12 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
"On arrival at Gran Hotel Soller all my potential misgivings about having booked a central town hotel were instantly dispersed. Situated in a cocoon of Edwardian tranquillity and elegance (but with excellent plumbing), the hotel offered everything one could wish for at a very competitive price."
- Travel date: Thu 16th of June 2016
I cannot fault this beautiful hotel. We...
"I cannot fault this beautiful hotel. We stayed for 1 week just after Christmas 2006, and were extremely impressed.
All of the staff are very friendly and always somebody there to help if required. Your car is brought round from the hotel car park whenever you want it, and nothing is too much trouble.
Our room faced the rear of the hotel, which overlooks the river (a little noisy at this time of year as it was full and very fast flowing). Comfortable rooms with very large double bed and bathroom.
I suspect the superior doubles are a little larger and face the front of the hotel with views over the garden, so if we go again and I'm sure we will, then we would probably ask for front facing rooms.
The restaurant is not forced upon you, but it was quite simply the most exquisite meal we have eaten in a very long time, if ever. The service and quality is every bit the 5 stars, but certainly not as expensive as we thought it might be.
The rooftop breakfast/pool area is light and offers fabulous views around the town with magnificent backdrops of the surrounding mountains. We were extremely lucky during our week, with bizarre but welcome hot sun in the afternoons, which we soaked up around the outdoor rooftop pool area.
The hotel spa is small, but we had it to ourselves at this time of year. There is a gym, pool, sauna, Turkish bath, and whirlpool. Everything is spotless and once again no complaints here.
Overall highly recommended and we will definitely be back."
- Travel date: Fri 5th of January 2007
Lovely 5 Star Hotel, good price
"This was a lovely hotel; upon arrival, they took the keys to our car, took our bags up to our room and reparked our car, all while we were enjoying our welcome drink in their lovely lobby. The area of Gran Soller is beautiful, and on Saturdays, there is a nice local market from the morning to mid afternoon. Take the tram down to Port Soller as a nice daytime getaway. Back to the hotel, the breakfast was very nice and with excellent views. The room was spacious and truly earns its 5 stars. Hotel staff were very friendly and informative, made us feel they were a family run business, and that we were part of the family. Absolutely will return to this hotel, and we recommend anyone staying in this area to consider this hotel."
- Travel date: Sat 30th of September 2006
You will not regret it
"My wife and I have just returned from the hotel and neither of us wished to return home.
The staff are friendly and warm, not a hint of snootiness. If you are unable to have a terrace with your room, the rooftop pool and terrace are very quiet in the evening and is a perfect place to unwind if you have been out for the day. The sun is over the pool and terrace all day, but plenty of shade is provided if you wish to stay out of the sun.
Breakfast is fabulous and cooked to order. The hotel is spotless and the food cannot be faulted.
Soller town itself is free of hustle and bustle and is a very pleasant place indeed. Free of chavs and 'here we goes'. We know we sound like snobs, but we wanted a chavtastic free time and we got it.
To reach the Port of Soller simply board the tram 1 minute from the hotel and in 15 mins you are there, (see below as to why this is a good mode of transport to use and to know of in advance).
Palma is approx 35 euros in a taxi and if you want to enjoy fabulous food in Palma the restaurant in the Hotel Portixol is our recommendation.
We only have this advice to offer; do not listen to the chap on reception when he tells you that to walk to the port takes '20 or 25 minutes at most'. It does not, it takes almost an hour following the tram route (which is the quickest), which is fine as long as you know that.
We are both very fit and run 3-4 miles a day, but it is a tad different when you are dressed for dinner and thought a 20 minute stroll on tramlines was not so bad. An elderly or less fit person would have struggled to do it in less than 90 minutes and once you are out and about taxi's do not just appear the way they do in the UK.
So our advice is to get the tram or take a cab if you are dressed for dinner. If you want a great brisk walk, it is perfect, but put your trainers on.
Es Faro is a restaurant at the port and is recommended by the hotel. When we asked for the walk time to the port, we also asked for a good spot to eat once we got there. We spent a while looking Es Faro at the port and could not find it. We walked into a hotel to ask as to where Es Faro was and how far to walk (the port is small) and the receptionist looked at us as though we were mad. She told us It would take an hour to walk it and we would need a taxi to get there.
