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Playamar
Ranked #9 of 13 Hotels in S'illot
London, England, United Kingdom
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“Does what it says on the tin!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2013

In the past I've stayed in a vast range of hotels and hostels from 1 star to 5 star And This hotel is ridiculously cheap, we paid very little and expected very little!! We simply wanted a clean bed to sleep in for a quick 4 night break away.

What we got was a clean studio annexe apartment, spotless in fact! Large rooms, small kitchenette with basic utensils! Maid came in every day to tidy up, provide loo roll and make beds which was nice for 2 star self catering.

The pool and bar were fine, rough around the edges to be honest but you are a couple of short. walks away from two nice beaches. staff friendly when people were being nice to them. In my opinion, what goes around comes around if you go with a bad attitude expecting too much from what is essentially a 2star hotel that is as cheap as a hostel.

Downsides- rooms have rubbish balcony views, pretty rough and not pleasant to sit out on. Especially our balcony round the side at the studio annexe. Also, the Crazy Monkey bar (possibly my idea of hell to drink at) is noisy on the weekends as its open late. Im sure it doesnt effect the main hotel residents though. It only disturbed me on one evening though and didn't disturb my boyfriend at all. Security is also a bit dodgy as folk kept leaving the door to the studio buildings open and there's no safe in rooms.

The resort is a bit 'Brits on holiday' for me but its got everything you need, along with a lot of tacky merchandise and 'British food' - The beach at Sa Coma is gorgeous though so it's quite easy to spend all day sunning yourself there and there's a few good restuarants.

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Yateley, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2013

Just got back from 5 nights at the Playamar in S'illot, Majorca. To be fair wasn't sure what to expect with some of the reviews on here, but we were pleasantly surprised. We knew that this was only a 2* hotle so was not expecting a 4* service but in some areas this is what you received. All we wanted was a bed as you don't go on a beach holiday to spend it sat in your hotel room.
On first impressions when we arrived the hotel was clean and tidy, check in took a few minutes but there was a large party checking in before us, The receptionist was friendly and spoke English as well as numerous other languages, we were offered a coffee after we had checked in. We had a room on floor 3 and lift was working in the lobby so no stairs to contend with.
Room on first glances was clean, tidy and quite spacious with a decent size bathroom. Through the week the room was kept clean and bed's made everyday and towels were changed whenever you left them in the bath, We had no problems with mosquito's, and a decent size balcony to sit on.
Hotel itself had entertainment twice in the week, a nice pool bar open all day and two swimming pools, these can get a little busy and sunbeds are in short demand BUT to be honest you are only two minutes walk away from a lovely sandy beach in S'illot or 5 min walk to Sa Coma Beach. We were Bed and Breakfast and was slightly worried about my partner as she is Coeliac BUT again pleasantly surprised with the range for breakfast, 3 or 4 sliced meats, pate, yogurt, cheese, fresh tomatoes, bacon, beans, eggs, cereal, toast, croissants, pastries, hot and cold drinks. so we filled up on this for the day. I think the choice was great considering it's only a 2* hotel. We did sneak a peak at the all inclusive lunch and dinner service and they have a good range of fresh salads, breads and hot food, not sure what everyone has been moaning about!!

S'illot and Sa coma are right next to each other and two fantastic beaches, s'illots we found a little better as the waves were calmer and sea was crystal clear. plenty of shops and spar's selling everything you need. This is not a party resort so dont expect to be going until the wee hours of the morning, most of the bars and music stops around midnight.
I recommend going to Bi Ba Bo's restaurant literally around the corner from the hotel, we ate there lunch and dinner everyday and they have the best paella I have tasted (and i'm a chef)! There menu is extensive with a good mix of Spanish and British favourites. I think we ate through the whole of the fish menu that week and it was lovely.

Couple of tips for your holiday, if you there a week or more buy a parasol from the Shop to take to the beach the cost around 7 - 9 EURO's and is cheaper than paying 4 euros a day on the beach. Also get tickets for the glass bottom boat trip. 40 Euros for two of us for a three hour coastal trip with swimming stop was beautiful.

