Mallorca, Spain

Hotel Cort

Rates from (ex tax)$236.02

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR240.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Moorish-Mallorquin medley

Setting

Far from the tanning crowd

Surrounded by shop- and café-crammed, mediaeval alleyways, Hotel Cort’s city-centre Plaça de Cort seat is Palma’s beating heart. This 19th-century bank turned boutique hotel has undergone a mod makeover in a Balearic palette of terracotta, olive green and sky blue, with Scandinavian-chic timber trim and abstract Moorish tiles to update the vintage detailing. Mingle with Mallorquins in the buzzy taberna and bar or head to the roof for some sun-kissed R’n’R.

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Bottle of cava in your room on arrival

Facilities

Photos Hotel Cort facilities

Need to know

Rooms

16, comprising two double rooms and 14 suites.

Check–Out

12 noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm. Guests can store luggage round the clock.

Rates

Double rooms from $234.58 (€218), excluding tax at 10 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR240.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

À la carte breakfast (with tea, coffee, juices, breads and pastries) is included in the room rate.

Also

The hotel’s eye-catching design is the work of Lázaro Rosa-Violán, who’s a dab hand at hip hotels – he’s given a va-va-voom makeover to sophisticated Argentinian Smith stay Hotel Pulitzer too.

At the hotel

Roof terrace, concierge, free WiFi throughout, and a private function room. In rooms: Private enoteca (wine bar), flatscreen TV, iPod dock, minibar, kettle and cafetière on request.

Our favourite rooms

Honeymooners should opt for the Junior Plaça Suites, some of which have huge double showers lined with pretty hand-painted tiles, a voyeuristic view of the bustling square and a bold Mediterranean colour scheme: teal furnishings, coral accents and a cosy olive-green living area with little olive trees and framed maps. There’s also a stash of wine and cava in the in-room enoteca for starlit nightcaps.

Poolside

There's an unheated open-air plunge pool, on the hotels third-floor terrace, flanked by a smattering of day-beds. Ring reception to have towels or après-swim drinks whisked up.

Packing tips

A fold-up map of Palma to navigate the myriad alleyways leading off from the main square. If you’re not shy, you needn’t pack a bikini – on some Mallorcan beaches your birthday suit will suffice.

Also

For disabled guests there’s a lift, and Room 11 – a Junior Suite on the first floor – is adapted for guests with mobility issues. Smokers can enjoy a surreptitious puff on the restaurant terrace or the sun porch.

Pet‐friendly

Pets are not allowed. See more pet-friendly hotels in Mallorca.

Children

Most suites have a sofa bed (€20 a night), which sleeps two children, or a cot can be added free. Restaurant staff are happy to heat milk or baby food, tweak meals to suit little ones, or bring child-distracting paper and markers to your table.

Food and Drink

Photos Hotel Cort food and drink

Top Table

Join the lively crowd at the Raw Bar to put the old oyster-aphrodisiac myth to the test.

Dress Code

This city-centre spot is the place to be seen; ensure you will be in bright-white or tropically toned outfits, and jewellery that sparkles in the sunlight.

Hotel restaurant

The restaurant may look like a wayward trattoria, with wine bottles lining the walls and nautical knick-knacks – set to a soundtrack of animated Spanish conversation – but this clutter is carefully considered to create a cosy unpretentious space. Foie-gras ravioli, steak tartare and cod confit grace the hotel’s Mediterranean and Mallorquin menu, and the restaurant’s Raw Bar dishes up ceviche and oysters sourced straight from the sea. The kitchen is fabulously flexible too: if you’re vegetarian, lactose intolerant or require gluten-free meals, they’ll whip something tasty up – and they serve a top-notch home-made breakfast here.

Hotel bar

The bar is part of the restaurant, serving classic cocktails, spirits and an impressive selection of wines – take a glance at the bottles on the wall to see what tickles your fancy. Order a glass of robust Mallorcan red and take it to the terrace on the square to watch well-heeled locals wander by.

Last orders

You can wine and dine all day at the restaurant from 7.30am to midnight.

