Dalt Murada

Historic Quarter, Palma de Mallorca, Spain Book from

Reviewed by Nikki Tinto
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.


  • 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
  • The roof terrace is fantastic for lounging in the sun - extremely quiet with views over the Old Town
  • Unbeatable value for money in a city where prices are on the rise - and despite its central location, the hotel remains cool and quiet
  • The Suites are especially lovely - very spacious and well worth the upgrade


  • When we visited in 2015, it felt rather unloved - scuffed walls, broken shower hooks, that sort of thing
  • There's no sound insulation, and the corridors echo
  • Service is of the friendly, laid-back variety: don't expect uniformed staff leaping to their feet
  • A few rooms are a bit gloomy and small; ask for a refurbed room on an upper floor (there are some in each category)
  • As with most places in the Old Town, narrow lanes make it impossible to park nearby: use taxis
  • 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 and the prices are usually cheaper. 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

Don't be shy of asking at reception for your free glass of wine (or beer) for booking through i-escape - and then take it up to the 4th floor terrace so you can gaze at the spotlit facade of the Seu (cathedral) while you sip. Do pack comfortable shoes and plenty of credit - there's lots to see and buy in Palma - and, in summer, sunglasses and sun cream.

Great for...

Cheap & Chic
  • = Recommended
  • = Best in region
  • = World favourite
  • 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


The 23 rooms vary in 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
  • Wifi internet


On our 2015 visit, the previously lacklustre breakfast buffet had been pepped up with jamon and manchego, sliced tomatoes, boiled eggs, fresh pears and melon - and, though the tea is still a bit weak and the OJ bottled, it is worth the modest surcharge; and the patio setting is pretty.

Dalt Murada doesn't serve other meals - just a few bar drinks on request - but there there are plentiful tapas and other eateries within walking distance. For a list of our favourites, see the i-escape [tips:palmademallorca:Palma guide].

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Breakfast
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Restaurants nearby


  • 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, Camper shoes and vacuum-packed 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


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 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:

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