We’ve picked out a selection of our favourite bijou places to stay for your next trip to the Mallorcan capital, bookable with Culture Trip.
When you consider the combination of millions of visitors with Palma’s numerous historic townhouses, elegant palazzos and grand mansions, it stands to reason that the city should have more than its fair share of incredible boutique hotels.
Hotel Glòria de Sant Jaume
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Make yourself at home in an authentic Mallorcan manor house with a stay at the Hotel Glòria de Sant Jaume. This 16th-century property underwent restorations in the 1870s and 1930s, resulting in an intriguing mix of styles. Many of the original features remain (think exposed stone walls and beamed ceilings) and blend beautifully with a spread of modern fixtures and fittings. For natural light galore, book one of the outward-facing Superior Junior Suites, which feature tiled floors, free-standing baths and views of the Old Town. Relax on a rooftop terrace with a jacuzzi, or in a basement spa with one of Palma’s longest pools.
Rooms and suites at Hotel Cappuccino range from art deco to oriental, showcasing the creativity of French designer Jacques Grange, whose customers have included Yves Saint Laurent and Francis Ford Coppola. To experience Grange’s take on the elegance of a traditional Mallorcan townhouse, stay in the Aitana Suite, in which floor-to-ceiling windows open onto the historic Placa de Corts. Onsite amenities include a cinema inspired by 1920s Paris, a sushi restaurant and a terrace facing the stately town hall.
The BO Hotel occupies a 19th-century building in La Lonja, directly opposite the striking gothic building from which the neighbourhood takes its name. Take advantage of the hotel’s location with a night in the Sky Suite, which has its own roof terrace with sofas, loungers, and a jacuzzi looking towards the cathedral. The onsite Ritzi restaurant specialises in Italian cuisine and there are loads more eating and drinking options in La Lonja, which turns into Palma’s liveliest barrio after dark.
Live like a silk merchant at the Antigua Palma Casa Noble, a hushed oasis in Palma’s old Jewish quarter. Dating from the Middle Ages, it boasts a spread of original features such as vaulted ceilings, wrought-iron Juliet balconies overlooking the narrow streets, a baroque patio and an arched stone entrance. The spa also takes you back in time, offering a heated pool, sauna and ice fountain in baths dating from the 11th century, when they were the basement retreat of a Muslim palace.
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History buffs will appreciate Boutique Hotel Sant Jaume’s location on one of Palma’s oldest streets, sandwiched between two important gothic structures, the Sant Jaume church and the Santa Magdalena Convent. Contemporary rooms and suites feature clean lines, designer furniture and views over the Old Town (book a Junior Suite to gaze directly at the 15th-century convent). Breakfast is a buffet affair starring innovatively prepared eggs, and the onsite Fabiola restaurant serves Mediterranean cuisine accompanied by live jazz.
You might get distracted, while digging into your morning pastries at Art Hotel Palma, by the wall hangings adorning the place. This quirky boutique hotel serves as a gallery for the owner’s extensive art and antique collection. The rooms and suites, however, aren’t too over-the-top and there’s a good balance of old-world art and stylish modern design. All of the spacious and well-appointed rooms are named after famous painters from Palma, with a detailed history on each.
Tucked away down a narrow street in Palma’s old town, the Posada Terra Santa – with its 26 luxurious rooms – is much bigger than you imagine from the outside. In the hotel’s public areas, sleek contemporary interiors segue seamlessly into historic architectural features uncovered during the building’s renovation. What was once the palace’s grain store is now the site of a small, beautiful and well-equipped spa, and on the ground floor, the hotel’s relaxed La Despensa del Barón restaurant is popular with locals and hotel guests alike. Topping it all is a chi-chi sun rooftop terrace with a plunge pool. Most certainly one of Mallorca’s hidden treasures.
This boutique urban oasis is located in a 16th-century palacio, close to Palma’s ancient city walls and a stone’s throw from the spectacular cathedral. Artworks by the likes of Miró line the walls, while period decor and furnishings are found throughout the sprawling historic building. Each of the 12 bedrooms is named after a musician and has its own jacuzzi with a menu of different bath products and the chance to indulge in champagne and strawberries while you bathe. Priding itself on small details, this hotel offers very attentive individual service, making it a great hotel for a romantic getaway. A roof terrace with incredible views and an excellent basement spa complete this deservedly five-star hotel. Animal lovers should note that pets are welcomed and treated with equal luxury.
This artsy boutique property is nestled deep among the quaint narrow lanes of Palma Old Town, making it perfectly located for exploring the city’s tourist attractions and nightlife. The hotel fuses original and contemporary architectural features with an eclectic collection of vintage furniture and artworks throughout. Each of its 33 rooms is individually styled, with an edgy combination of exposed walls, design furnishings and snazzy decorative touches. A chic but welcoming bar-restaurant opens up to a leafy secluded terrace, which makes a great setting for a gin-based nightcap.
Opened in 2017, Summum Prime is certainly one of the newest boutique hotels on the island, and also without doubt one of the swankiest. It occupies the beautifully restored 15th-century Ca’n Berga-Ladaria Palace in a particularly picturesque corner of Palma Old Town. The 18 guest rooms are stylishly finished with a raft of luxury touches that includes Egyptian cotton sheets, Nespresso coffee machines and Bluetooth speakers. An excellent restaurant provides fine dining in equestrian-themed surroundings, while a rooftop terrace features a plunge pool and views over Palma’s historic rooftops.
With its impeccably stylish interiors that combine Moorish patterned tiling, traditional ikat fabrics and cosy wood panelling, Hotel Cort is indeed one of Mallorca’s most handsome boutique properties. Its restaurant’s cobblestone terrace occupies one of the city’s prettiest squares, featuring an ancient olive tree and the town hall’s magnificent facade – the location is also about as dead centre as you can get. Each one of the 16 guest rooms is a secluded and peaceful oasis from the buzzing hub outside, and it’s practically worth staying here for the free à la carte breakfast alone.
This high-end boutique hotel occupies a building that dates back more than 700 years, before James I of Aragon conquered the island. Refurbished over the years and most importantly during the Italian Renaissance, Can Cera’s stunning architecture has been maintained in the style of a 17th-century palazzo, with exposed beams, high sculpted ceilings and a wonderful sweeping marble staircase. It’s set in the heart of Palma’s Old Town, a short stroll from all the city’s most historic attractions.
Set in the quieter side of Palma’s richly historic Old Town, the Hotel Sant Francesc oozes effortless style, from its beautiful period-chic reception to its gorgeous rooftop terrace overlooking the eponymous church. Most of the original neoclassical features of this 19th-century mansion have been meticulously restored, but with a light contemporary touch that makes for achingly eye-pleasing results. But it’s not all aesthetics: there’s an outstanding fine dining restaurant, high-tech in-room amenities and a rooftop swimming pool with a poolside sushi bar that puts the icing on one very luxurious cake.