More about Hotel Levante
great hotel go if you get the chance
Cala Bona Majorca.
We decided at the last minute to book a late deal at or local travel agent in fact the day before we actually travelled. We decided on a Thomson allocated on arrival late deal to Majorca (half board three star or better) so we set off to East Midlands Airport not knowing what to expect.
The ticket pickup at the airport was trouble free as was the check in the only problem being so late booking the holiday the only seats left on the plane were the extra legroom seats but you have to make sacrifices!!!
On arrival at Palma airpot and after the VERY long walk to baggage reclaim we were directed to the Thomson desk and shown to our transfer bus and we were off to the hotel Levante at a resort called Cala Bona.
This Hotel is a Thomson Gold four star which looks a bit dated from the road but this opinion soon changes when you get inside. Reception check in was very quick we paid for a safe ‘of course’ and were directed to our room on floor No 6 and the baggage followed via the porter within 5 minutes. The room was a corner room overlooking both the sea and the outdoor performance area this was a bit smaller than the other rooms but o/k for us. A full set of soap and shampoo on arrival but this is not replenished so take some supplies with you if you visit this hotel. There is a beach towel provided and the towels in the bathroom are changed whenever you want, just leave them on the floor. The room was spotless and cleaned every day we have been in many hotels but this is one of the cleanest we have ever stayed in both the public areas and the rooms.
The food is of a very high standard breakfast is the same every day and caters for the British guests but we would have like more fresh and less tinned fruit. Dinner time is acceptable but the Gala dinners are not to be missed you get two Gala dinners a week. The drinks are reasonably priced the wine starts at 8 Euros and is pleasant to drink the water is 2 Euros a bottle you pay for this on exiting the dining room so have the cash ready if you don’t want it charging to your room.
The evening entertainment starts at 8pm and goes on till midnight and the acts are a mixture of Spanish artists and English acts flown in also the Thomson production team do a performance which is not to be missed, all in all a good selection and the drinks are reasonably priced and the waiters prompt and accurate.
The only down side to this hotel is actually nothing to do with the hotel, it’s the guests, Starting from first light the sun bed towel hangers start so by the time you have had breakfast all the sun beds have been reserved even the beach parasols get reserved we even saw some guests throwing other peoples towels away to replace then with their own, we think its disgusting selfish and it is the English who seem to be the worst culprits. The other thing we have witnessed was the reserving of a dinner table, this is how it worked some selfish holidaymaker goes down to dinner when the restaurant opens then chooses a table usually by the window, buys a bottle of water leaves the receipt on the table then they disappear until later, we saw a table tied up in this way for over an hour at a busy time we think this is unacceptable and if you see it please report it to the head waiter.
There is a Gym, Jacuzzi, Turkish steam room and a Sauna these are on the third floor adjacent to the sundeck which has about thirty sun beds and automatic sun shades which seem to deploy randomly throughout the day. The ground floor has a swimming pool and quite a few sun beds adjacent to this is a snack bar.
All in all a great Hotel with a majority of older guests but this is no problem as it means the hotel is nice and peaceful. The location is o/k with plenty of shops bars and restaurants in easy walking distance.
I'm a young person..... get me out of here!
My wife and I stayed at the Levante Hotel, Cala Bona for 7 nights. Here are our comments:
Good things about Majorca:
1. Marineland - the Dolphin Experience was fantastic.
2. Excursion on the electric train was very good.
3. Excursion to Palma was good.
4. November weather was good, in the low 20's with little rain.
5. Biomar Health Spa at the Sa Coma Player Hotel. It has a large spa pool containing many under and overwater jets. We also had massages. Cost around £70 for 3 hours in the pool each and 1 massage each. Definitely worth the money as it cured all our aches and pains! It's a ten minute taxi ride from the Levante.
Bad things about Majorca:
1. During our November stay, all the resorts were like ghost towns. Everything was shut or in the process of shutting. There was no atmosphere. Little choice of shopping / eating out.
Good things about the Levante Hotel:
1. Very clean, in fact spotless.
2. It's on the beach, no road in between.
3. Very friendly staff.
4. Thomsons Reps were brilliant. They had all the time in the world for each guest and seemed to be on hand all the time. I'm not normally a fan of reps but Sue, Julie and Jodie really were great.
