Boutique hotels appeared to be all the fashion in Palma but new figures out this week suggested that some were struggling. A recent report suggested that some had been forced to drop their prices because of poor demand. But I think this story has to be put into perspective: over the last few years scores of new hotels have opened in Palma. At one stage it appeared that one was opening on every corner. This has meant that Palma's 'bed bank' has risen dramatically. The city council, in my opinion, have done little to promote Palma as an upmarket getaway destination, and remember that all these hotels have to remain open throughout the year. So perhaps the council could lend them a hand.