“Tired of minimalism? Romantic little guesthouse with lots of character in the centre of charming Soller”
The staircase leading to the rooms is dark and narrow, but thankfully all 6 rooms are light and airy. Each has some interesting original features: old-fashioned light switches, exposed wooden beams and gorgeous floor tiles. Beds are comfortable doubles or twins with plump cushions and pretty French bedspreads.
The Blue Room and Ivory Room are the smallest, which is reflected in the cost, but we thought them lovely rooms and would happily return to either - we had a slight preference for Blue, with its little dressing table and garden view. Ivory can be made up as a twin. The Red Room, the Romantic Room and the Terrace Rooms are all very spacious. The Romantic Room is especially popular as it has an antique claw-foot bathtub in the middle of the room (as well as a shower in its bathroom).
The Terrace Room has double doors leading onto a great, Moroccan-style roof terrace overlooking the garden, mountains beyond and local church. We stayed in this room when we revisited in 2012, and loved the little touches such as cushioned loungers, fluffy bathrobes and citrus-scented toiletries, and we slept incredibly well. The White Terrace Room also has a terrace with similar views, and a calming ambiance. The Red and Romantic Rooms are at the front of the house and some traffic noise can be heard if you have your windows open (however, there is double glazing and AC).
Bathrooms are internal, with French doors separating them from the bedroom, but they come with lots of quirky features such as ornate glass holders, carved wooden beading around the walls, and kitsch soap dishes. Organic toiletries are made with orange essences, bathrobes are fluffy and a couple of the rooms have baths.
There's nothing so common as a buffet at Can Isabel; breakfast is served to you on antique plates, dainty cups with saucers and 3-tiered silver cake stands. Previous guests have raved about the tasty timbales of scrambled eggs with tomatoes, tea (using homemade tea bags) in ornate pots, and fresh baguettes accompanied by divine homemade lemon and orange marmalades served in tiny glass jars decorated with gold leaf. Sadly, when we revisited in 2012, the breakfast wasn't very good - croissants were packaged, cheese was processed slices, and our eggs and bacon (no choice menu) were a little burnt. However, we did love the dining experience itself. During the summer months, breakfasting alfresco in the sunny garden is a must.
For other meals, there are many small restaurants in Soller; in the nearby main square you can eat outside at several casual cafes until late into the night. We had great pasta at Cafe Soller. If you don't mind driving, Sa Teulera in Arta is fantastic; try the meat slow roasted on almond shells. Down at the port (5-10 minutes by car or tram), we recommend Restaurant Agapanto (modern cooking) and Es Faro (local seafood). The Lighthouse has great views and fancy food, but we feel it is a little overpriced.