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expert-rated hotels in Palma
Expert overall rating:4.7 (out of 5)

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Majorca offers some of the best accommodation options in the whole of Spain, ranging from grand deluxe hotels through to more bijou boutique and cheap and cheerful options. Palma takes the lion’s share in terms of choice, offering something for every mood and budget. However, there are some great seaside places and rural hotels (agroturismos) scattered across the island too, that are well worth seeking out if you’re looking for something extra special.

Things to consider before booking
•    High season is July and August, when finding somewhere good to stay can be difficult and prices are high. Book well in advance if this is when you plan to come.

•    For my money, the nicest time to visit is in the spring and autumn when you still get beautiful weather, but it’s a bit less hectic and generally more affordable.

•    Winter months are quiet and can be wet, windy and extremely quiet. Chances are you’ll find many places outside of Palma shut, but you can get amazing clear, bright days that make it a good winter break if you stick to the city.

•    Breakfast is often, though not always, included in hotel rates. Always double check to be sure. You can save euros by eating outside the hotel when this isn’t the case.

•    IVA (value added tax) in hotels increased to 8% in July 2010. You need to take this into account on top of the room rate when calculating your accommodation costs.

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I’ve been going back and forth to Majorca every few months now for the past five years, and have stayed all over the island in just about every grade of accommodation there is. I keep going back and checking in for guidebooks and magazine pieces, and I’m always heartened by the fact that even old faithfuls seem to improve rather than nose-dive. The five stars and boutiques are of an exceptionally high standard for Spain, and they are generally surprisingly well priced. But I’ve also discovered some less obvious little crackers off the beaten path that have stolen my heart.

I like to stay at hotels that give me something extra, which doesn’t necessarily translate to expensive. On the contrary, I like a bargain as much as the next person, and so I’ve made my selection based on what I consider to be good value for money while taking into consideration a range of budgets. It might simply be a shoestring option with bags of atmosphere like the Hotel Born in the heart of Palma, or a classy combo of modern design and stunning cliff-top views like Can Simoneta, or a romantic winter getaway for long walks and roaring log fires at Son Palou, or a charming, family-run guest house that feels like home - as in Es Passarell.

The main thing is that I want to feel like I’ve been somewhere special, and with that in mind, my selections for Simonseeks each have something that I believe is worth shouting about.

Simonseeks has given star ratings out of five for all accommodation recommendations. With hotels, these will tally with the hotel's official star rating where it exists. Where a hotel has no official star rating, and in the case of b & bs and hostels, the experts have made a judgment as to how many stars the accommodation deserves, in terms of comfort, level of facilities and so forth.