About your accommodation options in Mallorca
There is a wide selection of accommodation in Mallorca, from the grand old dame hotels in Palma, to the more intimate boutique style hotels and fincas (traditional farmhouses), lavish villas, apartments and plenty of budget accommodation (particularly in the purpose built beach resorts).
It is worth noting that all accommodation in Spain is strictly classified and graded by the government. Hotels are rated from one to five stars but we have found there is a lot of variation in comfort and appeal, even within each grade. Note that stars awarded to a hotel are related more to room size than luxuriousness.
Hostals, with fewer facilities than hotels are often just as comfortable and have a rating from one star to three stars. A hotel residencia or hostal residencia is one that does not serve evening meals.
Holiday villas are another popular choice, and you can choose from owners-direct properties, or book through a UK based operator.
Apartments in Mallorca
Most of the apartment rentals are within the purpose built resorts and are managed by tour operators. These apartment blocks have been specially designed and built for tourists and have plenty of facilities for those with children.
For more individual and larger apartments you will probably have to go through a local rental agent or just browse apartments directly to arrange your rental privately. There are some amazing penthouse suites if your wallet will stretch, but the choice is endless – you just have to choose which part of Mallorca you want to base yourself.
Boutique hotels in Mallorca
In addition to those found in the capital city Palma de Mallorca, many of Mallorca’s villages also now offer a selection of boutique hotels. These tend to be in converted town houses or manor houses within the village centre. Do not be deceived by a seemingly dull façade – behind the entrance more often than not lies spacious reception areas, terraces & courtyards, and sometimes, gardens and a swimming pool. Traditional features mix with modern fixtures & fittings and service levels range from simple bed & breakfast to full on concierge services – expect a corresponding difference in price!
Villages with boutique hotels include Soller, Fornalutx, Deia, Alcudia, Pollenca and Santanyi. Confusingly, some rural hotels also call themselves ‘boutique hotels’ and essentially offer a similar style of small hotel but in the countryside. These rural hotels are also referred to as ‘fincas’ which is the Spanish word for farmhouses. A finca-boutique hotel tends to be more traditionally decorated and will pretty much always offer swimming pools and gardens. A car is often recommended for stays in these more remote locations.
Budget hotels in Mallorca
There are of course some very well priced hotels throughout Mallorca that offer excellent quality accommodation but perhaps lack some of the services a more expensive hotel would offer. Our Budget Hotels page aims to showcase some of the best examples of these hotels on Mallorca.
Camping in Mallorca
The Consell de Mallorca has invested money in renovating hostels along hiking routes to give tired walkers a place to stay for the night. These refuges offer a choice of private rooms and dorms, with toilets, showers and warm water. Some have more services than others (e.g. a kitchen) but most will have a dining area.
It is recommended that you bring your sleeping bag in case there are no beds available. You can make a reservation online or by either contacting the Consell de Mallorca on +971 173 731 or the Institute Balear de la Natura (IBANAT) on +34 971 517 070. Phone lines are open between 9am-2pm for both. Reservations must be made five days in advanced and not more than two months in advance.
The popular week long GR221 walk has hostels at the end of each stage, owned by many organisations ranging from the Consell de Mallorca, Town councils and an Ornithology Group. Hostels along the route include Son Amer, Tossals Verds, Can Boi and Pont Roma, reservations must be made five days in advanced.
An alternative for cheap hostel accommodation is to stay in one of the hilltop sanctuaries. There are around eight of these in Mallorca, and they offer simple rooms with bathroom facilities. Some have a bar or a restaurant.
There are two camp sites on the island. In Lluc there is a camp site called Ca s’Amitger that is only accessible by foot, for further information and reservations call +34 971 517 070. There is also a camp site in Hipocampo in Cales de Mallorca, on the east coast. Call +34 971 833 715.
Several of Mallorca's former monasteries rent out old monks' and pilgrims' cells to travellers. You may not get a shower but you will find peace, a sense of history and unforgettable hilltop views. The best known, at Lluc, is now virtually a hotel; for real solitude, head instead for the Ermita de Bonany, Puig de Maria or the Santuari de Montesio at Porreres.
Luxury hotels in Mallorca
Mallorca is dotted with imposing historic buildings that have been converted into luxury hotels. Ancient monasteries, manor houses, forts, convents & castles have all been lovingly restored and refurbished to create a wide choice of luxurious accommodation in some of the most spectacular settings on Majorca. These hotels do tend to be pricey, but the level of service & the quality of the surroundings justify the expense. Many have spas and gourmet dining restaurants, and the designer bedrooms are equipped with the latest technology.
Mallorca is home to several large five-star luxury resort hotels – well known brands such as Starwood, Sheraton, Melia & Marriott all have grand hotels dotted around the island. Some of these resorts are new builds, others are converted manor houses & castles and all offer everything you could need for your summer holiday. A choice of swimming pools, restaurants, spas & fitness centres and a host of sports & activities to try make these hotels a one-stop-shop for high quality tourism. These hotels also have preferential access to some of Mallorca’s top golf courses. You’ll be able to find family-friendly resorts, which offer kids clubs & entertainments alongside elegant reception rooms, and adults-only hotels for a more tranquil & refined experience.
Rural hotels in Mallorca
The interior of Mallorca is mainly agricultural, with much of the land given over to the main crops of vines, almond trees and fruit trees (oranges & lemons, apricots, figs & olives). This agricultural heritage has resulted in many of the old manor & farmhouses being turned into rural tourist accommodation, and are also known as fincas.
Some of these rural hotels are truly amazing. Fully modernised but retaining the character & charm of the original buildings, these fincas offer a luxurious & peaceful escape at extremely good prices. Generally the fincas will have an informal atmosphere, with between four and ten bedrooms, and will provide breakfast (dinner may have to be requested), have pretty gardens and a swimming pool, and provide modern facilities in the bedrooms (including wifi & satellite TV). The level of service included will be proportional to the price of a room. You will likely need to hire a car to access these retreats, and of course, a car will also be useful to explore the countryside or visit the coast and the beaches. Mallorca is relatively small and wherever you choose to stay, you are unlikely to be more than 20 minutes drive away from the sea. Choose fincas to the west of the plain to be close to the mountains and all the outdoor pursuits on offer here. The east offers the best beaches and a more tranquil pace of life.
Villas in Mallorca
Villa holidays are hugely popular in Mallorca, particularly with families looking to obtain the best value accommodation for their summer holiday. Many of the villa rentals are to be found in the north west of Majorca, in the area surrounding Pollenca but you can secure villas throughout the island. You can book via a local rental agent, tour operator or via the owner directly – whatever you feel most comfortable with.