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HM Gran Fiesta 3.5

Playa de Palma, Majorca, Balearic Islands

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Pros

  • Set overlooking Playa de Palma beachfront promenade
  • Surrounded by numerous bars and restaurants 
  • All guest rooms have updated decor, mini-fridges, and sea views
  • Upgraded rooms open to terraces with loungers
  • Large outdoor swimming pool with kids' section
  • Breakfast always included and all-inclusive plan available
  • Decent buffet restaurant and two bars
  • Heated indoor pool with whirlpool tub section
  • Cycle-friendly facilities include storage and servicing

Cons

  • Per-device fee for Wi-Fi
  • Limited child-friendly facilities
  • No spa or gym
  • No poolside activities (a pro for some) 

Bottom Line

The HM Gran Fiesta is an upper-middle-range resort with a prime position overlooking the long sandy beach of Playa de Palma. The interiors have been updated with a contemporary and stylish finish, and renovations were completed in April 2017. All 241 rooms have flat-screen TVs, mini-fridges, and balconies or terraces with sea views, albeit most of these are side-on -- the best rooms have full-frontal vistas and loungers. The decent-sized outdoor pool also has sea views, though don't expect any poolside activities. An all-inclusive option covers the usual buffet dining and drinks, and food is generally good. While not the best choice for families, and lacking a spa and gym, it's one of the more modern options in the area; local competition comes from sister hotel HM Tropical, which features a rooftop pool.

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Scene

Distinctive '70s hotel with stylish contemporary makeover

The HM Gran Fiesta first stands out for its distinctive whitewashed facade of zigzagging balconies, while a rather cryptic artwork in the shape of a canoe positioned at its entrance also sets it a little apart from the norm. Inside, too, the hotel immediately impresses. A total makeover in 2015 has replaced any signs of the property's '70s origins, most notably in the lobby, which has been converted into a bright, stylish, and very modern space combining minimalist whites with Mediterranean accents and traditional Majorcan ikat patterning. Hanging light bulbs, eclectic artworks, and contemporary furnishings add to the stylish and on-trend vibe. While there's nothing in the way of gardens, the hotel extends to a spacious pool terrace fringed with palm trees and glass panels that allow for fine views to the sea. As with most hotels in the area, the majority of guests are German, with British, Dutch, and French making up the rest; the leaning is also toward couples rather than families, though expect some kids splashing around the pool over the school holidays. 

Location

Prime beachfront setting overlooking Playa de Palma and near airport

The hotel boasts a prime spot overlooking the bustling seafront promenade that runs the three-mile (five-kilometer) length of Playa de Palma beach. The surrounding Les Meravelles neighborhood is a pleasant and buzzy resort, filled with restaurants, bars, and tourist shops, largely aimed at the mostly German visitors. Families with kids have the Palma Aquarium, just 10 minutes' walk away, or Aqualand, about the same time by car. The location also puts Palma de Mallorca Airport within a 10-minute drive, and Palma itself is 15 minutes.

Rooms

Updated rooms with fresh, contemporary feel and guaranteed sea-views

All 241 guest rooms have undergone renovations between 2015 and 2017, and have a fresh, contemporary feel with wood-veneer floors and simple modern furnishings. Sliding glass doors provide plenty of natural light and open to furnished balconies, each one with a sea view (though standard rooms are mostly side-on). Most upgraded rooms open to terraces with loungers and full-frontal views; two Junior Suites also have living areas with sofa beds. Amenities include flat-screen TVs, mini-fridges, and safes (for a charge). In-room Wi-Fi is also available, but for a fee per device. Bathrooms are clean and contemporary, some semi-open-plan with basins in the sleeping area. They have walk-in showers with rainfall showerheads, hairdryers, and toiletries that are a mix of soap dispensers and sachet.

Features

Large outdoor pool and heated indoor pool with whirlpool section

Always included in the rate is a buffet breakfast, which is a quality spread that includes smoked salmon, fresh fruits, pots of tea, and cooked-to-order eggs. The main restaurant is also open for lunch and dinner, served buffet-style with some show cooking and a good, if occasionally repetitive, choice of food. There are also two bars, including the street-front Beach Bar and another with a spacious terrace full of loungers. Summer sees nightly entertainment in the form of live music.

The hotel's outdoor pool is large enough to rarely feel crowded, and it has a kiddy section; there's not enough loungers for all guests, but the proximity of the beach tend to mitigate this. Lack of an activities program means the pool area is quieter than most. There are also a small heated indoor pool with whirlpool section and a sauna, but no spa or gym facilities. Cyclists are particularly well-catered for with a large shop offering bike storage, servicing, and hire. 

All-Inclusive

Buffet dining, cocktail selection, and ice-cream 

The optional all-inclusive plan covers the buffet breakfast, lunch, and dinner, including themed nights and show cooking; mid-morning and afternoon snacks are also provided, as is ice cream throughout the day. National-brand beer, wine, spirits, cava, sangria, and a selection of cocktails are also covered (including alcohol-free), plus all tea, coffee, and soft drinks. The plan does not cover most cocktails and international-brand alcohol, or in-room safes and Wi-Fi. Bed-and-breakfast and half-board plans are also available.

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Address

Calle Marbella 28, Playa de Palma 07610, Spain