Puro Hotel Palma
An icon is reborn, On 19 March 2016, the hotel re-opening its 22 remodelled rooms. Following an extensive refurbishment by OHLAB, The refurbishment project takes advantage of the space complexity, and each room is different from each other. each upgraded with a contemporary sheen. An irregular configuration, thanks to a mixture of existing buildings, including the 18th century palace that frames a majority of the hotel.
Each room will be different, with a personality of its own, while upholding the prominence of the characteristic wooden mandalas combined with a new contemporary design, yet without forsaking the Puro style, with maximum comfort and that bohemian air that this emblematic Palma hotel is known for.
The earthy aesthetic is the sum of natural materials such as oak wood, raffia and wicker, alongside leather, linen, cotton, and bespoke fabric designed by OHLAB and produced on local looms. Elsewhere, pure and simple lines appear in the form of hemp rope, which provides a creative alternative to balustrades in the duplex Junior Suites.
In the bathrooms, organically sculpted, stark white freestanding tubs bridge the gap between the hotel’s cool, lounge atmosphere and its rustic edges; a juxtaposition no more obvious than in the contrast of the same rooms’ smooth concrete walls and rough stone ceilings.
Puro is an iconic 22 room boutique hotel located in the heart of La Lonja, in the historical center of Palma.
Adapting itself to the different existing buildings, the hotel has an irregular configuration. The refurbishment project by OHLAB takes advantage of that complexity as a potential tool to generate unexpected and unique spaces where each room is different from each other. The project solves every room with individualized and unique layouts and solutions. The selection of natural and local materials emphasizing the Mediterranean essence has been very important. Another important focus has been the conception of the bathrooms as spaces for pleasure, spacious and integrated with the bedrooms, with generous, sculptural and freestanding bathtubs placed in the bedrooms just as another piece of furniture.
The artist Pedro Oliver has work closely with OHLAB producing a special pictorial work for this project, a series of unique custom made mural paintings strategically placed in each room.
Puro is defined as an urban oasis, cosmopolitan and contemporary but with local roots that make it unique. A simple palette of natural materials is a constant throughout the project: oak wood, cement sinks and bathroom walls, recovered mares-stone walls – the traditional limestone used in traditional majorcan architecture-, natural hemp ropes, stainless steel switches and fittings, aged leather, linen, cotton, fabrics designed by OHLAB and produced on ancient majorcan looms for upholstery, cushions and plaids, raffia carpets and wicker baskets produced locally, etc. Also, the solid wooden mandala doors, hallmark of the hotel since its origins, have been recovered.
The majority of the furniture has been specifically designed by OHLAB for the hotel. Beds, headboards, benches, pure and simple lines are integrated in the room creating a relaxed and lounge atmosphere. Out of this furniture designed is worth highlighting a series of aged bronze pieces inspired on traditional metal carts that bellboys use for carrying the luggage, which replace the old cabinets, desks, minibars and support furniture.
The new maxi bar cart, included within this series, includes the more ludic items of the room and works like a fragment of a real bar with all the tools required to perform the best cocktails inside the room.
Project name: Puro Hotel Palma
Location: Carrer de Montenegro, 12, 07012 Palma, Illes Balears, Spain
Coordinates: 39.569456, 2.645192
Type: Hotel Interior
Accommodations/Hotel Size: 22 rooms
Project Year/Period: 2009-2014
Completion Year: 2016
Opening Date: March 19, 2016
Visit Puro Hotel Palma’s Website: here
Client / Owner / Developer: n/a
Interior Designer: OHLAB – Carrer Manuel Guasp, 6, 07006 Palma, Illes Balears, Spain
- Paloma Hernaiz and Jaime Oliver with Rebeca Lavín, José Allona, Amaia Barazar, Rosa Fuentes, Silvia Morais, Manuela Sánchez
Project Management: Paloma Hernaiz,
Architects: Jaime Oliver
Quantity surveyor: Jorge Ramón
Artwork: Pedro Oliver
Text Description: © Courtesy of Puro Hotel Palma, OHLAB
Images: © OHLAB, José Hevia, Puro Hotel Palma