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Gran Sol
Ranked #1 of 19 Hotels in Cala Bona
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 28 October 2011

Ahhhhhh, what fond memories I have! You are treated like royalty! Greeted with drinks, personal service, clean modern rooms, happy staff falling over themselves to help you, local advice, stunning views - Luxury!! I loved it! We had a fabulous time. Food is AMAZING and service is so prompt!! I can't praise the place enough. The resort itself is just a typical holiday resort but we hired a car (helped of course by the wonderful reception staff!!!) and enjoyed the whole of Majorca. I would advise to turn right out of the hotel for classier bars/restaurants as, if you turn left, you walk after about a mile into the next resort, which is ok but just not as nice. Do not hesitate - book it now!!!!

Room Tip: Ask to overlook the beach if you can.
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  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled as a couple
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6  Thank MissB30
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Reviewed 23 October 2011

This Hotel is one of the best.The staff are efficient and very friendly and help to make your holiday special.From Reception staff,Bar staff and Restaurant staff with a special mention for Miguel and Laura who always ensured we were well looked after in the Dining Room which provided a vast choice of good quality food both at Breakfast and Dinner. The show cooking was excellent which included top class bacon at breakfast as well as steak or fish at Dinner.One minor issue in the Restaurant was the close proximity of the tables which could seem as if you were almost sharing a table with others. The public areas were spotless as were the bedrooms.The rooms overlooking the pedestrianised area over the Hotel entrance were very sunny and quiet but some adjoining rooms could be a problem resulting in overhearing conversations through the two doors.The outside area around the swimming pool and the lawned area ajoining the bar area is immaculate and the lunches served are good and well presented and it was a joy to sit and enjoy the sea view.The Cala Bona is a special hotel with excellent staff, well presented in all areas.Well recommended for a quality, relaxing, quiet stay.

Room Tip: All rooms will be of the same high quality.Book early as many visitors are paying return visits.
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  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank susieBournemouth
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Reviewed 22 October 2011

Our October holiday was the second to the Gran Sol in Cala Bona this year. An early start, 04:35 for the Thomson East Midlands flight, with lots of cost for extras, poor reception at Palma airport, no direction to the coach and no Rep on the coach and this was the second time the air conditioning hadn't worked on the coach transfer. The hotel reception was first class and following an Email from me, they met our request for one of the four, fourth floor rooms. The difference from the June holiday was the suns position, in June sun rose on the balcony at 04:00 and left at 19:30, in October 07:50 and left at 2:30, the hotel facing South East is a lot less sunny in the Autumn. This was our second visit to the hotel and the staff at reception, in the dining room and the bar remembered us and were very welcoming and attentive. We made a re-acquaintance with two guests who were at the hotel in June as many guests are returners, the new acquittance's we made were friendly but not apprehensive. The rooms and public areas were clean and pleasant, the pool, not being heated was far cooler than the sea, two of the sun loungers were broken. We had a number of problems with the room, however these were remedied quickly and included; a detached waste pipe on the wash basin, the toilet flush button vanished into the wall, twice we were not left the full compliment of towels, the toilet seat and the shower bracket were lose. The food was even better than in June, the quality of the breakfast, cooked to order, the fresh and smoked salmon, mussels, prawns and crab were enhanced by the freshest salads. Plenty of other choices included a Chinese selection and a gala night. Cala Bona in October was very quite with a lot less visitors, however we found live entertainment on every evening at no cost, including one nights entertainment in our hotel. The harbour, the traffic free promenade with cycle hire readily available, the atmosphere was one of it being completely safe to wander out at midnight. We went on a Thomson trip to the North of the Island, we had a great guide but expensive for a two stop trip to Pollenca and Port de Pollenca for £24/head. Plenty of trips were available on the glass bottomed Cat boats at reasonable cost from the Harbour. The transfer back to the airport required an early start, 07:25, with only a light continental breakfast, in an unattended dining room. The June holiday was our first to Majorca since 1978 and we enjoyed the June holiday so much we took the October holiday, the weather was perfect with temperatures in the upper 20's, low 30's with just one windy day. We will return to the hotel next year, all being well.

Room Tip: The 4th floor is the top floor with and the four rooms over look the beach and the traffic free road...
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  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 October 2011

what can i say, this hotel is perfect, very clean, excellent food,modern, proffesional staff very polite and friendly. the area has everything we wanted the shops and resturants close by and far enough away from the hotel as to not spoil it. The hotel being practically on the beach is stunning and the pool area is small and quite...perfect. we went to this hotel 1st for a week, and just had to go back again last year for 2weeks. And plan to go again next year. truely it was such a pleasant and enjoyable and relaxing place that i intend to return to time after time after time.

Room Tip: i wouldnt want a room at the front of the hotel go for sea view
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  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank sarah g
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Reviewed 14 October 2011

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.

Room Tip: Ask for a room at the rear (sea facing)
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  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 October 2011

Just returned (8th October 2011) from a two week stay at the Gran Sol and felt the need to write a review as this hotel is excellent. We had read all of the previously posted reviews and like most people wondered whether they were accurate, clearly we didn't have to worry as everything about the hotel is excellent. All of the staff must take credit for making the hotel what it is as they are always friendly, polite and extremely helpful.

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank Neil W
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Reviewed 7 October 2011

I meant to post this ages ago , but better late than never.
We were very pleasantly surprised by this lovely small hotel when we stayed there for two weeks at Easter. Our room was spacious and well furnished; public areas like the bar, lounge and dining room were bright and tasteful; and the pool area and service, including the nice jazz CD playing in the background made it our destination of choice on those lazy warm days.

All the staff were friendly and helpful, especially Miguel in the restaurant , and the food was extremely tasty and of excellent value. We were with Thomsons on a B&B basis but we ended up having dinner at the hotel most nights as it was as good or better than any of the nearby restaurants.
The only downside of our holiday , and the reason why I can't give the Gran Sol a 5 star rating is that the resort of Cala Bona is not that inspiring--small seaweedy beach, lots of cheap shops, and rather tired restaurants.

Thank goodness we were at the Gran Sol---they even sent us a CD of the poolside jazz after we returned home !

  • Stayed: April 2011, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank nomadicrambler
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Additional Information about Gran Sol

Address: Paseo Maritimo Cb 4, 07559 Cala Bona, Majorca, Spain
Region: Spain > Balearic Islands > Majorca > Cala Bona
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Spa Hotel in Cala Bona
#1 Romantic Hotel in Cala Bona
#1 Luxury Hotel in Cala Bona
Hotel Class:4 star — Gran Sol 4*
Number of rooms: 58
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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