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Hotel Riu San Francisco 3.5

Playa de Palma, Majorca, Balearic Islands

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Pros

  • Located in front of popular Playa de Palma beachfront
  • Adult-only hotel (a con for some)
  • Fresh and modern interiors from full 2014 renovation
  • Bright rooms with good soundproofing
  • Outdoor swimming pool (heated in winter) with poolside snack bar
  • Free buffet-style breakfast and dinner
  • Wellness center with a variety of treatments and massages (additional fee)
  • Free whirlpool tub and sauna
  • Lounge bar and restaurant with live music at night
  • Fitness center has cardio and weight equipment 
  • Free Wi-Fi available throughout
  • Games room and reading room

Cons

  • No kids allowed (a pro for some)
  • A minimum of five nights have to be booked during high season
  • No on-site parking

Bottom Line

Hotel Riu San Francisco is an upper-middle-range, adult-only property set on a lively street on the Playa de Palma beachfront. The beach is right across the street from the hotel, in a neighborhood with trendy nightlife and the Promenade. After a 2014 renovation, the decor is fresh and modern, with a white and turquoise color scheme that creates a relaxing atmosphere. The 165 rooms have good soundproofing and balconies overlooking the sea. The large swimming pool is surrounded by ample sun loungers and parasols, and there's a poolside snack bar. Guests have access to the wellness center with a gym, sauna, and whirlpool tub. Room rates include buffet breakfast and dinner. Travelers may compare rates at HM Gran Fiesta, which doesn't have a five night minimum stay requirement during high season. 

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Scene

Chain hotel with fresh and simple decor

Located on a street lined with vibey bars, restaurants, and nightclubs, Hotel Riu San Francisco offers a quiet sanctuary from the lively Promenade. The lobby is bright and airy, with contemporary design, simple furniture, white and turquoise patterned walls, and sea-themed artwork. The white and turquoise color scheme flows throughout the entire property, creating a peaceful and relaxing atmosphere throughout. The large restaurant includes modern furniture, with both indoor and outside seating -- guests are assigned specific seats for dinners throughout their stay at the hotel, creating a rather structured atmosphere. Breakfasts are more casual, as is the lounge bar and poolside snack-bar. Evening entertainment is provided, with live music and performers, though it's not a great highlight among guests. With an adult-only policy, the vast majority of guests are vacationing couples.

Location

In front of Playa de Palma, close to lively nightlife

Hotel Riu San Francisco is located right on the Playa de Palma beachfront, separated only by the Promenade. The Promenade stretches for 15km, offering a beautiful place to stroll. There are numerous shops along the Promenade, including clothing, souvenirs, and handcrafted goods. The hotel is surrounded by lively bars, nightclubs, and restaurants -- it's important to note that the street can get quite rowdy at night. La Porciuncula Church is just a six-minute walk away from the hotel and El Arenal Beach a 15-minute walk. With a bus stop right outside the hotel, public transport is easily accessible. The center of Palma can be reached within a 15-minute drive. It's a 10-minute drive to Palma de Majorca Airport.

Rooms

Simply stylish rooms, with good soundproofing

The 165 guest rooms at Hotel Riu San Fancisco are simple, with a fresh palette of colors, and all of the basic amenities one would need -- though the square footage is slightly on the small side. Rooms only come in Double or Suites, which include an additional lounge area with sofa bed. Decor is classic, mostly white with turquoise accents on the artwork, walls, and bedspreads. The bed, side tables, and work desk have modern lines. All rooms include air-conditioning, ceiling fans, flat-screen TVs, minibars, safes, telephones, and free Wi-Fi -- though there are no in-room tea- or coffee-making facilities. Each room has a small furnished balcony with street and sea views. Bathrooms are modern and feature a walk-in shower, hairdryer, and toiletries. Suites have the added bonus of a hot tub.

Features

Free buffet breakfast and dinner, poolside bar, and outdoor swimming pool 

An extensive breakfast and dinner is laid out each morning and evening in the bright and modern restaurant, which also includes a live cooking station. Both breakfasts and dinners are included in the room rate, with lunches and snacks available at an additional fee in the restaurant or lounge bar. Guests can also order drinks and snacks at the poolside snack bar. The large swimming pool is the central focus of the hotel. The pool deck is lined with ample loungers and parasols. Palm trees and small gardens add to the vibe. The hotel offers a small modern fitness center with limited cardio and weight equipment. The Wellness Centre offers a variety of treatments and massages (for an additional fee), but the sauna and whirlpool tub are free for all guests to use. There's also a games room, reading room, and evening entertainment. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the property. There is no on-site parking.

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Address

Calle Claudi 24, Playa de Palma - Mallorca, Playa de Palma 07610, Spain