My wife and I (reasonably elderly people) spent 4 nights (including a weekend) at the Montesol, in the middle of May 2012, on a Bed & Breakfast basis. The Internet booking process via firstname.lastname@example.org was quite easy, with only 1 night costs required as a deposit. The balance was required to be paid at Reception after breakfast on the final day. As we were not flying out until quite late that evening, we were allowed to ‘check out’ and leave our suitcases in Reception for collection at a later time. The Internet site describes the hotel as 3 Star, whilst a plate on an exterior wall offers just the one. The latter would be the more accurate of the two.
Having stayed in hotels some 30-40 minutes’ walk from Ibiza town facilities on previous occasions, we determined that one closer to the centre would be better for us on this visit. The Montesol more than adequately met this requirement and must be the major plus point for staying at this hotel. However, the one thing that must be considered a major minus point is the noise that comes 24 hours a day from the nearby traffic and the noise that comes from ‘revellers’ from 10pm through to 6am. Both were horrendous and nothing we could do would have made any difference, apart from moving hotels that is! We were unable to take a proper ‘siesta’ or get a good night’s sleep. Maybe a bit later in the year in the Summer, it will be even noisier.
The hotel is an old property with a cafe attached at ground level. There is 1 lift. The room was of an adequate size, with a small balcony and a view of the Cathedral. Other rooms are available on 3 floors, but each would encounter the same noise problems. The room furniture was ‘ancient’ and the en-suite very outdated, with sink and bath plugs that did not fit. It seems that no effort has been made anywhere to modernise the property. There was a TV, but with no English speaking news or other channels. There was no ‘welcome pack’ or ‘instructions’ of any kind. A map of the island would have been helpful and possibly some travel details. The room was cleaned and the beds made on a daily basis. There were no tea/coffee or fridge facilities. Air conditioning was one unit at the highest and most inaccessible part of the room, with no controls visible anywhere. For electrical items, the only socket was the TV socket, with one other by the sink in the bathroom. There was a telephone in the room.
The hotel has no facilities apart from the public cafe, which is where breakfast was taken. This was available from 8am to 11am. Whilst this was waiter served, this has to be the worst breakfast offered anywhere! We were ‘allowed’ one small cup of coffee or tea (no refills) and one croissant or slice of toast each. This came with margarine and apricot jam. There were no cereals, eggs, fruit or meats that are normally associated with a ‘continental’ style breakfast.
We took a taxi from the airport on arrival at a cost of €15. The journey time was 20 minutes. Leaving was undertaken by bus, only 1 minute from the hotel for a journey of 35 minutes, at a cost of €3.35 per person. The hotel is just one minute away from the harbour/port with its ferries to Formentera, Valencia and Majorca. Similarly, a ‘water-bus’ service is available to Figueretas, Playa d’en Bossa, Formentera and Es Canar. Shopping and ‘eating-out’ is on the doorstep of the hotel, and in every direction thereafter. For those thinking of hiring a car for more than one day, there are no hotel parking facilities. Roadside parking charges are very high.
To summarise, if you can take the noise and poor breakfast, this might be for you on location alone. If not, steer well clear!
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- Also Known As:
- Montesol Hotel Ibiza Town
- Hotel Montesol Ibiza/Ibiza Town