Palma – a leading destination for boutique hotels

New Hotel Openings 2019

In recent years Palma de Mallorca has evolved as a destination in its own right offering year-round life with a cosmopolitan mix of culture, entertainment, sports, diverse architecture, designer shopping and gastronomy; from two Michelin star restaurants in the city to tapas and Eastern/Mediterranean cuisine.  This dynamic activity has led to a boom in boutique hotels within emblematic buildings, historic “palacios” and mansions. Currently, there are 32 boutique hotels in Palma located in the old town and central shopping areas, and in 2019 there will be at least two more openings.

Latest openings:

Can Bordoy Gran House & Garden (Palma Old Town) – 5 star deluxe

The new Can Bordoy hotel is a spectacular restoration of a historic mansion dating back to Medieval Times by the local award winning architectural practice, Ohlab.   Located in in the heart of Palma’s old town, Can Bordoy Grand House & Garden features 24 suites; all exquisitely decorated with an eclectic mix of velvets, textured wall coverings, bespoke room bars, designer chairs, decadent sofas, antique Chinese cabinets, hidden television screens that serve as mirrors and ample bathrooms with deep bathtubs.

The public areas include a large bar overlooking the 750 m² garden, one of the largest private gardens in the Old Town. Extensive planting of more than 70 different species surround the garden (including the original cherry trees and an ancient olive tree) and provide privacy around the guest swimming pool.  Inside, the main dining area leads onto the garden terrace where chef, Andrés Benítez, who has seven years’ experience working in Michelin star restaurants, has created a menu with the focus on local and traditional Mediterranean cuisine.

The hotel’s interiors are full of surprises; a private dining room with plants from the exterior trail up along the ceiling creating an original green canopy, another area features a ceiling festooned with decorative birdcages where afternoon tea will be served. In the basement, a spa area has been created within the original exposed 17thcentury walls, complete with Jacuzzi. Prices start at 350 euros per night to include breakfast and local tax.

Palacio Can Marques (Palma Old Town) – five star deluxe

Located in Palma’s La Lonja area, the hotel’s owners have transformed an 18thcentury “palacio”, and the former residence of the Marques family, into a luxurious boutique hotel comprising of 13 individual suites.

The grand entrance hall opens up onto a 140 m² patio with gothic alabaster columns featuring 11 metre high ceilings that leads onto an interior garden and patio.

All the suites are individually designed as private residences and each one follows the layout of the original architecture making them unique in shape and exceptional size (from 33 m² to 380m²).  Some suites feature large private terraces or balconies overlooking Palma and the marinas nearby.  The hotel also offers the possibility to join three suites together to make a communal space called “The Riad” for small groups travelling together.

The interior decor has been conceived by internationally acclaimed designer, Aline Matsika, who has mixed the best elements of different eras of design to produce a unique look with sumptuous furniture, fittings, art, sculptures, chandeliers and hand-woven carpets.

Facilities include the Can Marques Restaurant featuring an original historic cantilevered ceiling, the rooftop terrace lounge and bar and gym (with TechnoGym equipment).  Hotel guests will also be able to (on request) reserve private excursions on the hotel’s own 33 metre superyacht “WinWin” which has won many prestigious international regattas in the Mediterranean and the Caribbean.

All hotel guests are offered complimentary VIP transfers from and to the airport. Room rates start from 371 euros per night to include breakfast:

Bosch Hotel – Born

The new boutique hotel comprises of six suites, all with their own character, in the emblematic building above Palma’s famous “Bar Bosch” café which has been a popular meeting place in the city since 1936.  The concept is to offer a “home from home” feel in the rooms, offering comfortable accommodation with all modern day facilities.  The hotel makes a great base to explore Palma and further afield. Guests have two dining options; the Bosch Restaurant on the first floor and Bar Bosch for drinks and snacks. Rooms start at 89 euros per night in low season.

Opening 2019:

El Llorenç Hotel, Parc de la Mar, opening mid-2019

The hotel is located in the Calatrava area of Palma’s Old Town facing the sea and many of the rooms will, therefore, offer sea views.  El Llorenç will feature 33 rooms and suites, two swimming pools, a rooftop bar a restaurant and a spa.  The interiors have been created by leading Swedish designer, Magnus Ehrland, combining design elements from the island with Moorish motifs, dark wood latticework and Arabic/Mallorcan tiling.  Renowned, local chef, Santi Taura, will open “Dins” restaurant within the hotel.   He will base his menu on classic Balearic cuisine with the best local produce from the island.  The hotel’s spa features a 14 metre indoor pool and treatment rooms offering a full menu of therapies and beauty treatments. The lead-in price per room will start at 240 euros per night.

Hotel Basilica, Plaza Sant Francisco opening 2019/2020.

Work is well underway on a converted building dating back to 1850 for the proposed Basilica Hotel close neighbour to the established Hotel Sant Francesc.  The hotel’s position faces the famous Sant Francesc church.  The design concept will be based on traditional Mallorcan materials and fabrics.   No further information is available at this time.