Hotel Antigua Palma

Palma de Mallorca, Spain Book from Book from £207 per night

An elegantly restored noble residence in the charming historic centre of Palma’s old town, with a rooftop terrace and dipping pool
Set deep among the labyrinthine lanes that wind through old town Palma, this gorgeous boutique hotel beautifully captures the richly storied past of the Mallorcan capital. Opened in 2019, and formerly the residence of one of the city’s aristocratic families, the sensitive restoration of this ‘casa noble’ has preserved much of its centuries-old charm. Inside, maritime motifs and ancient maps celebrate the island’s trading and seafaring history, while lush greenery cascades down over the palazzo’s beautiful Baroque courtyard. There's an air of hushed 'luxury hotel' opulence, alongside the secluded intimacy you'd expect in a private home.

Hotel Antigua Palma's location makes it a superb base if you’re keen to have all the city’s main attractions within an easy stroll. After a day’s sightseeing, tired limbs can be soaked and steamed in a bookable spa area, while a rooftop terrace provides a splash pool, push-button drinks service, and cityscape vistas. Over the warmer months, dining also goes al fresco with seasonal menus inspired by traditional Mallorcan fare. When you’re ready to turn in, each of the 27 guest rooms and suites is a haven of calm, with soothing tones and top-end comforts providing a peaceful night’s slumber in Palma’s medieval heart.

Information provided by Hotel Antigua Palma on 09/07/2020.

Cleaning and hygiene
Hand sanitiser available in guest accommodation and key areas. First Aid kit available. Guest health checks and safety protocols in place. Guest accommodation disinfected between stays. Additional cleaning procedures including laundry and linen.

Common areas
Screens/physical barriers in place between staff and guests. Stationery such as printed menus removed.

Food and drink
Buffet layout changed to respect social distancing. 24 hour room service available.

Policies
48 hour cancellation policy.

Other
Cashless payments.

Highs

  • A beautifully restored 18th-century building with a genuine sense of history
  • Tiered rooftop terraces with dipping pool, sun loungers and cityscape views
  • Soundproofed rooms with spacious beds and 24-hour room service
  • Free spa session for i-escape guests, with plunge pool, sauna and sensation shower – perfect for couples
  • Most of Palma’s historic sights and shopping are within easy strolling distance

Lows

  • The grown-up vibe may not be ideal for families with smaller kids
  • Some of the guest rooms only have views to the inner courtyard
  • The rooftop pool is a welcome treat, but a little on the shallow side
  • Breakfast, where not included, can be pricey
  • No evening meals available. There are dozens of eateries on your doorstep in Palma

Best time to go

Palma is a fabulous city to visit any time of the year, though temperatures for exploring the city are best around spring or autumn. Winters are also much milder than northern Europe, plus it’s a wonderful time for enjoying the season’s busy calendar of festivities and events. Summer months are mostly sweltering and the city and its sights can also feel overcrowded.

Our top tips

Between May and October, the capital’s famous cathedral offers tours of its elevated terraces. Get up close to the medieval gargoyles, stroll under the flying buttresses and enjoy some of the finest views over the Bay of Palma. Its 215 steps require a certain level of fitness, and tours have to be booked in advance online.

Great for...

City Style
Foodie
Romantic
Spa
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 27
  • Restaurant (breakfast and lunch only) and bar
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Spa
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Laundry service
Room:

Rooms

The 27 rooms and suites vary in layout, with some features dictated by the original building such as high ceilings and thick timber beams. Decor is consistent, with natural woods, cream tones, and aged brass combining for an effect that feels both timeless and contemporary.

Glass panelled wardrobes store fluffy robes and slippers, while walk-in rainfall showers come stocked with quality Loewe toiletries. Beds are big and firm, with back-lit headboards and handy bedside USB ports. Pull-out minibars provide a good mix of premium tipples, while the room service menu is available around the clock.

We loved sipping a morning brew from the in-room coffee machine while watching the street life from our Deluxe Room balcony. We were also impressed by how quiet it was when the doors were sealed. For couples looking for a romantic bolthole, the Palma Suite includes an original coffered ceiling and roll-top soaking tub – though rates are certainly a splurge.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Bathrobes
  • Hairdryer
  • Phone
  • Safe box
  • TV

Eating

During our winter stay, we lunched in the hotel’s vaulted 17th-century basement, a wonderfully snug space perfect for an intimate meal. The Sa Cuina del Antigua's menu draws much of its inspiration from traditional Mallorcan cooking with other flavours borrowed from around the Mediterranean. Dishes like slow-cooked suckling pig and sea bass with black rice were hearty and flavourful.

The warmer months see the ‘Terracotta’ restaurant open on the hotel's rooftop, offering a more varied selection that includes tapas and light bites for lunch.

Breakfast is also a treat, offering a cold buffet of fresh fruits, yoghurts, cold cuts and traditional pastries, supplemented with cooked-to-order options such as eggs benedict or pancakes. Breakfast smoothies can be whipped up on request.

During the day, the Antigua Bar is a lovely place to enjoy tapas and a selection of Spanish wines. Later in the afternoon, it transforms into a more intimate space, with a selection of coffees, teas and liqueurs.

As there are countless restaurants and cafés in the neighbourhood for eating out, dinner is not served in the hotel - ask staff for recommendations.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Restaurants nearby
  • Room service
Eating:
Activity:

Activities

  • Some of Palma’s main historical sights are just minutes away on foot, including the iconic cathedral and ancient Arab baths
  • Shopaholics will find an excellent pick of fashion boutiques and designer brands on Passeig de Born, just over 5 minutes away
  • If you’re feeling lazy, the hotel’s roof terrace offers a blissful choice of lounging areas and a small pool to cool off in
  • Want to feel sand between your toes? Palma's Can Pere Antoni beach is a 10-minute stroll away
  • Further along the coast - a pleasant 30-minute stroll - is the former fishing village of Portixol, whose cafés and restaurants overlook a pretty bay

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Boat trips
  • Historical sites
  • Museums / galleries
  • Nightlife
  • Sailing
  • Shopping / markets
  • Well being
  • Wine tasting

Kids

While the hotel certainly accommodates younger guests, family-friendly lodging is limited and there’s nothing in the way of facilities catering to kids. Hotel Antigua Palma is best suited for couples and adults.

Best for:

All ages

Family friendly accommodation:

There’s one Family Suite, with separate rooms connected by a hallway and two bathrooms. Cots are also available for babies and small children.

Distances:

  • Airport: 20 minutes' drive
  • Hospital: 10 minutes' drive
  • Shops: 2 minutes' walk
Kid Friendly:

Location

Hotel Antigua Palma is located in the medieval centre of Palma, Mallorca's capital.

By Air:
Fly to Palma de Mallorca (12.5km).

From the Airport
A taxi takes about 20 minutes depending on traffic. The hotel can arrange a transfer if you prefer (for an additional cost). Alternatively, airport buses take around 30 minutes and stop at Plaça de la Porta del Camp, an 8-minute walk from the hotel.

By Car:
You won't want a car for exploring Palma itself, but if you're exploring the island, see our car rental recommendations.

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

Airports:

  • Palma de Mallorca Airport 12.5 km PMI

Other:

  • Beach 1.0 km
  • Shops 0.1 km
  • Restaurant 0.1 km

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 1 independent review from i-escape guests

10/10
Room
10/10
Food
10/10
Service
8/10
Value
10/10
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