“An unashamedly cool and contemporary concept hotel in Palma’s historic Lonja district”
The urban minimalism of the lobby continues in the bedrooms and suites. Cool white walls and muted fabrics contrast with dark wooden floorboards and rich brown furniture. Instead of chairs you’ll find low leather floor cushions, where you can recline (in some discomfort) to enjoy films from the digital library on the 52” plasma TVs and Bose sound systems. Hints of exoticism inspired by Swedish owner Mats Wahlström’s travels are provided through silver cushions and studded dressers, the latter a modern interpretation of a treasure chest.
On one wall, a huge mandala carving slides open to reveal a good-sized slate, chrome and glass bathroom. Luxury touches include twin black handbasins, excellent macademia nut and ginseng toiletries and fluffy robes, but again it’s a tug-of-war between aesthetics and practicalities: the wetroom showers are effective, but the brown-tiled bathtubs are too angular for soaking in comfort.
Rooms range from small, viewless Puro Business Rooms to the roomy Puro Joy Rooms ; some are duplexes with sleek glass staircases. The Puro Oasis Suites are larger still, with loft-style bedrooms and skylights. In 2015, a Private Wing filled with additional Puro Flow Rooms was added. It’s across the narrow road and guests can wave between the roof terraces of Puro old and new, but the latter still feels very private.
On the ground floor, chef Nico Malenchini dreams up a funky blend of Oriental and Mediterranean cuisines in Opio restaurant, an ambient space with urban art from Peter Gröndahl, David Feucht and Kim Steeb. Ingredients are fresh and unusual, the taste is vigorous and well-seasoned and the dishes are immaculately presented, but the portions are perhaps a little meagre.
We started dinner with a Malaysian laksha, toothpick-skewered scampi, and an excellent but diminutive flash-fried foie gras. Our ‘Bonito hotpot’ was highly-chillied, with still-pink tender tuna chunks and slightly floury egg-noodles. But top prize went to the chocolate and citrus cake with lime rocks, liquid tangerine and menthol orange. It may sound like an offensive combination, but the flavours worked well and it featured the ubiquitous hot-sauce-and-chocolate-melting theatre.
It certainly puts you in the right mood for cocktails at the bar, which resonates to the beat of an in-house DJ several nights a week. Between dancing, members of Palma’s cool set lounge on floor cushions that spill out into the courtyard.
For lunch you can order snacks on the roof terrace or courtyard. Or head to the Miami-style beach club (hotel guests get free entry) to enjoy oysters, sashimi or a healthy sandwich from afternoon until evening.
Breakfast is a good buffet of chopped fruit, cold cuts, wholegrain breads, ensaimadas and other pastries– - try the vibrant orange carrot juice, as well as creamy café con leche.
Children of all ages are welcome, but there are sharp edges in the bathrooms and expensive please-rip-me furnishings in the bedrooms, so it’s more suited to grown-ups.
Teens (over 12)
Baby cots can be added to all but the Puro Business Rooms; extra beds are available in Puro Joy Rooms and Puro Oasis Suites.
Baby cots are available on request.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking