Hotel Can Cera was once a family home - a traditional Mallorcan palacio, which the owners converted into a boutique hotel of considerable charm and interest. I'd dined here once, so I was very pleased to have the chance to stay over for the night of my birthday, after dinner out in Mallorca's capital.
We arrived to a very warm welcome from Carlos, on reception, who is probably the most charming and welcoming member of reception staff I've met; having, in the past, worked in hotel PR, I have met a LOT of receptionists. Carlos is a real asset to this hotel.
We'd booked a deluxe room but were upgraded to a junior suite (room 4), which was a lovely surprise. Carlos took us to the room, after giving us a brief tour of the facilities - which include several rooms decorated with antiques and old paintings, where you can sit on a sofa and lose yourself in one of the many interesting books around the place. There's also a small spa and guests can have private use of this for one hour. Sadly, we didn't get around to doing so, but will be sure to take advantage of this next time we stay. There's also a small roof terrace, equipped with deck chairs, where you can gaze out over the rooftops of the Old Town.
Our room was very peaceful and spacious, with an enormous and extremely comfortable bed. We appreciated the free room safe (large enough for a laptop), and minibar containing free bottles of water. Sisal matting on the floor was kinder on the tootsies than the bare tiles often found in Spanish hotels, although the usual hotel flip-flop-type slippers were provided, along with bathrobes.
Our bathroom was the hotel's largest, with a decent-sized bath, and two separate cubicles within it for the shower, and loo and bidet. These cubicles both have clear glass doors, which might not appeal to the shy guest whose partner is using the bathroom at the same time! I liked the French Damana toiletries provided. Heated towel rail appreciated too.
One of the highlights of this small hotel is its excellent location, a short walk away from the city's magnificent Gothic cathedral, and the main shopping area. It's worth turning right out of the hotel door during your visit to explore the narrow lanes of the fascinating Old Town.
For breakfast, we had planned to have coffee and pastries in one of the city's many cafes, but because the hotel had been kind enough to upgrade us - and given that we had eaten out the previous night - we decided to have breakfast at the hotel. The choice was reasonable and of good quality, but breakfast here is - I feel - a little expensive, compared to what can be found elsewhere in the city.
The hotel has free Wi-Fi, although we didn't use it.
I'm looking forward to staying here again - and trying the new sister hotel (also a conversion of a beautiful old Mallorcan palacio, but with a sea view) when it opens next spring.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- At over 700 years old, Can Cera has one of the longest histories in Palma. The building dates back to before 1232 when Jaume I conquered the island with Catalan and Aragonese troops. Located inside the ancient city walls close to the Cathedral, Can Cera is in the very heart of the Old City, between the Plaza de Santa Eulalia and the Plaza de San Francisco. Over the years, Can Cera’s many owners have made alterations to the original building. The most important of these were done in the 17th Century, when –as in many of the surrounding houses– Italian Renaissance architects inspired the creation of the celebrated patios, giving the houses their singularly attractive, yet austere, character. Inside, the house is significant and rich with well-proportioned rooms, high ceilings of sculptured plasterwork, balconies and above all, palatial adornments. Today, Can Cera, has been thoroughly renovated and equipped as a first class Hotel. The traditional Majorcan patio, with its majestic arches, exuberant Kentia and other lush plants, leads to the Reception area and the Can Cera Restaurant. A marble stairway leads up to a surprising space: a comfortable and welcoming Home with its original layout intact. Period furniture and contemporary paintings abound. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Can Cera Hotel Palma De Mallorca, Majorca