Dalt Murada

Historic Quarter, Palma de Mallorca, Spain Book from Book from £52 per night

A 16th-century mansion hidden away in Palma's historic quarter with beautifully restored and traditionally furnished rooms
Just yards from Palma's magnificent cathedral, Hotel Dalt Murada is tucked away in a peaceful cobbled alley of the Old Town. In medieval times it belonged to one of Mallorca's most important families. Later it became the residence of the Bestard de la Torre family, who spent years transforming their home into an elegant yet friendly small hotel.

Original features retain some of that character: high beamed ceilings, old portraits and antique furniture including some beautiful Mallorquin beds. However Jacuzzi baths, satellite TV and WiFi bring the hotel into the 21st century. There's a roof terrace with views of the cathedral, a leafy courtyard filled with lemon and orange trees, and excellent restaurants and tapas bars an easy stroll away. Palma makes an ideal short break and Dalt Murada a well-placed (and well-priced) retreat.

Highs

  • A fantastic central location, minutes from the cathedral and just around the corner from a pretty little square and lots of great little boutiques and tapas bars
  • Rooms are filled to the brim with quirky antiques, portraits with eyes that follow you and massive Baroque tapestries
  • The cathedral-view roof terrace is fantastic for lounging in the sun - extremely quiet amid the charming Old Town
  • Unbeatable value for money in a city where prices are on the rise - and locations don’t get much better than this
  • The Suites are especially lovely - very spacious and well worth the upgrade

Lows

  • Rooms can vary quite a bit in size and layout, even within the same category
  • There's no sound insulation, and the corridors echo
  • A few rooms are a bit gloomy and small; they're all filled with antiques, so not ideal for fans of cutting-edge modernism
  • As with most places in the Old Town, narrow lanes make it impossible to park nearby (use taxis instead)
  • The entrance is so low-key you can easily miss it - but that's what we love about it!

Best time to go

Any time, although Spring (March to June) and Autumn (September and October) are the most pleasant. July and August can be very hot, although Dalt Murada's rooms are air-conditioned. Winter is ideal for a quick break with a better chance of warm sunshine than northern Europe, some fun nightlife and good shopping.

There are plenty of festivals in Palma, including processions during Easter week, bonfires and concerts on the feast day of St. Sebastian (19 January), and various free open-air concerts or films around the city in summer.

Our top tips

You'll get a free glass of wine or beer as a thank you for booking through i-escape - we recommend taking it up to the fourth floor terrace so you can gaze at the spotlit facade of the Seu (cathedral) as you sip.

Great for...

Cheap & Chic
Family
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 23
  • Breakfast only (restaurants nearby)
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
Room:

Rooms

The 23 rooms vary in greatly size, shape and standard. Most have been refurbed in the last few years to look lighter and cleaner; a few still feel dark and dated, so it's worth booking the best you can afford.

We stayed in a refurbed Superior just off the rooftop terrace; it was fairly basic but fitted with charming old Mallorcan furniture, was bright and airy with wooden beams and terracotta flooring, and had a big window with amazing views of the cathedral.

All Superior Doubles have views of either the cathedral, Almudaina lane or the garden courtyard; some also have small balconies. We liked room 201, which had a beautiful antique four-poster bed and high ceilings; some have a Jacuzzi tub, too.

The 2 Suites on the second floor are well worth the upgrade: beautifully decorated, with plenty of space (each has a separate sitting room with sofabed, making them ideal for families), and a small balcony overlooking the courtyard and cathedral. The ensuites have a bathtub and a hand-held shower; 202 has a Jacuzzi tub. 203 is the penthouse.

The Standard Double rooms will suit those on a budget, though it's pot luck as to which you get. Some are reasonably light and airy; others feel small, basic and rather dark. Four have views of the cathedral, but you're just as likely to get one that overlooks the narrow lane alongside the hotel.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Central heating
  • Cots Available
  • Extra beds
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Phone
  • Satellite TV
  • Terrace
  • WiFi

Eating

A simple Mallorcan breakfast is served in the courtyard garden or the dining room. The buffet included jamon and manchego, sliced tomatoes, boiled eggs, fresh pears and melon. Though the tea was a bit weak and the OJ bottled, it is worth the modest surcharge; and we enjoyed the serene patio setting.