Room service

Generous ham and cheese platters, salads, light meals (grilled chicken) and a tempting array of desserts are available around the clock; order from the restaurant menu from 7.30am to midnight.

Location

Photos Hotel Cort location
Address
Hotel Cort
Plaça de Cort 11
07012
Palma de Mallorca
Spain

Planes

Palma Son Sant Joan Airport (www.aena-aeropuertos.es) is 10km from the hotel, roughly a 10-minute drive away. EasyJet flies to Palma from major cities in the UK, France, Germany and Italy. Flights across the Pacific arrive via Abu Dhabi and Munich.

Trains

Train travel here favours sightseeing over practicality. Vintage steam train Ferrocarril de Sóller (www.trendesoller.com) chugs over mountain paths and aqueduct bridges daily, from Placa D’Espanya in Palma to 17th-century valley-set Sóller village.

Automobiles

Palma’s hidden treasures, tucked-away in mediaeval streets, and hair-raising ring roads mean the city is best navigated on foot. There’s a 24-hour car park close to the hotel, charged at €25 a day. We recommend hiring a car for day-trips outside the city to discover terracotta-hued mountains, hidden beaches and pretty port towns. There’s an Avis car-hire booth at the airport.

Other

Baleària (www.balearia.com) runs a ferry between Barcelona and Palma daily. The trip takes about seven hours.

Worth getting out of bed for

All of Palma’s landmarks can be reached on foot from Hotel Cort’s old-town setting on a 17th-century square. The flag-bearing town hall and an 800-year-old olive tree are on the hotel’s doorstep, and the Arabic Baths’ well-preserved Moorish hammam rooms and luxuriant lemon-scented gardens (+34 971 72 15 49) are five minutes’ walk away, on Calle Can Serra. From there, Gothic gargoyle-studded Palma Cathedral (+34 902 02 24 45) is a five-minute stroll. Be sure to stop at the waterfront, the OTT boys’ toys – helicopters teetering atop mega yachts – are quite a sight. Beautiful Balearic beaches are just a 30-minute walk from the hotel; choose Portixol’s golden sands to avoid the crowds on popular Ca’n Pere Antoni beach, or perch on a mod lounger at glam Anima Beach Club (+34 971 59 55 91), a 15-minute walk away.

Outside the city, Es Trenc beach is a pretty 50-minute drive south west – taking you past emerald hills, terracotta villages and coastal vistas – it’s a little wilder and less touristy than Palma’s coast, with Caribbean-clear waters, and chiringuito snack bars serving zesty mojitos. Alternatively, wend through delicate stalactite and stalagmite formations and over crystal-clear pools to reach a rock-hewn amphitheatre by a vast subterranean lake; at the Caves of Drach (+34 971 82 07 53), an hour’s drive from the hotel in Porto Cristo, an orchestra on a boat serenades you in a naturally baroque-style setting. 

Local restaurants

Tuck into spicy albondigas (meatballs), heaped platters of chorizo and manchego, and plump prawns at the bar of hip tapas joint Taberna de La Bovéda (+34 971 72 00 26) – a six-minute walk from the hotel – or book a table for whole grilled fish and hearty portions of suckling pig. Red curtains, honey-coloured stone walls and a black bar strung with cured hams at La Bodeguilla (+34 971 71 82 74) create an intimate and authentic setting for feasting on a weekly-changing menu, which includes home-made truffles and grilled fish with stacks of market-fresh veggies.

Local cafés

The chic café terrace in the Es Baluard Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (+34 971 90 82 00) has avant-garde eye candy to muse over while you dine on modernist Mallorquin cuisine: grilled fish topped with tombet (a traditional potato dish) and crystallised chillies, cream of artichoke soup with ibérico ham and stewed apple cake with Szechuan-pepper ice cream.

