We treat ourselves to a special dinner in Palma just before every Christmas and this year we ate at Fera – one of the Mallorcan capital’s newest restaurants. Before this, we met friends for cava at Nicolas Bar and attended a special festive performance by Flamallorca with them at Teatre Sans in the Old Town. A full-on night like this called for an overnight stay and I had booked Art Hotel Palma.
The 13-room boutique Art Hotel Palma has a convenient location just off the Rambla and close to the Teatre Principal, Plaza Major, and its underground public car park. I’d had a show-round of the hotel last year after reviewing the owner’s nearby Mari-lin Café-Lounge and had wanted to stay here ever since. The premises once housed an antiques gallery but the owner converted his business into a boutique hotel, home to some of the artworks and antiques he collected over the years.
I took the option of paying in advance for our room, which entitled me to a discount. The room rate also included a glass of Mallorcan wine and two tapas each at Mari-lin. Subject to availability (only two spaces are available) you can book a parking place – through the hotel – in the adjacent Plaça Major public car park, for a supplement of 20 euros per 24 hours.
We stayed in room 10 on the third floor. It had views – but no sounds (good glazing) – of the leafy street below. There were lots of plus-points here: good WiFi, coffee machine (capsules), kettle and tea-making facilities, mini-bar, safe, plenty of wardrobe space (with umbrella provided), and very comfortable large bed. Best of all, on a cold December day in Mallorca, easy-to-control heating (the whole hotel felt really cosy and welcoming). Our room had an original fireplace, although it wasn’t in use.
The bathroom of room 10 doesn’t have a bath, but a very efficient shower with different water jets (two of which took me by surprise!). You emerge wet and clean to a towel warmed on the heated towel rail – my idea of bliss.
My only tiny gripe was the lack of a full-length mirror.
Things we liked best about AH Art Hotel Palma
- Friendly staff offering a genuinely warm welcome and service.
- The vast amount of art and antiques combining harmoniously with 21st-century comforts and convenience.
- The cosy home-from-home feeling (not that our home is stuffed with antiques and masterpieces!).
- It’s a tranquil and relaxing place to stay after a day (or night) out in the vibrant Mallorcan capital of Palma.
Useful to know
AH Art Hotel Palma doesn’t have a restaurant but serves a buffet breakfast in a pleasant breakfast room (or on the narrow rear terrace in fine weather). Palma has a wealth of eateries within a short walking distance, including Marc Fosh, Fera Palma, Adrián Quetglas, El Camino (excellent tapas), and Bi-Bap.
©Jan Edwards 2017