13 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
It was our first visit but it won't be our last
"Really, the essence of getting the best out of Menorca is to hire a car, if you can. For a very small island it is packed with things to see and do, and the beauty of it is that you can do two or three different things and still be back at the hotel by 4pm for a couple of lazy hours around the pool. You don't spend hours on the road just getting from A to B.
As for the Hotel Agamenon, I couldn't fault its cleanliness, friendliness and facilities. Rosa, on reception, is a mine of information. The waiting staff in the restaurant remember your drinks order from one night to the other and nothing is too much trouble. The maids kept the room spotless. Es Castell is a small quiet town, and it takes a good half hour's walking to get into the centre of Mahon. If Shanks's Pony is your only transport, you might find that a problem, but there's always the bus. There again, we met people who had done nothing and gone nowhere and had really enjoyed themselves. As for us, we gorged on archaeological sites, walked our legs off in the glorious countryside and wore a path between Mahon and Ciutadella to see the museums and the galleries. And that's before I got started on the leather outlets! They do really good shoes and handbags in Menorca. All in all it was one of the best holidays we've had, and I would reccommend the Agamenon and Menorca to anybody."
- Travel date: Tue 16th of June 2009
"I really don't know what the other reviewer was expecting. Obviously hadn't done their homework before booking. Es Castell is more of a working town than a resort, no tacky tourists shops, great!
we are both in our late 50s and found plenty to do. We enjoy trying bars and restaurants where the locals go and thats one of the reasons we booked there, to get away from the loud rowdy brits abroad brigade.
We found the local people very friendly and helpful at our pitiful attempts at Spanish. At least make an effort
We went into Mahon quite a few times. There was a 3 day fiesta on during our stay and we mingled with the locals (and other tourists) and joined in the street dancing and the horse parade.
there is also a large market there I think on a wednesday
We did a couple of tours of the island which were very worthwhile. We like to see a bit of the place we are staying in which the other reviewer seemed not to do. Life is what you make it!
as for the hotel, we could not fault it, from our arrival to departure the staff could not have been more helpful and friendly. Again a lot of it is how you treat them too...
our carrier Futura airlines went into liquidation the day before we left but flights were provided later on the day of departure and we were able to keep our room until 6pm at no extra cost.
We were on bed and breakfast which was very substantial and catered for all tastes. We had dinner twice in the hotel which again was very good, lots of choice.
Towels were provided for use at the pool, again a bonus. and sunbeds were always available
all in all i would not hesitate going back and would recommend it to anyone
The only thing that lets the hotel down is the evening entertainment, but then who wants to stay in the hotel every evening!"
- Travel date: Sat 6th of December 2008
Arriving at the Agamenon about 9.45p...
"Arriving at the Agamenon about 9.45pm, rain was falling and it was windy, the coach driver dropped myself and friend off in the street, we finally got inside the Hotel, reception looked up at us and asked `what do you want`, to which I answered we are booked in with first choice for bed and breakfast and gave our names, passports were checked, we were then handed a room key and with her hand the reception person pointed to the lift `the lift is there and your room is on the first floor`, the room was very nice, it had to be better than the welcome we received !! we just wished we had not booked breakfast- everything was sat in at least 2cm. of oil,as was all the food.
Looking what to do, we saw that there was a local craft market in Es Castell
on Monday and Wednesday, so Monday we went down to the square but no market,
so we walked around looking for something to do , Wednesday we tried the craft market again only to find 4 stalls all selling goods made in China, we took the local bus and visited Mahon , but there was very little to do there either
only shopping .we did find a nice cafe DINKUM`S in one of the coves - very welcoming friendly and good food at a sensible price, at Dinkum`s they had a boat trip taking just 1 hour, we found very little else to do ,
sorry Menorca if you cannot entertain 2 people in their 60`s we will be going somewhere else next time ."
- Travel date: Sun 25th of May 2008
A week at the Agamenon
"We have just returned from the Agamenon and our first impressions were somewhat disappointing. The entrance is off a residential street with a piece of untidy derelict land directly opposite. We also had to wait for our room which is not really what you want to hear after travelling for several hours but the hotel has a policy of allowing guests to stay in their rooms until 12 noon on the day of departure so if there's nothing available, you just have to wait.
