February 6, 2005
Indoor Public Areas
The foyer is fabulous, upscale, and classy in an Art Deco movie-set style. There are three marble staircases, and the main one sweeps down in a gentle curve past a black grand piano. One expects to see Greta Garbo lounging across the ivory keys. The exquisitely decorated dining room is on the mezzanine, and on the ground floor is a smaller, more intimate restaurant. We enjoyed the round brass bar in the foyer; after walking back from town, we relaxed and chatted to the friendly staff over drinks. The English-speaking staff was very helpful in recommending visits and providing bus route info.
All rooms have balconies either overlooking the harbour or Belver Castle. We were lucky to have a harbour view. I enjoyed the view of the majestic cathedral, all floodlit and magical, and the harbour lights twinkling over hundreds of moored boats and their masts. Our room was moderate in size, plainly furnished, and yet had a peaceful elegance. Linens and drapes were in neutral colours but were enlivened with a pale yellow love seat and small rosewood table sporting fresh flowers. Little attentions like the flowers and the potpourri in the bathroom count so much.
The marble-tiled bathroom was roomy and contained a huge tub and shower. Robes, towels, and a host of toiletries were provided, plus a hair dryer. Good water pressure made it perfect. The hotel was impeccably maintained in all areas.
Outdoor Public Areas The terrace area was delightful and inviting. The free-form pool, sun loungers, and outdoor bar made for a relaxing visit. I especially appreciated the covered canopied area—we always found a shady spot. On our first night, a wedding party was having photos taken, and the harbour seemed to me a perfect backdrop for a perfect bride.
The clientele was a mixture of business people and couples. We didn’t see any children, but our friendly bar staff said there are lots of children in the summer. A buffet breakfast was included in the rate.
Two pools, one indoor
Lobby bar, pool bar, café
Solarium, sauna, massage
A/C, hair dryer, in-room safe
From journal Mallorca: Spain’s Treasure Island