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Hotel Highlights

  • Central cobbled city-street location
  • Rooftop plunge pool and sun terrace
  • Restaurants, bars, shops and galleries on its doorstep

Overview

Hotel Tres is a Scandinavian-styled pared-down 16th-century palace which couldn’t be better positioned. Swerve off a cobbled alley in Palma’s old quarter, then hit the sun-drenched terrace for views of that magnificent cathedral and across the rooftops to Palma’s port. Don’t feel you’ll need to stay put though, as guests at Tres are in the heart of this chic Balearic city and have excellent bars and eateries within wandering distance. Only 15 minutes from the airport, It’s the perfect place to combine with a stay in a beach retreat or for a sunny off-season city break.

Smith Extra

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

A bottle of wine or cava on arrival

Special offers

Exclusive rates, packages and special offers at Hotel Tres

'Winterscape' Non-refundable rate

Facilities

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Need To Know

Rooms

41, including three suites (two junior, one grand).

Check–out

Noon. Earliest check-in, 3pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $195.70 (€155), excluding tax at 10 per cent.

More details

Rates include buffet breakfast.

Also

Keep an eye out for the saucy anatomically inspired prints above some of the beds.

At the hotel

Roof terrace, sauna, courtyard, free WiFi everywhere (except in three single rooms which have cable access) and a library, including CDs and DVDs. In rooms: flatscreen TV, DVD and CD player, air-conditioning, minibar, Face of Stockholm toiletries.

Our favourite rooms

If you’re feeling decadent, splash out – literally – on the palatial grand suite; it has its own Jacuzzi on the private terrace, so you can immerse yourself in bubbles and toast the Palma views as the sun sets. There’s a rooftop rain shower for soaping in style, and sunloungers to help you soak up that sun, supine. When you want to cool down, camp out in the living room. Alternatively, the double rooms with terrace are ideal for people-watching, star-gazing and lazy breakfasts and the double rooms are equally stylish, with their arched wooden ceiling beams and muted, minimalist decor. Beds have long work-table tops which you can slide over or away from the bed; perfect for book-resting, laptop-balancing or TV dinners – not that you're likely to want to be that bed-bound here.

Poolside

There is a fabulous rooftop plunge pool with a sun terrace.

Packing tips

Stylish swimwear for posing on the roof terrace. A camera to capture the views – or maybe an art pad or paint palette to make like Joan Miró – many an artist has met their muse in Mallorca.

Also

No smoking or pets allowed in the hotel.

Children

Little Smiths are welcome, with cots for babies provided free of charge and extra beds for €30 a night, plus seven per cent tax.

Food & Drink

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Hotel Restaurant

Hotel Tres keeps things characteristically simple in terms of food – guests can always head out to the nearby eateries. If you can’t prise yourself from that rooftop, Tres Bistro serves up an uncomplicated but delicious array of salads, burgers and traditional tapas. The mozzarella and prosciutto salad makes a perfect late lunch in the sun. There’s no formal dining area as such; instead eat in the bar, breakfast room, on the roof or in the courtyard.

Hotel Bar

Tres bar is laidback and stylish. Rainbow-hued fibre optics illuminate the Nordic white, wood, leather and cowhide surrounds. It’s a smart but relaxed drinking spot, accessorised with ever-helpful staff and content, sun-soaked guests lingering over the killer mojitos. Great local wines beg to be sipped through too.

Last orders

Breakfast, 7.30am–11am and lunch and dinner whenever – food is available 1pm–10pm.

Room service

The bistro menu is available as room service 7.30am–10pm, along with some light snacks afterwards.

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Dress code

Casual holidaymaker by day; city slicker by night.

Top table

Did we mention the rooftop terrace?

Local Guide

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Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Worth getting out of bed for

The beach is a 15-minute walk away and so you may be tempted to dedicate an entire day to sun-worship. Fitness fanatics should make use of the jogging track a five-minute walk from the hotel, while culture vultures will be satisfied with a stroll around the historic Old Town, a gawk around the Esbaluard modern art museum and a gawp at the glorious Gothic cathedral

Local restaurants

With Simply Fosh at the Convent de la Missió hotel (+34 971 720 114), Mark Fosh has brought his exciting modern cuisine to Palma – reserve a table in the courtyard and settle down for the five-course tasting menu. Dine overlooking Palma bay with its boats and salt-soaks at Nautic, on the first floor of the Real Club Nautico on Muelle de San Pedro: expect Mediterranean specialities such as paella dishes, along with fresh fish from the nearby market. La Boveda on Calle Boteria (+34 971 712 163) is heaven for tapas lovers, located just a few steps from the cathedral in the heart of the Old Town. Opt for fava beans with strips of ham, spinach tortillas, grilled or deep-fried calamari, and shrimp with garlic sauce, teamed with a full-bodied and spicy Rioja or delicately perfumed white. For fine dining and romance, head to Aramis on Calle Montenegro (+34 971 725 232). In the lovingly restored old building, dine on Italian ingredients and fresh, flavoursome Mediterranean fare such as roasted duck liver with polenta and raspberry sauce, or noodles with gorgonzola sauce and cherry tomatoes.

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Palma’s Gothic quarter

Hotel Tres

3 Calle Apuntadores, Palma, Mallorca, Balearic Islands, 07012

Planes

The nearest airport is Palma de Mallorca (or Son Sant Joan), 8km from Hotel Tres. You can hire a car or pick up a taxi just outside the airport.

Trains

Practically speaking, it’s easiest to travel by road here, but for stunning mountain views, take a day trip on the antique steam train to Sóller. The journey takes around an hour, and a return ticket will set you back €11 or so.

