Artà, strangely, seems to fall off most people’s radar, but it’s a great little town. You’ll find Casals at the top of the town on a tranquil plaza, but just a couple of minutes' walk from the livelier centre, which teems with boutiques and pleasant bars and eateries.
Eight individually decorated rooms (six doubles, two singles) make good use of traditional Majorcan textiles and country furniture, livening up what could otherwise be quite sombre, with bright paintwork. It’s fairly basic stuff, but pleasingly unfussy and spotlessly clean.
I prefer the public areas to the bedrooms. Sun shines straight into the pretty breakfast room, and there’s a comfy wood-panelled TV room for when you just want to chill out in front of the box (little by way of English TV though, so don't get too excited). The rooftop terrace, thanks to its position at the top of town, is a great place for a peaceful glass of wine of an evening, while the terrace on the plaza is brilliant for watching the world go by.
Eating and drinking
A good, continental style breakfast, served on the terrace on the plaza in the summer. Other than that you're on your own, though there are enough places to to keep you busy for several days in Artà. It also has a good market and food stores if you want to fend for yourself.
Friendly, and practical. You’ll feel at home here, but it’s not overly fussy.
Who stays there
Independent travellers keen on getting out and exploring the island.
Does exactly what it says on the tin. No package or special offers.
- Backpackers / Students
- First-time travellers
- Sporty types
- Escaping the crowds
- No fuss
Pros & Cons
- Basic facilities