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Hotel Highlights

  • Elegantly preserved 17th-century Palma palace
  • Quietly secluded in the streets of the old town
  • Majestic views over the city from the terrace

Overview

Historic Hotel Can Cera in Palma has stood proudly in its place since 1232, taking a turn along the way as a 17th-century palace. These days, it’s a princely boutique hotel instead, with an elegant air, antique wooden furnishings and a host of stately salons.

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Here's what you get for booking Hotel Can Cera with us:

A bottle of Mallorcan red wine

Facilities

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Hotel Can Cera – Mallorca – Spain

Need To Know

Rooms

12, including seven suites.

Check–out

Noon. Earliest check-in, 3pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $201.85 (€162), excluding tax at 10 per cent.

More details

Rates usually exclude breakfast (€16 a head for buffet or à la carte). Parking is €25 a day (plus VAT).

Also

There’s a simple spa with a sauna, Jacuzzi and hammam, as well as a treatment room where guests can head for a relaxing rose facial, head massage or all-over cocoa-butter mask.

At the hotel

Spa; six salons, including a library, TV room and lounge; free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV and Damana bath products.

Our favourite rooms

Room 5 gets our vote for its glass gallery, giving you both an exclusive view of the courtyard and a good deal of natural light. It even has secret access to the lounge, via an unassuming door. If a blow-out’s an option, go for the Suite Can Cera, once the palace’s main room and as grand as you’d imagine, with ornately carved wooden panels, high ceilings and an alcove-set four-poster bed, as well as a spacious terrace with hand-painted tiles.

Packing tips

Leave space in your case for impromptu art buys – the hotel has an ongoing exhibition with all works on sale.

Also

The hotel is adapted for wheelchair users, with ramps and lift access to all rooms.

Children

Free cots and extra beds (€60 a night) can be added to all rooms on request. The restaurant welcomes kids at all times, but there’s no specific menu. Staff will gladly see what they can do to cater for smaller appetites.

Food & Drink

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Hotel Can Cera – Mallorca – Spain

Hotel Restaurant

The restaurant brings the palace into the 21st-century with dark ceilings, hanging lamps and huge pieces of modern art on the walls. The food is Mediterranean, often coated and cooked in olive oil pressed at the hotel’s country house in Empordà. Expect dishes such as Iberian bacon with fried quail’s egg, and lobster and fish ravioli with saffron foam, as well as a tasty tapas selection and a few Asian fusion dishes. Wash everything down with a number from the proudly Spanish wine list.

Hotel Bar

There’s no separate bar, but drinks can be served in the restaurant or out on the courtyard. Snacks (croquetas, Russian salads and interesting – caramelised onion, truffle and sardine – omelettes) can accompany your G&T between 12.30pm and 10.30pm.

Last orders

The restaurant is open all day, from 8am until 10.30pm. The bar calls time at 11.30pm.

Room service

Cheese boards, soups and sandwiches can be ordered up, along with things to suit sweet-tooths, 24 hours a day.

Smith Insider

Dress code

Stay smart to match your elegant 17th-century surroundings, or meet the homey vibe in crisp cottons.

Top table

Cool off in the shady courtyard if it’s sunny or watch the old-town life pass by next to the window indoors.

Local Guide

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Hotel Can Cera – Mallorca – Spain
Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Worth getting out of bed for

A minute’s wander from Can Cera, the Es Baluard Museum of Contemporary Art (www.esbaluard.org) is housed in a 16th-century fortress. Don’t miss the city’s showpiece: the enormous Gothic cathedral. Sample the island’s finest wines at Tipika (+34 971 719609; www.tipika.es) around the corner, a shop that has a daily tasting at noon. It’s €5 a person, with nibbles included, and you can buy anything you like the taste of; book a day in advance.

