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“Wedding weekend” 5 of 5 stars
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Gran Hotel Sol y Mar
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   C/Benidorm 3, 03710 Calpe, Spain   |  
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Ranked #1 of 30 Hotels in Calpe
Stavanger
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18 reviews 18 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Wedding weekend”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

I went to this hotel some time ago already, it was April, so not to much tourist in the area. The reason for the travel was to assist to a friend's wedding at the swimming pool area in the hotel.
The room was excellent with a superb view to the sea from a high floor (the 10th if my memory is right), the attention was very good, and I even was able to get a sandwich after the check in, despite it was late and the bar was closed.
The swimming pool looked nice, but we didn't use it because the ambient temperature was still a little cold at the time.
They have a pub/disco in the basement (ground floor from the sea side) with nice music.
In general was an excellent experience!!

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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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  • Service
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  • Cleanliness
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Dunstable, United Kingdom
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

We have just come back from a 4 night B&B stay at the Grand Hotel Sol Y Mar after reading reviews and was pleased to find it lived up to the reviews. Reception staff were extremely helpful and check in was quick and easy
Room, with a sea view on 4th floor, was spacious, with a stunning view over the sea. In the room there was nice touches, fruit, coke & water toped up in the fridge daily.
Although a large hotel, at night there was no noise evident to disturb an excellent night’s sleep in what must be the most comfortable beds experienced - nice and firm and Huge.
Breakfast was buffet style with a large variety of options of pastries, cold meats, cheeses, fruit, cereals, varieties of bread, freshly made omelettes, juices and 5 different milks! Also available was champagne!
The pool, although not enormous, was big enough and never overcrowded overlooking the sea, with numerous sun beds with padded mattresses, plenty of shade was available from the large umbrellas if required and double bed loungers on the top level. The poolside bar with reasonably priced drinks and light lunch menu.
It’s the little touches that make a holiday! the hotel had noticed it was my husbands during our stay and provided a bottle of champagne in our room with their compliments
All in all we could not fault the hotel which certainly lived up to its reputation and we are already planning a return

Room Tip: Book a Sea View, Well worth it
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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26 hotel reviews
Reviews in 35 cities Reviews in 35 cities
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

Recently spent a week staying in the apartments here. We had a two bedroom apartment. I booked this direct with hotel via their website. Booked transfers online too from airport with. Beni- connect. Enjoyed a lovely holiday. Have mixed feelings about the hotel.

Pros:

-Amazing buffet breakfast - all you could want and more.
-Hotel is in a great location for the beach, old town restaurants etc
-Supermarket in basement is huge. We bought lunch here and self catered in our apartment whilst baby napped. Also bought beach toys.
-Baby pool shallow and ideal for young kids.
-Apartment generous in size and well equipped. Washing machine great when have young kids!
-Reception, bar areas quite opulent with great views.

Cons:

-Rather expensive, cost around £1000 b&b for the week for 2 adults and 2 infants not including flights.
-Apartment was noisy at night. Poor double glazing. Kept awake very, very late from street and wedding noise for 2 out of 7 nights (we were on 4th floor).
-Apartment was clean but not spotless. Mould in both bathrooms which could be removed with elbow grease.
-Asked twice in advance (once 24 hours before arrival) for cot to be set up ready as arriving late with young family and wasn't there when we arrived and had to chase reception twice at 11.30 pm at night.

To summise, had a lovely holiday but not sure the price represented value for money. Could have spent about 25% less elsewhere for as an enjoyable holiday. I booked based on reviews on here and was not disappointed but wouldn't return.



  • Stayed June 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Jonkoping, Sweden
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5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

The room, the reception area, breakfast, the swimmingpool, the restaurant at night, the bar…. everything was very up to date and clean.
BUT… When we wanted to borrow a bottle opener they wanted to charge about 10€ which was silly since the supermarket in the same building had one for 3€ to by… no service was for free…

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Departamento Ca... G, Quality Department at Gran Hotel Sol y Mar, responded to this review, 2 weeks ago
Dear guest,


First of all we would like to thank you for your reservation in our hotel.

It´s a pleasure for us to know that you have appreciate our facilities and you had a nice stay with us.

In reference to your comments of the bottle opener we would like to inform you that we haven´t got availability this tool of our guests, the 10€ must be just for a deposit.

We hope to seeing you in a future and we hope that you have a nice journey back home.


Kind regards
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

Everything about the Gran Sol y Mar says luxury, comfort, welcome and enjoyment. 100 friends and family of newlyweds Rhiannon and Richard stayed at this wonderful hotel, before and after the Nuptial Mass at the church of San Francesco di Paola in Rafol d'almunia.
We will definitely return time and time
again, to sample the wonderful food, the spa, the pool and poolside bar, and the very helpful and friendly staff.
The return home came far to soon!!!!
We will see you next year and thank you Gran Sol y Mar

Stayed May 2014, traveled with family
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Departamento Ca... G, Quality Department at Gran Hotel Sol y Mar, responded to this review, 2 weeks ago
Dear guest,


First of all we would like to thank you for your reservation in Gran Hotel Sol y Mar.

It is a pleasure for us to know that you had a lovely time in our hotel.

We are very pleased that you had a fantastic wedding with us and we hope to see you very soon.

Congratulations!

Kind regards
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Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

We stayed in this hotel for a week in March on a B/B basis.
Everything was absolute tops from the bedrooms(sinks made of glass?!) to the dining areas to the leisure club located by underground passage.
The only one critisism was the price of the parking(€80 for the week!)pricey to say the least,but seeing as there was no where else to park we were the captive audience!

Other than that its well worth staying.The views of the ocean(if you have an ocean view,obviously)are superb.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Departamento Ca... G, Quality Department at Gran Hotel Sol y Mar, responded to this review, 2 weeks ago
Dear guest,


First of all we would like to thank you for your reservation in Gran Hotel Sol y Mar,

We are very pleased that you have enjoyed your holidays in our hotel.

We hope to seeing you in a future very soon.

Kind regards

Quality Department
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Wickford, United Kingdom
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4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

When we booked in the reception was friendly and efficient. The whole place, the room, the swimming pool, the bar and restaurant all shouted 'CLASS'. My only regret was to not to ensure i got a balcony with a sea view.

Room Tip: Just make sure you book a room with a sea view. The view is great. Don't worry about lifts, they...
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Departamento Ca... G, Quality Department at Gran Hotel Sol y Mar, responded to this review, 2 weeks ago
Dear guest,

We would like to thank you for your reservation in our hotel.
It is a pleasure for us to hear that you have enjoyed your holidays, and all of our services and facilities were suitable for you.

We would inform our Reception Department your comments and for next time we propose you to book a sea view room.

We hope to see you again soon, and that you had a nice way back home,

Kind Regards,

Quality Department
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Address: C/Benidorm 3, 03710 Calpe, Spain
Location: Spain > Valencian Country > Alicante Province > Costa Blanca > Calpe
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Calpe
#1 Luxury Hotel in Calpe
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Gran Hotel Sol y Mar 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A new concept thought for leisure, rest and pleasure moments. Services and details of first quality. Elegant decoration and the most exquisite restaurant service in addition you will be able to enjoy the spa fitness area with a large and exclusive treatments Style, distinction, character, and an exclusive location beside the seaside overlooking the Mediterranean sea and the impressionant Penyn de Ifach. We want to give you unforgettable moments. Feel how sweet can be this life. ... more   less 
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