Grupotel Orient

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Average rate: $46 - Hotel class: 3 stars
Calle de la duna 3, Palma, Spain

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Modest hotel with superb food Apr 14, 2012
Grupotel Orient forms a unit with the 4-star hotel Taurus park, which' facilities may all be used. It's a mid-size three star resort hotel, located about 3 blocks or half a kilometer from the beach. Real holidaymakers will find the distance to the beach too far, but as we were there on a cycling holiday, this location was perfectly fine. On the plus side, it's not near any noisy discos or bars!

It's a modest property and the public areas such as the lobby, bar and restaurant look a bit out-dated, yet are immaculately clean.

We got a room on the 4th floor. All rooms have received a slight renovation, because they had new doors and a fresh lick of paint. The furniture however was a bit old fashioned. Yet again spotless! Room 411 had 2 twin beds and a sofa which can be formed into a bed. The sofa bed would be ok for a child to sleep on, but one of the adult men in our party slept in such a bed in a triple. This surely wasn't comfortable!

There's a small cupboard, which actually only fits the stuff of one person. I had to keep my stuff in my bag, placed on the sofa, while my dad filled up the entire closet with merely a week's amount of cycling gear and clothes to wear.

Other then that the room had a TV and a balcony, but that was pretty much it as far as facilities were concerned. There's wifi all over the hotel and I paid a weekly fee of about 20 euro for it.

The bathroom was large enough. Not too modern but definitely spick and span. Soap is foreseen in a big dispenser, which is much more eco-friendly then those small throw away packages.

Facilities include a lobby bar, an outdoor pool with bar and lounge chairs and the facilities of the Taurus Park, which is linked to the Orient hotel via a corridor. So it is possible to use the indoor swimming pool, the fitness room etc... The bicycle facilities can also be reached via Taurus Park, though they're in a separate building rented by Rompelberg's cycling holidays.

The restaurant serves breakfast lunch and dinner. I staid on a half board basis and can be lyrical about the food. The breakfast buffet is really extended and has everything one can possibly wish for. There's a cook preparing your omelet or eggs exactly to wish and the selection of hot and cold items is enormous. There are even pancakes and churros, the local Mallorcan specialties and even bottles of cava.

Dinner was also very extensive with plenty to choose from. Among the dishes there were always various pastas, at least one paella, something oriental and plenty of other hot food. There were always 2 kinds of soups, an extended cold buffet and a huge dessert buffet including cakes, puddings, mouses, ice creams, fruits... you name it.

Various pro cycling teams and the Dutch national selection for cyclocross where staying at the hotel at the same time... eating the same food. For sure these people don't eat just anything. Them being there certainly says something about the quality of the food.

Since it was low season and the hotel only had cyclists, we did not have any noise at night. All guests went to bed early. But for sure the walls are thin as cardboard and you can hear someone cough or talk in the next room. I can imagine this can lead to a lot of frustration during the peak season when the hotel could be full of party people.

This was the perfect hotel for a cycling holiday: clean but simple rooms and wonderfull food. What more to wish for?

For real holidaymakers planning to come in the Summer, the location could be a deal breaker as well as the not so soundproof rooms and the rather small pool area. I'd definitely come again on my next cycling trip!
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reception and lobby
room 422
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Grupotel Orient Overview

The Grupotel Orient Hotel is situated in a quiet location, on a small hill with a fine sand beach just paces away. The surrounding area offers plenty of bars, nightclubs and restaurants. The centre of Playa de Palma offers scores of shops and other entertainment venues, just 700 metres away. Public transport leaves from directly in front of the hotel.

The charming Grupotel Orient was built in 1971 and consists of 273 rooms spread over 7 floors, of which 14 are singles and 259 are doubles, in addition to a 100 m² garden. Guests are offered a stylish lobby with 2 lifts, safes, a currency exchange desk and a 24-hour reception.

In addition, it has a games room, a TV room, a conference room, a cafe, a cosy bar and an air-conditioned restaurant with a separate non-smoking area and highchairs for children. Hotel guests may also take advantage of the public Internet access with WLAN, the hotel's laundry service and the medical assistance offered, if necessary.

The hotel also offers bicycle hire, as well as a secure cellar for storing bicycles and there is a kids club for younger guests. Car parking facilities are available for those arriving by car.

The spacious en suite rooms are fitted with a direct dial telephone, satellite/ cable TV and a safe. The rooms are also fitted with central heating as standard.

The Grupotel Orient offers guests use of the swimming pool with an integrated children's pool as well as a furnished sun terrace and a snack bar. In addition, it has an indoor swimming pool (temperature controlled from the end of May to the beginning of October), sauna, solarium, a steam room and a gym.

Sporting options include aerobics, water aerobics, tennis, table tennis, squash, archery, bocce and minigolf. On payment of an additional fee, snooker, bicycles and a massage service are also available. There are also a range of entertainment programmes to round off the leisure activities offered.

Grupotel Orient Amenities

  • Business Center
  • High-speed Internet
  • Fitness Room/Gym
  • Parking
  • Swimming pool
  • Concierge
  • Massage / Beauty Centre
  • Elevator / Lift
  • 24 Hour Reception
  • Babysitting / Child Services
  • Air Conditioned
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Tennis Courts
  • Banquet Facilities
  • Conference Room(s)
  • Currency Exchange
  • Medical Assistance Available
  • Safe-Deposit Box
  • Sauna
  • Mini Bar
  • Cable / Satellite TV
  • Wake-up Service
  • Meeting Rooms
  • TV
  • Laundry service
  • Bicycle Rental
  • Shops
  • Garden
  • Billiards
  • Playground
  • Desk
  • Direct dial phone
  • Fitness Facilities
  • Jacuzzi
  • Massage
  • Solarium
  • Steam Bath
  • Internet Connection (wireless)
  • Shower
  • Child Pool
  • Pool Indoor
  • Pool Outdoor
  • Kids Club
  • Games Available
  • Highchairs
  • Luggage Storage
  • Shops in Hotel
  • Free Parking
  • Doctor on call

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