Hotel Cala Galdana & Villas d'Aljandar
30 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
First class hotel&staff.All very friendl...
"First class hotel&staff.All very friendly helpful&courteous.Food very good selection of choices.Hot food tends to be lukewarm, but a microwave is supplied if u need really hot meals.Everywhere spotlessly clean.
Rooms small but good ,except for rear of hotel where there is a brick wall, but this is also a waterfall ,on from 9.30am until early evening.
The only problems seem to be from noisy people on the floors above your floor.As the floors are tiled&ladies wearing high heels make a lot of loud noise, late at night.we had this problem 3 times in 2 weeks,with 3 different sets of people.Didnt get much sleep!!!
The stage area was near to our room at the side of the hotel&the music of the various acts was very loud from 9-11pm most nights, too loud to sit on the very small balcony,for long.If you wanted to watch tv it was almost impossible to hear the tv!!!
Otherwise this hotel was excellent especially for families.
If you want drinks with your meals the waiter comes for the order but there are no prices&it goes on your room number the bar bill .it can be a bit of a shock when you get the bar bill especially over the 2 weeks holiday!!
Since the euro came to Spain prices have tripled.Trips are especially dear,as is food&drink."
- Travel date: Fri 23rd of May 2008
The hotel is situated a short distance f...
"The hotel is situated a short distance from one of the best beaches on the island. It lives up to its 4* rating with a welcoming porter service.
As our room wasn't quite ready in the main hotel we were offered an alternative 2bed/2 bathroom & lounge/dining/kitchen apartment on the complex, we gladly took this upgrade at no extra cost!
Meals were excellent with buffet style service and plenty of choice. Head waiter took you to a table and your drinks order. Outside area available but watch out for the birds with your bread! Entertainment every evening that we found worth watching, with speedy table service from the waiters.
Adequate sized swimming pool with their own hotel pool attendant maintaining the area. Sunbeds were plentiful and a far better quality than the usual white plastic ones. Changeable pool towels available for a returnable deposit.
Tours of the island can be arranged by Operator (as well as car hire) but also local bus stop outside of hotel. The resort was on the quieter side which we found ideal for our family requirements (2A&2C).
Overall a lovely hotel, resort and would certainly return."
- Travel date: Wed 21st of November 2007
The hotel was immaculate. My husband, da...
"The hotel was immaculate. My husband, daughter of 15 months and I had a family suite which was very spacious and the cleaners were in every day.
One small point was the waterfall at the rear of the hotel which was on for some part of the day could be a little noisy with the doors open.
The staff were all very welcoming and helpful. For meals, there was a good choice of dishes for both breakfast and dinner. We also found that the facilities at the hotel were Excellent, especially the whirlpool which we visited twice!!
The beach is only a stoneâs throw away, with its beautiful crystal clear waters which are quite shallow, perfect for the little ones.
There is a good selection of places to eat as well as an evening drink or two if you want one.
We can't wait to go back next year!!
One thing I would advise if you are hiring a car (which we did at the airport) bring your own car seat, as the one we got with the car was not very clean at all and didn't look very safe!"
- Travel date: Mon 12th of November 2007
This Hotel was very good, food & enterta...
"This Hotel was very good, food & entertainment very good, all inclusive was ideal as there wasn't anywhere else much to go other than the hotel without getting a bus or taxi.
Only went on the bus 3 times as the roads to go anywhere were a bit scary, due to the mountain roads with sheer drops to the sea, especially if you donât like heights. That would be the only reason we wouldn't go back to this part of the island.
The next town along was Porto Mogan which was beautiful like little Venice with bridges all round the town and nice little shops & bars all around the harbour, & you ,could get a ferry to Porto Rica from there, which is very built up & commercialised.
But we couldn't fault the Taurito Princess."
- Travel date: Wed 31st of October 2007
My husband & I had a lovely week here, l...
"My husband & I had a lovely week here, lovely weather, and very good hotel, only downside the balconies were very small.
The food was very good & entertainment was on every evening. A lovely sandy beach right opposite hotel, also a nice square with bars etc. where you could go to every night if you didn't want to stay in hotel. Also a bus stop over the road if you wanted to go out for the day.
All in all a very good hotel."