As already mentioned by another trip advisor member, the rooms overlooking the pool (especially at the entrance end of the hotel) have little privacy as they are over-looked by the neighbouring apartment blocks. The noise from dogs, cars and motorbikes can also a bit disturbing especially early on a morning but it's just general day-to-day noise and not crowds of youths or local bars blaring out music.
The Agamenon could accurately be described as a hotel of two sides because the views from the other side of the hotel (overlooking the harbour) are completely stunning. It's easy to see why people choose to return to the Agamenon time after time (and they do). We seemed to be the only couple who hadn't stayed there before.
In summing up, the Agamenon is a quiet and pleasant hotel. The rooms and public areas are clean and tidy and the staff friendly. The food was reasonable and a buffet style
I'm sure we would stay at the Agamenon again but only if guaranteed rooms on the "right" side of the hotel."
- Travel date: Fri 22nd of June 2007
"Stayed at the Agamenon for a week. Brilliant location, a short walk to Es Castell marina for lots of nice restaurants and bars. 25 minute walk to Mahon harbour for more restaurants and good shopping, takes less than 5 minutes in the car. The hotel is lovely, the room was spotlessly clean and considering we had a standard double room it was very spacious and very modern. The views were beautiful of Es Castell and the ocean. Views from the bar and restaurant are fantastic panoramic views from Es Castell right across to Mahon harbour. The hotel felt very safe as we often went out and left things in the room. We did not worry as the maid was very nice and honest. We only ate in the hotel once, at breakfast but was not too impressed, although probably a little unfair to criticise from just the one experience. The staff were very friendly and helpful. The only down side was having a room facing the car park. It was quite noisey of a night time with people coming and going, and the dust bins were emptied every night around 1 or 2 in the morning, so the sound of the dust carts were quite loud. Our room was furthest away from the ocean but still a fantastic view. All in all we had a great week, lovely hotel, great location, would be stay there again? yes, definately, but next time we would book a room on the other side of the hotel, apparently room numbers in 11 and 12 are the best !!"
- Travel date: Thu 17th of May 2007
"We came back from The Agamenon Hotel yesterday, having stayed there for 10 nights. We found it to be a lovely friendly hotel in a superb setting. The view from the balconies and gardens were magnificent. We stayed on a bed and breakfast basis - the rooms were spotlessly clean and found the breakfasts to be excellent. We only ate dinner in the hotel once, plenty of choice, but would have preferred it not to have been a buffet style. Nothing was too much trouble for the staff, they couldn't have been more helpful. The pool and area around it were excellent and we didn't have any problems getting sunbeds at any time of the day.
We would recommend the Es Castell area and particularly this hotel to anyone visiting Menorca."
- Travel date: Fri 4th of August 2006
"We stayed here at end of June/beg. July. I agree about the sunbeds being booked around the pool and garden, as our room overlooked both it was amusing to watch people going out as early as 7 in the morning with their towels and the pool could not be used before 9am. Around 10.30 after breakfast they all appeared and most of them did not move for the rest of the day. How you can say you have been to Menorca lying around an hotel swimming pool escapes me, all you see is the airport and the hotel, still each to their own. There was some noise sometimes during the day from a dog in the apartments nearby but not that bad. The hotel is in a residential area so you must expect everyday noise, at least it wasn't loud music and kids screaming. The food in the restaurant was OK, cannot remember getting beefburgers, maybe we ate out that night. The hotel is well run and maintained and the broken tiles mentioned round the pool, well I watched the maintenance man repairing these one morning and did not notice them being loose afterwards. Our room was ready on arrival and when we asked for an extra pillow this was brought to the room within minutes and the flusher on the toilet came off and this was repaired by the time we came back from dinner. The restaurant could be better, the buffet counter ran out of things and either was not replaced or you had to ask and wait a while for replacements, for 4 star you expect a lot better. We requested a room on the pool side of the hotel as this is where the sun is mid afternoon onwards and we like to sit on the balcony to get the sun after being out and about during the day and we were not disappointed. The views of the harbour are lovely. We would go back here."
- Travel date: Mon 17th of July 2006
Hated every minute of it
"just returned from the Agamenon 45 min wait for room no porter service, pool and rooms overlooking poll can be seen into from the 2 & 5 storey appartment blocks opposite. room standard poor chipped furniture hole in bathroom roof panel. constant noise from dogs cars and motorbikes from the 5 storey appartment block. poor choice of food ham fritters, cod balls. chicken nuggets & beefburrgers on offer. broken tiles around pool. aviod this hotel at all costs"
- Travel date: Sun 9th of July 2006
Excellent value and Location.
