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Where to stay in Palma de Mallorca (Areas + Hotels)

We love Mallorca! In fact, we’ve recently returned from yet another visit to this part of the world.

One of the most popular Spanish vacation destinations in Europe, this Balearic Island gem is packed with so much to do.

We’ve written about where to stay in Mallorca and the island’s top hotels. But if it’s your first time, or for most visitors really, the place to start or end your visit is the capital – Palma de Mallorca. 

That’s Palma for short, by the way. (And a few days here should be on everyone’s Mallorca travel itinerary!)

Here, we zero in and cover the best areas to stay in Palma de Mallorca, including some of the city’s best hotels. We’ve stayed at many of them during our visits to Palma.

Where to stay in Palma de Mallorca? Stay in the Old Town to be close to the Gothic cathedral.
The big attraction in Palma is its historic cathedral

Where to stay in Palma de Mallorca

There are five main Palm de Mallorca neighborhoods where you might want to stay.

Each offers something different to suit different travelers – from central hotspots to family-friendly locales.

Map showing the Old Town and areas around Palma de Mallorca
Map showing the Old Town and areas around Palma de Mallorca

Old Town of Palma de Mallorca

Palma de Mallorca’s Old Town is the place to stay in the city, especially for first-timers.

Why? It’s stuffed full of all the top sights, eateries and charm that the island’s capital has to offer (not to mention some great hotels).

Wander the cobbled narrow streets, watching life go by in shaded plazas and stopping off to enjoy refreshments at any number of cafés and eateries. It’s a joy to explore!

Can Forteza Ray is a beautiful Art Nouveau building in the Old Town
Can Forteza Ray is a beautiful Art Nouveau building in the Old Town

It’s called the Old Town for a reason. There’s plenty of historic architecture to discover, from Gothic churches to Moorish baths and palaces.

Two main highlights are the Royal Palace of La Almudaina and Palma’s 13th-century cathedral, known as La Seu (get your skip-the-line-tickets here).

You’ll find more than history in Palma de Mallorca too.

The Olivar Market has been hawking meats, cheeses, fruits and fresh seafood since the 1950s. Go there to eat, or simply browse.

As for accommodations, the Old Town offers lots of good choices, including luxury and boutique options. Some even have top amenities like swimming pools and rooftop terraces.

1) Petit Palace Hotel Tres

For our first trip to Mallorca, we chose the 4-star Petit Palace Hotel Tres.

This minimalist boutique hotel is ideally located right in Palma’s Old Town, just a short walk to Palma’s landmark Gothic cathedral.

Petit Palace Hotel Tres offers modern comforts in the heart of Palma's historical center.
Hotel Tres offers modern comforts in the heart of Palma’s historical center

The 41 moderately-priced rooms are split between two buildings, one a 16th century palazzo (which we prefer) and the other a modern block.

In the middle is a stone courtyard sprouting a towering palm tree, under which 30’s-something guests linger, checking out emails on their phones and laptops.

Petit Palace Hotel Tres is one of the best boutique hotels in Palma de Mallorca.
Rooms at Hotel Tres are decorated with eye-catching prints of nudes

Guest rooms are snug, but the open bedroom/bathroom design helps make them feel bigger, and the Hotel Tres signature table that rolls over the bed is a clever space-saver.

White walls, wood floors and lots of glass lend a clean spare look.

Several rooms have king-size beds – hard to find in Mallorca.

Petit Palace Hotel Tres
For extra space and comfort, book a junior suite

The rooftop terrace features a small splash pool.

And sunset is the time to soak up the views from here over Palma’s rooftops!

It may be small, but the pool is a cool spot to catch the sunset

Bonus: WiFi is free, rates include a plentiful breakfast and complimentary iPads are available to use.

Why stay at Petit Palace Hotel Tres?

It’s one of the best hotels in Palma de Mallorca in terms of location. You’re right in the heart of the capital’s lively Old Town!

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2) Can Bordoy

Can Bordoy is one of our favorite places to stay in Palma da Mallorca Old Town.
Can Bordoy is one of our favorite places to stay in Palma da Mallorca Old Town

At Hotel Can Bordoy, tucked away in the Old Town of Palma de Mallorca, you’re stepping into a slice of 1940s Hollywood.

The place oozes glamor with its crystal chandeliers, velvet drapes and black painted wood floors, complemented by gold fixtures.

Guest room at Can Bordoy, Palma de Mallorca
Guest room at Can Bordoy

We stayed here in Palma on our most recent trip trip to Mallorca.

Our loft-stye room was very atmospheric, with an aqua velvet fainting couch, mood lighting and a large vintage radio that served as the mini-bar. The extra-huge king bed had individual controls to raiser and lower the shoulder and hip sections.

