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Hostal Cuba open for business

Cool new hotel and 'sky bar' opens in Palma

The transformation of the interior of one of Palma's most iconic buildings of modern times is now complete. The wonderful colonial style grandeur of the Hostal Cuba's facade is now complemented by
its new designer interior as it once again becomes a place to stay in the city.

In a previous article we told the history of the building, built as a house for a returning Palmesano émigré who had made
his fortune in the Caribbean and Cuba. He left the house at the start of the civil war when it became a hostal - a small hotel and not to be confused with the British 'hostel;' all backpackers and
bunk beds!

After standing disused for years it was finally bought by new owners from the Santa Catalina area where it stands, who saw its potential as boutique hotel accommodation for today's savvy
travellers. Why? It looks fantastic and it has a superb location as the gateway to Palma's hippest barrio on one side, the old town battlements on the other and facing the floating palaces in the
harbour across the road!

Hip, modern and design led though it now is, it has retained its superb style features – a touch of Rococo here, art nouveau there – which were just so en vogue when it was built in 1904. As a
hotel it has also has all the features we want these days – I won't mention them, they're all on our Hotel Booking
– but its salient point is the new Sky Bar, up the beautiful wrought iron stairway to the roof which has some of the best views in Palma.

I can see myself up there with a designer gin as the sun sets musing on which of the many eateries within a couple of minutes' stroll to have dinner. Decisions, decisions.......