I'm going to resist the temptation to write as though I'm an amateur travel writer for one of the well known magazines, and simply stick to lay terms, if you like to read something a bit more poetic, don't read on.
Myself, my fiance and our baby girl stayed here in early May for a long weekend of 3 nights - very impressive. Been to Soller many times and have been meaning to stay here and I'm really glad we did, it is lovely. Stayed on the 3rd floor in a room which faced the (cobalt blue?) marina, which offered great views or should I say 'vistas'?
The terrace and pool area is a real triumph, given that it is built into the terraced landscape directly behind the hotel, it will not have been the easiest to implement, but it looks superb,and the vistas from up here are even better. Also we were dreamily wowed by the ochre coloured.... (alright I'll stop it)
One thing I liked which I have to say I havent seen in a hotel before, was the two seperate dining rooms for people with & without children. Great idea. We had the baby with us so had to use the kids room, which as a parent actually makes you feel much more relaxed, if your kids are making a lot of noise at meal times and the couple next to you are on a weekend away for two, you will feel self conscious (certainly we do) but you want to feel relaxed so this has to be applauded.
They also have a family spa area for kids seperate to the main one.
The bar area is a nice space and offers a good drinks selection (you get a welcome drink here on your first night) the staff are mostly all friendly and offer good service, one or two are a bit cool and off-hand, but most are great.
I also liked the library on the top floor. Interesting selection of books, a Technics 1210 and some 12"s to play at your leisure, great touch.
The restaurant was pretty empty when we were here in early May, but so was Soller. The food was good, and nicely presented but because of the lack of folks in, it rather lacked atmosphere.
One particular mention must go to the breakfast selection, this was without exaggeration, among the best hotel breakfasts I have had; varied choice, really good quality products, good selection of cooked items if you want them and lovely service by the girls who work there. Faultless.
Oh and those cobalt blue vistas were in all thier glory from the family breakfast room.
Apart from the usual superlatives, one thing I would applaud this hotel for, is its ability to cater to couples who want an upscale, romantic boutique hotel, but also families who want the same. It gets that difficult balance pretty much spot on.
In the title I commented Soller needs places like this, and it absolutely does, it needs the quality but not overpriced restaurant, it needs the on-trend, not-stuck-in-a-timewarp bar, and the mostly unpretentious service offering from Esplendido. Frankly the locals who compete with it, really ought to take a leaf or two from its book.
Next time we're here we will have an easy choice of hotel.
- Also Known As:
- Esplendido Hotel Soller, Majorca
- Hotel Esplendido