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Hotel Uyal - nice location
Just returned from a week's stay at the Uyal. Hotel very nice. We had a superior room with sea view and a large balcony. Staff were friendly. Food was ok, but the evening meal (main course) was a bit disappointing. Not much choice I thought. We had booked this holiday through Portland Direct and were disappointed to see that there was no rep visiting this hotel. We wanted to book excursions. We managed to do this in the end by phoning up the office at Palma. We had to pay for this phone call ourselves. While we were staying at the hotel we saw holiday reps from other companies coming to greet their new arrivals at the hotel by hosting a welcome meeting. We had problems with the flights from Manchester as well. We had an 8 hour delay on the way there and a 4 hour delay on the way back. All in all we enjoyed the holiday apart from the delays.
We are a couple in their 50's and stayed at the Hotel Uyal from 19th to 26th June 2007. We had a double room on the 3rd floor of the original part of the Hotel with a huge balcony with three-way views. The room was large but the furnishings a bit sparse and although in good condition could do with updating. The balcony was huge and our table and two chairs looked lost on it. Could have done with a couple of loungers as well - particularly as we got the sun nearly all day. The bathroom was a good size and the fitiings and fixtures all in good order with plenty of hot water constantly. The room and bathroom were spotlessly clean, indeed the whole hotel was spotless and cleaning was ongoing most of the day. The restaurant was very nice and the buffet breakfast and dinner were of a very high standard with a large choice of dishes including duck in orange sauce, steaks, paella's, king prawns, mussels and many other dishes. The bacon and eggs at breakfast were cooked on the griddle in front of you which resulted in lovely freshly cooked food. The food was as good as a 4 star hotel in our opinion. There is a very nice outside terrace bar leading onto the swimming pool, which although not a large pool, was perfectly adequate (and warm!); and there was plenty of sun beds around the pool. But there really was no need to use the pool as the beautiful beach is a step across the road. The sea is perfect for swimming and there is always a cooling breeze. We often left our towels on our sun beds and crossed the road to have lunch at the hotel. There is quite a busy road outside the hotel in the day, but this quietens down at night and we heard no noise at all and slept well. There is, in progress, a road being built which should be completed in 2008 which will divert through traffic away from the sea front road, so this will be very welcome. The Hotel is a good 15 minute walk away from the marina and main shops of Pollensa. There is a pedestrianised part from just before the Hotel Daina right up through the Pine Walk to the Military base which is really lovely. The Pine Walk is partiularly pretty, being shady and spilling onto lots of small bits of beach with clear water in which fish can be seen swimming. All in all we had a wonderful holiday at Uyal and would definitaley go again.
A good 3 star hotel
My husband and I have just returned from one week at the Hotel Uyal, which we booked through First Choice. We had been to Pollensa before, but many years ago, so we knew where the hotel was located. We booked a seaview room, and when we got there we were directed to the annexe.
I have read reports of people being unhappy with the annexe, but I have to say it was a pleasant building, just next to the hotel. it was modern and clean inside the foyer area with what looked like a new wooden floor. Our room was perfectly fine, no complaints at all. We had a balcony that overlooked the wonderful sea view. The beds were twins, but very comfortable, there was TV which had Sky News and BBC1. The bathroom had a WONDERFUL shower, one of the best I have ever had in a hotel, although it wasnt a power shower, it was lovely!
The room was cleaned every day and I think the towels were changed daily too. The main road outside was quite noisy but once we had closed our balcony door, we didnt hear anything and we both slept really well. We were on the 3rd floor which may have helped as we spoke to a lady on the ground floor who said it was noisy.
The main door to the annexe was locked all the time, you had a key to open it, which was a good idea from a safety point of view as there is no reception there.
The only thing which would have improved the room was tea making facilities and a fridge. But you probably dont get this in a 3 star hotel.
We found the food a bit limited in choice at dinner. But we generally like to eat out anyway. However we did eat in about 3 times in the week, and it was OK. The desserts were nice! There are 2 sittings, one at 6.45 pm and the other at 8.15 pm. We were told we were on the later one which was OK as the other would have been too early.
The staff were all very friendly and helpful. The one thing we would comment on adversely about this hotel was that it seemed to shut down at 11.30 pm! If you wanted to sit there and have a drink after you had been out somewhere, you had to be quick! I dont know if there is a local law that says they have to close up by midnight, or whether they just felt it wasnt worth their while staying open later. Oh, and the lights on the balconies were automatically switched off about midnight too! very odd.
