Sol Cala d'Or by Melia Apartamentos
65 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Really depends what you are looking for.... but not for us.
"It all depends on what you are looking for. If you are after an authentic Spanish experience, this probably isn't for you. It is very "false", full of restaurants serving the same dishes (chicken in mushroom sauce?????), karoke bars and sports bars, tacky tourist shops and the usual (cringe) blackboards with "authentic English food" being advertised. Tapas (as in the tapas i know ) were non-existent.
The beaches are lovely but v v busy and some (Cala Ferreria) is impossible if you have a baby in a pram. Way too many steps. Also beware the steps around the streets too (it's a bit up and down), make sure you have someone to help you carry your pram!
Also, the locals are a real mixed bag, either really nice or really surly.
HOTEL: WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE
Rooms were a bit dingy, especially bathroom
Bathroom v small and hardly any room to bath a child and lift him out of the bath without banging his head or other limbs. It was just 12 inches between sink and bidet. Not good.
Air conditioning v v noisy (sounded like heavy rain!)
Air conditioning not v good in cooling room
There are a lot of sport/karoke bars surrounding the hotel so no matter where you are staying, you are going to hear them churn out their godawful sounds till midnight (re Hollywood Bar and Walshies, cringe....)
If travelling with babies in prams BEWARE the steps UP TO THE LIFT!!!! V frustrating. Just two lifts serve the complex so can get busy.
Hotel opens out onto a busy road, so keep an eye on all your children.
Noise at night, from buses, cars, street cleaners, delivery men, and scooters would waken the dead. The manhole covers when vehicles rumble over them .... oh my god, would someone not fix them.
AND NOW FOR THE BIG ONE: a 2 euro charge per person, per day, for use of pool sunbeds!
Room is well catered in terms of having an oven, kettle and toaster with plenty of crockery and cutlery.
It's very central to everything.
Quite a lot of them..... The Pirate sticks out.
While we had a lovely break, the hotel and the resort just didn't live up to our standards. There is no comparison with this part of Spain and the mainland especially in the South (andalucia) and we won't be making a return visit. Glad it was just for the week.
If you want the real deal, avoid. If you are just looking for a quick getaway and aren't fussy you'll probably not mind the "falseness" of it."
- Travel date: Thu 17th of September 2009
"We stayed in a studio apartment on the top floor of the complex for 1 week.
+ Plenty of room
+ Nice little balcony
+ Kitchen facility good
+ Very big bed
+ Great quiet on the roof terrace where you didn't have to pay for sunbeds
+ Lovely pool
+ Very clean
+ Brilliant location
+ Room cleaned twice with fresh towels changed on these occasions
- Air conditioning very noisy
- Shower was just a trickle
- You had to pay for sunbeds but at 2euro it wasn't too bad.
Many people in the other comments have complained about the noise from the Holywood Bar - this stopped at midnight but to be honest we didn't really hear it in our apartment facing the pool. Perhaps the noisy air conditioning drowned out the sound! I am a light sleeper and would have disturbed me if I had not used earplugs, but my other half didn't mind it.
Cala D'or is lovely and I would recommend the apartments and resort."
- Travel date: Mon 20th of July 2009
really enjoyable stay
"Stayed here late June and really enjoyed it as we have never visited this resort before.
Firstly the apartment..was fairly basic but clean & functional kitchenette had an oven if required (cook ..on holiday.. no way !!! )..the tv showed english channels (bbc1 & itv) and the aircon was a godsend as it was roasting at night plus it was free!. The shower was ok and the only negative point was the lack of drawers but we cleaned out one unit & used that as a makeshift . One def positive point was that the "knob" broke on our toilet flush but was fixed before we even had a chance to report it ,,service or what!!!
The reception was effecient & very friendly..the pool large though can get crowded on terrace towards dinner time and of course you had to pay 2 Euros for your beds (parasol free) though we knew this before leaving and factored it into the total holiday cost
The restaurant was a weird set up in that we were half board but you just go in and order your three courses from a menu as opposed to fixed or buffet service..but it worked well & you could virtually order any combination off the menu and the service given by roberto & gals was excellent
Overall we loved the resort..very laid back with many excellent coves & beaches to explore and enough nightlife to keep you occupied especially if you like Elvis..Tom Jones..Britney..Take That..Robbie Williams etc etc"
- Travel date: Thu 23rd of July 2009
Good family accommodation
"Me and my girlfriend have just returned from a weeks holiday at the Sol Cala D'Or. I read peoples reviews before booking and they were spot on! Like other people have said the Hotel is in a great location
near to the bars and restaurants and all 3 beaches are within walking
distance. The hotel rooms are very clean and well kept and the pool area is well maintained.
