This is my review of Gran Hotel Montesol Ibiza.
Two weeks ago I went on a week-long flight and hotel review trip that took me from Ibiza to mainland Spain and ended in Germany.
My first stop was at the Gran Hotel Montesol Ibiza, part of Hilton’s Curio Collection, and here is my review.
This is not your typical Hilton by a long way. With just 33 high-end rooms, it is exactly the sort of boutique property that the Curio Collection hoped to attract. Hilton gave me a free night including breakfast. HfP paid for its own flight and incidental expenses.
How is Ibiza in Winter?
Hilton asked Head For Points to fly to Ibiza to review the newly refurbished Gran Hotel Montesol which is one of the latest additions to the ‘Curio Collection by Hilton’.
As you can see from the Curio Collection website here, it is the equivalent of Starwood’s ‘Tribute’ or Marriott’s ‘Autograph’ chains. It consists of 35 luxurious independent hotels which retain a high degree of autonomy in how they operate day to day, are very lightly branded but can still benefit from Hilton’s marketing scale. This includes allowing you to earn or redeem Hilton HHonors points on your stays.
This was the second time I have been to Ibiza in Winter and even though it’s only slightly warmer than in London at that time of the year, it’s still nice to exchange the misty polluted London air with its grey skies for a sea breeze, blue skies and a bit of sunshine.
Where is the Gran Hotel Montesol
The Gran Hotel Montesol is close to the harbour and on the edge of the old town.
The hotel was built in 1930 and opened in 1933. It was the first hotel on the island of Ibiza. However over the years it lost its glory and had only one star when it closed three years ago.
After a vast and expensive refurbishment it opened again at the end of August 2016 as the ‘Gran Hotel Montesol – Curio Collection by Hilton’ with 5 stars on the door. And very nice it is too.
There are currently road works next to the hotel where the public square is being brushed up and turned into a pedestrian only zone with bars, cafes and shops in time for the 2017 summer season. For this reason the taxi I took from the airport (€16.55) had to drop me off around the corner and I walked the last 50m.
The first thing you see when entering the hotel is a dinosaur skeleton which represents the hotel being the dinosaur of hotels on the island.
As you walk past the dinosaur you get to the hotel’s reception. There was only one check in desk and I had to wait a few minutes as someone else was being checked in when I arrived. However as the hotel only has 33 rooms in total, I assume the maximum waiting time should usually be just a few minutes.
My roon at Gran Hotel Montesol
I was given a Premier Room with city view.
There were two ‘french balconies’. In theory they are proper balconies, but due to safety reasons two metal poles prevent guests from stepping outside.
The bed was massive and had a comfortable firm mattress.
I really liked the monochrome decorative theme in the room.
The wardrobe had robes and slippers (black flip flops), an ironing board with iron and a safe.
The bathroom is in one corner of the room with a sliding door next to the mini bar and a round glass window next to the bed – you can’t see through it.
There was a coffee machine with four coffee capsules and a kettle with various teas in the room.
The water in the mini bar was complimentary.
The bathroom was a good size with two sinks and a shower.
There was no bathtub – none of the rooms in the hotel have one.
The toiletries were by Rituals, a brand that doesn’t use parabens and SLS.
Ignore the following sentence if you’re a man:
If your hair is used to parabens and SLS (sodium lauryl sulfate) in shampoo it can look a bit dry and dull after using the Rituals shampoo and conditioner. However if you use shampoo without parabens and SLS anyway, this shampoo is great and it smells very pleasant.
Wifi is complimentary throughout the hotel and a decent speed for Netflix.
The Gran Hotel Montesol Ibiza has 33 rooms including one accessible room, 3 suites, 12 premier, 6 superior and 11 classic rooms. The style and decoration in all rooms is the same and most rooms only vary in size. However the accessible and the classic rooms do not have a french balcony. There are rooms with city view, harbour view and interior view (or rather courtyard view).
Here are a few shots of other rooms:
Classic room with interior view
This is a Classic room. As you can see it’s similar to the Premier I stayed in but lacks the bench and bathroom window in the wall next to the bed.
Superior room with city view
The Superior room was very similar to my Premier room but with slightly less space between the bed and sitting area.
This was the bathroom in a Superior room – it’s bigger than it appears in this picture. There is a second sink next to the one shown. It was impossible to take a photo of the whole room.
To give you a better impression of what you can expect, here is a short YouTube video of the my room and a few other shots from around the hotel. You can subscribe to our YouTube channel via this page – this is the same link to visit if the video does not automatically appear below.
This was part one of my review of the Gran Hotel Montesol Ibiza – Curio Collection by Hilton which gives you an impression of the rooms. In part two (click here) I will look at the public areas of the hotel including the restaurant and art work.
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