History

Destiny or chance?
The smallest of decisions can be the start of a passionate love story or the stroke of luck that changes your whole life. In any event, your own personal story has brought you here to witness and become part of an exciting adventure. The story that is ours.

History

Destiny or chance?
The smallest of decisions can be the start of a passionate love story or the stroke of luck that changes your whole life. In any event, your own personal story has brought you here to witness and become part of an exiting adventure. The story that is ours.

Welcome to the Posada Terra Santa, among the most historic hotels in old town Palma Mallorca.

In 2001, both chance and destiny brought Carmen Cordón and Ignacio Jiménez to Mallorca. It didn’t take long for this young couple to fall in love with the island and its people.

For 14 years, they pursued their professional careers in Mallorca with great success, until in 2009, an unexpected setback was to combine with the couple’s entrepreneurial and restless spirit and lead them to make a 180° turnaround of their lives. It was at this point that they decided to throw caution to the wind and pursue their dreams, the first of which was to to create the perfect hotel.

One day, after years of searching, they finally came upon the perfect building whilst strolling through the forgotten courtyards and alleyways of Palma. Everything began the day they kicked down the gate that had been blocked by a collapsed part of the building to reveal centuries of memories and decayed grandeur… a story that could not be left untold.

And to rescue this noble house from oblivion became their raison d’être.

They refurbished the building and filled it with the luxury, comfort, design and 21st-century technology guests expect from hotels in old town Palma.

The renovation paved the way for the discovery of all kinds of information that was not even in the city’s historical archives. The building was the former Curia of the Barony of Bunyolí dating back to 1576. After the original building and the five Gothic arches that connect the whole block were recovered, the city’s historians and archaeologists decided to celebrate the discovery by adding it to the list of buildings of special architectural or historical interest in Palma.

The large clay pots that were once used to store the grain and foodstuffs harvested from the baron’s lands were uncovered, and are today on display in the hotel. Many others were donated to the Archaeological Museum in Palma. In May 2014, the Posada Terra Santa Boutique Hotel opened its doors to the world and Carmen and Ignacio saw their dream come true.

The seat of the Barony of Bunyolí, a testament to history, and one of the great historic hotels of Europe.

The Barony of Bunyolí was created in 1232 and comprises properties in Palma and the easternmost part of the Serra de Tramuntana, today a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Son Bunyolí estate is among the properties that still exist today. In the 16th century, the building that currently houses the Posada de Terra Santa Boutique Hotel became the seat of the baronial curia. Owing to a growth in trade, kilns and furnaces were installed in the environs of the curial seat of the Barony of Bunyolí, as well as at de’n Candeler, and potters, esparto grass weavers, blacksmiths and weavers organised themselves into the guilds that have inspired the names of some of the streets in the area, and that can still be seen today.

All of these pioneers were joined by the countless pilgrims and helpers from the Franciscan Mission of Tierra Santa, who stayed on the same street as the hotel, giving rise to the street’s name of Posada de Terra Santa.

Historic hotels in old town Palma: From the Barony of Bunyolí to you.

However, it’s not just your own story, dear guest, that brought you here today, nor that of Carmen and Ignacio that counts, but rather the story of this building and what it is that makes it so unique.

This building is the centrepiece of the Hidden Away Hotels chain, bringing guests the historic hotels of Europe. Another is the Gran Hotel Inglés in Madrid, the oldest hotel in the Spanish capital.

Buildings that tell the stories of history, places where the past, present and future fuse to create an idyllic environment where time has stopped still.

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