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Stephan65 stayed here on Mar 25, 2013 during their trip titled: Never walk a way twice!!.
Today I had totally free so last night I decided I wanted to do something fun and adventurous! I've been planning for a while to do a hiking trip but wasn't sure where to. Last night Michele (One of the girls from my program) and I decided on a hike to Biniaraix. This morning we took a bus to Soller and then hiked to another town called Biniaraix. ...
So I had my job interview on Tuesday the 4th and it went really well! It wasn't actually an interview it was more of a "here's what you'll be doing" kind of deal. It's such a nice hotel! Today was my first day working and I was so nervous. I bought a few new work outfits because everyone dresses VERY nicely there!
Today was great! We went to several different fun places! First we headed over to Pollenca. Here we got to walk through a traditional Mallorcan market, all the food was so fresh and delicious! I ended up buying a bag full of strawberries and some green olives stuffed with cheese! Yum:) After the market we walked up 365 steps to reach the top of Puig De Pollenca. There's some significance to the number of steps but ...
This week I've been seeing a lot of children dressed up in crazy costumes.. And the closer the weekend got the more adults I saw wearing costumes as well! I finally figured out that this week and weekend Palma, and most other countrys in Europe, celebrate Sa Rua. I have to say I'm not really sure what they are celebrating, but it's been a lot of fun so far! Friday a few of us dressed up like Mimes and went out to celebrate our friends ...
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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.