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My review of the 14th century Hilton Sa Torre, Mallorca hotel – Part 1

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This is my review of Hilton Sa Torre, Mallorca.

I have split it over two parts.  This part is mainly scene setting.

We do not usually spend family holidays in Hilton hotels.  Nothing wrong with Hilton – I have reviewed some great Hilton properties on this site and there are more to come – but it isn’t necessarily your ‘go to’ brand for summer sun.

I have a friend whose opinion I respect, however, and he has taken his family to Hilton Sa Torre in Mallorca numerous times.  It was substantially cheaper than the alternatives I considered (the St Regis wanted €2,000 per night for two connecting rooms to sleep the four of us, the new Park Hyatt €1,400 even though its beach club is not yet open) so when my wife decided we should try Mallorca in August I booked us in.

I will look at pricing etc in Part 2 tomorrow.  We paid for the hotel in cash at the standard rate – no HFP favours were called in.  (I really should be more aggressive with these things!)

Today, I want to share a few pictures to convince you that Sa Torre really isn’t your typical Hilton property.

The history of the Sa Torre estate dates back to the end of the 14th century, when King James gave it to the Febrer family. The estate passed to the Villalonga family in 1540 – this date is apparently engraved above one of the doors – and remained in their hands for over 450 years.

The Sa Torre estate opened as a hotel in 2008 after a €44 million renovation.  It seems to have changed hands since then and was presumably badly hit by the property and financial crisis in Spain which took hold just as it opened.

Let’s start with the Hilton Sa Torre windmill (you don’t get one of those at Hilton Leeds) which dates from the 15th century and is apparently still in working order:

Hilton Sa Torre Mallorca review windmill

and the 19th century chapel in the grounds:

Hilton Sa Torre Mallorca review chapel exterior

Chapel interior, where the manager holds a weekly reception:

Hilton Sa Torre Mallorca review chapel interior

and the main entrance:

Hilton Sa Torre Mallorca review exterior

and the lobby (well, the lobby entrance, there is a standard lobby through the door):

Hilton Sa Torre Mallorca review courtyard

and the corridor to your room:

Hilton Sa Torre corridor

and the spa pool:

Hilton Sa Torre Mallorca review spa pool

and the kids pool:

Hilton Sa Torre Mallorca review children pool

There is also a similar sized adults-only pool, tennis courts, a kids club, a full size football pitch, a full spa and two restaurants.

What you don’t get are people.  The Hilton Sa Torre has only 90 rooms located in 12 buildings. Some rooms are in the original part of the manor house, some are in restored former farm buildings set in the grounds and the rest, like ours, are new builds.  Many families would take two rooms so there may be no more than 60 family groups even if the hotel was full – and I don’t think it was.  I doubt there were ever more than 20 groups on the property at the same time apart from breakfast.

In Part 2 of my Hilton Sa Torre review here I look at the operation of the hotel and well as showing you our rooms.

The Hilton Sa Torre website is here if you want more details in the meantime.

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Comments (22)

  • Russell says:

    Crazy that that is a Hilton. I sort of thought the point of having a hotel franchise is that customers roughly know what to expect, but Hiltons seem to span the full spectrum of “absolute toilet” to “there’s a windmill in the grounds!”

  • HAM76 says:

    I’m curious… Is 2,000 € per night really an option for a vacation? When I was deep into collecting miles it was because such a room rate would be way out of my reach. I thought the $450 per room that I occassionally paid on vacation was already expensive.

    • Rob says:

      Are there enough wealthy people in Europe who will pay that in Mallorca in August? Yes.

      Scott Dunn tried to get my mate interested in a Mallorca villa which was €48,000 for 3 weeks.