Barcelo Palma Nova Aparthotel, Palma Nova
Renovated in 2000 the Barcelo Palma Nova Aparthotel is situated 15km from Palma city and is a popular choice with young holidaymakers due to its proximity to both Palma Nova centre and Magalluf, the party capital of Mallorca. The Barcelo Palma Nova has 211 comfortable apartments that come with a terrace or balcony. Facilities includemore
Majestic Magaluff - not - Jo Drewett. Date of travel: Jun 2005
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Background: We already had flights to Palma arranged from the local airport so we were looking for something not too far away from St Joan and decided on (preferably) Palma Nova. Following an internet search of accommodation in the area, a list was made based on the price, the write-ups in the tour operators brochures and other folks comments, a list was made. The Barceló was the 1st hotel on the list with the dates available – about 8th on our list of preferences. Environment The Barceló is located in the grey area between manic Magaluf and ‘posher’ Palma Nova – on the cliff top of Torrenova. So pushchairs etc are OK going into the town but quite a climb returning. Magaluf is approx 400 ms, P Nova approx 600 ms from the hotel. The hotel is more a series of self-catering apartments that most people seem to be doing during our stay. Our room was OK for size – 2 single beds plus sofa bed plus furniture that left ample room for the bits and pieces and pushchair we had. The bathroom was also ample in size and well lit. However the fixtures and fittings had seen a season or two and weren’t the most comfortable. The maids did visit the room. I would write more, but apart from one occasion when we terminated our bed linen by dumping it outside, I couldn’t definitely say it was changed. External bed covers were pulled up over the bed so it looked ‘made’, but the sheets were crumpled underneath. The maid did no cleaning what so ever. Facilities We were ½ board so sampled the cuisine on almost every night. The food was average and was soon ‘boring’. It was a menu similar (but smaller scale) to what would be seen in a larger hotel restaurant facility. Except the bread in the evenings was the morning’s bread – just harder. The staff in the restaurant were extremely efficient. In fact if THEY thought you had finished (or should have finished) your plate, dish or coffee was hijacked. The facility was small, without ‘aircon’ and in the evenings the glass windows made sure that food and guests were …… toasted. I believe the staff saw the restaurant as a chore and just wanted to get it over with. By the by - the gym was non existent. Comment Up until midday-ish it was families around the pool. Then the singles groups arrived (mostly Brits) down from their ‘pits’. The rest you can guess. Their ages didn’t explain their immaturity including throwing glass bottles around the pool area and other rather stupid acts. Despite complaints to the ‘management’, very little was done to curb the over exuberant behaviour. That said the stupidity wasn’t a daily event although the loud music etc was. (By loud I mean you could not hear the hotel PA system unless you were within 3 metres of it) Conclusion We got a good deal – internet booked hotel and pre-booked fights (at sale time) so money wise, no complaints. Some there were paying top brochure prices, and even those that had ‘negotiated’ a deal were ripped off – once they started talking prices with each other. But when you go away and it states families then you expect a bit more calm and a little less yobishness. Our holiday was OK, we didn’t feel rested and relaxed but overall I would say 6/10 for the accommodation, its position and the youth content. I wouldn’t return but it would be a good base if you were 18 to 20-ish.
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4-Star Hotels
Best Western Hotel Son Caliu | * * * * * |
Comodoro Playa Hotel | * * * * * |
H10 Punta Negra Hotel | * * * * * |
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3-Star Hotels
Santa Lucia Hotel | * * * * * |
Mimosa Park Hotel | * * * * * |
Aparthotel Aquasol | * * * * * |
Barcelo Palma Nova Aparthotel | * * * * * |
Agua Beach Hotel | * * * * * |
Hotel Voranova | * * * * * |
Roc Portanova Apartments | * * * * * |
Bahia Palma Nova | * * * * * |
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2-Star Hotels
Gabarda Gil Hotel | * * * * * |
Las Palomas Apartments | * * * * * |
Don Bigote Hotel | * * * * * |
Marina Torrenova Apartments | * * * * * |
Montenova Studios | * * * * * |
Saga Nova Aparthotel | * * * * * |
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