Hotel Convent de la Missio

Historic Quarter, Palma de Mallorca, Spain Book from Book from £180 per night

Stunning minimalist hotel and fabulous restaurant in a former 17th-century convent
Convent de la Missio is tucked away down a lane in Palma's busy old quarter, so when you pass through its opaque glass entrance you will find its calm minimalist atmosphere a surprising contrast. The Mallorquin architect owners spent 3 years transforming this 17th-century convent into one of Palma's most stylish and sophisticated hotels.

Inside, the use of light and space is exceptional: the original high vaulted ceilings and limestone walls have been retained and fused with cutting-edge design, natural materials and large windows. There's a sleek bar, a superb restaurant and a funky sitting room complete with bean bags, glossy design books and a log fire for winter evenings. The 27 cream and white bedrooms, including 7 suites, are light and airy with wafting muslin, pale oak floors and ultra-chic bathrooms. Best of all, they are peaceful. Other delights include a Zen-inspired roof terrace, a whirlpool and sauna down in the old crypt that's free for guests to use, and an art gallery featuring ceramic and photo exhibitions.

Highs

  • Immaculate stylish decor and attention to detail; we were blown away all over again when we revisited in 2012
  • Fabulous, innovative cuisine from their renowned Simply Fosh restaurant
  • Ideal central location for exploring Palma's historical sights and boutiques
  • The rooftop terrace and pool are the perfect antidote to the summer heat, exuding tranquility in the heart of the city (save the occasional bell-ringing from the church next door)
  • Really friendly, helpful staff

Lows

  • You'll need to book ahead for dinner as the restaurant is popular with locals, and it is closed on Sundays
  • Lovers of chintz and clutter will find the minimalist public rooms rather stark
  • The suites aren't cheap, but they are definitely worth it
  • The narrow streets make driving difficult, but we wouldn't advise bringing a car anyway

Best time to go

Anytime, as the hotel is open all year round. Spring and autumn are the nicest times; July and August get very hot but the rooms have good aircon and there is a roof terrace. In mid-winter it's still a lot more pleasant than northern Europe - on sunny days you can sit outside the cafes. During Easter week Palma hosts many processions. On 19 January bonfires are lit in the squares and concerts are given for the Patron saint of Palma, St Sebastian.

Our top tips

We loved the city's Modern Art museum, which had displays by Miro and Picasso when we stayed. There's a fabulous terrace out front, with contemporary sculptures, views of the sea and a cafe with big lounging chairs.

Great for...

City Style
Family
Foodie
Honeymoon
Spa
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 27
  • Restaurant and bar (open daily except Sunday)
  • 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
  • Concierge Service
Room:

Rooms

The 27 rooms are split between 5 categories: Double, Superior Double, Junior Suite, Suite Privilege and Luxury Suite. All are stylish, elegant and comfortable. Decorated with great care and predominantly in white and cream, they make the perfect antidote to the summer heat. Solid oak floors, white-washed walls, high ceilings (some vaulted, some beamed) and subtle modern artworks create a feeling of light, space and pared-down luxury. Anything which might spoil the look is hidden away in slick white cabinets (a satellite TV, the minibar etc). An antique Mallorcan desk, squishy armchairs and gorgeous cream woolly rugs soften the contemporary look.

Some rooms have modern four-poster beds romantically draped with swathes of white muslin. Others have large kingsize beds. All are firm and comfortable with crisp white linen, piles of soft pillows and fine mohair throws. Chic design continues through into the limestone, chrome and glass bathrooms complete with bathrobes, slippers and Bulgari toiletries. Some of the larger rooms have teak-decked balconies overlooking the central patio and pretty church; clever bamboo and wooden screens hide the large apartment block next door.

Most Doubles and Superior Doubles overlook the lane at the front of the hotel. The main difference between these categories is size, though some of the Superior Doubles have four-posters, others are laid out on 2 floors; a couple are a bit smaller (great for singles). Our favourite of these is the white-beamed attic room, located next to the roof terrace and with views of the church.

All Junior Suites feel fresh and spacious. There are suites available with private balconies overlooking the central patio, however, the suites without have the added benefit of a larger room. Our favourite Suite features a sitting area and bright bathroom opening onto the terrace. All have a hydro-massage baths and a sitting area.

The Luxury Suite is for those looking for an exclusive stay in Palma, complete with its own private roof terrace, Whirlpool Jacuzzi and steam room.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Bathrobes
  • Central heating
  • Cots Available
  • Extra beds
  • Hairdryer
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Phone
  • Satellite tv
  • Terrace
  • Toiletries
  • WiFi

Eating

The hotel's glam contemporary restaurant is under the direction of Marc Fosh, one of the best chefs in Spain. The concept is called Simply Fosh, offering casual, stripped-down versions of his upmarket cuisine. The menu might include starters such as classic mediterranean fish and shellfish soup or marinated tuna with avocado, coriander and white tomato consommé followed by mains of red pepper crusted hake with white beans, saffron and fresh clams or lamb ragout with lemon polenta and thyme. The scallops with bacon and truffle sauce is exceptional. Desserts are inventive: perhaps preserved lemon cream with sweet dukkah and a cherry-rosewater sorbet or chocolate and olive oil truffle with flor de sal and raspberry-red pepper jelly. When we revisited in 2012, we especially loved the white chocolate parfait with coconut ice cream and blackberry reduction. The midweek set lunch menu is a snip - see Rates.

Booking ahead is strongly recommended as the bar and restaurant are justifiably popular with outsiders. The restaurant is closed on Sundays but there are loads of great eateries and tapas bars within walking distance; ask at reception for recommendations.

Breakfast (served 8-11am) is delicious and presented with care whether it be fresh wild berries, cereal and yoghurt, a plate of Spanish ham and local cheeses or a full English affair cooked to order. Room service is also available.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Restaurant
  • Restaurants nearby
  • Room service
  • Vegetarian menu
Eating:
Activity:

Activities

  • Palma has a wealth of historical and cultural places to see, and many important sights such as the Le Seu Cathedral are close by. See our Palma guide for details.
  • Shop until you drop in the many nearby boutiques, then have a massage and relax in the hotel's whirpool bath and sauna
  • Stroll around Palma's harbour, home to some of the world's most expensive yachts.
  • Take a cocktail at Palma’s most famous bar Abaco, an old Moorish palace filled with art, music and beautiful people (15-minute walk) or enjoy a beer in one of the outside cafes in La Lonja.
  • Every evening in August there are free open-air concerts and movies around the city.
  • Visit an art gallery - the Fundacio de Caixa or Joan Miró's old house are recommended.
  • There are numerous golf courses near Palma - the hotel can arrange tee times and discounts.
  • Take the scenic mountain journey to Soller in Mallorca's oldest wooden train (the station is just a 10-minute walk from the hotel) For more info and train times click here.

    Activities on site or nearby include:

    • Cycling
    • Golf
    • Historical sites
    • Museums / galleries
    • Nightlife
    • Shopping / markets
    • Swimming
    • Well being

Kids

Children are welcome, although rowdy kids are unlikely to go down a treat with the other guests and small sticky fingers could easily ruin the perfect decor!

Best for:

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

Family friendly accommodation:

Extra beds (supplement cost) or baby cots (free) can be accommodated in the Junior Suites and Suites

Babysitting:

Babysitting available by arrangement

Baby equipment:

Baby cots available on request

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

Kid Friendly:

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 5 independent reviews from i-escape guests

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

We really enjoyed our stay and the staff are very friendly and helpful. On the last day we had to leave early, and without us asking they produced breakfast for us. Amazing artworks in the public rooms and Simply Fosh restaurant is a real gourmet experience. Rooms are designer simple. In our standard room there was no desk or writing surface which could be a problem for a business traveller but as people on holiday it was great to have two armchairs. Position is perfect for exploring Palma. We would definitely go back.

10/10,

Fabulous location although unfortunately during our visit renovations across the narrow street were intrusive early morning. The public areas of the hotel are funky and a lovely cool contrast to the hustle and bustle of the old town. Our room had the bed on a mezzanine and a smallish downstairs bathroom area. Twin sinks were a plus but the over-bath shower and very temperamental water system were disappointing.
The restaurant was superb. All in all a lovely experience with a few minor niggles.

9/10,

The design of the hotel is beautiful and relaxing with a very nice bar and lounge area on each floor. I don't think our experience was representative of the hotel because there was a problem with the hot water on the evening we stayed which hadn't been fixed, I gather due to bank holiday meaning many plumbers weren't working. This was very unfortunate but we did get some discount. Recommend taking the train from Soller over the hills to get there.

6/10,

Daniel and Ester were simply amazing. I've never met a front desk staff as helpful and wonderful. They made our trip special.

9/10,

The whole ambience of the hotel and staff was attentive, courteous and delivered with a smile. Breakfast hostess sets you up for the day! The hotel is well situated and quiet and in a matter of 15 minutes walk you can be on the seafront. Book Sunday late lunch at Eduardo's - fabulous way to spend the afternoon and then stroll back to the hotel. Simply Fosh which is on site is fantastic but sample the delights of the old town too.
Buy a round robin ticket for the bus which is valid 24hrs and see some of the town without the expense of a car as parking at a premium, or rent a bike! Great place for a short break.

10/10,

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