Local bars

Spend a sophisticated evening sipping a champagne cocktail to a soundtrack of moody and melodic live jazz at Blue Jazz Club (+34 971 71 19 02), a high-rise bar atop the Saratoga Hotel. The bijou open-air terrace doesn’t allow much elbow room, but it’s worth jostling fellow patrons for night-time views of Palma.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

Hotel Cort is in a city square. It’s a bruised stone building with shutters flopping open to reveal its boozy innards. Little tables outside wobble on the cobbles while people mumble in a cocktail of different languages. Behind the stone walls is a small selection of brilliant rooms. They are all connected by a baffling series of corridors and terraces. I want to write that it’s a bit like a 3D chessboard but I’m not sure what one of those is. It’s like staying in an Escher drawing, but way sexier and less creepy. Let me start by saying that it’s the very definition of a Mr & Mrs Smith hotel for me. It’s a heaving, crumpled, romantic old beast of a building that feels intimate, modern and easy inside. You can waft in and out as you please and use it as a base to explore from. You can also hole up in the room doing nothing, with the mumbling of the town square and the church bells outside to remind you that you’re on holiday.

Did you know that Mallorca is the perfect place for a city break? I didn’t. I had no idea.  I also found out the hard way in front of our taxi driver that Palma and Parma are two different places and we were in not that had no affiliation with ham. I thought Mallorca was going to be Irish pubs, the Macarena and middle-aged Brits that look like leather sofas waddling around fighting and kissing each other. Palma has none of that. Looking out onto the square outside the hotel, you could be staying in a delightful city in France, Italy or indeed, Spain.

The star of the square is an olive tree that has got way out of hand. It’s so old that it’s given up growing upwards and has basically just started hugging itself into a chode of barky arms. There’s a church with a bell that goes off every few minutes. There’s a breeze. It’s always there. It’s really hard not to smoke. If an alien David Attenborough was making a documentary about humans and he wanted to make a point about the fact we like to gather in squares, he and his film crew would use this one.

Our room was great – it was sort of colonial. Wooden shutters. Wood panelling. Bright. Clean. Overlooking the square with little balconies. There was a separate living room bit next to the sleepy bed bit.  Massive bed. Double shower. (Seems romantic at first but then all you really want to do is wash your pits and parts without Mrs Smith seeing.) There was a hot tub on a little roof terrace next door. Fluffy robes. Slippers. Padding around. Whispering. Lovely stuff.

Let’s talk tech. I warn you now I’m going to rant about technology. I know it doesn’t seem that sexy but technology plays a large role in my enjoyment of a hotel. Over the years I’ve built up an arsenal of equipment that makes me ready for any situation. I carry the following: an HDMI lead, a four-way plug adaptor with a foreign convertor, Google Chromecast and every possible variation of audio lead to plug into the stereo. I carry them all in a beige bag I refer to in my head as the ‘tote bag of tech’. Mrs Smith always looks excited when I pull it out the suitcase, presumably hoping it’s full of handcuffs. It’s hard not notice her face drop as I feverishly untwine an ethernet cable. What Mrs Smith doesn’t realise is that some of the sexiest and most romantic times in our life have been facilitated by technology. We love Babington House. We stay there once a year. It’s our special place (along with the whole advertising industry.) The rooms have great TVs and they’re set up like home: Sky and a DVD player. There’s a library of current films for free that you have the fun/stress of picking together. You take a few back to your room, light a fire, order wine and burgers and snuggle up. It’s heaven and very few hotels get this right. I always end up plugging my computer into the TV. So… how does Hotel Cort stack up? Well, it’s got the right idea but it’s not quite there. There’s an HDMI slot by the sofa so that geeks like me can get straight into the system – if you have a lead. They offer iPads with useful content but music has to be played through the television and the on-demand service was ropey. They’ve thought about it all and probably spent a lot of money but you just want to pick up a remote control, snuggle into bed and watch a brilliant film without getting your laptop or lead involved.

Is anybody still reading this? I’ll liven things up a bit.

Let’s talk about the day I accidentally took Mrs Smith to Magaluf. To cut a long story short, the beach club we were booked in at (Nassau) gave our sunbeds to a hotter couple. We looked up another beach club on our phones. Café del Mar popped up. Oooohh! We loved Ibiza back in the day. What’s more I read an article once that said Mallorca was the new Ibiza. I called up and the woman at the end spoke perfect English and said there were VIP beds available. I booked them without consulting Mrs Smith. It took one hell of a sales job to convince her to get into the taxi. She said: ‘It’s not going to be anything like Café del Mar in Ibiza, they’ve just licensed the name.’ I persisted.

