Hotel Ca n'Alexandre
On most occasions when I write about historic buildings which have been converted into high class boutique hotels the history dates back hundreds of years to times when rich noblemen lived there.
However a new hotel in Palma which has just opened its doors to its first guests is a former house which is less than 100 years old but nevertheless played its part in the history of Mallorca and Spain.
The Hotel Ca n'Alexandre is the former home of Jaume Alexandre, a prominent politician and deputy during the Second Republic of Spain. His occupation and beliefs suddenly became extremely hazardous in 1936 when the coup d'etat by Franco propelled the country into civil war.
Alexandre was arrested, imprisoned in Bellver Castle, tried, found guilty and shot by firing squad in Palma Cemetery along with other politicians including Emili Darder, the last Republican mayor of Palma.
Now his granddaughter and two great-granddaughters have reopened the house as a 23 room boutique hotel and have retained as many of its splendid old features as was humanly possibly and if not, have replaced them with craftsman made products manufactured in the style of the 20's and 30's.
They've managed to renovate and restore the original aljibe, (water storage cistern) the sandstone walls and arches, the wrought iron stair rail and even the magnificent entrance door, though this now serves as a uniquely styled office table!
What couldn't be saved from the original 1930 construction were the hydraulic tiles and so a heritage tile producer in Inca was called in to produce replacements, designed by the family themselves, and these now look resplendent in Ca n'Alexandre's cafe and restaurant which is open to the general public as well as guests.
Situated very close to Palma's Plaza Espana (so handy for the direct bus to and from the airport and all the major sights) the new hotel promises to have a friendly family atmosphere and because of its small size, excellent personal service from the staff. As the family have been running an old finca that they lovingly converted into an agrotourism, eco friendly hotel for over 20 years, they certainly know what they're talking about. The rural Hotel Son Siurana also produces many of the fresh ingredients used in the kitchens at Ca n'Alexandre!
Needless to say, this new 'interior tourism' hotel has all mod cons and as you can see from the photos has a warm yet simple style which highlights the little touches like the artwork – paintings and ceramics made by the family and friends – around the building. I think there's a very skillful juxtaposition between the old and the new architectural features which really does make the hotel look very attractive.
I'd certainly like to stay there, would you?
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