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Review: the Gran Hotel Montesol Ibiza (Part 2)

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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.

Gran Hotel Montesol Curio Hilton Ibiza exterior

Ground floor

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.

Gran Hotel Montesol Curio Hilton Ibiza entrance dinosaur 2

Cafe Montesol

The Cafe Montesol is located right after the entrance area and is a coffee shop, restaurant and bar serving mediterranean food and various cocktails.

Gran Hotel Montesol Curio Hilton Ibiza bar

Here is a picture of the bar.

Gran Hotel Montesol Curio Hilton Ibiza bar bartender alcohol

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.

Gran Hotel Montesol Curio Hilton Ibiza coffee shop atmosphere


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!

Gran Hotel Montesol Curio Hilton Ibiza breakfast

Throughout the hotel you can find lots of different art works including photographs by Toni Riera with images of ‘Hippy Ibiza’.

Gran Hotel Montesol Curio Hilton Ibiza bar entrance hal

Even the restrooms are rather arty with these contemporary sinks.

Gran Hotel Montesol Curio Hilton Ibiza restrooms

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.

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Comments (10)

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  • Ben says:

    I thought people only went to ibiza to go clubbing. I wonder what the othet guests in january were doing there??

    • Rob says:

      It is a surprisingly smart place – as is Palma old town on Mallorca. Yiu can’t say you’d prefer to be in London today (he says, peering out of the window).

    • the real harry1 says:

      yep think again – Ibiza can be just as much Biarritz as it can be lowlife clubbing territory

      wouldn’t surprise me if the municipality moved to strictly curtail some of the worst excesses in future years as I’m sure the Spanish are disgusted by it

    • Genghis says:

      Ibiza old town is very nice

  • Hayley says:

    Is there a spa? Doesn’t sound like it, or like there’s much worth spending £600 on from that review. A balcony that you can’t step on to?

    • Rob says:

      €600 standard price for August.

      I was looking at the Park Hyatt Mallorca last night and for the 4 of us it would be €1,600 to €1,800 per night in August.

  • Hayley says:

    OT, just got back from what has just been awarded as the best hotel in Finland, the Arctic Light hotel in Rovaniemi. We had a suite with private sauna for under £300, the hotel has a super restaurant and cocktail bar and is very contemporary, only opening in 2015. Definitely worth a review on the basis that you can fly to Rov with Avios.

  • StevieM says:

    Hi Rob, do Curio recognise your benefits as a Diamond member?

    • Rob says:

      Conrad® Hotels & Resorts, Curio – A Collection by Hilton, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, DoubleTree by Hilton™

      Space-available upgrade to a preferred room
      1,000 HHonors Bonus Points per stay
      A complimentary continental breakfast for you and up to one additional guest registered to the same room each day of your stay
      Executive Floor Lounge Access (available at select properties7)

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