Es Petit has the advantage of being directly within the unbelievably quaint village of Valldemossa - step outside and you are in the heart of town. The view off the back of the hotel reaches all the way to Palma, framed by the surrounding mountains and scenic valley of grazing goats and sheep. Keep in mind, because of the in-village setting, the acoustics of narrow cobblestone alleys and plenty of foot traffic, there will be noise if you are early to bed or late to rise and happen to have a window that opens on to one of the roads. But for us this adds to the charm and reminds you are in a small european village in a beautiful stone home and not some Marriott by the airport.
The entire staff at Es Petit and in particular, Gonzalo and Erneste, were all tremendously helpful, warm and hard-working. Having rented a car at Palma's airport, we were given a sign to drop on the dash for hassle-free parking during our stay in one of the village's public parking lots across the main road through town, a 5 minute walk. If you are traveling with significant luggage you can drive up to the hotel to drop off luggage but be warned you are sharing very narrow streets with mostly pedestrian traffic. Hauling roller bags up cobblestone hilly streets is a bit of work otherwise.
The main floor houses the beautiful terrace where breakfast is served buffet style with fresh-squeezed orange juice, fruit, yogurt, meats and cheeses, etc. Do NOT miss the home-made pastries when available - these are a wonderful treat. The view and the warm morning sun only makes the food taste that much better!
We had Room 8 on the 3rd floor - no terrace but a comfortable room no-less with a beautiful view of the mountains and the pedestrians down below.
Beds are typical euro firm and pillows were a bit thin (although average for European standards). Housekeeping kept the room immaculate and there is a fridge with a stocked mini-bar at reasonable prices (no 8 euro bottles of water here). Bathroom was updated with modern fixtures and stocked with luxe French toiletries. Aircon had a bit of trouble keeping the room as cool as we like (which admittedly is cooler than most) but we were visiting in September when opening the windows allowed the cool overnight cross-breezes to blow through.
The hotel's main entrance is locked most of the day and at night - you are given a key to access and, as in your own home, you are asked to ensure everyone's privacy and security by keeping it locked as you come and go. A second set of outer wood panel doors are locked later at night. This may seem a pain but you get used to the drill and you know that everyone in the building belongs there. Despite the hotel's precautions, we never felt unsafe in town (and the same precautions were in place at another B&B we stayed at in Alcudia).
We only stayed for two nights as we were moving on to Alcudia and Soller but could have enjoyed a longer stay - even if you are not a hiker (the surrounding mountains are chock full of trails and avid hikers) the town itself is relaxing with a couple solid restaurants (Can Mario just steps away offers great Mallorcan home-cooking and don't miss QuitaPenas) and plenty of cafes. It could even be used as a base for exploring other towns with a car.
This was our second visit to Valldemossa and it will not be our last - to everyone at Es Petit, thank you for making our stay perfectly relaxing - we will be back soon!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Es Petit Hotel de Valldemossa is a small hotel situated in the village of Valldemossa, 15 minutes away from the city of Palma de Mallorca.The old house has been totally renovated and has all the facilities which enable you to enjoy some peaceful days of rest.Its privileged situation offers breathtaking views of a village between valleys surrounded by lush mountains.It is a special place to feel as if you were at home. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Es Petit Hotel De Valldemossa Majorca