Former private palace Palacio Can Marques has opened its doors to the public for the first time in 250 years as a luxury boutique hotel.
Set in Palma’s bustling La Lonja district just 100m from the harbour, Palacio Can Marques was built in 1760 and is considered one of the city’s most historic properties. Named after the Marques family who lived there for over a hundred years, the building was bought in 1999 by German businessman Kim Schindelhauer, and turned into a hotel offering an exceptional space in the heart of the Old Town.
Consisting of thirteen individually-designed suites, a restaurant, gym and a 200m2 garden surrounded by palm and olive trees, the hotel has been meticulously renovated to preserve the tranquillity of the old Palacio.
The hotel’s owner Kim Schindelhauer said: “Following 18 months of intensive restorations, we are proud to present a luxurious five-star boutique hotel that still carries with it the soul of the private residence it once was.
“Under the guidance of interior designer Aline Matsika, the property has been restored to its former glory. Having changed hands only twice in its history, we are excited to finally be able to welcome guests into this remarkable city palace.”
Tucked behind a discreet façade, guests arrive into a dramatic interior courtyard, unique in Mallorca with its free-standing staircase leading up to the first floor. Set beneath eleven metre high ceilings supported by gothic alabaster columns, the 140m2 space leads onto the property’s quiet, leafy garden, a peaceful haven in Palma’s lively centre.
Using the existing architectural and decorative elements as a starting point, every room has been curated to evoke a particular atmosphere. From the 38 chandeliers handcrafted in Murano to the hand-woven silk and wool carpets, Matsika has attached particular importance to the hotel’s selection of furniture and artwork. Additionally, with a boutique shop located within the hotel itself, guests intrigued by their surroundings are able to order furnishings and art that they have seen at Palacio, as well as seek individual design advice.
Housing a traditional French restaurant and bar in the vaults of the building, and a roof terrace offering views of the nearby cathedral, Palacio Can Marques provides guests with the opportunity to soak up Palma’s vibrant culture, whilst immersing them in a slice of the city’s history.
For guests wanting to use Palacio’s proximity to the harbour, the hotel will also offer private excursions on WinWin, a 108ft Sailing Super Yacht. Winner of numerous design awards and prestigious regattas, a trip on the yacht will allow guests to see Palma from an entirely new perspective.
Room rates start from £336, including breakfast and complimentary VIP transfers from the airport to Palacio Can Marques.
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