November 30, 2023

Puro Grand Hotel, Palma

OVERVIEW: This stylishly-renovated 15th-century palace is one of three historic, five-star Puro Group hotels, all within a stone’s throw of each other in the cobbled streets of Palma’s old town, surrounded by high-end galleries, tapas restaurants, bars and boutiques and within a short walk of the city’s famous cathedral. It opened in summer 2022.

THE CHECK-IN: The lobby-cum-gallery is full of eye-catching pieces of art – paintings, murals, sculptures and giant, contemporary light-fittings – perfectly blending with the wood, stone and marble of the restored beams, arches and floors. Stairs with ornate banisters spiral around the courtyard-style space and up to the 15 suites above. Apart from the discreet check-in desk on the left (itself a work of art) it felt like we were walking into a palace, or a luxurious Mediterreanean home.

THE SUITE: Our spacious suite, number 11, is particularly special as during the hotel’s renovation, which took almost two years, developers uncovered 12th-century beams with Arabic scripts, which have been painstakingly restored and can be admired from the king-size bed. An ensuite has double sinks, a stand-alone bath and a walk-in shower, and SeaSkin toiletries. Shutters kept out any noise, although it’s not in a busy street.

THE BUSINESS: The hotel’s lobby/breakfast room would be perfect for a meeting, with private alcoves to discuss business. If you want even more privacy, nextdoor is The Puro House, also part of this trio of boutique hotels, with stately rooms and an outdoor terrace that can be hired for exclusive use.

THE FACILITIES: Breakfast is served in an area just beyond the lobby. It has an open kitchen so you can see the chefs preparing your organic eggs and delicious toasties. My ‘simply avocado’ – rye bread with crushed avocado, pomegranate, toasted almonds and mint – was a work of art. There’s also fresh fruit, croissants and freshly-baked cakes to tuck into.

THE VERDICT: You’ll feel like a VIP in this luxurious but intimate hotel, which is the perfect urban retreat. Puro Group also owns two beach clubs on the island, one close to the airport where you can relax in a poolside cabana and take a dip before checking in for an evening flight.

THE DETAILS: Carrer del Forn de la Glòria, Palma. Suites from €400 a night,

Bev Fearis