Tucked down a quiet street in the heart of historic Sóller, boutique B&B 1902 Townhouse mingles Mallorcan heritage with modern Spanish design. Built by a family who made their fortune selling oranges, the house still has all the hallmarks of a stately Sóller home: high ceilings, tiled floors and tall windows with wooden shutters. British owners Pete and Martin left high-flying careers in London to transform the house into a design-lover’s bolthole, overseeing the refurbishment before adding modernist furniture, hand-picked artwork and a terraced garden with a saltwater pool. The lively town square is just a five-minute stroll away, where you can catch settle in sun-soaked cafés, hop on a wood-panelled tram to Sóller port or catch the 1912-built train to Palma.
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A bottle of local cava; Smiths staying four nights or more also get an artisanal straw bag
11am. Earliest check-in, 3pm. Both are flexible, subject to availability.
Double rooms from $137.18 (€124), excluding tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €2.20 per person per night on check-out.
Rates include a three-course breakfast which changes every day. The first course is usually homemade granola with yoghurt and fruit; the second is a hot dish like tortillas or mushrooms on toast; the third tends to be a sweet finish.
There’s no spa at the hotel, but owners Pete and Martin can arrange an in-room massage with a local therapist. It's worth noting that the stairs to the second floor are quite steep – guests with reduced mobility will be better off booking one of the first-floor rooms.
The hotel will be closed from 19 November 2018 to 1 March 2019.
There are no dud rooms here – they all have tall, wooden-shuttered windows, individual artwork and either a high or wood-beamed ceiling. Room One, on the first floor, is particularly alluring thanks to its high, painted ceiling, original tiled floors and grand bathroom with an oval soaking tub. Up on the second floor, Room Four has mountain views, a metal four-poster bed and an open-plan bathroom with a deep soaking tub and a beautiful marble sink.
The saltwater pool is in the terraced garden, surrounded by potted greenery and sunloungers with parasols. Trees from the neighboring gardens loom over the trellis fence, moss-green mountains are within sight and the air is perfumed by the fragrant Mediterranean garden off to the side.
If you’re bringing an analog camera, don’t forget black-and-white film: it’ll capture Sóller’s wood-panelled trams at their historic best.
The historic layout and lack of adapted rooms make the hotel unsuitable for wheelchairs.
The hotel’s intimate size makes it better suited to adults, but children over 14 are welcome too.
1902 Townhouse is on a quiet street in the heart of Sóller, in the north-west of Mallorca.
Palma de Mallorca is the closest airport, around 35 minutes by car. If you’re travelling light and aren’t pushed for time, you could take a taxi into Palma before hopping on the historic Tren de Sóller.
The wood-panelled Tren de Sóller runs between Palma and Sóller several times a day, taking a spectacular route through the Sierra de Alfabia mountains. Sóller’s art deco station is a five-minute walk from the hotel.
You’re unlikely to need your own car if you plan on staying in town, but having one would make trips to Palma and other coastal towns a breeze. If you do want to hire, the Smith24 team can arrange it. There’s metered parking in the neighbouring streets and four car parks within a five-minute walk.
Worth getting out of bed for
If you decide to stay home for the day, it won’t be long before you feel the lure of the sun-soaked terrace and cooling saltwater pool, best enjoyed with a bottle of cava from the honesty bar. There’s also a cosy lounge, with come-hither armchairs and a wood-burning stove for chillier evenings. There’s history in this room, too – the glass in the wooden doors is inscribed with a monogramme commissioned by the original owners. A five-minute stroll will bring you to the Plaza de la Constitución, Sóller’s central square, a social hub that’s forever animated by conversation and the chink of glasses. It’s very much the heart of the old town, overlooked by the ornate Sant Bartomeu church and intersected by the tram tracks that lead down to the port, where there’s a horseshoe beach and a wealth of waterfront restaurants. Hopping aboard the tram is an experience in itself – the wood-panelled cars date back to the early 1900s, making the journey feel like a step back in time. This rattling relic also has a larger and faster sibling that runs all the way to Palma, winding through the Tramuntana mountains on its way. If you do make the daytrip, offset the heat of the Palma’s bustling centre with a dip in the sea at Cala Deià, a beautiful, sheltered beach flanked by rocky outcrops on either side. Perched on the rocks of one of these outcrops is restaurant C’as Patró March, where Tom Hiddleston, Olivia Colman and Hugh Laurie sat down to a climactic meal in BBC drama The Night Manager. The restaurant was already in vogue before its five minutes of fame, making booking essential.
Tucked down a side street near the Plaza de la Constitución, Casa Alvaro is a local favourite serving first-rate Mallorcan tapas. Everything is cooked by chef and owner Alvaro, who still finds the time to explain dishes and personally check that you’re happy with everything. For a casual lunch or exquisite (and more formal) dinner, try Ca’n BoQueta, which has won an army of fans thanks to its excellent – and wallet friendly – set menus. It’s only a two-minute walk from the hotel but booking is still recommended, particularly if you want to snag a table on the terrace. If you’re in Port Sóller for the evening and want to make the most of the sunset, try Randemar, which is on the ground floor of a grand 20th-century house, or upscale Sa Barca, an excellent mod-Mediterranean eatery on the promenade. Both have uninterrupted views across the bay save for the wooden tram that trundles past every so often – hardly an eyesore. If you’re after something really romantic, it has to the restaurant at the Salvia Hotel, a 19th-century mansion surrounded by lush gardens.
The sleek cocktail bar at Hotel Esplendido makes a fine spot for a sundowner. Have the barmen bring your drink to the long terrace, which is lined with lounge chairs that look out across the bay.
Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this boutique B&B in Mallorca and unpacked their case of local wine, a full account of their break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside 1902 Townhouse in Sóller…
1902 Townhouse has a problem: it’s only got six rooms, and guests never seem to want to leave. For many, these attachment issues begin the moment they pass through the door and meet the owners, Pete and Martin. The British duo are the only staff at the hotel, and that – combined with the warmth of their welcome – makes you feel like you’ve stepped into their home as an old friend. Then there’s the building itself, full of original features like patterned-tile floors, monogrammed glass doors and wood-beamed ceilings, ensuring there’s no shortage of history. But the house has also been pulled into the present by the bright decor and furnishings with modern lean – minimalist four-poster beds, industrial lighting and fabrics in slate grey and forest green. Then there are Martin’s famous breakfasts, which might just be the hotel’s finest quirk. The dishes change daily and always run to three courses, ensuring breakfast is the long, leisurely meal it deserves to be. After you’ve had it outside on the herb-scented terrace, we’ll wager that you too will be looking for an excuse to extend your stay.
Whenever you book a stay at a Smith hotel or villa, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in 1902 Townhouse’s Guestbook below.
We loved the design-forward decor, the lovely proprietors, the incredibly civilized and delicious 3-course breakfast every morning, the views of the mountaintops from our bedroom window and from the pool lounge chairs. Perfectly situated in Soller, this hotel was an ideal home base to explore other mountain towns and coastal villages in Mallorca. The room was incredibly comfortable, the honor bar stocked with local wines was a hit, and the entire experience had us dreaming about moving to the Med and becoming chic hoteliers.
An anonymous stay. With only six rooms, and a seated breakfast served by wonderful host Pete, this is a lovely and intimate hotel where you will likely chat with the owners and perhaps even the other guests.