Welcoming, warm and with hippy-chic style, Palau Sa Font is a former 16th-century palace that has been part of Palma’s ever-expanding boutique hotel scene since 2000 and remains popular with travellers from around the globe looking for a home away from home in Palma’s Old Town.
Set at the end of the bustling Calle Apuntadores in the vibrant barrio of La Lonja, Palau Sa Font is just the right distance away from the noise and crowds that fill this street in the peak season but close enough to still dive into the atmosphere. A short walk from the quaint Plaza Drassana, which used to be the main fishing harbour of Palma, the Cathedral and the Paseo del Borne with its many shops.
Relax & enjoy
A sense of calm welcomes anyone that steps from the street into the small reception area. Mediterranean charm exudes from every corner – the small internal courtyard with its tinkling fountain, the small, casual cafeteria brewing fresh coffee and the friendly staff pottering about carrying out their tasks.
The rooftop pool area is surrounded by the charmingly untidy facades of the neighbouring buildings and offers a relaxing oasis in the centre of the city to bask in the sunshine then take a dip in the pool to cool off. A highlight of this property is the unique viewing tower that looks out over the city and to the Cathedral – the perfect place for a sundowner.
Rooms in this hotel are identifiable by the individual artwork that hangs on every door that gives each room its name. The rooms are very simple, something that architect, Hans-Jürgen Pahl, strived for in his initial design and again in the refurbishment project several years later. The 14-rooms all have comfortable beds, some double and some twin and all furniture is made from locally-sourced materials. Considering the amount of local art throughout the hotel, it is surprisingly lacking in the rooms themselves. The small bathrooms have ample showers and are clean and fitted by local company, Huguet.
Eat & drink
Although there is no in-house restaurant at the Palau Sa Font, the charming café in the lobby serves freshly baked bread and pastries from the neighbouring bakery, home-made ‘arroz con leche’ or rice pudding, freshly squeezed orange juice and plenty of coffee as part of their breakfast buffet. Be sure to try the ‘quince’ jam on your toast – you won’t be disappointed!
Close to the hotel
Central Palma is literally on the doorstep of this hotel. The bustling streets of La Lonja offer plenty of bars and restaurants to keep guests fed and entertained and the glittering lights of Paseo Marítimo is a 5-minute walk away. The ‘casco antiguo’ or old town is a 10-minute walk away with all of the major sights easily reachable on foot.
Good to know
Samples of the art that bedeck the walls can be purchased to take home including some charming arty postcards of Palma and Mallorca.
Why stay here
A focus on all things Mallorcan, this hotel offers guests a taste of life on the island in the centre of the city close to everything a traveller could wish to see.