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Sol Milanos Pinguinos
Ranked #5 of 8 Hotels in Son Bou
Reviewed August 1, 2013 via mobile

Overall we had a great holiday . The staff are friendly and professional . The food is ok but not great . The entertainment staff work really hard and do a great job . The pool is good but there is very limited shade . Please sort out the lifts . My parents got stuck in one and although there are 6 they are very small and take ages to arrive . We barely used them and walked to our room on 4 th floor . The rooms are fine . We had a double bed with bunk beds for the kids . A little cramped but we still managed fine with 4 suitcases . The rooms are cleaned very well . Beautiful location .

  • Stayed: July 2013
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teresa_martorell, Director de Relaciones Públicas at Sol Milanos Pinguinos, responded to this reviewResponded August 5, 2013

Dear Kathjackemily, is a great pleasure for the whole team to know that have enjoyed and spent a good holiday with us. We note in their review of the elevators and look forward to seeing you around the island. Receive a greeting.

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Reviewed July 27, 2013

We stayed on a 10 day all inclusive basis at this hotel at the beginning of July this year. The location is great, right on the biggest sandy beach in Menorca. The only down side is that it can have strong undercurrents and does suffer from jellyfish. Having said that the on duty lifeguard patrols all day, every day to warn bathers. The hotel is very clean and employs an army of staff to keep it pristine. Every morning the pool is cleaned using a vacuum system which cleans the bottom of the pools and removes any unwanted debris from the surface. The staff are really welcoming and nothing is to much trouble and they are always willing to assist. The animation team is first rate. How they keep going all day, every day is beyond me. One thing worth noting is that the kids have their own pool which is also where the play area is. Even though there were a lot of kids they never intruded into the main pool area which was quiet and relaxing. The hotel staff rigidly enforce the no inflatable rule for the pools, which i think is great. We never had to fight for a sunbed and stayed in our favoured place all holiday. What it would be like at peak holiday time I don't know but I would suggest it could be very busy. Please be warned that although you may stay out of British school holiday periods, the hotel is predominantly Spanish and Italian and their holidays are different to ours, so expect large numbers of kids. The fact it is mainly Spanish and Italian means there is more respect for other people which isn't a bad thing. One of the main problems found was the amount of smokers who should, in my opinion, have designated areas around the pool so as not to infringe on non smokers. The meals at the hotel were bland for me, but I do have a taste for more spicy food. My partner always had what she wanted and particularly loved the fresh fish and salad. Some of the cooked food was cold which I think is unforgivable in this day and age. In my view a Chinese dish should be basically the same everywhere but those served here were very poor, as was the occasional Indian dish. Chicken Tikka is not boiled chicken in a thin watery sauce. I can't understand why the restaurant opens at 1300 and carries on right through until finishing late in the evening. The all inclusive finished at 2300 which I thought was a little early. The rooms were of a good standard, relatively large and were again kept spotlessly clean, towels being changed every other day. We had a sea view but being on the 3rd floor, above the air con units for the kitchen, meant that having the patio door open at night became a noisy affair as the units shut down at about 0100 but restarted at 0600. To sum up; the hotel is in a great location, is kept spotlessly clean and has very helpful staff. The downsides are that the food can be very bland and cold, some of the rooms are affected by noise from external air con units and at peaks times there may be a possibility of not being able to sit round the pool on a sunbed. But it is very well run and worth a stay if you have young kids who need entertaining.

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  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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3  Thank leedscharlie
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teresa_martorell, Director de Relaciones Públicas at Sol Milanos Pinguinos, responded to this reviewResponded August 8, 2013

Dear leedscharlie, we appreciate your comments and we are glad to know you've greatly enjoyed and appreciated the efforts of all our staff for hosting to all our clients. We note the rest of his comments to further improve each year, and we look forward to seeing you again soon at the hotel on future occasions. Best regards.

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Reviewed July 26, 2013

Just returned today from this hotel and read the excellent reviews before I went. It was like Butlins by the sea. Very very noisy with lots of extremely rude Italians. You have to get up very early because every seat by the pool has a towel on it by 9a.m. and although there are spare seats there is no shade. You need ear plugs to go into the restaurant and generally it feels manic here as it is so busy, which I did not want from a quiet holiday in the beautiful Menorca. We were put on the 10th floor with wonderful views over the pool and sea but unfortunately there was a powercut twice and we had to walk up the stairs. The kids club is free in the mornings but you need to pay for the afternoon and one day they could not go because you had to pay for the whole day. We went half board which I would not advise as a g&t is £6. We survived this holiday by hiring a car and getting out of this very big fairground complex.

Room Tip: Ask for a room overlooking the pool. All the rooms are very small and dated.
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  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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2  Thank gillie s
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teresa_martorell, Director de Relaciones Públicas at Sol Milanos Pinguinos, responded to this reviewResponded August 6, 2013

Dear Gillie s, firstly we appreciate that you chose to spend your holidays in Menorca. In reference to your comments, in the pool can not be reserved sites so customers are those who manage the sunbeds. We are sorry that our hotel did not enjoy "The Flintstones", if you liked the island, took the opportunity to inform you that through the web of Meliá Hotels International can see the other 3 hotels in the same company that they match the needs you are looking for for your vacation. Yours sincerely.