- Travel date: Wed 31st of October 2007
Excellent hotel and resort
"Great hotel and location, certainly 4 star. Recommend upgrading to a Junior Suite room. Excellent food, very clean, good evening entertainment. Visited a number of other resorts on the island and this has the best location. Drinks a little expensive. Great family beach, calm sea. Sunbeds are expensive at 8 euros each per day.
Would certainly recommend this hotel and resort."
- Travel date: Tue 3rd of July 2007
The Hotel was clean and the staff welcom...
"The Hotel was clean and the staff welcoming. My wife and I shared a room with our 7 year old daughter. Although the room was on the small side, the beds were very comfortable and air con worked well.
The maids left the room spotless after their daily visits. We were very impressed with quality and variety of food at both the breakfast and evening meals, surpassing our expectations.
With the Hotel set next to the beautiful beach with no road to cross and just a 5 min stroll into town it was an ideal spot. The town itself was quite pretty and again very clean and well kept.
There was lots of entertainment for the children both at the hotel and at the town square.
We saw no drunken or yobbish behaviour anywhere and felt it was an ideal holiday for families with younger children, couples and older folk. Those looking for an exciting nightlife would be disappointed.
It was no surprise to meet so many people who go back year after year.
All in all a great week in the sun which we would highly recommend.
- Travel date: Tue 19th of June 2007
Total relaxation in an idyllic setting
"A very friendly, clean hotel set in a lovely bay. The hotel has recently been refurbished and you can tell everything was so well cared for. The gardens at the back mentioned by the travel agent have actually been transformed into waterfalls and very relaxing to listen to, they are switched off early evening so they don't bother you at night. We booked at the back but I would now pay the extra to have a room at the front, not only does it give you a sea view, the sun shines there in the afternoon (for those sun lovers) and you can see the evening entertainment from you balcony. The evening entertainment was really good quality and they have a 14 day programme so you don't see the same act twice. The food was a good quality with plenty of variety for every taste. Although we don't have children anymore, we were impressed by the attendance of a lifeguard at the pool, something seldom seen abroad. Although this was our first visit to Menorca we are worldly travelled preferring to go once and then visit somewhere else the holiday, however, if there was a good deal come up we would certainly return to the hotel. Having met people from the nearby Sol, we were extremely glad we did opt for there after listening to their comments!"
- Travel date: Sun 17th of June 2007
Fab Superb youve got to go
"What a fab place. Excellent facilities for young or old.The entertasinment at night is good and the staff go out of there way to help you. The Hotel is very Children friendly. We went with First Choice who too were excellent and stayed in the hotel on the top floor with a view of the waterfalls at the rear of the hotel.It was ideal for us with a 3 year old daughter.Highly recommend this hotel."
- Travel date: Thu 14th of June 2007
A good holiday
"This was our second visit to this hotel the first time being in 2000.
We did have one of the apartments on that occasion (allthough we hadnt booked one) but we were not so fortunate this time. When we arrived they couldnt find our reservation so we spent 15 minutes whilst they sorted it out. Our room was on the fifth floor but at the back of the hotel, I do agree with others owing to the fact of a noisy waterfall at the back of the hotel, also the balcony doesnt get any full sun. We were more fortunate than the guests staying on the lower floors as all they looked at was a rock formation. The rooms are ok but the bathrooms could do with a makeover, They are quite small and need re-tiling. My only other gripe was the noisiness of the maids when cleaning the rooms, some mornings they started at 7 o clock, dragging furniture across the floors, it was virtually impossible to have a lie-in.
The food (in my opinion) was excellent, plenty of choice and hot too.
The entertainment was pretty poor, artistes singing along to backing tapes, with the exception of the Beatles tribute and a band called Sailers, it was pretty repetetive.
The costs of sunbeds on the beach is pretty extortionate, 22 euros for a umbrella and two sunbeds. Needless to say we o nly went on the beach once. It is much cheaper to buy two lilos and a parasol from the shop and leave them behind.
All in all it was a good holiday, thanks mainly to the weather. I would defintely go back to Cala Galdana as I like the resort but next time might try one of the other hotels"
- Travel date: Fri 8th of June 2007
Overall a nice hotel
"This became our choice of honeymoon location for a week.
