The Aluasun Torrenova certainly doesn't break the mold when it comes to '70s-era, value-oriented, resort hotels. Its 254 guest rooms are on the dated side, and all open to balconies; upgraded rooms featuring sea views, though some are more peek-a-boo than full-frontal. The hotel is also within easy walking distance of two stretches of sandy beach, as well as Magaluf's wild nightlife. While there's a good collection of pools for all ages, an early-morning scrum for poolside loungers is not uncommon and overcrowding can be an issue at peak season. There is plenty for the kids to do as well as an all-inclusive option, so it's not surprising this hotel is a popular pick with families. The nearby Viva Torrenova has all the same facilities, just done a little better -- though with no sea views and slightly pricier rates.
Lively and occasionally overcrowded '70s-era hotel popular with families
With its typically '70s, zigzag balconied facade set slightly back from a pine-lined road, the Aluasun Torrenova (formerly the Hotel Marina Torrenova) doesn't give an exciting first impression. Inside, the lobby area too feels a little old-fashioned, though spacious and bright with numerous ceiling spotlights reflected in polished stone floors. Modern art prints adorn the walls and seating is contemporary and comfy. A trio of elevators services the property's eight floors, while to the rear a kidney-shaped swimming pool dominates the hotel's sun terrace. While the property can get crowded -- especially over school breaks -- the vibe is buzzy and bustling. It appeals to the many British families who make up most of the clientele, though couples seeking a relaxing vacation should probably look elsewhere.
Set between Magaluf nightlife and Palmanova beaches
The hotel is located in the middle of the small peninsula of Torrenova that separates the resorts of Palmanova and Magaluf. The area is a fairly relaxed and mostly peaceful collection of bars, tourist shops, and eateries, and is within a 10-minute walk of two fine stretch of sandy beach. The neighborhood is set on a hill, however, which can make getting to and from the hotel tiring and even tricky for those with special mobility requirements. For those wanting to hit some of the island's most boisterous partying, Magaluf's main strip of bars and clubs is under 10 minutes on foot. More family-oriented fun can be found at the Katmandu Park, a 10- to 15-minute walk, and in the other direction Palmanova offers less wild nightlife and plenty of dining. A 10-minute walk away are buses that run into Palma, with its gothic Cathedral and lovely Old Town; the drive takes about 30 minutes. Cabs to Palma de Mallorca Airport take around the same time.
Upgraded rooms feature sea views -- though some are only partial
Most of the hotel's 254 rooms are similarly decorated in a dated and functional mix of tile floors, simple modern furniture, and patterned -- not always coordinating -- fabrics. Superior Sea View Rooms are the same size as the Standard Double Rooms, but include updated furnishings and, more importantly, sea views from their balconies -- although "sea view" is a bit of a stretch in some cases. Standard Double Rooms overlooking the pool can be noisy due to the outside bar area, but these rooms do get afternoon sun on balcony. Walls are generally thin so expect to hear other guests' comings and goings.
Standard amenities include tube-style TVs and old-fashioned safes (for a fee), while Superior Sea View Rooms add flat-screen TVs, minibars, bathrobes, and slippers. In-room Wi-Fi is not free in any rooms and is generally slow. Bathrooms all come with shower /tub combos, wall-mounted hairdryers, and hotel brand-toiletries, though reports suggest mold is not unheard of.
Extensive child-friendly facilities include a themed pool, kids' club, and play parks.
There are three pools: a main pool (featuring sloped entry and a rail, useful for those with special mobility requirements), a shallow kids' pool, and a kiddy splash water park with small slides and water jets. There is a noticeable lack of sunbeds for the number of guests, and this sometimes results in a daily scrum to reserve sunbeds with towels, with lifeguards only occasionally intervening. The main pool is also often partially in the shade from the hotel building. Children are very well catered for with the small water park, two playgrounds, and kids' club (for a fee), featuring video games, pool, air hockey, and soft play area; it is only available in the high season.
Most agree that the hotel's buffet breakfast is pretty decent, and it has some freshly cooked dishes on offer, but the buffet dinner options are less impressive and there is limited variation throughout the week. Dining chairs in the main restaurant are in a poor state and could do with replacing. Breakfast is not included in all rates, but half-board, full-board, and all-inclusive plans are available. An a la carte restaurant is also on-site, serving traditional Italian favorites; food is of much better quality than the buffet. American-style snacks are available all day from an outdoor bar.
Buffet meals, all-day snacks, and one a la carte dining experience
The optional all-inclusive plan covers the buffet breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as snacks (such as pizza, hamburgers, pasta, salads, sandwiches) from the poolside bar throughout the day. Earlier continental breakfast is also offered for early departures. Also included is one meal per stay in the a la carte Italian restaurant. Locally produced alcoholic beverages (beer, wine, spirits) and all soft drinks are covered; premium drinks and cocktails are not. In-room Wi-Fi and safes are not included and are chargeable. Half-board and full-board rates are also available.
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