We stayed last night at Palma de Mallorca's Calatrava Boutique Hotel, which opened less than a fortnight ago. It's a handsomely restored 19th century building in an area known as Sa Calatrava - one of the city's oldest (dating back to the 13th and 14th centuries) and most interesting neighbourhoods. Although it's a quiet little corner of the city, it's only a short and very pleasant walk to attractions such as the Cathedral, Almudaina Palace, and Arab Baths, and the waterfront area of Portixol.
The hotel has just 16 rooms and suites. We stayed in a junior suite (room no. 7) on the third floor (there is a lift), with a private balcony and mesmerizing views over Palma Bay. There are plenty of large hotels further along on the Paseo Maritimo with sea views, but this area is much quieter and more attractive than the busy 'strip' further along.
Yes, there is plenty of traffic running along the seafront in front of the hotel, but the Parc de la Mar (below what was once the old sea wall) and the tranquil little plaza in which the hotel sits, put some distance (and some attractive scenery) between you and the road. Our room had a huge picture window - double glazed - and a door onto the balcony. Inside, with the door closed, we couldn't hear any traffic noise at all. This, and an extremely comfortable (and enormous) bed, ensured a good night's sleep.
The decor of this place is contemporary but comfortable, with attractive furnishings and artworks. There's a small spa, which can be reserved for exclusive use, which we saw but didn't use. The hotel doesn't have a restaurant, but there's a light and spacious café/bistro where you can have drinks and snacks. In the next few days the hotel is adding a terrace area with tables to the front of the hotel, in the pretty little plaza, full of trees and unexpected birdsong. Good news: you don't have to be staying at the hotel to come and enjoy the snacks and drinks here. The snack menu is quite limited, but the quality of the ingredients is very high, including Iberian 'Joselito' ham, Torta del Casar Spanish cheese, and Norwegian salmon carpaccio.
Breakfast was taken on the hotel's 5th floor roof terrace - and the view makes it a spectacular start to the day. Breakfast is buffet style (for cold items), but a hot breakfast - included in the price - can be cooked to order in front of you, show kitchen-style. You can also enjoy sitting up on this terrace at other times of the day.
One of the great things about this hotel is the staff. Carlos - the reception manager - has moved from nearby sister hotel Can Cera. We'd met him once before (at Can Cera, where I stayed for my birthday last November), but he greeted us as though we were regular VIP guests, coming outside to meet us as we emerged from the taxi. He made us feel so welcome it would be rude not to go back again . . . soon!