The best budget hotels in Palma de Mallorca, from rooftop pools to amazing restaurants
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The joy of Palma with its all year-round mild climate and first-class infrastructure is the impressive array of quality hotels on offer to suit all budgets. And fortunately you can find cheap hotels in Palma de Mallorca without compromising on comfort, style and those postcard-worthy views. Easy to navigate, this compact coastal capital, a short drive from Palma airport, is bursting with culture, historic attractions, shops and restaurants, all easily reached on foot. So from characterful former manor houses to urban, chic and contemporary refurbished properties, here’s our pick of the best budget hotels in Palma de Mallorca, with doubles as low as €80/£71 per night in low season.
Modern, friendly and relaxed, the four-star deluxe Nakar Hotel is the city’s first with a with a rooftop sundeck and infinity splash pool, a destination bar and restaurant led by acclaimed chef Miguel Calent, and soothing subterranean spa with two treatment rooms, a hamman, sauna and heated relaxation pool. It sits on the edge of the historic old town, just a few doors from elegant El Cortes Ingles department store and across the street from famed 17th-century tearoom C’an Joan de S’Aigo and many bars, cafés and restaurants. Sound-proofed, oak-floored rooms are spacious and bright with earth-hued textiles.
Located on a bustling street in the central shopping district, this beautifully restored townhouse makes the perfect budget base for exploring the city. At night the area can be a little edgy but it is full of character and conveniently close to bars and restaurants. Interiors are chic and tastefully decorated, with bags of Mallorcan artisanal flourishes (tiled floors, hand-woven Mallorcan lampshades) and original features. There’s an open bar and dining area, a small terrace, library, plus 23 snug and simply designed rooms, four of which are superiors with ample terraces. A generous breakfast is included, and the three-course lunch menu is just €13.90 (£12.50).
This classy property occupies an enviably exclusive position at the quieter end of Playa de Palma’s golden beach. The vast lobby with its lofty wood ceiling, living wall of striking green foliage and restful cream, green and turquoise colour scheme sets the hotel’s tone as chic and blissfully tranquil. Excellent amenities include indoor and external pools, complimentary fitness classes, evening entertainment, a spa and a fine-dining rooftop restaurant. There’s the option to stay all-inclusive, and those with Star Prestige status have access to a private lounge and pool with complimentary drinks and snacks.
With its enviably exclusive position right on the beachfront in Cala Major, this grand and glitzy hotel is the perfect seaside retreat. The landmark property was named Nixe after the historic yacht owned by Archduke Luis Salvador, and has attracted the great and good with famed guests including Errol Flynn and Grace Kelly. A vast, pillared lobby and lounge with piano bar and sea facing terrace sets the tone for this hacienda style palace. With three restaurants, a full service spa, indoor and outdoor pool, it ticks all the boxes and is just a five-minute drive from central Palma.
The Hotel Joan Miró Museum, with its unmistakable bold, jazzy blue and red neon sign, is the world’s first hotel dedicated to the famed Catalan artist’s memory. Local interior designer Xisco Gayà has skilfully ensured that every inch of the hotel is a shrine to the artist. Staff members are friendly, knowledgeable, welcoming and happy to assist with organising tours and excursions. All are well versed about Joan Miró, his life and works. Outside there is a dining terrace, generous pool with children’s area, and a cyclists’ workshop and bike storage zone. The nearest pleasant sandy beach is a 10-minute walk.
The four-star Palau Sa Font is a hidden gem right in the heart of La Lonja, the old, historic fishing quarter. The distinctive and attractive rose-hued townhouse harks back to the 16th century and yet has been sensitively modernised to become a sleek yet cosy hotel with exposed stone walls and contemporary artwork. There are 19 simple and smart rooms spread across two floors, decorated in red and blue with tasteful Majorcan upholstery. Offering exceptional value for solo travellers and couples, the property includes a pretty internal patio, a tempting rooftop splash pool and peaceful solarium away from the bustle.
Tucked away in a quiet enclave directly behind Calle San Miguel and close to all amenities, sights and local transport, this four-star is the perfect hideaway for an all-year-round city break. Guests are offered a glass of cava on arrival and the reception team does its best to assist with any requests. The hotel has limited facilities but there is a splash pool situated on the second floor that can be reserved on a first come, first serve basis. There are 37 rooms including Juniors and Suites, 11 of which have terraces or balconies. Most are on the snug side, but comfortable, with wood flooring, neutral décor and green accents.
This good-value and comfortable urban getaway just off the bustling Paseo del Borne is quirky and full of character. Interiors marry 17th-century Majorcan architecture with modern industrial design: décor is at times daring and bohemian, offering a sense of fun and irony to the labyrinth of corridors, staircases and terraces. The pièce de résistance on the first floor is the lovely bright dining-room-cum-bar and tranquil, leafy, wood-decked courtyard. For the sporty, there’s a small al fresco gym as well as a peaceful roof terrace with charming vistas over the old town. Staff are hugely willing and friendly.
Once a grand 19th-century mansion, this renovated, chic, urbane, superior four-star boutique hotel offers elegant accommodation, a dazzling private roof terrace and an excellent Mediterranean dining experience. Requests for restaurant bookings, tours and bike and boat hire are met with enthusiastic efficiency and great courtesy. There are 19 comfortable, individually styled rooms spread across four floors, comprising a spectacular Sky suite with private terrace and heated whirlpool tub, three corner suites, and 15 deluxe and standard doubles. All windows are double-glazed to ensure a peaceful night’s sleep.