City-central Hotel Mamá puts the best of Palma in the palm of your hand; bonus points for its bold, colourful styling. The hotel’s onsite attractions and distractions include a basement spa and cinema, a pretty courtyard, a diminutive rooftop pool and a power-duo of dining and wining options: sceney Cappuccino Grand Café and elegant Tahini restaurant. There’s enough here to keep you from looking far beyond your bedroom – but then again, the Cathedral, shops, restaurants, museums, galleries and more are just a five-minute stroll away.
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Cocktails for two in the hotel's Cappuccino Grand Café
We love the spacious Deluxe Rooms, especially the corner rooms at the back of the third floor, which spy on a pretty square; the Superior rooms facing Plaça de Cort are also rather winsome. All rooms, though, are lavished with covetable Italian and Spanish fabrics and bold combinations of prints and colours.
The rooftop pool comes with swoon-worthy city views.
Hotel Mamá’s underground spa has a dinky plunge pool and a tranquil treatment room housed in an ancient water tank, which was discovered when the hotel’s lower floors were being built.
Bring vintage cufflinks or jewels for added sparkle when you’re dining in Tahini.
Communal areas are wheelchair accessible. One of the Roman Rooms has a wheelchair-adapted bathroom.
Little Smiths can come too. Corner rooms can be connected to form a family-friendly suite.
Produce for the restaurant is locally sourced and seasonable; earth-kind cleaning products are used.
Stake out a table on the central courtyard, which glows with flickering candlelight by night.
Go retro and ravishing, to match the hotel.
Cappuccino Grand Café offers delicious all-day dining – and prime people-watching from its outside tables. On the weekend, there’s also live music. Tahini is the hotel’s more formal restaurant, serving delicious Japanese cuisine, including succulent sushi and toothsome tuna teriyaki.
Cappuccino Grand Café is famous for its coffees – it’s part of Mallorca’s popular Cappuccino group, after all – but it’s also a great spot for boozy libations. You might need to beat the locals to a table, mind.
Cappuccino Grand Café closes at 10.30pm; Tahini stays open until midnight.
Outside of the restaurant opening hours, order cheese or charcuterie plates up to your room.
Hotel Mamá is set in handsome, historic Plaça Corta, in central Palma.
Mallorca’s Son Sant Joan airport is a 20-minute drive away; Smith24 can sort your flights if you like.
Plaça d'Espanya station is 15 minutes from the hotel by car, with services connecting to the airport, Manacor and Sa Pobla.
Inca is the closest town, a 20-minute drive away. Valet parking at the hotel costs €35 daily.
Worth getting out of bed for
Start with what’s at the hotel: catch a movie at the tiny cinema, try a treatment in the spa, splash around in the pool and test-drive the two on-site eateries. Browse – and nibble – local produce at Olivar Food Market, a cool, authentic option for picnic provisions (open daily except Sunday). Or, for something completely different, rent a yacht for the day and join the Mallorquín glitterati. Back on dry land, go shopping: pause at cool concept store Rialto Living and Viveca, a pulse-quickeningly lovely antique shop on Carrer de Sant Feliu. After some natural beauty? Hop in a hire car and drive around the island, seeking out secretbeaches and covert coves. If it’s your first time, you’ll want to spend at least a little of your visit gawping in wonder at Catedral de Mallorca, aka 'La Seu': a triumph of Gothic architecture at Plaça de la Seu.
La Molienda on Carrer del Bisbe Campins is a great spot for breakfast; local suppliers provide the café with its artisan breads, yoghurt, eggs, cheese and olive oil. Grab empanadas to go from Fornet de la Soca bakery at Plaça de Weyler. Stroll to nearbyLa Rosa Vermutería on Carrer de la Rosa for delicious tapas, best enjoyed with a tot or two of vermouth. El Camino on Carrer de Can Brondo also serves exemplary Spanish light bites – and has attracted a loyal fanbase for its excellent wine list. Sample sophisticated offerings from a world-class chef at Marc Fosh, the ravishing restaurant housed within fellow Smith favourite Convent de la Missió.
Enjoy a toast-worthy introduction to Catalan wines at Celler sa Premsa, a top-notch local wine bar that serves moreish Mallorquín cuisine. Hotel San Francesc has an excellent rooftop bar that’s open to non guests – and it’s just a short stagger from Hotel Mamá.
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 city-centre hotel in Palma and unpacked their Mallorcan wine and sobrasada sausages, a full account of their Spanish island break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Hotel Mamá in Mallorca…
Hotel Mamá riffs nostalgically on 1920s Paris and its ooh-la-la lashings of glamour. This seems surprising, given the Spanish-island setting, but makes sense given the involvement of acclaimed Parisian interior designer, Jacques Grange. Rooms sing a love song to vintage European glamour, and the basement cinema is inspired by the City of Light’s 20th-century arthouse movie theatres. Japan gets a look in, too, thanks to sleek Tahini restaurant, which rustles up delicate sushi in a fit-for-Tokyo space. But if you ever need a reminder that you’re in Spain, just peer out of your bedroom window or head to the terrace of Cappuccino Grand Café to see the glamorous Mallorcans sashaying past in the sunshine.
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