4 Design Ideas to Steal From a Boutique Hotel That Expertly Balances Old and New

Angela R. James

It’s not every day that a designer gets the chance to work with a centuries-old abandoned structure and bring it back to life. But when the architecture firm of OHLAB was given the opportunity to transform a 500-year-old building into a boutique hotel in the historic center of Palma de Mallorca—the capital of the autonomous community of the Balearic Islands in Spain—they knew that they wanted to treat the sprawling property more like “the experience of visiting a house more than a hotel,” says the firm.

<div class="caption"> The bar combines a polished, mirrored ceiling with plush seating and dark-stained wood flooring. </div>

The bar combines a polished, mirrored ceiling with plush seating and dark-stained wood flooring.

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