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“Loveable and unique”
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Hotel America
Ranked #68 of 122 Hotels in Granada
Reviewed 10 May 2013

I recently returned to this hotel having stayed there 21 years ago and found it, thankfully, just as I remembered it: personal, relaxed, unpretentious and very special. The location and views, the exceptional kindness of the staff, and the blend of shabby chic charm and an unbelievably privileged location on the Alhambra grounds make it - while certainly not the most luxurious of lodgings - perhaps the most lovable hotel I have ever had the pleasure to stay at. And a singular value. Comfort is not sacrificed and the bathroom in our room (216) was large and well appointed. The Hotel America may not be for everyone. Don't expect feng shui among it's faded bric-a-brac, and certainly don't expect the amenities of a multi-star hotel. But if you are looking for a tranquil, unassuming place that is in a class of service and amiability all its own, then you will not be disappointed.

Room Tip: We were in superior room, #216, with an enviable view of some Alhambra ruins, the city and the mount...
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  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 9 May 2013

Small boutique hotel with good food. There are only two hotels within the walls of the Alhambra. The hotel America and the Parador (which is very, very, expensive). The Hotel America is reasonably priced, clean and comfortable. Staying there enabled us to get up early and walk a small distance to the Alhambra, beating the crowds and enabling us to linger and enjoy this beautiful complex. The staff was very helpful, the food was good and it was reasonably priced. No frills, like TV etc. but who cares you are at the Alhambra! Be sure to buy tickets in advance online or through a travel agency. We heard a couple staying at the hotel who were very upset to learn that they would not be able to enter the Alhambra because they did not buy tickets in advance. The tickets have the day and time of admission so you have to time things right, which is why staying at the Hotel America makes sense. We brought some food and wine with us because there are only a few restaurants within walking distance. There is a bus that goes down to down town Granada so you can see the wonderful cathedral. We took a taxi to the hotel. Driving in Granada is crazy, ask my husband who almost lost his mind trying to find the Centro Hotel to drop off the car we rented in Sevilla.

Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 May 2013

For those of you from the "Range Rover" crowd, who must be constantly coddled and carressed, I would advise you to seek alternate accomodations! You will not get a luxury shower, nor luxury bed sheets, no flat panel tv ( no tv of any kind, thank you). There is no Grey Poupon in the restaurant.
For the rest of us 99 percenters, this is simply an authentic charming place where you can lay your head after tearing around the Alhambra all day. The location is spectacular, you are right within the walls of the property. Make sure the hotel books your tickets in advance ( THIS IS AN ABSOLUTE MUST!). Trust me, I was here last year and didn't get to see the Alhambra ( only at night) because tickets were sold out. When you check in, you only need to walk 10 minutes to the ticket office and they will have them waiting. Then you can head straight for the entrance ( a 3 minute walk from the hotel), and get right in. It doesn't get any easier.
Hotel staff is wonderful, and will book you restaurant reservations, get you a taxi, check on a train, etc. You should opt for morning breakfast, as it's hearty, and will get you through your busy morning..
Again, a great place to lay your head, and the free Wi-fi works fine to Skype back home. Just remember, it's big on character but The Ritz Carlton it is not!

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 April 2013

This is an small and very cozy hotel with a beautiful decoration. Is an old building with a large wooden staircase and small rooms but you can feel as if you are living inside the Alhambra history!!. The personal is very friendly and will answer all your questions about the best way to enjoy the city. A problem is that this old building don't have elevator and you must carry your bags up the stairs.
The location is more that perfect. you are IN the Alhambra, only few steps from Carlos V palace and the entry to Nazaries Palaces. Something negative: if you arrive by car, you can't parking there. After unload your bags you must drive back to the Alhambra parking and then, return to the hotel walking uphill for around 15 minutes. On this walk you can pick up your tickets,( if you made online reservations), at the offices at Alhambra entrance.
The hotel will give you a ticket to get an small discount on the parking fee.
Next to the hotel, in the PUERTA DE LOS CARROS, you will find the bus # 30 stop that will take you in 15 minutes to the Cathedral and another interest points in Granada.
WiFi internet works very well, the bed was comfortable but a bit small and the breakfast was a bit disappointing.
If you arrive by car, check carefully the way to get in to the hotel. You must pass through a security point with an intercommunication where you need to say that you have a reservation in the America hotel. Of course, you must say that IN SPANISH!!

