More about Hotel Don Pedro
Just as good 2nd time around
Went to Don Pedro with family in 1996 and wanted to come back ever since, but worried things may not be as good, but it was even better.
Now rooms have t.v and air/con. Same brill view of sea and food excellent.
Already trying to get next trip to Don Pedro sorted soon! My great memories of 1996 remain and now I have great memories of 2005.
Quiet it's certainly not!
Having just got back from a holiday at the Don Pedro, I can't believe that other people have found the hotel quiet. There is loud music playing in all public areas all the time. There is even louder "entertainment" until midnight every night. The stage and huge speakers are positioned opposite the entrance to the bottom of the main staircase to the rooms, so the noise echoes round every corridor in the hotel.
And the people! If you like tattoos, chain smoking, football shirts, beer bellies (and that's only the women!), out of control children (why weren't they at school?), and a heady mix of Birmingham, Glasgow and Belfast accents, then this is the place for you.
Having said that, the hotel itself is fine, in a lovely location, and the staff are good.
It's such a shame that the clientele is so downmarket.
All Things to all People?
Having read the reviews of the Don Pedro for August of this year, I knew I'd have to remain as objective as possible when it failed to reach these heady, glowing reports.
I have to concur with the previous reviewer, in regard to noise, children and clientele, but that, I'm afraid is the nature of the All-Inclusive beast.
Without doubt, the hotel's major asset is its stunning setting, (which I was aware of) situated on an outcrop, with huge craggy cliff-faces on either side. You almost feel yourself in the middle of the sea. It also has an almost "private" cove. A sea-view room on the uppermost floor is recommened, the lower floors suffering from the previously mentioned noise.
Food is exactly what I would expect from a small, 3 star hotel, in that it lacks choice in some areas and the quality, is, at best, unexceptional. There difinitely is not, a team of "International Chefs" present, just honest, working cooks.
While some of the lower, entertainment and catering areas are dark and gloomy,(not to mention tired) the bedrooms are pleasingly large and bright.
What the Don Pedro really lacks, is a cohesive marketing strategy. It tries to cater for all tastes and consequently fails both itself and many guests.
With an injection of cash to refurbish, it should become "Adults Only", as Cala San Vicente is Not Magalluf and not very child-friendly. Rather it is a Quiet, potentially up- market resort, in need of another quality hotel.
It could, with effort, be the Don Pedro, but with Airtours at the helm, I can't see this happening.
Don't let the Oct 13 review put you off. Problem with allegedly "downmarket" hotels is you tend to get two types who don't mix - football shirted "regionals" and cheapskate snobs from the Home Counties. And surely it is the football shirts, tattoos etc which make "people-watching" more interesting.
The plusses are so good that (with a helpful attitude) you can easily ignore the downs. We were there during the August school holidays and had a great time. Much better than our previous hol in the Maldives surrounded by "adult" honeymooners who made the place look like a picture from a brochure rather than a real live holiday resort. I hope they do not convert it into an adults only resort
Sitting on the patio, watching the sunset with a glass of day-glo green liquor ("Hierbas") I could easily ignore the noise from behind. Although I did enjoy the Elvis Comeback Espactaculo (yes - it was really Him)
The food was very good - lots of fish, fresh salads and fruit, with the occasional paella and constant Sangria on tap. What more could one ask for from a Spanish hol? Not a Duck a l'orange in sight!
OK - there were kids running around and sliding on squashed chips and blue slushies but the staff were quietly efficient in clearing (most) of it up. As far as drunken "all-iinclusiveness", we didn't actually see mucjh of that. CSV is not a party resort (no clubs etc) and so the punters were families, middle-aged or Spanish tourists who tend to hold their liquor. The entertainment (Bingo. kiddie disco and shows) ended at 11/11.30 ish and that is actually quite early by the standards of other hotels.
Excellent value for money and highly recommended particularly for families
Nice but Hard Work with Toddlers!
We stayed in this hotel after seeing the trip advisor photos of the location, and yep, it is a fantastic spot. The almost exclusive smallest cove we had to ourselves for 2 days is great for swimming and two beaches right at the foot of the hotel are a must for snorkellers.
The food we thought was fantastic for the first few days, surely something to suit everyone, different types of rice, noodles or potatoes every day, chips, salads, cold meat, hot dishes - at least 2 different ones each meal time, fish, bread, then cakes and icecream, biscuits, hot drinks, cold drinks and the sangria on tap was a real hit with us. But I would imagine you would tire of it if you stayed for 2 weeks.The spirits from the bar I thought were poor substitutes to the named brands, but everyone else seemed to be enjoying them - the named brands were 2 euros each, so we kept to the sangria and the coffee liquer!
The hotel is great for children, although we really struggled with our 18mth old.You just couldn't relax for a second as all the doors out of the lower entertainment room and restaurant were open and the middle of the sea with very deep water literally 6-7 meters away. But yes, great hotel for kids from 4 upwards, with the mini disco each night at 8.30 ( a massive hit with both my daughters 1 and 3years old) and the other entertainment good during the day and early evening. (Elvis was funny but cheesy!)
Staff were very friendly and funny, especiallly Nico the childrens club guy - and they work very hard to keep the hotel spotlessly clean. The catering staff and barman work really hard too, but still v friendly and everyone very good with the kids. Entrance to the hotel is extremely nice, pools are nice but can get crowded. Only complaint is that the kids area gets filled with smoke if people smoking on an afternoon. Overall, would recommend if you want quiet relax and have kids.
To finish, it's not the ritz, but it's good value for money - try to get a room on the third floor or above to avoid the noise, and ...well...enjoy the view.