Automobiles

Hotel Tres is in the very centre of Palma, so walking is by far the best way to explore the local area, but a car will be useful if you plan to venture further and seek out the best beaches along the coast. There are car hire desks at Palma Airport. As for parking, there’s none available at the hotel itself, but you can park for a daily rate nearby at Plaza Reina. It’s a good idea to drop off luggage at the hotel first.

Other

A ferry runs between Barcelona and Palma, which takes around seven hours.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

By Mr & Mrs Smith.

Mr Smith and I have arrived in Palma. We may find ourselves at the back of a far-reaching queue of socks-and-sandals, but the balmy, palm-tree filled air is soothing away any travel-induced stress. Mr Smith is not a fan of public transport, crowds or tourists and, soon after stepping off the plane, we’ve encountered all three. Sympathetic to his delicate and sensitive needs and reluctant to …
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Hotel Tres

By Mr & Mrs Smith.

Mr Smith and I have arrived in Palma. We may find ourselves at the back of a far-reaching queue of socks-and-sandals, but the balmy, palm-tree filled air is soothing away any travel-induced stress. Mr Smith is not a fan of public transport, crowds or tourists and, soon after stepping off the plane, we’ve encountered all three. Sympathetic to his delicate and sensitive needs and reluctant to move innocent Germans and Britons out of our way with my elbow, I usher Mr Smith gently towards the taxis and whisk him quickly to the sidestreet sanctuary that is Hotel Tres.

Built on the remains of a 16th-century palace slap bang in the middle of the cobblestoned old town, the tourist-free courtyard is soundless and there isn’t a football strip in sight. We’re on target for a chic Balearic weekend. Having been handed a golden pass to use the lift (you need a room key to make it move), we are soon placed safely in our room – all clean white lines, slick light fixtures and mildly erotic artwork. The gleaming floors are made of marble, and the vast beds are edged with ponyskin stools and, occasionally, the odd Buddha’s head.

Since he’s still recovering from the crowd exposure of earlier, I allow Mr Smith a brief time-out on the vast white bed, the sheets of which have a threadcount so high you could be sliding around on silk (they almost feel wet they’re so satiny). In the open-plan shower room I spy FACE Stockholm products – our first whiff of Scandinavia. Next to get our attention is a clever-if-clinical-looking table on wheels which slides up over the bed. I can’t imagine why you’d want to stay bedridden though, as pleasant a plumped-pillow location as this is. But for anyone who can resist the charms of the vibrant city, and who might have a laptop in the role of Mr or Mrs Smith, it’s a heavensent accoutrement.

Dragging Mr Smith from his fantasy sickbed, we head up to the roof terrace to make use of the hotel’s shining showpiece – its cathedral-view sundeck, surrounded by peaches-and-cream-toned buildings and bright blue skies. The Gothic façade of La Seu is so close that if you had really long arms, you could almost touch it. Reception has been set the task of warming up the sauna – they need 30 minutes to get it piping– so we spread out a towel each and take a dunk in the splash pool. Here, we take up the bar staff’s offer of delivering whatever we’d like to this sun-topped station. Two berry-based cocktails seem just the ticket. Heated up by the searing Balearic sun, cooled down by the pool and cocktails, our rollercoaster ride next takes us into the by-now scorching sauna – just long enough to appreciate the up-close views of Palma’s Gaudi-restored cathedral through the steamy cabin’s window.

Slinking back to our suite, we stumble upon the library and lounge. Soothing sofas and homely rugs make these chill-out spaces serene, Mr Smith starts hallucinating that he’s hearing whale music. The Scandinavian link is most palpable in the pale interiors: modern and minimalist, with original features such as the craggy stone floor and enormous palm tree in the courtyard a reminder of the building’s historic past.

The old quarter has no shortage of tapas bars but we’re after something a little more substantial in spite of our weak-exchange-rate sterling, and so we head to Simply Fosh in Convent de la Missió. This is Marc Fosh’s monochrome Mallorcan outpost, serving simply fine and fresh Mediterranean food. The menu at this sleek and stylish restaurant changes daily – and we’re more than tempted to pop back tomorrow to see what’s on offer then. Afterwards, we stop off for a post-dinner gelato (picked from the many mounds at Iceberg Gelateria) and continue on an arm-in-arm stroll through the quiet cobbled streets.

Back in the peace of the hotel, we flick through the DVD catalogue. It’s the usual blockbuster shtick, injected with a few Nordic classics by the Scandinavian owner. We sidestep a CD collection which spans Craig David, Cypress Hill and Celine Dion and settle for Thelma and Louise.

Breakfast in the ochre- and turquoise-cushioned bar is a smooth affair. From a buffet of freshly baked doughs, cereals and sausages, we pile up croissants and fruity bread to the clubby sounds of techno beats. I’m sure the silver-haired couple beside us are wondering if they’ve stepped into a nightclub’s after-party by mistake. The bar buzzes all day, serving simple snacks like burgers and salads to its steady stream of guests and the occasional locals.

Our journey to the airport is interrupted by a colourful parade where the participants have donned moon-sized masks and heels (well, stilts, technically). Mr Smith paps as I pose with one of the eight-foot giants in the midst of the musical madness before we journey onwards to the airport. As we check-in, we spy a few ‘lads on tour’ emblazoned with sordid slogans across their chests. There’s not a peep out of Mr Smith. It seems the lasting calm from Hotel Tres may be coming home with us.

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 Tres's Guestbook below.

 

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I loved the simplicity, cleanliness, friendly and attentive staff and management, central location, pool and food.

Rating: 10/10 stars