"My wife and I have just returned from a 7 day stay at the Hotel Agamenon. From the moment we arrived all the staff were excellent. We stayed on a B & B basis, although we decided to stay in for dinner on two occasions and what a good decision that was, 14 euros for a 3 course buffet of excellent food and as much as you wanted. If you are going to eat in make sure the Almond cake in on, it is so good.
We went for a quiet week and this we most certainly had, with neither sight nor sound of any children at the hotel. The only aspect which we did not expect to find and which the hotel say they do not allow is the reservation of sunbeds. Now there were fewer than we felt there should have been but to have to get down to the pool before 7-00 to reserve a sunbed goes against the grain. Some were reserved and then nobody showed up to occupy them until 10-00 am. Yes we had to reserve where we wanted to sit so we are as guilty as the other guests but if you did not do it you would have no chance of using a lounger until late in the afternoon.
For anyone looking for a quiet break in clean and very comfortable surroundings then you will find no better value than the Hotel Agamenon."
- Travel date: Mon 26th of June 2006
"This hotel is superbly located and run. It is one of the best hotels my wife and I have stayed in. It is unpretentious and the staff are very friendly and genuinely helpful. The service was excellent. The views of the harbour of Mahon (the capital 2 kilometres away) on the side of which the hotel is situated, are spectacular.
The air conditioning in the bedrooms really worked. The bathrooms well appointed and clean. All rooms had a view of the harbour. The swimming pool is a good useful size, attractive and well maintained. The hotel is situated in a quiet location on the western edge of Es Castell. It is within walking distance of Mahon. There are Taxis and a good bus service. Unless you just want to stay around the swimming pool for your stay, I suggest a Hire car is essential if you want to see the Island and visit any beaches.
There are plenty of restaurants in Es Castell around the pretty harbour, but they seem to mainly provide international cuisine and are not cheap. I suggest that travelling to Mahon town will give a better choice and they are cheaper, which is surprising as there are a lot of very big yachts carrying monied people.
Ciudadela, by the way, is on the vary far west of the island. Mahon is at the other end in the East (35 miles away). Mahon is the capital of Menorca and Es Castell is between Mahon and the harbour mouth, farther east. So the address as quoted here is slightly misleading.
In summary : An excellent, very friendly, well run, hotel suitable for anyone who likes piece and quiet and a good nights sleep!"
- Travel date: Sat 6th of August 2005
"we have just gor back from a 1 week stay at the Agamenon in Es Castell. The hotel is a true 4* plus experience. It has 60 rooms over 5 floors which are accessed by lift. there is beautiful cool marble every where and the entire hotel is airconditioned. It is spotlessly clean throughout.
We stayed on a B & B basis and where greeted every morning by a supberb buffet, which couldn't be faulted, there was champayne and smoked salmon for those who felt like it down to a great English bacon and eggs. etc
The pool was great and the views over the bay of Mahon with the boats and yahts moving up and down brilliant. Every room has a sea view.
The staff where extremely efficient, friendly and very helpfull. all spoke english.
The hotel caters for couples and families . allthough I would say more for couples, even though we did see a few happy families there. It is a quiet peaceful hotel and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.
We didn't eat at night time in the hotel but chose to dine out at the many small reteraunts that are dotted around Es Castell and Cala Font. I would say do try the Itallian that is very near to the hotel at the top of the street. excellent true Itallian food........
Es castell is a great place and there is no violence anywhere. we where there for the Annual Horse Festival and had the party of a life time for 3 days. Menorcans sure know how to party.
We would recomend this hotel to all
- Travel date: Fri 29th of July 2005
Loved the Agamenon
"Es Castell is a great base and the Agamenon a great hotel to be based in. It's quiet and the garden has a stunning view over the water. You can sit by the pool and watch boats of all sizes glide by all day. Or you can catch the local bus to Mao (stop is 3 minutes away) and go exploring. The staff at the hotel are all absolutely delightful and very efficient. The rooms are comfortable and they all have balconies with views (nice bathrooms too). Breakfast and pool snacks are very good, though I don't rate the restaurant that highly for dinner. But in the evening you can stroll down to Cala Fonts and eat at some of the island's best fish restaurants in idyllic surroundings (12 minutes). There are some tourist ghettos on Menorca, but Es Castell is a real place and a delightful experience."
- Travel date: Sat 4th of June 2005