Mallorca, Spain

Purohotel Palma

Rates per night from$135.92

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 60 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR117.27), via, using today’s exchange rate.


Arabian arts


Mallorcan metropolis

The white-washed stone exterior of Purohotel Palma, in Mallorca, may not have changed much since the building's days as a 14th-century palace hotel, but the interior tells a different story. From the serene central courtyard – a tale of swaying palms and and bubbling fountains – to modern, minimalist rooms punctuated by contemporary artistic touches, the hotel exemplies the city's own recent revitalisation. And, as if this oasis-like calm weren't enough, the hotel has a private beach club, so you can have the best of both worlds.

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Need to know


51, including 14 suites.


Noon, but flexible within reason. Check-in, 3pm.


Double rooms from $135.92 (€117), excluding tax at 10 per cent.

More details

Rates usually include breakfast, but check when booking. If your stay includes a Thursday, Friday or Saturday night, a minimum three-night stay is required.


Puro also owns its own Beach Club, on a peninsula eight kilometres out of the city. Have brunch, dinner or just cocktails at the bar and restaurant, and enjoy a spa treatment or live DJ set. Reserve places on the free shuttle to the club on arrival (limited to six people each way) and make sure you reserve a sunlounger too (at an extra cost) – they fill up fast. For the most romantic sunset-watching in Palma, book the highest roof terrace day-bed – the hotel can arrange for tapas platters and zingy Japanese-inspired cocktails to be brought up – all you need do is wrap yourself in a fleecy blanket (provided) cosy up with your fellow Smith and toast to the sky's changing colours.

At the hotel

Spa with treatment rooms, a sauna and steam rooms; digital library with DVDs and music. In room: WiFi, Bose sound systems, flatscreen TVs. In-room massages can also be arranged.

Our favourite rooms

Decisions, decisions… The Puro Oasis Suite has much to coo over: the generous private-bar set-up, the intriguing swirl motifs on the walls – created by a local artist using a single brush stroke – and its enormous circular bath tub, shielded by a hand-carved screen. Otherwise, the Puro Joy rooms have a dash of eccentric Spanish style: rope banisters, egg-shaped tubs, more swirly bits… The mezzanine one has ample space for couples, and an extra bed for an after-party hanger-on, if needed.


On the roof deck, there's a petite black plunge pool with eight day-beds, it's better for demure toe-dipping than laps. Book ahead for a sunbed at an (extra cost) spot at Purobeach club; there are regular (free) transfers and preferential rates for hotel guests at this hip Palma Bay pool-bar set-up.


Soothingly white Puro Spa (in a neighbouring building) is a restorative spot after a late night. Whatever tonic you require, a Finnish sauna, aromatherapy steam room, or ice fountain will provide it. A selection of massages incorporate marine fossils or bamboo; pre- and post-sun treatments ensure a tremendous tan; and a range of customised, combined treatments are available on request.

Packing tips

Bring something glamourous to don for the bar – the staff are all hip young things, so you'll want to follow suit; some swimwear to be seen in will come in handy at the rooftop pool.


The hotel does have a labyrinth of staircases, but ramps on the lower levels and a small lift make most public areas and some rooms wheelchair-accessible.


Dogs and cats under 5kg are welcome for €22 each a night. Beds and treats are provided. Just let the hotel know when booking. See more pet-friendly hotels in Mallorca.


Kids are welcome – though they might find the hotel's party atmosphere not that conducive to getting to sleep.

Food and Drink

Photos Purohotel Palma food and drink

Top Table

For a lively evening, sit near the bar; for a more intimate dinner, choose a table in one of the corners.

Dress Code

Casually cool.

Hotel restaurant

Opio bar and restaurant serves Asian and Mediterranean cuisine with a seafood focus. Spiked with lemongrass and Amarillo chilli, sprinkled with coriander or coconut, dishes inventively hop from the Med to the East, with Iberian bacon-stuffed Korean rolls, risotto and shitake croquettes and octopus glazed with miso and yuzu. The hotel's tapas selection is equally exciting, if you'd like to sample a little of everything, we especially liked the gyoza and ceviche. 

Hotel bar

The bar is open each day, and it's a vivacious spot, popular with Palma's out-till-late crowd. Thursday, Friday and Saturday night have DJ sets. Start with an Aperol and let the night take you throught he wines and champagnes on the drinks list.

Last orders

Restaurant hours vary depending on the season, but usually it's closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. When open, food is served from 8pm–11.30pm. In April, the bar's open till 4am, and at around 2am–2.30am from Thursday to Saturday, during the rest of the year.

Room service

From 8pm until 11.30am, the full restaurant menu is available in your room. At lunchtime, when the restaurant is closed, there is a snack menu. Please note: room service is not available between November and March, when the restaurant is closed.


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Purohotel Palma
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It takes 10 minutes to drive from Purohotel to Palma de Mallorca Airport, also known as Son Sant Joan. You can pick up a taxi (which will cost you about €10 each way) or hire car at the airport. Alternatively, you can book a chauffeur-driven car from the airport for €39. Call our Smith24 team to arrange your flights and transfers.


Take the scenic route to Palma on the vintage steam train from Sóller’s beautifully restored train station. The journey takes around an hour, and a return ticket will cost €11 or so.


You’ll need a car to hunt out the most secluded Mallorcan beaches and the best restaurants; the hotel offers car rental, or you can pick one up at Palma Airport. The hotel doesn’t offer private parking, but there is a public car park nearby.


Take the ferry from Port de Sóller to visit Sa Calobra, one of Mallorca’s most spectacular natural attractions.

