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... water I have ever seen and the weather was spectacular. It was so much fun to just play around in the water for the day even though my beach soccer team lost. During the nights we bounced between bars and clubs and ended our last night by being the only people in the Irish pub in the area. It was so much fun to just be goofy and dance around the place without caring. We all got a lot closer with the group of guys we went away with and I really really LOVED going away us four ...
... port up to the town. It looked very colonial, with white concrete balustrades, and palm trees in the surrounding parklands. So we duly left the ship and climbed the stairs to explore Mahon. The Tourist Information lady told us it was a small town, which it was, and it was very quiet when we started out a bit before 9. We soon deduced that business hours were from 10, and at about 5 to, the place really livened up. In the ship's daily notes ...
... the Bellver Castle, built in the 14th century, is one of the few circular castles in Europe. It overlooks the bay and the city from a hillside, providing a spectacular view of Palma.We walked through the narrow streets of the Old Town.Back on the ship we listened to a lecture of the history of Spain through its architecture and paintings.
... shoulder barging us for our morning bacon. Thing is they get their anoraks and hiking boots out and head off during the day, leaving few by the pool and then by night they appear. I mean we have had cloudy days, and we have had storms, we have had rain but anoraks and boots please! I assumed they were all chec but after my daily chat with the receptionist....i call her barca cause shes from barcelona, she told me theyre german,sweedish,polish and check. Love my ...
... So, having done all that, we headed off for our day in Palma. The cruise company always has a shuttle from the port, but last night when we were in town we enquired about a Hop On Hop Off Bus, and found that it stopped right at the port, so we decided that was the option we would take. It was quite sunny, and warmed up early in the day, but we took an upstairs seat, and had a really good view. It was a bit scary as ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Horizonte Palma
Quite a find
i stayed there in October 2003. Not very appealing from the putisde but once inside it really wasnt too bad. The rooms were claened every day with a change of linen on a daily basis too. There did appear to be a smell of diesel in the air. especially from the balcony, which wasnt great but had a great view. Anyone wanting a cheap place to stay in Palma cant go too wrong nut be be prepared for 3 30 mins hike into town and a very steep climb on the return
The hotel is very much as described, clean and comfortable, maid service is daily with a change of towels, we found the reception staff helpful and friendly, we booked a Superior room, with air con and a jacuzzi, there is a room safe 2 euros per night, plus 10 euros refundable deposit for the gizmo which enables its use, these are in the main building, served by two lifts, we were on the eigth floor and had a balcony which overlooked the harbour, with its ever changing cruise ships, and the superb bay of Palma, from the corridor outside the room there was a panorama of the mountains, Bellvier castle and the cathederal. Ok - the hotel is on a hill, but not as bad as I imagined from some of the reports, you can either walk up the road, or use the steps, what has not been said before, is that there are two sets of steps and the less obvious ones are the better, there are less steps, I think around 105, but there are around four rest poins, complete with benches, and well lit at night, when you come up the street from the main road, the most obvious steps are facing you, ignore these, walk to the right and about 200yds on your left you will see the other steps, up these, turn right and the hotel is about 150 yds away. The taxi from the airport cost 18.5 euros, but if you use the No. 1 Blue bus, every 10-15 mins, as we did on the return, it is 1.80 euros each, and it drops you off straight outside departures, the No.3 Blue bus, again every 10 mins, will take you anywhere in Palma city for 1 euro, ask for Place Joan Carlos, watch the indicator in the front of the bus, and you will get off outside Bar Bosch, which is a very nice spot to observe life, C&A is immediately opposite, the same bus will also take you to the train to Soller. If you want a nice restaurant, go down the street from Bar Bosch, and on the right hand side, near to the bottom you will find the old narrow streets, there is a restaurant there called La Paloma, it is superb, try the roast lamb. If you want to go to Palma Nova, catch the Red/Yellow bus No. 12, every 20 mins, and only 1.80 euros, the bus service is really brilliant, get a Palma street map from the Tourist Information Centre and you cannot go wrong, we had a very enjoyable six night break, and found no issues at all with the Horizonte. The hotel is not far from the Porto Pi centre, a shopping and entertainment complex, the buses all stop close to this venue.