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 March 2013

We stayed here for 3 nights in room 226 which is the best and with a terrasse. It's a charming little hotel and for us it was a must since we were going to see Alhambra. We asked in advance if the hotel could buy tickets for us to Alhambra and they did. It have to be done 1 month becore you are coming. You are alloved to drive your car up to the hotel with your luggage and then drive the car down to the carparking. - We've fallen in love with this hotel and the city. Go to Albaicin (the old area), the cathredral very beautiful,Sacromonte (to see the flamingodans in a cave) and from Sct. Nikolas church you have a view over to Alhambra and the Sierra Nevada mountain's as a beautiful background. We will absolutely use this hotel again and recoment it.

Room Tip: Room nr 226 with a terrasse is the best. It's not a modern hotel but that's what we find so...
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  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 10 March 2013

This is a cute little hotel located inside the Alhambra. We arrived on a day when there was a national strike going on, so the Alhambra was closed. This was actually better, because we could explore the area with no one around. I thought that the hotel had great european charm. We ate next door for dinner at the Parador, and i have to say, that was one of the best meals I have ever had! The only weird thing, is that you have to park your car at the bottom of the hill in the Alhambra parking lot and then walk back up to the hotel. Not bad or difficult, just something to be aware of. I liked the Alhambra area more than downtown Granada.

  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 5 March 2013

There are the 'old worlders' and 'new worlders', you know who you are! If you like old world charm then this place has it. If you like new world hotel standards and slickness then look further up the hill - and price scale - at the Parador. This is a family run hotel with piecemeal art works, furnishings and a twisting wooden staircase and staff who are human beings. I've never felt so at home in a hotel, partly due to the genuinely warm and friendly disposition of the staff but also the feeling of being in part of the history of the Alhambra. The hotel dates from the 50's when there was a flamenco bar next door by the old mosque baths and no ticket barriers.

Car parking is a way away as they mention on the website (but you can drop off next to the door and taxis can come in too). Granada is about 10-15 minutes walk down (and up) a very lovely, very steep hill, but taxis are plentiful and not so expensive and the bus runs frequently into the town. However I'd come just for the Alhambra and was grateful to be able to stay in its heart and soak it in. The rooms are small and characterful mine had a large bathroom that was clean and well maintained. There was a small balcony overlooking the courtyard and a huge old radiator pumping out heat. It was blissfully quiet at night and you could walk the publicly accessible grounds overlooking Granada.

There's a cosy bar area in the hotel to relax in the evenings and drinks and snacks are available all the time although there's no evening meals unless you pre-book them. Their are limited other options on the site. The catering was great I loved the vegetable potage a welcome veggie dish in un-vegetarian friendly Spain! Their busy courtyard area brings a feeling of everyday Spanish life to the Alhambra where it sometimes seems the volume of visitors and necessary infrastructure has all but squeezed it out.

From the hotel you do have free access to the palace of Charles V next door which contains an excellent museum with several world class exhibits from the Alhambra (the museum is down on the right as you enter the palace) including original intricately carved doors, and some of the enormous vases and fixtures of the palace. The other free bit of Alhambra on view is in the reception area of the Parador Hotel which has the original resting place of Ferdinand and Isabella and is public access - but not widely advertised.

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled solo
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Address: Calle Real de La Alhambra 53, 18009 Granada, Spain
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Region: Spain > Andalucia > Province of Granada > Granada > Realejo - San Matias
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Wheelchair access
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Ranked #68 of 122 Hotels in Granada
Price Range: £82 - £166 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:1 star — Hotel America 1*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This family hotel is located within the Alhambra citadel. Its exceptional location enables you to enjoy the calm of the Alhambra. There, you will be also close to Granada's down town, the Cathedral and the Royal Chapel. This beautiful building was built at the beginning of the 19th century.This is a charming hotel with 17 rooms in Granada. Every room is individually furnished and customized. Some rooms are pointed to the Hotel Patio-Garden and, other ones, to the Real de la Alhambra Street, which offer views to the Generalife Gardens and Sierra Nevada Mountains. Anyway, you will enjoy an enviable calm when the Alhambra monument will be closed for visitors. Equipment: private bathroom or shower with hairdryer, phone, central heating and air conditioning. Every room is individually furnished and they offer large and modern facilities within a building from the beginning of the 19th century. It gives a warm and welcoming style, where you will feel yourself as if you were at home. There is a strongbox at the reception desk. ... more   less 
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