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Great Hotel and excellent value
My husband and I booked a last minute holiday and booked this hotel based on the reviews. We were not disappointed at all. We managed to get the last room available which was supposedly the most basic garden facing room- it was absolutely great- large room and bathroom, really new and clean and the beds were extremely comfortabale
We were not bothered about the lack of sea view as there are loads of vantage points to take in the magnificent views from the pool and terraces around the hotel
The staff were all helpful, friendly and warm and we thought the breakfasts were much better than in other hotels in Europe. Nothing better than a healthy start to the day when you are going to be spending all holiday lying on the beach.
This hotel is great value- the pool and jacuzzi were great- although we did not spend much time in Port Soller itself( we thought the town was not that exciting) - we drove around to other attractions on the island and had an excellent meal at the quaint near by town of Deia.
Hope to return next year
What A Find!
This was a very last minute decision by us (found it Sunday morning, arrived Monday morning), but we need not have worried. Everything about the hotel is great.
The hotel is situated in the very pretty town of Port de Soller which had just enough going on to entertain us for the week and a perfectly adequate sandy beach with plenty of restaurants to choose from.
I would describe the hotel as hip and trendy but with a seaside feel to it. We booked a big sea view balcony room which for myself, my husband and 7 year old son was wonderfully spacious, with the most fantastic view. Well worth the cost (although it is a shame the bathroom isn't a little bigger), I think it would have been quite a different experience if we hadn't had the view.
Every member of staff that we encountered during our stay was helpful, happy and friendly. My husband had a massage which he commented was the best he had ever had.
We tried the hotel restaurant one evening and had a delicious dinner.
Can't recommend this place enough and would definately recommend the 3 mile tram ride to the town of Soller. We had a lovely evening at Hotel Soller which had great food, very friendly service although a bit slow.
Stylish and family friendly - perfect!!
We are a small family of two adults and one child aged four, who have just returned from a wonderful week at Esplendido Hotel.
The hotel is situated in a small town, Port de Soller. We took a cab from the airport - it took 40 minutes to get there and cost EUR 50.
the hotel arranged this for us, but it was an ordinary cab ride.
We were very pleased with our room. we had booked a "Big balcony sea view room" - and it really was very big, with a comfortable bed and a sofa, that doubled as a fold-out bed for our daughter, arm chair, coffee table, lots of storage space and bathroom with tub and shower. the view from the balcony was breathtaking and balcony itself contained two chairs and a small table. Note that the balconies are not very private - if you want more privacy you should get one of the terrasse rooms. We didn't mind, though, but we guess that others did as we were the only ones using our balcony at night.
A big plus for us ws the tv and cd/dvd provided in every room. the hotel has a large collection of cds and dvds and you can borrow all that you want free of charge. After a long day of sightseeing and splashing in the pool our daughter really enjoyed unwinding in front of the tv, while we had a pre-dinner drink at the balcony...
Small but beautifully located at the hill behind the hotel. There is a smaller thermal pool further up - with a sign that says please remember that the thermal pool area is a place for relaxing - in other words, take your kids to the other pool. We liked that this hotel really caters to everyone, so that we didn't have to worry about our daughter making too much noise.
the breakfast included in our rate was excellent - so much to choose from. fresh fruit and vegetables, at least 8 different cereals, youghurt, homemade bread, cheeses, cold cuts, croissants, muffins, eggs and bacon... and a help yourself juice press.
We ended up eating in the restaurants for four of our six nights - it was really good. and again - they cater to everyone, as the food was stylish but still they didn't forget the kids.
From Port de Soller you can go with a tram to Soller, a beautiful town a couple of kilometres away. We also went to Palma by the old train from Soller - a picturesque ride through valleys with orange and olive trees. But there is also a bus to Palma from the Port as well as busses to Deia and Valldemossa.
The hotel itself is stylish, modern and charming with friendly staff. Nice bar and lounge with computers (free of charge) and books and magazines.
We saw lots of families with small children but also couples and groups of friends. It is romantic, family friendly (as said before), but is also perfect if you just want to relax and read some good books and eat good food.
We can't recommend this hotel enough and we are looking forward to coming back - we are already planning a family get together at this hotel next year!
Lovely hotel, fantastic location, great value
My friend and I booked a last minute allocation on arrival holiday and ended up in Magaluf. Not too bad as we're in our late 20's but still not we wanted for our week away!
So we hired a car and drove through the most beautiful scenery to get to Port Soller. Luckily the Esplendido had one room left, which we snapped up after being shown it. I was amazed that it was only €120 for the room for the night.
