Room Service: Palacio Ca Sa Galesa, Palma De Mallorca

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Newly renovated, the five-star Palacio Ca Sa Galesa is a converted palace with just 12 rooms. Built in 1571, it opened as a hotel in 1995 and, although perhaps a little over-stuffed and over-styled, most visitors think it's the ideal winter bolthole. It boasts the old town's only indoor heated pool, a suitably sybaritic Roman bath affair, plus a library complete with roaring fire where you can settle down with a fine sherry and drift magically into the madrugada (wee hours).

Newly renovated, the five-star Palacio Ca Sa Galesa is a converted palace with just 12 rooms. Built in 1571, it opened as a hotel in 1995 and, although perhaps a little over-stuffed and over-styled, most visitors think it's the ideal winter bolthole. It boasts the old town's only indoor heated pool, a suitably sybaritic Roman bath affair, plus a library complete with roaring fire where you can settle down with a fine sherry and drift magically into the madrugada (wee hours).

LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION

Right in the heart of the old town at Carrer de Miramar 8 (00 34 971 715 400, www. palaciocasagalesa.com), round the corner from the Diocesan Museum, it's the ideal base for exploring historic Palma. But you may be tempted never to step outside: you can tuck in to complimentary afternoon tea with Mallorcan pastries, served daily in the Cocina Monet (a bright yellow rustic kitchen, apparently recreated in every detail from one of his paintings), having first worked out in the gym and sweated in the sauna. Or you could just sit and admire the view from the rooftop terrace.

ARE YOU LYING COMFORTABLY?

There are five double rooms, one junior suite, two standard suites and four luxury suites. All are individually decorated, with antiques and original artworks. The bathrooms come complete with Jacuzzi, heated mirrors, bath-robes and slippers.

THE BOTTOM LINE

A standard double costs €250 (£167), a standard suite is €340 (£227) and a deluxe suite €370 (£247). Breakfast, which is served from 8.30am to 11am in the baronial-style El Café Ricks, is €17 (£11) and parking – a rarity indeed in this overcrowded part of town – will set you back €12 a day (£8).

I'm not paying that: Hotel Born at Carrer Sant Jaume 3 (00 34 971 712 942, www.hotelborn.com) has rooms from €69 (£46).

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