Hotel Hospes Maricel & Spa
What We Love
- Quiet, secluded location just 15 minutes from bustling Palma
- The restaurant, which pairs gourmet cuisine with an idyllic seaside setting
- The Bodyna Spa stone treatment beds, in the arches of the natural caves at the sea’s edge
What To Know
- Although rooms in the modern wing have terraces and Zen pools, they lack sea views
- The swimming pool can get crowded
- In high season (summer), children 11 and under are not permitted
- Free WiFi
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Just five miles from Mallorca’s bustling capital, on the southwestern side of the island, Hospes Maricel & Spa is a resplendent cliffside palacio with sprawling views of the mountains and the sea. Behind the striking exteriors (inspired by 17th- and 18th-century architectural styles), the hip decor features parquet floors, ultramodern leather furnishings and traditional stone arches.
Bed & Bath
The 51 eco-conscious guestrooms take inspiration from Mallorca’s natural beauty. Plush beds and blond hardwood floors blend Hospes’s signature white motif, and contemporary art features in intimate coves. An underground tunnel, adorned in the island’s characteristic honey-colored drywall, leads to the main building. Here, rooms with mammoth bathtubs, terraces and private plunge pools — not to mention direct sea views — bring out the hotel’s contemporary charm and character.
The seaside terrace restaurant is a dreamy spot for breakfast and dinner, though herbivores beware: The gourmet tasting menu is not for the faint of heart. Dive into hefty courses of Mallorcan pie with Iberian ham and dense local bread that’s toasted, garlic-rubbed, salt-sprinkled, olive oil–drizzled and topped with juicy pa amb oli (fresh tomatoes). Later, swim it off in the infinity pool or splurge on a massage in the terrace solarium at the seafront Bodyna Spa, a perfect recipe for a siesta — until it’s time to eat again.
In the Area
Relax with a cave massage by the sea (after sweating off your last meal in a Pilates class) and bring relaxation to a whole new level. For a worthwhile day out, drive to Valldemossa, one of the island’s most beautiful towns and home to the monastery in which Frédéric Chopin and George Sand hibernated one winter. Or visit the beautiful cathedral in Palma, which has a magnificent rose window behind the altar that is said to be the biggest in the world. Don’t leave Mallorca without trying its signature arros brut (dirty rice), a hearty concoction of pork, rabbit and vegetables, or without wandering the streets of Old Palma, stopping for a coffee and an ensaïmades (a typical Mallorcan pastry) at Ca’n Joan de S’Aigo, which dates from the 1700s.
How to Get There
We were booked to stay at the Maricel for 4 nights at the beginning of July. Very excited to go there - highly recommended by friends of ours!! On arrival - very impressed - the hotel is spectacular! Check in is really at a super high level! However - we had booked a suite in the Natura part of the hotel. Working through their web site - it was not apparent to me that this part of the hotel is across the road in a separate building. A very large - quite impersonal building. You could easily be staying at any conference hotel anywhere in the world. Room was a suite - nice - but certainly nothing special - just big - 2 rooms. My expectation was a very personal luxury, boutique hotel. The conference side of the hotel was very far from this. Staff were great - hotel is great - but staying in this “new” section is absolutely not what was my expectation. One huge plus in terms of addressing a guest that has an issue - the general manager came to meet us - the staff went out of their way to address and try and fix this. Unfortunately the hotel was full and we had no opportunity to move rooms. We checked out the following morning.
My wife and I have just returned from the Hospes Maricel where we celebrated our 30th anniversary. Thank you to the GM Rafael and your team for giving us a truly memorable experience.
We stayed in the new building which is a fantastic design, even though we were slightly further from the sea. The room was very large and well designed to make maximum use of available light. The welcome bottle of Cava was much appreciated!
This is a beautiful hotel in a great location – we loved the pool and bar area, and easy access to the sea.
On the day of our anniversary we indulged ourselves with both the ‘best breakfast in the world’ and the ‘captain’s table’. The ‘best breakfast in the world’ lived up to its name and was a three hour feast consisting of 10 different dishes. Each course was a different combination of taste, texture and presentation. Don’t wait for a special occasion to experience this!
The Captains Table is most definitely for special occasions. The venue is very special, being in one of the vaulted caves just above the sea. The setting is very romantic, helped also by the scattered pink petals and candles. The four course meal was thoughtfully chosen and beautifully presented. Each course was paired with an appropriate wine and we were very well looked after by our waiter Fellippe.
On the other days we enjoyed the buffet breakfast and a la carte dinner menus. We were spoilt for choice at breakfast and the food was always attractively laid out. Dinner choices were good and always creatively presented. The kitchen staff are artists as much as they are chefs!
All the staff we met in all departments were very friendly, professional and helpful. We would particularly like to thank Andrea who helped with our booking; Fellippe who looked after us at the Captains Table and Katrin for her big smiles at dinner.
This is our second visit to a Hospes hotel and we are looking forward to visiting the other 7 in Spain as we love the locations, the choice of buildings and particularly the staff.
Recently stayed at the hotel with a plunge pool room. The room was really nice and well equipped. The property is really nice and the pool area is excellent.
However, the general service around the hotel was slow and for a five star hotel was not what one would expect, especially around the pool area where service was sporadic at best and very slow, even for a drink.
The check in process was a mess, we paid for bed and breakfast in advance for 3 nights. We handed our passports over for the hotel check in and five minutes later were given 2 passports from American residents and not ours. We were then asked to pay and again after some back and forths they realised we had paid. We were then offered breakfast and again having a back and forth they had again got it wrong.
To leave the hotel to go out for dinner or perhaps a wedding as we needed to, then dont expect the hotel to be able to get you a taxi. Evening 1 we had to wait for 40 minutes and told we cannot book a taxi unless you are going to the airport. The other people waiting had to call restaurants to say that they had been delayed. We were only late for the pre wedding drinks...Day 2 we had a wedding to get to and again told we couldn’t book a taxi even though I said that we had to wait the previous night. Reception said that it was less busy in the afternoon and it should be fine. I however asked for a taxi 25 minutes before the time we needed to leave by to get to the wedding on time. 25 minutes after we needed to leave, the man on reception went out onto the road and flagged down a taxi. He got one but we had to run down the road rather than it being able to turn around. Thankfully we didn’t miss all of the wedding but this is totally unacceptable for a hotel of this apparent quality. Evening 3 only took 30 minutes sitting in reception for a taxi.
We have stayed at other hotels on the island with 1 being very isolated, a taxi was always only 5 minutes away.
We would not stay here again which is a shame as the hotel is lovely.
The way the replied the telephone and the tone of the voice are not customer friendly. The same goes for the Reception Team expect for Laura. She tries to be helpful with a smile. The other colleagues prefer to talk between each other.
But the worst was the telephone conversation.
I am Neighbour and would be there nearly day but I won’t want to spend my money where people treat me unfriendly.
Special thanks to Darwin and Rafa Sanchez - simply excellent . A pity the service is so bad. Maricel would be my Cateen.
We spent 4 nights in this beautiful hotel over Easter, to visit family in Palma. The hotel is set in a beautiful location. The staff were very helpful and friendly, our room was spacious and clean, the views were amazing overlooking the bay. We had a family dinner one evening and the food was very good too. All in all a very lovely hotel.