The only problem that we came across was that we had to pay 2 euros per sun bed for the pool area. This resulted in people wanting to get
there money's worth and getting up early to get a prime postion. This
then created a cuing system which at times could take up to half an hour especially when the sunbed man goes missing.
Apart from the above little problem i would recommend this hotel and Cala D'Or to people and especially to young families and couples. There are plenty of restauraunts to choose from in the main centre and a good choice of bars too. I would pop along to one of the cocktail bars and try one of their specials. I would also recommend a
trip down to the marina to see how the other half live. There are some good restaurants to choose from but just check the prices first before taking a seat. Some are more expensive than others but definately worth trying as it's a good atmosphere and a good place to people watch."
- Travel date: Mon 25th of June 2007
Clean, good value accomodation
"I stayed in the Sol Cala D'Or apartments in June this year with my fiance. The staff were very friendly and welcoming on our arrival.
The apartment was on the ground floor, so it was a bit dark but it was also further away from the pool and noise from the bar, which was a plus. The apartments are very near the Cala Gran beach which has lots of sun loungers for hire by the day. It also has two or three restaurants just off the sand, and very clean public toilets!
There are lots of british, german and dutch tourists. Kids seem to be well catered for, and there are loads of "British" restaurants which we avoided, but they did look very popular. The marina area has a couple of good places to eat. The best we tried was called Aquarius, and Blanco Y Negro was also nice. I wouldn't recommend Zocalo- I had a fish kebab which was so overcooked it was inedible.
On the whole the resort could suit couples or families. You could never speak a word of spanish and eat british food the whole time you are there (which was definitely NOT what we were into), but if you fancy some good spanish food it is very easy to find too!
It was a good holiday, and the apartments were very reasonably priced. I would recommend the Sol Apartments."
- Travel date: Sat 23rd of June 2007
"Stayed for a week at these apartments, we had got a good deal and deceided to go after reading a lot of positive reports on this and other sites. Apart from the first night when we arrived at approx 3am to find our apartment had no electric. The man on reception tried to rectify it but was unable. He then said we had to stay there until morning as no other rooms available(no lights, nothing!) He offered no battery light, we naturally refused to stay and within 5 mins he found us another room. After this holiday was good, short walk to beaches and a longer but easy walk to the marina. There were many restaurants and bars in easy reach, we visited a different one every night and did not have a bad meal and all reasonably priced. Our room was near a local bar but the kareoke etc stopped and midnight each night so no trouble sleeping. I could imagine the beaches would get crowded in summer as theyre all coves but fine in June."
- Travel date: Sat 23rd of June 2007
Sun in the Sol
"Went for a week with girlfriend and things were as we wanted.
Clean studio,overlooking pool with constant hot water.
Close to resort centre and beach.
Couldn`t get my head around the queueing at poolside to pay for sun loungers in the morning and be squashed in like sardines tho!! A towell on Cala Gran beach a much better option!
Holiday booked on internet a few weeks before and good value.Enjoyed it."
- Travel date: Tue 19th of June 2007
"We stayed at the Sol Cala D'or for a short break of 4 nights at the end of May. We found the apartments to be of an excellent standard - a little dated but very clean and well presented. Our 1 bedroom apartment was split level with an upstairs bedroom and bathroom, very spacious. The apartment was cleaned regularly and was equipped with plenty of towels and amenities.
We found the staff to be very helpful and pleasant.
The apartments are in a very good location with shops, bars & restaurants all within a 5 minute walk. You also have a choice of 3 picturesque beaches to choose from all within a 10 - 15 minute walk - Cala Gran, Cala Esmeralda and Cala D'or.
Overall we found Cala D'or to be a lovely holiday resort with plenty of nice restaurants, shops and lovely little beaches. I would definitely recommend it to families & couples, there is plenty going on but it's possible to have a nice relaxing holiday here and I would definitely return to the Sol Cala D'or."
- Travel date: Wed 13th of June 2007
"Me and my fiancÃ©e stayed at the sol cala d'or hotel for the first time in may, it was absoloutley brilliant; friendly staff, very clean pool and nice food. The appartment was very clean and spacious too, there's even a jacuzzi on the roof!!!
If you stay here be sure to go to Hollywood bar opposite, this is were we stayed most nights and had a little sing-song on the karaoke, the vodka measures here are beyond belief!!
