Happy staff make for contented hotel guests – and one of the first things that strikes you upon entering Art Hotel Palma is the relaxed and upbeat nature of the few people working there.
Art Hotel Palma
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“We’re a very small team, like a little family”, says Roberta Scagliarini, the amiable and highly capable Italian hotel manageress. “Our aim is to help people who stay with us feel at home, so that’s the atmosphere we want here; cosy and welcoming.”
This pleasant state of affairs must in part have something to do with the attitude of the hotel’s owner, Pepe Rubio. The unassuming Mallorcan, who spent 40 years collecting and trading antiques before getting into hospitality, has a quiet, gentle personality, entirely lacking in pretence.
He also has exceptional taste. The small former palacio and antiques showroom is now five floors of charming hotel space, with prized original works of art spread throughout, retaining some of the feel of its previous incarnation.
“I wanted to explore the possibility of continuing to enjoy my pieces of art always,” says Pepe, “as well as showing my guests the beauty of the art world.”
Pepe lovingly curated every piece himself, even placing the books onto the bookshelves in the adorable, womb-like library.
Guests pass by Roman amphoras, Italian furniture and original paintings by Joan Miró as they walk the terracotta-tiled corridors. The characterful building is soaked in period treasures, a treat for anyone who likes appreciating art and objects of beauty, while relaxing in comfort.
Each of the 13 guest bedrooms is different, and range from deluxe doubles to junior and full suites, one with its own private terrace, and some with leafy La Rambla views.
A delicious buffet breakfast may be taken either inside in the homely living room set with tables, or out on the terrace, where views of the locals’ hanging washing only adds to the city insider feel of Art Hotel Palma.
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Looking for a relaxing stay with a difference in Palma? Nestled in the old town, boutique Art Hotel Palma is a former small palace and antique showroom. […] Art Hotel Palma