Overall, I thought this stay was fine for the short amount of time we were there (one night). I thought the location was perfect; right on the river and close to the Alhambra, in a nice neighborhood. From the bus stop on Gran Via, it was only about a 15 minute walk to the hostel. But other than the location, I thought everything else was just alright. I didn't have many issues with the hostel, I just wasn't overly impressed.
When my friends and I arrived, we had to wait a few minutes to check in (we arrived 20 minutes earlier than we had told them) and even though the place was fairly empty, they still had us wait. It wasn't a big deal though, they let us chill in the lobby and get coffee, etc. So just make sure you try to be as accurate as you can when stating your check in time.
The room was good enough for me, comfortable bed, the only thing was that the frames were metal and when you climb up the ladder to the top the bed makes a lot of noise. So if you are a light sleeper, keep that in mind. And remember to bring your own lock for the lockers in the rooms.
My biggest issue with the hostel was the bathroom situation. I don't mind sharing bathrooms, but for about 15 people, there was only one toilet and shower to share, and they were in the same room, so if the bathroom was occupied, you never knew how long you would have to wait. In the morning, my friends and I got up early to take showers, but after us, a line started to form. So either being an early bird, or missing the rush is going to be your best bet.
The day we were to check out, we had tickets for the Alhambra early in the morning, but had to check out by 11 am. The hostel was very accomodating and let us keep our luggage in a storage room for the day and pick it up before we had to leave.
Also, it was unfortunate that breakfast isn't included, but it was not a problem. You can pay the 3 euro or go to a panaderia easily.
Bottom line, we got what we paid for: a decent bed and place to stay, but nothing over the top.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- White Nest… A sanctuary from the traveling life!White Nest is a very clean, spacious and funky place. Nice common area, free walking tour every day atn 11 am, hostel activites like tapas tours and mojito parties etc every weekend, waterfall trips and much more. We are located in the Albaicin, the old part of the city, with so much nearby, especially the Alhambra. Very close to the cheap shopping areas, tapas bars and 200 meters from an awesome Flamenco bar!Our spacious dorms are clean, colourful, and very pleasant. All rooms have marble tiles and under floor heating system. Our great showers and comfy beds will help you feel like at home!The kitchen is always clean, and there´s free tea, coffee, olive oil, pasta, rice and spices so you can cook up a storm with us!You really feel like a flash packer when you stay here! The building itself is lovely – a traditional XVII Century Andalusian mansion. We make an extra effort to make sure that the security in our hostel is top-notch, we know how important it is for you.Breakfast is not included but we do have complimentary tea, coffee and biscuits plus cereals. We are also 10 meters distance from a traditional tapas bar where you can have cheap and tasty breakfast from 3€. We speak English, Spanish, French and Italian so we are able and happy to provide you all the necessary information you will need to make your stay in Granada unforgettable.We offer accommodation in private rooms and shared dorms, bathrooms located on every floor.We are recommended by several International Youth Travel & Student Agencies...Join us and enjoy your stay! ... more less
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