Travel Blogs from Soller
Stephan65 stayed here on Mar 25, 2013 during their trip titled: Never walk a way twice!!.
Monday, 6/2/2014. Short trip to Mallorca and then off we were to Copenhagen. Here are a few shots from our plane.
I can see why the Brits love to come to this place as it is very beautiful and it's reputation as a party place is probably unfair as it has a lot more to distinguish itself than that. It's relaxed for the most part except in the main streets and there are little bazaars and courtyards everywhere with the usual street vendors but no one pesters you greatly. The port area is very attractive with lots of palm trees lining the street and the marina is huge with some very very costly boats in ...
... the city sightseeing tour. The first stop was right at the port side so we 'hopped' on! We saw some beautiful parts of Palma, including the Cathedral. Headed back to the ship about 3.30. It was nice and quiet as we were not sailing again until 8pm so most people were still off ...
... but Karen and I passed on the horse sausage that came with our sea bass. The goat cheese salad was superb. I'm happy because the sangria, one of my favorites, is plentiful here in Spain. We'll be seeing them again, if not here in Spain, then definitely in Florida once they get back from their summer on the boat in France.
After dinner, a little time on the balcony with a plastic glass of wine. What could be better?
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Esplendido Hotel Soller
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
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.
We are a small family of two adults and one child aged four, who have just returned from a wonderful week at Esplendido Hotel.
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!
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
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!
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.
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.
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.