Hotel Mamá sits on a lovely plaza in Palma’s charming old town. The boutique hotel opened its doors in March this year, offering 32 rooms housed in a renovated 19th century building. Legendary French designer Jacques Grange, who oversaw the transformation of The Mark Hotel in New York and Palazzo Margherita in Italy, puts his signature flamboyant style on the bright and modern interiors. There are bold bursts of colour throughout, from the ornate tiles that decorate the floor and fireplaces, to the soft furnishing and contemporary artwork.
My deluxe room had not one but three balconies with views of the City Hall opposite the square and the charming building next door. There was a huge double bed with the softest sheets I have ever had the pleasure of lying on. For years, I had raved about the most comfortable sleeping combination I have had, which was on a Tempur bed with Frette bed sheets at a hotel in New York’s Lower East Side. But Hotel Mamá has decisively knocked that experience off its pedestal. I slept so soundly at Hotel Mamá and I was so wonderfully enveloped in these beautiful sheets that I couldn’t bear to leave them in the morning.
So what was the magical sleeping combination? I can exclusively reveal that Hotel Mamá’s beds and mattresses are from Hypnos, a British company favoured by Queen Elizabeth herself, and the bed sheets are from Bassols, a Spanish company with over 225 years of experience in making luxury bedding. No wonder I slept so soundly.
My room also had a comfy sofa and reading chair by a balcony – the perfect spot for people watching. There was also a large wardrobe and a decent assortment of hangers. It’s a pet peeve of mine that most hotels only have a couple of hangers rattling about in the wardrobes.
The bathroom was huge. Double basins and oversized bathtubs are now de rigueur in hotels of this class, but Hotel Mamá also had thoughtful little touches, like a glass ring holder and Burano drinking glasses, which made it stand out.
Talking of standing out, the tiles used throughout are exquisite. It takes a brave interior designer to pair them with equally bold, flowery curtains but somehow all the bright colours and patterns work well together. The result is a unique space that has heaps of character.
Breakfast is served in the ground-floor restaurant and atrium. There is fresh fruit, a selection of bread and pastries, and then a choice of made-to-order egg dishes. I opted for the eggs benedict with smoked salmon, which was lovely. If you like hot chocolate, make sure to order one with your breakfast. Hotel Mamá makes it with real chocolate and it’s so good.
I was well looked after by Carmen, the in-house masseuse. Her full-body massage sent me to sleep within minutes – always signs of a great masseuse. The spa has a jet pool, a sauna and a gym.
Rooftop pool and private cinema
The perfect place to unwind after a long day of sightseeing. It has fantastic views over the old town and there is a small plunge pool to stay cool. If you want to escape from the heat altogether, there is also a private Parisian-style cinema that shows new and classic films twice a day.
The Travel Nova verdict
Hotel Mamá is flamboyant, vibrant and packed with personality. Some of the pictures I have seen of the hotel give the impression that it is quaint and chintzy. It’s definitely not. It’s a bold and modern property, and a feast for the eyes. The location is superb and Hotel Mamá is within walking distance of some of Palma’s top sights. It’s also the place for the best night’s sleep, which is the highest accolade. After all, isn’t that what we want most from a hotel?
Hotel Mamá | website
Plaça de Cort | 07001 Palma | Spain