Budget accommodation is usually cheap for a reason, and finding hostels that are stylish, clean, and inviting can often be quite a challenge. We’ve made the search a bit easier and handpicked the best hostels in Mallorca that prove that ‘chic’ and ‘bargain’ don’t have to be mutually exclusive.
The Brick Hotel has injected some much needed style into Palma’s hostel scene, by transforming an old pottery factory into a sleek vision of industrial-chic budget accommodation. There are private or group rooms, all of which are simple and stylish, continuing the property’s signature industrial look. All rooms have private en-suite bathrooms, free wi-fi, and air-con – some also have balconies. Group rooms sleep up to six people in bunk-beds, and private rooms come in two sizes, both of which have higher quality bed linens. The SQ² Deluxe Rooms are particularly impressive duplex loft-style rooms sleeping up to four, and have flat-screen TVs. The ground floor bar is vibrant and buzzy, and there is terrace seating out front as well as on the roof terrace.
Sa Fita Backpackers | Courtesy of Sa Fita Backpackers/Hostelworld
Rustic and charming, Sa Fita Backpackers is located in the scenic mountain town of Esporles, in an old townhouse with lots of beautiful original features. Rooms are either doubles or dormitory style (bed linen, towels and toiletries included) and all have pretty views. It’s basic accommodation but feels a lot less stark and more homely than many budget places, particularly in the communal living and dining areas. As well as the usual kitchen and laundry facilities, there is also a large garden with barbecue, dining area, pool, great views, and lots of hammocks. The hostel is popular with cyclists and hikers – Esporles is well located for exploring the Tramuntana mountain range and the west coast of the island, but is only 20-minutes drive from Palma.
Hostel Fleming | Courtesy of Hostel Fleming/Hostelworld
Hostel Fleming is located in an attractive traditional-style building, and rooms have many of the original features such as patterned tiled floors, wooden-beamed ceilings and shuttered windows. Despite the traditional elements, the hotel is far from old-fashioned, and furnishings throughout are stylish, fresh and contemporary. Most rooms are shared, with either two, four or six bunk beds, but there is one private double room on the top floor, with flat-screen TV and mini-fridge. All rooms have free wi-fi, lockers, heaters and fans (but no air-con!) There are no private bathrooms, though separate male and female shower rooms are located on each floor.
While some parts of the Pura Vida Hostel definitely feel like budget accommodation (mainly the bathrooms and kitchen), it’s far from grotty and the slightly eclectic styling has a friendly charm about it. Rooms are bright and clean – there are doubles or shared dormitory rooms with bunk beds. All bathrooms are shared and communal areas such as the living/dining area feel vibrant and welcoming. The original tiled floors (different in every room) are pretty special and it’s in a fantastic location, right in the heart of the old town and a stone’s throw from the cathedral. The cute sun terrace has fake grass and truly spectacular views, plus Wi-fi is free throughout.
Asis de Marratxinet was once a Fransiscan convent and has been expertly renovated into two buildings linked by a beautiful garden. The convent building has accommodation geared mainly towards solo travellers (there are 24 single rooms) and has shared bathrooms. Single rooms were originally the monks’ sleeping cells and are small and rustic, while the two person rooms have bunk beds. Bed linen is included and all rooms have small sinks. Accommodation in the other house is more hotel-like with double rooms, private bathrooms, and access to the pool. The single rooms are mostly used by cyclists and there is lockable bike storage available.
A hostel in the Spanish sense rather than the English, Hostal Apuntadores is budget accommodation but without the shared rooms. Double and twin rooms with private bathrooms are available, all with free Wi-Fi. The accommodation is basic, but not unattractive, there’s a small cafe serving breakfast and snacks. Located right in the old town in La Llonja (a buzzy area packed with restaurants and bars) while the highlight is the hostel’s roof terrace featuring incredible views of the cathedral and over the marina.
If you’re keen to party in the infamous resort of Magaluf but you want budget accommodation that doesn’t make you shudder, the cheap and cheerful Hostel Floridita fits the bill. Technically located in the quieter area of Torrenova, the hotel is still only a 10-15 minute walk from ‘the strip’ and Magaluf’s long sandy beach. Rooms are double, quadruple or six-bed dormitories with bunk beds, all are bright and modern, with playful images papering the walls, and all have private bathrooms. Unusually for a hostel, there is also an all-inclusive option, with buffet meals and drinks being served at the neighbouring Universal Hotel Florida, where hostel guests can also use the pool.
Urban Hostel Palma is in a great location, just on the edge of Santa Catalina – Palma’s liveliest and most international neighbourhood with no shortage of bars, restaurants, and coffee shops. Most rooms are dormitory bunk style (four bed rooms or up to 15 beds) but there are also twin rooms (still with bunks) and all have shared bathrooms. Lockers, towels and bed linen are provided and wi-fi is free. Accommodation is very basic but the minimalistic aesthetic of whole place (whitewashed walls and exposed wooden beams) makes it look clean and attractive. Bathrooms are also very modern with pleasant touches such as rustic bowl-style sinks. There are kitchen and laundry facilities and breakfast is included in the rates – a rarity in the world of hostels!