We arrived 19th Sept, 2012, travelling with First Choice. The air stewards were too busy chatting to each other to give a proper service. There were lots of toddlers on the plane but thankfully not too many in our hotel at that time of year. Hotel reception staff were helpful. There are scales to weigh suitcases and computer terminals. No free wifi. Beach towels - €15 deposit per towel plus €1 per towel per day. No charge for safe. We had emailed to ask for a quiet room on a low floor and that had been arranged for us – ground floor, Mansion block. The hotel is set out like a village with small 2 or 3 storey blocks with no lifts. On arrival it was a bit of a maze but once we had found our room it became a lot easier. If you are on the ground floor I do not think there are any steps to negotiate, but there is less privacy. The grounds are very pretty with lots of flowers, trees, pools and sports areas.
The room was typical for Sol, with fridge, air-con and ceiling fan, tv, safe, (no kettle), 2 soap/ shampoo dispensers in the bathroom. Air-con has one control beside bed and another beside bathroom door. It was quiet and efficient which was good as the weather was warmer than we had expected. The shower always seemed to flood the floor.
We were apprehensive about this being a 3 star hotel and being All Inclusive but by the time we had seen the dinner buffet our fears were dispelled. The choice included a large salad bar, various pasta and sauces, pizza, chips, a large roasted joint of meat, rice dishes and paellas, vegetables, fish and meat, both plain and in sauces. We enjoyed trying some new things and lots of fish as well as the less adventurous dishes. I was a little wary of the bread because guests (mainly English speaking) were lifting baguettes in their bare hands to cut it although a cloth napkin was provided to hold it, as well as little bread baskets and paper napkins to line them. The puddings included fresh melon, watermelon and pineapple, other fresh fruit, quince jelly – try it with cheese, ice cream cartons and yogurts, baked apples, mousse, and a wonderful chocolate cake plus more. To get a drink you go to the bar in the corner of the dining room where you can get a glass or carafe of fizzy drinks, wine, beer, fruit juice or a bottle of water. There is a machine which dispenses chilled, warm or hot water. There is also a wine menu but for other drinks you must go to the bar.
The lunch buffet had a similar selection, plus the choice in the snack bar.
The hotel closes for the winter so there was not a lot of new customers arriving.
From the back gate it is a short walk to Son Xoriguer beach, passing supermarkets and bars. This beach has some stones in the sand. You can follow a path just above the sand round to Cala’n Bosch beach which has nicer sand. From the front or back hotel entrances you can walk to the Cala’n Bosch marina and beach in 15 – 20 mins passing more small supermarkets. There is a ramp down into the marina at the point where the white wall is painted with a menu. There are lots of restaurants and a few shops, most of which are in one cluster.
Mini train – no commentary, sell tickets for half or full route, not hop on/off but you can get off at any stop and walk back.
Lots of places hire bicycles.
We were unable to go on the trip we liked because of our flight dates. The island is small and probably a good place to hire a car. From Cala'n Bosch you seem to need to go to Ciutadella to get a bus onward to other destinations.
Bus to Ciutadella - €1.80 per adult single – from front door or back entrance of hotel grounds, takes about 30 mins. There is tourist information in the building bearing the Spanish flags, in the corner of the square with the tall obelisk. This square is where the market is held. The obelisk is visible from the bus stop. There are public toilets and a bus ticket kiosk at the bus stop. We thought this was a lovely place to explore.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sol by Melia presents SOL FALCO All Inclusive hotel, is just 250m fron the beach, 700m from the leisure, shopping and entertainment facilities and the marina. The recently renovated rooms with modern and elegant décor are characterised by their brightness, with light and fresh colours. 7 outdoor swimming pools and one children’s pool. We also have a pool for guests seeking that extra bit of peace and quiet. Buffet offering two show-cooking stations. Lounge Bar & Snack Bar-Restaurant. The Sol Falcó All Inclusive provides, amongst its services and facilities, the Katmandu Adventures, the newest branded children’s resort club experience. Varied evening entertainment programme with musicals by our in-house production team, plus new shows. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sol Falco Hotel Cala`n Bosch
- Sol Melia Ciudadela
- Sol Falco Ciudadela
- Sol Falco All Inclusive Minorca, Spain