Gran Melia Victoria
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... part of the day was when we hit a particularly big wave which really rocked the boat and soaked the entire deck.... The group of 20-something posers who had spent almost the entire day laid out on deck taking up lots of room while also reserving seats were drenched - a nasty wake up call but hilarious for the rest of us, as the deck was then so slippery and the boat so rocky that for the next 10 minutes they slid all over the deck banging into anything and everything - much ...
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, ...
... 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! ...
... 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 ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Gran Melia Victoria Palma
This is a rather sumptuous, luxurious old style hotel which was refurbished a few years ago. All of the staff were friendly and helpful.
We had a front seaview room but since we found traffic noise a little intrusive moved to a side seaview room. IThe rooms are well furnished and spacious and lights and curtains operated by a console at bedside. This caused a few laughs when we pressed the wrong buttons in the dark! The beds were comfortable and there is a pillow menu so you can choose either goose or duck down in your pillow!
The breakfast buffet (included in our room price) was adequate. Fresh fruit, yoghurts, cereals, bread rolls and pastries. Did find some of the offerings in the buffet a little strange - not keen on pizza squares for breakfast!
The hotel has beautiful views of the harbour and all in all our stay there was relaxing and comfortable.
It is a 15 - 20 min walk along to town (5 mins in a taxi) but not too arduous.
Restaurants along the harbour were not that exciting but we found a nice tapas bar in town called "El Pilon" just off Paseig de Born. Great ambience and great food. Go early though - it's small and gets very busy!
Palma Cathedral is stunning and well worth a visit. The Museum of Contemporary Art is worth a visit. Lots of Miros and Picassos. Their open air terrace restaurant offers super views.
Palma old town is like a mini Barcelona. Ideal for a break.
By the way the weather in April was fantastic. Sunny every day and around 68 - 70 C.
Great old style hotel, but...be warned!
Just arrived back from staying at this hotel for 3 nights.
Lovely 5* hotel overlooking the port, but... (isn't there always a but!)
Don't accept a low number room ( e.g. 203, 204 etc.).
These overlook the all night disco next door (starts at 11.00pm and ends 6.00pm)
Even with everything closed (and therfore room very hot...no air con before May) the bass boom from the dancefloor meant no sleep !
I know the hotel can't do anything about it - but be warned!
One of the leading Luxury Hotels in Palma
Stayed for a few days on a Winter Break from London. The Gran Melia Victoria, is the Sol Melia's flagship hotel in the city of Palma, and at the time, had been recently remodelled, as is one of the classical, older hotels right on the busy Passeig Maritim, or Waterfront facing Palma's Port.
Great location for those who like the surrounding nightlife, as it's just outside the Hotel's front (discrete, almost hidden) entrance to the Paseo Maritimo, right by the pool. Only steps away are"Tito's" -which used to be a famous, open-air nightclub until the 1970s, and is now an enormous enclosed discotheque with fabulous views over the Port, with the Cathedral in the distance, "Victoria's Boite" and "Pacha" (same ownership as the ones in Ibiza and Madrid) is just a short stroll away. Many other bars, good for people-watching are right outside. Go for a stroll, after a late dinner, as the nightscene doesn't get started until 1:00 AM.
Rooms are very comfortable, and despite being between two busy streets, it is very quiet inside, an oasis of tranquility, with Radio/CD Players, and curtains are controlled electrically.
Breakfast was served buffet-style, very good value for the money, especially compared to London, from where I had just flown in from. Didn't have any other meals at the hotel.
Maid service was unobtrusive, I never saw them. Must have some system which informed them when the rooms were occupied. Well-appointed rooms, free valet parking.
If you're looking for a luxuriously-appointed hotel in a great location in Palma, especially if you happen to be here during the off-season, (was here in early December, and the hotel was almost empty) and enjoy the nightlife on the Paseo Maritimo, stay here. But if you're looking for a hotel with a beach on the blue Mediterranean, and prefer a relaxing or family-oriented environment outside the hotel, look elsewhere.
Open all-year round, as 5-star hotels are not allowed to close in the off-season.
Great hotel for a short break
We have just returned from a 3 day gateway at Plama where we stayed at the Melia Victoria. The staff is friendly, the rooms are great, the pool relaxing and the views of the port are fantastic. We have done a lot of research to find the perfect hotel with a pool for a reasonable price, and the Melia Victoria delivered. It is about 20 minutes walk from the town centre and they are a many cafes nearby - so having breakfast/lunch outside of the hotel is not a problem. The only disappointment was the breakfast buffet which was not very rich in choice and did not justify the £25 per person charge. Overall I would highly recommend the hotel to anyone who wants to stay in a pleasant, large size hotel
for a short stay at Palma.
