Hotel Gran Sol
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Hotel Gran Sol

Carretera N-II, Km 664, 08395 Sant Pol de Mar Spain
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3.5
#1 of 1 hotels in Sant Pol de Mar
4.2 of 5 bubbles
Location
3.7 of 5 bubbles
Cleanliness
3.8 of 5 bubbles
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3.7 of 5 bubbles
Value
The hotel is situated 100 meters away from the beach. Its rooms have complete bathroom, balcony/terrace, telephone, TV, mini-bar, air-conditioning/heating and security safe. It also has lift, air-conditioning/heating in public spaces, garden, adults pool, children pool, tennis court, pool table and parking. Animals admitted. Restaurant service: buffet.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Free breakfast
Beach
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Car hire
Meeting rooms
Parking
Wifi
Outdoor pool
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Breakfast buffet
Breakfast in the room
Concierge
Currency exchange
Outdoor furniture
Shared lounge / TV area
24-hour front desk
Express check-in / check-out
Laundry service
Ironing service
Room features
Air conditioning
Housekeeping
Room service
Safe
Minibar
Flatscreen TV
Room types
Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
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3.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Great View
Languages Spoken
English, French, Spanish, Catalan

Location

Carretera N-II, Km 664, 08395 Sant Pol de Mar Spain
Name/address in local language
Getting there
Somewhat walkable
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Grade: 60 out of 100
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Barcelona-El Prat Airport
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Costa Brava Airport
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Poussis wrote a review Apr 2012
Cornwall, United Kingdom
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We had a very enjoyable stay in this quiet, unpretentious hotel in a village so peaceful it seemed like something from another era.

Just to clear up any misunderstandings - when booking this hotel, some reviewers seem to have been under the impression this hotel is right on the beach itself (maybe from the photos?). It is not - it is set back just above the beach, on a small road (v. quiet, almost no cars). All rooms look out over the sea, but there are roofs of beachside flats between you and the sea. However, you can hear the sea at night if you leave your windows open, and you may see the lights of cruise liners passing out to sea. From our balcony you could see right down the coast towards Barcelona. Fantastic. To get to the beach, all you have to do is turn left and go down a staircase.

The room was quite basic - perfectly comfortable, clean and light, big balcony, but in need of updating - the decor and lack of luxury gave it an eastern-European feel.
We tried the restaurant once (the hotel doubles as a catering college). You are served by slightly nervous but very polite students. Two courses were first class, the other didn't quite work, but in general I'd recommend it. Breakfasts are a very generous self-service buffet.

As for the village, it is lovely. The Costa Maresme is not the most beautiful in Catalonia (for beauty you really need to go a bit further to the Costa Brava). Most of the towns along the railway from Barcelona have been spoilt NOT by the railway, but by the horrible roaring busy road that cuts the towns off from the beach and the sea. But Sant Pol has been saved from this fate - the road goes behind the town, out of sight, out of hearing. Instead you have the narrow railway track which runs right along the harbour. Far from being a disadvantage, the small railway adds character - the train arrives suddenly round the corner, there's a sudden flurry of activity, then it disappears into the tunnel and the peace returns.
Check out the elegant little station building, reminding me of rural stations in Italy, and the café/restaurant behind, where you can sit under shady vines.