Worth getting out of bed for

Beyond the hotel, sailing, diving and mountain biking are all possible in Mallorca. Rent a typical Mallorcan fishing boat for three hours for €160. There are 18 golf courses not far from the hotel, which can be booked through reception. Yoga classes are held every morning at 9am at Purobeach – no need to pre-book. Illetas beach is a 10-minute drive from the hotel.

Local restaurants

Purobeach on Pagell has a reserved VIP area in the restaurant and poolside for hotel guests. Entre Tapas y Vinos on Paseo Mallorca (+34 971 725715) is another great choice for stylish dining. Aramis on Calle Montenegro (+34 971 72 52 32) has great Italian food in a minimalist setting. Caballito de Mar on Paseo Sagrera is an elegant restaurant on a charming square that does great seafood. Sit outside on the terrace in summer, book a window seat inside during the winter.


Photos Purohotel Palma reviews
Ekow Eshun

Anonymous review

By Ekow Eshun, Cultural critic

Not so long ago, a holiday in Mallorca meant cheap sun-and-sangria package deals. Should tourists stray from their beach towels to visit Palma, the capital, they would find themselves wandering through a warren of narrow streets lined with murky and unappealing restaurants. In recent years, this now-magnificent town has gone through a renaissance. Es Baluard, a new museum of modern art, opened in 2004, with works from artists such as Picasso and Miro, and the Old Town itself has been smartly modernised with great new places to eat and drink, and smart designer-clothes shops. The once-gloomy cobbled streets now seem almost magical, revealing at each turn a plaza or palace dating back several centuries, the whole of the ancient quarter overlooked by the city’s imposing Gothic cathedral. Emblematic of all these changes is Puro.

Part of a crop of boutique hotels now sprouting in the Old Town, Purohotel Palma is striking proof of Palma’s new cosmopolitanism. But initially, it’s a spot that is also easy to miss. Converted from a 14th-century palace hotel in the former fish-market district, its simple stone exterior has hardly changed over the centuries. Step inside and it’s a different story. The hotel is built around a central courtyard of natural white stone decorated with palms and fountains, and there is a sensation of retreat from the sun-baked streets and discovery of the calm, oasis-like interior. Purohotel's Swedish owner Mats Wahlstrom spent a few years touring the world by motorbike before building his hotel. He must have been collecting inspiration as he went, because the result is a design that pays homage to Marrakesh, Miami and Bali all at once.

Purohotel has 26 rooms, most of them overlooking the courtyard. They vary in size and shape, but all share a common sensibility that treads a delicious line between minimalism and opulence. When I checked in, I found myself in a simple white room decorated with cushions and throws embroidered with tiny mirrors, and gold-threaded sari fabrics. On the wall above the bed hung ceremonial hats from made of parrot feathers. Floor-to-ceiling wooden doors hand-carved in Bali separated the bedroom from the bathroom. These slide back to reveal a spacious wet room clad in black slate, almost the size of the bedroom itself. The effect, all told, was dizzying.

For a while I lay on the bed taking in the sensuality of the whole thing, the details and textures and fabrics all vying for my attention. This is not to say Purohotel is over-styled – rather, that it’s designed to invoke giddy delight. Its rooms are supposed to make your heart beat faster, and only the most hard-bitten and cynical are likely to remain immune to their idiosyncratic charm. There’s even a roof terrace with four-poster beds and a plunge pool where you can sit with a drink in your hand looking out over the terracotta tile rooftops of the Old Town.

Come night-time, Purohotel seems to buzz with excitement. In a corner of the bar, a DJ plays chilled-out house while stylishly dressed couples order cocktails from all-in-white staff who glide serenely through the crowds. You can still hear the throb of the music at Opio, the hotel restaurant overlooking the bar, whose walls are lined with thousands of small seashells sewn onto hessian strands. Opio serves a fusion of Mediterranean and Asian food with an emphasis on seafood and salad. We discovered dishes like ‘bohemian campfire’ sea bass with cherry tomatoes, spring onions and artichoke and fennel pesto – as elegantly prepared as every other detail of the hotel. And the atmosphere is wonderfully relaxed in the restaurant; so much so, we occasionally wondered whether the waiters had forgotten that we were the ones on holiday.

The day after arriving, we spent the afternoon at the hotel’s sister establishment, the Puro Beach Club, which lies a 15-minute drive down the coast from the centre of Palma. The Beach Club sits on a rocky promontory that juts out to sea. A seawater swimming pool offers views out to the horizon while sailing boats and windsurfers scud across the waves. Like the hotel, the décor at the Beach Club is all-white, and beneath the Mediterranean sun, the effect is dazzling: as if the white parasols around the pool are sails themselves, and the Beach Club is bobbing serenely upon the water. Such thoughts – of drifting on the ocean and sailing through the clouds – are what come to mind after a couple of days at the Puro. How could they not? The hotel is designed for dreamers and urban romantics. And for those of us that would rather choose sensibility over common sense.

The Guestbook

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 Purohotel Palma’s Guestbook below.

We loved

The food, the rooftop area, the helpful service, our absolutely incredible bathroom and possibly the comfiest bed we have ever slept in. I would definitely recommend anyone to book and head to Puro Beach, Oasis del Mar, for a day. It's a gorgeous beach club and has the most incredible views, pool and atmosphere. We were recommended La Boveda La Terraza for tapas (just round the corner from the hotel) and it did not disappoint – make sure to book. We also went to Daruma in the centre of Palma for some incredible sushi.

Don’t expect

Total tranquility; it's central in Palma with a busy, party weekend vibe in the restaurant turn club.


Stayed on 1 Aug 2017