Dont go end of season!!
Couldnt fault our first week there, meals and drinks reasonable, we went Oct 15 - 29.
Aimee the rep went above and beyond, getting our three yr old a replacement birthday cake, after I left the original on the transfer bus which never did turn up.
The second week, it seemed the hotel was packing up around us, the kids club had never materialised, the entertainment was to stop on the Wed, four days before the last paying guests were to leave, and then the staff reserved half the dining room on the Wed for their end of season bash on the Sat., which made for very cosy dining for the rest of us!
One bar man served a 7 year old boy a whisky and coke! When his parents complained to the Manager, they were accused of trying to cause trouble........the same Manager and his receptionist partner, with their 4 other dinner guests, retired to the entertainment area and took it over, even making Nico play their CD, they danced the Pase Dobli! knocking over several small children including one of mine! No apologies given and they continued to comandeer the dance floor until several paying guests complained to Nico over an hour later!
The internet access disappeared mid week also, all in all it was quite disappointing really.
The Hotel listing stated we could use the sister Hotels facilities also,
but it was closed,
the life guard at the pool never materialised,
the pool bar never opened and
nor did the pool loos once during our two week stay! -oh and the rooms are badly needing freshened up,
ants in the entertainment area,
my kids room shed so much mouldy plaster on a daily basis we had to shake the bedclothes before using it! I write this because the bed nearest the window was so damp I would not allow the children to use it, so they had to double up.
Any rain and the rooms flooded, wet beds etc, the maids came round door to door to mop up, and offer dry bedding, it was obvious that this was a frequent occurance.
Needless to say I have written my holiday provider, who assure me of a reply in the next 35 days!
Leave you to make up your mind, but the fantastic setting doesnt outweigh the other problems.
Good value all - inclusive
The thing that made this holiday such good value was that we booked flights and hotel seperately. If you can get cheap flights to Majorca then book this hotel through Hotelopia or Expedia and save a fortune !
The hotel is in a wonderful position and we asked for and were given a very spacious family room overlooking the sea.
The standard of the hotel is very much 3 star but we found the food plentiful and edible and the drinks , both alcoholic and soft, were available all day and night.
There was entertainment for the children during the day and things in the evening for the family. The one critism as a non smoker was the smoking around the pool and in public places which I suppose in unavoidable.
The pool was nice but get your towel out early to guarantee a good spot.
We found the next beach along was nice as well as the one outside the hotel.
The staff were friendly
Hotel from Hell
Cala San Vicente was like a ghost town. The hotel was disgusting. Our room was infested with ants including the drawers and beds! The decor was grubby. The entertainment area smelt like a sewer was running through it. The Airtours rep was very unhelpful and kept referring us to reception unless we wanted to book an excursion. The food was poor and repetitive. The one plus point about Don Pedro was the view out to sea.
Airtours blame the climate for the ants being in the beds?????
Not only would I never return to Don Pedro, I would have serious concerns about using Airtours again as a tour operator.
Quiet and Tranquil.....Yeah Rite
Well this was our second time at the Don Pedro, and the first time it was lovely, quiet, and tranquil but when we returned the next year all --- broke loose!! There were children climbing in and out of downstairs windows, a curfew on the lights at night time, a crowd of people who instead of communicating by talking they stood on their balcony and shouted down at the rest of their group. It was just too loud!
The good side about Cala San Vincente was the real Spanish people who I talked to all the time and of course Roy and Mavis at the mini golf where they also do hair braids and have drinks! If I were to recommend a hotel in that area it would be the Grupotel Molins, which is in a nice setting and more quiet! Trotters bar was a good laugh!
Good Value for a Budget Break
We stayed at the Don Pedro from the 6th - 13th May on an all inclusive basis. This break was booked in February and after reading some of these reviews we really didn't know what to expect.
The resort itself is very quiet so would not be suitable for those of you who are up for a mad one! We wanted a relaxing holiday so didn't really mind how quiet it was. Trotters bar was a good laugh though and Rob and Lisa who own it are great. If you are celebrating a birthday or anniversary etc let them know and they will be happy to supply you with a free drink or bottle of champagne!!
The rooms in this hotel are very basic. The balconies are also quite small and your view will depend on what part of the hotel your room is in. If you are lucky enough to get a sea view the scenery is absolutely amazing. The other balconies look over the pool area and the front of the hotel. Unfortunately for us we had a front room which meant our balcony was right beside the hotel reception and therefore not very private.
The good thing about this hotel is that there are two separate sunbathing areas - the pool area at the side of the hotel and the terrace area at the back. The pool area is used mostly by those with children and the terrace area by the more serious sunbathers! We spent most of our time at the Terrace area as it was closer to the bar and overlooked the sea. The hotel itself was spotless. The rooms were cleaned every day and there were fresh towels left in the bathroom.
The restaurant was excellent and the staff were great at keeping the place tidy - quick turnaround of clearing and setting tables etc. The variety and quality of food was also good although by the end of the week we were sick eating although most all inclusives are like that anyway!
The branded drinks are an extra 2 euros and the slush for the kids I think were an extra 1 euro. The branded ice creams start from around 2 euros. The local branded drinks included in the package are fine and the small pots of ice cream in the restaurant are
also ok but make sure you lift 2 as they are small! The snack bar is at the back of the restaurant and you can go in any time in the day to get a snack. The snacks ranged from burgers, hotdogs, chips, pizza and pasta. There is stuff to make sandwiches and plenty of fruit and bread rolls etc so you wont go hungry.
Over all I have to say that this hotel was great for a 3*. You only get what you pay for so don't go expecting 4* luxury!! We definitely got our money's worth!!