With its elegant neo-colonial façade, it has played host to the crème de la crème for eight decades

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Hotel Montesol

Ibiza's original grande dame

Mass tourism on Ibiza for the most part has its roots in the 1960s, but the industry has a much longer pedigree, and this grande dame is Exhibit A. The yellow-and-white Hotel Montesol was the first large hotel built on the island, in 1933, on Eivissa's elegant Vara del Rey, and over the course of eight decades played host to the visiting great and the good, including celebrities such as Caroline of Monaco, Orson Welles, and Pink Floyd. It's a handsome stand-out in neo-colonial style, with its balconies; various styles of French doors looking out on the street, and ground floor lined with a gracefully stylised arcade. Sadly, the Montesol is at present actually no longer in operation, having closed its doors on 31 December 2014, but a building this special will soon see another distinguished incarnation. In the meantime, it still provides another iconic touch of class to this 19th-century district of Eivissa.

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