Welcome to the start of a new series on eatingcoventgarden.com. On my travels, if I stay somewhere exceptional that I feel made my visit even better, I’m going to tell you about it. First up, the Hotel Can Alomar which I recently stayed in on a trip to Majorca’s capital, Palma. This boutique hotel (which was formerly a palace) had reopened on May 1 2014 (shortly before our visit) after extensive refurbishment, so was shiny and new. It’s beautifully decorated throughout. Here’s what else is good about it.
The position Situated just off Borne, one of the main streets in Palma, you really couldn’t stay in a better spot. You’re minutes from the beautiful cathedral and the lanes winding around it and surrounded by shops. You can see Louis Vuitton from the terrace (always a good thing, I reckon) and the hotel entrance is flanked by two grand Massimo Dutti stores. Two huge Zaras (for men and women) are just down the road and there’s a wide range of clothes, food and souvenir shops spread in the area less than 10 minutes in any direction. And if you want to go out for a drink or a bite to eat, turn any way out of the hotel, walk a couple of minutes and you’ll be spoilt for choice. Oh and of course the sea is also only a short walk away.
The rooms They’re spacious (quite unusually so), light-filled, modern and smartly furnished with substantial, comfy beds, free wifi, a safe and a fridge (all vitals for me). The luxury bathrooms (huge bath and huge shower) are wonderful and have the softest of large towels and robes. Wonderful.
The breakfast Buffet breakfasts can be something of a lottery, you never know quite what you’re going to get. At the Can Alomar it’s a real winner. From the freshly squeezed orange juice presented in beautiful little jugs, to the fruit, yogurt, a lovely range of hams, salamis and cheeses, fresh bread (that’s still warm to the touch), the traditional Spanish tomato mix to add to your toast, it’s all yum. Plus there’s a menu of hot dishes to choose from, I tucked into delicious fried eggs with my jamon one morning and the tortilla (Spanish omelette) is particularly delicious. Oh and the coffee’s really good, too.
The terraces The hotel has two terraces at the front. The one on the left is the perfect place for a drink after a long day’s exploration. The one on the right belongs to the restaurant where you have breakfast and becomes De Tokio a Lima Restaurant afterwards (more of which later). There’s also a lovely roof terrace with a plunge pool and sunbeds if you feel the need for a bit of sun worshipping. I love eating alfresco, and even in early May it was lovely at both breakfast and dinner times.
The restaurant Spain is known for having some of the best food of the world. There are so many great restaurants in mainland Spain that you’d really have to go out of your way to have a bad meal. So it wasn’t a surprise to me to learn that Majorca is also right up there when it comes to cuisine. And for something completely different the hotel offers a fusion of Japanese and Peruvian cuisine at De Tokio A Lima Restaurant. A menu that does offer Spanish classics with a twist, like Gazpacho soup with Soller orange pearls or Russian salad with tuna fish belly. We tucked into a couple of the ceviches (an island has to be the place to eat fish, right), which were wonderfully light and fresh. Try some Majorcan wine while you’re at it, it’s really good. Oh and the dessert, a Soller lemon crispy cake, was spectacular. Best lemon dessert ever?
The staff Friendly and helpful, yet unobtrusive, everyone certainly makes you feel very much at home.
The Hotel Can Alomar is fairly small, with a welcoming, intimate feel. And as a base in Palma it gave us everything we needed and more.
Have you stayed anywhere particularly memorable that you’d like to tell me about? What made it special? I’d love to hear from you.
For more information visit http://www.boutiquehotelcanalomar.com/en/