Check out is 12 midday at the hotel and we had a pick up late at night, they stored our cases in a locked room and also provide a small room in which you can change and have a shower in before you leave,
I must say all in all I was impressed with this hotel and would stay there again.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Fishbourne, null, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2013

Just got back from the PLAYAMAR and it really is not as bad as everyone says !! In my opinion nearly everyone who's been here came on a budget !! So surely that tell's you something !! Don't expect 4/5 * when you've only paid 2* prices !! And we all should know by now that Spains hotel ratings are not the same as the UK !!
Yes it was basic , but we got clean appartments, maids came in every 2 days with clean towels and cleaned the room, and at the end of the day no-one spends 24hrs in your room , so that's all you need.
The pool's are small but serve the purpose. You will need to get up early to get a sunbed, but is'nt this the case in most hotel's?
The food is yes basic but edible. It is repetitive but you will not STARVE ! Again as I said before don't expect a la carte in a 2* hotel !! I loved having fresh fruit everyday.
The drinks are all served in plastic cups , but again I did'nt have a problem with this.
The hotel staff I found were helpfull and the bar staff were always busy cleaning up after everyone , trying to keep the bar/pool area clean.
As for people moaning about lack of english speaking , YOUR in SPAIN , how about you learn the basic's like they do when they visit the UK or if all else fails try using google translate !!
You will need to take mossie repellent , we were bitten to hell .
This HOTEL is not as bad as everyone makes it out to be.
I would return without any hesitation.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Halifax, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2013

Reading other reviews it seems there is a similar theme with this hotel. I had booked a 7 night stay in a 1 bedroom apartment with breakfast included, as I was with my soon to be teenage daughter. The idea was to give her the privacy of her own room while I made do with the usual settee made into a bed. Surprise, surprise, there were no apartments available on the first night we were there! We were put in a room only with twin beds and it was so warm I thought I was going to expire. I had to sit on the balcony until well into the wee small hours before I could face going to bed. I think I got half an hour's sleep in the 36 hours from starting the experience to the start of the second morning of the holiday. Having read the reviews, this seems to be par for the course. I gave the man at Reception what I can only call 'The Stare' when he started explaining things. He explained that dinner was free for us because of the inconvenience.

The food is not what I would say is fantastic in the Playamar. Dr Oetker has a stranglehold on proceedings with his pizzas and anything else was poor. Also, as a guest you are expected to clear up after yourself...something I haven't been used to for some years in a hotel.

Well, 'The Stare' must've worked because when we got the apartment I had paid for, it was delightful. We were also given the use of the safe in the apartment for free as way of an apology. Everything worked, the cleaning staff were nice and the lift worked. We were given an apartment which overlooks the 'beach' end of the complex, which gave views of the bridge which strollers use and I have to say, it was very pretty to see. The best bit about the apartment, though, was the fact that it had air conditioning in the living are(my bedroom) and that was superb. My daughter has always been one to cook herself in bed so she didn't mind the warmth everywhere else but for me...excellent.

Breakfast is more of the same from at the Playamar but I quite like going in with a plan of attack; it's not my fault if humans of various nationalities shuffle along, circling around not knowing what they're doing. I did find it quite interesting that this hotel does not really make allowances for language. Within 3 days you seem to become adept at pidgin 'whatever' and sign language with backup noises.

My question for the owners of the Playamar is quite simply this; why do they not have fluent English speakers on their staff? I know that we, as a race, are rubbish at learning foreign languages, but English is THE international language, and let's face it, the majority of holiday makers going to Majorca for a week or 2 in the summer are either Brits or Germans. It is simply not good enough to just shrug your shoulders and say 'tomorrow'. Manyana? Sod off!

Would I go to S'Illot again? Only with a partner. Would I go to Playamar again? Yes, but I want to have an English speaking receptionist who truly understands that when I say I have a shotgun in my pocket, it doesn't mean I'm happy to see him...it's because I would be looking to ensure I got 'what I paid for'!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Exeter, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2013

Three of us went here age 40, 63 and 11. If you book the Annexe then you will regret it.

I read all the reviews before going and thought oh no I'm not going to listen to all the negative comments..... But if you do get the Annexe you will be kept awake by the Crazy Monkey bar opposite that shuts at 6am.... If you are in the hotel then BINGO!!! We moved rooms after the first night!

