Mallorca now boasts some excellent boutique hotels and if, like me, your favoured type of hotel is one small enough to ensure a high degree of personal service, you have plenty of choice on the island.
I stayed for a night at Mallorca’s Hotel Can Mostatxins, in the old walled town of Alcúdia. I’d been keen to experience the place since it opened in late spring 2015 – and I wasn’t disappointed.
You can drive into the walled town to deposit your luggage, but it’s not far if you decide to park and make the short walk with your bags. Parking is easy – and free – just outside the mighty stone walls.
Hotel Can Mostatxins has its origins in a former 15th-century manor house, which had been neglected until British owner Mark Worthington came along. Turning the place into a stylish boutique hotel took six years, with many restored architectural features – such as Gothic arches and exposed stone walls – incorporated into the contemporary decor. And yes, it was definitely worth the wait.
What’s on offer
The hotel has nine guest rooms. Two – of which one is a stunning suite – are in the building’s restored tower. It was occupied when I stayed, so I didn’t see it – but it’s on my list of rooms in which to stay with The Boss in the future.
My (very comfortable) bed for the night was in room 5, named Alcanada. The room had everything a travelling gal could need: safe; tea, coffee, and kettle; fridge (with complimentary water, milk, and bottle of cava – very welcoming); wall-mounted satellite TV; air conditioning; robe and slippers, and free Wi-Fi. And, for we girls who don’t like to go out with our skirts inadvertently tucked into our knickers (!), there’s a useful full-length mirror on the back of the room door, so you can check all is as it should be just before facing the world.
A unique feature of the hotel is the open central courtyard, below street level (and hidden from the outside world). It has a comfortable chill-out area and spa pool, where you can gaze up at the old stone walls – wishing they could speak and reveal stories from their past.
Breakfast buffet-style is the only meal offered here, but the managers Peter and Rudolph are clued up on the best restaurants, cafes, and bars within the old town – which are an easy stroll from the hotel. I certainly enjoyed my dinner at Italian restaurant Osteria El Patio, run by a charming Italian called Roberto.
What’s in a name?
If you’re arriving by taxi and want to tell the driver in a confident manner where you’re going, here’s how to pronounce it:
“Hotel Can Mosst-atcheens”
Mostatxins was the nickname (derived from the Mallorcan word for ‘moustache’ ) of the building’s former owner Raphael Aguilo Valls – a distinctively moustached man who ran a butcher’s shop from the premises in the early 20th century. You’ll spot a few moustache motifs around the hotel . . .
Peter Markham and Rudolph Olivier are the managers at Hotel Can Mostatxins and they are what makes the place such a great hotel in which to stay. They are welcoming and very amusing hosts; staying here felt rather like staying in the rather stylish and comfortable home of some friends – even though I’d never met them before.
Like me, Peter used to work for the BBC. He climbed further up the corporation ladder than I did, because he used to edit the BBC Breakfast TV programme. A lot further. Rudolph was born and bred in a large hotel next to the Kruger National Park. He worked there until his early 20s, when he left South Africa for the UK.
“Entertainment and hospitality have always been at the heart of everything both my partner and I have enjoyed,” Peter says. “We’re definitely ‘people’ people.”
For the past 20 years their home was in Brighton, on England’s south coast, where they welcomed visiting friends or family members almost every weekend. “There really has been no greater joy for either Rudolph or myself than seeing someone head home looking relaxed and happy after their stay with us.”
That’s as relevant now at Hotel Can Mostatxins as it was when they were living in England, because I did. Head home looking relaxed and happy, that is.
Hotel Can Mostatxins is open until December 5th, 2016.