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“Boutique hôtel in a superb location”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Shine Albayzin

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Shine Albayzin
Ranked #34 of 125 Hotels in Granada
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Dublin, Ireland
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“Boutique hôtel in a superb location”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 April 2012

The Shine Albayzin is in an excellent location, close to the Alahambra, shops and restaurants. We took a taxi from the bus station which was excellent value for €10. The hotel has been renovated beautifully. You enter through a heavy wooden door and step into an internal courtyard. There was a warm welcome and a fuss free check-in. The service is discrete and I agree with the other traveller who said that the staff almost blend into the background but are there if you need anything. Our room was on the second floor and faced into the courtyard. It was beautifully furnished, spotlessly clean and had adequate storage and the invaluable room safe. The bathroom was large and well stocked. The shower is enormous and the 20 minute time limit on hot water didn't cause us a problem. There were two single bed which were pushed together but they were really comfortable and extra blankets were provided. There was air conditioning which we didn't use as the interior of the building was really cool but maybe airless. To be fair the awning is wound back during the day so that the courtyard becomes open to the elements (fabulous blue sky and the Alahambra towering over you). You can open the window in your room but the downside to this is the noise from reception - check-outs and ringing phone (which is minimal). It is lovely to sit on the landing and listen to the fountain - so peaceful. Overall I'd highly recommend this hotel. It's close to everything particularly the fascinating Albayzin area which I'd urge you to put on your walking shoes and explore. We didn't sign-up for breakfast which was available to for €10 per day per per person. Our room rate was excellent value at €80 per night.

Room Tip: There are a few rooms beside the lift entrance. It might be a bit noisy. We stayed in 204 and it was...
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 2012

What a wonderful boutique hotel experience. The staff blended into the hotel but were there when you needed them. The hotel seemed to run itself. Such a chilled and laid back experience. One problem was someone had smoked in our room before we got there (bleorgh - how selfish), but otherwise we couldn't fault our experience there. I would definitely stay here again.

Room Tip: We stayed in a room at the front of the hotel, on the second floor, which was lovely.
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Aubonne, Switzerland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2012

The Shine Albayzin seems to be part of a chain, called Shine, of well-renovated hotels in historic centres of European cities. This one opened very recently and was brilliant in almost every way – it’s located directly on the narrow ancient road along the river Darro, the heart of the old city at the foot of the hillside of the Moorish neighborhood of Alayzin or Albaicín, directly facing the Alhambra on the next hill – just a few blocks away from the Cathedral and the shopping street of the Gran Vía de Colon (named for Christopher Columbus) and, in the other direction, the gypsy/flamenco outskirts of the Sacromonte. The off-season price was very reasonable, and the renovation of the old courtyard home seemed to me to be very well done indeed, with the austere furnishings around the beautiful central courtyard, and the spare modernist, large rooms. The staff was friendly and somewhat helpful, but with only one young woman on duty at any time, seated at a computer in the courtyard wrapped up as warmly as could be in a winter courtyard, there was little interaction with the guests. The only two drawbacks were that the breakfast was not included and a bit overpriced and the spartan breakfast room was chilly, so we went to local coffee bars and shawarma restaurants for breakfast, and the wifi Internet was available only in the breakfast room. It would be very difficult to bring a car here, but the Plaza Nueva two blocks over has plenty of buses and a taxi stand. Otherwise, strongly recommended, in my view.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Camden, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2012

The adaptive re-use of the 16th century has been exceptionally well done. The staff are welcoming and the location (below the Alhambra) is spectacular. Great value as well.

Room Tip: Room 102 has great view to the Alhambra
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Enschede, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2012

A patio model renew hotel in the heart of Albayzin. With a view of Alhambra if you get superior room with the balcony. With the natural music from Darro river and close to Plaza Nueva for public transport hub and Calle Elvira for bunch of food (including halal restaurants). Negative things: a bit strange of design for rooms, and quiet expensive rate.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with family
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Madrid, Spain
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2011

Nicely renovated, all modern comforts, medieval-arabic "air", in the best part of the city and absolutely adorable staff.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2011

Located on a small street near the river, close to shops and restaurants

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled with friends
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Property: Shine Albayzin
Address: Carrera Darro 25, 18010 Granada, Spain
Region: Spain > Andalucia > Province of Granada > Granada > San Pedro
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#10 Romantic Hotel in Granada
#37 Family Hotel in Granada
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Shine Albayzin 3*
Number of rooms: 12
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