All the beaches are superb, and the water is clear and beautiful. There's very little to do here except enjoy the tranquillity (don't miss the walk up to the church), so if you're looking for nightlife and parties, forget it. But if you hate car traffic, love hearing the sound of the sea everywhere, like trains, and want a relaxing spot within striking distance of Barcelona by train, it is ideal.
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Date of stay: September 2011
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: All rooms overlook the sea.
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Moscowflyer wrote a review Aug 2019
Dublin, Ireland
+1
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Stayed for few nights
Nice friendly staff
Food is ok, breakfast is nice but dinner a bit hit and miss -sometimes staff too eager to serve or Clear tables and it all feels a bit rushed -
Dinner on couple evenings superb then average next
However was not expensive so hard to rate probably a very good considering it’s 3 star rating. If the rooms were renovated this place would be a bit of a gem (minus the big hill up it !)
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Date of stay: August 2019Trip type: Travelled on business
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titty111 wrote a review Sept 2010
Italy
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We spent a week at the end of July. The hotel is very close to the beaches of the village. The staff is friendly and clever. The buffet is of quality (the hotel is seat of a touristic university school). The only complaint could be the state of the bathroom facilities, quite old (but always clean). The room was cleaned every day. By train you can reach Barcelona in less than an hour, as well as other bigger and most famous touristic resorts but... would you really prefer overcrowded beaches, chaos and huge hotels? If you look for sea, good food and Spanish traditions (we attended the village patron's traditional feast, which added value to the stay) this is the right choice.
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Date of stay: July 2010Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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TravellerMan72 wrote a review Aug 2021
Oslo, Norway
2.0 of 5 bubbles
This was our second visit to this hotel. Since it is the only hotel in Sant Pol there is not much choice if you want to spend some days in this beautiful village on the coast.

The location is nice, up on the hill, with all rooms facing the sea. It is also used as a training facility for the University of Girona for students studying hospitality.

It is a 3 star hotel but could very easily be a 4 or 5 star but it needs some major updating. The whole place is stuck in the 70’s and 80’s. The décor, the cheap plastic lounge chairs at the pool, the bar area, the dark drab breakfast room, the lay-out of the rooms, cheap partitions between balconies…. and lots more!

I think the one thing that needs addressing soon is the height of the railing on the balconies; it is very low and clearly below building codes and EU standard. An accident is waiting to happen!!

As mentioned, this is a training facility for students but the older senior staff is not doing much to help and educate and should all be replaced to give room for younger and more enthusiastic educational staff . The feeling of the place is like “we don’t want any changes, it’s always been like this and works well for the staff”

The room comes with breakfast, a modest one! Some of the items like scrambled eggs are not refilled unless you ask for it. The products like yogurt and marmalade are the cheapest ones available. I had requested gluten free bread in my booking and on the first day I got one roll, warm on the outside, frozen in the middle. Next day they only had sweet cakes. Rooms have no facilities to make coffee or tea.

There is also a restaurant, a bright airy nice room with lots of light and a view. But, all tables are laid as if they are just going to serve a 9 course gourmet dinner any time. Never seen anyone eating there. A pity breakfast is in the drab old breakfast room next to it.

This hotel needs a good shake up and lots of money invested in it to develop this into what it could be.
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Date of stay: July 2021
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
2.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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trishak990 wrote a review Jan 2020
Escanecrabe, France
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Wow what a fabulous evening! Eleven of us were booked in here for New Year's Eve degustation. It was absolutely stunning. You can see from menu and pictures below (sorry forgot the sorbet picture) how lovely it was. With free-flowing wine and cava it was a brilliant evening. The soup was divine. It arrived with just the bowl and the little salty bits and then the soup poured over it was very tasty. All the courses were delicious. This hotel is a gem. Views over the Mediterranean and a metro station a 2 minute walk away to get into central Barcelona. Very enjoyable break.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled with friends
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jscottish wrote a review Mar 2024
Carluke, United Kingdom
2.0 of 5 bubbles
This is a very basic holiday hotel. Beds were good but bedlinen was not ironed and did not have a fresh look or feel. Radiator in bedroom - quite old fashioned but far too hot during the night. Bathroom basic but adequate. Staff exceptional. Very pleasant and helpful. Breakfast was good though hot dishes were not hot. It was not expensive to stay. We had a sea view but lower room which looked out over buildings in front of hotel to sea beyond. The village is small. Not many places to eat.
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Date of stay: March 2024Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Robert L wrote a review Jan 2015
Caterham, United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
A very Spanish Hotel in lovely unspoiled village. Booked it for an overnight stay but would have stayed longer had we had the time. Rooms are basic but roomy and we had a beautiful view over the sea.