We chose an apartment suite rather than a hotel room, so stayed in one of the small blocks to the left of the hotel (as viewed from the front). The quality of the apartment was commendable: especially a decent amount of room on the balcony and a well fitted bathroom. And we felt very comfortable. A notable exception was that although tea/coffee making facilities were provided, there was not even a courtesy supply of tea/coffee/milk. Surely something to be expected of a 4-star hotel?
We'd chosen half-board, so were subject to the usual vagueries of quality and choice expected of a large self-service buffet: heat of food was variable, but it was edible with sufficient variety throughout the week. You'd have to be really picky to leave hungry! One gripe we had though was having to pay for all drinks, including water, in the evening, but not at breakfast! Often we'd have a few drinks in the room before dining!
Staff attitude posed no issues (and we didn't mention we were on honeymoon).
Mention must be made of the evening entertainments laid on after dinner on a stage by the pool. These were 'tribute' acts, except for one evening of "Beijing Acrobats", and so we relived the heady days of Abba, Bee-Gees, Four Tops, Beatles, West Life and finally a trio of George Michael, Anastasia and Freddy Mercury! Beatles were notably Fab while self-deprecating, some took themselves a bit too seriously, while what Freddy lost in singing ability (and a Spanish accent!) he really made up in showmanship - not to be missed! The experience could be aided through the purchase of notably over-priced drinks from the poolside bars (could have done with a hip-flask!). The entertainments usually finished well before 11pm, and then all was quiet.
We haven't written much about the location itself, because that's independent of the hotel, except to say that it's a lovely setting, and as it was May the beaches weren't over-crowded, and the meadows were full of flowers.
Would we go back? Well, yes. My new wife wants to retire to Cala Galdana! :)"
- Travel date: Sun 27th of May 2007
"We stayed at the Hotel Cala Galdana in Sept 2006 for two weeks on a half board basis. We booked the holiday in September 2005 as we wanted to be sure of what we were getting and didn't want to rely on last minute allocations or anything like that. There were 4 couples in our party including ourselves, and we had our 15 month old baby with us. We asked for sea-views and adjoining rooms and a cot for the baby. When we arrived we were told they had overbooked the hotel and that they had allocated us two apartments to share between us. Firstly, this is not what we had booked as none of us wanted to share with each other and the apartments were located away from the main hotel which is not what we wanted when we had a small baby. Plus, one of the couple were smokers, so it was unfair to ask anybody to share with them, and we had a baby, so it was unreasonable to ask anyone to share with us. After 4 hours of heated negotiations with the reception manager and tour operator rep, we were told we would have rooms in the hotel the following day. We were led to the apartments to stay for one night. There was no cot available, so we had to chase this up, then one of the apartments was flooded in the bedroom and had an infestation of ants in the kitchenette area. We were NOT impressed. We slept for one night in the apartments and went back to the main hotel the next day. Although our rooms weren't ready till after 2pm, so one day of our holiday wasted. Then when we did get allocated rooms in the hotel, two of the rooms overlooked the noisy waterfall at the back, one room was on the front but looked out onto red tiles on the roof of the dining room and the room allocated to us with the baby was on the side of the hotel directly above where all the deliveries were made including the fuel tanker that frequented the hotel and kitchen/brewery deliveries. Plus, the air conditioning units were directly outside, it was not ideal to say the least. We went to reception and complained again and with the help of another rep negotiated 4 sea-view rooms for Wednesday. So we then had another day of packing and unpacking. So during our 14 night stay we had three different bedrooms. As you can probanly imagine, this was completely disruptive especially with a baby. To add insult to injury, some guests who had overheard our conversations came and told us that they had booked last minute deals and been allocated excellent sea-view rooms on arrival. However, at the Tour Operator welcome meeeting there were 4 other couples who had experienced the same problem as us. The hotel had lost another couples passports, so they spent their holiday wondering how they were getting back to the UK. Apart from all these disasters, the hotel was actually nice. The food was lovely and the entertainment good. We took advantage of the beautician/health facilities and they were also good. We were very disappointed that the reception staff felt they could overbook the hotel and put peoples holidays at risk. Especially overbooking a party of 8 with an infant who had booked 12 months in advance. The lesson learnt was that booking in advance does not always guarantee you get what you want or indeed what you have paid for. If they could sort out these issues and train their reception staff, the hotel would be a much better place for it."
- Travel date: Sun 15th of October 2006