Casa Alberti

Mahón, Menorca, Spain Book from Book from £114 per night

A small hotel with a big soul: retro style and a roof terrace in an 18th-century townhouse in Mahón’s old quarter
Climb the stately stone staircase with its exquisite bannister to a chill-out terrace at the top… and views of rooftops, belfries, harbour and sky. High above the boats and bustle of Mahón’s old town, within strolling distance of the cathedral, this rose-pink townhouse exudes an air of slightly faded grandeur. The 7 rooms are beautifully restored and simply adorned, with high beamed ceilings and whitewashed walls, modern art and modernist pieces, white muslin and boho touches. The feel throughout is laid-back.

There’s no reception, no lift and no in-room TVs; just friendly service, good-value rates, a lounge with books and games, and a shared kitchen where you can help yourself to tea, coffee and fruit. We've yet to visit, but we love its sister property Jardi de ses Bruixes, and past Alberti guests heap praise on the small team here, who help you connect with Menorca. If you fancy a bike, a boat trip or a table at a nearby restaurant, it’s yours in a trice. The honesty bar is well stocked with local wines; breakfast, served in the shaded courtyard garden, is a spread of breads, pastries, fruits, salamis, cheeses and jams so good you’ll linger long into the day.

Highs

  • A perfect location in the old town, 5 minutes’ walk from the harbour; there are fold-up electric bikes to hire for exploring
  • Creative, light-filled interiors with a stylish blend of contemporary and vintage pieces
  • Two peaceful courtyards and a roof terrace with loungers for chilling
  • Breakfast is a bounty of local produce, and there are restaurants all around
  • A happy, homely feel that suits couples, families and friends

Lows

  • This is an 18th-century building, and the soundproofing could be better
  • Reasonably priced parking is a 10-minute walk away
  • No pool, but beaches and coves abound on Menorca (the nearest is 5km away)
  • It’s a trek up to the third-floor rooms

Best time to go

Mahón is at its best during spring and early autumn, when the weather is fine but the summer crowds are absent; try the first weekend in September, when the Nuestra Señora de Gràcia festival takes over town, and dancing horses entertain. July and August can be extremely busy, and the hotel normally closes over winter (November-April).

Our top tips

Gin has been made in Menorca since the British arrived in the 18th century, and you can learn all about it at the Xoriguer distillery. Taste some, buy some, mix in lemon juice and ice, and you’ve got yourself a pomada.

Great for...

Cheap & Chic
Family
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 7
  • Breakfast only (restaurants nearby)
  • All ages welcome
  • Closed: 1 Nov 2018 - 30 Apr 2019
  • Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Bicycles Available
  • Shared kitchen
Room:

Rooms

The 7 serene and uncluttered bedrooms are spread across 4 floors, ranging from a standard Classic Room next to the roof terrace to a larger Superior Room by the ground-floor courtyard. There are also 2-bedroom Family Suites sleeping 4-5. All are awash with light thanks to muslin curtains, whitewashed walls, high ceilings, and tiled floors that are cool underfoot. Simple furniture with a sprinkling of retro pieces (a Modernist chair, a Deco mirror, a pale vintage mobile) adds to the sense of calm.

This being an old house, the shutters squeak a bit when the wind is blowing, and the soundproofing between floors isn’t perfect, but the beds are comfy, the sheets are crisp, and air-con runs throughout. Ensuite bathrooms are white with heated towel rails and immaculate showers (two rooms have baths too), and you get a hairdryer and a few toiletries. Note that some rooms lack wardrobes.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Central heating
  • Fan
  • Hairdryer
  • Radio
  • Safe box
  • Toiletries
  • WiFi

Eating

Breakfast is served on the charming patio and is ample, delicious and different every day. The cold cuts and cheeses come from the best farms on Menorca; the breads and pastries are from the only wood-fired oven on the island. The coffee is very good, and the fruits, tomatoes and jams are organic.

Next to the patio is the kitchen, tiled in aquas and greens. You’re welcome to use it - a big plus for those who like to feel at home when they’re away. It has a Nespresso machine for coffees, and an honesty fridge stocked with Menorcan wines. Take a glass of the island's finest up to the terrace at sunset to watch the sun sink over Mahón's red rooftops.

For other meals, Mahón has a wealth of restaurants, cafés and bars. For creative tapas, head for Ses Forquilles or Anatea, both a short walk from the hotel.

Features include:

  • Breakfast
  • Children's meals
  • Restaurants nearby
Eating:
Activity:

Activities

  • Rent one of the electric bikes and explore town. The first British governor moved the capital of the island to Mahón in 1722 – hence the grand houses with their fanlights and brass knockers, and the Georgian clock on the town hall
  • Borrow towels and parasols and head for the beach. Closest is Es Grau, whose warm, shallow waters are great for families and snorkellers; here too are the dunes of the S’Albufera des Grau nature reserve
  • Hire kayaks and drive 20 minutes south, to pine-fringed coves with white sand and turquoise waters. Families will like Cala Binibequer, with sun loungers and a snack bar. Purists may prefer the natural beauty of tiny Cala Binidali
  • Walk to the bus station and head off to Ciutadella’s lively port and picturesque old town, on the other side of the island - the express bus takes 55 minutes
  • Head to nearby sister hotel Jardi de Ses Bruixes for a relaxing afternoon at their spa

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Boat trips
  • Cycling
  • Historical sites
  • Horse riding
  • Kayaking
  • Museums / galleries
  • Sailing
  • Scuba diving
  • Shopping / markets
  • Snorkelling
  • Well being
  • Wine tasting

Kids

The ethos of Casa Alberti is easy and relaxed, so it's no surprise that it welcomes children of all ages.

Best for:

Babies (0-1 years), Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)

Family friendly accommodation:

The 2 Family Suites each have a double and a twin bedroom, and one can also accommodate an extra bed or 1-2 baby cots. One Superior Double can take a rollaway bed or baby cot. Note that all bathrooms have showers only except the Superior Room with Patio and the Family Suite which have baths too

Baby equipment:

  • Baby cots
  • High chairs

    Remember  baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking

    Children's meals:

    There are plenty of family-friendly eateries nearby

  • Distances:

    • Airport: 15-minute drive
    • Hospital: 15-minute drive
    • Shop: 2-minute walk
    Kid Friendly:

    Location

    Casa Alberti is in the old town of Menorca's capital, Mahón (Maó). It's on the east coast of the island.

    By Air:
    Mahon (5km away) is Menorca's only airport. It's served by a range of airlines.

    From the Airport
    You can take a taxi from the airport, but if you plan to explore the wider island you might want to hire a car. Street parking in Mahón is metered, but there is a cheap car park a 10-minute walk from the hotel.

    Detailed directions will be sent to you when you book through i-escape.

    Airports:

    • Mahon (Maó) 5.0 km MAH

    Other:

    • Beach 5.0 km
    • Shops 0.1 km
    • Restaurant 0.1 km

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