Good Girlfriend Hotel Choices:
Beach Retreat: Hotel Ciutat Jardi
This historic four star hotel is listed as a Monument of National Tourist Interest, and rightly so. It’s located about a 40 minute walk from downtown Palma (the hotel offers free beach bikes so you can pedal there in about ten minutes along the newly built promenade) in the quieter residential Ciutat Jardi nabe, right across from the beach. There is no shortage of open-air cafes, fish shacks and bars within walking distance if you don’t feel like trekking to town.
The rooms are big, bright and cheerful, with beautifully landscaped grounds and a lovely swimming pool, surrounded by tall palms that we really appreciated after a day of sightseeing. The romantic penthouse suite offers sweeping views of the sea and mountains. However, what really makes this hotel such a winner is the superbly trained staff. I can’t remember when I last encountered such gracious, caring service, that the brochure aptly describes as “both personal and professional.” ( See above picture.)
In the heart of Old Town: Hotel Dalt Murada
This medieval 16th century mansion, now a family run hotel, is loaded with character and perfectly situated on a quiet narrow alleyway right behind the cathedral, just steps away from all the major sights. Our spacious rooms (living, bed and bath) were lovingly filled with antique furniture, ancient tapestries, and an array of original paintings-many created by family members. Our room overlooked the fragrant, tree-filled courtyard, where one could breakfast alfresco. This traditional manor house has been in the Moragues family for generations and Mom, Dad and their two adult sons–who both speak excellent English due to schooling in the states—who could not have been more hospitable, are eager to offer suggestions for off-the beaten track restaurants or sites to visit.
If you really want to get away from the rest of the world, reserve the gigantic Penthouse Suite with has an oversized jacuzzi and a private terrace. A great choice if you want the real Mallorcan deal-skip it if you’re after a contemporary vibe.
For other tasteful hotel choices throughout Mallorca go to Reis De Mallorca.