“Peaceful hideaway in the heart of delightful Soller, with mountain views and elegant rooms; a gem of a hotel”
The spacious and elegant rooms are decorated with swags and drapes, gilt mirrors, wooden beams, fluffy white towels, bathrobes and romantic old-fashioned roll-top baths, some large enough for 2 people, with gleaming chrome fittings. However, the star turn is the magnificent view: you may be in town but most of the rooms have huge shuttered windows looking out to the pretty garden and mountains.
We stayed in the Sol Suite and would happily book it again. It has great views of the garden and mountains, a large double bed with crisp white linen, lots of blue and white china, yellow-washed walls and a bathroom with a large tub and an overhead shower.
Both this room and the Tramuntana Suite are ideally located off the drawing room, which almost feels like your own. The Tramuntana Suite is popular with honeymooners as it has a lovely antique four-poster bed, a sitting area and fabulous views. The ground-floor Garden Suite has a large bed with a sitting area and windows overlooking the shaded garden terrace.
The grandest room is the first-floor Salvia Suite, comprising an entire private wing and filled with fine antiques. It's truly elegant and strikingly decorated with beautiful black and white 18th-century Mallorquin floor tiles. It has a separate dining room and a hallway with 2 chaise-longues, from where you can gaze out of the floor-to-ceiling shuttered windows to the garden and mountains. The large double bedroom overlooks the narrow streets (but is still quiet and bright).
On the top floor is the Soller Room, a bright space with 2 French windows with Juliet balconies overlooking the town's narrow streets. Next to this is the Orange Room - the only twin and the smallest of the rooms, but still very comfortable, with a mountain-and-garden view.
Accessed from the same level is the Deia Suite, a loft-style space, with exposed beams, French windows, balconies, oak floors and far-reaching mountain views. Though we’re yet to view it personally, the elevated position and calm design looks heavenly.
In summer breakfast is taken out on the terrace, under the shade of the creepers; in winter guests cosy up in the pretty dining room with its original blue tiles and mahogany chairs. It's a tempting spread: platters of ensaimada pastries and croissants, giant glass goblets of jam, local cheeses and serrano ham. A salad of fresh wild strawberries, plump blackberries and slivers of pineapple and peach was especially good, as was the fresh juice made from Soller's famously sweet oranges. If you hanker after something hot, eggs scrambled, poached or boiled are on offer, but feel free to ask if other options can be provided, as the team will be happy to indulge any special requests if they can.
You'll never be far from a cool drink - from one of the honesty bars. Guests can help themselves from a full-length bar in the games room or the minibar in their room. Try one of the deceptively refreshing Pimms and spend the afternoon by the pool in a blissed-out haze. If you're feeling peckish at lunchtime, you can choose from a selection of light dishes. The menu boasts a great selection of salads, open sandwiches and seafood pasta (all made with local ingredients.) We tucked into an orange feta and herb salad and a delicious serrano, chorizo and fig sandwich.
On Mondays, Salvia hosts a sociable barbecue evening, and on Wednesdays there's a tapas evening. On other nights staff can point you in the direction of Soller's best restaurants and cafés - these include Restaurante Agapanto for modern cooking and Es Faro for local seafood.