Princesa Playa Hotel

, Ciutadella de Menorca, Spain
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Princesa Playa Hotel

, Ciutadella de Menorca
4 star

Rooms: 225

Gran Vía Son Xoriguer, 17 - Ciutadella de Menorca - 07760 - Spain Hotel Website | | 971387271
241 Traveller

Reviews - Princesa Playa Hotel

2/10
Watch out if you don't have children
Submitted by: Magnus in 19/06/06
  • Age Group: 41 - 50
  • From: Sweden
  • Traveller type: Family Traveller
This hotel claims to be a four-star hotel, and the review is given with my expectations of a four-star hotel in mind.

First of all: Do not even consider going to this hotel unless you are bringing children! It is not the place for singles or couples travelling without children. There are children everywhere at every time, and the entire hotel is geared towards them.

My wife and I stayed at the Princesa Playa together with our two year old son, so we thought that the child focus was rather nice.

The good thing about this hotel is the pool area. It is big and child-friendly. Our son truly enjoyed himself there.

However, this was the only good thing about the hotel. The absolute worst was the food. The breakfast buffet was not at all up to par with other buffets I have had at other hotels. They also served a buffet-style lunch or dinner, where we found very few edible dishes. The pool bar also served something they claimed was lunch. I had canneloni with some grey mush inside that didn't taste a thing. God only knows what it was made up of.

The rooms were small and situated along looong corridors. Since the doors were far from soundproof, it was sometimes quite difficult to sleep due to the commotion outside.

The staff was OK, but not more than that. Most of the time they seemed to lack a feeling for true service.

We also felt like the hotel was trying to squeeze some extra bucks from us all the time. Two examples: You had to pay for use of the safety box and you also had to *rent* towels.

In short: If you have expectations along the lines of a four-star establishment, I would recommend against choosing the Princesa Playa. And oh, did I mention that you should ONLY go here if you have children? ;-)

Historical Traveller Reviews of Princesa Playa Hotel

A great time at the Princesa Playa

from Joegeez
If you're thinking of a holiday in Menorca look no further. I spent hours on the web searching for a perfect hotel and boy did i hit the jackpot.The weather was a bit hit and miss though ! These are the positives..massive pools,friendly staff,great food (we went s/c but we paid for half board,very reasonably priced),nice modern clean rooms,loads of sunbeds,good kids clubs,harbour 15 minutes walk away with fantastic restaurants..Negatives..dirty cutlery at the poolside cafe,ants by the walls around the pool,an hours coach ride from the airport.
Just book it !..Tip..If booking with Cosmos or Archers direct ask for a 1st floor room with a pool view...Joe

t fault it

from JenAsh
We have just returned from our 2 weeks stay at the Princess Playa and have to say that it was an excellent hotel. The room was plenty big enough (even with an extra bed for our 11 year old) and cleaned daily. All the staff were always friendly and helpful. The kids team reps were also good and great with kids of all ages. I read a review on here saying the food was boring??, well for whoever said that i disagree, there was always a very varied choice each night and as much as you could eat even at the end of service. Sunbeds are a plenty, although to get one with an umbrella you did have to get up early, although you can purchase (cheaply) your own and use it on the grass areas or there is plenty of shade under the trees. Overall a great place to stay for families with children up to about 14/15. Walking distance to beach and harbour (fish restaurant a must!) We will defo be returning next year.

fab fab fab

from lydia01
Am so jealous of previous reviewers !as our holiday in June at Princessa playa seems a distant memory now! Glad you enjoyed it as much as we did ,everything you said was as we found it aswell,we also will return with our 11 year olds. next year but for 2 weeks next time,if there was 1 thing i would say i felt was more suited for children 8 years old and under but perhaps that was because it was term time ,our children didnt find any other similar age children to play with.Enjoyed going to the harbour to eat especially the steak restaurant on the corner!!

Totally relaxing and enjoyable holiday

from Osmond
We booked this holiday on the recommendation of a friend who works as a travel agent and also because we found the trip advisor reviews helpful.
We were very pleased with the facilities.We stayed in a self-catering appartment, without a pool view, which we found very peaceful and preferred. The only negative comment is that the we feel the appartment would be a little cramped should 4 adults stay, however, because it was just the two of us, there was plenty of room. The hotel was clean and tidy and the staff were helpful and friendly. The appartment was cleaned 12 days out of the 14 we stayed and the sheets changed 3 times.
The pool area is fantastic! We tended to sit up on the grassed area under the trees and happily spent every afternoon pleasantly dozing in the shade. The swimming pool was lovely and very welcome in the heat. It was also open to 8.30pm so a late swim was possible before preparing for the evening outing. We saw a selection of the entertainment and particulary enjoyed the Abba Emotion and the BeeGees tribute bands. Most evenings we walked to the Marina (approx 15 mins stroll) and sampled the food and hospitality on offer there. We met some lovely people and thoroughly enjoyed the area. We would recommend the Hotel Princesa Playa to couples (in their prime!) and also to families. We are already making arrangements to return next summer.

