At the heart of Mallorca’s historic Alcúdia Old Town, style is set in stone at Hotel Can Mostatxins. Built into a 15th-century one-time olive-oil presser, the hotel makes a feature of its original mason-built walls, lending a sense of history to each of its eight rooms and a dramatic setting for its grotto-like courtyard and Jacuzzi.
19, including one suite; eight rooms are in Quinze – the main building – and 11 are in Frare – adjacent building.
11am, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 2pm.
Double rooms from £135.47 (€159), including tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional government tax of €3.30 per person per night on check-in.
Rates include Continental breakfast and WiFi.
The hotel’s name, which is Mallorcan for moustache, was inspired by a butcher who owned the building in the early 1900s and was known for his remarkably well-styled upper-lip accoutrement. Keep an eye out for little moustache emblems throughout the space.
Annually from December until mid-February.
At the hotel
Two Jacuzzis – one in each part of the hotel – and free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV, kettle, black-out curtains in some rooms, minibar with one free bottle of water and bottle of cava per stay.
Our favourite rooms
All rooms have at least one original stone wall with beautiful exposed brick, but the Tower Suite is particularly exceptional. Set in the 15th-century tower, the two-floor Suite Room in the Tower is accessible by its own glass passageway, and has a private terrace overlooking the Jacuzzi. The upper level has views of the rooftops of Alcúdia and the distant mountains.
The one-room spa offers facials, massages and foot treatments using local products. Book ahead to guarantee availability.
Pack light and prepare to stuff your bags with bounty from Old Town Alcúdia’s fantastic bi-weekly market, with stalls selling leather bags, sandals, tunics and heaps of local delicacies, including olive oil, charcuterie and in-season citrus.
The hotel is wheelchair accessible, with a lift to all floors and one bedroom adapted for guests with mobility issues. However, there is a short step at the main entrance with which some guests may need assistance.
This is one for the grown-ups: no under-12s allowed.
Hotel Can Mostatxins is set in the heart of Old Town Alcudia on a cobbled walkway a short walk from the central square.
Hotel Can Mostatxins is a 45-minute drive from Palma de Mallorca (or Son Sant Joan) Airport; fly there via EasyJet (www.easyjet.com) or British Airways (www.ba.com). The hotel can arrange transfers for up to four people (€75), though car rental is advisable for anyone looking to explore the best beaches and towns on the island.
Car hire is available at the airport, and is the best way to explore the beautiful coastline. Though there is no parking at the hotel, there are free car parks within a short walk.
Worth getting out of bed for
Start your day on top of the world, or at least the Roman wall surrounding tiny Alcudia. On Tuesdays and Sundays, the town hosts a grand market packed with seemingly unending stalls groaning with cured meats, fresh produce, leather goods and Spanish clothing. When you’ve completed the town tour, potter down to the beaches. Playa de Alcudia, south of town, is a 10-minute drive away, and offers clear, calm waters and soft sands. The shallow waters make for excellent snorkelling and stand-up paddleboarding, and there are lounge chairs and umbrellas for hire.
There’s a wealth of excellent restaurants, bars and shops within a quick walk of the hotel. A short walk from the hotel, Osteria El Patio (+34 871 57 72 49) specialises in seafood pastas, best enjoyed on its bougainvillea-garlanded namesake patio. Take a break from tapas at Como En Casa(+34 971 54 90 33), just off the port on Carrer dels Pins. Ask for an outside table for pizzas topped with local cured meats and seafood. Tex-Mex may not sound entirely authentic off the Spanish coast, but Mama’s Gourmet (+34 971 54 90 28) west of the port serves juicy ribs, hulking burgers and top-notch grilled meats. Eat with your feet in the sand at locavore-loving Ponderosa Beach with a resident DJ and tables set on the beach, it feels a little like Ibiza and is a great place for a boozy lunch. Stay in Port de Pollenca has a view over the bay and does a fixed meny that changes every week. It’s worth the drive to the small village of Caimari, Mallorca, at the foothills of Serra de Tramuntana, to have dinner at Ca na Toneta (+34 971 515 226). Rooted in tradition and now run by the daughters of the former owner, this locavore restaurant dishes out strictly season Mallorcan fare.
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 refined hotel in Mallorca and unpacked their leather sandals and Catalan phrase books, a full account of their island luxury break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Hotel Can Mostatxinsin Alcudia Old Town…
Hipper than the handlebar moustache from which it takes its name, Hotel Can Mostatxins is a beacon of cool comfort inthe centre ofAlcudia Old Town. The 15th-century building has in the past been an olive oil factory, a butcher’s shop (whose proprietor sported the moustache that inspired the hotel’s name) and even a town prison. These days, butchers and bandits make way for solace-seeking sojourners who converge on the historic Mallorcan enclave for sun, sea and a bit of Spanish shopping. The owners’ tasteful renovation pays tribute to the building’s history, adding sleek glass walkways and minimalist accents to the ancient stonework. Though the hotel doesn’t have sprawling grounds and hopping nightlife, there is plenty to please. In lieu of a swimming pool, a Jacuzzi sits at the base of the stone-enclosed courtyard, providing mediaeval surroundings for a rejuvenating dunk. Though the hotel doesn’t have a restaurant, its central location means plenty of tapas bars, cafés and restaurants within steps of the front door, and the hotel’s fully stocked honesty bar will take care of any cava cravings.