Review: El Hotel Ibiza | Daily Telegraph
Published by telegraph.co.uk, June 2018
"El Hotel is a neon-illuminated behemoth with a lively party atmosphere. It is located directly opposite Pacha – one of Ibiza’s oldest and most glamorous super clubs – making it ideally located for stumbling to and from the dance floor all year round."
El Hotel’s location is possibly its biggest selling point. It’s a three-minute stroll from Marina Botafoch – second home of the super-yacht owning elite – and a 10-minute walk from the centre of Ibiza Town, with its cobbled Medieval streets and first-class bars and restaurants. The closest beach is around 20 minutes away on foot, and Pacha nightclub is just across the road. This is the place to be if being at the centre of the action is a priority; wallflowers need not apply.
Style & character
El Hotel is a glowing beacon of purple prettiness surrounded by palm trees from the outside; inside, you realise it’s all pomp. Presumably at some point the sleek, marble floors and white, sterile walls looked quite sophisticated but now it looks dated and in need of a new lick of paint. The restaurants, bar and outdoor terrace are marginally better thanks to the warming affect of brushed wood and flash of red here and there, but overall it feels barren rather than stylish.
Service & facilities
Staff members are very friendly and welcoming, presenting everyone with a glass of cava on arrival and offering assistance without hesitation. There’s a small outdoor pool lined by tables and chairs and the occasional sun lounger, as well as a restaurant and bar, which is open until 3am every night (3.30am in peak summer). Tech house music is played very loudly here – great if you’re up for a party, less so if you’re trying to sleep through it. All guests are given access to the amenities at sister hotel, Destino Ibiza, located around three miles away.
Rooms are incredibly spacious and each has its own balcony (two Superior suites have their own outdoor hot tubs). The all-white furniture, walls and floor could do with a little updating and perhaps a flourish of personality wouldn’t go amiss – barely any is visible aside from the odd Tony Riera painting hung on the wall. Beds are comfortable and come with a pillow menu, and room service is available between 8am and midnight. Bathrooms are an extension of the white theme, with connecting bath and shower. Entrance to Pacha is included in the room price.
Food & drink
Breakfast is served in the restaurant or on the terrace between 8am and 11am. There’s a hearty selection of fruit, continental pastries, cheese and meats, plus eggs are made to order. The restaurant serves artfully presented modern fare like oxtail with creamy potato and crispy monkfish salad. A gourmet menu is available between Monday and Saturday for €22 (£19), or you can order à la carte.