The large bathroom had an oval-shaped free-standing tub as well as a separate rain shower with gold fixtures.

There aren’t too many Palma de Mallorca hotels with pools in the Old Town. But Can Bordoy has two. They’re tiny, mind you – but big enough for a dip.

The rooftop pool offers great Old Town views (but it was too sunny and hot for us during our early October visit).

The shady garden pool, nestled among leafy trees, was our preferred spot after sightseeing all day. But it only has six lounge chairs, so you might not find an available chair.

Can Bordoy garden pool
The garden pool offers a cool respite from the heat

What’s cool: Breakfast (included in the rates) can be enjoyed anytime up until 11:00 pm at night.

It’s the outstanding service that makes this 5-star gem stand out as one of the top hotels in Palma de Mallorca, however.

From welcoming us with cava to restaurant recommendations and directions, the staff couldn’t have been more attentive or accommodating.

Why stay at Can Bordoy?

While centrally located for exploring the capital, this Palma de Mallorca boutique hotel is a serene and elegant escape from the hustle and bustle of the Old Town.

Also, its Botanic garden restaurant is a lovely spot for a delicious plant-forward dinner by candlelight.

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3) Can Cera

One of the best Palma de Mallorca hotels is Can Cera, a refurbished 17th century palace.
One of the best Palma de Mallorca hotels is Can Cera, a refurbished 17th century palace

If your accommodation wish list includes an exquisite luxury boutique hotel in Palma’s Old Town – one that oozes history and has a prime location too – get thee to Can Cera!

(And sorry, little ones. This hotel is just for grown-ups.)

The hotel has 14 spacious and elegantly furnished rooms and suites. They’re decorated with a mix of antiques, carved woodwork and hand-woven bed covers.

The Can Cera Suite was once the palace's ballroom.
The Can Cera Suite was once the palace’s ballroom

Check out the grand wood-paneled library. And take in the spectacular views of the city from the rooftop sun terrace.

Located off Santa Eulalia Placa, Can Cera is within steps of Palma’s lively bars, cafés and antique bookshops. The cathedral, Almudaina Palace and Parc de la Mar are just a brisk five-minute jaunt away.

Interested in activity recommendations and bookings – like museum and wine cellar visits, horseback riding, golfing or a sea trip on Can Cera’s own Italian-designed Pardo 43 boat?

The hotel’s friendly concierge service team is on hand to help.

Why stay at Can Cera?

Be in the heart of it all in Palma – with easy access to shops, the best restaurants and historic sights – while delighting in Can Cera’s lavish Renaissance-style decor and 5-star services.

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4) El Llorenc Parc de la Mar

A cool pool scene right in Palma da Mallorca? Say hello to El Llorenc Parc de la Mar!
A cool pool scene right in Palma da Mallorca? Say hello to El Llorenc Parc de la Mar!

Calling all adults favoring a boutique Palma hotel with a pool!

Facing the sea – and crowned with a glorious rooftop infinity pool – El Llorenc Parc de la Mar has got you covered.

Its Moorish-inspired contemporary design is catnip for design enthusiasts and luxury hotel aficionados.

The rooftop beach club is winner.

Soak in the panoramic views of Palma Bay as you lounge poolside on a Balinese sun bed underneath emerald-green feathered parasols. While you’re at it, enjoy a refreshing drink and bistro snack from the terrace cocktail bar.

We love these Moroccan-inspired daybeds at El Llorenc Parc de la Mar.
We love these Moroccan-inspired daybeds!

Renowned local chef Santi Taura runs both of the hotel’s restaurants.

DINS offers a fine-dining experience with gastronomic Majorcan cuisine that gets rave reviews.

Maybe pick the sea bass with Mallorcan red wine sauce or roasted suckling pig with sour pomegranate sauce? Or go for the multi-course tasting menu and be surprised.

DINS is celebrated as one of the top restaurants in Palma de Mallorca.
DINS is celebrated as one of the top restaurants in Palma de Mallorca

Tucked away in Palma’s medieval quarter of La Calatrava, El Llorenc is located near all the major sights.

A 15-minute walk east takes you to the Portixol district (see further down below), known for its fish restaurants and charming bars.

Why stay at El Llorenc Parc de la Mar?

One of the top luxury hotels in Palma de Mallorca, it’s a little slice of design heaven.

Facing the Balearic Sea, it’s just minutes from the major sights of Palma. And its roof terrace is sensational!

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Cala Major

A little over two miles to the west of the Old Town lies Cala Major.

Famed for its beautiful Blue Flag-certified beach, this part of Palma de Mallorca is ideal for beach bums and families alike.