The staff were very friendly. The room was perfect - Ok maybe a little small if staying for more that a few nights, but to be honest the area is so lovely you won't want to spend much time there. Plus there are lots of little terraces you can sit on within the hotel, (we didn't have our own as it was a garden room) as well as a living room with a record player and lots of records to choose from!
There a lots of nice little touches like bath robes, two single duvets on a double bed - great so you don't have a tug of war over them, surround sound speakers in the room, free safe box, free use of DVDs and CDs for the DVD player in the room, and reasonable mini bar prices (we ended up watching Bridget Jone's diary whilst eating toblerone and M&Ms!).
Would definitely go back and recommend to all friends and family.
Great hotel and location
Six of us (3 couples) have just spent a week at Hotel Esplendido in Port de Soller in Majorca. The hotel is very unusual (Swedish owned) and very 'IKEA'. Service is friendly and efficient. We had sea view rooms which is worth having as you wake up to the horse shoe bay and yachts and boats. You can also have your breakfast overlooking the bay. Some very luxurious yachts use the bay. The weather was extremely hot but air conditioning helped. The rooms are very stylish and have DVDs if you want it. Pool is rather small but sea is just a five minute walk away and great as it is sandy and you can hire beds etc. Lots of bars etc to eat lunch. Some reports describe the road outside as noisy but it is a sea side hotel - if you want complete quiet don't book a hotel by the sea! Hire a car and drive into the mountains (Serra da Tramuntana) - breathtaking views. BUT don't leave bags in the car as we had two bags stolen by them forcing the boot lock - we had just left the car (locked) for five minutes and a credit card was used (unsucessfully) within the hour in Valdemossa. Tram into Soller is novel and we took the train to Palma. Port de Soller is small and unspoilt - we hope it doesn't change as we would like to go back in the spring to walk. All in all a great holiday. Would highly recommend the hotel and location. It is an antidote to the awful resorts like Ca'n Picafort and resorts around Palma- Blackpool in Spain! This part of Majorca is very beautiful.
We had high expectations having read the reviews and seen the pictures of this hotel. Reality was different: We had a big seaview
terrace room.Terrace couldnt be used because there was no sun
umbrella and the heat there was terrific.The size of the room was moderate , not big. It seems bigger because of the missing
furniture.No couch like shown in the pictures,no table,no mirror.We put a chair from balcony inside so we didnt have to use the bed whole day.Bath was in a fine modern design,but lightning was rather spooky.Bathrobes were in a closet in the wall,remaining from the old esplendido hotel.It looked like youthhostel,but they call it modern vintage.
We asked at reception wether this was the 260 € room we booked and they confirmed it. There was no really interest of the
stuff in the guests.They did their duty,but not more.This was the feeling of the whole week.
Breakfast was not overwhelming choice,possibility for making fresh orange juice is a good idea. But you have it with noisy music and a conversation at breakfast is almost impossible.
The clients of the house were mostly scandinavian families with many children running and screaming around.The use of the two smaller pools,which are wonderful situated in the garden above the hotel is restricted because they are full of children playing in there.
Splendid...in many ways!
This is a lovely hotel. Not world class - (nor is it trying to be), but beautifully designed, with charming staff and a friendly, stylish atmosphere. Views are stunning....however there are some (small) downsides. Pool service is poor, the two pools are small (so probably not good for boisterous kids)...the beaches are 'ok' and there is a road between the hotel and beach. Do NOT be put off...despite this, it really is lovely - and indeed the hotel prices (€140 for a Garden Patio Room) are remarkably good value. This includes breakfast - which is pretty impressive - though the squeeze your own orange juicers are a nice idea, but should probably be binned!
Sea facing rooms are having great views (go for one with a balcony)..but you do pay a good premium. However, there are some ''public' sea facing balconies, so even if you can't afford one of the expensive rooms, you can sip a drink and watch the sun set. Yo! The hotel has a good number of 'chill places'...and even in peak season doesn't feel crowded.
Clients seem to be a chilled mix of Swedes, Germans, Dutch and the odd Brit.
I liked this so much, I am going back in a couple of weeks!
