Our yardstick for this Globales Hotel was the Almirante Farragout in Cala n Forcat across the other side of the Cuitadella bay. We have been there twice in the last year and really enjoyed it.
First impressions of the Mediteranni were good, our 4th floor corner room was fantastic, recently refurbished with a double balcony giving sea views over the Cala Blanca beach and cove. Contrary to other reports we had a free fridge although I'm not sure that was only because the maid had not locked it!
After checking in we could see from the balcony the pool area was small but perfectly formed, the sunbeds seemed a bit close together but it was not busy and we could see acres of lawns which would give a bit of privacy. Alas no, next day we settled down to read and as the sunbeds were occupied we were squeezed into a regimentented row. Signs on the lawns forbade moving the sunbeds there for a bit of extra room!
The groundsman does a great job sitting on his ride on mower but I supect his influence has something to do with the "keep off the grass" policy.
There were quite a few families with young children round the pool, mostly Spanish as one would expect.
The entertainment team were enthusiastic and no doubt they do a good job for the children and few adults who want organised games during the day. However the use of loud music to attract punters which was then left on while they played and even longer afterwards was a distraction I could do without. I complained on the 3rd day and the volume thereafter seemed to be more respectful of the needs of the majority of the guests for the rest of the week.
The proximity of the road with passing buses and delivery vans, and people emptying bottles into the municipal glass recycling bin in the car park opposite the hotel, also added to the din preventing the relaxed chill out which we experienced at the Almirante Farragout.
The food was ok but we Brits like our eggs, bacon and beans after some healthy fruit in the morning, so why were the beans missing for 3 days? The dining room is small and can get very busy. Mostly the service is good and most of the staff are friendly.
We usually dine late, as the Spaniards do, and we like a couple of Gin and Tonics in the bar sometime after 8. We were usually the only people at the bar maybe because the price was a bit steep. 17 euros for 3 G&Ts! My tip is order Gordon's gin and draft tonic, the local Mahon Gin is more expensive as is bottled tonic.
The area around the hotel is great, nice beach with restaurants and bars lining the cove. Our favourite bar was the Miramar only 250 yards away.
All in all it was OK but for a middle aged couple looking for peace and quiet during the day it didn't quite measure up. When we return to this part of Menorca it will be to the Hotel Almirante Farragout.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Globales Mediterrani Hotel is located in the friendly residential area of Cala Blanca, 4km from Ciutadella, the former capital of Menorca and 50km from the airport. The hotel a few meters from the beach with its crystal blue waters and just outside the hotel you will find a bus stop with connections to the historical centre of Ciutadella. The virgin coves of the southern coast are only 12km away. The hotel has 180 comfortable non-smoking rooms and are fully equipped and surrounded by tranquil gardens. Most of the rooms have a sea view from which on a clear day it’s possible to see the island of Mallorca. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mediterrani Hotel Cala Blanca