Great Hotel with fantastic view
We arrived at the Gran Melia rather early in the morning, thinking that we would have to check our baggage and then find something to do until our room was ready. But to our surprise, we were given a lovely "temporary" room that we could use until our room was ready. That was over and above any treatment that we had ever received anywhere! The staff was extremely kind and a few hours later led us to an incredibly large room and deck with a fantastic view of the Mediterranean. We were traveling with our son who had just finished a semester in Valencia, Spain and needless to say, this hotel made a lasting impressions on us. The pool was beautiful and the view from the patio was a full panorama of the harbor below. Although some reviews had mentioned the long walk to the Cathedral, we felt that it was definitely not too long of a trek. The day after we arrived, we rented a car and drove into the mountains close by and loved exploring the beautiful countryside, full of sweeping vistas of the ocean, olive groves and great little villages like Deia. Our room had every ammenity of a four star hotel. The breakfast was delicious and although we did not eat in the restaurant, it seemed to be quite nice. The staff was very helpful in recommending several really good restaurants in the area. This is a great hotel, full of charm and class. We would certainly stay there again.
Had a great time at the Victoria! Beautiful rooms with big nice balconies. Great view from the room.
Food was very good!
Walked to the cathedral and old town in 12 minutes. Not a problem what so ever! The walk is nice too!
Would definately stay here again!
A Great Location For A City Break
We had a great time on our 5 day break to Palma.
The Melia Victoria had everything we needed - a good size room with balcony offering superb views of the marina, a nice swimming pool, and the staff were all excellent without exception. Special 5 star touches included sherry in our room on arrival and lovely chocolates left on our pillow every night!
The hotel location was also ideal - I can't agree with the statement that this is a bit of a walk from the centre of town. It took us around 15 minutes to walk to the old town/cathedral along the marina front - 15 minutes in the other direction took us to a modern shopping mall with stores like Mango and Zara. Perfect!
The choice of restaurants and bars in this area is also amazing - look out for a particularly good Indian restaurant on the road facing the marina - great food and great value if you like things spicey.
As for the sex shops, we didnt find them particularly noticeable - certainly not to the front of the hotel. I think you would have to go looking for them - they are easily avoided.
Palma is a lively, vibrant city and yet our hotel provided a peaceful haven when we needed it - many thanks to everyone at the Melia Victoria for a lovely time.
Fantastic break at the Gran Melia Victoria
A small group of friends spent an absolutely splendid 3 night break at the Gran Melia Victoria in Palma. Although the hotel had been recommended to us, we were not expecting to find it quite so near to perfection for our needs. The rooms we were given were given were beautifully fitted out and serviced, even down to three lots of electrically controlled curtains which, together with all the other carefully maintained fitments made for a very comfortable stay. The lounges were extensive, with library, internet corner and plenty of comfortable seating - which was well appreciated whilst listening to the pianist in the evening. The staff were very efficient, courteous and friendly - absolutely nothing was too much trouble for them. The breakfast buffet was extensive and the evening meals were to a high standard, being well presented by attentive staff. Previous reviewers have noted that the hotel stands about a mile from the centre of town overlooking the side of the bay. This we found to be an advantage (quieter) and absolutely no problem since buses passed the door at frequent intervals. If this all sounds too good to be true - then it is only as we were pleased, and perhaps a little surprised, to find it. Some of us have travelled a lot and have rarely stayed in such an all round, excellent hotel.
The rooms are of a very high standard and we were made to feel welcome (unlike normal large chain hotels). We ate in the main restaurant and dispite being the only ones dining we experienced one of the best meals we had in Palma, an excellent choice if you want to stay in Palma.
Wonderful, but a long walk from the centre
First the good news: when the Victoria was refurbished in 2000, absolutely no expense was spared. It may look like a 1960Â’s concrete nightmare from outside, but inside it is gorgeous. Most rooms have marina views, the bathrooms are beautiful, fantastic toiletries, top of the range CD players, balconies, remote controlled lighting and curtains, flowers, a welcome gift, free newspaper etc. Even the corridor walls are marble-clad. There is also plenty of space in the bar / lobby to sit and read, chat or drink whilst overlooking the marina. The best news is that, until the adjacent business centre is finished (2004?) it is pretty empty and has slashed its rates. I got a room from solmelia.com for just Euro 90 in December Â– astoundingly cheap for this quality.
There is some bad news. The indoor pool is very small, so in Winter there is nowhere to swim. The hotel is in the dodgier end of Palma, surrounded by adult shops and topless bars. More importantly, itÂ’s at the far end of the marina Â– a one mile, 20 minute walk to the cathedral and shopping area. ItÂ’s a lovely walk, however, along the marina and you can always get a cab.
Verdict: if you donÂ’t mind the location, you can live like a king here for (off season) very little money indeed. Highly recommended.