My wife and I just returned from Granada, Spain where we spent three days in Albaycin, the oldest neighborhood in town , located on a hill where narrow winding cobblestone streets direct fortunate tourists and locals alike around corners where they discover enchanting plazas hosting lone outdoor cafes alongside fountains bubbling in the shadows of churches.
This hotel was a good choice for 4 reasons.
First, the location is excellent. It is a 15 minute walk down to the Morrocan market area where you can haggle over curl toed slippers, hooka pipes, and Ottoman clothing or just enjoy the restaurants and bars. The Morrocan section also borders the town's main drag consisting of modern stores and banks housed in 19th century edifices. The Hotel is also 100 feet from two restuarants with out door seating, and a mere 5 munute taxi drive to the town's best Flamenco shows.
Second, the managers are two charming women, Lola and Alena who are apparently twins. They will advise you regarding Flamenco shows, restaurants and transportation. They have one laptop for guests to use in the library on the first floor.
Third, the room comes with free breakfast from 7 to 10: 30 consisting of ham, proscuitto, cheese, croussants, hard boiled eggs, bread, orange juice and coffee. Room service is limited to alcholic beverages, ham and cheese sandwhich, olives and nuts.
Fourth, the hotel interior is small, charming and quaint. The rooms, with wooden beam ceilings, decorative rugs and curtains, wooden shutters, etc. genuinely transports you to the 19th century. Especially wonderful is the basic layout of the house: The roof rolls back to allow sunshine to enter the courtyard in the center. Above the courtyard are three floors with 4 rooms each. Be sure to reserve a room with a window for 145 Euros per night. The standard room, unfortunately, has no window.
ONE CRITICAL WARNING ABOUT THE ALBAYCIN AREA: YOU CANNOT DRIVE IN IT WITHOUT HAVINGAN ACCIDENT OR GOING INSANE. The roads are extremely narrow, laid out in a very confusing arrangement and are always one way. Sometimes somewone parks in the street and you cannot get through. Therefore, we took a train from Madrid to Granada.
- Also Known As:
- Santa Isabel La Real Hotel Granada
- Santa Isabel La Real Granada
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our hotel is a restored house from the XVI century. It is situated on the main street of the historical neighbourhood of the Albaizyn ( Granada), five minutes walking distance from the city centre. It is surrounded by gardens and different monuments such us the Monastery of Santa Isabel la Real, the palace of Dar-Al Horra and the San Miguel Bajo church. The hotel is also very near the beautiful views from San Nicolas, San Cristobal and la Lona. There is an enclosed parking lot and a bus stop near the hotel. ... more less
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