Bad things about the Levante Hotel:
1. My wife and I are in our early 30's and felt totally out of place as the average age was 65 with the lowest age being around 50. We were stared at during breakfast, dinner and evening entertainment. One couple even asked, "Why are you here, it's not really for people of your age". Some of the old people were ok but many were quite rude to us.
2. We were led to believe that the food would be outstanding. Not in our opinion. The bread was stale, the food was plain and tasteless, the orange juice was diluted (and not very well diluted), all the fruit was tinned not fresh, the desserts were all variations of cream cakes and sometimes the chicken was still pink in the middle.
3. The beach in front of the hotel was poor. A bit of sand in between the rocks. Litter was everywhere and lots of broken glass.
4. We booked a sea-view room. It was sea-view if you stood on the balcony and peered around the corner!
5. The room was smaller than most other hotel rooms we have stayed in. Disappointingly there was just a small portable television with very limited choice of channels (BBC1, ITV, News 24 and Sky News) and the signal was often of a poor quality.
6. The nightly entertainment (including bingo and cabaret) was geared for elderly people. But with nothing else to do in the vicinity, we joined in.
7. The hotel boasts 2 great whirlpool baths overlooking the sea. We were not told that Spanish regulations dictate that unmanned Jacuzzis are not allowed to be warmed over a certain temperature. These were unmanned and gosh they were cold.
8. The steam room ("Turkish Bath") only operates during certain hours. It was never turned on when we went in!
9. The outdoor swimming pool is small, the indoor one at the Levante Park across the road is even smaller.
10. The restaurant was a bit tacky with red plastic salt and pepper holders on the tables. On the first night, sitting at the table with our food in front of us I looked around and asked my wife, "Where could we be?" She rightly replied, "A cafe in Blackpool"!!
11. Cala Bona had nothing, not even any restaurants. You have to walk 10 minutes to Cala Millor to find anything and even there we didn't find any decent restaurants. Even though we were half board, we were desperate to get out and find some decent food. Cala Bona is very quiet if you're after a peaceful location.
My wife and I have stayed in many 4 star hotels and this one is a 3 star, definitely not a 4 star. All other couples we spoke to in the hotel also agreed that it was not a 4 star. Other guests rated the hotel quite well but I suppose that anything will be great when compared to their nursing homes.
What about the harbour?
This was my seventh visit to Cala Bona and my second to Hotel Levante. The hotel was lovely. No problems there but no review has mentioned the 'regeneration' of the harbour.
Surely I cannot have been the only one to find it a real disappointment that the harbour was closed and yet it hasn't been mentioned in the holiday reviews.
A lovely hotel
Just came back for a week at the Levante hotel, It is a lovely hotel with great staff that can`t do enough for you.
The room was cleaned daily, food was the best i have seen and tasted for a while with lots to choose from, the trays were always topped up. I would recomend this hotel to anyone. A big thank you to all the staff and the Thomsons reps well done all
Well after an hour half journey i was abit worried that the hotel would be disapointing as some of the hotel we past were a bit cheap looking then we pulled up to a rather splendid door way of the leavante .It was Very clean and looked fresh and very smart looking...
Check in was a breeze and the room was ready straight away ,the rooms although a bit small were clean.
Now the food wow wow wow wow wow wow wow FANTASTIC i mean bloody outsanding amazing ,Grilled meats cooked in front of you and well as for braekfast it was that good we sat for the whole 2 hours it lasted ,there was bloody LOADS.
The pool was amazing and clean.
The entertainment was great....
The beach sandy and clean....
You want a relaxing holidays in a great location with outstanding food .COME HERE
As an acive couple in our mid 40's who travel regularly we treated ourselves to a Thomson's Gold Cruise and stay. Week 1 onboard the Destiny was simply amazing which probably places a bias on the judgement of this alleged 4 star hotel Levante Park on week 2
The Hotel it'self is well presented although the pool is too small. it is a child free zone but this didn't stop the blue rinse brigade bagging the limited beds around the pool area.
The rooms are large and comfortable and for those who always complain of limited English speaking channels on TV (Sad) Then you have BBC1 and ITV.
