Travel Blogs from Palma
All went to plan this morning and the school is 5 minutes walk from the hotel. There are ten of us in the class - a mix of ages and nationalities, but they seem like a good bunch. Two others from London which I'm sure will be a godsend when it comes to breaking from Español for a minute! Nobody waited around after class for a drink though... I …
... Majorca coast, stopping off for a swim in the sea and arriving at Camp de Mar. A couple of hours on the beach and in the sea and we headed back to the boat for a delicious lunch of paella, salad, and ensaimadas (local cake type thing) - and lots of sangria and cava! The journey back meant sailing into the waves which meant for a very bumpy ride - all of which was very fun rather than scary or stomach churning. There was quite a lot of spray to keep us cool as well... Admittedly ...
So today was a funny one. I was still so tired this morning and was 5 minutes late for class - not a problem really but it knocked me for 6 and it was difficult to gain confidence throughout the rest of the lesson. I started to have my first doubts about whether I'm doing the right thing today.... The lessons are great for those who are properly learning Spanish - maybe for work, or to help with school, ...
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 ...
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 ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Saratoga Palma
We stayed at the hotel in March when visiting Palma for Easter (would recommend it). The room was adequate and clean. Good breakfast, lots of choice. Their rooftop restaurant was ok as far as the food was concerned - a bit more variety would be good but the views from here were fantastic. Overall we enjoyed our stay, there was a mix-up over the late check-out but, to their credit, the hotel did not charge us as it was their error. Would visit again for a short city break - excellent location.
Great location and excellent service
Stayed at the Saratoga on business 7-9 July.
The room was spotless and it was great to have a safe in the room.
The staff were all very friendly helpful and allowed us an extended check-out of 2pm on our day of departure.
The bar on the 7th floor has great views out to the west of Palma, there's also a rooftop swimming pool which looked good.
They have a car park which costs 10 euros a day, although you can park outside the hotel overnight free of charge (after 8pm), it is pay and display after 9am so be sure to get a ticket from the machine, you can buy a ticket the night before which will be good until 11am.
My only minor complaint was the size of the lifts, they were tiny, 2 people and they were full.
Having said that i will certainly stay here again.
Excellent value for money
This is a great hotel which is worthy of its 4 star rating in my view. The hotel is bright and clean with a touch of class. Public areas were well kept and furnishings in an impressive condition. The staff were attentive and polite. Nothing was too much trouble. Breakfast was excellent - a wide choice of fresh food in buffet style. Nice and quiet and hardly any children. There were two pools - the rooftop one has breathtaking views of Palma bay on the 7th floor. Smart bar on the 6th floor with good choice of food/snacks. I asked for a sea view and high floor when booking through opodo and got it. I had a view of the cathedral and the sea. Bedroom was in good condition - bathroom excellent. power shower in the bath in my room. All in all you can't go wrong with this centrally located hotel in Palma. It's situated between the harbour and main shopping area of the city.
great location.the room was on a noisy side street but only sayed for two nights so could put up with noise of occasional trafic,if i had stayed longer i would have requested a change of room.the breakfast was first class including champagne .i would stay here again as palma is a fantastic ,beautiful place to visit.the room was immaculate with hairdryer in the bathroom with toiletry products central heating if required.
Not really a four star
We had problems on three out of the four nights we stayed: no air conditioning, no water, then no hot water. When we complained we received no apologies from reception staff.
The hotel is in a good position, but lacks character. The terrace is a few sun loungers on a sea of concrete (with views of an adjacent multi-storey car park.
Rooms were ok comfort-wise and extremely clean.
Definitely wouldn't stay there again.
Excellent location, reasonable hotel
The best thing about this hotel is its location. It is half way between the cathedral and the marina with only 5-10mins walk to both. The views from some of the rooms and roof top are excellent.
We had a standard double which was comfortable and reasonably stylish. The bathroom was a little worn in places and there was nowhere to hang bath towels except a hook which was hanging half off the wall. There was also only one tiny packet of tissues in the room which never got replaced when we used them on the 1st day. Otherwise the room was well equipped with satellite TV, plenty of free toileties and shaving kits etc and had a very nice balcony overlooking the marina. The air con was not working even though it was warm in the room because it had the sun on it most of the afternoon.
The swimming pools were quite small but looked very nice although not heated. The public areas of the hotel were stylish and well maintained. The breakfast was very good with plenty of choice and even free wine or cava.
I would stay at this hotel again and thought it reasonable value for money and a slightly above average 4* spanish hotel.
The Saratoga is a fine hotel with excellent facilties and high standards. It is situated, very conveniently, on the edge of the main shopping area and five minutes from the harbour. Whilst we were there (October 2004) we were the only people using the larger of the two swimming pools. The room we were given for three people was spacious, well appointed and the minibar was reasonably priced. A bonus for any veggies is that within walking distance there are two very good exclusively vegetarian restaurants. When we go back to Palma it is the only place we will consider staying.
Saratoga Hotel Experience
I have stayed at the Hotel Saratoga in the past. This time was even better. Although I was a single person, I received a double room with a view of the famous Palma Cathedral from my balcony.
The champagne breakfast was excellent -- I enjoyed it (along with the proffered English language newspaper) each day.
My Mallorca friends all say they stay at the Saratoga when a Palma hotel is needed.
I thoroughly enjoyed my two weeks there and recommend this place to American visitors. This is an independent Mallorcan-owned hotel -- just what I appreciate and like.
22nd March 2004. I have just come back from a short stay break to this 4 star hotel (not a 5 * hotel as stated on a previous review). This is an excellent hotel. Close to the harbour, catherdral and the main shopping mall. The bedrooms are of a high standard offering full room service. The breakfast is first class - offering a hot & cold 'serve yourself' buffet. I couldn't fault the food at all. It was too cold to go swimming but both outdoor pools looked very nice. This hotel wouldn't suit those in a wheelchair as the lifts don't go down to the breakfast room. I would return to this hotel again. I was sad to go home!
Saratoga is good 5 star Hotel. Very clean. Large rooms, with balcony overlooking either the street or over the pool at the back. Small pool outside the hotel, plunge pool at top of hotel. If crowded the plunge pool is impossible to get to, but there is loads of space around the small pool to sunbathe etc. Great location as its very central so very little distance to walk to shops, bars etc. The breakfast buffet is very good. All of this is reflected in the prices as its not he cheapest hotel but its a good quality. Would return.