There's a limited bar, but Dalt Murada doesn't serve other meals. Luckily, there there are plentiful restaurants within walking distance, from tapas bars to fine dining.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Breakfast
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Restaurants nearby
Eating:
Activity:

Activities

  • Palma has a wealth of historical and cultural sites; the Cathedral and the Almudaina Palace are barely a minute's walk away
  • Walk along Paseo Dalt Murada, the old high walls alongside the cathedral
  • Shop until you drop in the many wonderful shops around the Born, 5-10 mins' walk: we loved the chic summer clothing, arty stationery and jamon iberico
  • Visit an art gallery - the Fundacio de Caixa or Juan Miro's old house are recommended
  • Have a cocktail at Palma’s most famous bar, Abaco, a beautiful old Moorish palace filled with art, music, fruit and flowers

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Historical sites
  • Museums / galleries
  • Nightlife
  • Sailing
  • Shopping / markets

Kids

Children are welcome. One of the Suites has a double sofabed in the sitting room; the other has 2 single sofabeds. All other rooms can accommodate a baby cot (free of charge); some Superior rooms can fit an extra single bed (extra cost).

Best for:

All ages

Family friendly accommodation:

Cots Available, Extra Beds Available

Babysitting:

Babysitting is available by arrangement.

Baby equipment:

Baby cots are available on request.

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

Kid Friendly:

Location

Dalt Murada is in the heart of Palma, the capital of Mallorca. It is minutes away from the town hall, the cathedral and all the major shops and restaurants.

By Air:
Fly into Palma Airport (7km). Click on the links below for a list of airlines.

From the Airport
We would recommend taking a taxi from the airport rather than hiring a car as parking near the hotel is difficult. There are plenty of taxis in front of the arrivals building and the journey should take about 15 minutes.

By Car:
If you are hiring your own car, be warned that the nearest parking is a 10-minute walk away from the hotel. Directions are given on booking. If you plan to tour the island afterwards, we recommend that you collect your hire car on the day of departure from Dalt Murada (you don't need a car in Palma as everthing is close by). See our car rental recommendations.

Detailed directions are provided when booking is confirmed through i-escape.com.

More on getting to Mallorca and getting around

Airports:

  • Palma 7.0 km PMI

Other:

  • Beach 2.0 km
  • Shops 0.1 km
  • Restaurant 0.1 km

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 12 independent reviews from i-escape guests

9/10
Room
7/10
Food
8/10
Service
8/10
Value
8/10
Overall

Amazing spacious room considering price!

10/10,

We last visited over a decade ago and the hotel has expanded but lost nothing of its quirkiness. Our room and en-suite were huge and airy and complete with a Jacuzzi (Yep, the actual thing!) We didn't have breakfast but service was friendly and the courtyard is a superb spot for a glass of wine in the evening. It's not just a boutique hotel in a Palma mansion, it's much nicer!

10/10,

Historic building next to cathedral, own private courtyard for breakfast. Very central with beautiful square nearby with bars and coffee shops.

10/10,

Great location and lovely building however I think expectations are too high for a four star hotel. Really it's more 3 star. Service not very friendly. The nearby restaurant Ombru is amazing value and great top end tapas.

6/10,

Disappointing for the price although good location. A little extra effort with decor and service would go a long way as they have all the elements to make it a great hotel.

5/10,

Ideal for those who love historical buildings and antique furniture, this hotel is right in the heart of the old city. We liked being so central, but the downside was stepping out right into the tourist crowds every morning. The staff were friendly and knowledgeable. Breakfast was delicious and good value. Our room had a view of the Cathedral but the sound of chiming bells from nearby kept us awake, and the bed wasn't terribly comfortable. This is a good option for a guesthouse right in the heart of the city, but we would probably opt for something a little out of the tourist hubbub next time.

8/10,

Lovely place to stay great location and fantastic service.

8/10,

Perfect place for a single traveller - lovely staff, great position and very quiet at night. Would highly recommend. Thank you

10/10,

Perfect place to stay in Palma. Hotel, was beautiful, the service was very good. Fernandez made sure we felt at home in Palma. The location, could not have been better, close to everything and yet set in a quiet pedestrian only street. Perfect.

10/10,

A beautiful old family house in a great location. Think faded chateau dripping with fine paintings and antiques. Discreet owners but worth engaging with. We stayed in a super and very spacious suite. On the downside, a very average breakfast - no freshly squeezed juice, jam and butter in packets. The hardest bed I have ever had, but my wife slept like a log...

7/10,

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