Grupotel Valparaiso Palace & Spa
Travel Blogs from Palma
... We returned to Palma port at around 1600 and headed straight for some frozen yoghurt at this lovely local place (luckily near my new hotel!). After settling into the new hotel (which is also very nice), Kamal arrived at 2100 and we had a small dinner at a small place which was a bit less touristy - making a new barman friend (the best kind!) and sampling a few of his favourite cocktails. A really lovely day - but - ¡Dios mio! - I'm really looking forward to a lie in on ...
... who have moved here. But for me - well I was mainly interested in getting to know the language and being able to get by a lot better when on holiday. I realise that to do the class properly I will have to study a lot more after lessons - more than I had planned to. This in itself is not too bad, but it takes away time I was plan to spend "living" here and I'm afraid that when I come back to UK I ...
As expected, still over tired today! Class was good though and afterwards a few of us went to grab lunch at a local market. There were lots of different food stands (think Borough Market al Palma) and we sat at one with a few different tapas (obviously!). This afternoon we went to the Es Baluard art gallery which was interesting. A few pieces of local Mallorquin art including a small Joan Miro exhibition. A quick mojito with Monica, Trisha ...
... who have all been here a while. They seem to have their own group but some were more sociable than others! Most of them go home this week though so no real allies to gain. The flamenco was very impressive - not at all cheesy which is what I had feared. Lots of clapping and stamping and swooshing - but very cool. Didn't quite manage my early night though so feeling quite ...
... we went to a lovely and very popular tapas place (La Boveda) which James introduced to me last year. After dinner caipirinhas (of course!) at Idem - a very cool small bar, which sadly was very hot and a bit quiet... To be tried again at a weekend! Monica did very well speaking English all night and there weren't too many awkward silences to contend with! Our mission tomorrow is to try to encourage more people from the course to be ...
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The Grupotel Valparaiso lies to the west of Palma. It is slightly outside the centre - probably a good 30 minute walk - but only 5 minutes and 8 euros in a taxi. The hotel is quiet with extensive gardens and 3 freshwater pools. There is an indoor heated pool and Spa which is free to hotel residents between 0900 - 2200.
Breakfast menu is extensive and excellent with top notch service. A wide range of freshly squeezed fruit juices is available.
There are 2 restaurants in hotel. One a Bistro type and the other gourmet and pricier. The Bistro restaurant service can be a little slow when it is very busy. In summer there is a poolside restaurant also.
There is one tennis court (not in top notch condition) and several paddle courts (tennis/squash mix type of game). All racquets and balls are lent out to guests.
All of the staff are helpful and friendly and really make you feel at home in the hotel.
Room furnishings are a little bit outdated but the rooms are so comfortable and spacious one doesn't really care about the decor being a little old fashioned. The views are super. Cathedral view is excellent but views at side of hotel are nice too.
It's pricey but worth it!!! I'll be going back.
Palma itself is a lovely city to explore. The old town is very interesting with a number of old courtyards, Arab baths, Palace and Cathedral. Several museums and art galleries.
We did lunch at Es Baluard contemporary art museum which has an outside terrace overlooking Palma Bay.
Tried several restaurants in town but if you see a nice looking Tapas Bar called "El Pilon" AVOID it. Has really gone downhill. Rip off prices for what we were served and the large bottle of mineral water was brought to the table uncapped so I think we might have been drinking tap!!!!
Excellent and friendly service
The hotel is a true five star hotel, everything seems newly renovated. We had a spacious room with a balcony and a wonderful view overlooking Palma. The choice of the breakfast buffet was enourmous, the food quality very good. The staff is extremely friendly and goes out of their way to help you. We got for example a late checkout for free. As our room had been booked, they gave us a new room.
A true highlight is the recently renovated spa and indoor pool area with a touch of Asian atmosphere.
The location is very good in an upper class residential area, but you will need transport. I was told the walk to the center is 40 minutes. It looked like you had walk fast to do it in 40 min. We had a car, therefore I cannot comment on buses / taxis.
It certainly helped that we were lucky with the weather, 20 C and sunny in November
Outstanding Hotel - 5* service
My self and my family have just spent 1wk in Grupotel Valparaiso Palace in Palma, spain, and it was an outstanding hotel, the rooms were spotless and clean and the staff were so friendly and caring.
The main breakfast is a hugh buffet (and I mean hugh!!), its got everything you can every ask for & the staff in the restuarants are very kind and welcoming. They can all speak very good english which definatly help us, and are so willing to help.
The hotel is based up a quite steep hill, (so you would need a taxis or car, unless you are fit and you can walk it) - it is very close to palma airport .
The hotel has marble flooring and free internet access to all its guests - it definatly seemed like to was 'the place to be' in palma - very high class.
Every room has 2 balconies over looking palma & the habour bays. There is also a free health spa that all guest can use with a indoor & outdoor heated swimming pool, sauna, gym etc.. and the staff are so friendly. When we went in the health spa in the evening it is very peaceful and relaxing (we were the only one;s in the pool - so we had the whole pool to ourselfs) - there provide you with dressing gowns & slippers fresh every day in your room & there is a direct lift, that goes straight down to the gym (so no one can see you in your swim wear - its very private).
I could not recommend this hotel enough - it was such great service & the rooms were great.
