In the 1950s, the area of El Terreno, beneath the mighty stronghold of Castillo de Bellver, was one of Palma’s classiest. Celebrities such as Marlene Dietrich, Frank Sinatra and Liza Minelli enjoyed huge success in the district’s Titos nightclub. Times have changed since then: these days, El Terreno is a lacklustre suburb, and the Hostal Corona can claim to be its principal beacon of light. It has a unique charm that makes it the perfect address for those on a budget who want to make the most of life, and who appreciate a certain Bohemian ambience.
Rooms are simply furnished. Some have old wooden beds and pretty curtains; all have beautiful floor tiles dating from around 1900. Native Mallorcans and guests mingle in the enchanting garden with its (occasionally noisy) bar, and in the first-floor restaurant. The cooking is done by owner Margarita Navarra.
The bathrooms are not en suite, which can be off putting, although most rooms have sinks.