My only moan is that the dining room (very nice) is grossly understaffed. There were rarely any tables prepared for meals and many finished tables remained cluttered with dishes for over 1/2 hour. The resort is friendly and quiet but very clean and the best beach is 15min walk (to the right) at Cal Mallor. Advise using Levante Pool across the road, it is bigger and on the beach, it also has a sun deck with jaccusi.
Trip- A Must is to the Pirate show at Magaluf (80 minutes by bus) about 80 Euros. Fantastic!!
The Reps at this complex probably have one of the easiest tasks in the business, they were all 'nice' but unchallenged.
* I visited the IFA Continental In Gran Canaria in February which was a 3* but was far superior in every way to this 4*.
For any person planning a cruise and stay for the 1st time please prepare yourself for a let down on week 2 no matter where you stay.
Paul Greig West Lothian
Life at Hotel Levante
Hotel Levante is a Thomson Gold hotel with a clientele whose average age was approx 65 which was a shock to my husband and I who are somewhat younger. Having said that the service was excellent and the food good, having a wide variety every day. The hotel was kept spotlessly clean by a group of ladies who spent their entire day cleaning. If you have booked to go to Hotel Levante be prepared for a very early start if you want a sunbed as some of the elder citizens were rising at 4am to "bag" one with their towels. Be prepared to join them, not beat them as no-one has been able to work out a way of preventing this from happening.
Thomson Gold reps and entertainment hosts are very good.
No under 16s, 17s, 18s...
Stayed at Hotel Levante (not Levante Park) for a week in June with my fiance. The hotel is spotless, the rooms are a good size and the food is excellent. Nobody under 16 can stay, so it's also nice and quiet. The problem we had with the Levante is that 99% of its guests are over 60. We paid the premium and had as much right to be there as anybody else, but whenever we walked through the lobby or, in particular, the restaurant they would stare at us as if we'd just walked into their front room with our shoes on.
The restaurant was by far the worst for this and it was't just the guests. On entering for the evening meal, everybody has to give their room number to the restaurant manager, Diego, who ticks you off on his clipboard and lets you in. For breakfast, there is no clipboard and nobody was asked for their room number...except us.
On our first morning we walked in and had even reached the first buffet section when we saw Diego running towards us. He looked at us and asked 'Are you alright?' clearly thinking we had walked in off the street and fancied a free breakfast. 'Can I have your room number?'
That went on for three or four days. To be fair, the other reception/restaurant staff didn't seem to have a problem, especially Toni who was always great with us.
Another problem is the towels on sun loungers. I have no idea what time you have to get up in a morning to find a free lounger. I wouldn't mind but the towels are 'Thomson Gold' towels you are given in your room. They all look the same so why don't Thomson staff just take them off the loungers and pile them up in a corner?
Maybe we just picked a bad week or maybe it's always full of pensioners. We've done Benidorm, Magaluf, etc and got the T-shirts. We are proud we could stay at a Thomson Gold hotel at our age and shouldn't have been made to feel like we were in the wrong hotel. Like I said we shouldn't let it bother us but after a week you get sick of the staring.
Unfortunately, from our experience, that's the way this hotel is - an attitude of 'this is our club, keep out.'
My husband and I have just returned from the Levante Park where we spent two enjoyable weeks. The hotel was spotlessly clean, the food was lovely, catering for every need but the SUNBEDS or lack of them as the case should be. If you wanted to use the sunbeds by the poolside you had to be out no later than 7.30 am. Thomson's reps tried their best to prevent people reserving sunbeds before 8 o'clock in the morning, but what happened then was that the guests would still arrive by the pool from 6.30 am, sit on the sunbeds until 8 o'clock and then leave to have their breakfast. As the pool in this particular hotel is accessed from the reception and bar area of the hotel an easy way to remedy the situation would be to have these doors locked until 8 o'clock, then everyone would have a chance.
Apart from having to be up very early in the morning we had a lovely holiday at this hotel and would even consider going back.
A lovely spotless hotel, with excellent food and staff. Good swimming pool. Particularly restful because no children under the age of sixteen were allowed. The hotel staff were friendly and very helpful. The Thomson staff were good particularly Dave and Caroline. The only downside was the reserving of sunloungers by residents of the hotel and La Luna opposite. Towels were in evidence from around 6a.m. each morning. It was a case of you cant beat them so join them!! We would definitely go back again though if holidaying in Majorca.