Travel Blogs from Palma
Early start today to check out of hotel #1 and head to the boat. It was a great day after some initial confusion and panic and nearly missing the boat (I have now explained to them the difference in English between "being picked up outside the auditorium" and "making your own way to the boat opposite the auditorium across two main roads and a car park")! There was probably a total of 50 people on the boat of mixed ages and nationalities. After leaving the port, we headed west ...
... 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 ...
... and I retreated to the rooftop pool - my first time actually in the pool and it was perfect. I opted for an early night tonight so watched the sun go down then headed to the jazz bar within the hotel for a quick drink before bed - taking my homework with me (oh I'm so cool...!). However bar was great and music was brilliant so I ended up staying too late and drinking too much for an early night... Hope to catch up on some sleep soon though! ...
A little woozy after last night's drinks but not too bad! Monica and I both tried to encourage the rest of the class to be more sociable but that's not going anywhere fast - still - early days! After class we headed down to the port and have booked ourselves onto a cruise on Saturday which visits a couple of beaches along the coast. Managed for the first time to get a sunbed by ...
Another good day at school. I made a friend, whoop! Monica, from Brazil, is also here by herself so we are heading out to dinner together later. I feel for her as her English is not brilliant but is far better than my Portuguese.... I'm sure we will work something out! The three main English-speaking people from the course all live outside of the main city so it may be harder to get them out in the evening - but we will see! The lesson today ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Mirador Palma
Fantastic Location !
I stayed at the Mirador at the end of October with my boyfriend, brother and Mum, for my Mum's 60th Birthday.
It is situated about 15 minutes walk from the La Lotja area for fantastic restaurants & bars.
All our rooms were very spacious and had large balconys overlooking the marina and the sea and although not modern in style were very clean & comfortable.
The breakfast was excellent with plenty of choice, hot or cold and the breakfast terrace had the most amazing views, what a way to start the day !
The only thing that lets the hotel down is the Pool, or rather plunge pool ! But as you have the beautiful Iletas beach 10 minutes away in a cab or 1/2 hour by bus, not too much of a problem.
Staff were very courteous and friendly and i would stay there again.
Stayed for 4 nights at the end of October with my family to celebrate one of those dreaded milestone birthdays. Disappointed with the size of the pool - more of a plunge pool than a small swimming pool and very cold water. However, my room was fantastic - huge with a big balcony overlooking the harbour and so were the other two rooms. Breakfast was excellent with a wide choice of hot and cold buffet food - lovely dining room overlooking the sea and harbour. Good position, only 10 minute walk along the promenade to the centre of Palma. Toiletries could have been replenished more frequently. All in all, a very pleasant stay and good value.
Above average providing you don't pay top dollar for a room
Certainly above average. The Mirador is a previously grand hotel that has been superceeded by newer modern hotels. The room I had was a little tired I guess but overall with the views of the marina, its location and the fabulous breakfast terrace I was quite happy.
Can't comment on the staff because I never spoke to any of them. Never used the restaurant either because there so many more exiting local places to eat.
Decent Spanish hotel by the sea
The Hotel Mirador is located across of the marine in Palma, easy access to the center of town by public transportation and by car. Typical Spanish hotel, 1960s design. Stayed from June 21st to June 23rd, 2004. Checked in very early (8am) after coming from an overnight ferry from Barcelona. The daytime concierge was very nice and gave us a room quickly. It was on the 5th floor which strangely, could only be reached by going to the 4th floor, taking some stairs to another level and another small elevator. Not good if you have a heavy and/or many bags, but we managed. Lovely dining room for breakfast; buffet was good, nothing special (thought the orange juice was poor, tasted like Tang). Room was clean and neat, but no washcloths (in fact, none of the hotels I stayed in Spain had washcloths. What's up with that?) Overall, Mirador is a decent hotel in a great location with a nice, helpful staff (except the night concierge, he wasn't friendly at all- the previous review was right).
Clean, friendly, good location
We went to see some friends who live in Palma and this hotel is perfect as a base to explore the old town, bars, clubs and marina. Good value for money. Watch out for the grumpy night porter though!
Not what I expected
The photos led me to expect something rather nicer than was the case. The last correspondent is right - it is looking rather tired but can't comment on the hairdryer. Yes, the staff are very friendly but I was rather put off on arrival by the need to take the lift to the 4th floor, get out, go up a flight of stairs, cross a gallery (the lounge as shown in one of the photos on the Expedia review) and take another lift to our room on the 6th floor. The decor is interesting in that it is typical Spanish but the beds certainly need replacing.
For an island where citrus fruit practically grows wild it was disconcerting to be given what seems suspiciously like orange squash for breakfast. Yes, there is plenty of choice but you really need to be there at 7.30 when it is put out fresh as it just sits there for the over 3 hours that breakfast is served.
The bathroom has no window and the toiletries are rubbish - bring your own. The view from the terrace is lovely but try and avoid a room on the side of the building as we were woken every night/morning by people walking up and down the steps beneath our balcony talking loudly or by early morning rubbish collection or deliveries at the Tryp Bellver next door. On the bright side, the bar/cafe is a lovely place to sit and watch passersby and they do pour large measures! The location is good if you want a sea/harbour view but the walk into the centre (Avda. Jaime III) takes a good 15 minutes at a pretty brisk pace. We enjoyed our stay in Palma enormously but next time I think I'll look for something more central.
Have just returned from a stay in this hotel. As previously mentioned in other reviews the hotel staff were very friendly. The hotel itself certainly needs updating, it looks very tired and the hotel bedrooms certainly need a complete overhaul. Take your own hairdryer - if you use the hotels you are likely to be there all day. Yes the breakfast was very good, but give the evening meal a miss. Overall we had a pleasant four day stay, but would not return.
Stayed at the Mirador in May for a long weekend. Hotel is situated on the main road overlooking the port. Perfect spot, 10 mins walk away from the centre of Palma and tapas bars. Hotel is typically Spanish and maybe a little tired in parts but clean and comfortable rooms with all amenities. The breakfasts were great with loads to choose from whatever your taste. The hotel has a small pool on the roof along with a sunbathing terrace - nice to end a day of sightseeing here! The bar is comfortable and very reasonably priced. I would definitely stay here again.
An unexpected gem
An absolutely lovely hotel with splendid views of the Marina and, if you're lucky, of the Cathedral. There is a taxi rank almost directly outside the hotel. The staff were friendly and service good during our 4 night stay in March 2004. As already stated, the buffet breakfast is excellent with lots of choice; hot or cold plus fresh fruit. The hotel was very clean and the decor in typical Spanish style. The bar & restaurant area can be best described as functional, but don't let this put you off as the the efficient, friendly staff and the large measures more than make up for it! We would have no hesitation in returning.
Friendly, efficient service; good food; very well located for great views over the marina and visits to sights of Palma. Good size rooms, good bathrooms, brilliant buffet breakfast. All in all, a great place to stay for young or old. NB. We were there at Christmas time.