This is part two of my review of the Gran Hotel Montesol in Ibiza. It has recently reopened after a massive refurbishment as part of Hilton’s Curio Collection of luxury boutique hotels.
In part one of my review (click here) of the Gran Hotel Montesol Ibiza I wrote about the different room categories.
Here is part two where I focus on the public spaces including restaurant and art work.
The ground floor is the heart of the Gran Hotel Montesol. The bright and inviting entrance area has various sitting areas and is decorated with flowers as well as artworks.
The Cafe Montesol is located right after the entrance area and is a coffee shop, restaurant and bar serving mediterranean food and various cocktails.
Here is a picture of the bar.
When I arrived there were quite a few people working on their laptops giving more the impression of a local coffee shop than a hotel bar.
Unlike most hotels I’ve stayed in there was no buffet. With just 33 rooms it prefers to offer an a la carte menu with a wide variety of fresh juices and mediterranean breakfast dishes. Unfortunately the dish I ordered was a bit too salty for me but don’t let that put you off!
Throughout the hotel you can find lots of different art works including photographs by Toni Riera with images of ‘Hippy Ibiza’.
Even the restrooms are rather arty with these contemporary sinks.
The hotel doesn’t have a gym, which some people could see as a disadvantage. The hotel does have an arrangement with a nearby gym which hotel guests can use free of charge, although you may prefer to go for a jog around the old town.
There are rumours of a possible conversion of the rooftop into a terrace, although this is not set in stone yet.
The Gran Hotel Montesol Ibiza is a lovely stylish hotel in a great part of the island. There are lots of shops nearby and you can walk up into the heart of the old town where you get a beautiful view over the island and the sea. With the harbour right outside the hotel you can also easily take a ferry to Formentera and explore this smaller island with its gorgeous beaches.
The Cafe Montesol serves a great breakfast and mediterranean food throughout the day and has a nice coffee shop/brasserie atmosphere.
With only 33 rooms the Gran Hotel Montesol is quite a small hotel which gives it a uniquely personal flair and as the Cafe Montesol is popular with locals you don’t get the impression of being in an overly touristy area. The lack of a gym could be an issue for some but then again there is a free shuttle to a nearby gym that hotel guests can use.
The Gran Hotel Montesol Ibiza is probably not the best choice if you are a twenty-something looking for a party get-away in Ibiza or if you have young children – the hotel is happy to accept kids but there is nothing specifically for them. It IS a great hotel for couples looking for a quiet and peaceful hotel as a base whilst having the option of going to the nearby clubs, shops or museums.
If you are looking to redeem points, the Gran Hotel Montesol Ibiza is part of Hilton’s Curio Collection of luxury independent hotels. This is a group of properties who have formed a marketing alliance with Hilton which allows you to book your stays via the Hilton website – and earn Hilton HHonors points – as well as redeeming.
A free night here is priced at the top end of the scale, costing 95,000 points per night in summer. The cash price, however, reaches €600 per night in August. Our standard value for a Hilton point is 0.33p. At peak dates, you would be getting 0.5p per point which makes it one of the better value Hilton HHonors redemptions.
Outside peak season, cash rates are more reasonable (€270 per night in May) and a full redemption at 95,000 points looks bad value. ‘Cash and Points’ is available outside high summer, however, and is better value.
How to earn Hilton Honors points and status from UK credit cards (August 2022)
There are various ways of earning Hilton Honors points from UK credit cards. Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses.
Do you know that holders of The Platinum Card from American Express receive FREE Hilton Honors Gold status for as long as they hold the card? It also comes with Marriott Bonvoy Gold, Radisson Rewards Gold and MeliaRewards Gold status. We reviewed American Express Platinum in detail here and you can apply here.
EDIT: Until 25th October 2022, there is an exceptionally generous sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card. You will receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points – double the usual amount – and £200 to spend at Amex Travel. You need to spend £6,000 within six months to earn the bonus.
Did you know that the Virgin Atlantic credit cards are a great way of earning Hilton Honors points? Two Virgin Points can be converted into three Hilton Honors points. The Virgin Atlantic cards are the only Visa or Mastercard products in the UK which can indirectly earn Hilton Honors points. You can apply here.
You can also earn Hilton Honors points indirectly with:
- American Express Gold (20,000 bonus Amex points)
- American Express Rewards Credit Card (5,000 bonus Amex points)
and for small business owners:
- American Express Business Gold (20,000 bonus Amex points)
- American Express Business Platinum (40,000 bonus Amex points)
The conversion rate from American Express to Hilton points is 1:2.
(Want to earn more hotel points? Click here to see our complete list of promotions from the major hotel chains or use the ‘Hotel Offers’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)