If the exacting symmetry of a Piero Lissoni sofa or the measured restraint of an abstract artwork make your heart race, Sant Francesc Hotel Singular will thrill you with its big-deal statement pieces. And the Soldevila Ferrer family (a distinguished lineage of hoteliers) have found the perfect display case for these objets: the 19th-century mansion of the wealthy Alomar-Femenia family, delicately restored to its former glory, with a few modern additions: a rooftop pool and solarium, wellbeing space and a must-try Mallorcan fine-diner in what used to be the stables. It’s cosmopolitan to the core, but a team of top-form staff and comfortably cool rooms – one with a roof deck, some with balconies and frescoes – make it effortlessly fun whether you’re sipping sangria poolside or musing over the fine fittings.


  • Sleek designer look

  • Art-clad walls

  • Rooftop pool

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A welcome drink on arrival

In the know

Also need to know:

Almost every room in the hotel is easily accessible; however the higher-tier suites have the most elbow room. For guests with mobility issues, there's one room where the bathroom can be adapted with grab bars on request.The hotel goes big on small details: in your room you’ll find the Sant Francesc Times, a handy periodical filled with the owner’s favourite haunts, and a handy waterproof bag to stash your swimwear in post-pool. If it’s extra hot out, the doorman will hand you a bottle of chilled water as you leave for the day, too.

Packing tips:

Aesthetics are kind of a big deal here, so you’ll want to dress the part – pack anything tailored to within an inch of you or something monochrome and geometric; go big with accessories too. The gallery’s worth of modern art might spark inspiration, so bring a pad to sketch in.

Dress code:

Dress like you’ve skipped along Avenida Jaume III, picking up designer pieces along your way.

Mr and Mrs Smith reviews

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 time-straddling stay in Palma and unpacked their sugar-dusted ensaïmadas and pairs of Hernanz espadrilles, a full account of their aesthetically pleasing break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Sant Francesc Hotel Singular in Mallorca…

Taste may be an intangible concept, but at boutique Mallorcan stay Sant Francesc Hotel Singular, housed in the former late-18th-century grand mansion of the wealthy Alomar Femenia family, it’s brilliantly incarnate. One in a distinguished line of hoteliers (who have been running the Hotel Majestic in Barcelona since 1918 and own Santanyí stay Can Ferrereta), owner Andrés Soldevila Ferrer – with the help of his interior designer mother Nuria Ferrer Klein – sought to revivify this exquisitely wrought house with a light touch. Frescoes were delicately retouched, Crittall windows filled in decorative arches, and judiciously chosen designer furnishings (by the likes of Antonio Citterio, Piero Lissoni, Davide Groppi and Jaime Hayón) were placed just-so throughout. The stables became Quadrat Restaurant & Gardens, where rustic Mallorcan cuisine is given a fine-dining gloss, the water cistern a 24-hour gym and the watchtower and dovecote a superlative suite with a sprawling roof deck. They cannily added a rooftop pool and solarium for social sushi feasts and pitchers of sangria, and sought out Spanish abstract artists to hang on the walls – to great effect: on arrival a machinery-inspired piece by Riera i Aragó hangs behind the reception desk; to its left is a striking gold swoop by Guillem Nadal, and further works by sculptor Emil Alzamora, animal portraitist Miguel Macaya and more enhance the building’s already charming corners. And, the rooms and suites practice just-right minimalism, with the odd ceiling fresco or balcony to amp up the romance. Throughout this is a stay that executes taste with a deft touch.

Accommodation details


Plaça de Sant Francesc 5, Palma, Mallorca, 07001


0.1 mi / 0.2 km from city centre

General facilities

  • Onsite laundry
  • Spa
  • Valet parking
  • Exercise gym
  • Internet services
  • Restaurant
  • Pool
  • Lounges/bars

Dining information


Quadrat Restaurant & Garden, formerly the hotel’s stables, has a chic coastal feel with its white-wood-panelled walls and light-washed dining room – tables are set under the original vaults too. But, sun-seekers can sit in the leafy garden or spill out onto the Plaza Sant Francesc. Mallorca’s famed for its excellent produce – fat flavourful tomatoes, spicy sobrasada, just-plucked-from-the-sea fish – and chef Àlvar Albaladejo takes full advantage of these market gleanings. But, aside from a generous paella and simply cooked catch of the day, his wildly imaginative menu plays fast and loose with traditional dishes: Basque beef tartare comes with anchovy mayonnaise and smoked butter, prawn-stuffed hake is splashed with vermouth and served with seaweed, and burrata in pistachio cream is matched with confit leeks and sea fennel. To experience his culinary wizardry for less, try the €24.50 three-course Sunday lunch, which has rice three ways (with mushrooms, orange and blue cheese; with lamb, local black pudding and wild asparagus; and with fish, beetroot and cockles). Breakfast shows off the best of Palma too, a spread of just-baked breads, sobrasada, ensaimadas from famed bakery C’an Joan de S’aigo, meats and cheeses, cereal, fresh fruit, avo on toast and eggs in various guises.

Top Table:

The hotel’s courtyard is ideal for night openers and closers, with a smattering of two-seaters and young olive trees poking through the flagstones. For dinner, park yourself at table 42 in the garden – a table graced by one Michelle Obama, no less.

Last Orders:

Breakfast is from 7.30 am to a leisurely 11am, dinner is from 7pm to 10.30pm from Thursday to Sunday only. And on Sundays lunch is served from 1pm to 3.30pm. In summer the pool bar opens from 11am to 11pm, in winter it closes at 6pm.

Room Service:

Food can be summoned to your door round the clock. Continental and American breakfasts are served from 7.30am to noon, and the lunch and dinner menu (noon to 11.30pm) has cheese and meat platters, tomato bread, salads, sandwiches, pastas and seafood.

Hotel Bar:

Golden hour – and most other hours, if we’re honest – is quite the spectacle from the rooftop bar, especially from a poolside perch with a chilled Pomada in hand. From here you can see far and wide across the city, but your eye will most likely be drawn to the cathedral, which is floodlit at night. Explore the range of classic cocktails – mojitos, tequila sunsets, espresso martinis – while relaxing in the buzzy solarium. A menu with the likes of club sandwiches, paella and fish of the day will sate you while you sip, and later in the day sushi is served. A little less scenic but with a lovely view of the hotel courtyard and some bold signature cocktails (the Sant Francesc Sunset with tequila, grapefruit juice, lime and Tabasco; or the Grasshopper with vodka, minte cream and Monin white-chocolate sauce), the lobby bar is an intimate space for small gatherings.

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