Tourist authorities want to restrict the numbers of apartments in Palma
The tourist authorities want to restrict the number of apartments in private buildings that are rented out to tourists throughout the year. It's going to be a difficult task because many of the apartments in the city have not registered with the authorities as being for tourist accommodation and the ones that have need to be categorised on their size, quality and facilities.
It wasn't so long ago that the hotel owners in Mallorca were up in arms about such private rentals as they saw them as unfair competition, taking clients from them at cheaper prices. These days the apartments are seen to cater for a completely different segment of the market with totally different clients. If you want an apartment to experience life like a local, you won't want to be in an all inclusive hotel, and vice versa.
I prefer apartments. They give me the freedom, convenience and room to do what I want; get up, relax, prepare breakfast, lounge in my PJs and wait for my wife to greet the day without disturbing her. After a hectic day round the shops, museums and tourist hotspots I can throw off my shoes, slump in front of the TV with a chilled beer and perhaps a few goodies from Santa Catalina market – a tray of sushi perhaps – and take it easy.
The downside? I have to load the dishwasher, tidy my bed and take my rubbish out – easy!
Fancy a break in a city apartment? I picked out 3, almost at random, but in different areas of Palma, all with today's mod cons and all close to shops, bars, night life, sights and places to go.
These chic apartments are set in the historic centre in Plaça Drassana. They offer air-conditioned accommodation with free Wi-Fi, a sun terrace and a free welcome pack with wine, fruit and flowers.
Apartamentos Montmari feature stylish décor and all have a terrace. All include a lounge area with satellite TV, comfortable beds, sheets and towels and a kitchen with dishwasher, microwave and hob.
The Penthouse at Marina offers accommodation in Palma de Mallorca, 1.5 km from Palma Yacht Club and 1.8 km from Cala Major Beach. The Penthouse at Marina features views of the sea and is 2.3 km from Palma Port. Free private parking is available on site.
The kitchen comes with an oven. Towels and bed linen are provided at The Penthouse at Marina. There is a private bathroom with a hot tub, bath and bath or shower. The apartment features free WiFi.El Garito Cafe is 200 metres away while Tito's Palma is 400 metres away
I couldn't resist this place because of the name. Located in Sa Gerreria, a kind of Shoreditch on Sea, famous for its many bars, the Ruta Martiana tapas run and an up and coming trendy area of Palma.
Apartment Cool Bulldog offers self-catering accommodation with free WiFi. The air-conditioned unit is 600 metres from Palma Port.The kitchen is fitted with a dishwasher. Towels and bed linen are available at Apartment Cool Bulldog. There is a private bathroom with a bath or shower.
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