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Hotel Riu Bravo
Ranked #9 of 78 Hotels in Playa de Palma
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Goring on Thames
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“BRAVO BRAVO !”
Reviewed 1 June 2012

We spent the first two weeks of May here and travelled with Saga. Overall, this is a fine hotel in every way. We had requested a room overlooking the pool with a sunny balcony on the third floor.When we arrived it wasn't ready. We were offered an inferior room, but gladly waited, particularly as we were offered champagne and advised to go for lunch. The dining arrangements are as follows. Two sittings for dinner 6.30 and 8.30 at a fixed table. Very early or late for us. We opted for 6.30, as the entertainment started at 9.00. For lunch and breakfast you eat when and where you like. On most days at lunch, we sat outside in a most delightful setting.When we were able to get to our room, it was really nice, with a fridge, safe and bowl of fruit included. We had sun from sunrise to about 16.00, and my goodness it was very hot most of the time.
The hotel is extremely well managed and every one, yes every one of the staff we encountered couldn't have been more helpful. I would think the hotel was full when we were there. As others have mentioned, most guests are German,courtesy of TUI but so what? This part of Mallorca is practically Munich on Sea. They have a month long German beer festival in September, and my guess is that the area gets pretty lively from June onwards. Majorca was liberated from the Moors by the Catalans and they staunchly defend their national identity from Spain, but have apparently been happy to let the Germans in! When we bought stamps for the cards, they were not Spanish but Swisspost. If you want a British resort don't come. The hotel is well placed 2 mins from the seafront, and even closer to the bus stop for Palma. If you walk to the seafront and turn left, in one minute you reach a good EuoroSpar on your left below street level. There is a useful Noddy Train along the seafront, if you get tired, which will take you to C'an Pastilla in one direction and almost to Arenal in the other. On the evening of the F.A Cup Final, we had to walk almost two miles from the hotel towards Arenal to find a bar that was screening it. They were all showing Bundesleague games. Eventually we came to The Liverpool Bar. A tiny little place with friendly staff and cheap beer. When the Liverpool 'goal' was disallowed, I distinctly felt the walls tremble.

The restaurant was immaculate and you were always given a friendly greeting on arrival. The reason I have docked a star is as follows: Although the soups were generally very good, at times they had the texture and taste of 'catering can' soup. The paella was made with noodles rather than rice -bizarre. Whenever I chose a dish with rabbit, it was 80% bone. Some of the grilled meats were practically inedible. But the roast meats, carved in front of you were mouth wateringly good. There was wonderfully fresh fish griddled at most lunchtimes, a wonderful variety of fresh salad starters, and splendid cheeses each day. Try the Majorcan cheese - excellent. Plenty of good shellfish, but Oh! for a decent paella!
On most days, you were offered a dinner booking at the outdoor grill by the pool. We only ate there once, as my wife eats no meat. We had splendid tapas to start and then excellent tuna.
Incidentally, plenty of choice here for vegetarians.
The organisation in this restaurant was of the highest standard. It was good to see some of the chefs near the door who were happy to chat with you about the dishes.

The bar served the most generous measures I have ever encountered. A great range of cocktails too, including non-alcoholic ones. Free wine was available in the restaurant and in the bar area all day, together with beer and soft drinks. During the day the pool bar was open, and snacks were available most of the day there.The free bar went on until midnight and did not cease at 23.00 as stated in the Saga brochure. Antonia was a real star, and grasped your hand with 'Hello my lovely' She promised to take us to her home next time we came, as her mum would make us a real paella.

The gym and spa were free of charge and open most of the day. Whenever I went to the gym I was the only one in there. The steam room,sauna and whirlpool were better used. On one occasion I was in the whirlpool with a couple of fellow Saga ladies, when three very large German males approached. They shrieked and started to get out. Then I noticed as the Germans dropped their towels that they were in the altogether. Be warned. There is also an icy plunge pool, which I avoided.

Sun loungers around the pool with parasols were 'booked' by towels from as early as 08.00, and there are simply not enough parasols to go round, but you could always go to the beach, plenty of them there.

The four trips incuded by Saga were all worth going on, and we went to Soller ourselves on the wooden train. Don't miss Soller -its a gem.

Entertainment was reasonable, but I wouldn't specially stay in for it. The Flamenco show was our favourite, followed by Elvis.

Thank you Hotel Riu Bravo, and well done! You set high standards and see that they are achieved in all departments. If your other hotels are as good as this, then you take some beating.

Room Tip: Rooms facing the road would get sun in the evening and afternoon. We liked our room on the third flo...
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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 May 2012

My husband and I, together with five very good friends have just spent a week at the Riu Bravo. A lovely hotel in a very good location. Clean, comfortable rooms and the choice of food in the restaurant was excellent. We picked a good week to go, especially as the U.K was very wet and cool, whilst the weather in Majorca was wonderful - certainly a lot hotter than we could have hoped for at this time of the year. The hotel staff were very polite and friendly and nothing was too much trouble and we would certainly recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 18 March 2012

Hotel staff were very good and entertainment was provided every evening. The hotel is well placed for travel to Palma from where services radiate to every corner of the Island. The Playa boasts a beautiful beach and promenade five miles long and is traffic free - apart from ubiquitous cyclists. We travelled independently and simply got a taxi from the airport rank (15 euros) but were even better served on the way back by getting the no 21 bus which runs to and from the airport every 30 mins and serves all the establishments along the Playa. One matter of note (and I mention this only as a plain fact) the whole of the Playa was full of German tourists at the time we visited. Would definitely go back.

