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Hotel Ondina Hotel Mallorca Island Hotel 2 star
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Carretera Militar, 247 Bajos El Arenal - Playa de Palma - Mallorca Island - Espagne El Arenal, Spain -
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At the very heart of the city of El Arenal, a true Mecca of German tourists and some 200 metres from the beach, the Ondina is aimed at a young clientele that has come to Mallorca to party. You don't come to the Ondina for its fine food and relaxing atmosphere, that's for sure!

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    • Hotel Ondina Hotel Mallorca Island

      Ondina Hotel Mallorca Island   -   Luis David Alvarez / EASYVOYAGE

    • Hotel Ondina Hotel Mallorca Island

      Ondina Hotel Mallorca Island   -   Luis David Alvarez / EASYVOYAGE

       
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    Location 6.0 /10

    The hotel stands in the lively centre of the seaside resort village of El Arenal, a favourite among Germans, and is some 200m from the beach and 10 mi from eastern Palma. The airport is just over 4 mi away and it will take about 10 minutes to reach it.

    Accommodation 5.20 /10

    The hotel has 168 guest rooms, all featuring white tiling and white walls, two paintings (if these haven't been stolen by the previous occupants), a wooden desk with a mirror and two chairs, and a little luggage rack (more often used as a beer rack). They also have a small balcony with two white plastic chairs and a table that looks out onto the noisy and crowded street. There is no fridge, no TV and no safe (at the reception only), and there is a phone but no direct line. The rooms do not have air-conditioning. The bathroom consists of a bathtub with a fixed shower, a bar of soap and a toilet, but no hair-dryer.

    Overview 5.95 /10

    The white 4-storey building served by two lifts houses 168 guest rooms and dates from 1962, and has unfortunately begun to show signs of its age. The most renovation work was carried out in 2006, and if you're brave enough to use the stairs you'll get the chance to admire pretty paintings depicting the Majorcan landscape. The area of the hotel with the most activity is the lobby bar, featuring a large flat-screen TV, a pool table and an outdoor terrace. Various drinks and cocktails are served here from 4:00pm to 1:00am. There is a small rectangular pool (3 m x 7 m) and a special swimming pool for children, but these don't leave much room for deckchairs. Open between 9:00am and 7:00pm, the main swimming pool is very deep (3 metres), and neither towels nor parasols are provided. We largely preferred the beach!

    Food and drink 6.20 /10

    The restaurant of hotel Ondina can seat up to 200 guests and serves meals as a buffet. Unfortunately, the tables are too close to each other and the whole room is relatively noisy. In fact, it sounds a bit like a school canteen! Breakfast is served from 8:00am to 10:00am and dinner from 6:30pm to 9:00pm. Rather tasteless and unvaried international cuisine is on offer. It should also be mentioned that all of the signposts are in English, French, German and Spanish. There is no Mallorcan theme night and it's clear that high quality cuisine is not the highest on the list of priorities of the clientele, often content with fried nuggets. The hotel really doesn't have to make much of a culinary effort to keep its guests happy!

    Beach 7.45 /10

    Located 200 m away, the large El Arenal beach boasts crystal clear water and fine and clean sand. As a public and very typically multi-cultural place lined with a never-ending row of hotels, it can get very crowded during high season. It can also get a little windy in the afternoons (perfect for kite-surfing). No beach equipment is provided by the hotel but there are numerous companies in the area that rent out sunshades and deckchairs and organise water sports activities. In this area you can also find showers, bars, restaurants, boutiques, a promenade, and a small train that runs along the promenade throughout the day connecting Can Pastilla and Playa de Palma. The beach is supervised and a flag indicates the safety level for swimming. You can wade out into the sea for quite a long way.

    To know

    The establishment is closed from October until the end of April. Among its guests are throngs of young people (including many Germans) who've come here to party. If you're in search of some rest and relaxation, you'd be better off finding another hotel. This one has limited facilities and the beach is approximately 200 metres away. However, the welcome is very friendly.

    Equipment

    • Shuttle bus
    • Car park
    • Handicap access
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      Turkish bath

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      water skiing, mountain bike, jet ski, surfing

    • Safe

    advantage

    • The location, close to the airport
    • The lively centre of El Arenal, with its bars, restaurants and nightclubs
    • The reception

    disadvantages

    • The limited facilities
    • The beach is 200 m away
    • The noisy and unruly clientele
    • The mediocre catering services

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