The Montesol Ibiza Grand Hotel: the historic hotel in which time stands still lifestyle
Inaugurated in 1933, this 5-star hotel in the Historic Centre in Ibiza, has been the main attraction and a living witness of the island’s history throughout more than 80 years.
The influence of tourism and music from different eras have been redefining its architecture. Its neo-colonial facade was declared of Cultural Interest in 2002.
Celebrities such as Orson Wells, Pink Floyd and Carolina of Monaco have stayed there. There are 33 rooms, 3 suites and a restaurant & lounge bar: Café Montesol.
In 1933, the Ibizan society began to understand how the tourism industry could benefit the economic interests of the island after the tourism boom in Mallorca. A decisive moment in the history of Ibiza, with the opening of the first hotels and the foundation of the Tourism Promotion Association. The Montesol Grand Hotel (Paseo Vara del Rey, 2), was inaugurated on June 3, 1933, when a tourist-speaking unspoilt Ibiza began to become an adult. Considered as being the oldest hotel in the city and first official headquarters of the Tourist Office, Montesol has been, since then, a living witness to the history of Ibiza, and with that, it has developed the most representative bars in each decade through the influence of tourism.
Evolution to the beat of music
Since the 1930s and throughout the 40s, the Montesol Grand Hotel has established itself as one of the leaders in hotel-oriented comfort in a most unique environment. The first chords arrived in Ibiza in the 50s with the new artistic explosion in Europe, taking root on the island in the 60s and 70s. The socio-cultural movement, better known as Art & Hippie Move, brought famous people to Ibiza, such as: Orson Welles, Erwin Broner, Will Faber, Rafael Alberti, Carolina of Monaco and Pink Floyd. It is said that the British pop band liked to stroll through the lobby of the Montesol Grand Hotel, from which one day, the first notes of Ibiza Bar were created, one of the songs off the album: More; dedicated to an establishment from the White Island.
With the 80s, all things psychedelic simply burst into Ibiza and the island became a world icon in partying with the opening of the first discos, like the emblematic: Pacha Ibiza. From the 90s, Ibiza became the birthplace of electronic music, and Ibiza has seen DJs and celebrities from then until today.
Opting for just one of the stories that have come from the rooms of the Montesol Grand Hotel becomes an arduous task. Virtually, in every part, there are places which have been an exceptional setting for adventures by the most illustrious actors, singers, politicians and writers over the last 80 years. Stored anecdotes within its walls which last over time.
“All the stories about the island begin in Montesol. It is said that, if you have not been to Montesol, you have not been to Ibiza”, the hotel claims through its website.
From the haven in the past to the accommodation in the future
The iconic Montesol Grand Hotel closed its doors in 2014 to undergo restoration work, which ended in 2016 with its reopening. Completely refurbished but still with the charm of those 80 years of history between its walls, Montesol has 33 exclusive rooms, among which there are: three suites, 12 Premium, six superior and 12 classics; as well as the restaurant & Lounge bar popularly known as Café Montesol. This emblematic place is part of many of the memories of the visitors to the island, being a meeting place of intellectuals and bohemians since the 1930s. The most diverse characters have gathered there, being a social space for enjoyment both day and night. In Café Montesol, it is possible to start the day with coffee, spend the afternoon enjoying some of the best cocktails in Ibiza and the nightlife enlivened with music played by a DJ. At a gastronomic level, Café Montesol offers a menu prepared with top quality local products and a complete cocktail menu. The Mediterranean cuisine fusion is also available for guests in the Montesol Grand Hotel with the chef, Josetxo Arrieta, in the kitchen.
Apart from the charismatic stories from the inside, another of the icons of the Montesol Grand Hotel is its neo-colonial facade. Declared a building of Cultural Interest Building in 2002, this facade is a place of pilgrimage for tourists, because of both its heritage value and its development, embodied through countless photographs captured throughout history. In 1976, the photographer, Toni Riera, captured the image of the Montesol Grand Hotel facade for the first time to make it a symbol of the island. The artist placed distinctive characters from those times on its balcony, whose snapshot reflected the hippy and romantic Ibiza of that time. Subsequently, Riera has immortalized the facade four more times, the last being after the hotel refurbishment in 2016.
The usual whispers in modern-day spaces
Going inside the Montesol Grand Hotel is like starting a journey through time. The Catalan Lázaro Rosa-Violán studio, which oversaw the interior design after the hotel refurbishment in 2014, has managed to preserve its historical essence; the natural evolution of Ibiza. Due to the unique combination of elements from the past together with others which are more cutting-edge, Rosa-Violán has managed to create eclectic, minimalist and timeless rooms; tradition and modernity in terms of comfort, tones, lighting and materials. Personality and visual spaciousness based on a range of white and fine materials which provide serenity and prestige to the space. Small colour touches are its hallmark. The allegorical whispers of the guests who have stayed there over the years are immersed in an architectural distribution designed to make each space unique and different.
Sources: Hilton Hotels and Gran Hotel Montesol