“A funky, well-priced inn, bang in the centre of northern Mallorca’s loveliest and artiest inland town”
They led us down a cobbled lane, through an unobtrusive door, and into a generous beamed hall with funky artwork (vast abstract canvases in red, yellow and gold), playful furniture (two scarlet armchairs on a Rubiks-Cube rug) and stylish fittings (tall white Chinese lanterns, black leather sofas). The bedrooms – just six of them spread over two upstairs floors – do not disappoint. Good-sized, brightly-coloured, spotlessly clean, they are all you need for a cosy night’s sleep. By day, explore Pollensa’s modern art museum, baroque churches, Calvary Hill; hike to Lluc monastery or up the rocky summit of Puig de Maria; swim off busy Cala San Vicenç or remote Cala Castell.
- Located in a delightful historic town with an atmospheric main square full of cafés and restaurants
- Excellent outdoor classical concerts during the Pollensa festival (July-Aug)
- Lots of art, sculpture and textiles to admire, both inside the hotel and out many by the manager's sister, Ania Cifre
- Friendly relaxed atmosphere
- A good base for combining hiking, swimming and relaxing
- Remote, cliff-ringed coves nearby
- This is not haute luxe but decent rooms at decent prices
- Off-season, it can feel a little neglected (or undiscovered, depending how you see it)
- No central reception but there is an intercom system to get hold of staff members
- There can be some street noise during the festival – but that’s the price you pay for being so central
Best time to go
- Boutique Guesthouse
- All ages welcome
- Open all year
- Spa Treatments
- Pet Friendly
- Disabled Access
- Beach Nearby
- Off-street Parking
- Restaurants Nearby
- Air Conditioning
- Guest Lounge
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.
- Air conditioning
- Cots Available
- Extra beds
- Internet access
- Safe box
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).
- Restaurants nearby
- In Pollensa
- Admire gorgeous textiles at the Marti Vicenç museum, named after a local weaver
- Shop for leather, ceramics, art and clothes at several well-stocked galleries
- Visit imposing Baroque churches or the cloister of Sant Domingo (photo 1) with its small folk / historic museum
- Ponder whether the so-called Roman bridge is in fact medieval
- Enjoy orchestral and choral concerts in the main square (photo 2) during July and August – part of the Pollensa Festival which, since 1962, has attracted the LSO, Kings Singers and other big names
- Coincide with the August 2 celebration of Joan Mas’ 1550 victory over pirates, vividly played out in costumes on the square
- Walk up the stepped Via Crucis (photo 5) to Calvari chapel – excellent views over town to the bay of Pollenca
Around and about
- Hike up to the monastery and hostel on the rocky summit of Puig de Santa Maria (330m altitude; 1½ hours there and back)
- Follow the historic pilgrims path to Lluc monastery (5 hours from town, or 4 from the trailhead; bus or taxi back), set on a fertile plateau among bizarre rocky outcrops
- Walk to the rugged cove of Cala Castell (4-5 hours there and back), tucked deep among sheer-sided headlands
- Swim at the popular sandy coves of Cala San Vicenç (7km, photo 4), backed by the cliffs of Cape Formentor
- Follow snaking roads to the lighthouse and plunging sea-views of Cape Formentor (27km)
- Observe egrets, herons, bitterns and ospreys on the protected marshlands of Albufereta (10km)
For local walks and listings, pick up the free ‘Pollença’ guide from the hotel; for longer hikes further afield, buy Sunflower’s ‘Landscapes of Mallorca’.
Activities on site or nearby include:
- Shopping / markets
- Traditional cultures
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.
Family friendly accommodation:
Cots Available, Extra Beds Available
Baby cots available on request
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking