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Can Sastre hotel review: dreamy evenings at a 17th century ex-bakery in the picturesque town of Ciutadella, Menorca

• Rating: 9/10
Rooms at Can Sastre start from 
$118 (£99) a night
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During a recent trip exploring Menorca's most beautiful beaches, I booked into Can Sastre—a pretty, terracotta-hued boutique hotel that sits right in the centre of old town Ciutadella, less than two minutes walk from the cathedral and around five to the port. There's really no shortage of amazing hotels on the island, from Can Alberti hotel in Mahon, to one of my all-time favourite places to stay in the world; Menorca Experimental, but each time I visit I like to try a different area and new place to sleep.

bedroom at can sastre boutique hotel Menorca
My room at Can Sastre

The dreamy seventeenth century building was previously a family-run bakery and sweet shop for 120 years, before being turned into the 13-roomed hotel it is now. Reminders of the bakery remain in the hotel’s reception with the original bakery counter, vintage jars and sweet cutters still on display. Throughout the building there’s gorgeously tiled floors and modern art on the walls, while a few of the ground floor rooms share a small sun-trap terrace.

sweet cutters in can sastre hotel
Ancient sweet cutters in the reception

What's the vibe at Can Sastre hotel?

Similar to Can Alberti on the other side of the island, Can Sastre is also a serene and extremely relaxed haven. There’s a real calming feel to the place—maybe it’s the small size of the place, or the fact it’s been so impeccably decorated, or maybe it’s the friendly staff but I just felt so happy for the duration of my stay, I didn’t want to leave. I noticed a few other guests but it never felt busy at all and the service is so personal—it’s a real boutique hotel that I’d be sure to return to.

tiled staircase at Can Sastre hotel Menorca
Tiled staircase at Can Sastre

How are the rooms at Can Sastre?

I stayed in a regular double room on the second floor with sloped ceiling and original beams, it felt cozy but not too small. The modern, simple d├ęcor featured cool reading lamps, rope woven headboard and bright white bedside tables, with retro style radio. Some of the larger rooms have bathtubs but mine had a gorgeous bright bathroom with rainfall shower, mosaic flooring, handmade tiles, stand-alone stone sink and huge mirror. Each room has it’s own coffee machine, mini bar and complementary water served in glass bottles, and breakfast is included. 

bathroom at Can Sastre hotel Menorca
The immaculate bathroom in my room

What is there to eat and drink at Can Sastre?

The hotel serves breakfast in its basement room, which sounds strange but is really relaxed. There’s a breakfast buffet set up each day with juices, fresh fruit, pastries, cold meats, local cheese and often an extra local dish—sometimes tortilla or a sweet cake. You can also order hot dishes and eggs from the menu. On the ground floor there’s a cute honesty bar and seating area where you can mix your own drinks whenever you fancy, I actually didn’t use it as preferred to sit outside in the plazas around the old town catching the last of the sun. The hotel doesn’t currently have a restaurant but there are some incredible places to eat in Ciutadella, as well as unmissable tapas in Mahon.

breakfast at Can Sastre hotel Menorca
Breakfast in the basement 

Any highlights?

Honestly, the whole hotel is a highlight and a total delight from start to finish. These days hotels use the word ‘boutique’ so loosely but Can Sastre is the real deal—intimate, friendly and well thought out. Ciutadella can feel so busy in the height of summer but as soon as you step inside the hotel you’re transported to a world of calm. There’s also a private garage with car parking spaces a short walk from the hotel, which was perfect as I’d hired a car for my time in Menorca. I also loved the proximity to Torretrencada where I discovered the mysterious ancient stone structures that were possibly used for ritual ceremonies.

Anything they could improve on?

The only tiny thing that could have made my stay more perfect would have been better coffee at breakfast time.

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