Room Tip: Our only comment is that the walls are not very well soundproofed
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Malaga, Spain
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Reviewed 6 February 2012

Excellent food and chef Angel casts his eye over all the dishes if they need replenishing etc. The smoked salmon is delicious and cured in house.
Good value,well presented and ample selection.
Staff are friendly and extremely professional.
The bar area is well served with the ladies from Granada and Cuidad Real,great humour,fast service with appx 490 people catered for at all times.
Full marks to the directors for their good choice of personnel

  • Stayed February 2012
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Romford
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Reviewed 10 December 2011

A very well run hotel - and helpful, happy staff. I stayed for 2 weeks in November and was surprised that the hotel was full, but later learned that many people were on a repeat visit. It's situated about a minute walk from a long sandy beach and an elegant traffic free promenade and plenty of shops, bars etc although to be fair, most of these closed down at the beginning of November. However, the bus stop for Palma was nearer than the beach and the service was excellent and only took 15 minutes; the airport was the same distance.
The food in the hotel was very good, freshly cooked and well presented and I think most people were all -inclusive. The dining room was very well run. As well as main meals, there was late breakfast in the bar and afternoon tea. Some people felt the need to fill (big)picnic boxes with rolls and cake, yogurt etc. and collect more fruit on the way out, even though the next meal was a couple of hours later! British guests did not seem to do this. The other guests were 95% German so the staff usually addressed people in German, which was a bit annoying - why not speak Spanish and then adjust as needed? They were also keen to make sure you were happy - when the people on the next table weren't happy with a steak, the waiter brought them a glass of cava and gave me one as well as he knew we were having a conversation which was a nice touch.

Bedrooms were well appointed and the cleaning was of a high standard. The only downside was that the single rooms overlooked the side street where the rubbish was collected at
4 a.m. by men who went out of their way to be noisy - on a night when there was a lot of banging I looked out of the window to see one man on the back of the truck making a real effort to bang on the side with a big stick to the rhythm of his loud singing.
I'd go back, possibly in Spring or Autumn

Room Tip: All the single rooms seem to be over the service entrance which can be noisy-I did ask to move but w...
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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled solo
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Lubeck, Germany
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Reviewed 24 November 2011

Very helpful staff. The buffet is huge and delicious, and for dinner there are two turns to eat: at 5:30pm and 7:30pm. My room was facing away from the beach, but it was very quiet. A short walk to the bus stop, a ride to Palma costs €1.25. There were mostly Germans staying, which I don't mind as I'm German myself, but if you hate the sound of people speaking in another language but English, you might not like staying there. At night only the Bierkönig was open, so there was no noise to be heard at all.
I very much enjoyed my stay at Riu Bravo and would definitely stay there again.

Room Tip: My room was facing northeast (opposite side to the beach) and it was very quiet (3rd floor).
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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled solo
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Mosbach, Germany
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Reviewed 20 November 2011

Just returned from an 8 day stay in the Riu Bravo. The hotel was very full for the time of year but this did not effect the service in any way. The staff were always very quick and responded immediately. The food in the restaurant was very good, we had an excellent choice so that we couldn't always decide what to eat. This was our third visit to the hotel and I felt that the food gets better everytime! The hotel is located in and very central position so that we had sufficient shops and bars nearby although the season had officially finished the end of October. We were lucky enough to have warm and sunny weather with temperatures well over 20 degrees which made it even better. This hotel is perfect for a winter holiday in Mallorca and I'm sure we shall return again next year for the fourth time!

Room Tip: Rooms on the south side get the afternoon sun which is very pleasant in winter.
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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Riu Bravo
Address: Mision de San Diego, 4 | Playa de Palma - Mallorca, 07610 Playa de Palma, Majorca, Spain
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Region: Spain > Balearic Islands > Majorca > Playa de Palma
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Playa de Palma
#5 Family Hotel in Playa de Palma
#6 Spa Hotel in Playa de Palma
#8 On the Beach Hotel in Playa de Palma
#9 Luxury Hotel in Playa de Palma
#10 Romantic Hotel in Playa de Palma
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Riu Bravo 4*
Number of rooms: 442
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Hotel Riu Bravo (All Inclusive), refurbished in winter 2015, is just 200m from the popular and vast Playa de Palma beach in Palma de Majorca, Spain. It is the ideal hotel for families, couples and groups of friends who want to spend their holidays sunbathing and discovering the island. This 4 star hotel offers its guests a high quality service. It has everything you could need for relaxation, with a fresh water swimming pool, a solarium-terrace, gym, sauna, steam bath, Jacuzzi and the wellness centre with a range of different treatmen * Credit cards accepted: MasterCard, Visa, Diners ... more   less 
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