“Ultra-stylish, retro-chic mansion in the old town of Soller”
Each of the 12 rooms is different, but their styling can be roughly defined by the floor on which they’re found. Those on the first floor have a neutral, contemporary style softened by a few boudoir-like touches, while second-floor and ground-floor rooms have warmer cream and brown tones to compliment their beamed ceilings or exposed stone walls.
For the budget-conscious, the standard rooms are perfectly welcoming, though we’d choose a Standard Double Room over a Garden Standard Room - the latter lacks natural light. We stayed in a Balcony Room, all of which are accessed via a communal terrace with seating, and enjoyed having the option to sit directly outside our room (even if it wasn’t in total privacy). If you want space, the Junior Suites offer plenty, but the crème de la crème are the Luxury Suites. Facing the front of the house, they have sweeping mountain views, four-poster beds and bathrooms with both roll-top bathtubs and walk-in double showers.
You can also rent the entire hotel as an Exclusive Villa - perfect for house parties, celebrations and group of 20-25 friends or family.
The fresh breakfasts are a simple affair served in the basement, but follow our lead and take your selection upstairs to be enjoyed on the poolside shaded terrace - much more relaxing. Choose from moreish homemade muesli, jams, mini pastries, local hams and cheeses, plus freshly squeezed juice from Soller oranges.
If requested a day in advance, lunches can be brought in from a deli in Fornalutx. They’re a little on the pricey side, but if you fancy a salad or sarnie around the pool they’ll do just fine. Alternatively, Soller's host of outdoor cafes are just around the corner.
In the evening, Soller has a wealth of good-quality restaurants. During our visit, Paul recommended Restaurante Luna 36 (lovely courtyard garden), Ca’n Boquetav (for a more formal meal) and Ca’n Pintxo (for tapas). We also noticed that bijou and hidden Casa Alvaro was packed even when other restaurants were winding down - tucked down an alleyway between the hotel and the main square (on Carrer de Vicari Pastor), it’s worth a try!
Back at L'Avenida, the dark and intimate Bar Bodega has a great selection of local wines, cognacs and whiskies.