Hotel Illa d'Or
Paseo Colon 265, Puerto De Pollença, Spain, 07470
- Recommended for:
- Couples, Families with teenagers, Families with younger children, Mature travellers, Chilling out, Great views / scenery, Nature / wildlife, Relaxation, Romance
Expert review of Hotel Illa d'Or
Open since 1929, this is one of the oldest hotels on the island and despite recent revamps it still oozes a certain glamour from the 1950s when artists and writers who flocked here to be inspired by and capture the light. The atmosphere may not be quite so heady these days, but it's still a good choice for a romantic break. Its location is quite lovely.
On the edge of Pollença bay, about a 15-minute walk from the centre proper.
Rooms are split into single, standard double, double with seaview and suite. All are perfectly clean and comfortable with white walls, colourful bed linens and the usual mod-cons. TV, air con, shower and tub, although they do seem a little jaded compared to the rest of the hotel.
Sitting out on the jetty with the cool water of the Med lapping at your toes is quite magical. I also like curling up in the sumptuous, softly lit lounge with a night cap at the end of the day.
Unfortunately, dining is where the Illa d'Or starts to lose it. The breakfast buffet is fine and varied, but the so-called gourmet dining room is overly fusty and the food mediocre. It's much nicer to sit outside underneath the pines and have some simply grilled fish or a salad. Or in fact, go somewhere else: there are plenty of places along this stretch.
The hotel has a pleasant outdoor pool facing the beach, and a small indoor pool which is welcome when the weather gets cooler. There's also a rather old-fashioned health and beauty salon which my granny would have loved, where you can get anything from a perm to volcanic stone massage and vinotherapy bath.
Inconsistent, ranging from delightful to dour. A shame because you can't help but feel that with just a little more effort, this could be a truly special place to stay.
Mainly British couples and families (the hotel also offers some apartments to rent), followed to a lesser degree by their northern European neighbours.
All things considered - location, cleanliness, comfort - it's not a bad deal. Breakfast is included, but I would avoid going for half board.
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- Paseo Colon 265, Puerto De Pollença, Spain, 07470
- High-Speed Internet, Restaurant, Room Service