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Reviewed July 25, 2013

Styaed 8 July 2013 for 1 week with husband. It's what it says on the tin, it is a family hotel so expect children, but don't be put off thinkinhg you holiday will be spoilt by other peoples children because the kids entertainment staff are first rate. The childrens enetertainment area is away from the pool and of an evening is outside away from the evening entertainment though this usually starts after the childrens entertainment has finished. Rooms are very clean and the maids come in daily. Food is good, lots of choice but it is a buffet so it isn't always as hot as it could be but there are microwaves if you want to warm it up, the restaurant is opene from lunch to 10pm so not over crowded. Good location right on the beach, but if you want a quieter spot walk up the beach for approx 10mins and the crowed thins out. Would return to this hotel.

Room Tip: Go for the Pinguinos side if possible it's quieter
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  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Paulae2663
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teresa_martorell, Director de Relaciones Públicas at Sol Milanos Pinguinos, responded to this reviewResponded August 6, 2013

Dear Paulae2663, we appreciate your comments and we appreciate that you chose to spend your holidays in Menorca. We are happy to take it up again at the hotel and you can enjoy of this wonderful island. Best regards.

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Reviewed July 22, 2013

We had read the reviews before coming and someone had commented the kids club was "too spanish" well we took our two children age 7 and 5 and they loved it and they made spanish friends and attempted to speak a bit of spanish , we were very proud , yes most of hotel residents were of european and spanish origin , but that just goes to show what a nice and well recommended hotel this obviously was.
It is constantly being cleaned with rotas in all the loos and i have never seen such a clean poolside area , the staff work really hard , the food we found to be excellent but if you do turn up very late for your meals you may miss some of the better food.
We ate really healthily and the kids loved all the jelly and icecream , all in all we found this to be a fab holiday with a relaxed feel and you could either have fun in the pool or splash about on the fabulous beach , i cant actually fault it , but beware if you are looking for blackpool on sea and a full cooked english breakfast then this may not be the hotel for you.

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  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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3  Thank wpark115
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teresa_martorell, Director de Relaciones Públicas at Sol Milanos Pinguinos, responded to this reviewResponded August 5, 2013

Dear wpark115, first thank you to spend your summer holidays with us. We appreciate all your comments not only the hotel and facilities, but also the whole team. We look forward to seeing you again in the future again with us. Yours sincerely.

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Reviewed July 21, 2013

Food: chose carefully and you will not be disappointed, some dishes can get cold but they are easy to spot. The range of freshly cooked food and the choice from the cold buffet is excellent. Rooms are tired but meet basic comfort requirements, they are clean. Activities for all are varied and well constructed. Bar service is efficient and prompt. Beach out the back door is a great asset to the hotel, 3 miles of it. I did cut my foot on the drain of the activity pool, regulars will be aware of this hazard for a number of years, they then drained the pool and replaced the drain, only took them 14 years but it is now done. 2 weeks on and the cut is nearly healed! This hotel offers the best of pool and beach experience in a family safe environment. For those with older kids do not be put off by the flintstones theme, you can have a holiday and avoid this. Be aware on the beach, the further you get away from the hotel it becomes less clothing optional, but you get more beach to yourself, live and let live!

Room Tip: High floor gives better views, but the lifts can be harder to call.
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  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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5  Thank Realism
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teresa_martorell, Director de Relaciones Públicas at Sol Milanos Pinguinos, responded to this reviewResponded August 5, 2013

Dear Realism, is a pleasure for the whole team to know that you enjoyed your holiday and have noticed the improvements we try conducting each year. We are happy to see you again return to the island and can again enjoy the magnificent beaches of Menorca. Regards.

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Reviewed July 20, 2013

this is a great family hotel, especially with children under nine years old. Staff very friendly,

nothing to much trouble. Rooms very clean, Food excellent, fantastic choice. Entertainment was

very good. We would return to this hotel.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with friends
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2  Thank 4,647,679
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teresa_martorell, Director de Relaciones Públicas at Sol Milanos Pinguinos, responded to this reviewResponded August 5, 2013

Dear Mike & lyn, we are glad that you have chosen us to spend your holidays with us and we thank you for your comments. Every year we work hard to ensure that every customer enjoy your time on the island and we can see them again next year. We are happy to greet you again in the hotel. Best regards.

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Address: Playa de Son Bou, 07730 Son Bou, Alaior, Menorca, Spain
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Location: Spain > Balearic Islands > Menorca > Alaior > Son Bou
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Swimming Pool
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Ranked #5 of 8 Hotels in Son Bou
Price Range: $67 - $329 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Sol Milanos Pinguinos 3.5*
Number of rooms: 592
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Sol by Melia presents SOL MILANOS PINGUINOS, resort located on one of the most famous and longest beaches in Minorca Son Bou Beach. Rooms with stunning views of Son Bou Beach. Ideal for vacations with your family full activity programme, parties, shows, musicals and live music. For Children: Katmandu Adventures Clubs. One lagoon-style pool and the other a sports pool. Enjoy our magnificent international theme buffet and local specialties. Enjoy Holidays with your Family!! ... more   less 
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