We were in Mallorca this summer during the final leg of our four week sabbatical. We’ve been back a week now, and I have such a vivid picture in my head of the pale pink stone of the buildings, the dusty orange plains and the contrasting crystal clear water and pine-scented beaches.
After being on the island for five days, we still hadn’t ventured to Palma yet, which we were quite curious about having read many articles written by infatuated journalists buzzing from the bars, restaurants and design shops of their holiday dreams. That said, we hadn’t actually planned the journey until we were struck with inspiration while sitting mesmerised by the beauty of the Playa Formentor at the very north of the island.
There was a room available that evening at Hotel Cort, reputedly an incomparable spot to experience and explore Palma’s old town. We took it and were offered a Plaça Suite overlooking the bustling Plaça Cort and its ancient (we heard people say over 700, 800 and even 1000 years old) olive tree.
The building was formerly a bank, and before that two separate mansions owned by two of the city’s key families, and has a beautiful art nouveau façade – although it’s outdone, just, by its neighbours’ impeccable enclosed balconies. The café/bar/restaurant, which will make a fine base for your refreshments as well as dining, makes the Plaça Cort a classic scene of a European square in the summer.
Hotel Cort came tenth in the most recent Mr & Mrs Smith’s “Best Dressed Hotel” awards. The voting page describes the award, “Getting the interior styling of a hotel right is paramount: niche personality can be offputting; if it’s too formal, your guests can’t relax; too matchy-matchy, and it’ll feel corporate.”
The room had atmosphere. A beautiful blue velvet sofa. A book shelf above it with travel stories and photography books. A window out to the square, a desk in front of it. A large coffee table with more books and a bottle of water. Timber floors.
That was just the living room.
Through the sliding doors onto an oversized bed as large as you could expect anywhere let alone within a period inner city property. A mountain of pillows, another television, and another window peaking out to the square.
The bathroom was marble, accentuated in the huge double shower with bright blue and white tiling. Molton Brown products sat in the wall in ceramic pots. The rest of the room was similarly large, with a bath and double sink area.
Hotel guests treat themselves to a glass of prosecco on arrival as well as order what they like from the a la carte breakfast menu. We lingered with cocktails in the square late into the night and were rewarded with a reviving breakfast the following day. The staff were all superb.
The total effect was what you dream about from a boutique hotel. Cool, sophisticated, modern and classic at the same time. Perfect location. And deeply relaxing.
How to get in touch with Hotel Cort
Website: Book on Mr & Mrs Smith to get a complimentary bottle of cava in your room
Hotel site: hotelcort.com
Telephone: +34 971 213 300
Address: Hotel Cort, Plaça de Cort 11, 07012, Palma de Mallorca, Spain