A Tropical Island Stay: Hostal Atlanta, Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Hostels, In-Room Reviews, Spain — By on October 27, 2011 at 12:00 pm

I’ve stayed in hundreds of hostels since I started traveling 12 years ago, but never have I felt more at home than at Hostal Atlanta in Palma, Mallorca, Spain. Beyond clean rooms and a delicious tex-mex style menu (try the quesadillas, trust me), the staff is especially friendly and helpful with all Palma-related questions. If they can’t answer something, they’ll point you to the tourist information office conveniently located directly across the street.

When you arrive to Hostal Atlanta, ask for Olly—a lively Brit who mans the front desk, and the bar—he’ll crack a few wry jokes (courtesy of his dry British humor), point you in the direction of the bus to Palma, or pull you a beer from the tap after a long day of sightseeing. No worries if you don’t speak Spanish, Hostal Atlanta is a English, family-run operation.

The large white, Grecian-looking building is nestled on the end of S’Arenal area in Palma. It’s a two-minute walk from Playa de Playa beach, a four-mile stretch of sand and promenade with an array of restaurants and bars. Grab a raft or a few water toys from the hostel and head to the beach.

All nightlife is within walking distance, and you’ll meet plenty of other travelers in S’Arenal because it’s a popular go-to for German and Irish tourists. Not a fan of noise? You’ll sleep soundly, uninterrupted by S’Arenal’s bumping discotecs, because the hostel is tucked away in a quiet area. The hostel building is small enough where you feel a sense of community with other guests. Whether you grab a beer at the bar, or you’re chilling on the outdoor porch, Hostal Atlanta’s hangout atmosphere is welcoming to all ages.

Hostal Atlanta’s 30 rooms (double, twin, and family) range from 35-55 euros, and there are special discounts for long stays. Most rooms have en-suite bathrooms so you don’t have to worry about sharing with strangers, a welcome change from most other hostels. The best part? Most rooms have large terraces so you can sit under the Mediterranean sky and enjoy a glass of sangria.

Facilities include a bar, restaurant, high-speed internet access and a secure bike store for cycling enthusiasts. Linen, hot showers and a luggage room are free. Fans, heaters hairdryers and baby equipment are available for hire.

My only gripe, through no fault of it’s own, is that Hostal Atlanta is located a bit far from the Palma city center. It takes about 30 minutes by bus to travel the 8+ miles from S’Arenal area into Placa Espana, the main plaza in Palma. But that aside, Palma itself is worth the ride. The city’s harbors are full of rocking sailboats and multimillion dollar yachts.  Check out the massive Gothic cathedral made from locally cut gold limestone and Bellver Castle, one of the few European circular castles. Then walk the streets of the historical center, enjoy the hanging flower baskets, and grab a café con leche (coffee with milk) on Placa Mayor.


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