We drove a long way. A really long way; my heart sank as I saw the sign that said ‘Welcome to Magaluf’. I didn’t even know Magaluf was in Mallorca. All I knew was that people that I don’t like call it 'Shagaluf'. We drove past a series of Irish pubs playing the Macarena and swerved to avoid people who looked like leather sofas fighting and kissing each other. You can’t miss Café del Mar, it’s behind KFC. I couldn’t help noticing that it was nothing like Café del Mar in Ibiza and they’d probably just licensed the name. We took one look at our VIP sunbed and free cocktail then drove straight back to the safety of Hotel Cort to wire up my laptop to the telly and watch a film.

Can I just point out that we don’t just watch films the whole time when we’re away? We usually watch one film. We also have romantic time. (Sometimes even twice.) Through my mistakes and discoveries I can help you have a perfect weekend break. I’m almost reluctant to share this information as it’s something I’ll be doing again and again. Definitely stay at Hotel Cort. It’s magnificent. Have dinner there in the square. In the day, go to Beach Club Gran Folies. It’s paradise. Drink cocktails by the pool, dive off cliffs, eat food under the shade looking out to sea. In the evening, have dinner back in Palma at Patrón Lunares. It’s quirky and delicious. And it’s really easy to get to Palma. Mrs Smith and I, and my HDMI lead, will be back there soon.

 

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 Cort’s Guestbook below.

We loved

Palma was absolutely stunning! There was a beautiful surprise around every corner. Hotel staff were very charming and helpful. Try to get lost around the medieval streets and you will be richly rewarded. The Fundacio Pilar i Joan Miro at Cala Major is definitely worth visiting. El Baluard Modern Art Museum is also worth a visit. A walk along the sea front to Portixol is fun, especially on a Sunday. Great tapas at La Rosa Vermuteria. Lots of great cafes all over the city!

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Stayed on 9 Mar 2017

We loved

Attentive staff, beautiful suite, central location.

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Stayed on 11 Feb 2017

We loved

Design of the hotel and the staff. Visit a tapas bar called Tast Union.

Don’t expect

swimming pool.

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Stayed on 4 Dec 2016

We loved

Everything, the Island Suite was fantastic. The staff were friendly, professional and discreet – especially Felix and Luz – and fantastic food and service. Overall, one of the best hotels we have stayed in! Hotel Cort breakfasts and lunch were fab, Marc Fosh Michelin Star restaurant and Tirso for upmarket tapas.

Don’t expect

A full nights sleep - the church bell does go off every 15 minutes!

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Stayed on 17 Sep 2016

We loved

The beautiful room, the huge bed with sheets that crackled as you lay down, lovely tiled walk-in showers. But most of all, the friendly and professional service especially from the front of house team. The best meal we had was at Fosh in the Convent a la Missio - fully worth its Michelin star.

Don’t expect

Fine food. Compared with other Mr & Mrs Smith hotels in Palma (in particular the gorgeous Convent a la Missio) the restaurant and breakfast were a bit basic.

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Stayed on 16 Sep 2016

We loved

Great location for a Palma old town break. Fab room and service. Alfresco dining in the square in front of the 400 year old olive tree is a delight, good for people watching. Great location for the Cathedral quaint shopping streets

Don’t expect

Local cop's are not happy with you dropping off/picking up bags from your car. They 'hover'! The car parks are too far away to wheel suitcases. This must be sorted out by the hotel if they expect 'returners'.

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Stayed on 3 Jul 2016

We loved

The central position in the beautiful square. The room was small but lovely with the best bed linen and bed I have ever slept in. Also the small terrace overlooking the hickledepickle buildings. Get a local map and explore. Lots of great restaurants to discover.

Don’t expect

A big formal hotel, think friendly helpful hotel.

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Stayed on 24 Jun 2016

We loved

The beautiful rooms and customers service. There is a lovely tapas restaurant called Forn that was yummy and intimate.

