Sitting just behind sunset bar Kanya, round the bend on the right of the famous sunset strip, it’s a five-minute walk to the iconic sunset bars like Mambo and Café Del Mar (I did it daily – the experience just never gets old), ten minutes to the west end and about two minutes to the small beach of Cala Des Moro.
While the furnishings are pretty simple, I can’t fault Hotel Gran Sol for cleanliness and many of the 138 rooms boast sunset views from the balconies – the higher the floor, the better the view. With air conditioning, mini-fridges and a safe as standard in each room - and free too - something I’ve found to be a rarity in Ibiza.
I won’t lie – it’s a bit dated. Think circa 1982, but it manages to pull off a retro type of charm. There’s an internet kiosk and WiFi in the lounge area plus plenty of space on the lawn to chill out.
Eating and drinking
Basic snacks are served up poolside, as are amazing cocktails – seriously, this in-house bar may be a contender for best mojito in the island, and I’ve had more than my fair share. The communal style dining room serves up buffet breakfasts and dinners – if you’re awake early enough breakfast is good, but I wouldn’t bother with other meals.
The fresh water swimming pool is small but adequate and if you miss out on a sunbed, head to the lawn area where there are loads more beds and umbrellas. It’s a little kitsch, but I liked the tranquility when sleeping off the night before. There’s live entertainment once a week – not my cup of tea, but good for families with kids – and a tennis court for the active types.
I was treated as if I was a member of the family – so warm and welcoming, and everyone speaks perfect English. The night security guards are strict with keeping the noise down and ensuring only guests go back to the room.
Who stays there
A multi-cultural mixture of families, couples and clubbers – but not too young and boisterous, thankfully.
The price is per person rather than per room, and singles will have to pay an 8 euro supplement. Kids with two parents are charged half price. It's worth paying the extra 3 euros for the buffet breakfast; half board is also an option.
- High-Speed Internet
- Swimming Pool
- Backpackers / Students
- Families with teenagers
- Families with younger children
- First-time travellers
- Escaping the crowds
- Great views / scenery
Pros & Cons
- Very secure
- Great price
- WiFi not in rooms
- Strict on late-night noise