The amazing aspect is the cuisine. The hotel also functions as a chefs college. The menu at 19 Euro is a 4 course dining experience. The staff are friendly and very helpful explaining the dishes. The starter alone would cost more than 19 euro at an equivalent restaurant in London. The entrecote was cooked to perfection (rare) and the oysters so juicy. Think the lady who served us, called Anna, will have a very successful career in the catering business.
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Date of stay: January 2015
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Rangasmum wrote a review Dec 2014
Chef-Boutonne, France
5.0 of 5 bubbles
As we have been visiting this hotel for nearly 32 years you could say we're part of the furniture! Yes the décor is basic, and yes to most people it may need a bit of modernisation, but this is what we love about it! It just doesn't change and you don't have to worry about the kids making a mess or the dog jumping on the bed (yes you can take your dog, but they aren't allowed in any of the indoor public areas,) and the bonus is the beautiful views of the Mediterranean sea. On a clear day you can see Montjuic in Barcelona and even the Balearic islands.This hospitality college hotel is exceptionally good value, with all the rooms furnished with extra wide twin beds, mini-bar and air-con and central heating. The food is excellent cooked by the students (over-seen by the permanent Chef), who also do barista training as well as silver service and maitre d'. The fact that the restaurant is almost always full of Spanish on high days and holidays speaks for itself. They even served us our Christmas Pudding with flaming Brandy, just as we had asked them to!
If you want an up-market modern place to stay, then this is not the hotel for you, but if you want value for money and friendly helpful staff, then stay here and you'll enjoy it.
And by the way the permanent staff/ tutors are mostly Catalan so do speak Catalan as well as Castilian and English.
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Date of stay: December 2014
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: All the rooms are the same overlooking the sea.
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Vladimir V wrote a review Apr 2013
Moscow, Russia
2.0 of 5 bubbles
We were in this hotel for the first time in 2005 and were completely charmed by this hotel. Awesome location, quiet, peaceful town, wonderful service at the hotel and is exceptionally tasty and varied food at reasonable prices. However, since then, it took seven years and what's the difference now. We were at this hotel in the summer of 2011 Food has become much worse. Very limited range of food for breakfast. Dinner by reservation from 2-3 dishes, and what you see and what you will get will be very different in bad side. The hotel rooms have not been renovated since the last century, it is obvious, shabby furniture, the service has become much worse. Therefore, take into account exorbitantly inflated the price and low quality of food I would not recommend this hotel to stay...
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Date of stay: June 2012
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
2.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
2.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
2.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: rooms on the right side of the hotel
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Response from Gran Sol H, Director General at Hotel Gran Sol
Responded 15 May 2013
Dear Vladimir, First of all we appreciate your comments, so they help us to improve our service. Regarding the variety of the buffet, we adapt it to the period of the year, as in some months, such as june or september, our clientele is more local, and they prefer to choose from a variety of prepared dishes on a daily basis, and not as much from a buffet. We always offer a buffet for starters (with salads and hot dishes) and the main dish may vary from 3-4 prepared dishes (the variety changes every day) to a hot buffet. We apologise for not having satisfied your needs in this matter. The hotel was fully renovated in the late 90's and since then every room has a maintenance update and is refurbished if required. You might have stayed at a room that was just about to be refurbished. As you know, our hotel is a hotel-school and, in the process of training of our students, some of them are in an initial phase and can't still offer an optimum level of service. Regarding the price, we (as the majority of hotels) use a yield management pricing that sets the price according to the law of supply and demand, considering also the time of purchase. We apologise for the inconvenience caused in your second visit. If you wish to come back to our hotel we will invite you to a Gran Sol menu for two, offering four courses to choose from 16 (a 36 € value). Yours sincerely.
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Valerie0 wrote a review Nov 2018
Brisbane