I'd rate it as a 2* to be honest, even though we were glad to be moved the new room had its problems but all you want is a good night sleep so we were happy to get that. No loud bang, crash wallop like Magaluf so ideal for families. Pool was lovely and plenty of room. Drinks were really reasonably priced... We were B&B and the breakfast was good plenty to choose from.

If you want a cheap holiday in a lovely quiet resort then great, it's Sooo close to the beach its great. This was my 6th visit to Majorca and my favourite resort as its not commercial like other parts of Majorca. You have to visit Onkel Willy at the far end of SIllot.

The hotel, although in peak season had no entertainment after 10pm which was disappointing.

But Sillot is lovely...

Room Tip: Don't get the Annexe
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2013

having read numerous reviews before travelling i was very anxious as i am a single parent with two teenage sons.. but i must say the hotel was better than what i had expected. although there were a few down points.. we were originally in the annex, on the top floor, i didnt know when booking that the annex didnt have a lift! we asked the next day if we could move into the main hotel, which we were able to do the day after.. and there was no air conditioning.. a must in July... but apart from that the hotel was clean, the food was plentiful and lots of choice, you did hear people moaning, i really dont know why.. my kids are fussy but their plates were always full.. the bedrooms were clean and got beds changed and clean towels most days.. people moaning about all inclusive having drinks in plastic cups, why is this a problem, most people leave their drinks around the pool and if they were glass they could have been knocked over and smashed around an area where children are playing.. the sunbeds could do with renewing.. it was in a great location close to the beach at S'illot and near to Sa Coma beach with water sports available.... we all really enjoyed it, and people should realise its only a 2 star hotel and they shouldnt expect 5star... it was a decent hotel, nice food, helpful staff, great location.... but couldnt sleep cos it was too hot... and no a/c.....

Room Tip: preferred the rooms in the hotel because of the lift. but annex room was larger and had a kitchen an...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2013

As everyone else says we were worried a little after reading the reviews and in some areas rightly so. On arrival there was someone at the desk looking rather upset and frustrated but couldn't understand what they were saying... We were to find out later... Our room was shocking 2 single beds and a put you up bed squashed into a very small room (010) to house 3 adults... We had requested sea view/pool view and got the side of the hotels wall and to top it off a huge bush was draped over the balcony which house those little useless flying creatures who eat you!!! And boy did they have a feast on us! It was clean just way too small...
When we booked we checked for Air conditioning and it said that would be available at an extra cost there was none!! all we had was a fan that only worked up to setting 2... The room was stifling especially as it was so small... We could not get dressed or do hair etc without sweating it really was hot there and there was no escape at all...We complained at reception and all they said was that the apartments are the only ones that have air con so this would be worth noting if your thinking of staying there...
Food was more or less the same as what I have had at any all inclusive and for a 2* hotel I don't think you can really complain... The main problem was the some guests having no consideration for other people. Rushing round like they would starve if they dint fill their plate quick! (Very Rude) But that's not the hotels fault its the society in which they live and how they have been brought up... I am proud to be English!
Pools are nice...
Reserve your sun beds early as with most hotels...
Staff pleasant enough...
When we were there the electric kept tripping out in the block we were in and eventually we got a room change due to access to a medical device being needed... The room change was great we were on the top floor so no bites and the sun was off the balcony most of the day so the room didn't feel like an oven... Had we of been given this room in the first place our holiday would of been much better...
The big thumbs up for this hotel is the location. You can walk out of the back of the hotel and along a river to reach the beach and it takes about 2 minutes... If your going please do not let your children play in the beach area under the bridge and if you want to know why take a walk down the river!
Would I go there again??? Yes but I would stop (even if I had to pay a lot more) in one of the apartments because to be fair the only thing that spoilt our holiday was the room and no air con...

Room Tip: Only go in apartment as nowhere else has air con!!!
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Property: Playamar
Address: Calle Rosa Dels Vents 7, 07687 S'illot, Majorca, Spain
Location: Spain > Balearic Islands > Majorca > S'illot
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool
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Ranked #9 of 13 Hotels in S'illot
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Hotel Class:2 star — Playamar 2*
Number of rooms: 338
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