Don’t expect

Games or Sports enthusiasts

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Stayed on 16 Jun 2016

We loved

The patio with sun loungers, table chairs. Central location, perfect base.

Don’t expect

Bottled water in room each day - only on arrival

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Stayed on 11 Jun 2016

We loved

Everything about our stay. The staff were beyond welcoming and the room was lush, a real design find.

Don’t expect

Anything less than a great time.

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Stayed on 10 Jun 2016

We loved

The lovely pillows and the sheets that rustled when you got into bed. Locally, try Can Eduardo for lovely views, professional service and the best seafood.

Don’t expect

Anything mediocre.

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Stayed on 1 Jun 2016

We loved

The fabulous decor with attention paid to every little detail, the super-efficient and personable staff and the general feeling of being spoilt rotten. Would go there again at the drop of a hat... in fact, just writing this has got me trying to think up an excuse to go asap.

Don’t expect

Factory-style holiday

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Stayed on 29 Mar 2016

We loved

The central location and the hotel was extremely clean. A must for someone who is a tad OCD.

Don’t expect

Peace and quiet, the hotel is popular for residents and non residents and is busy from morning until late evening. Also the private red wine enoteca was ' not available' as stated on the Mr & Mrs website. We also asked for a coffee machine to be brought to our room and it never arrived!!!

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Stayed on 23 Mar 2016

We loved

Hotel Cort is in a very central location in Palma, close to shops, sightseeing, and the waterfront. A very stylish hotel, with amazing large beds, Molton Brown bath accessories, all made for a very memorable stay. The staff were very friendly and attentive, the receptionist couldn't do enough to help. Shopping in the area was also a highlight. Quinn Creu restaurant was amazing, a definite visit on your stay in Palma.

Don’t expect

Nothing

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Stayed on 7 Mar 2016

We loved

Everything about the hotel. Slightly quirky decor. Brilliant location in the heart of Old Palma, lively in the day but quiet at night. Surrounded by shops, bars, restaurants. We walked everywhere which justified the vast quantities of food we ate. The staff are delightful; helpful, friendly, welcoming but professional. And we got a room upgrade!

Don’t expect

Couldn't fault the place. It's small, intimate and friendly. If you're looking for big, public rooms and bars, then it's not for you.

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Stayed on 21 Oct 2015

We loved

The lovely room which felt like a lovely home, and the crispy cotton sheets and pillow cases. It was like sleeping on a cloud! Staff were delightful and helpful and welcoming. we loved every minute. Will definitely return. great location for lots of sightseeing in Palma and shopping.

Don’t expect

somewhere to park. We found a car park off the Place Major. Quite hard place in a car to stop and drop bags.

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Stayed on 16 Oct 2015

We loved

The location close to shops, bars and restaurants in a lovely square.

Don’t expect

Lots of space: this is a beautiful compact hotel.

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Stayed on 16 Sep 2015

We loved

The subtlety of the Hotel its decor. The front of house service couldn't have been more helpful!

Don’t expect

Could perhaps benefit from in-house spa treatments.

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Stayed on 13 Sep 2015

We loved

The central position, outside pavement restaurant. We had a lovely room with outside terrace. Everything was perfect for a city break.

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Stayed on 7 Aug 2015

We loved

The decor, the location, the staff - this hotel is truly a great find! The staff ( especially the reception and the manger ) went above and beyond to make our stay more comfortable - from letting us check in way earlier , getting us reservation for lunch and dinner to guiding us through the streets. They were genuinely helpful and were very friendly.

Don’t expect

A great breakfast.

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Stayed on 23 Jun 2015

We loved

Above all, the lovely staff who were friendly and timely in assisting us with anything we asked. The decor of the room as well as communal facilities was excellent, as well as the food. A full la carte breakfast was included, which we did not know before check-in - a very nice surprise indeed. The hotel concierge helped us with restaurang recommendations and reservations - highly recommended. And don't bother bringing any shampoos, lotions or similar, the room was excellently equipped in that area.

Don’t expect

A large pool. There is a sun terrace with a plunge pool which was enough for us, but if you focus on beach or pool life, this is not your ideal hotel.

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Stayed on 8 Jun 2015

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