Culture of Mallorca: Hotel Formentor
Developers have completely emptied part of the Formentor hotel, leaving only the exterior walls of the building.
The hotel, which has neoclassical and Art Deco elements, opened in 1929 with a big party and the guests had to travel by boat to get there.
It quickly became a favorite destination for politicians, artists, actors and the well-heeled and Sir Winston Churchill was a frequent guest.
Many others famous people stayed at the Formentor hotel, including Charlie Chaplin, Gary Cooper, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ava Gardner, Audry Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor and John Wayne. Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier of Monaco spent part of their honeymoon at the Hotel Formentor.
The greats of literature also loved it, including Camilo José Cela, Jorge Luis Borges, Robert Graves, Miguel Delibes, Italo Calvino, Alberto Moravia and the Mexican painter Roberto Montenegro who lived in Puerto Pollença and often frequented the bar of the Hotel Formentor.
Pollensa City Council authorized a full renovation of the hotel 6 months ago, but photographs just uploaded to social media websites showing the extent of the demolition have caused deep concern.
“Formentor Hotel was full of stories and history and now it’s like that, what a pity, ”tweeted the former Minister of Culture, Máximo Huerto. “It has inspired musicians and writers. I humbly dedicated my novel Firmamento to it.
The hotel grounds are fully fenced with numerous cameras protecting the property from prying eyes and an investigation has apparently been launched to find out. who disclosed the photos.
Junts Avançam asked the mayor Tomeu Cifre to send a municipal guard to the hotel to check that the work in progress comply with the license granted by the Town Hall of Pollença.
El hotel Formentor estaba lleno de historias y de historia. Ahora está así. Qué pena. Inspiro a músicos y escritores. Yo, humbly, the dedicated mi novela “Firmamento”. pic.twitter.com/DX4LhTJauK
– Máximo Huerta (@maximohuerta) November 28, 2021
“What we are seeing is not a reform, it is the complete demolition of the entire interior. »Blasted Avançam.
The city council is still processing a new permit to expand the complex and work was on hold for a month pending approval.
In September, Patrimoni sent a report to the Pollensa City Council demanding that the interior and exterior spaces of the Hotel Formentor be catalog, but Mayor Cifre said the request came too late.
“I don’t understand why he hasn’t said anything so far and asks for protection when there is nothing left inside,” he said. “The owner is waiting for us to process the hotel extension license and also tries to resolve the construction material delivery problem at the Formentor hotel. The Consell de Mallorca has reduced the maximum vehicle weight on the road to Lluc from 26 tonnes to 19 tonnes and the city council does not want to make any exceptions, so the owner is considering delivering the materials by sea.