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Fantastic. That's the only way to describe our stay at the faboulous Gran Sol Hotel.
Perfect location on top of the hill with seaviews to die for. 180 deg panorama view that will have you jumping for joy. The rooms are a little dated, but spotlessly clean. The veranda , overlooking the sea, with a bottle of Rosé, and a couple of cold beers. What more could you ask for.
All the staff are to be commended for there enthusiasm and care to detail.
We ate dinner in the hotel restaurant. 22 euro for 5 courses which could only be described as a gastronomic delight. Absolutely world class food.
Thankyou so much.
We'll be back.
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Date of stay: November 2018
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Go to Banys Lluie, restaurant right on the sand beach , close to hotel. It's something Special.
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Mellie asked a question Sept 2019
Coventry, United Kingdom1 contribution
Hello How deep is the outside pool ?
Answer from Kristina K
Vilnius, Lithuania293 contributions12 helpful votes
Hi. It is diferent deep in this pool. Kids and adults can party in it.
Julie B asked a question Jul 2018
Worcester, United Kingdom192 contributions141 helpful votes
Please could you tell me if you have any rooms with a separate shower and not over the bath. Thank you.
Answer from Gran Sol H
Sant Pol de Mar, Spain
Hello Julie, Yes, we have some rooms, with a shower, instead of a bathtub. If you are interested on this, try to do the reservation by email. To make the reservation by email indicating that the room should be of the ones with a shower, without a bathtub. Thank you so much.
Answer from Agnes R
Angouleme, France460 contributions210 helpful votes
Bonjour, il y a effectivement des escaliers qui descendent à la plage, et il n’y a pas la voie ferrée à traverser car il y a un tunnel( on passe au dessus Par contre il faut un peu longer la route pour accéder aux escaliers
MarMacias asked a question Apr 2015
1 contribution2 helpful votes
esta cerca de la estacion?
Answer from Gran Sol H
Sant Pol de Mar, Spain
Hola MarMacias, estamos muy cerca de la estación. A unos 5-10' andando, saliendo de la estación ir por el Carrer Sant Pau, girar por la Subida de Sant Pau y llegarás a la calle Pau Simon, donde se encuentra el Hotel-Restaurante. La entrada está subiendo la rampa.
Valerie0 wrote a tip Nov 2018
Brisbane12 contributions23 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Go to Banys Lluie, restaurant right on the sand beach , close to hotel. It's something Special."
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Dolores M wrote a tip Aug 2017
San Francisco, California25 contributions23 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Ask for a room that looks out on the ocean."
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mumistheword wrote a tip Jul 2017
United Kingdom50 contributions65 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Go for third floor every time!"
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Scotchpipe wrote a tip Jun 2017
Vancouver, Canada58 contributions13 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Rooms either side of the stairs and elevators have extra large balconies"
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DPC44 wrote a tip May 2016
Pezenas11 contributions6 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"All rooms have sea views. Superior room with balcony was worth it. No provision for young families."
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£70 - £93 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
SpainCataloniaProvince of BarcelonaSant Pol de Mar
NUMBER OF ROOMS
44
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Frequently Asked Questions about Hotel Gran Sol
Which popular attractions are close to Hotel Gran Sol?
Nearby attractions include Playa Roca Grossa (0.7 miles), Ermita de Sant Pau (0.07 miles), and Can Planiol (0.3 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Hotel Gran Sol?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at Hotel Gran Sol?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Hotel Gran Sol?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Hotel Gran Sol?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Hotel Gran Sol?
Conveniently located restaurants include Restaurant Margot, Cuina Sant Pau, and La Casa Nostra.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Hotel Gran Sol?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Is Hotel Gran Sol located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.5 miles away from the centre of Sant Pol de Mar.
Are pets allowed at Hotel Gran Sol?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Hotel Gran Sol?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, French, and Catalan.
Are there any historical sites close to Hotel Gran Sol?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Guard Towers Las Torretas (0.9 miles), Refugio Antiaereo (2.0 miles), and La Caseta del Motor (0.2 miles).
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