The Gran Sol is a fantastic hotel with a very mixed clientele of varied nationalities and all ages although thankfully very few screaming babies, no boisterous party animals and above all superb staff!
We stay in lots of hotels, all year round, for business and pleasure, mostly in Spain for the latter, on the Mainland, the Costas, the Canaries and the Balearics! Funnily enough, we only feel compelled to write a review if our experience is either excellent or atrocious.
The Gran Sol is right up there at the top end of the spectrum. It is the best of many Spanish hotels we have visited, excellent in every respect and we will definitely return for many reasons. We have stayed in 3, 4, 5 star hotels throughout Spain and unbelievably this is only a 2 star Hotel?? Incredible!! This place punches well above its weight with a combination of its location, pristine condition and wonderful staff/management.
We arrived at 10pm and checked in within 30 seconds, Ole Jose! We had emailed the hotel the previous day to request a smoking room on the highest available floor with a sea view and arrived into room 523 which was as cool as ice with a balcony looking directly at the sea over the rear of Café Del Mar and Mambo.
The Gran Sol is located in a quiet residential area one block from the coast. Turn left or right from the front door of the Hotel and it’s a ten-minute walk to the “West End” madness of San Antonio. Left takes you along the coastal walkway on the sunset strip. Forget overpriced places like CDM and Mambo and try Kanya or Kasbah if you want to get the same vibe for less or simply BYO booze and sit on the lunar like rocks that extend beyond the walkway in front of all these “chill-out” cafes. They’re not the only ones staring at the sun! Right takes you directly into town to the bus station in ten minutes on foot, which makes exploring the Island very easy without a hire car.
There are plenty of cheap eateries within the vicinity, the Bohemia, Fatsos, Casa Thai to name but a few, all offer good food and excellent value. The Spanish café opposite the 24-hour shop serves massive portions of the most delicious Churros for breakfast! We must also mention Tiffany’s next door to the hotel which serves generous cocktails at €5 a pop and has a happy hour twice daily when all drinks are € 2!
The food in the hotel is also quite good and very reasonably priced. We stayed on a B&B basis and the breakfast buffet was substantial and very tasty. For €6 pppn we could’ve upgraded to half-board but we decided eat here in the evenings only on occasion at a cost of €10 per person which is remarkable considering the variety of delicious starters, main courses and scrumptuous desserts - apple crepes por postre! Divine!
The Bar serves pasta and pizza for lunch between 12 and 3pm and small snacks such as burgers, bagettes and hot-dogs are available all day for €3/4. You certainly wont go hungry!
Our bedroom comprised two very comfy single beds with proper mattresses, dresser with mirror and a full-length mirror opposite the bed – touché! The flat screen TV has a number of English channels including BBC and ITV which I thought might avoid having to endure endless hours of back to back soaps on Sky plus when we got home but sadly that was not the case as who wants to watch TV on holiday anyway?
The bathroom was basic but fully functional with a hairdryer, high water pressure and a bidet – how civilised! The powerful air-conditioning and ceiling fan were a gift with outdoor temperatures of 34C during the day and only marginally cooler at night.
The room also has a mini fridge and a safe free of charge, which is very decent considering we’d normally pay maybe €20 extra per week for each in other hotels.
Room 523 is located next to the lift shaft but we heard no noise at all and nor was there any disturbance from other guestrooms or the hallways which is exceptional because many Spanish hotels we have stayed in have walls that are wafer thin.
Housekeeping daily between 9am to 3pm provided clean sheets and towels and thorough cleaning, deserved a decent tip.
The Gran Sol’s best feature is its pristine pool area and its impeccably manicured garden with ample superior sun-loungers, which were fully adjustable, mounted on wheels so they are easy to move and came complete with mattresses. There are lots of free parasols and natural shade from the palm trees, which provide welcome respite from the glaring sun. Most importantly there wasn’t a single insect or the tiniest spec of litter in the pool and the garden is immaculate. There is also two pool tables table tennis and a full sized floodlit tennis court available for a small charge.
The reception and bar areas are also immaculate. There are two PCs in the TV room with internet access costing €1 for 15 minutes and there is also free wi-fi which we assume is a recent addition because we weren’t aware of this before we arrived and there was no mention of it in any of the previous reviews we had read. Some repeat visitors told us, that the management adds something new every year, which demonstrates their commitment to maintaining the highest of standards in this hotel whereas some establishments seem to trade on their reputation while allowing their standards to diminish over time.
The lavatories are spotless and they have a very distinct, pleasant citrus scent, a minor detail that indicates the high standard of cleanliness and hygiene, which is evident throughout the hotel.
Actually, these are only physical features and the best attribute of the Gran Sol is its staff. They are wonderful and helpful beyond belief. Everyone speaks English although they also appreciate any attempt to speak un poco Espanol. The younger barman was especially helpful in this regard, correcting our pronunciation when necessary. The old guy behind the bar can be a bit gruff if you rub him up the wrong way but his heart is in the right place. He didn’t hesitate to expel some non-residents from the pool area and indeed security at the Gran Sol is top-notch. The entire place is covered by CCTV cameras, which are mounted high around the perimeter – very reassuring!
The English lady on reception was as helpful as any Concierge we have ever encountered and Jose went beyond the call of duty by letting us use the computer in the office to book a flight in and emergency when our son missed his connection in London.
Everyone in the this Hotel shares a common objective to ensure you have a pleasant stay and therein lies the attraction – most 5 star establishments fail to do that as effectively as the Gran Sol. The Staff deserve the highest accolades for their friendliness and professionalism. We will definitely return as soon as possible!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The family-managed Gran Sol Hotel is one of San Antonio's favourite, modestly priced hotels: it lies in a quieter corner of the resort just a short walk away from the town centre and beach of San Antonio.There is a fresh-water swimming-pool on a spacious sun-terrace complete with loungers and sun-shades. There is also a garden with lawn for more serious sunbathing.The small sandy beach of Caló d'es Moro is less than 100m from the hotel whilst the beaches of Cala Grassio and more sophisticated Cala Grassioneta are a stroll down the coast. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Gran Sol Hotel
- Hotel Gran Sol Ibiza, Spain