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Sant Francesc – Mallorca

The detail

Hotel Type: 5* city boutique retreat.

Location: In the heart of Palma old town, close to the cathedral and the marina – just 25 minutes from the airport.

Style: Designer townhouse.

Rooms: 42 individually styled rooms and suites.

Our Favourite Room: We love the views of the plaza and Gothic Sant Francesc Church from the Sant Francesc Junior Suite. With tall French doors and a balcony, there’s no better way to start the day than soaking in that gorgeous scenery. 

Ideal For: City breaks & a base for exploring Mallorca.

Swimming: There’s a rooftop pool with a bar and sunloungers, complete with views overlooking the city. For those who prefer to dip their toes in the sea, the beach is close by.

Dining: Guests can enjoy modern Spanish cuisine made from seasonal and local produce in the Quadrant restaurant. There’s also a rooftop bar for light snacks, and a Lobby Bar for a pre-dinner apéritif.

Children: A very grown up retreat – families are welcome.

Activities: After basking in the sun on the hotel’s rooftop terrace, Sant Francesc is conveniently located to explore everything Palma has to offer. It’s a stone throw’s away from some key attractions including Sant Francesc Basilica and the Royal Palace of La Almudaina. Mallorca is easy to get around so we recommend exploring further afield too. 

Spa: The hotel’s wellbeing space includes an extensive menu of treatments including deep tissue massages, manicures and foot reflexology. There’s also a fitness room found in the hotel’s old water cistern. It includes free weights and a TRX kit. 

Accessibility: There’s a wheelchair-friendly Superior room with a bathroom that’s been adapted for wheelchairs including a low sink and accessible shower. Holding bars for the shower can be added upon request.

Low Season Price From: €210 for a Double Room including breakfast.

High Season Price From: €375 for a Double Room including breakfast.

Open From: All year round.

A 19th century mansion in the heart of Palma old town, Sant Francesc is now an understated and elegant retreat. The renovation is artful and faultless, retaining all the original features and combining it with contemporary design. Modern art and photography adorn the walls, and the dark wood and stone give it a cool and sophisticated ambience. It centres around an olive filled courtyard, where guests can relax and savour the peace of their surroundings, and on the rooftop terrace with its pool, you have a 360 degree view of Palma, the Mediterranean and the Tramuntana mountains. On arrival you receive a warm and attentive welcome, and throughout your stay nothing is too much trouble – the service is exceptional. Whether Sant Francesc is for a weekend break or the beginning of a tour of Mallorca, you’ll be sure to want to return.

Accommodation

Each of the 42 rooms and suites is individually and tastefully styled and many have a balcony looking out over Plaza Sant Francesc or the hotel gardens. Sleek, with neutral tones, dark wood and soft lighting, they have incredibly comfortable king size beds made up with the finest Egyptian cotton. The spacious and contemporary Superior Rooms are elegant with a large bathroom, whilst the very modern Deluxe Rooms are even larger. For more space, the Privilege Rooms have a living area and some feature a balcony. The Junior Suites are beautifully styled, with an enormous bathroom and most have a balcony or a terrace. We love the frescoed high ceilings in the Junior Suites Sant Francesc. Not only do you get an original view lying in your bed, but you also look right out at the plaza and the gothic church from your very tall French doors and balcony. For exclusivity, La Torre Studio takes some beating. Spread over three floors, it comes with a roof top terrace with Jacuzzi and a stunning panoramic view of Palma and beyond. Or, choose the grand and supremely elegant Sant Francesc Suite, with its frescoed ceilings, art adorned walls and balconies overlooking the plaza.

Restaurants

The Balearics are creating some of the finest food in Spain, and here at Sant Francesc, under the leadership of head chef Alvar Albaladejo, the standard of the food is outstanding. Seasonal, fresh and local produce and traditional dishes given a contemporary twist litter the menu and are mouthwateringly delicious. Dine here for lunch or dinner and make sure you pair it with a Mallorcan wine. You can’t stay here without spending some of your time on the rooftop with its pool and sunloungers. And happily there’s a bar that serves cool drinks and light snacks. The atmospheric Lobby Bar is the ideal place for an aperitif before dinner, or before the evening passeo.

Children

Sant Francesc is a very grown up retreat, although families are welcome. Babysitting can also be arranged.

Activities

This is an exceptional hotel from which to explore Palma and beyond. Wandering the narrow, winding streets of the old town is the best way to get to know the city, and you’re just a stone’s throw from all the major sites. The cathedral is a five minute walk, and just beyond is the marina. The shopping here is exceptional, as is the choice of restaurants and tapas bars. Mallorca is a very easy island to navigate round, so you can reach beaches and the towns of Deia, Santanyi and Pollensa without too much trouble. The drive up into the Tramuntana mountains will reward you with staggeringly beautiful views and plenty of places to stop en route. You’ll also see why it’s so popular with cyclists. There are numerous golf courses on the island and we recommend a winery tour or two. Back at Sant Francesc, there’s a gym in the basement, the former water cistern and a couple of treatment rooms. You certainly won’t be short of things to do and see.

Pricing & Availability

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