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Hotels, Villas & Apartments in Pollensa & Cala San Vicente Discuss hotels, aparthotels, private villas, apartments and any other type of accommodation in the Pollensa area including Cala San Vicente. Do add reviews and comments for specific hotels and apartments. Readers find these very useful. However this forum is not a place for advertisements. Check out the 'Advertise' page on the main web site.

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Old 30-08-2012, 17:24
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Default Marina Apartments - a review

Last week my 11 yo son Jonny and I stayed at the Marina Apartments (or Apartmentos Marina to give them their Spanish name). I thought I'd write a review on here as the apartment we stayed at was excellent and I can thoroughly recommend a stay there.

The Marina Apartments can be found near the marina at the start of the pine walk between Gran Cafe 1919 and the Daina Hotel. So the location was pretty much perfect for us - close to the beach, the pine walk (obviously!), the bus stop, the square and, most importantly, only 5 mins walk from our fave cafe Dolç Sa Pobla for breakfast!

I first found out about these apartments from this thread on here and as soon as I saw the potential view from the top floor apartments I just had to book one for our 2012 holiday. And I am so pleased that I did as this was the view from our apartment 4.1:


sunny pano blue sky copy.jpg by SimonButlerPhotography, on Flickr

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The apartment was on the 4th, and top, floor of the building and contained a lovely large terrace from which I took that photo. The photo is actually a stitch together of 16 individual photos so it gives an almost fish-eye effect which over emphasises the size of the roof slates to the size of the marina and sea. The marina and sea looked a lot larger in real life!

Pep, the manager was really friendly and helpful. It turned out that he is also a keen photographer and was only to happy to show me his amazing Paris-Dakar rally photos.

But the apartment wasn't just great for the view, and for photography, it was a very nice apartment too. I have to apologise that I can't share with you any photos of the inside of the apartment. I did take loads but unfortunately I think I deleted them by mistake. So you will have to make do with a text description instead.

I would describe the apartment as comfortable and very functional. The décor was a little dated and it wasn't 5* quality but perfectly fine for the two of us. It was a one bedroom apartment with twin beds which were also comfortable. The air-con in both the large lounge and the bedroom worked really well and was very welcome with the 40 deg C temperatures we experienced!

The kitchen was pretty well equipped with a microwave, washing machine and 4 ring hob plus enough cutlery, crockery and glasses for 4 people. The two sofas in the lounge could have been turned into beds but we were fine sharing a room so didn't test this out. So theoretically the apartment could sleep 4.

The bathroom was a little tatty, especially the shower curtain and the towels, both of which had seen better days. But two boys aren't that bothered about little things like that! Plus the view from the terrace more than made up for this....

There were a couple of other negatives amongst all these positives though. The free wi-fi in the apartment was very patchy. Sometimes it worked and was just about usable. But mostly we either couldn't connect or we could but the internet access was extremely sloooooooooooooooooooowwwwwwwwwww. Jonny ended up going down to the 2nd floor where the internet was much better to download his games and podcasts.

Pep, to his credit, did try and fix the internet but nothing he tried worked. He thought that because the router for floors 3 and 4 was outside and got the 40+ deg C afternoon sun it was overheating. The internet did seem to be better first thing in the morning so perhaps that was the reason.

But I wasn't that bothered because I only had to walk outside to the terrace and take in the magnificent view and I then couldn't care less about the lack of internet!

The other negative was the noise of the entertainment from the Daina. I am not a big fan of most hotel entertainment in PP and generally don't like hearing covers bands murdering songs that I like (and even worse, murdering songs I don't like, which is more common).

Unfortunately the entertainment at the Daina fitted this description perfectly. Inside the apartment with the door to the terrace closed we couldn't hear it but when we sat out on our terrace we could. And obviously we wanted to do this every night as the view was amazing (not sure I've stressed this enough yet!)

It wouldn't be quite so bad but a Peruvian windpipe band most nights played out on the pine walk near us at the same time so we got competing music! I didn't mind the Peruvian music quite as much but when it got mixed in with the covers band it wasn't great to listen to!

Despite this, I still loved this apartment. We felt really at home here and obviously the amazing view certainly helped. I would definitely stay here again and would have no hesitation to recommend it to others. Oh, and because I don't think I have mentioned it enough, the view from the terrace was amazing!


33/52 - The view from our balcony by SimonButlerPhotography, on Flickr

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I am going to start a thread in the Photos section that will contain more photos of "that view" plus other photos I took while in PP. So if you're interested, look out for that thread soon....

EDIT: Photo thread is now here!
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Thanks for that review Simon, very useful. And the photographs......Wow!
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Thanks Simon, very informed (and amused) by the Marina Apartments review - the bit about the unwelcome tunes made me smile! Totally agree with you, and maybe that should be a point to post on the thread about what the Port lacks and/or its undesirable elements... I would be very happy to live without the Peruvian band and the covers bands too!

I respect the fact that the latter must attract a sizeable clientele to the hotels and restaurants but do hanker after some 'less cheesy' music during my stay. I don't expect my more 'indie' tastes to be catered for, and do quite enjoy a bit of classical Spanish guitar but generally have to depend almost entirely upon my MP3 player to keep my ears happy while on holiday.
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Thanks Simon, very informed (and amused) by the Marina Apartments review - the bit about the unwelcome tunes made me smile! Totally agree with you, and maybe that should be a point to post on the thread about what the Port lacks and/or its undesirable elements... I would be very happy to live without the Peruvian band and the covers bands too!

I respect the fact that the latter must attract a sizeable clientele to the hotels and restaurants but do hanker after some 'less cheesy' music during my stay. I don't expect my more 'indie' tastes to be catered for, and do quite enjoy a bit of classical Spanish guitar but generally have to depend almost entirely upon my MP3 player to keep my ears happy while on holiday.
haha, I too have indie music tastes, perhaps we should set up some rival music entertainment to the covers bands at one of the hotels!
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Sounds like a plan, though quite which hotel would even entertain the idea for a micro-moment escapes me... Back for three weeks next July so maybe we can get some decent music in motion by then!

Doubtful though... Oh well, regardless, I reckon we can all just about survive a few weeks sans Radio 6 when the sun is shining and people smiling in and around PP.
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Sounds like a plan, though quite which hotel would even entertain the idea for a micro-moment escapes me... Back for three weeks next July so maybe we can get some decent music in motion by then!

Doubtful though... Oh well, regardless, I reckon we can all just about survive a few weeks sans Radio 6 when the sun is shining and people smiling in and around PP.

It does, but I also don't know which hotel would be most suitable.

I too am a fan of 6 Music, what would be perfect would if we could persuade Lammo, Lauren, Jarvis or even better, Adam and Joe, to do a DJ set at one of the hotels. That would be perfect. Or better still, just pipe 6 Music out....
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We should be over there tonight, Bloc Party are playing at Mallorca Rocks tonight!
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Very pleased to hear your review of Marina apartments simon.
Sounds excellent,and those views are breathtaking.Great pics by the way.
We have wondered about them every time we pass them. Position is perfect.
We had considered them for our visit this month, and contacted Pep, having been pointed in the right direction by yourself I believe earlier this year.
Pep came up with a great offer for us to take up his last vacant apartment, but we are now unable to take it up,(booked a cruise instead).
Its good to know that you thought so highly of them though, and we will definitely think about them for our May 13 visit, unless of course we end up in the Daina again.
If you have to hear the music, you might as well be amongst it eh? Mind you, those views.......

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