Local restaurants

For a stylish dining spot, try Entre Tapas y Vinos on Paseo Mallorca (+34 971 725715; www.entretapasyvinos.com), or for Italian cuisine, head to Aramis on Calle Montenegro (+34 971 72 52 32) and enjoy the minimalist setting. Elegant Caballito de Mar on Paseo Sagrera (+34 971 72 10 74) is set on a charming square, with tables on the terrace during the summer. It’s a must for superb seafood. Marc Fosh’s monochrome namesake restaurant Simply Fosh (+34 971 720114; www.simplyfosh.com) on Carrer de la Missió has a menu that changes daily – book a courtyard table and tuck in to the five-course tasting menu. Carnivores should make a trip to Es Baluard (+34 971 719609; esbaluardrestaurant.com), where the menu offers duck, rabbit and suckling pig, as well as lots of fresh fish. Also in the old town, La Poule Toquée (+34 971 713596) on Calle Magdalena serves delicious French food.

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Secluded in the old town

Hotel Can Cera

8 Carrer de San Francisco, Palma de Mallorca, Mallorca, 07001

Hotel Can Cera is in downtown Palma, in the centre of the city’s cobbled, shaded old town…

Planes

Palma’s main airport is just over a 10-minute drive from the hotel. Fly there with British Airways (www.ba.com) and EasyJet (www.easyjet.com).

Automobiles

From the airport, head for Palma along the Paseo Maritimo. Once you’ve passed the cathedral, turn right onto Avenida de Antonio Maura and carry on until you reach the traffic lights; turn right and drive up Calle Conquistador. Turn left at the junction with Calle Palau Reial, and you’ll come to the square with the town hall on it. Turn right to reach Plaza Santa Eulalia – the hotel is further along this square. Driving in the old town is restricted, but as a guest at the hotel, you’re allowed in. Parking at the hotel costs €25 a day (plus VAT) and will be available to guests from 3pm on the day of arrival until noon on the day you leave.

Reviews

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Hotel Can Cera – Mallorca – Spain

Anonymous review

by Dawn Hindle , Ibizan rock and roller at Ibiza Rocks

Ibiza is our usual home. Escaping the high-season gay abandon and hedonistic headache of thumping dance music, crowded beaches and a three-month, three-child summer holiday, not to mention rock bands and pop stars, a romantic getaway to our neighbouring island was greatly appreciated. Ibiza to Mallorca may only be a 25-minute, straight up, then straight down, type of plane journey, but it’s …
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Hotel Can Cera

Anonymous review by Dawn Hindle, Ibizan rock and roller

Ibiza is our usual home. Escaping the high-season gay abandon and hedonistic headache of thumping dance music, crowded beaches and a three-month, three-child summer holiday, not to mention rock bands and pop stars, a romantic getaway to our neighbouring island was greatly appreciated. Ibiza to Mallorca may only be a 25-minute, straight up, then straight down, type of plane journey, but it’s a million miles apart…

Palma is a real living, breathing city, where half of the population of this the biggest of the Balearic islands, actually live. It has a functioning port, giant marina and a historical city centre with a magnificent Gothic Cathedral towering above its skyline. And tucked away in the maze of narrow, cobbled streets that make up the throbbing heart of old Palma is Hotel Can Cera. It is surrounded by bars, restaurants, more tiny local bars, majestic churches, plazas, art galleries as well as a thriving local community, all intermingled with the hoards of summering tourists. It’s a heady mix – that’s all before the welcome glass of cava that we were handed on check-in.

Immersed in such character and conviviality, settled in this inner sanctum, it is hard to imagine you are in the midst of the Old Quarter. An oasis of tranquillity and refined beauty, Hotel Can Cera is in fact an old palace. Its pedestrianised cobbled street location does little to give this away. It’s the sort of home from home you imagine having if the Spanish royal family had invited you for the weekend and then left you the key to their holiday house. There’s got to be a con right? Well, we didn’t really find one. Did I mention that it really has the most ridiculously convenient location to explore this fine city? Trust us, it’s also the perfect rendezvous to take a lover: somewhere you want to spend the entire weekend in bed, until you wake up and remember there is a whole of Palma to explore...

Hotel Can Cera is owned by a local Mallorcan family who completely renovated the building when it was derelict; you’ll often spot them in the restaurant, a destination in its own right, at the front of the hotel. As for the Mediterranean cuisine, it is typically Spanish with fresh, local ingredients and great wines. I can still taste the exceptional lemon meringue pie that polished off our first evening’s dinner. Breakfast was a spread of great quality bread, cheeses, tomatoes, coffee and fresh orange juice that I won’t forget in a hurry either.

