My husband and I were looking for a warm place where he could cycle while on R and R from Afghanistan. I researched and found Mallorca to be warm, equal distance for both of us to travel and cycle friendly. Further research brought me to Barcelo Pueblo Park because of their cycling facility.
We were not to be disappointed. We planned one week at Barcelo and another at different location. The other location was lovely, but we checked out early and went back to Barcelo, since I was not feeling well and Barcelo provided excellent facilities for my husband's sport. And I could put my feet up out by the pool.
Jan and Peter in the cycle shop were great. The shop itself was wonderful, had great bikes for rent. We shipped my hubands, but it never arrived. The rental worked just fine. There are three ride group options. Ronald was my husband's group leader. Riding with the group gave him an idea of where to ride, safety and some challenge. He claims a great experience and when we come back, he is familiar so he can ride alone easily.
Pool was crystal clear and when it got cool, the cover was pulled over one of the pools. I would have liked a larger fitness room with more options, but I did use it and it was adequate. The reception staff was very helpful and all spoke english. Trust them when they say take the bus. It is very simple and there is a tourist information office at the Plaza de Espana that will help you get on the right connecting bus. You can go all over, bus drivers are helpful. Have small Euro. Denomination of 10 Euro or less. Right down the side street (Mision San Diego) of Barcelo is a supermarket. Buy yourself liters of bottled water to drink. Saves alot of Euro! At the end of the street is beach 6. Turn right, second restaurant, Sea Club, best salmon of my life, great steak and a beautiful breakfast. Wait staff excellent.
Next visit we will get an apartment. I believe the price is comparable to a superior room, which we had. Our first room was on the fourth floor. Too hot, when we came back, we had one on the second floor. Much more comfortable. But they were clean, comfortable, nice TV. Housekeeping did a fabulous job and they were PLEASANT!
Our first stay we were half board. Breakfast is nice, plenty to offer, staff friendly and helpful. Dinner was also very good and there was plenty to please everyone. The desert table was very nice. When we checked back in we decided to skip the half board and go out for our evening meal, just because after so many days we wanted some variety and beachside dining. The inside bar is nice, outside terrace, nice, evening live music, nice. All in all, very nice and we would go back and may actually return in May if our plans work out. The location is so central that the whole island can be enjoyed.
We went as a couple, but certainly a place for a family as well.
Some comments I read prior to booking that I would like to respond to.
"Walls were thin"...Could I hear the people in the next room? Yes, but if you get an apartment, probably not a problem. No one was disruptive very late and I have had the same problem in just about every hotel I have stayed in.
"Mostly German tourist area"....This is true, but really, who cares? Although on our last day, a German man had a real problem with my huband's US flag on his back pack. We were in the restaurant and this guy started in German. Who knows what he said, but between the two wives, we managed to shut the men up.
As I said above...everyone was wonderful, not much of a language barrier, and a great place to be! Thanks for a wonderful R and R period and we hope to see you all again!
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