The Gran Hotel is one of the most outstanding buildings of Modernism on Majorca. It was built by Catalan architect Lluís Domènech y Montaner between 1901 and 1903. The building is five storeys high. In its day, the ground floor held rooms and dining rooms and the four upper floors held the bedrooms. The building shows integration of new materials (wrought iron) and a great profusion of floral and animal-shaped ornamentation, especially applied on the arches, balconies, capitals and windows.
Use was also made of ornamental polychromatic ceramic coverings of Hispano-Arabic origins, and pre-Raphaelite sculpture. As normal in Modernist style, the different arts harmoniously combine on the building.
In 1993, Obra Social "La Caixa" turned the Gran Hotel into a cultural centre open to the entire public. The building is conceived as a multi-purpose space suitable for cultural activities such as cafe talks, concerts, educational events, guided visits to the exhibitions, conferences, etc.
In addition to the temporary exhibitions that bring together important international collections focused on different periods in art history, literature and science, on the first floor visitors can see part of the permanent collection of the Catalan painter Hermen Anglada Camarasa through exhibitions that are renewed every year.
Entrance tickets are available for purchase. Free for customers of La Caixa. Guided tours are available.