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“Good location for the Palace”
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Hotel Alixares
Ranked #58 of 122 Hotels in Granada
Reviewed 5 August 2012

The hotel was nicer than I expected based upon some of the reviews. It was obviously popular with tour groups but our particular room was quiet. The hotel has the feel of of what was once a grand place but is a bit tired. For the price and location it was more than fine. We didn't go to the restaurant but the bar service was good. Parking is expensive and a real pain. Note they give you a discount ticket but it ONLY works in lot 1. The last shuttle from town is at 11 pm and cost 1.20 euros which means you have 3 choices; come back early, walk the obscure path all up hill or pay for a taxi. Next time I would stay in town and take the shuttle to the palace.

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 28 July 2012

The hotel is simply okay. I don't see how it could be four star. My son and I stayed here for two weeks as he was playing in piano competition at the hotel.

All meals were included in our package, but after two days we were ready to eat somewhere else. The food in the buffet was awful - meat was always completely overcooked and very little variety. The rooftop restaurant was significantly (I wouldn't call it great) with a beautiful view of the sun setting over the mountains.

If you are going to the Alhambra, then the location is great. It is right across the street. Otherwise the location is not that good. I like to walk so the walk into town didn't bother me. It's 20 minutes and pretty but it is straight downhill to town and straight uphill to the hotel. I would rather stay in the town and walk up to the Alhambra for the one time I would visit it. Because of the location the hotel is the place for lots of large tour groups. Lots of people checking in and out every day.

The room is typical of what I expect in Europe. Air conditioning doesn't work great, but I found it cool enough. Towels are small. Wi-fi is free but didn't work well so I used my 3G connection anyway. We were in room 123, which is directly up the steps from the lobby. The lobby is very noisy well into the night and early in the morning. You could hear everything going on in our room.

The pool was nice. Water temperature was good, especially with it being so hot outside.

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  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 24 July 2012

Great location and close to the Alhambra attraction. The food is ok, buffet style and mostly tuned to the British fancy of eating, (beans and fried eggs) lol. At night they have a nice BBQ Resturant on the top floor with beautiful views of the Granada valley and Sierra Nevada mountain range. Very nice for the price and it's a 4 **** Star hotel. Recommended!

Stayed: July 2012, travelled with family
1  Thank Jeff Y
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Reviewed 23 July 2012

I'm somewhat indifferent to this hotel so let me write the positives and negatives and let you decide for yourself! The positives; 2 minutes from the Alhambra, regular bus service into town (bus costs €1.20 one way), good pool, great terrace restaurant with amazing views, good breakfast included within the room price, albeit the evening buffet was somewhat average if not particularly expensive at c. €12 pp (mind you that's 4 great tapas somewhere else!).

Now the negatives; if you want to go into town, and there is literally nothing to do where the hotel is so you probably will, its perfectly possible but, expect to be walking for at least 20 minutes (either down a very long and often steep hill, or down hundreds and hundreds of steps), as for walking back up...well unless you seriously enjoy exercise I suggest you get the bus or a taxi! Rooms were dated, the air con needed fixing on our first night and even once fixed it barely managed to pump out more than a whimper of cold air and the bathroom towels very much on the small side. Whilst the pool was nice, it had a shortage of sun loungers, there was no bar or amenities by the pool apart from the extremely expensive and often broken drinks machines and was often plagued by entire classrooms of school children. The roof terrace as mentioned affords fantastic views however incredibly frustratingly it doesn't open until 9pm at night and whilst you can just drink there you are very much encouraged to eat and you need to reserve a table if you want a good view. That said the food wasn't bad, drinks fairly reasonable and the one of the bar maids in particular was extremely helpful; I asked if I could get to the restaurant early one night and have a bottle of Cava at the table and Kate Bush playing in the background - she arranged it all perfectly. Sadly the same cannot be said about the hotel reception; there was a constant queue and I regularly had to wait 20 minutes before getting to the front, it took 2 people do do anything and trying to get information from them was like squeezing blood from a stone, for example, I asked if they could find out some details about a hot air balloon trip for me, it took them 3 days and 4 people to get me the most basic information. So all in all, a mixed bag and although there's nothing seriously wrong, there is a lot that could be better.

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  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Ben L
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Reviewed 23 July 2012

The hotel have a perfect location to see the city with his fantastic views.The staff is very helpful and friendly, the rooms are large but wifi signal in our room was poor.

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 July 2012

Not wanting to drive into Granada, the Alixares turned out to be a decent choice. It is a stone's throw from the Alhambra and the walk into the heart of Granada takes you along tree-lined paths. Beyond that and the reasonable price, the Alixares did not thrill. The staff at the front desk seemed preoccupied and less than helpful; our room was in the center of the building and had no window; we lost electricity one morning (there were some repairs being taken care on the floor below) and when I told the maid outside our door, she came in and simple confirmed that we had lost electricity rather than contacting the front desk; the price of parking, which too high--over 14 euro--and I had to leave my rental car in the Alhambra lot across the street because the hotel's covered parking was "full" (although I never saw a car go in or out of the hotel parking; and the breakfast buffet was a little below average.

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  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 July 2012

Exellent location near the entrance to the Alhambra. Swimming pool - even though it was crowded around. Good food and friendly staff. Peaceful area.
But one minus - there was a chef that fried fish and meat in the restaurant at night. Exhaust seemed so bad that we sat in the frying fumes during the meal.

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled with friends
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Thank Audun P
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Additional Information about Hotel Alixares

Address: Paseo Sabica 40 | Avenida Del Generalife, 18009 Granada, Spain
Region: Spain > Andalucia > Province of Granada > Granada
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #58 of 122 Hotels in Granada
Price Range: £48 - £127 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Alixares 4*
Number of rooms: 198
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The complete Alixares hotel is located opposite the stunning Alhambra, one of the most wonderful monuments in the world, and a 15-minute walk from Granada's city centre. The hotel offers its guests a comfortable and cosy atmosphere in a modern environment. Hotel Alixares offers Wi-Fi Internet connection throughout the building, a reception desk open 24 hours, several fully equipped meeting and conference rooms, an Internet Point, an outdoor swimming pool, a private parking area, a bar and a restaurant, just to mention some. ... more   less 
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