What the receptionist at the Gran Hotel Soller forgot to mention in addtion to the 1 hour walk to the port, was that the Es Faro restaurant (wonderful food) was carved high up into the mountain and whilst at the port, it actually overlooked it. Again, it could be reached by foot in daylight (you have to be very fit to walk it as it is very steep) with trainers on, but at 10.00pm and starving, a taxi was needed.
We were not peeved with the chap at reception as perhaps he had not walked to the port (many of the staff are not originally from Soller) and laughed our socks off at his idea of 20 mins and a restaurant at the port. But what he should have said was it is an hours walk and that the Es Faro restaurant is way above sea level (hard to tell exactly how many metres as it was pitch black) and reached by a cab whilst slowly winding around a mountain. It is worth it though, the food is wonderful and the view spectacular.
The inaccurate advice on journey time and location is the only thing that we felt the hotel could improve on and it should ensure that staff provide accurate advice. We mention it because asking how long the walk to the port is and what is a good restaurant once you get there are probably questions asked often.
The hotel and its facilites are wonderful, you will enjoy the stay."
- Travel date: Sat 24th of June 2006
Very relaxing small hotel
"We stayed at the Gran Hotel Soller for a week in late Sept/Oct 05, taken me till now to do the review!
We wanted a quiet hotel, away from the masses with good facilities in case the weather was poor and the Gran Hotel Soller was perfect.
Soller is a small town and very different in character from Port Soller, which is a fairly typical Spanish "seaside Resort". There are a few restaurants, and bars but if you want nightlife look elsewhere!
This is the perfect place to come and totally unwind and use as a base to explore this very nice part of Majorca, if you fancy a night in Palma it's only about 35 mins drive.
The rooms in the hotel were nicely appointed and very clean and modern. The hotel has only been open for about 18 months after a major refit, and the building is beautiful. The pool and spa downstairs are a major attraction if the weather is not good (we were lucky, apart from 1 day we had excellent weather for the time of year), and the roof terrace is a lovely place to catch a few rays, although the pool was unheated and FREEZING!
We had lunch in the hotel 3 days, and it was excellent, if a little pricey but it's a lovely setting in the gardens. Breakfast is served on the roof terrace and again was very good indeed. We like to try lots of different places, so we did not sample the evening meals, but the menu looks good.
The staff were all excellent, friendly and helpful and the service was very good. The only issue we had was a very small problem - the room internet access did not work, so I had to use the reception back office but at least this stopped me doing to much work!
All in all I would recommend the Gran Hotel Soller, although I think it's ideal for a short break as the town does not have much else. If you want a change, I would suggest combining this hotel with a few nights at the Gran Hotel Son Net at Puigpunyent that is also first rate for the ideal total relaxation holiday."
- Travel date: Mon 29th of May 2006
Peaceful, Understated, Excellent Food and Service
"If you are looking for somewhere peaceful and understated, with immaculate rooms, first class service, facilities, food and wine, then you won't get much better than Gran Hotel Soller. We stayed for 5 nights in mid May of this year, and felt immediately impressed from the minute we walked through the door. Soller itself is a quaint little town, with the main square literally 200 yards from the hotel (where you can also catch the Tram to Puerto de Soller), but with its manicured gardens and neat boundry wall, the Hotel provides a real sense of sanctuary.
There a host of restaurants and bars in Soller, and a choice of excellent resturants in other nearby and well publicised hotels like La Resedencia and The Valdemossa, but you honestly couldn't get better service, food and wine than at the Gran Hotel....and that includes breakfast (at Attic Resturant on the roof overlooking the Cathedral and beside the pool), lunch and dinner (which is best eaten by the pond in the garden...being Scots, we love steak, and I can honestly say that the Gran Hotel does the best Fillet I have ever tasted). If your budget stretches, go for a suite: we were booked into room 108, ground floor with an large terrace overlooking the garden, with seperate lounge, spa bath, stunning floor to celining panneled doors and masses, masses of room...
I've never felt the need to write a review on a hotel or restaurant before, but this was so good, that If you want to recharge, and you don't want any hassel or surprises of any kind, then do yourself a favour and book into the Gran Hotel Soller..."
- Travel date: Wed 24th of May 2006
"tucked away in the centre of soller.excellent facilities behind the 19th century facade.rooms are efficient and well equipped,staff friendly.atico restaurant is unusual and produces--freshly cooked--breakfast on demand to a varied menu. ideal for those who want high quality accomodation in soller without all the surrounding noise such a bustling tourist town can produce."