They had entertainment a few times in the week, we only watched it once. It was quite good quality music and singing.
We didnt use the pool as it was tiny and only a few beds. Just across the road is a lovely beach, with 2 beds and a shade for 10 euros which was well worth it.
In the lounge was a super widescreen HD TV which I watched the French Open Tennis finals on, and my husband and several other men watched the Grand Prix!
There is Internet access in the lounge area , one euro for 10 minutes.
The main area of the town is about 15 to 20 minutes stroll away. The area had changed so much since we were last there. We were really pleasantly suprised. It is pedestrianised and some nice bars and restaurants around the Hotel Daina, also some very good street entertainment.
All in all I would say that the Uyal is fine for older people and young families, who want a relaxing holiday. Nothing much there for school age kids/teens/young couples. But a good base if you get a car and travel around.
A very good 3 star hotel. And if you compare it to the Belle Vue Park "estate" in Alcudia, which we saw as we dropped people off the coach, well... the Uyal and Pollensa is like paradise!!
Pretty good if you are older or want a quiet holiday
My fiance and I stayed at the Uyal in July 2006. We wanted a quiet holiday and that was what we got. Thankfully we hired a car and managed to get out quite a bit and see the island. The hotel was OK.. A bit old fashioned but quite pleasent. Staff were friendly.. Food was excellent and quite well priced. Entertainemnt was a few times a week and I have to say that whilst it was funny - I cant stand people trying to get you up to sing!! Why??
Rooms were quite basic but bearable. If your room faces the main road you might get woken up at 3am by drunk English people walking down the road - making you ashamed to be English but that is quite rare. Pool was below average but a 10 second walk to the great beach made up for that.
Overall though a very pleasent holiday and nice hotel. Perfect for older people or those who want to chill out.
A very nice relaxing hotel
A lovely hotel set in a nice location. It is very near a spar where you can stock up on supplies and the walk into the town centre is nice and peaceful too. The facilities at the hotel are very limited and the evening entertainment is very depressing, but you can just stay in the town centre all night! We picked the hotel mainly because it had a pool but we very rarely used it, as the sea was so warm. We did make good use of the tennis courts though and this was another reason why we did pick the hotel. The rooms and nice a traditional but very limited TV channels and storage space. Also only one bin in the room. We stayed in the main building and booked a balcony but didn't get one!
The buses are excellent from just outside the hotel and are air-conditioned! Be careful you are forced to get a taxi back as the buses stop at around 8:00pm. Most of the hotel staff are nice but can be on the moody side often. Lift is very small and you have to go up one by one if you have the cases! We asked not to be in the Annexe however don't say that, the annexe looked fine and they all had balconies so that’s why we probably were not given one as only a few in the main building had balconies. We were actually burgled with no force entry when we were out at the beach the hotel staff turned out to not be surprised and showed no sympathy even though another 8 rooms were too! However when we had to go to the police station the next day, the manager was there and was very helpful.
With the exception of the robbery, we enjoyed our stay and would probably stay there again because of the tennis courts and nice location.
I do hope that we did not upset any other travellers during their "quiet" week following Easter. I was one of a touring bunch of choristers who had to prepare for concerts as well as enjoy Majorca. There were also cyclists from all over in pursuit of the challenges of the high passes, with bikes everywhere.
I'm sure that there were ordinary holidaymakers as well, whose sole aim was to enjoy quiet northern Majorca. Some did sit in on our rehearsals - Thanks.
I felt initially that Puerto Pollenca was rather "tired" Wind blown sand everywhere- tumbledown signs, grey skies, pale features, closed shops- and rain. As I got to know it, and having no qualms about walking , there was a lot more to find, and enjoy, including long walks to Alcudia, Pollenca and Ca'n San Vicenc.We were only booked as B/B, so a happy time was had hunting the supermarkets, of which there are plenty, for purchasable food to take back to the hotel balcony. But, unfortunately, despite a delightful Eastward view, the only sun we saw came up in the afternoon, and on most days , the wind was cold and it rained!!
Breakfast was highly adequate, in fact, such a variety was present that one could calculate a different National Style breakfasr every morning- cocoa and croissants, fruit and fibre, fryups, German bread , take your choice. As we were out most days, we did not partake of dinner, preferring the later option of the many restaurants on the road between the Uyal and the Port.