* Highly Recommend *
What can I say, Hotel Esplendido is absolutely perfect. First, the location is great. Situated right on the water in the small town of Puerto de Soller, away from the mass crowds of Palma. The hotel is very modern with a large open lounge that over looks the water. There is a nicely decorated pool with several grass terrace levels for sun bathing - all of which have a wonderful view over the bay. Second, the hotel rooms are very modern (but a bit small), with down comforters, classy decorations, and a sound stereo system in the room. Book the Sea View Terrace room (it's worth it) as you will have your own large private balcony that over looks the bay. You can sunbath on your balcony and have drinks as you watch the sun set. Open your terrace doors and you can see the ocean and hear the waves crash along the shore ---- this experience is priceless --. Third, the service is exceptional. Hotel Esplendido staff gave us candied advise on restaurants and activities. Most importantly, the staff was incredibly friendly and overtly helpful. Finally, the food was amazing. The inclusive breakfast was the best I have ever experienced with a broad array of food (plus views of the ocean). The hotel restaurant was also very good, but a bit pricy. All-in-all, this hotel is a must. I cannot recommend this hotel enough.
Great new addition to the Mallorca scene!
Hotel Esplendido, as you no doubt know, is the sister hotel to the wonderful Hotel Portixol in Palma. It is owned by the same Swedish couple and in many ways is very similar in atmosphere and design. We stayed there for four nights during its first month of 'real' opening (i.e all the rooms are now open), during the month of April 2006. We were not disapppointed.
Location: The Esplendido is located in Puerto de Soller on the northern coast of the island. Do not be put off by this! Due to the construction of a new tunnel for part of the route (avoiding the tortuous mountain route), the journey from the airport to the hotel is now about 20 minutes max, a fare of about 35 euros in a taxi. You can also hire a car and drive there easily. Puerto de Soller is the port for Soller itself, which is a pretty little town which you reach by the historic tram which runs between the two and takes about ten minutes. We were really pleased that we stayed in Puerto de Soller and not in Soller itself, as it is calmer, has more places to eat and is a lot more scenic! Puerto de Soller is lovely - very calm at Easter time (will probably be very busy in summer though) and has lots of charming places to eat, a beautiful church, a beach and is generally a great place to spend a relaxing few days. It is not a place for trendy bars or nightlife though!
The Hotel: Yes, it does sit on the main road into Soller, but this is a small road, not one overburdened with traffic at all times. Having said that, I would avoid getting a room on the first floor facing the sea...
The Rooms: We had a 'big sea view terrcace', which was really very big and could not be faulted. The balcony did face the road but more importantly the sea - what a view! The bed is very comfortable and the bathroom had special cruelty-free toiletries which I ended up buying larger bottles of when I left... I have to say that it is not worth getting a room which does not have a view. It is such a great view, right round the bay. The rooms at the back tend to face a brick wall and are not too private as everyone at the swimming pool can see directly onto your terrace/into your room.
The Ambience: lovely. The swimming pool also has a great view, there are plenty of sunloungers, a small gym, a lounge for playing vinyl records, a steam room and a sauna and lots of lovely touches like the Portixol (i.e free tickets to the football). There is a huge DVD collection for you to borrow films and watch them in the comfort of your room.
Food: breakfasts are included in the price and are massive, buffet breakfasts with plenty of choice. Why don't more hotels do this? The bistro is really small, and there are 80-odd rooms in the hotel, so book in advance! I know this sounds sad, but after 8 days of eating delicious tapas in Spain I was grateful for some of the 'world' food they provided (burger, Greek salad and so on). Please also try the 'Fet a Soller' chocolate ice cream, which you can also buy in lots of other places around the hotel. Half ice-cream, half chocolate mousse, yum! The bar has wonderful cocktails too.
All in all we had a perfect time there. This is a hotel for families with small kids or tired professional couples like us. Nightlife (at least at Easter, when we were there) is non-existent ... but it is a wonderful hotel, with lots of special touches and very friendly staff. Well worth a visit.
Good this year (2005), will be better next year.
The hotel has recently been taken over and refitted by the people who run the excellent Hotel Portixol on the the South of the Island. Its location is superb, looking across the bay at Puerto de Soler and with the historic tram running regularly up to the town of Soller. (Soller is a historic town with a rail link through the mountains to Parma.) A disadvantage of the hotel location is that it fronts onto a road which makes sitting outside on the front area of the hotel unpleasant. Our room being several floors up missed most of the traffic noise and we loved the sound of the waves breaking through the night.
The hotel is in a 'soft start' first season which means it was giving 30% discount because some teething troubles were to be expected - and the hotel did have some problems with smells in the lobby from air conditioning or drains. We also had to change rooms once, which was done quickly and efficiently.
Like the Portixol the operation is efficient and professional, the staff are friendly and helpful and the quality of the refit is very high. Breakfasts are exceptional. Restaurant dinners were average; not as good as the Portixol; there are plenty of nearby places to eat. There's a lot more work being done this winter to finish the refit as only some of the bedroom floors were open when we visited.
The Esplendido is shaping up and could become - like its sister hotel the Portixol - outstanding.
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