Carrer Sant Jaume 3, Palma, Spain, 07012
- Recommended for:
- Couples, Culture vultures, First-time travellers, Mature travellers, Seasoned travellers, History, No fuss, Sightseeing
Expert review of Hotel Born
This place oozes old world charm, from its chintzy, marble reception area complete with sweeping staircase to its hefty, Victoriana bedroom furniture. Located in a 16th-century palace that once belonged to the Marquis de Ferrandell, what it lacks in luxe it makes up for in a sense of place and history.
Situated in the heart of the old town, the Hotel Born is a stone’s throw from the action, but fortuitously located on one of its less frenetic streets.
Decorated in typical Majorcan aristocratic style (if you go back a hundred odd years) with lots of polished wood, gilded cornices and studded doors, some might say the Hotel’s Born’s bedrooms are rather fusty. Personally, I think they exude an old-school glamour that can be a pleasing antidote to the boutique scene. I've stayed here on several occasions. My two favourite rooms are a twin with an impressive painted ceiling which I shared with a gal pal on a city break, and a junior suite with a four-poster bed and a bathtub where I holed up one memorably romantic weekend. Some are more modern than this, but all are light and airy with central heating, air conditioning, cable TV and ensuite bathrooms.
You could, at a push, hang out in one of the more formal rooms on the ground floor, though they are set up more as museum pieces than anything else. The jewel in this hotel’s crown is its immense, cream-coloured courtyard shaded by palm trees and ferns. It's a lovely place to sit and daydream (bring your own wine).
Breakfast in the courtyard is a wonderful start to the day - after that you’re on your own.
None to speak of.
Quiet - so much so that you're not always sure anyone is actually around - but professional service that would put many hotels of a much higher rank to shame.
A more mature crowd generally, mainly British and American.
Good value providing you are well aware of what you’re getting.
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- Carrer Sant Jaume 3, Palma, Spain, 07012