With an inviting sandy beach, Cala Major is a great place to stay in Palma de Mallorca
With an inviting sandy beach, Cala Major is a great place to stay in Palma de Mallorca

But it’s not just about days on the sand.

Staying here also means you’re just a short distance (a 5-minute taxi ride) from the city’s main attractions back in the Old Town. 

Cala Major has a couple of its own attractions too.

There’s the Fundacio Miro Mallorca (or Miro Museum). It showcases paintings, sculptures and studio works by the famous Spanish painter and sculptor, Joan Miro.

You’ll also the find the Palace of Marivent – a lavish estate built for the Spanish Royal Family in the 1920s. Come here to stroll its lush, perfectly manicured gardens.

Days at Cala Major are the perfect balance between coastal hangout and city exploration. Best of all, there are a couple of great options we recommend for hotels in this resort area.

5) Nixe Palace

For high-end accommodations, look no further than Nixe Palace.

Nixe Palace is a 5-star hotel right on the beach in Palma de Mallorca
Nixe Palace is a 5-star hotel right on the beach in Palma de Mallorca

Set right next to Cala Major Beach, and within easy walking distance to sights like the Marivent Palace, it’s not only chic but convenient to boot.

The air-conditioned rooms here are fresh and modern. Think big comfy beds, relaxing seating areas and spacious bathrooms – all decked out in a calming color palette. 

Some rooms have their own sun-drenched terrace overlooking the ocean – a dreamy way to spend your downtime.

Take a dip in the outdoor swimming pool, unwind with a treatment in the hotel’s spa or you could even work up a sweat in the gym.

You don’t have to go far to find a delicious bite to eat – Nixe Palace has three onsite eateries.

Why stay at Nixe Palace Hotel?

It’s a great option for a smart, yet unpretentious place to stay in Cala Major. It’s one of best hotels in Palma de Mallorca on the beach.

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6) Castillo Hotel Son Vida

Few hotels in the capital can beat the celebrity guest list of Castillo Hotel Son Vida.

Everyone from Michael Douglas, super-model Claudia Schiffer, rock musician Sting and the Spanish royal family have bedded down at this 5-star hotel in Palma de Mallorca.

The Castillo Hotel Son Vida is one of the best 5 star hotels in Mallorca.
Suitable for royalty? Sure!

Castillo Hotel Son Vida perches high above the Bay of Palma. Located in the prestigious residential Son Vida neighborhood – the “Beverly Hills of Mallorca” – it’s about three miles north of Cala Major.

It’s a peaceful retreat, surrounded by cypresses and pines. Yet it’s only 15 minutes by car, bus or taxi from the buzz of Palma de Mallorca Old Town.

Where to stay in Mallorca
Stay at this luxury hotel in Palma de Mallorca, and you join a guest list of who’s who

Part of Marriott’s Luxury Collection, the 13th century castle hotel (complete with a knight statue in full shining armor in the lobby) has 164 rooms and suites.

Interiors include gilt-framed mirrors, Juliet balconies overlooking the twinkling lights of the city, and fresh-cut long-stem roses on antique dressers.

By day, take a dip in the grand outdoor pool set amid palms and pine trees, or tee off on any one of three nearby championship golf courses.

Hotel Castillo Son Vida pool
This pool is so seductive, it was hard to rouse ourselves to go out and explore!

At night, dine on the outdoor stone terrace, lit by crystal oil lamps.

A spa features a state-of-the-art gym and light-filled treatment rooms with underfloor heating.

Why stay at Castillo Hotel Son Vida?

The outdoor pool is so elegant, you could happily spend all day relaxing by it in a plush lounger, sipping cocktails (margaritas?) and wondering if you’re ever going to explore Palma!

This is one of the best luxury hotels in Palma de Mallorca – one you don’t really want to leave. And when we stayed here at the end of our first Mallorca trip, we didn’t. It’s one of our all-time favorite hotels!

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Santa Catalina

If you like vacation destinations to be hipster-friendly, come to Santa Catalina.

This fishing village turned fashionable enclave is perhaps the coolest place to stay in Palma de Mallorca. In recent decades, the once rough-around-the-edges area has come alive with trendy cafés, cool eateries and late-night bars and clubs.

It’s also within easy walking distance of the Old Town. (It took us about 15 minutes to get from the cathedral to Santa Catalina.)

You’ll have fun exploring this part of town. It’s bursting with energy, endlessly photogenic with Instagram opportunities round every corner. It’s also ideal for insatiable foodies who love trying the hottest places to eat and drink.