Will return

from Ozbound
Booked this hotel on the strength of its reviews on this and other sites and were not disappointed.
We were in a self-catering apartment but ate at the hotel most nights. The apartment living area is quite small but adequate and we spent little time in it during the day anyway. The air-conditioning was pretty quiet, effective and very necessary as it was very hot for the whole fortnight. We did ask for an apartment with a pool view ( I suspect everyone does) and although we were on the pool side of the building any view was totally obscured by trees. This did make the balcony feel very private though.
The pool area is lovely and large so never seemed over-crowded. There are loads of sunbeds but certain positions, like under the tree shade on the apartment side, were reserved early. Staff were superb throughout.
Food was plentiful and varied although some nights were better than others. Dishes were restocked quickly and queues short if any at all.
There is a good programme of activities during the day and I was pleasantly surprised by the standard of evening entertainment. We particularly liked the Chinese acrobats and Temptations tribute group, and the hotel animation teams own shows were well-received.
The nearby beach got very crowded by mid-morning but was very pleasant for an early-morning swim. It was very hard to persuade any of my family to leave that lovely pool though.
There is a well-stocked supermarket very close to the back of the complex, close to the beach and a good hypermarket at Cuitadella. The resort itself has a nice feel to it, very family -orientated, and it was very pleasant to stroll around the harbour in the evening.

The best!!!

from A TripAdvisor Member
Fantastic what can I say! Beautiful pool, fantastic setting. Great amenities near by would recommend 150%. Loved it. Rooms clean, housekeeping visit every day, plenty of hot water etc. Had a problem with the patio door and television, reported it straight away to the reception and a couple of hours later after a trip out for lunch it was fixed! Great holiday, will definitately go back again.

Excellent Hotel

from Northernlights59
I have just returned from a brilliant week at the Princesa Playa. The hotel is fantastic, the location is idyllic and the staff are so friendly and helpful. Our rooms were checked six days in the week and clean towels were put in daily. Everywhere is so clean and well maintained. The swimming pool is huge and there is a bridge that gives you access to the pool bar. This gives the pool area an added, attractive feature. The restaurant is very spacious and serves a wide range of foods to suit everyone. Each night there is entertainment in the bar and a mini disco for the children, and during the day there are various activities to keep the children happy. We hired a car to enable us to get out and see some of the island, and their wasn't a lot of traffic on the roads. I was actually on a working holiday but I would definitely go back there for my own holiday.

What a Nice Hotel

from A TripAdvisor Member
We decided to use this hotel for a late break, after we had seen what a great deal was available. The hotel was very nice, and the pool area was almost tropical. We had some lovely weather and are very grateful for that. The Evening Entertainment was mostly very good "Soul Sister" and the "Chinese Acrobats" were particularly good, but overall it was well received.
The Marina was about a 15 minute walk and had lots of bars and restuarants. The bus outside the hotel ran about every 20/25 minutes to take you to Citedella, and was very reasonably priced.
Now the biggest BUT, We found that if you went there thinking that 4* would afford you that little bit of luxury when in came to meal times, you would be disappointed, it was a bit of a free for all. The food although hot, and usually plentiful, was always a mish mash of bits and pieces, and although mostly tasty, was not up to restaurant quality. The Staff, were run off their feet, and only one woman was topping up the buffet area, and often things would run out and you would have to wait, or chose something else before the rest of your meal went cold. We were extremely disappointed with this aspect of our holiday. I would also say, that if you are a non smoker, we found it particularly difficult, the same concerns don't seem to bother them, as here at home, although the restaurant was segregated!. We don't think we personally would go again, but it would be fantastic for parents with small children, up to about 8 years old and have to say that the Cosmos team were wonderful with the children and Sara was always on hand during the day and they were contactable evening if required. Good job to them.

Absolutely fantastic

from sweetpea006
My partner and I returned yesterday having spent a week at this hotel.Never before have I not wanted to leave the pool area when on holiday! The hotel, food, accommodation, staff, entertainment and pool were absolutely fantastic! I can't wait to go back!!!

Excellent holiday

from A TripAdvisor Member
We spent a week at The Hotel Princesa Playa from the 1st to the 8th of July, it was probably the best holiday we have had. The weather, was excellent, the pool was warm, clean and spacious, although we were self catering there were plenty of restaurants down the marina to choose from. Our appartment was clean, and the maid service was excellent, and they came every day of our stay, the rooms were well air conditioned, and it was a nice suprise to find complimentary soap, shower gel, e.t.c. The entertainment was very good and my 6 year old son especially loved the mini discos and the disney shows. There is a minimarket on site which comes in handy, and the beach is only a short walk away from the hotel. All in all it was a very enjoyable stay, and the staff were friendly and helpful, we will definately be back next summer, but loved it so much that 1 week is just not enough, so we will be staying for 2 weeks. Excellent hotel, and excellent service.

Top Local Tips for Ciutadella de Menorca

Driving a real pleasure Menorca is just two and a bit hours away. It is a great Island however don't spend your time by the pool all daytake advantage of the brilliant empty newly re-surfaced main road (in progress) it puts our roads here in the UK to shame, hire a car and explore what Menorca has to offer and enjoy.

Rent at the resort Car rental firms are numerous and competitive. Consider a local resort rental company which includes everything and no insurance excess. A small car is all you need to get 4 people around the island cheaply and comfortably. It will add so much to your holiday to experience those isolated beaches and the many historic sites!

Fiesta! If you get the opportunity to experience a Menorcan fiesta then do try as they are friendly, fun, relaxed and very Spanish with great food and drink. Make sure that you try to local tipple - Pomada made from Xon Xoriguer gin.

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  • Address: Gran Vía Son Xoriguer, 17 - Ciutadella de Menorca - 07760 - Spain
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