Two New Boutique Hotels planned for the Plaza de Cort
Palma really is on the up and up as a 365 day a year holiday destination judging by the number of top class bars, restaurants, shops, cafes and hotels opening up in the city to meet the needs and desires of today's savvy travellers.
An ideal city break destination all year round, Palma has experienced a boom in new urban hotel construction and conversion of some marvellous old buildings into chic, urbane accommodation for people with style and a bit of cash!
Now the city appears to have achieved 'critical mass' and the latest area of Palma to have 'fashion' status bestowed upon it is the Plaza de Cort, home of the Town Hall and the Cort Olive. Plans are in progress for not one, but two boutique hotels to join the recently opened Cort Hotel (photo above) in this elegant square.
Some months ago it was announced that the Cappuccino Group had acquired a plot on the plaza occupied by the facade of an old building, part demolished since 2008. Originally purchased by a company intending to construct luxury apartments, conversion work on it was halted when archaeological remains dating back 400 years were discovered and when the recession came and funds were harder to come by, the building remained shored up by scaffolding. My photo was taken in January 2009!
The all conquering Cappuccino group intends to construct a boutique hotel on site with the ground floor given over to a Grand Cafe with a large terrace on the square. Just across from it, the owners of the Cort Hotel now plan to convert a former municipal building Can Bauza into another modern hotel, to be known as S'Olivera, following the success of the Cort.
It's certainly a shot in the arm for the square and area in general, as three cool hotels with elegant terraces in a traffic free (apart from official cars) plaza are sure to draw a clientele with high acquisitive powers and will keep tourist authorities, who stress Palma's all year round appeal to visitors, completely happy.