Can Alberti 1740 – Menorca
Hotel Type: A 5* luxury boutique townhouse.
Location: Right in Mahon old town and located close to Mahon Harbour, Can Alberti is only a minute’s walk from the centre and a short ride away from the airport.
Style: Refined Menorcan chic.
Rooms: 14 elegant rooms and suites.
Our Favourite Room: Suite Number 12 has incredible views of Mahon old town’s most ancient and quietest streets, while the interior includes a beautiful bathroom with a bath.
Ideal For: Those seeking a city break with lots of culture.
Swimming: There’s no swimming pool available at Can Alberti, but there’s plenty of beaches to choose from nearby including family-friendly ones, where you can enjoy gorgeous sea views.
Dining: Start the day with a breakfast full of locally sourced produce in the hotel’s shaded courtyard or dining room. The hotel team is also on hand to guide you through their restaurant recommendations to find the perfect lunch or dinner spot.
Children: Children are welcome, with some rooms being able to interconnect.
Activities: Ready for some R&R? Enjoy Can Alberti’s range of treatments and massages, or book into a Pilates or yoga class. Ideal for nature lovers, explore Mahon and the rest of the island on the historic walking path of Cami de Cavalls or head to one of the many beaches, from the family-friendly beaches to unspoilt beaches with views of crystal-clear waters. With a colourful and varied history, delight in the heritage of many of Menorca’s museums and art galleries.
Spa: Indulge in on-site spa services thanks to a vast menu of massages and treatments, Pilates classes and yoga sessions.
Accessibility: The hotel includes a room designed to be wheelchair friendly with a bigger entrance and modified bathroom.
Low Season Price From: €180 per night for a Cozy Room, including breakfast.
High Season Price From: €295 per night for a Cozy Room, including breakfast.
Open: April to December.
Named after the year in which it was built and the family whose home it was, Can Alberti 1740 is a delightful find, tucked away in the capital’s old town. The Alberti coat of arms stands prominently over the door, and the house’s rich history is evident throughout. It’s the perfect place from which to explore the architecturally beautiful city of Mahon for a couple of days, or as the stepping stone to discovering the entire island. We love the easy elegance and simple sophistication of Can Alberti, with the interiors true to their eighteenth century origins. There’s a laid back vibe that runs through it, and across the city as a whole, with the service being relaxed, informal and exceptionally engaging. This is a place for slowing down and wrapping yourself in Menorcan authenticity.
Spread over three floors, each of the rooms and suites are completely individual in style, decorated in earthy tones and fabrics, with a mix of antique of antique furniture. With high ceilings, terracotta and oak floors, they are all light, airy and supremely comfortable. Bathrooms feature a walk in shower, and some also have a free standing bath. The Cozy Rooms are reassuringly spacious and relaxing, with some of them having a terrace or balcony. The larger Deluxe Rooms look out over the Governer’s Palace or the courtyard, whilst the Deluxe Rooms with patio have a private outdoor space or roof terrace looking out across Mahon. The Suites are wonderfully spacious, with enormous bathrooms. Families love the Terrace Suite, whose living area can be made into a bedroom for two. Outside, is a decked terrace with sun loungers.
The a la carte breakfasts, served in the shady courtyard, are fresh and bountiful. All the ingredients – the cheeses, ham and fruit – are local, and we highly recommend the “ensaimadas”, traditional Menorcan pastries and tortilla. For lunch and dinner, you’re spoilt for choice with pavement cafés, tapas bars and no end of superb restaurants. Ask the team for a recommendation, and they’ll book it for you. You can’t go wrong with eating out in one of their personal favourites. In the evenings, help yourself to a gin and tonic from the honesty bar, and sip it slowly on the roof terrace with 360 degree views of the city and the bay.
There are no specific facilities for children, but they are immensely welcome. Some of the rooms can interconnect, and others have extra beds making them ideal for families.
Mahon is full of artisan galleries, boutique shops (the island is famous for shoes), flea markets, food markets and most importantly, first class restaurants. It’s a city for immersing yourself in. Wander through the maze of narrow back streets, sip coffee in squares, and admire the Georgian architecture – a reminder of when Menorca was ruled by the English. The natural harbour – one of the longest in the world – is lined with cafés and restaurants, and if you’d like to explore on the water, this is the place to go from. Mahon has one of the oldest opera houses in Spain, with regular performances throughout the year – so it’s definitely a good idea to check what’s on over your stay. The team at Can Alberti know the city inside out and are on hand with suggestions of what to visit and when. If you’re there between June and September, you’ll be more than likely to come across at least one fiesta – where horses are paraded through the streets, accompanied by much dancing and music, often ending with fireworks late into the evening. For longer stays, it’s easy to venture out of Mahon and explore the interior of the island, to find yourself a secluded beach for the day. In the vaults below Can Alberti, there’s a marble lined treatment room, where therapists have an extensive range of massages, and private sessions of yoga and pilates can also be arranged. Suffice to say, you’ll come home feeling totally restored.
Awarded four stars as part of the Free Plastics Balearics programme, systems are in place at Can Alberti to reduce the amount of plastic packaging and stationery used as much as possible, instead opting for sustainable or recycled substitutes. This detail can also be seen in the hotel’s choice of amenities and minibar products, where they’ve tried to pick products that are sustainable in their packaging and contents.