Great family bar and really nice bar staff. The restaurant we would advise to go to is La Fontanella, absoloutley fantastic, quality food from Big T-bone steaks to salads, they have everything!
We went on the explore Mallorca quad bike tour which again was a once in a life time expierience and also the speed boat trips down by the marina were awesome too. Soooo cheap! I would go back to cala d'or again, anytime! Fantastic holiday."
- Travel date: Fri 1st of June 2007
Great location - but cold rooms
"just returned from a week at the Sol Cala D'or (which is in Cala D'or, funnily enough, and not Cala Santanyi).
we were keen to book some last minute, early season sun, and Majorca looked just the job. unfortunately, the weather wasn't great for around half the time we were there, but i guess that's the chance you take going away in may.
first impressions of the hotel were good. reception staff are helpful and most speak good English. we received a ground floor apartment, which was very tidy, although it was only cleaned three times during the week.
although the room was of a decent size and couldn't be faulted for cleanliness, the one problem we had was that it was terrifically cold, and there's no means of heating it up other than switching the cooker on. again, this is probably a consequence of the time of year we were there, but it did mean we had few options when the weather wasn't the best.
our room was also very shaded by the trees outside the door, which meant it never really heated up, even once the sun poked out from behind the clouds.
perhaps related, perhaps not, but the shower only gave you literally five minutes of hot water too, which ensured showering was a brief experience.
everything else was fine. cooking utensils in the room were useful and very clean and the pool area was very pleasant.
location was great - only a couple of minutes from Cala Gran beach and five minutes from Cala Ferrera beach.
Cala D'or has tried to badge itself as a chic resort, and while I'd definitely hesitate to call it that, it's certainly not Magaluf. it does have a smattering of nice (and pretty expensive) shops, and the range of restaurants is impressive, ensuring you don't have to eat the same food night after night, even if you're a fussy vegetarian like me.
best of the bunch were Blanco y Negro at the Marina, which is excellent, and the Capriccio Italiano, which does some great salads and terrific and unusual pizza. The Spice of India was also very good, and can certainly punch its weight against its counterparts in the UK - well worth a stop.
overall, Cala D'or is worth a visit and the Sol Cala D'or offers good value. even better in the height of summer once its had the chance to thaw out too, i'd suggest."
- Travel date: Tue 8th of May 2007
Brilliant Holiday Location
"The hotel was really nice, and the pool area was very nice, with a bar on the side serving drinks and food all day which was really nice. The staff were very friendly and helpful and our rep from thomson was also great, went through all the options but didnt push us to purchase any of them, which worked well as we felt happy with it and booked a few!
The location of the hotel was brilliant, its in the perfect location for anything you want to do. There is the hollywoods bar opposite which can get quiet lively at nights and has a great atmosphere, and a great little restaurant down the road called Supertramps, for when you dont fancy walking down to the harbour for the more variety of restaurants. Supertramps served lovely food and the staff were also great, the prices are reasonable as well. For a more expensive meal, Blanco Y Negro is a must. The staff there were absolutely brilliant, very friendly and made myself and my girlfriend feel very comfortable. The food was amazing and the location is great, right on the harbour looking out at all the expensive boats.
The beach nearby is small, but lots of fun. The sea is lovely and there is always a fun friendly atmosphere there. Listen out for the man with the fruit, its lovely! :o)
An excursion I would recommend would be Aqualand, lots of fun for anyone who likes the water.
Overall, couldn't ask for more from a holiday, it had it all!"
- Travel date: Wed 4th of April 2007
"The hotel was within walking distance to everything you could possibly need, across the street was the Hollywood bar where we watched the world cup, has a friendly atmosphere and good service.
The beach was 2 minutes away and was not too big but beautiful views of the bay.
A ten minute walk takes you into the town centre where there are plenty of shops to get souvieners and there were some lovely resturaunts.
Across the road from the hotel was a restuarant called Supertramps, doesn't look like much but the food is excellent and the staff are really freidly.
The hotel was exceptionally clean and our room was huge, on the top floor with amazing views of the pool and the sea.
The staff were freindly and polite and helped us with any questions we had, the pool was big enough for everyone.
I would strongly recomend that you take a walk to the Marina and take a look at the boats adn try out some of the restaurants, my favourite was Blanco y Negro, a little expensive but well worth the money.
Also you should take the day trip to AquaLand, excellent fun."
- Travel date: Tue 6th of March 2007