In Palma’s historic La Lonja quarter, restored mansion Can Bordoy is a triumph of decadent design. Standing for centuries, this noble house and nunnery has been artfully refurbished to marry house and garden in inspired style. On the inside, original features were either restored or recreated by local design studio Ohlab, then paired with art deco and mid-century designs – the Thirties-style headboards and custom-made drinks cabinets are a particular feast for the eye. Outside, the centrepiece courtyard garden and pool is a sanctuary in the heart of the city, screened by fruit-laden orange trees and perfumed by shrubs and flowers. Unwilling to be tamed, the greenery has also crept inside, inspiring the organic menu at restaurant Botànic and running wild in the fairytale lounges, where the ceilings are crossed with creepers and ferns.
Inspired interior design
Courtyard garden and pool
Excellent organic restaurant
A cocktail each and a gift in the room; for stays of four nights or more, each guest gets a 35-minute back, neck and shoulder massage
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All of the public areas – including the rooftop terrace – are wheelchair accessible, and all of the ground floor rooms have specially-adapted bathrooms.Each room has a tablet loaded with a list of local recommendations, including the best nearby beaches, cultural landmarks and boutiques.
Bring a romantic, fairytale-esque novel to read in the gardens.
Let your imagination run as wild as the greenery snaking across the ceiling.
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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 urban oasis in Palma and unpacked their copy of Grimm's Fairy Tales, a full account of their city break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Can Bordoy in Mallorca…
Dating back to mediaeval times, Palma’s old quarter is a beguiling place. Aside from the soaring arches of Le Seu, there are the winding streets of the Arab and Jewish quarters, a glut of historic monuments and even the occasional burst of modernista, the Catalan style of art nouveau. Tucked down a quiet side street a stone’s throw from the harbour, Can Bordoy is right in the middle of it all – and it couldn’t be more in tune with its illustrious surroundings. Decorative ceilings, gothic relics and baroque mirrors deliver old-world decadence in spades; bespoke art deco beds and mid-century lounge chairs add a modern edge. No detail was overlooked – right down to the light switches and golden toilet flushes, which were custom made. What’s most beguiling, however, is that the design scheme embraces imperfection – each room’s minor flaws and quirks aren’t glossed over, they’re celebrated for the story they tell. Then there’s the garden, which is the largest of any private building in the old quarter. Centred around a 16m pool, it’s an urban oasis of lush green and birdsong – a romantic escape that’s the perfect counterpart to the dense, winding streets just over the walls.
Forn de la Glòria 14, Palma, Mallorca, 07012
0.3 mi / 0.5 km from city centre
- Onsite laundry
- Valet parking
- Internet services
Restaurant Botànic is inspired by the hotel’s verdant garden, which chef Andres Benitez pays tribute to with his preference for organic produce, much of it sourced from local farms. You can sample his creative take on Mallorcan cuisine in three locations – on a terrace in the garden, in the cosy, book-lined library or in the jumanji room, where the ceiling is overrun with creepers and ferns.
You can’t beat a table on the terrace, which is in a separate area of the gardens.
The restaurant opens for breakfast at 8am and stays open until 11pm. The bar is open from 8am to midnight.
The bar is part of Botànic, and serves herbal cocktails, fine Spanish wines and a range of bite-size snacks adapted from the restaurant menu.