“A funky, well-priced inn, bang in the centre of northern Mallorca’s loveliest and artiest inland town”
Bedrooms are lifted above the standard hotel mould by bright colours (yellows, oranges, blues) and original artwork (avant-garde wood-and-fibreglass cadres). Much of this is by the owner’s daughter-in-law, who may – if you get chatting over breakfast – offer to take commissions. You’ll find high ceilings, bright downlighters, mixed cherry and beech panels in the doors, beds of wrought-iron or slatted wood. All rooms have mod cons such as flat screen TVs and telephones. Top floor rooms have sloping beams and limited views across the town’s rooftops; others have French windows overlooking the narrow front lane or tiny rear courtyard. Our favourite was room 501 which has a rear facing balcony and great views of El Puig de Maria.
Bathrooms are more functional (which I guess is the best asset of any bathroom): white tiles, tub with glass swing-panel, clip-in shower, hairdryer. I’m not convinced about the bright red or mustard basin surrounds, but they do lift your early morning mood.
When there are enough guests at the Hostal, a fantastic buffet breakfast is laid out on the counter in the stylish hall downstairs. Otherwise you can wander along to the Juma and be served out on the sunny square, or inside at marble-topped tables by the bar. Either way, you’ll get a massive ensaimada (a coil of light, jsugar topped pastry), fresh rolls and bread, sliced ham and cheese, orange juice (freshly-squeezed in season) and all manner of coffees, teas, chocolates and infusions.
There’s also a light menu at the Juma for lunch or afternoon snacks: sandwiches, salads and the usual selection of tapas – albondigas, tortilla, tumbet (and if you don’t know what these mean, then you clearly need to visit Spain as a matter of some urgency). Prices are reasonable; service is brisk but not brusque.
And you’ll find some excellent restaurants for dinner, including Clivia (Iberian fish and pork dishes), La Font del Gall (superior French-style cuisine) and La Fonda (excellent value food in low vaulted rooms). Here, over various visits, we have tried butter bean soup with chorizo (filling!), salted cod, whole pigeon in cabbage, a seafood platter (mussels, prawns and octopus with soft cubes of potatoes), and a juicy suckling pig – and never been disappointed. Finish off with crema catalana or the even creamier pijama (English-speaking Juan will explain).
Children of all ages are welcome; cots are available for free. A couple of rooms have space for an extra bed (for a supplementary fee), and there's a pair of communicating rooms at the top.
Cots Available, Extra Beds Available
Baby cots available on request
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking