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Luxury hotels

Convent de la Missio

This former convent dating from the 17th century heads the list of the top five Palma hotels and epitomises the new wave of chic establishments in the town. Situated near the Plaza Mayor, it is decorated in Majorcan style with parquet floors and wood-burning fireplaces; most of the 14 rooms have private terraces. The refectory now houses an art gallery, while the restaurant (under head chef Jaime Oliver, no less) is hugely popular and can get very booked up in the summer. www.conventdelamissio.com.

Palacio Ca Sa Galesa

With one of the best settings in Palma, just behind the Episcopal Palace, this converted 15th -century townhouse exudes history. There are views of the old town and the sea from the rooftop terrace, and you can spy the cathedral from some bedrooms. Antiques and Persian rugs line the rooms, most of which have spa baths and look out over the verdant inner courtyard. There are no evening meals, but plenty of local eating options. www.palaciocasagalesa.com.

Dalt Murada

This nine-room hotel scores highly on most counts: it's a converted 16th -century mansion, oozing character, located near the cathedral, and less expensive than it looks. Old portraits and antique furniture abound, and there are orange and lemon trees in the courtyard. Rooms are large, many with sitting rooms, and the penthouse suite has its own roof terrace. Lots of restaurants and bars within walking distance. www.daltmurada.com.

Hotel Portixol

One of Majorca's hippest hotels, this Swedish-run affair in Es Molinar opened in 1999. It's just a short walk from the seafront bars and restaurants, but you might struggle to leave the hotel. Service is impeccable - attentive, yet friendly and relaxed; and with just 23 rooms you will always feel special. There's a Swedish chef in the well-regarded restaurant, and the seriously rich can stay in the top suite whose verandah has 360-degree views. www.portixol.com.

Castillo Hotel Son Vida

On a hillside above Palma, in a 13th -century castle, the 167-room Son Vida is one of the island's most luxurious hotels. A 20-minute drive from the city centre takes you away from the hubbub to two pools, two golf courses and 1,400 acres of gardens. The decor is luxuriant, with rugs and chandeliers at every turn and antiques throughout; the rooms in the castle proper (not the modern wing) are especially atmospheric. www.hotelsonvida.com.

Mid-range hotels

Most of the mid range hotels in Palma are in the centre of the town, within walking distance of the cathedral and an array of restaurants and bars.

At around the 100-euro mark you could try the three-star, 53-room Hotel Palladium, near the cathedral and ten minutes' walk from Palma's main attractions. Staff are friendly, and it is more adult-oriented than some; there's no in-house entertainment, for example. There are views of the cathedral and sea from the back rooms, and of the Passeo Majorca from the front (www.hotelpalladium.biz).

For less than 100 euros you can stay in the two-star Hotel Born, a refurbished 16th century mansion with a courtyard where you have breakfast, and which most bedrooms face onto. It's a pretty place and it is not hard to understand its popularity (www.hotelborn.com).

Others in this category worth considering include: Hotel Cannes: in a residential part of the city, 10 minutes' walk from the cathedral; c/Cardenal Pou 8 (Tel +34 971 72 69 43) and the Hotel Almudaina: on Palma's main street, 80 rooms, all renovated in the 1990s. c /Jaume III (Tel +34 971 72 73 40).

Budget hotels

If you are looking for budget accommodation, you should also consider 'hostals'. Under the national grading system, these are rated below hotels, but you can usually expect a three-star hostal to offer facilities as good as, if not better than, those in a one-star hotel.

It's worth booking ahead whatever time of year you plan to go, since the summer months are very busy, and in the winter months some of the smaller hotels close, limiting availability.

There are some pretty good budget hotels in Palma costing 75 to 100 euros per night for a double, with en-suite bathrooms and room service. Under 50 euros a night the en-suites become rather scarcer: you get what you pay for.

Decent cheaper options around the 50-euro mark and below include: Hostal Residencia Cuba : cheap, spotless rooms and a friendly family atmosphere in a restored stone house from the early 20th century. Tower and rooftop terrace. c/Sant Magí 1 (Tel +34 971 73 81 59), Hostal Ritzi: central, lots of tapas bars nearby. c/Apuntadores 6 (Tel +34 971 71 46 10) and Hostal Apuntadores: roof terrace for breakfast, in the heart of the old town; c/Apuntadores 8 (Tel +34 971 72 73 40).

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