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Where to Stay in Palma?
There are hotels to suit all budgets in Palma and although rates vary according to season, it is often possible to find cheap hotel deals in the city. Central Palma and the historic old town in particular, are the most attractive places to stay due to their proximity to the city's sights and some of its best restaurants and bars. This characterful area has princely boulevards and narrow lanes to explore and there are also boutiques and shops where it is possible to pick up a souvenir of your stay in Palma.
The city comes alive after dark and the old town is one of the best places to stay if you want to sample its nightlife. There are atmospheric bodegas (wine cellars), chic cocktail bars and funky nightclubs in the area. There is also a decent selection of hotels near the harbour which though not as central, offer pleasant views and easy access to the waterfront.
Palma’s attractive buildings, excellent restaurants and lively nightlife make it a popular short-break destination. As such hotels do get busy and it is a good idea to book ahead to be sure of getting the hotel you want. Otherwise, there are some good last-minute hotel deals to be found, especially if you are flexible.
Palma Accommodation Options
Palma has a solid tourist infrastructure and there is a wide selection of accommodation to choose from. For travellers on a budget, there are affordable options such as hostales (budget hotels) or small family-run pensiones. The city has an impressive array of design-orientated boutique hotels and accommodation in converted historic buildings.
In addition to these independent options, there are international chains and tourist hotels. These have some of the best facilities, including swimming pools and spas. There is a concentration of these near the waterfront. Self-catering apartments and villa rentals are also popular, especially with families and those on longer visits to the city.
Palma Hotel Recommendations?
For five-star services and facilities, consider the Gran Meliá Victoria. It has bay views, a choice of restaurants and a large swimming pool. The Santa Clara Urban Hotel and Spa is located in the heart of Palma's historical old town. It offers boutique accommodation near Palma's main tourist attractions.
The centrally located Hotel Born is situated in a 16th-century former palace and offers simple rooms set around a pleasant courtyard.
Transport in Palma
Palma de Mallorca airport is located 8kms from the city. Regular buses connect the airport and central Palma and there is also a taxi stand at the airport. Car rental from the airport is also available. Within Palma, buses run to local beaches and suburbs.