9 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Lovely Hotel, would recommend it !!!
"Just back for a 3 night stay at the Iberostar Cristina. I wanted to stay near Palma, never been to this resort but thought we would try it . The resort is very German not a problem for us, no English /Irish pubs. It's a lovely stretch of beach and lots of shops bars and restauants. It's short taxi ride from the airport, take the no 21 which runs every half an hour. Hotel is very welcoming, had a bit of a delay checking due to a large party in front of us. It's rated as 4* and lived up to it's rating. Rooms very clean and sky TV, hairdryer , safe etc. You can rent beach towels ( 10euro deposit ) We had a nice room overlooking the garden. The hotel is not on the front, just one road back. Pool area was lovely plenty of beds and well laid out. All sorts of activities if you wanted aqua fit, spinning, there is a gym and indoor pool and beauty centre. Breakfast were fab, fruit, cereal, hot and cold food and smoothies, even champagne ! We were on a breakfast and board basis so can't comment about the food at night. There was entertainment at night, didn't stay in to watch it. You can take a bus up to Palma 2.50 euro for 2 each way. Make sure you take the 25 it's much quicker. Palma is a lovely city to explore, shop and eat lots of lovely restaurants, try the tapas. All and all I would recommend this hotel..."
- Travel date: 13th May 2009
"Went here in July 2008 for family holiday (5 of us). We had a 9 day holiday which is very unusual, but hotel let you book any number of days you wanted. 10 mins from the airport (17 euros). Hotel was full of German holiday makers (we were the only English family), but didn't cause us any problems. Staff all spoke English. Food great for breakfast and evening meals. Counted 10 choices of hot main meals in the evening. Children always had something they liked. Spar shop 1 minute from hotel, so no problem for lunch. Beach was 100 metres from hotel, which was sandy and clean. Room had 2 ring hob and fridge, so no problem keeping lunch overnight. Children had clubs to go too (aged 4-8, 8-14) which was done in German, Spanish & English. All clubs were free, and were 2 hours in morning, 2 hours in afternoon. We had to put our towels out in the morning (do as the locals do), otherwise we would have struggled to find 5 beds together. We had a room facing the pool (which was south facing) which was great. The only down side was that when the evening entertainment kicked off at 9.30, you could hear every note (with the patio door shut). Music stopped at 11pm, so never went to sleep before then. Children managed to sleep through it, but I didn't. You can hire towels for the pool from the hotel. Free with 10euro deposit. Safety deposit box in each room, but you had to pay. Ours was 19 euro for 9 days. Apart from the noise at 9.30, couldn't fault the hotel in anyway."
- Travel date: 8th August 2008
"I went to the Iberostar Royal Cristina with my mum just for a short break as a base to see around Palma. Palma was beautiful, such a fantastic place with a great atmosphere. I thought the hotel was lovely. The food was great. If you are planning on going make sure you try the crepes at breakfast. They are to die for also make sure you try the sea food at dinner. It was always so fresh. There was a bar joined on to a show loung which at this time of year was great for a quiet drink at night to end your day. The staff in the bar were great always looking for a laugh and joke. The rooms were great, the bead were so comfy i had a great sleep every night. The rooms also had a mini bar but unfortunately i did not notice this untill i was leaving as it was in a cupboard under the mirror which i didnt open. There was a great indoor pool which was great for a relaxing swim in the morning before going out. The hotel also has spa facilities which looked great but i did not use because i thought they were slightly overpriced. There was only one bad thing i could say about the hotel and that is that most nights the only ebtertainment they had at this time of year was bingo, possibly because the hotel was full of older people who like that kind of thing but this is not to my taste. All in all i had a really good time at this hotel and would certainly use this hotel as a base to go to palma again."
- Travel date: 29th January 2008
Great for a short break
"We have just returned from Iberostar Royal Cristina in Playa de Palma, We selected this hotel because a) we've stayed at a couple of Iberostars in Spain before and had really good breaks b) proximity to the airport as we travelled with our nine-mouth daughter and we wanted a quick transfer (Playa de Palma only 15 minutes from airport and transfers can be booked through the Iberostar web-site with Baleric Taxis - worked out 40 Euros for both ways). HOTEL - Typical Iberostar - Nice Rooms - cleaned daily, grand reception, Balcony over looking gorgeous Pool, Large Pool with plenty of free sun-loungers. Only 3/4 minute walk from the lovely beach. Good Food buffet style but served from food stations. Friendly Entertainment Staff who asked but didn't pressure you if you didn't want to take part in activities- "Ful" and "Sophie" were particularly friendly - Evening Entertainment was average Robbie Williams and Tina Turner impressionists to name a few! PLAYA DE PALMA BEACH - is a long cove with a wide sandy beach about five miles long, with Royal Cristina smack bang in the middle. 40min walk to the west is Cal' Pastilla (mainly Spanish Fish Restaurants and a few English Bars) and 40 min walk to east is El Arenal which in short is the German Maguluf/San Antonio - eg Young Germans on the lash - particularly at the weekends! Playa de Palma - is full of typical Spanish Restaurants - Paella, Pizza and Grills in plenty of supply (nice Restaurant called El Patio next to Royal Cristina is worth a visit). The only variety being one Chinese and an Indian which were both ok, but not fantastic. Three Road Trains go between El Arenal-Playa-Pastilla all day if you dont' want to walk. Overall, we enjoyed the stay However....this is a very European Hotel and Playa/El Arenal is dominated towards the German/Scandenavian Market and has very few British people staying there - so if you don't mind that I would thoroughly recommend a stay, if you do then definately try another Iberostar in either Cala Millor or Alcudia."
