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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 ...
... We salsa danced.. Or rather, my friends salsa danced and I pretended like I knew what I was doing... Anyway, it was a good time!
Today I walked the street markets that accompany this carnival. Tons of meat and sweet stands. It was such an awesome site to see! I tried these doughnut looking things with chocolate sprinkled on them.. Delicious!
There was also a little petting zoo with horses, pigs, sheep, and several ...
... to the top things started to look up since about halfway there we started seeing the bluest water ever! We ended up sitting on this lookout for a few hours enjoying the sun, taking in the view, and of course eating our picnic lunch! Alicia, my host mom, made me the typical sandwhich. It's actually called a bocadillo, you buy a fresh loaf of bread and start off by putting olive oil on it, then you put ...
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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.