Travel & Getaways
Urban Archaeology in Palma
Located in a part of Palma that is swathed in venerable charm, the Hotel Cort is an intriguing link between the city’s chic cosmopolitanism and traditional allure. It is the ideal base for visitors seeking a haven away from the island’s ritzier beach resorts but still in the heart of a bustling epicentre of Mallorquín life.
Opened in 2013, the hotel rises amidst the cobblestoned surroundings of Plaça Cort, a central plaza that is home to Palma’s Baroque-era town hall and a centuries-old olive tree that has become a natural meeting place for both locals and tourists. The sea is about 10 minutes away on foot and the nearest beach, Anima Beach Palma, a 15-minute walk.
Like “an island within an island”, Hotel Cort comprises 14 serene and spacious suites and two double rooms, including the 70 square metre duplex Island Suite with living room, bedroom and private rooftop terrace; and such varied amenities as a private red wine bar and mini bar, fireplace and luxurious double shower (Duplex Suite) and private library (The Suite and Junior Suite).
They were designed by self-styled “urban archaeologist” Lázaro Rosa-Violán, whose framed maps, naked timber boards and cool splashes of ultra-marine hues are inspired by the nearby Mediterranean and Scandinavian maritime history – creating a homely yet indulgent ambience.
His work is complemented by that of the architects, Vicente Alcover Ripoll and Luis Moranta Jaume. The 100-year-old building (formerly a bank) shares some of the same features as the nearby 17th-century town hall, including delicate stone mouldings around the window edges and elegant sandstone balconies.
The restaurant offers Mallorquín-Mediterranean cuisine and an expansive terrace extending onto the plaza; while the hotel also has an Oyster Bar and Raw Bar with live cutting of Iberian cured ham, a Mezzanine Bar and 24-hour room service, as well as a rooftop pool with jacuzzi and sun-beds and in-room spa treatments and massages available on request – plus a boardroom with natural daylight overlooking the plaza.