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Hotel Continental 3.5

Palma de Mallorca, Majorca, Balearic Islands

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Pros

  • A five-minute walk from Central Palma
  • Tastefully decorated, spacious rooms 
  • Lobby, restaurant, and bar areas are quiet and refined
  • Wellness center features a Turkish bath, sauna, and hot tub
  • Simple but elegant meeting rooms are available for rent
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout

Cons

  • Limited spa offerings
  • No pool or outdoor terrace
  • Fitness center has dated equipment
  • Overall vibe isn't as elegant as one may expect for a hotel of this class

Bottom Line

Opened in July 2006, this 52-room boutique property is a gem for art lovers with a soft spot for classic elegance -- although it nonetheless feels a bit dated, and certainly doesn't live up to a four-star ranking. The lobby is decorated with small cultural artifacts, such as model boats and more immediately noticeable statues and ornate marble flourishes. Rooms follow suit and are stately enough and spacious, but offer limited views of the water. As a relatively new property, the Continental's wellness center and meeting rooms are both in good shape, though a higher caliber of fitness machines with the addition of a pool would help it achieve a higher ranking. For an equally central location with more complete spa offerings and an equally (if not more) atmospheric -- and definitely more modern -- urban design, the nearby HM Jaime III is also worth considering. 

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Scene

Enchanting, opulent interior full of art and cultural artifacts

The lobby of the Hotel Continental is full of marble flourishes, oriental tapestries, a lush indoor garden, imposing statues, and stained glass. An arresting white marble staircase leads from the lobby to the second floor, which has several elaborate mezzanine balconies overlooking the colorful bar area below. One would half expect to see Hemingway at the bar, drinking away his sorrows while seated on an upholstered stool overlooking the hotel's baby grand piano. Overall, especially for a four-pearl property in central Palma, the hotel doesn't feel quite as elegant as one may expect, but rooms are at least spacious and stately, and interiors are some of the nicer ones you'll find in the area.

Location

A five-minute walk to central Palma, near the beachfront promenade

Palma is a dynamic, cosmopolitan city that offers top-notch cultural and gastronomic offerings within easy reach of the Hotel Continental. The property is located near the lively Santa Catalina neighborhood, Palma's seafront promenade, and the exclusive shopping Jaime III shopping artery, and the center of Palma is a five-minute walk away. It's easy to take public transportation from the hotel to other parts of the island, and the Palma Airport is a 15-minute drive away. The exquisite Es Baulard Modern Art Museum and adjoining park are within a six-minute walk, and slightly further west is an outpost of El Corte Ingles, Spain's most famous department store.

Rooms

Stately, spacious rooms come with mediocre views and somewhat bland decor.

The rooms at the Hotel Continental feel like the library of a stately home -- they have solid wooden furniture, paintings with large golden frames, modest writing desks, and large leather ottomans. The style is well-suited to the decorative theme of the rest of the hotel, though from an aesthetic perspective, the bathrooms are a bit of an oddity. Plain and white with gray floors, they resemble the generic bathrooms in 90 percent of the hotels in Mallorca, though the separate walk-in showers and tubs offered in Superior Rooms are a step up from the average. While some rooms offer glimpses of the bay, views are generally disappointing, as the street below is less refined than the hotel itself. 

Features

Superb lobby, bar, and restaurant, but underwhelming fitness area 

The bar and restaurant areas of the Hotel Continental stand out for their exceptional character and style, and both feature lots of stained glass accents, marble floors and furniture pieces, and a few statues. For a four-star hotel, however, the machines in the fitness room feel dated, though the small whirlpool and sauna are certainly inviting. The meeting rooms are a bit more pleasant. The smaller of the two has theater seats, while the larger room has a long oval-shaped gleaming wooden table surrounded by ornate wooden chairs with red upholstered seats.  Wi-Fi is free throughout the property. 

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Address

Calle Industria 10, Palma de Mallorca 07013, Spain