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Hotel Monjas del Carmen
Ranked #21 of 122 Hotels in Granada
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 8 May 2012

Hotel Monjas del Carmen was our 'home' for 3 nights, this is a new hotel located near Plaza Nueva, on the day of arrival we were to catch a bus (#1,3,4,6,7,9,or 11) from the train station as recommended by the hotel but ended up walking with our packs 900m, it only took us 20 minutes to navigate our way. I had booked directly with the hotel and requested a quiet room as I had read that some guests were disturbed by street noise. We were assigned room #308 and told that it was the quietest room, I can see that some rooms, particularly the ones to the back of the hotel over the restaurant could be rather noisy.

Our room was very pleasant, two king single beds pushed together, crisp white linen, small balcony, good block-out drapes, air-con, free WIFI (I found a little slow at times), plenty of storage space, minibar frig, TV but no English speaking channels. There is some noise in the hallway as usual, overall we had great nights sleep, the bed and pillows were very comfortable.

Bright bathroom, nice night lightlng, shower over the bath, good water supply, heated towel rack, hairdryer, fluffy white towels.

Breakfast was not included in our tariff but we ate at the adjoining restaurant, Los Manueles, entry from the hotel foyer. There are 3 options for breakfast, Continental for 4 euros (toast or croissant with a drink), English Breakfast for 7 euros (Fried or scrambled eggs or omelet with bacon or ham, bread basket, juice and a hot drink) and Fitness breakfast for 7 euros(large bowl of cereal, fruit platter, juice and a hot drink). We tended to order one English and one fitness breakfast and shared to get variety. The restaurant was very new, clean and efficient, with a nice view out to the street.

The location of the hotel was perfect for our needs, we walked everywhere, in the immediate area is Plaza Nueva, wonderful tapas bars across the street in the labyrinth of lanes, a nice walk up to Plaza St Nicolas to catch the sunset over the Alhambra. We walked from the hotel up to the Alhambra, it's a steep climb but only takes about 15 minutes. From the hotel, walk down the lane from reception, turn right into Reyes Catolics, right into Cuesta Gomerez, through Puerta de las Granadas, take the left hand staircase, walk up hill, turn left and enter the Alhambra complex via Puerta de la Justica if you have pre-purchased your tickets.

Turn left out of the hotel street, there is the Cathedral on Gran Via, and plenty of shopping. We would not hesitate to recommend this hotel and would stay here again. On the day of departure we were to catch the airport bus opposite the Cathedral for 3 euros each, unfortunately that day the buses were all diverted and we had to catch a taxi to the airport (28 euros).

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 April 2012

An excellent, modern hotel for discovering Granada from a central location. Hotel gave precise (and necessary) instructions for getting there by car. Friendly and helpful staff and large, clean room with balcony on to a very buzzy city. Didn't try their restaurant but plenty of great places to eat within a very short walk at prices to suit all pockets. The local buses to the Alhambra and Albayzin and all over the city are cheap and very regular. We found Granada to be a wonderful city with breathtaking sights - well worth a visit.

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 April 2012

positives were very clean room, nice helpful reception staff, great location
negatives were hotel not easy to get to by car, it would have been helpful to be told that the street to go down has bollards on it and in order to get to hotel you needed to drive up to these bollards and use the intercom there to alert hotel staff of your arrival
also the breakfast was certainly not up to scratch. Although we knew beforehand that it was going to be a continental breakfast, a piece of toast and a coffee and orange juice was all we got. No 'help yourself' just one piece of toast brought to your table!

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank nabs1000
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Reviewed 21 March 2012

Good modern central hotel. Friendly helpful staff. Near everything of historic interest, tapas bars, shopping etc. The Alhambra is a cheap short frequent bus ride away. Bus stops nearby hotel. Very clean bedroom with large shower and crisp white bedding and very reasonable priced. You need to be in this part of town for evenings out.

Summer will be very hot and crowded in Granada but perfect in the spring and autumn.

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Hastingstraveler
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Reviewed 17 March 2012

Nice rooms of high quality and overall a "fresh" hotel but it had its deficiencies.
PLUS: Great atmosphere at the pub/bar in the lower level. Relatively centrally located and near to shopping and tourism. Courteous staff. Clean and fresh rooms and common areas. Laundry service returned same day.

MINUS: The conference facilities looked deluxe but were better suited to an event such as a wedding or dinner rather than a meeting. The staff had a difficult time fulfilling "office-type" requests such as photocopying a guide to our conference participants and the lone projector had technical problems. The breakfast buffet and restaurant were OK but better restaurants were to be found elsewhere in the city (examples: Breakfast: found boiled eggs that were green and some fruit and breads were dry. Coffee break: consisted of white bread sandwiches or oily cakes/donuts. Lunch: the restaurant served quantity more than focusing on quality.) There was no iron available to guest, only same-day laundry service.

SUMMARY: As a tourist, this hotel is recommended, but if it is a meeting, check in advance if the hotel can meet all your conference needs.

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled on business
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4  Thank Jamonty_001
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Reviewed 11 March 2012

The hotel is very centrally located less than 1 min from Plaza Nueva but very quiet as it is down a small lane. There is very easy access from the Cathedral bus stop -approx 3-4 min walk and is easy to find. The minibuses for the Alhambra,Albacin district and the Sacromonte leave very frequently less than 2 mins away otherwise you can walk to all but beware the streets are very steep and almost all cobbled! The main shopping district is about 5 mins walk away The hotel is very modern and spotlessly clean built around a central atrium and the bathroom with doulbe size walk-in shower superb. We found our room to be the quietist we have ever come across in a hotel but we were on the third floor. the reception staff could not be faulted and were extremely helpful with directions and recommendations

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3  Thank 2jacs
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Reviewed 5 March 2012

This is a very nice modern hotel with a bright central atrium in a perfect location if you are in town to see the Alhambra, Cathedral and the Arab section- all within a few minutes walk. It is right near Neuvo Plaza with good bistros and kabob shops and the tapas bars at Navos are maybe a ten minute walk.

The room was large, beds comfy and the bathroom was great- especially the heated towels and large tub.

But even the sound-dampening windows could not block out the noise from the bar below. My wife is a light sleeper and she was up much of the night being awakened by singing, yelling, chanting even until 6am. I was only occasionally woken up by same so if you sleep deeply- or if you like to sleep with the windows open- you might look elsewhere.

Room Tip: Ask if there are rooms away from the bar or street noise
  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled with family
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3  Thank mysanibelcondo
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Address: Plaza de Cuchilleros,13, 18010 Granada, Spain
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Region: Spain > Andalucia > Province of Granada > Granada > Realejo - San Matias
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Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #21 of 122 Hotels in Granada
Price Range: £46 - £125 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Monjas del Carmen 3*
Number of rooms: 32
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The new Hotel Monjas del Carmen is located in the historic city center of Granada, at the confluence of the neighborhoods of the Albaicin (Muslims), Realejo (Jewish), at the foot of the Alhambra and next to the Cathedral and main monuments, tapas bars, entertainment and businessarea.Its 32 rooms are equipped with the latest technology in air conditioning and soundproofing. There is private parking in the building, exclusive use of our clients.The perfect choice to visit Granada ... more   less 
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