- Travel date: Wed 10th of May 2006
"We stayed at the Gan Hotel Soller for a week over Easter 2006. It was lovely. Soller itself is an attractive little village , which appears to be becoming quite trendy. As a result the hotel and indeed the town itself is perhaps slightly more expensive than some other resorts. That said the hotel is lovely. We had a great room - spotless and very spacious - and the views from the breakfast terrace are fabulous.The food at the hotel is good - rather more adventurous than we found in local resturants, but rather more expensive too. We thought however that for the setting, the service and the staff it was worth it - after all we were on holiday !.Generally we found all the staff very pleasant and helpful , and the hotel has a genuinely laid back attitude to children.No ludicrous 'childrens facilities' or 'menus' - just a welcome and an acceptance that not eveyone with kids wants to stay in a hideous resort. We hope to return."
- Travel date: Fri 28th of April 2006
Excellent facilities and helpful staff
"We stayed for 4 days and were most impressed with the bedrooms and public areas which all appeared very smart and recently refurbished. The spa was excellent and invariably quiet. Lunch in the garden featured a 3 course menus with choices for 16 euros - great food and value. All the staff went out of their way to be friendly and helpful."
- Travel date: Sat 1st of April 2006
"My husband and I honeymooned in Soller, Mallorca and found the Gran Hotel Soller to be very beautiful and charming. The rooms were on the small side, however they were very clean and nicely decroated. The amenities were fantastic and I highly recommend taking advantage of their roof-top breakfasts in the morning. We dined in the main restaurant one evening and the food was delicious (slightly overpriced though). The pool on the roof was too cold for swimming but the pool in the spa area was great. Soller is one of my favorite places and I would stay at this hotel next time!"
- Travel date: Mon 7th of November 2005
A great place to unwind
"We stayed in August and had a great few days. Soller itself is a lovely little town in the mountains, set amongst orange groves and connected to its port by a 15 minute ride on a charming wooden tram. It can be busy during the day with 'day trippers' but in the late afternoon/evening the town is quiet and peaceful. There are some excellent restaurants in the port to enjoy a sunset over dinner. It also a good base for exploring the island and is no more than 30 minutes from Palma.
The Hotel is great, a successful blend of a beautiful old building with a contemporary interior. Its small with around 35 rooms. We opted for a superior double which was a large room (noticably larger than the standard rooms if that is an important factor for you) and it had a large private terrace overlooking gardens to the front of the hotel. The room and the bathroom were decorated to the highest standard and the whole of the hotel is very well appointed and maintained.
As Soller is situated in a monutain valley the views at this time of year were stunning and this is particularly so from the roof top terrace where breakfast is taken. There is also a sun deck and pool on the roof which was certainly big enough for taking a swim to cool from the sun and was an extremely relaxing place to spend a few hours each day. There is also an indoor gym and spa.
The staff are relaxed, friendly and very helpful.
We like to eat in different restaurants each night but had one dinner at the hotel. This was served in the garden and was very good, if a little expensive compared to other restaurants in the port. That said few restaurants could better the setting of dinning in the quiet hotel garden under the stars.
If you are looking for a relaxing break to unwind I would highly recommend the hotel and the town of Soller."
- Travel date: Sun 14th of August 2005
Smart, comfortable and friendly
"We chose this hotel at random from the internet. I basically fell for the smart web site and glossy pics. However, we certainly were not dissapointed. This hotel is great. It's the heart of beautiful Soller (a quiet town near the coast, away from the hussle and bussle of Palma). The hotel recently opened, and is set in an old house which has been completely refurbished. The result is a smart, almost trendy / cool look.
The rooms are small, but have clean, modern bathrooms and very comfortable beds with crisp linnen. There is a small plunge pool on the roof, certainly big enough for a little swim, but not for exercising. Around the pool is a large decking area.. but most impressive is the amazing view across the town and towards the imposing moutantins.
Downstairs is an indoor pool (much larger) with jets and showers for extra fun. There is also a steam room, sauna, jacuzzi (went green for some reason on the last day!) and a well equipped gym.
The staff were very friendly and helpful. Pretty smart affair though.
Breakfast was well above average (included in the rate for us). The restaurant was v. expensive so we avoided it. Had a small snack which was overpriced and very average.
All in all, this is a fanstastic hotel, which I could definately return to. Not cheap though. Great design, very comfortable, great location and easy going."
- Travel date: Mon 9th of May 2005