Immaculately turned-out townhouse Casa Ládico fills an elegant 19th-century mansion in Mahón’s historic centre, with a diminutive spa, a tapas-toting restaurant and a sun-trap courtyard with a pool. Impressive original features – lofty ceilings, arched walls, exposed beams and parquet floors – that grace this listed building have been carefully preserved, enhanced by more modern flourishes such as James Malone upholstery and Farrow & Ball hues.
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Cookies and a bottle of local sherry in your room on arrival
Opt for sleeping quarters that come with a roof terrace for maximum smugness, Vit D-absorption and view-appreciation.
Go for cooling dips in the unheated al fresco swimming pool.
Ládico Spa is set in the vaulted basement, reminiscent of ancient Turkish baths. It’s on the snug side (there’s room for two, tops) and has a Jacuzzi and steam room. Massages can be arranged: pick from full body, classic, muscle-relief or relaxing.
Bring a thirst for gin – Menorca has a soft spot for it. Try the local pomada: a refreshing, sherbet-y mix of gin and lemonade.
Staff can arrange hairdressing and beauty treatments, with help from the spa.
Be swayed by the seasons: in warm weather, the candlelit courtyard garden is the hands-down favourite; in winter, nab a table inside by the open fire.
Menorcan romance: leather sandals, linen and a tan.
Bistro Ládico is a relaxed, snug space whose concise but tempting menu spans Menorcan specialities, classic Med dishes and a daily Asian-inspired alternative. The fresh lubina (sea bass) with tomato confit and basil-and-olive purée deserves a fanfare; we’d also order the glazed suckling pig or the potato starter with garlic, poached egg and sobrasada sausage again in a heartbeat.
There’s a small but well-stocked bar within the ground-floor dining area – try some Spanish wine or stick with the gin theme.
Breakfast is available between 8am and 11am; lunch is served from 1pm until 2.30pm; dinner is dished up between half seven and half 10. The bar winds down when the restaurant closes.
Order treats to your room from the restaurant menu during its opening hours; outside of that, a selection of light snacks, nibbles and drinks can be requested.
Casa Ládico has an enviable location in Mahón’s historic centre, five minutes from the harbour, close to the city’s best restaurants, bars and attractions.
Mahón airport is just four kilometres away (a 15-minute drive). Let Smith24 sort your flights and transfers.
There’s a car park close by, which you can use for €12 a day (drop your bags off at the hotel first).
You could also get here by taxi or bus from the airport.
Worth getting out of bed for
Browse the hotel’s stash of sculptures by Pedrin, a Malaga-born artist; purchase one for the folks back home (or yourself), if you’re smitten with his work. Go for a stroll around Mahón’s Old Town, pausing to admire the Gothic cathedral and the elegant mansions. Browse independent boutiques, including Jaime Mascaró’s Menorcan outpost on Ses Moreres, which stocks Spain’s most famous shoewear designer’s Pretty Ballerinas, beloved of many an A-lister (www.mascaro.com/). Alternatively, invest in a pair of traditional Menorcan sandals: an enduring style staple for good reason. Budding boatswains and their cap’ns could charter a yacht and tour the harbour’s waters; for a more traditional experience, hire an authentic Balearic llaut and explore the coves and calas. Sample and purchase the best local produce at Mercat des Claustre: a covered market set within the cloisters of a neoclassical Carmelite convent (http://mercatdesclaustre.com/). Once you’ve done your shopping, linger on for some tapas and drinks in the company of the locals. Pack your camera and go exploring: the island was declared a Natural Biosphere Reserve by Unesco in 1993. (It has also been nominated to become a World Heritage Site for its impressive prehistoric legacy.)
For the best tapas in town – which is saying something, given the strength of the competition – head to Ses Forquilles, a small but mighty establishment on Rovellada de Dalt. It’s hard to pick favourites, but the patatas bravas are worth knowing. If you like Ses Forquilles, try its upmarket sister El Rais, which dishes up succulent seafood and super-fresh fish from a prime harbourside setting. Mestre d’Aixa is a tiny pearl by Mahon Harbour, whose kitchen rustles up intriguing, flavoursome shared plates. This is essentially a wine bar serving excellent food, so bring your thirst with you.
Casa Ládico has teamed up with local watering hole Venecia Lounge, a little house that occupies an enviable jetty perch right by the water, on the north shore of Mahón Harbour (hop there in a water-taxi sorted by the Casa). Hotel guests can enjoy a pre-dinner cocktail or glass of wine or champagne there, while watching the sun melt into the water.
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 Spanish hotel and unpacked their gin and giant sunnies, a full account of their island break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Casa Ládico in Menorca…
Menorcan mansions don’t get much better than Casa Ládico: an elegant 19th-century charmer with plenty of architectural gravitas, from lofty ceilings, exposed beams and arches a-go-go to polished-toffee parquet floors. We have the Greek Ládico clan to thank for this historic hideaway. They arrived on the island in 1753, along with a ship’s worth of enterprising Greeks, and swiftly nabbed a prime spot, just a sailor’s stumble from the natural harbour (the Med’s largest), for their new home. Modern explorers can look forward to romantic rooms, a peaceful pool, a pretty sun terrace and a courtyard garden; the hotel’s bountiful Spanish breakfasts and tapas feasts are also worth boarding a plane for...
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 Casa Ládico’s Guestbook below.
We loved this small boutique hotel in the capital. It's got just a lovely feel when you walk in, the reception area and the courtyard in front of you are just lovely with this beautiful stairway up to the first-floor bedrooms. It's in a great location for a weekend away or part of a trip to the island. In the heart of the old part of town and within walking distance of all the restaurants and sites couldn't be happier on the location. The bed was lovely and comfortable. Airconditioning and blackout curtains made it a great nights sleep. The small courtyard / pool area is a lovely sun trap. The staff were incredibly helpful and super friendly. I would definitely try to go back. Do not miss Passio Mediterannia restaurant - about a 10min walk down to the harbour. Great food. A bar called Sa Botiga is just around the corner and a great people-watching spot.
I wouldn't come here as a hotel to sit by the pool all day, it's not really that type but if you want a fantastic in town location to use as a based to wander around the lovely town and walk down to catch a boat taxi somewhere it's great. More of a city break hotel than a poolside one.