Great for girlie short break
Stayed here in May with sister in law on a short break, hotel basic but clean, reasonable breakfast,opportunity to 'eat in' in the evening (not bad) and although it is in no-mans-land there is a taxi rank outside the hotel door, cheap enough to get up and down into Palma (all the city taxi drivers seemed to know where it was) if on limited budget, a pretty steep walk goes down to the 'bus stop.
Visited Palma for a long weekend in July with my friend and stayed in Hotel Horizonte which is basic but clean accommodation in Porte Pi kind of behind the Palma Ferry Port. The hotel is situated up a hill overlooking the bay so don't go if you your're not up to the hike, although there is a taxi rank right outside the hotel. There is also a great shopping mall 5 mins walk from the hotel and a few nearby bars and restaurants. Best to head out into either Palma City a half hour walk or 5 euros in taxi or to Palma Nova (15 euros taxi) for nightlife. The city is beautiful, fantastic restaurants and bars dotted around the tiny streets, need i comment on whats in Palma Nova/Magalluf? City people friendly and welcoming. We had fantastic lazy days in the sun, and some great nights out. Ideal base for a girlie or lads break!!
Good value on a budget
Room was clean and tidy although the balcony was a big let down. Lovely view but because of the chairs and table being filthy we couldn't enjoy it ! Good value for money though if on a budget.
Perfectly adequate for a Lad's Week-end
Hotel Horizonte is a large 70's tower block which has recently undergone a facelift , albeit on a limited budget. However , we found the rooms comfortable and clean ,with great views over the town and harbour ,and facilities perfectly adequate - not many 2* hotels have swimming pool. Staff friendly , helpful, and receptionists speak good English.It is some distance from the old town but there is a taxi rank and local car hire opposite the front door. Car hire very reasonable.Two excellent restaurants - Spaghetteria and Port PI nearby offer alternative to 7 euro (!)evening meal at the hotel( which we didn't try).
I have recently returned from a wonderful 4-day break at the Hotel Horizonte. My room was fantastic, with a jacuzzi in the bathroom, superb views of the bay of Palma and plenty of wardrobe space. The hotel staff were very helpful and the bar staff were friendly. Whilst the food was average, there was still plenty to eat with a great deal of choice on offer at each meal. The only problem for me personally, was that as it is situated on a hill, whichever direction you come out of the hotel, you have to walk down a slopes or a number of steps to reach Calle Joan Miro - which means you have all that to do again in reverse when returning to the hotel.However, there was plenty to do and see and the weather was just perfect. Four days just lying horizontal at the Horizonte - what could be more perfect!I had a great time and would recommend the hotel to all my friends AND I would go back there again.Pauline Dewberry
took 14yr daughter and her friend here for easter break...problem was location..hotel is in no-mans-land basically. need to get taxis everywhere as buses are unpredictable and we didnt have much time. Better to be within walking distance of Palma eg hotel Costa azul...or locate in one of the nearby resorts eg Palma Nova where at least the kids could have gone out for a couple of hours without major planning! very steep approach road to hotel.taxi rank outside, all the taxi drivers knew where the hotel was located. 6euros to Palma. 17 euros to airport. 16 euros to Magaluf by taxi.Several large groups booked in including all-lads group and party of adults within learning disabilities, so the atmosphere in the lounge and around the pool was often not terribly quiet or relaxing!! I escaped to the luxurious surroundings of the next-door hotel valparaiso bar ..much more civilised!!!!rooms were spotlessly clean and pleasant . Breakfast was plentiful but basic but then I'm particular about what I eat!!on balance the horizonte is ok as a bed for the night, esp if you have a hire car..otherwise I reckon you could do much better elsewhere!!
Less than happy!
This hotel was difficult to find - neither car rental agents or the local police knew of location. Located on a hillside, not recommended for those with any disabilities. Rooms are clean but not sound proof and many are not accessible by elevator. Dining room staff very accomodating, but front desk staff were not always helpful. Public areas were often very smokey.