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Ses Sucreres and Hevresac, Two Subtly Stylish Hotels in Menorca, Spain

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Ses Sucreres and Hevresac, Two Subtly Stylish Hotels in Menorca, Spain

April 19, 2019

Last summer, our friends Jonathan Hokklo and Ashley Helvey were traveling around the Spanish island Menorca. Around that time, Ashley was sending me photos of sinks, mini refrigerators, and light fixtures at one of the hotels where they stayed called Hevresac. The hotel is one of a few from owners Ignasi, a Spaniard, and Stéphanie, a French Breton who fell in love with the island on her first visit. Jonathan and Ashley chronicled the interiors of both Hevresac, located in the historic city of Maó (also known as Mahón), and Ses Sucreres, another hotel in Ferreries on the island. Here is a look at both, and the history-filled stories of each location.

Photography by Jonathan Hokklo, styling by Ashley Helvey.

Ses Sucreres

Ses Sucreres first opened in 2010. Located in the old neighborhood of Ferreries where Ignasi’s own father grew up, the hotel has six rooms in a renovated 1844 manor. The story of the name, Ses Sucreres, goes like this: Back in 1940, two women made specialty candies for the local Ferreries children out of a grocery that was once in the same building. The children called them ses sucreres meaning “the sugar makers.” Stories like this are what inspired the humble design of the hotel, a design that Ignasi and Stéphanie describe as “personal, intimate, and nostalgic.”

This is Mishima and Jazmín, the two cats of Ses Sucreres.
Above: This is Mishima and Jazmín, the two cats of Ses Sucreres.
In the entry, the original stone walls meet newly polished concrete and a bench designed by Ilse Crawford for Ikea’s former Sinnerlig collection.
Above: In the entry, the original stone walls meet newly polished concrete and a bench designed by Ilse Crawford for Ikea’s former Sinnerlig collection.
The original tiles from 44, a vintage chair, and the Maze Bill Coat Rack at the base of the stairs.
Above: The original tiles from 1844, a vintage chair, and the Maze Bill Coat Rack at the base of the stairs.
Layers of vintage blankets anchor the eclectic decor.
Above: Layers of vintage blankets anchor the eclectic decor.
In a small upstairs guest room, a vintage Joseph Hoffmann Armchair and the Ikea Norberg Drop-Leaf Table makes an instant desk. At the foot of the chair is the jute Lohals Rug, also from Ikea.
Above: In a small upstairs guest room, a vintage Joseph Hoffmann Armchair and the Ikea Norberg Drop-Leaf Table makes an instant desk. At the foot of the chair is the jute Lohals Rug, also from Ikea.
And in another room, a vintage chair sourced locally in Menorca slides up to the iconic Nils Strinning String Work Desk.
Above: And in another room, a vintage chair sourced locally in Menorca slides up to the iconic Nils Strinning String Work Desk.
 Jazmín stands guard.
Above: Jazmín stands guard.
The street where Ces Sucreres is located in Ferreries, Menorca.
Above: The street where Ces Sucreres is located in Ferreries, Menorca.

Hevresac

Hevresac isn’t much bigger than their first hotel, with just eight rooms and a communal kitchen. The building of Hevresac is also old, from the 18th century, and required a full renovation inclusive of Portuguese cork insulation and other environmentally-conscious updates to the original building. Throughout time the building had many uses: a school, doctor’s office, intellectual’s association, music club, and residential manor. The idea for Hevresac is an updated traveler’s lodge; it’s named after a combination of the German word hafersack, a backpack once used by farmers for transporting barley, and the Menorcan hevresac referring to a traveler’s backpack. Working with architect Emma Martí, Ignasi and Stéphanie came up with custom design solutions and unique décor from local vintage dealers and modern European designers.

