We booked a week AI at the Platja D'or in Alcudia from 6th to 13th October 2011.
After booking I was worried by some of the remarks on Trip Advisor that we had made a mistake but the hotel turned out to be a very pleasant surprise.
We booked this holiday as a cheap (£400) and cheerful AI holiday for a bit of relaxation. The holiday started badly with a 90 min delay from Doncaster due to previous industrial action in Greece. The rest of the flight (we made up 15 mins in the air) and transfer (65 mins) were uneventful but on arrival we were told our rooms were not ready. This had already been mentioned on Trip Advisor so it wasnt a good start. However we were ushered to the lounge and had drinks ordered. This gave us time to look around the spacious lounge (with monster TV playing Sky Sports International Rugby) which was spotless as was the terrace outside and the pool area. We were pleased to see that (at 12.00) there were plenty of spare sunbeds around the pool so obviously no rush to get beds. It was equally obvious that at this time of the year different parts of the pool area were in shadow at different times of the day. This suited us as we dont like to be in the sun all day. There are also lots of tables and comfortable chairs in the pool area to sit at if you dont want to lie on a sun lounger.
Reception came to say our room was ready about 20 minutes after arrived. The rooms are 'compact' but adequate and spotlessly clean. There is a TV (10 Euro deposit for the remote control which is refunded on return I understand although you can use the TV buttons) and fridge but no tea or coffee making equipment. The beds were comfortable with spare pillows, the bathrooms were clean and functional (no shower gel or shampoo provided. Just a bar of soap) and there was always plenty of hot water. There could have been more 'hanging room' in the wardrobes but we managed okay.The rooms were quiet (we were in 322) and the only noise we heard was a couple of dogs barking across the road but it looked like the family there were getting ready to move out for the winter. There is a safe in the room that costs 12 Euros a week.
The beach is 50 yards away and is a good flat soft sandy beach. The water was a lot warmer than the pool and you can walk out 50 yards without it reaching your knees. If you wanted you could walk along the beach all the way to Port Alcudia (about 1.5 miles).
Evening entertainment was variable between good tribute acts and rep shows. The shows are held in a separate building set out theatre style.
The AI bar is brilliant. The barmen are so quick and cheerful its unreal. Plenty of 'named' spirits as well as local ones and some cocktails are part of the AI. The bar opened 10.00 and closed prompt at 23.45. As well as alcholic drinks tea and coffee are available all the time and cakes or fancies appear four times a day in between meals. The meals themselves were generally good although choice is limited. Breakfast is standard Spanish fare with cold meats, cheese and cakes as well as bacon and eggs (boiled and scrambled on the buffet and fried being cooked as you want them. No omelettes or pancakes). Sausages were as good as I have had in Spain and the bacon was also very tasty. Lunch (12.30-14.30) was buffet style with Soup, rolls, full salad selection, hot and cold meats, always a couple of fish dishes which were generally very good, veg and chips plus a selection of puddings. Dinner (18.30-21.00) followed lunch format but with a greater selection including some really good pies in trays (chicken and mushroom, steak and ale, beef and onion etc), pasta, fish and hot meats (pork chops, steaks, stews) plus 'show cooking' which tended to be larger roasts. Spanish dishes were also on offer. There was a range of the normal Spanish cakes, mousses, jelly and ice cream plus hot puddings on about four occasions. Wine or bottled beers are served with the meal free of charge. From the remarks I had read I was worried about the food but while it wasnt the best we have had it was mainly very good. The dining room staff are few in numbers but work very hard and are extremely pleasant and well organised.
The hotel is a bit isolated but its a 10 minute walk down to the shops and bars down the coast and about a 30-45 minute walk to Alcudia. For people who like the beach it is ideal. One thing to remember is that no towels are provided so you either need to take your own or buy them from the local shops (7 to 10 Euros each). If there is something you particularly want to watch on the TV in the lounge you have to request it at reception, first come first served.
All in all we enjoyed our stay and thought it was value for money. Staff are great and the whole place is clean and well looked after.
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- Also Known As:
- Platja d`Or Hotel Port d`Alcudia
- Platja d Or Puerto Alcudia
- Platja D'Or Majorca, Spain