Es caro, pero vale la pena
No es barato, pero es un hotel de cinco estrellas que por primera vez merece esa clasificación. Pagamos por un suite junior, pero las habitaciones estándar son excelentes. El desayuno bufet estuvo excepcionalmente extenso y hermosamente presentado. El máximo atractivo son el trío increíble de piscinas muy grandes y pintorescas (dos afuera y una adentro), completado con saunas, cataratas, fuentes, aromaterapia, cuartos de vapor, y todo el lujo incluido en el precio de la habitación. Todo el personal es servicial y profesional. La única desventaja es la ubicación. Las vistas son maravillosas, pero son diez minutos y siete euros en taxi al centro de Palma. No es del todo un problema, a menos que verdaderamente quieras estar en el centro, pero entonces no tendrás las piscinas, etc.
Expensive but worth it
Not cheap, but a five star hotel that for once deserves the rating. We paid extra for a 'junior suite' but the standard rooms are excellent. Breakfast buffet was exceptionally extensive and beautifully presented. The crowning glory is the amazing set of three very large and scenic swimming pools (two outdoor one indoor) complete with saunas, waterfalls, fountains, aromatherapy, steam rooms and all the trimmings included in the room price. Staff all helpful and professional. Only drawback is location - wonderful views but a ten minute (seven Euro) hillside taxi ride from central Palma. Not at all a problem unless you really want to be central - but then you won't get the pools etc.
Die Erwartungen wurden übertroffen!
Das Valparaiso Palace ist ein fantastisches Hotel! Das Frühstücksbuffet ist an Vielfalt nicht zu übertreffen. Die Poolanlage ist großzügig gestaltet und in eine tolle Gartenanlage eingebettet. Der Wellness- und Spabereich ist sehr umfangreich. Die Zimmer sind sehr geräumig und bieten einen tollen Blick auf die Bucht. Das Personal ist immer freundlich und hilfsbereit und fremdsprachlich gut geschult, was nicht selbstverständlich ist. Da das Hotel in Hanglage gebaut wurde, sind allerdings kleinere Fußmärsche (z.B. zu zahlreichen Restaurants an der Promenade oder zum Porto Pi Einkaufszentrum) nicht zu vermeiden, es sei denn, man greift auf den gut ausgebauten öffentlichen Nahverkehr zurück oder mietet sich einen Wagen, für den Parkplätze in großer Anzahl zur Verfügung stehen.
I have just recently returned from a 5 day stay at this hotel and would thoroughly recommended it. The pool and spa areas were fabulous, the breakfast wonderful (the staff in the restaurant were extremely friendly and helpful) and the view from our balcony absolutely fantastic. The one and only down point was the wallpaper in our bedroom that had seen better days - apart from this, the bathroom was great and the room quiet and large. The hotel location was great for Palma - less than 5 minutes in a car - and a good 15 minute walk down a steepish hill to a great restaurant called "Woodys" on the harbour front. Will definately be staying here again!
Toller Pool, tolle Aussicht, schöne Zimmer, mittelmäßiger Service
Die Zimmer war recht geräumig, alle mit einer Terrasse und wunderbarer Aussicht auf den Hafen, die Stadt und die umliegenden Berge. Die Badezimmer war groß und ganz ordentlich ausgestattet. Es gibt zwei riesige und schöne Swimmingpools mit Fontänen und einer Insel in der Mitte - kommt für viele vielleicht wie in Las Vegas vor, aber man hatte viel Platz und es gab viele schöne Sonnenstühle. Kein 5-Sterne-Service - es gab niemanden, der einem ein Handtuch brachte oder Bestellungen am Pool entgegennahm (obwohl wir ein bisschen weiter in dem kleinen Restaurant am hinteren Pool ein nettes Mittagessen hatten, gegrillten Shrimp). Der Concierge sagte uns, dass eine tolle Tapas-Bar gerade zu gemacht hatte. Aber wir haben sie gefunden und sie war offen und ausgezeichnet. Sehr schönes und reichhaltiges Frühstück dort. Dafür, dass man ein schönes Zimmer, eine schöne Aussicht, schöne Pools und nur eine kurzen Fahrt in die Stadt hatte, kann man nichts sagen. Und der Preis stimmte auch.
Great pools, great views, nice rooms, mediocre service
Nice-sized rooms, all with terraces affording excellent views of the harbor, the city, and the surrounding hills. Large and reasonably well-appointed bathrooms. Two huge, attractive swimming pools with fountains and islands in the middle - may seem a bit Las Vegas to some, but lots of room to float around, nice chaises on bright sunny decks. Not five-star service - couldn't find someone to bring towels or take lunch or drink orders at the pools (though when we walked to the little restaurant facility down at the lower pool, we did get a nice lunch of grilled shrimp). Also concierge told us that a great tapas bar (La Bodeguilla) had definitely closed, but we found it ourselves and it was open and terrific. Very pleasant and abundant buffet breakfast. For fine room, view and pools within a short drive of town, you probably can't do better - price was fair, too (a miracle in these weak-dollar times).
we have just spent a week here,and in the middle of january the weather was warm and sunny.
we had a junior suite on the third floor over looking the whole city and the harbour, it was a wonderful veiw. the hotel is situated high above palma in its own small park...every thing was first class,including the staff who were the friendliest i have ever encountered!! the restaurant offered a very good menu at attainable prices. I can highly recommend