Santa Lucia Hotel
Travel Blogs from Palma Nova
... 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 ...
... I'm used to my full 8 hours at least!). There were no definite plans with the others so hopefully I won't have burnt any bridges and will be able to party with them next time instead. Right. Must sleep, as have to pack in the morning and head off to hotel #2 before the boat trip at 0900! So looking forward to a proper Sunday lie in! Also very much looking forward to the arrival of Kamal tomorrow - ...
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 ...
... so made the most of that and baked for a little while before heading down to do my homework! Tonight - the school has organised a visit to a flamenco display - well I think it is a display - somebody else said we had to learn flamenco ourselves - oh the joy of not really understanding the language! It was only me and Monica from our class but a few others from a more ...
... although it really does take me back to those first few days at school - 25 years ago! I thought the lessons might be approached differently and just concentrate on getting by in Spanish, but it seems that this old school way is the standard method. Homework was finished early today so enjoyed a Puzzler by the pool - being so high (8th floor) means there is a lovely breeze to help cope with the 30C temperature... Dinner with Monica ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Santa Lucia Hotel Palma Nova
Excellent, will definately come back
Excellent hotel and resort. This is a Thomson only hotel, I booked it on [-] . We booked 8 days before we went, 2 until the 9th of March 2007, every room faces the sea, our room was almost the furthest away from the sea yet it was still superb view. We are considering going again in September with friends and wouldn't hesitate to recomend it to anyone. The rooms were superb and carpeted, as were the corridoors, very rare for Spanish hotels, which meant it was very quiet. Our TV was free, received CNN News, Sky News, BBC News, BBC2 Eurosport to name a few, the room service was excellent. The staff were friendly and entertainment first class together with the reps. The food was good, buffet, with a wide variety on offer.
Sun terrace/swimming pool didn't open till 8 am, the sauna shut from 11 am until 3 pm and shut down at 5 pm.
Outdoor pool looks fantastic but was very cold, best I could manage was two minutes.
The fridge in the room is on but you have to hire a key to open it.
Monroe's bar is fantastic for the young and old with a karaoke from patsy cline to oasis songs. Monroes is located coming out of hotel, turn right and its a hundred yards on left. The owner, Bibi, wouldn't except payment for the drinks on four occasions, a lovely generous man, always smiling, who made every one feel welcome.
Just outside the hotel is two bars with multi screen TVs for all the sport and two Euro's a pint for San Miguel, they serve Guiness, John Smiths, Caffreys, Tetleys, etc. all on draft.
We went to the Santa Lucia Hotel, Palma Nova, for February half term week, we were not disappointed, it was a fabulous week, the hotel first class and we were very lucky with the weather it was sunny all week except for one overcast day, but still warm enoough to be out and about with just a cardigan on.
The hotel staff were very friendly and always had a smile for you. The hotel was exceptionally clean, including the public areas, toilets and restaurant.
The twin room was plenty big enough for us even with the extra bed in for our 7 year old daughter. The rooms were cleaned to a very high standard every day and the towels were changed daily.
The food, at both breakfast and dinner, was buffet style with plenty of choice and very well presented and hot (despite the negative reviews I had read about the food before we went).
They even had hot puddings which did include a bread and butter pudding with custard which my husband said was excellent.
The hotel whilst we were there was mainly occupied by older couples, which was not a problem for us and there were a couple of other families there with young children too. The hotel and resort is ideal for anybody with disabilities, the hotel even has disabled motorised scooters for hire.
The outdoor swimming pool was too cold to swim in except for the brave few!!! The indoor pool was heated and once again the pool and surrounding area was kept very clean. Sauna and Turkish Bath too.
The entertainment in the evening was mostly very good, dancing first then bingo and a live show each night.
The resort was very quiet in the evenings with not much open, but we were expecting this anyway. There were two bars open across the road from the hotel which were ideal for an after dinner drink before the hotel entertainment started and were also very welcoming.
Overall a fabulous holiday and would recommend this hotel to everyone, although I should imagine the resort would be very busy in the Summer months.
Fourth visit-hope it wont be the last
have only stayed even here in the off season so ive got no idea what it would be like in the season, but its always been busy when ive been there, the staff are always friendly and cheerful no matter how busy they are. the whole hotel is spotless, at all times. food was good, although there were a few too many fish based dishes for my liking, there were always alternatives. the entertainment was excellent, both in the main bar and the cocktail lounge. the location is superb situated on the flat, seperating two beaches. a lot of people we spoke to were, like ourselves, return guests, which should really tell you all you need to know!! a word of caution though, opposite the hotel is a small money exchange, they wanted to charge me over 200 euros commision to change £700, there are plenty of commision free agencies not much further away, use them
Un hotel encantador
En general, el Santa Lucia es un hotel muy bueno. La ubicación es excepcional, la limpieza es de suma importancia, el personal fue cortés y servicial, las habitaciones eran cómodas con buenas instalaciones, y el entretenimiento variaba cada noche. Sí, hay bingo todas las noches, pero es solo un juego, el cual tarda aproximadamente diez minutos máximos. No fue problema. Odio el bingo. El guitarrista y el tocador del teclado en el bar de cócteles a las 11:00 p.m. cada noche son geniales. Fui todas las noches. La comida es buena y típica de un hotel español de buena calidad. Enfatizo español. No lo compares a un hotel inglés. El desayuno bufet caliente pudo haber estado más caliente, pero la selección de otras comidas es buena. Yo en realidad no quiero un desayuno grasoso lleno de colesterol todos los días, aunque si lo disfruto un par de días a la semana. Hay fruta, yogur, cereal, gachas de cereales, queso, jamón, tostadas, todo tipo de té, café y jugo. Es una selección excelente. La cena también es buena. De nuevo, fue un bufet caliente y frío excelente con una buena selección de postres, pasteles, y fruta. El hotel está más adaptado a adultos--honestamente, a adultos mayores. No había instalaciones para niños. Regresaremos. Pasamos unas vacaciones de invierno maravillosa.
