Choosing a hotel to stay in is one of the most important aspects of planning a trip for me. For a summer break especially, a hotel you love is essential. Even if you aren’t in your room all the time, you’re likely to spend a lot of your holiday by the pool, in the restaurants, using the other facilities, and on top of all that you want it to be in a good location. The Posada Terra Santa in Palma was an absolute dream stay for us recently, ticking every box for a summer city hotel that I’d go back to again tomorrow.
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A boutique hotel, right in the heart of the Gothic Quarter of Palma, Hotel Posada Terra Santa is a converted Spanish mansion over 500 years old. A bit like a townhouse, but with a distinctly Spanish style, inside we found some of the most beautiful unique spaces that made it feel more like a home than a hotel.
Location – Central Palma
The street itself is called Carrer Posada Terra Santa, and is so narrow you actually get dropped off in the taxi at the small square at the end of it, called Placa de Quadrado. So many of the tiny narrow streets in the area are like this, with rows of Spanish shutters above you, archways that give a glimpse of the beautiful architecture that lies just metres away from the street itself.
It’s easy to feel a bit lost among the maze of streets, but the location makes it accessible on foot to so many areas of Palma that you’ll want to be. The bigger, more touristy square Placa Major is a five minute walk away, the famous Palma Cathedral is a ten minutes, the main harbour and beaches are fifteen minutes walk away and so are all of the restaurants, bars and busy little squares.
All are so accessible, and a pleasure to walk to through all the beautiful little streets, past the local boutiques, delicatessen and ice cream parlours. I’ve stayed further along the coast in the past, and staying here really gave me a totally different perspective of Palma that I’d never experienced before.
The whole area is just so much more authentic, with the exception of Placa Major – we went once and never went back after seeing the Burger King there.
Palma is such an underrated destination anyway for so many reasons, I’ll touch on a few in this post but more so in future posts, and one of the best things about it is the short transfer time from the airport.
It’s literally a fifteen minute taxi ride, and if you’re only there for a short trip travelling with hand luggage you can be stepping off the plane and arriving at the hotel within half an hour to begin your holiday.
From Newcastle and across the UK there are regular daily flights most, if not all days of the week. We went for the earliest flight out with Jet 2, and were lying by the pool by 11:00am.
Welcome to the Posada Terra Santa
From the outside, the Posada Terra Santa is another archway off the main street, but when you walk through you can see right into the beautiful inner courtyard. It’s honestly stunning, with a big, stone, terracotta staircase that takes centre stage.
Looking up you can see the building encircling around this courtyard, and the bright blue sky overhead. Going straight through into the main reception, you’re welcomed by the staff who will take your bags and sit you down with a glass of champagne and a snack.
Check in was really simple, we were given our room key, and an overview of the hotel facilities. There’s a small spa that can be reserved for private use, the swimming pool and sun terraces are on the roof, and the small but beautiful restaurant area is past the reception desk, as well as corridors that lead to living spaces, library rooms, and areas to relax.
The staff are lovely, and gave us a good overview of the city, recommendations for nearby, as well as the best spots in Palma for restaurants, shopping, sightseeing and trips further along the coast. From the moment you arrive you don’t feel like you’re in the middle of a city whatsoever.
Our room at the Hotel Posada Terra Santa
Our room was a deluxe double, and located at the top on the third floor. Our bags were already in there when we went up, and it’s so nice walking into the cool air conditioned room.
The room itself was beautiful, modern with crisp white and silver furnishings. The bed was huge, and there was a wardrobe with all the usual amenities – robes, slippers, a safe, mini bar, etc.
We had a small seating area with a coffee table, two double french doors that I loved peering out of onto the street below and rooftops overhead.
The bathroom was round the corner with a huge shower, giant fluffy towels, and a sink with lit up mirror, and all the toiletries you would need if you didn’t take your own.
It was so spacious and relaxing, modern but with a definite Mediterranean flair to it, and it was so nice returning there each day after the pool and after too much wine in the evenings. It was so quiet we barely heard anyone else over our entire stay.
There is a laundry service, room service, and free WiFi for all guests.
Rooftop Terraces and Pool
Being a city centre hotel there’s no outside space on the ground, it’s all on the roof, and it was my favourite part of the hotel. Our room was next to the little staircase that takes you up onto the roof, and you come out on a big terrace with sun loungers, tables and chairs, sunshades and so many pots and plants.
As you walk further around you go up some steps and find yourself under an outside shade spot, which has been fully whitewashed, and has benches with cushions to relax on away from the glaring heat.
Under here you’ll also find towels for everyone’s use, and a phone with room service menu to order food and drinks for by the pool from 12pm.
Up onto the second terrace out the other side and there’s the rooftop pool, which despite not being big enough to swim in properly, is a lot bigger than just the plunge pool I expected.
The pool has a row of sun loungers on one side, and on the other there’s a further two with a little table. This was my favourite spot and where I sunbathed for the whole trip.
The terrace got the sun all day, and it was so peaceful you barely even noticed other guests. We ordered lunch for under the shade, and sangrias in the afternoon which was an absolute dream. You can charge everything to your room to pay on check out.
The view from the terrace included the nearby church, Palma cathedral in the distance, other hotel rooftop terraces, and those belonging to the locals. The whole thing was so adorable and relaxing despite being in the heart of a city. It really was the best of both worlds.
Dining at Posada Terra Santa
The restaurant is in the main block of the building, and the tables are scattered under the old archways of the 500 year old mansion. Breakfast is served here too, and consists of a full continental buffet with everything you could imagine, as well as the option to choose cooked eggs in any which way.
There’s a special omelette of the day, as well as all the usual options. I loved the fried eggs and palma ham on breakfast muffins, palma ham just tastes so much better over there.
We didn’t actually eat in the restaurant for our evening meal, but it was full each night and serves high quality Mediterranean dishes, and has a fully stocked wine cellar.
If you did want to eat here I’m sure it would be lovely, and you could retire to the lounge afterwards for a drink, or head out to one of the nearby bars.
There is a small private spa in the basement of the hotel that can be reserved for one or two hours to hotel guests. There’s a sauna and a plunge pool, as well as loungers to relax and you have the option to book treatments next door too.
We were given complimentary access one evening and it was a great way to cool down and rewind after a day sunbathing on the terrace.
Overall we really loved our stay here, it was in prime location to enjoy all that Palma has to offer, without compromising a pool or sunbathing space that some city centre hotels might not offer.
It really felt like staying in an authentic Spanish townhouse rather than a hotel, and the whole atmosphere of the place encompasses that slow paced, Mediterranean way of living that offers such a nice break from home.
The staff were lovely, barely noticeable until you needed them and they couldn’t do enough for us. I’d absolutely recommend it if you’re looking for a short break to Palma. Short flight, short transfers, idea city location, and all this waiting for you the moment you arrive.
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