfast, though, food fresh, lots of fruit and big choice of what to have (bacon and eggs including)

Cleanliness: the hotel is clean, no problems with that, rooms cleaned and beds made every day, towels changed as well every day. The rooms are very basic, could do with a bit of upgrading, but also we had ants in the room, which did not bother us that much, as there were not that many of them and only walking on the floor, and I imagine it was due to the fact that the buildings are low (only 2 floors + ground floor) and there’s lots of green grounds in the complex.

Noise: the hotel has entertainment each day and the place is very noisy. Having read opinions on Tripadvisor, we asked to stay in block 8, and it was still a little bit noisy there, but not too bad, comparing with blocks right in front of the restaurant or bar, which had the entertainment stage outside and loud music all day long!

Staff: very nice people, very pleasant, nothing was a problem. 1st night we arrived after the dinner was finished and the staff pointed us to the place where they had some sandwiches and snacks for us to have, which was really nice. If you’re on all inclusive and want to have picnic or lunch outside of the hotel, they can prepare packed lunch for you the previous day.

The beach: The hotel is located in Cala Egos, and is only a 2 min walk to the beach, called Cala Egos. Mind that the beach is located right in front of a huge hotel called Corfu, or something similar, and all day the hotel has entertainment for kids or for adults, so, again, lots of loud music, which can be what you are not looking for when going to the beach. Personally, we walked to Cala Es Forti, which is about 10 mins walk, and is quieter, prettier and has a small bar at a side which does play music, but not too loud, and more pleasant than the kids music!

Cala D’Or resort: Cala D’or is a bit of a distance from the hotel (about 15-20mins walk or 6euro for a taxi), and it’s a very pretty but very touristy place, with Irish and English pubs, servings steaks, English breakfast, fish and chips etc. It has also a huge population of German tourists. Cala Egos, where the hotel is, is smaller, fewer pubs but you can still go for a drink, though all of the places are somehow Englishized or Germanized, and you won’t find anything genuinely Mallorcan in Cala Egos in terms of a restaurant or bar.

Altogether, Cala D’Or Gardens is a good place for families with kids, not really for young couples. Lots of British and German tourists, majority of them with kids. A place where people go on all inclusive, sit with drinks all day in the hotel and watch the kids entertainment (that’s how it looked like). If I was to go back to Cala d’Or I’d choose a smaller place with a bit of more character and charm, although for a cheap holiday Cala D’Or Gardens lives up to expectations.

Room Tip: rooms in block 8 and 9 are pretty quiet. don't go to blocks that stay above the reception, or in...
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Hamilton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed June 10, 2013

My Wife and I went to the Cala d,Or Gardens Hotel from the 2nd of June till the 8th of June and had a great time.We went to this hotel and werent expecting much but this Hotel exceeded all our expectations.The rooms are a bit basic and need a bit of upgrading but are very clean,the maids do great job.The reception area is always clean and tidy and the receptionists were always very helpfull and pleasant.The bar staff are great and are very quick at serving you even when its quite busy. The resteraunt and staff were great aswell and there was allways something at breakfast, lunch or dinner that was really good to eat. The resteraunt staff are very good.They are very pleasant and are also quick and efficent at getting tables cleaned and cleared for the next persons to use.The burgers are great aswell when the resteraunt is closed after lunch.The entertainment team work very hard and we really enjoyed their Grease night.The Life Guard is also a very pleasant man and the grounds are well looked after.Finally the Manageress is allways there if you have a problem which is great as when we usually go on Holiday you never see who is in charge,but im sure she will admitt she has a great team behind her.Keep up all your hard work at the Cala d,Or Gardens and hopoefully we will see you all again in the future.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed June 9, 2013

We arrived at the accommodation and was advised that the hotel was over booked, therefore we was told that we would have to stay a night at another hotel. We wasn't very happy as we just wanted to check into our hotel and relax, but we were told it was just for one night. We had booked the accommodation on a half board basis and was upgraded to all inclusive for the inconvenience. After spending a night at the sister hotel (Gavimar Ariel Chico Hotel y Apartamentos), which was a disappointment on all levels we were happy to be back at Cala d'or Gardens and to check into our room. The room was standard, but the beautiful gardens and large pool areas made up for it. The hotel had a great selection of food and caters for all. The hotel is located in Cala Egos NOT in Cala d'or, which is a lot less busier in comparison to Cala d'or, 30 mins walk away! We would recommend hiring a car if you want to explore the surrounding areas as we believe it represents value for money. Overall we had an enjoyable experience and would go back again.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Bournemouth, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed June 9, 2013

We went to Cala Gardens for 5 days ,we had an amazing stay specialy 6 year old doughter and 1 year old son.The weather been amazing ,resort is very nice with two big swimming pool ,very good service in restaurant, food was wery good ,many options,staff is very helpful and also children have every day MINI KIDS CLUB where my daughter been very happy.The location is good just an hour from Palma airport.There is some shops ,SPAR supermarket is just 300 m from resort,very nice beaches close to resort.I would like to recomend this resort not just for families with children but for everybody.We will come back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed June 8, 2013

Lovely hotel with a lovely outdoor pool and sitting area.
Rooms are nice and clean.
Lots of entertainment, not only for the children which we really enjoyed, the noise can be easily shut out by closing the balcony doors.
Food was delicious, lots to choose from and there is something for everyone.
Great for families and couples as there is plenty to do around in terms of renting bicycles/motorbikes etc.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Buntingford, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed June 8, 2013

Myself and my wife have just returned from a weeks stay at Cala D'or Gardens, this hotel is very basic and is in need of refurbishment (see our rooms pictures). We stayed in block two which over looked the hotel in front, the room was extremely noisy with transfers arriving during the night and lorries driving up and down the road infront of our room, block two is also where the reception is and this also makes the room very noisy. We booked half board but only ate at the restaurant on our first night, the food is very basic and of poor quality with not a great selection. Our air conditioning did not work and we did ask to move after our first uncomfortable night but the hotel was apparently full!! The entertainment in the hotel was very basic and typical for this type of hotel! The one good thing was the room was serviced everyday. The hotel is in cala Egos and NOT Cala D'or, it is a short taxi ride 6euro into Cala D'or.

Room Tip: Do not get a room in block 2 overlooking the road as these are very noisy.
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: PrimaSol Cala d'Or Gardens
Address: C/ SA Cova Blanca 1, 07660 Cala d'Or, Majorca, Spain (Formerly Cala d'Or Gardens)
Location: Spain > Balearic Islands > Majorca > Cala d'Or
Amenities:
Beach Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#11 Luxury Hotel in Cala d'Or
#25 On the Beach Hotel in Cala d'Or
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Hotel Class:4 star — PrimaSol Cala d'Or Gardens 4*
Number of rooms: 276
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Cala d`Or Gardens Hotel Cala d`Or
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Cala Dor Gardens
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