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Description: C/ Laud, 24
07610 - Playa de Palma
Mallorca - Spain
Tel: (34)971264650
Fax: (34) 971 49 03 60

Bob E
Riu Ambassador

Registered: September 2007
Posts: 617
Review Date: Wed June 11, 2008 Would you recommend this Riu Resort? Yes | Price paid per week?: None indicated | Rating: 6 

Pros: Very convenient to the airport and the action!
Cons: Vacations at this hotel only sold to the Germans.

Having acquired over 12000 Riu points, we thought it was about time to have a little treat courtesy of Riu. With that in mind it was decided on a “local” European hotel that was easy accessible from the UK. The other criteria were not to be all inclusive as this would defeat the purpose of “spending” points. With these factors in mind it was decided that Majorca, a Spanish island fitted the bill. Not only is it where Riu started back in the 1950s but very conveniently Riu’s very first hotel was one of the nearest to the airport.

We flew from London Stansted with Ryanair, a low cost budget airline here in the UK. The flight was uneventful and took a few minuets over two hours. On arrival at Palma (Majorca) airport we were through in minutes. Taxis were waiting outside the terminal building and within ten minutes and 17 Euros lighter; we were at the Riu San Francisco. Totally painless!

We were greeted warmly by the reception staff and were offered two glasses of ice cold Carva. Wonderful, it went down like a treat and we were promptly offered refills. We had booked the hotel via the website and the stay was half board basis. The hotel looked from the outside to be a dated design typically from the sixties but inside all looked very modern and very clean. The rooms were very small compared to modern Rius but it was not a problem and we expected far less room from what we were used to in the Caribbean. Besides, Palma and the suburbs were just outside and it was not an intention to be in our room.

The area of Playa de Palma where the hotel is located is only offered to the German tour companies and we were the only English speaking guests staying at the San Francisco! Communication with the staff however was not a problem once they realised we were English and they soon remembered us. The Director of the hotel is Gina Noguer and she apparently used to manage the Riu Palace Macao a few years ago located in the Dominican Republic. She wanted to return to her Spanish roots and reduce her job load.

The area is not for the faint hearted and is very noisy with lots of young German people enjoying themselves. The other Riu hotels in the area are Riu Bravo, Concordia, Festival, Playa Park and the San Francisco. All these hotels and the head offices of Riu know as The Riu Centre are located within 100 metres of each other.

Overall any of the above hotels are good. They are recommended for a short stay if you want a break from the UK as it just over two hours flying time. But beware; as I said earlier, they are not for a quiet and relaxing vacation. These hotels are located in the action; they are also very accessible to the airport and buses into the centre of Palma.

Palma is a beautiful city with lots of history and has good quality shops and restaurants. It is a very clean place and I think has recently benefited from investment over the past few years. In the ports and marinas you will see many fantastic and very expensive private boats of all sizes and shapes. Obviously a must do port of call for the very rich! We saw three ocean going liners in the port on our day visit. We took an open top bus tour of the city and took the narrow gauge train to Śoller. Both trips are highly recommended.
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