Hotels

THE CONCEPTION OF A PALMA PALACE HOTEL

Bright, shiny and ready to roll – Palma’s new boutique hotel. Below you can check out the progress since our first visit when Ralf Thalén, head of business development at Nobis, invited us in April. What a transformation!

Palma’s new pride and joy is an ex soap factory, originally built in 1576, with stunning vaults in the ceiling.
Golden stone, brass walls and green tiles – a sublime Scanditerranean style – shows off the brand new Hotel Concepció by Nobis.

The concept of the elegant boutique hotel Concepció by Nobis in Palma was born on the day the building was purchased in 2016, when around 3.000 pigeons had made it their home. Today the birds have flown away, and 31 elegant hotel rooms have being deliciously decorated there instead. The Dux beds are tucked in with first class Egyptian cotton sheets and the elegant furniture has been shipped from Denmark and Croatia. 

Mysteriously some Mallorcan newspapers recently reported that Hotel Concepció was going to be taken over by the Marriott chain. That rumour is untrue, says Nobis Group.

Nobis owned – and nothing else

– Nobis does collaborate with Design hotels,and that company was bought by Marriott recently, but Hotel Concepció belongs to Swedish Nobis hotels and is going to continue to be run that way, says Ralf Thalén, head of business development at hotel Concepció by Nobis.

Ralf Thalén is a former restaurateur in Stockholm who co-owned restaurants such as Grodan, Victoria and Biblos. He started J Restaurant and Hotel J in Nacka Strand before he joined forces with Sandro Catenacci at Nobis and sold J Restaurant and J Hotel to him.

Nobis CEO Sandro Catenacci, owns seven other hotels of varied sizes in Scandinavia – one of them, Nobis Hotel Copenhagen, is in Denmark, and the rest – Stallmästaregården, Hotel Miss Clara by Nobis, J hotel and restaurant, Blique by Nobis, Nobis Hotel Stockholm, Hotel Skeppsholmen by Nobis, – are all in Stockholm.

Hotel Manager Jonathan Liu.

This is the first hotel for the Nobis Group outside of northern Europe. The Mediterranean flair of Palma palaces has been paired with cool Scandinavian elegance, and the result is warm, elegant and inviting.  Concepció by Nobis is conveniently located in the centre of Palma de Mallorca, offering air-conditioned rooms, a fabulous pool terrace, a 24-hour front desk and proximity to popular attractions like Plaza Mayor, Avenida Jaime lll, Palma Cathedral and lots of bars and restaurants.

Danish furniture

– Come and try this chair, says Ralf Thalén, and points to an interesting looking brown leather chair in the hotel’s impressive lounge area.

 – This is the Spanish Chair, designed in 1958 by Börge Mogensen from Denmark. It is one of my favourite items, the patina of the leather just gets better the more you use it. 

It’s comfortable, and it’s pricey. 4500 euros per chair. Within the hotel, restored spaces are united with materials that will age gracefully through the years such as wood, leather and wool. The Swedish architecture firm Wingårdhs brought a lot to the table, along with local eye-catchers, such as the cream and bottlegreen floor produced by the Mallorcan ceramic tile company Huguet.  

 Restaurant Xalest has a fitted all-day bar . There is a long table for both meetings and meals is in place connected with a large lounge, and outside there is outdoor and indoor dining in front of the hotel for 40 guests, as well as on the pool terrace. Chef Xema Àlvarez’s cuisine embraces the Spanish sharing concept in everything from pintxos to tapas, appetizers and entrées.

Now that we have completely fallen under this gorgeous hotel’s spell, Ralf Thalén drops a new bomb on us. 

Planning yet another hotel!

 – We have had the go ahead signal for a second Palma Nobis hotel just five minutes away from Hotel Concepció in Palma’s Old Town, he says. 

 – The new Can Oliver Hotel will perhaps be even more spectacular than this. Many have tried to get permission to build there, and have failed. We got it thanks to the Spanish architectural firms Jordi Herrero Arquitectos och Eduardo Garcia Acuna Arquitecto.

Two large patios and a 120 square metre salon that measures 9 metres from the floor to the ceiling, certainly does sound like spectacular material for a promising new hotel. 

Will the Nobis owned restaurant and night club Café Opera in Stockholm get a Palma branch at Can Oliver?

– That would be really cool, says Ralf Thalén.

Ralf Thalén.

Text: Charlotte von Proschwitz.
Photo: Thomas Engström.

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