My wife and I recently visited the Gran Sol Hotel for a week as part of a Thomson 'stay and cruise' package.
The hotel, which was reconstructed 4 years ago, is a select 4 star built over 4 floors and situated just over a 4 minute walk from the harbour with its very good selection of restaurants. Cala Millor is about a 14 minute flat walk in the other direction. The hotel front faces the narrow pedestrianised street (except for the cycle track running down the middle and which needs keeping an eye on). The rear faces the sea which is only metres away across a private beach. Here sun beds and parasols have to be paid for. The hotel's ground floor contains the reception (where we received an immediate welcoming drink)and bar at the rear facing out onto a large terrace. The first floor is the restaurant, the second and third floors are mainly the guests' rooms and the fourth floor has the small indoor pool, the small gymnasium and the small sun terrace. The hotel has 58 rooms of which 18 (on the second and third floors) are fully sea facing. We emailed the hotel a few days before arriving requesting twin beds, a sea view and a balcony - and that's exactly what we got with Room 214. The hotel is owned by the owner of the Levante Hotel and the Levante Park Hotel (both nearby) and his daughter was our Manager. The hotel has wheelchair access and 2 lifts. It has an outdoor pool to the side with a reasonable amount of sunbeds.
Our room was of a sufficient size with good storage space, a safety deposit box (2 euros a day), air conditioning, a mini bar, tea and coffee making facilities, a bath and shower over, dressing gowns and slippers, toiletries and a hair dryer. It was a nice touch to have a bowl of fruit and a bottle of water awaiting our arrival. You need an 'A' level to work out the room lighting system - but there is a chart in the room to help you on your way! The room television programmes included BBC1, BBC2, ITV1, BBC News, Sky Sports and Eurosport. We kept up to date with live World Cup Rugby and premiership football. The beds were very comfortable but sometimes we heard voices in the corridor or the sound of the occasional entertainer from the bar area below. Ear plugs could be useful.
Food was very good, well cooked and varied with plenty of choice. We were there on a bed and breakfast basis and so ate out at the harbourside first night. We paid 48 euros for 2 main course meals, a bottle of wine and a bottle of water, with tip. As we were with Thomsons we could eat in the hotel restaurant every evening for 12 euros each. Because the food was that good and a nice bottle of Rioja was 12 euros, we never ate out again. Lunches were equally of a good and varied standard
All the hotel staff were welcoming, helpful and pleasant.
Overall a chic, relaxing, smart and intimate hotel with charming staff and excellent food. I would have no hesitation in returning or recommending this hotel to anyone.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The hotel is situated in front of the sea, in Cala Bona, a fishing village, where fishermen can be seen heading out to sea from its pretty harbour.The totally renovated hotel has all modern commodities available for their client’s enjoyment. A PERFECT PLACE FOR A REST. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Gran Sol Cala Bona, Majorca
- Gran Sol Hotel Cala Bona