- Travel date: 28th May 2007
Excellent in all areas
"Top class hotel from Iberostar in Palma. The hotel was good, the service was excellent, the food was excellent, the facilities were excellent, the location was excellent. A great example of just what a great hotel should be. And the prices were very reasonable. The facilities include an indoor swimming pool, gym, entertainment and so much more. Go there now. Please!"
- Travel date: 3rd March 2007
Excellent 4 star hotel
"I was very impressed with this hotel. Its only about 10 minutes from the airport and is clean with welcoming reception staff. My husband and I went with our daughter Mya (17 months old) for 2 nights only but we were impressed. It was cheaper to book via the hotels website as we got a half board deal. The food was amazing. There was a good choice of buffet meals and the desserts... there was at least 20 different cakes..yum! I would go and stay there again. I had a couple of massages done and they were great...about Â£45 a go though! Taxi cost us 15 euros to airport. I recommend this hotel for someone who wants a good deal and a good service. We had a studio apartment and although the room wasnt luxurious...it was clean."
- Travel date: 1st March 2007
Spacious and comfortable hotel
"After a hectic Christmas, we decided to go for five days of rest and relaxation. Knowing that Iberostar hotels are superb we chose the Cristina because it is very near (5 kM - 15 Euros by taxi) to the airport and the deals they offered for winter bookings were amazingly good value. Hotel came up to expectations - clean, spacious and well equipped - except that they did not feel that any heating was required in public areas as it was around 16 degrees outside, and we found that it was not warm enough to sit and read or enjoy a leisurely snack or coffee break. Iberostar seem to be linked almost exclusively to German tour operators, and we found ourselves to be the only English-speakers there, the rest being German cyclists or senior citizens. The real highspot of our visit was a Balinese massage (60 Euros each for one hour) in their magnificent "Thai Zen" space - it was really good value for money and we came out feeling on top of the world after an invigourating full-body massage. Breakfast and evening meal were served buffet-style with a huge display to choose from, but we felt that the standard of the cooked food was much lower than we would normally expect from a hotel of this calibre. If you go in the summer there is a superb outdoor pool with lots of room around for sunbathing on nice comfortable sunbeds, as well as a fair amount of shade for those who want it. A sandy beach is about 200 yards or so from the rear entrance of the hotel. Do take a kettle and some teabags with you as there is no facility in your room for making a brew, nor is there any room service. The tea they provide (Hornimans bags) at the bar and at breakfast is dire - stick to coffee. Also ask to be put in a south-facing room unless you want to sit on a totally shaded balcony overlooking the town. If we were to go back to an Iberostar hotel we would go with friends so that we would have somebody to talk to."
- Travel date: 23rd January 2007
"We were 3 people who stayed in an appartment (studio flat) for three weeks in July. The room was clean, and well suited for 3-4 persons. There was a large balcony accessable through two slide doors, one from the bedroom, and one from the living room. A small TV was based in the living room, with Sky news and CNN as the only english speaking channels. There was no pay-tv. The kitchen was fine although it would have been nice to have a microwave owen or a plain owen. In the bedrom there was a safety deposit box, but you had to pay extra to be able to use it (kind of odd) The hotel reception is big and spacious. There are two internet connected computers in one corner, access costs was about 5 euros for 30 minutes. A nice thing was to be able to "rent" sun towels/pool towels from the hotel, and have them replaced after the day. Visitors where mainly german and dutch. Overall it was a pleasant stay, but the gym area looks like it is 15 years old, and the equipment is teared down (see picture, some remodeling of the ceiling was in progress). The hotel is overall in a quiet location, short walk to the beach, and a bus to palma (35-40 minutes ride) just around the corner."
- Travel date: 4th August 2006
"We stayed at the Iberostar Royal Christina one week in june 2006. We had chosen halfboard. We thougt it was a perfect week at a wonderful place. Reception personell are professionell and polite in an easy going manner, often combined with a smile. All staff including cleaning staff are trained to meet the guests with a cheerfull, Hola! The apartments are very nice, very clean, in good condition and spacious. We had a lovely wiev of the pool area. The AC was a bit weak the first night but was fixed to our likeing. The kitchen has all the essentials you need. We heard very little noise of others in the apartment. In short there are only positive things to say about the apartment. The pool area is great even for children as long as you think of that one child pool is a bit higher from the normal pool, be aware that a child could fall from that part. Do not miss out on the, often, german senior citizens reserving their sun chairs at dawn, they are adorable to watch as they arrenge their chairs to look as they just are off for a minute or two (but everyone knows they will be back in an hour or two). This spy game calls for an aprtement facing the pool. The buffet dinners was very good looking and tasteful, and lots of it ,we got the impression that people as we thougt it was great. Local wine would be 11 Euros, not including a tip for the attentative and cheerful staff. During the week there will be different themes such as spanish evening with complementary sangria, or fruits of the sea. The dessert table is a dream! Every evening they have mini disco for the children, followed by a show for us older. The shows can be watched by the children from 5 and up with delight. The best shows were, as always when they have to find cheap staff, done by artists from east europe or russia. They did a fantastic job, when they were not around the shows were done by the hotel activity staff and they had their ups and downs. Shows stops at about 2215 Hrs so you will not be disturbed. The public beach is a couple a minutes walk away, the public on is the one without the parasols. The street is not very busy and easy to pass. The water is clear. Shopping for food should be done at the store a 10 minute walk away, turn right as you come out on the street that goes to Palma (it is the street after the tennis courts). The store at the complex after the fire-, police- and then the gas station is a normal priced store. The big advantege at staying at this hotel is the possibility to go to the lovely city of Palma Take bus 15 right outside the tennis courts it takes you to Palma at the best in 25 minutes This is a very nice place to stay in!"
- Travel date: 11th July 2006
Iberostar Cristina is also called
- Iberostar Royal Cristina
- IBEROSTAR Cristina
- iberostar playa de palma