The hotel seamlessly mixes old with new, with period features such as original tiled floors and high wooden-beamed ceilings. Restrained yet majestic, beautiful communal spaces are filled with antiques, lounge furniture and art books. As for our giant spacious bedroom, I think it was the most comfortable bed we have ever slept in; I actually sneaked back in there on the last day for a cheeky siesta just to check, and I can definitely confirm this. Big well-fitted bathrooms with top-drawer toiletries exist too, sure, but mainly Can Cera is a great resting ground to recharge your batteries in between exploring the culture, food, shopping and monuments of Palma. And of course it would be criminal not to check out all those riojas and ribera del dueros.

There is a tiny suntrap of a terrace on the rooftop which you need to climb a rather steep staircase to get to, but it seems crazy to even venture up there with all that lies before you at your doorstep. Try the Abaco bar on Sant Joan for a cocktail, if nothing else just to step through the giant wooden doors and be met with a feast of cascading fruits and flowers the closest thing to Roman orgy minus the nakedness you may ever set eyes on. (And that’s us former hosts of Manumission talking.)

The mixing of past and futuristic and a no-fuss approach gives this boutique hideaway a timeless quality. Highlights for these Ibiza Rocks escapees included afternoon coffee in the courtyard and a massage at the end of a long city day. There is a genteel air – it was a little like getting a private view with a beautiful old house turned luxury hotel. Explore, experience and discover Palma, be seduced and inspired to get away more often – that’s how our sojourn had us feeling. I think I truly grasped the charm of this hotel when I paused to look at the books in Salon Dorado just before we left. I was looking at one of the giant editions in the hotel’s library and Alberto García-Alix’s words jumped out from a huge photography tome: lo mas cerca que estuve del paradise, meaning ‘the closest that I have been to paradise.’ It was originally written about an English man in Ibiza, and as these Ibiza Smiths headed back to their reality, we realised that such relaxation and simple luxury had indeed been a welcome dose of paradise before we returned to the full throttle of Ibiza’s party season.
 

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith hotel with us, we'll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Hotel Can Cera's Guestbook below.

 

SilverSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Can Cera is a beautifully converted building in the old part of Palma, revealing the real history of the island while allowing you to luxuriate in perfectly designed rooms. The staff are fabulously attentive, kind and hugely helpful. The area is quiet yet just a hop from the buzz of the city. And you needn't go anywhere else to dine - the restaurant is exceptional.

Don’t expect

I would've preferred to have been forewarned that our room had no view – however, it was a beautiful, large room.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Staying in this hotel is a wonderful experience, with great staff, beautiful rooms and an excellent location.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

This is a beautiful hotel in a fantastic location. The rooms are wonderfully restored and the staff are very friendly. This is an ideal base for exploring the city

Don’t expect

The minibar in the room could be better; there is only water in it.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The best thing about the hotel, on top of the great rooms, was the peace and quiet away from the hubbub of Palma. It's a perfect retreat with a rooftop terrace and a glass of cava or an hour's relaxation in the spa.

Don’t expect

It could at times be a little too quiet. Music in the communal areas would have been good, especially the roof terrace.

Rating: 9/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

A lovely hotel that got the fundamentals right: very comfortable bed and pillows, very good quality bed linen, charming service. Located in the historical centre of Palma, it is very conveniant for any tourist to the city.

Don’t expect

Don't try and drive there: the hotel is in a maze of narrow streets and parking is a nightmare. If you have a car, park in the large underground parking under the cathedral. Our room looked onto the central courtyard, which unfortunately meant that the noise and cigarette smoke of carousing restaurant guests drifted up to the bedrooms. An enforced no-smoking rule would be an improvement.

Rating: 8/10 stars

SilverSmith

Stayed on

We loved

It's a beautifully furnished hotel and very comfortable. The reception staff and restaurant staff are professional, helpful, discerning and unassuming. It's a great location in the old quarter for accessing the sights and the local restaurants. A fantastic place to stay for a short weekend break.

Don’t expect

Perhaps the hotel could have their bikes for use or run a couple of cooking courses or wine tasting. Other than that, it was clean, comfortable and very elegant.

Rating: 10/10 stars