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Thursday night we had our weekly family dinner but Jenn cooked vegetarian lasagne for everyone and I made cookies. Andy had his two best friends from home here so we decided to take them and Jenn out and went to Champandaz otherwise known to everyone as the cave bar for its cave atmosphere and great music. Anyway, It made me super tired for Friday …
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... stained glass) is one of the largest in the world. There is a controversial wrought-iron canopy by the famous Spanish architect Antonio Gaudi, which was added over the main alter. The cathedral’s treasury contains relics and pieces of the True Cross, and the small museum displays ancient manuscripts and religious ...
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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.
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!
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 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.
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!
We had a great time on our 5 day break to Palma.
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.
First the good news: when the Victoria was refurbished in 2000, absolutely no expense was spared. It may look like a 1960s 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 astoundingly cheap for this quality.