A lovely hotel
All in all the Santa Lucia is a very good hotel. Location is superb, cleanliness is of paramount importance, staff are courteous and helpful, rooms are comfortable with good facilities, entertainment varies each night - yes there is bingo every evening but only one game which lasts about 10 mins max - not a problem and I hate bingo. The guitarist and key board players in the cocktail bar at 11 p.m. each night are brilliant- went in every night. The food is good and typical of a good quality Spanish hotel - I emphasise Spanish - don't compare it to an English hotel - the hot buffet at breakfast could be hotter but the choice of other items is good - I for one don't want a greasy cholesteral laden breakfast every day - although I do enjoy it a couple of times a week. There is fruit, yoghurts, cereals, porridge, cheese, ham, toast, all kinds of tea, coffees and juice - an excellent choice. Dinner is good too - again an excellent hot/cold buffet with a good choice of desserts, cakes and fruit. The hotel is geared up mainly towards adults - and in all honesty the more mature adult - there aren't any facilities for children. We will be returning - we had a wonderful winter's week break.
Loved the Location
I booked the Santa Lucia through the Thomson website in October and was pleasantly suprised by the good value for money I received.
The Santa Lucia is in an excellent location right on the beach front in the centre of Palma Nova. The hotal facilities were good, rooms comfortable and clean with excellent views of the beach. There are lots of things to do in the surronding area with the resort of Magalluf only a short walk away. I thououghly enjoyed my stay in this hotel and found it very relaxing.
Me encantó la ubicación
Hice reservaciones en el Santa Lucia a través del sitio Web Thomson en octubre, y estuve agradablemente sorprendida con la buena relación calidad precio que recibí. El Santa Lucía está en una ubicación excelente justamente por la playa en el centro de Palma Nova. Las instalaciones del hotel eran buenas. Las camas estaban cómodas y limpias, y tenían vistas excelentes de la playa. Hay tantas cosas que hacer en el área con el complejo de Magaluf a una corta caminata. Disfruté mi estancia en este hotel completamente, y lo encontré muy relajante.
Losing its touch!
I booked this hotel with Thomson for a one week stay before christmas. I booked based on previous recommendations on how good the food & accommodation was at this hotel.
The hotel itself changed hands last year and is now under Hoteteur hotels and is not an Acorn hotel. This change of hands has not been for the better.
The hotel itself is clean; the staff I spoke to were very friendly and always pleasant with any enquiries. The rooms are basic, clean and comfortable. The indoor leisure facilities are not bad, the turkish steam room was broken for the duration of my stay but the pool and sauna were available. The only issue lies with the food in the hotel, it is appalling. The one reason I had booked this hotel was the glowing reports the hotel has in previous years, in particular regarding the quality of the food.
The food offered at the dinner buffet was half cooked and had been left under a hot lamp for the best part of 1-1.5 hours on some nights I had noticed. Food was of poor quality, half cooked and not very appetising. On some nights it was difficult to choose anything suitable to eat and when you did it was lukewarm. Thomsons UK brochure rating for this hotel has dropped sharply this year due to the food issues so you have been warned.
Thank goodness for home
We have just come back today from this hotel and belive me it was a mad house, The food is not nice at all .The kids were so bored they were running up and down the place till well after midnught, And the rooms dont get done till 3pm or after, New Years eve was nice but one night out of seven is a bit much. The lifts are so slow you stand about for ages and the entertainment was music from the ark. I am now told that this hotel has got new owners a group own it. If you want cold food no entertainment kids up and down till midnight, Well go here for a week
Good Location-Friendly Hotel
Went to the Santa Lucia after getting a late booking with Thomsons. The wether for this time of year was excellent mid to high 80's. The hotel is ideally situated right on the beach, about 300m from the centre of Palma Nova.
The hotel is more geared for the middle to old aged persons with very little in the way of facilities for young children or teenagers (No Kids clubs etc).
The staff at the hotel were excellent and very friendly - we could not fault the service we received. The hotel is very clean and the rooms all have sea views. The bedrooms are on the small size especially if you have three beds in them - but they are well furnished with good facilities.
The entertainment in the main lounge uincluded bingo and line dancing every night and some cabaret (the magician was excellent, but several iffy singers). The best entertainment was found in the cocktail bar later - with Pablo who played an excellent guitar and put on a cracking show 4 night a week.
All in all a very good hotel - especially if you are looking for a quiet and relaxing break.