The colorful geometric mosaic cement floor tiles are original to the building, from the end of the th century. The style, Ignasi explains, is typical to the historic homes of the region, once owned by the bourgeoisie, merchants, and clergy of Maó.
Above: The colorful geometric mosaic cement floor tiles are original to the building, from the end of the 18th century. The style, Ignasi explains, is typical to the historic homes of the region, once owned by the bourgeoisie, merchants, and clergy of Maó.
In order to maintain the building’s original façade and the th century guillotine windows, the owners and architect Emma Martí came up with a wood and steel window frame design for improved insulation. The bed frame is the Ethnicraft Spindle Bed in white oak and the wall-mounted light is the Birdy Wall Light by Birger Dahl from 5
Above: In order to maintain the building’s original façade and the 18th century guillotine windows, the owners and architect Emma Martí came up with a wood and steel window frame design for improved insulation. The bed frame is the Ethnicraft Spindle Bed in white oak and the wall-mounted light is the Birdy Wall Light by Birger Dahl from 1952.
The desk is a vintage 60’s piece from Lannion in Brittany, and the chair, too, is vintage, sourced from Amapola Antiques in Madrid. The lamp is the Flos Parentesi Floor Lamp in white.
Above: The desk is a vintage 1960’s piece from Lannion in Brittany, and the chair, too, is vintage, sourced from Amapola Antiques in Madrid. The lamp is the Flos Parentesi Floor Lamp in white.
The window situated within the old door frame was designed by Martí to create a “false order of things,” as Ignasi says, along with insulating for sound.
Above: The window situated within the old door frame was designed by Martí to create a “false order of things,” as Ignasi says, along with insulating for sound.
The pink paint on the lower half of the bedroom walls is original to the building.
Above: The pink paint on the lower half of the bedroom walls is original to the building.
The original wall design remains in the bath, as do the terra cotta floor tiles which the owners tell us are impossible to replace: “very difficult to find, and the new ones are not alike.”
Above: The original wall design remains in the bath, as do the terra cotta floor tiles which the owners tell us are impossible to replace: “very difficult to find, and the new ones are not alike.”
A private balcony off the guest room bath with more terra cotta by way of new planters, and in-progress vines trailing up the plaster walls.
Above: A private balcony off the guest room bath with more terra cotta by way of new planters, and in-progress vines trailing up the plaster walls.
On the left, built-in platforms for potted plants are original to the building from the late th century.
Above: On the left, built-in platforms for potted plants are original to the building from the late 18th century.
The hotel lobby area is equipped with more eclectic new and vintage furniture. The beige sofa is a new design, from Aquitania, a local shop in Maó, the rug is from Gan Rugs, and on the wall is a poster from the Musée des Arts et Métiers in Paris.
Above: The hotel lobby area is equipped with more eclectic new and vintage furniture. The beige sofa is a new design, from Aquitania, a local shop in Maó, the rug is from Gan Rugs, and on the wall is a poster from the Musée des Arts et Métiers in Paris.
The gold velvet tufted sofa is from PortoBello, a shop in Madrid.
Above: The gold velvet tufted sofa is from PortoBello, a shop in Madrid.
A dining area with an old farm table, high back antique chairs, and vintage Breuer Cesca Chairs. Hanging above is vintage light in green (for something similar, see our post  Easy Pieces: Colorful Glass Pendant Lights and the Kartell Fl/y Suspension Light).
Above: A dining area with an old farm table, high back antique chairs, and vintage Breuer Cesca Chairs. Hanging above is vintage light in green (for something similar, see our post 10 Easy Pieces: Colorful Glass Pendant Lights and the Kartell Fl/y Suspension Light).
A folding desk and shelving was made custom from Marine-grade plywood.
Above: A folding desk and shelving was made custom from Marine-grade plywood.
In the basement kitchen and lounge area, two vintage armchairs reupholstered by Archimoldi, a firm out of Barcelona. The mini fridge behind them is the Klarstein PopArt-Bar Minibar Fridge and circular jute rugs are the Dandelion Rugs from Armadillo & Co.
Above: In the basement kitchen and lounge area, two vintage armchairs reupholstered by Archimoldi, a firm out of Barcelona. The mini fridge behind them is the Klarstein PopArt-Bar Minibar Fridge and circular jute rugs are the Dandelion Rugs from Armadillo & Co.
More combinations of vintage and Ikea in the dining area of the basement.
Above: More combinations of vintage and Ikea in the dining area of the basement.
The Birdy Wall Light is seen again in the kitchen, along with a double-bowl farm sink and vintage glass vases.
Above: The Birdy Wall Light is seen again in the kitchen, along with a double-bowl farm sink and vintage glass vases.
In another room, a single wall is wallpapered with the Waverly Kids Highwire Stripe pattern from Aribau. The bench, a Catalan modernist piece, was sourced a vintage antique dealers show, and the rug is simply the Ikea Stockholm  Rug.
Above: In another room, a single wall is wallpapered with the Waverly Kids Highwire Stripe pattern from Aribau. The bench, a Catalan modernist piece, was sourced a vintage antique dealers show, and the rug is simply the Ikea Stockholm 2017 Rug.
The undulating door and door frame design is original to the building, painted in the original black-green color that locals call “the green of Maó.”
Above: The undulating door and door frame design is original to the building, painted in the original black-green color that locals call “the green of Maó.”

N.B.: The third hotel from Ignasi and Stéphanie is called Hotel Petit Maó, situated around the corner from Hevresac in Maó, Menorca.

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