I stayed here for two days with my lady partner and I have mixed feelings about the stay. Covering the basics... the hotel is about a 10 - 15 minute walk from the bus stop that takes you in from the airport. The walk is pretty straight forward and we had no real trouble lugging around our bags within Granada. It's about a 15 or so minute walk to Alhambra and basically only requires two turns, so the hotel is a functional location if you're going to be visiting Alhambra.
Covering the good. I spent the extra 15 or so euro to get a room with a view of Alhambra and the view does not disappoint. The view at night really helps you understand the size of Alhambra and the building facades are lit up pretty nicely so if you're going to stay here, you may as well throw down the extra money and get the view. The hotel itself has a very nice, simplistic elegance to it. It's phenomenal window decorations, for lack of a better descriptor. It's also nearby several of the best restaurants and a few plazas that our tourist traps but offer late night food and drinks with outdoor seating but off the busy roads so it made for a nice combination of tourist-friendly location without everyday life interrupting attempts to sleep in.
No for the negatives. The place was just not as functional as it could be. The beds were fine but each person got one pillow. The wifi does not reach the top floor, so we had to pop in to the lobby in order to download our Alhambra tickets and do anything else on the internet. Both days we did not have warm/hot water within the first 10 minutes of the shower being on, and in fact that second day we had no hot water period. The staff thought the problem was just our room and offered to let us shower in a vacant room, but another couple we traveled with had the same issue and we heard another family in the lobby registering the same complaint. Again, no one thing knocks it down to a two rating, but I have to say this is closer to rounding down from three stars than rounding up.
All in all, if you're looking for a unique looking hotel that is near Alhambra and not difficult to get to from the bus depot, the general area of this hotel is not bad, and this hotel probably looks better in pictures than you'll find elsewhere. But if you want actual basic comforts, may want to try elsewhere in the neighborhood.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The 16th-century Palacio De Santa Ines, in the Unesco World Heritage Albayzín district, is a 5 minute walk from Granada Cathedral. Crossing the small hall at the entrance, visitors will be fascinated by the courtyard beauty because of its fountain, columns, balustrades and in particular, of Renaissance frescos painted. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Palacio De Santa Ines Hotel Granada
- Palacio De Santa Ines Granada