Beds were OK- the room was a little small for two large men. The bathroom was adequate, and we had good room service. However, it rained(!!), and the ceiling of the bathroom leaked, as did the bidet as did other things! I reported it on the Tuesday, and were offered a room change on the Thursday- the day before leaving. Slow response perhaps? I found that the desk staff were otherwise friendly and quite helpful, and got on well with them all.
So. Were we unlucky or was the place really rather tired? Was it the "manana" syndrome, or was there genuinely no urgent thought regarding the needs of the travellers
Oh, by the way, we had sunshine on two afternoons. Otherwise, IT RAINED.
second time around
A return visit for the same party of 4 who had such a good time at Uyal last year: my wife and I, wife's mother and her best friend (both well into their 80s) Booked through Go To Spain (indirectly Hotelbeds) which is cheaper than booking directly with the hotel, but then contacted the hotel to request south-facing rooms. Ended up with 162 and 163 at the far end of the first floor corridor, so it was like having a massive private suite. The correspondent who suggested 163 would be a good room was right: the two elderly ladies could find a sunny spot on their massive three-sided balcony for their games of Scrabble at any time of day. 162 was a little gloomy with a much smaller balcony, but it ought to be cool in high summer. Furnishings are ageing a bit, but we find that part of the charm of the place. Bathrooms fine and standard of cleanliness very good. The lift did break down twice while we were there which was awkward as we had a wheelchair, but we managed. Only real downside about the location of the rooms for us was being above the bar/lounge area on entertainment evenings, so we couldn't escape the singing duo! Meals just as good as last year, both breakfast and dinner, with plenty of choice to suit all tastes. The fish went down particularly well. Other guests this time almost exclusively English, many of them retired couples, but again large groups of cyclists who seemed to be based mainly in the annexe. Also quite a few "twitchers" exchanging sighting details at breakfast. Annexe seemed to have been smartened up externally since last year and the garden areas were being redone while we were there. Most of the staff are very pleasant and seem to work hard, especially the cleaners who were often seen climbing ladders to clean windows and paintwork (no health and safety regulations in Mallorca?) All in all, a very pleasant and enjoyable return visit which compared very favourably with the one day stay my wife and I had in a Can Pastilla hotel last October. The two of us would quite happily choose Uyal for a holiday on our own and we're not really hotel people.
What a lovely holiday...
My husband and I (49 & 43) have literally just returned from a 1 week stay at the Uyal (been back in the UK for 4 hours!) and I just had to write my report straight away. I read some of the earlier reports and had got a little nervous, however, all my fears were unfounded. We thought it was a lovely hotel, very clean with friendly efficient staff, we can't believe how they stay so cheerful when they work such long hours! Our only complaint would be the early slot we were given for dinner, we were on the 6.45pm sitting and I could have quite happily stayed on the beach til after 7! We had a large room in the main hotel with an absolutey huge balcony complete with drying rack, so much better than hanging your towels over the balcony.
Entertainment seems to be only every other night but you can find plenty in other hotels if you want it. We thoroughly enjoyed the Tina Turner tribute, excellent!
The food was plentiful and freshly cooked, even me who is quite a faddy eater, found something to enjoy every night and the breakfasts are lovely
This is a quieter part of the resort which suited us just fine and we are booking a 2 week stay for next year at this same hotel we enjoyed it so much.
Will definitely return to the Uyal!
The Uyal should stay a well kept secret. It is in a lovely location opposite the beach, with beautiful soft sand, no pebbles, and a lovely walk into the sea which is gently shelving. The weather was hot and dry, essential with our very wet summer at home! The hotel is in a quieter part of the town, but there is plenty of choice of bars if you walk into town. There is little entertainment at the hotel - so if you don't want to take a walk, take some entertainment with you. The food was very good. Our room was very nice, we had upgraded at the time of booking and got a suite facing the sea, which even had a fridge, we took our kettle so were able to sit and relax on the balcony, watching the world go by, and drink nice tea & coffee, what more could you ask for! I would not hesitate to stay here again, I loved it and thought it was very charming.
Spent a fabulous 2 weeks in the Uyal, the food was very good a good choice and the service, The room were clean as was the hotel holiday, shame not all the room have a sea view or a balcony. Holiday Rep was helpful so were some of the staff, but has not put me off to book again, if i can have a nice sea view with balcony!
J from cambridge