Where to stay in Palma de Mallorca: Boutique Hotel Calatrava
Think five star urban chic, and you’ll get the idea. Located in one of the oldest parts of the city, this hotel was designed with the arty traveller in mind. It is cool, calm and collected, yet contemporary and chic.
Mallorca Reflections were kindly asked by Boutique Hotel Calatrava to experience two nights in January 2018 and here is our review of the hotel. As always, all thoughts & opinions remain our own.
16 rooms including 9 suites
Super location next to Palma’s Parque de la Mar and the Old Town walls
8km from the airport, €15-20 in a taxi
Just a five-minute walk from Palma’s Gothic Cathedral
Great breakfast on the fifth floor terrace looking out over the Bay of Palma
Fast and Free Wi-Fi throughout + Smart TV’s in bedrooms and suites
Private one-hour complimentary Spa session available to residents
Boutique Hotel Calatrava is located in the historic barrio of Sa Calatrava district in the Old Town of Palma. This is one of the most beautiful areas of the city where Palma’s history is faithfully reflected in it’s rich architecture. Narrow streets, palaces, churches, courtyards and some of the most impressive buildings in the city are all at hand.
Many of Palma’s historic landmarks are also within easy reach by foot, the Arab Baths (0.3km), Palma’s stunning Gothic Le Seu Cathedral (0.5km) and the Royal Palace of La Almudaina (0.6km).
Tip: If you only have a couple of days the location is ideal for maximising your time in the city. Don’t miss the nearby, trendy area of Portixol, meaning ”port and sun” in the local Mallorquin dialect, with it’s good selection of eateries and a relaxed, beachy vibe. Here you will find some great fish and seafood restaurants, and excellent tapas places.
ART, DECORATION & DESIGN
This stylish hotel near the capital’s Parc de la Mar opened in 2013, the second of five hotel projects in the city of Palma undertaken by the businessman Miguel Conde Moragues and his architect wife Cristina Martí Crespí. A former 19th century residence, the building has been completely renovated and transformed into a chic, contemporary retreat in a historic neighbourhood. The reception area and the adjacent Gastro Gourmet room were once where the horse drawn carriages were kept.
Art is at the forefront of the interior design of the hotel. A sculpture by the local architect and garden designer, Elena García-Ruíz, takes pride of place in the Gastro Gourmet room. The Mallorcan artist Fernando Fabré has paintings in every room and another local artist, Carolina Amigó, features prominently with photos and sculptures.
The bright and airy lobby and reception features a stunning piece by Catalan artist Guillem Nadal. This in turn leads up to the lounge area where another work, this time by Jordi Alacaraz, compliments the contemporary sofas which are mixed with an eclectic selection of armchairs and designer lighting.
The interior decoration throughout combines whitewashed walls, stripped wooden floors and dusky furnishings complimented by more sculptures and paintings.
ROOMS & SUITES
The sixteen rooms and suites are spacious, airy and feature contemporary décor and artwork, soft fabrics, stylish fixtures and fittings, air-conditioning, Smart TV’s, Blu-ray Players and fast, free Wi-Fi.
All the rooms and suites have spacious bathrooms with rainfall showers, bathrobes, slippers, hair dryers and Korres accessories.
The seven Deluxe rooms have small balconies with views of the Old Town. These rooms are between 25 and 40 square metres.
Three Junior suites have private terraces with views to the Parc de la Mar. These suites also have bathtubs and are equipped with an Illy coffee maker and kettle. One is specially adapted for disabled guests. These suites are between 45-50 square metres.
The Calatrava suites gaze out towards the Mediterranean are absolutely huge, between 50 and 60 square metres, and have large lounge areas and terraces. Their large windows and contemporary styling create a light, bright ambience. These suites also have bathtubs and are all equipped with an Illy coffee maker and kettle.
Turn-down & tidy-up service each evening too!
Tip: Spoil yourself or significant other! Choose one of the 60 square meter Calatrava Suites overlooking the Bay of Palma. Rooms 3, 4, 7, 8, 11 and 12.
GASTRO-GOURMET ROOM & BAR
An interesting concept, a blend of bistro and local produce shop. It’s not actually a restaurant as such, but does offer a good selection of quality tapas, salads, soups and snacks. The bar serves cocktails and drinks from 12:30 until 23:00 in a pleasant atmosphere at street level overlooking the bay. There is a quiet outdoor terrace, overlooking Parc de la Mar and the Mediterranean, just outside.
Breakfast is served every day on the fifth floor terrace. There are three options: The Calatrava breakfast, the Express breakfast or just a detox juice.
The Calatrava Breakfast includes Eggs “À la carte”, featuring amongst others, Eggs Benedict and Eggs Calatrava. A plentiful selections of fruits and yoghurts, Iberian cold cuts and cheeses, a variety of breads, rolls and pastries, fruit juices, coffee, tea, and cava!
The express breakfast is orange juice, coffee or tea and toast or a pastry. The detox juice is a fresh green juice of the day.
Tip: Taste the ‘Eggs Calatrava’: Poached eggs with truffled potato parmentier and crispy ham!
The small spa features a Finnish sauna, jacuzzi, aromatherapy shower and a relaxation area with hot stone loungers. Treatment and massage rooms as well as private yoga classes are also available.
Tip: The Spa can be booked for a private one-hour complimentary session.
Boutique Hotel Calatrava is a great place to take a quiet, relaxing break in the Old Town of Palma de Mallorca where everything you really need is just a few minutes away.
The General Manager Xavi Torres and his team are excellent hosts and extremely helpful.
We have absolutely no problem in recommending this lovely small but stylish hotel, just remember there is no rooftop pool.
Address and contact details:
Plaça Llorenc Villalonga, 8,
Tel: 00 34 971 72 81 10