Hotel Espléndido

Es Traves 5, Sóller, Spain, 07108

Price from: £127

A sparkling reception

By Tara Stevens, your Soller expert

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#2 of 8
expert-rated hotels in Soller
Expert overall rating:4.6 out of 5
Location:
4.6
4.6
Bedrooms:
4.6
4.6
Eating/drinking:
4.6
4.6
Public areas:
4.7
4.7
Leisure facilities:
4.5
4.5
Service:
4.7
4.7
Value for money:
4.7
4.7
Recommended for:
Couples, Families with teenagers, Families with younger children, First-time travellers, Mature travellers, Chilling out, Escaping the crowds, Great views / scenery, Nature / wildlife, Relaxation

Expert review of Hotel Espléndido

21st-century beach club in Port de Sóller.

Under the same ownership as the Hotel Portixol in Palma, this property offers a similar concept. Dating back back to the 1950s, it has been updated with the Swedish owner’s signature Scandinavian pizzazz: lots of light and energy while playing on the vintage seaside look. Word up: Esplendido will reopen on April 7 2011, with a glittery new spa soon to follow. The minute I get more on this I'll be reporting back, so watch this space.

Location: 

Right on the beach front in the Port de Sóller.

Bedrooms: 

A great range of rooms here catering to just about every taste and budget, some with balconies or terraces, others with gardens. As you’d expect of this particular group, the décor is fun and tasteful, without being overly designed. I like the fern motif feature wallpaper, the Danish armchairs and the use of colour – lots of greens and oceanic blues in the standard rooms, building up to hotter pinks and oranges in the suites – and the sense of well-being that comes over you when you stay here.

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Public areas: 

Two swimming pools, a flower and herb-filled garden, and a pleasant café, so plenty of room to find your place in the sun.

Eating and drinking: 

A laid-back bistro serving Mediterranean classics, plus a hip, new bar on the harbour for coffee and drinks.

Leisure facilities: 

Espléndido’s rooftop spa has a good range of treatments, including my favourite: the lavender dream for ultimate relaxation.

Service: 

Rather cleverly, they have managed to combine a family-friendly hotel with a couple of child-free zones to save the sanity of other guests. One of the two pools is out of bounds to children, and if you like your breakfast in peace, you have the option to take it in the bistro (a no-go zone for kids until lunchtime).

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Who stays there: 

Friends, couples and families of all ages happily co-existing. Who’d have thought it?

Price advice: 

Book your spa treatments in advance and you get a 10% discount.

Pros: 
Laid-back
Stylish without being stuffy
Cons: 
Books up quickly

More information on Hotel Espléndido:

Price from:
£127
Type:
Hotel
Address:
Es Traves 5, Sóller, Spain, 07108

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