7) Hotel Bordoy Continental Palma

Hotel Bordoy Continental Palma
This classy traditional hotel is a great value place to stay in Palma

Occupying an ornate historic building, Hotel Bordoy Continental Palma is perfectly situated among the trendy streets of Santa Catalina.

This 4-star hotel offers spacious rooms that pair period features with modern simplicity. It’s the ideal bolthole to return to after a busy day of sunbathing and exploring.

But really, one of the best parts about staying at this hotel is the Old World grandeur of it all. Take a seat in the lobby and soak it all up, sipping a cocktail before heading out into the city.

Amenities include a fitness room and hot tub.

Why stay at Hotel Bordoy Continental Palma?

You’ll be close to all the eateries, bars and boutiques of Santa Catalina. It also offers good value for money in terms of location and service.

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Portixol

The Portixol waterfront in Palma de Mallorca
Part of the Portixol waterfront

To the east of the Old Town, you’ll find Portixol.

This polished part of town sits proudly on a curving bay, hugging a long stretch of sandy beach and its very own yacht club.

It’s a piece of paradise in Palma de Mallorca. There’s a cosmopolitan feel in the air, thanks to its exciting mix of restaurants, beach area and coastal walks, not to mention the upscale vibes.

Portixol has its fair share of luxury resorts and hotels too.

Life in this part of Palma de Mallorca revolves around the beachside promenade.

Stretching for 8 miles from Palma and beyond Portixol to El Arenal, this attractive bicycle-and-pedestrian walkway is lined by terrace eateries and beaches. Sun worshippers, bicyclists and roller bladers alike revel in the sunshine and glistening sea views.

A couple bicycling along Palma's seaside promenade
Bicycling along Palma’s seaside promenade

8) Portixol Hotel & Restaurant

For comfortable rooms and sea views alike, book yourself a few nights at this stylish hotel.

Portixol Hotel & Restaurant is the ideal spot for unwinding in style.

The boutique Portixol Hotel is a top choice for a seaside stay in Palma, close to the Old Town.
The boutique Portixol Hotel is a top choice for a seaside stay in Palma, close to the Old Town

The rooms here are immaculately decorated. They combine mid-century modern design touches and splashes of Balearic aesthetics for an effortlessly cool result.

Many rooms come with their own private balcony – which means a morning coffee with a view of the sparkling Mediterranean Sea. It’s a great start to the day!

Continue with a dip in the sunny outdoor swimming pool, take a stroll to the nearby beach or sun yourself on a lounger without having to lift a finger.

Why stay at Portixol Hotel & Restaurant?

It’s one of the best places to stay in Palma de Mallorca for a seaside hotel – one that’s just a short walk away (about 10 to 15 minutes) from the Old Town.

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Playa de Palma

This is our top choice for where to stay in Palma for families.

Family-friendly beaches, plenty of resorts and a number of child-friendly activities keep everyone entertained in this slice of the capital.

Be sure to bicycle along the seaside promenade that winds along the coast from the Old Town to El Arenal. It’s a fun way to explore with kids in tow.

Note that this part of town does get lively – and pretty busy – in the height of summer. That’s thanks to the number of bars and restaurants, particularly nearer the El Arenal end of town. 

9) Iberostar Selection Llaut Palma

Serene guest room at Iberostar Selection Llaut Palma
Serene guest room at Iberostar Selection Llaut Palma

If you’re not traveling with kids, this adults-only hotel in Playa de Palma is a great place to stay in a grown-up setting near the beach.

Every aspect of the 185-room hotel has been tastefully and carefully decorated. It’s a masterclass in interior design.

But this isn’t the only reason why it’s one of the best resorts in Palma de Mallorca.

Its long list of amenities also helps. There’s the inviting outdoor pool and sun terrace, multiple bars and restaurants (three, to be exact) and a relaxing spa for indulgent treatments.

Why stay at Iberostar Selection Llaut Palma?

Everything here feels top-notch. Not only does it look nice, but the service is excellent too.

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That’s it for our guide on the best areas and hotels in Palma de Mallorca!

With hotels galore, each one serving up all kinds of chic, there’s no shortage of places for you to pick for your urban adventure in Palma.

Whether it’s a relaxing beachside spot, or a palace fit for royalty, there’s a hotel that’s just right for you!


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Where to stay in Palma de Mallorca

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Photo credits: 3, 4, 8, 10, 23 © Janice and George Mucalov, SandInMySuitcase | Other hotel photos courtesy of the respective Palma de Mallorca hotels


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Luxury travel journalists and SATW, NATJA and TMAC “Best Travel Blog” award winners, Janice and George Mucalov are the publishers of Sand In My Suitcase. Between them, they’ve traveled to all 7 continents. See About.

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